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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

  • Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer

    Opens Dec 17

  • Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat

    Opens Dec 29

  • Rain - A Tribute to the Beatles

    Opens Feb 11, 2016

  • Brian Regan

    May 7, 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.

Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer

December 17-20, 2015

Based on the beloved 1964 animated special, this adaptation brings everyone's favourite reindeer to the stage. This classic tale teaches the importance of friendship and respect, whilst getting everyone very excited for Christmas in the process!

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.

Brian Regan

May 7, 2016

Critics and peers agree, Brian Regan has distinguished himself as one of the premier comedians in the country. The "perfect balance of sophisticated writing and physicality" (Wall Street Journal), Brian fills theaters nationwide with fervent fans that span generations. His clean language and sharp, sarcastic obersations on everyday life have led him to be known as the "comedian's comedian".

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