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Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts, 250 South Broad Street, Philadelphia, PA 19102

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Merriam Theater is part of the Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts complex.

Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts, 250 South Broad Street, Philadelphia, PA 19102

Year opened: 1918

  • Disabled access
  • In-house bar

The Theatre was built by the Shubert Organization in 1918, formerly known as the Sam S. Shubert Theatre, and continuously hosts touring Broadway shows. It is located within the Avenue of the Arts cultural district of Center City, Philadelphia. It was re-named the Merriam Theater, and in 1972 the theater came under the ownership of the Academy of Music, and is currently owned by the University of the Arts. It is also associated with the Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts.

Upcoming Highlights

  • Chris Cornell

    Oct 15, 2015

  • Giada De Laurentiis

    Nov 6, 2015

  • Tyler Perry's Madea On The Run

    Opens Nov 10

  • Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat

    Opens Dec 29

  • Rain - A Tribute to the Beatles

    Opens Feb 11, 2016

Chris Cornell

October 15, 2015

The legendary Soundgarden and Audioslave front man is due to make a return to the charts this fall, with the release of his fifth studio album, the acoustic Higher Truth. In support, he's heading out on tour across North America, with a set that will include his new material, music from throughout his long and varied career, as well as incredible covers of some of the most well-known rock songs.

Giada De Laurentiis

November 6, 2015

Emmy Award-winning chef and healthy cooking enthusiast Giada De Laurentiis is celebrating the release of her latest cookbook Happy Eating with a promotional tour! This special series of dates across the US is the perfect chance for fans and foodies to take part in a Q&A session and for the radiant culinary artist to share the inspiration for her new work - healthy food and healthy living!

Tyler Perry's Madea On The Run

November 10-15, 2015

The madcap adventures of everyone's favourite fiery grandma are back! Mabel Simmons, affectionately known as Madea, isn't your regular sweet little old lady... The streetwise, fast-talking, gun-toting matriarch proves to be one of Tyler Perry's most beloved characters and the first of its type. In Madea On The Run, Perry once again dons the legendary persona to bring her delightful histrionics to stages throughout the US. There are hilarious hijinks aplenty, so get ready to laugh till your sides ache!

Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat

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December 29, 2015-January 3, 2016

Joseph is the Biblical saga of a boy blessed with prophetic dreams, his jealous brothers, famine, forgiveness and reconciliation. Brought to life by Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice, this enduring musical returns to US stages in 2015 to charm audiences with its high energy score and will star American Idol contestants Diana DeGarmo and Ace Young!

Rain - A Tribute to the Beatles

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February 11-14, 2016

Together longer than The Beatles themselves, RAIN has mastered every song, gesture and nuance of the legendary group, delivering a totally live, note-for-note performance that's as infectious as it is transporting. Includes the early hits to later classics that The Beatles never got the chance to play live - including the most complex and challenging songs.

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