Arts & Culture

Two massively popular performances are dazzling Philadelphia audiences this month: one, a classic Broadway evergreen; the other, an icy acrobatic adaptation.

“Cats,” the record-breaking blockbuster by Andrew Lloyd Webber, was the longest-running musical on Broadway when it ended in 2006. (“Phantom of the Opera” broke that record in 2018.)

Magic goat-insect hybrids in vivid colors. A samurai elf facing down a soot-caked celestial beast. Woodland fawns cut out and laid over parochial scenery.

When PGN interviewed Netflix’s “Queer Eye” star Jonathan Van Ness in February for his Road to Beijing stand-up comedy tour stop at The Tower Theatre, he said, “I think this is actually my first time in Philly ever.”

With Philadelphia thoroughly ensconced in PRIDE and local businesses embarking on marketing concepts, both good and bad, the question now is how does one do something both earnest and inclusionary, while making a buzz.

A ‘PERRY’ SPECIAL EVENING: Jane’s Addiction frontman and Lollapalooza creator, Perry Farrell, brings his eclectic new music project, Kind Heaven Orchestra, through Philly for an intimate performance, 8 p.m. June 18 at World Café Live, 3025 Walnut St. For more information or tickets, call 215-222-1400.

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