Tips for seeing Pennsylvania Ballet
Posted 19 February 2003 - 11:56 AM
Posted 21 February 2003 - 05:41 AM
If you're driving, plan on using a parking garage. There are several self-park and also valet available on The Avenue of the Arts. Trying to find onstreet parking will just frustrate you.
The theater doesn't have a gift shop, but the Ballet runs a lttle boutique with PA Ballet logo items, and some ballet related merchandise for sale in the lobby. A REALLY NICE gift shop is in the Kimmel, just about a block south of the Academy. Take the time to visit it while you're there. You can find some unique and very nice items there.
As far as food is concerned, again, not a problem. Jack's the bar off the lobby of the Double Tree has good American Fair -- hamburgers, chicken salad, etc. and its a nice atmosphere. There's also the Italian Bistro just up the street, and they always have a 20% off coupon in the Playbill. There are many, many places to eat -- it depends on what you want and how much you want to spend. There is a fabulous Mexican restaurant nearby, Tequillas, Ruth Chris is right down the street, Bookbinders is closeby. Its all a matter of what you want.
Enjoy your visit!
Posted 03 March 2003 - 01:59 PM
Sorry to have missed this earlier, but maybe I can still help. The Merriam has somewhat tight seating on every floor (there are 3) but pretty clear sightlines from everywhere, so it's probably not worth splurging for the orchestra. The top balcony is pretty high, though, so your best bet might be the middle floor (the balcony) which is divided into 3 price ranges, I think, with the most expensive seats being up front.
As for the Academy, it is riddled with obstructed view seats but the people at Ticket Philadelphia are genrally honest about what you're getting. On the higher floors, try to be as centered as possible. Also, if this is for Miami City Ballet, odds are good that you'll get good seats because that show hasn't been very well publicized around here yet.
I second Doris on the Kimmel Center gift shop; it's excellent, if a bit pricey and will give you an excuse to gawk at the glass vault ceiling.
Restaurants- there are several cute Italian byob's in the immediate vicinty of the theaters (Bellini Grill, La Viola, Ernesto's 1521 Cafe.) Another restaurant I really like is Valanni (sort of meditteranean latin fusion) behind the Wilma Theater on Spruce Street. Oh, and Effie's on Pine Street (inexpensive Greek food in a cute setting.)
Also, FYI, I heard through the grapevine that whatever Balanchine piece is on the March program (Sonatine?) may have been replaced with a Kevin O'Day piece. That is hearsay, however.
Have fun in Philly and let us know what you think of the March program!
Posted 03 March 2003 - 03:29 PM
Philadelphia is a great food town, though my favorite eating places aren't near the theater. I took a group to one of the Italian places nearby (but which? It was "Upstairs at Somethingorother") and people seemed to like it. All told, I'd rather go to Philadelphia's Chinatown, which is wonderful, but it's a bit too far to walk.
The best tip for New Yorkers I can give about getting to Philadelphia is take forego Amtrak and take NJ transit to Trenton and SEPTA to Philadelphia. The connection is very easily made at the station, it takes about 2.5 hours total and it costs under $30 roundtrip, a huge savings off of Amtrak for not that much extra time.
Posted 06 March 2003 - 09:49 AM
Unfortunately, if Penn Ballet is not doing Sonatine, I will probably only go see Miami City Ballet.
Posted 07 March 2003 - 10:07 AM
Posted 23 August 2003 - 06:02 AM
Thanks in advance!
Posted 24 August 2003 - 10:42 AM
You are in luck! The current issue of Arthur Frommer's Budget Traveler magazine has a whole article on the "Little wonder hotels of Philadelphia" (pleasant accomodations for under $100 in high season.) Unforturnately, I've misplaced it but I'm sure you can look at the article in your local Borders or Barnes & Noble.
Lots of people I know stay at the Warwick, which is now a Radisson hotel, just off Rittenhouse Square and walking distance from the theater. The DoubleTree Hotel is also directly across the street from both theaters- you are correct that the Merriam and Academy are more or less next door to each other. Another walkable option is the Marriott at the Convention Center. Loews and Ritz Carlton are an easy walk too- I'm not sure about your price range. The Four Seasons is a little further away, and wouldn't quite qualify as walking distance, imo.
When you look at the Arthur Frommer article, anything listed as being in Center City or Rittenhouse Square is a short distance from the theaters; Old City and Society Hill are a bit too far to qualify as walking distance, though they are a quick cab or subway ride from Broad Street where the theaters are.
Hope this helped!
Posted 24 August 2003 - 10:57 AM
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Posted 03 September 2003 - 02:54 PM
So many ballets in so many places! I'll keep you posted as time goes by.
Posted 06 September 2003 - 07:46 PM
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