14 Incredible Performing Arts Shows In Philadelphia This October

Our picks for the best in Philadelphia theater and dance this month...

This October, it’s not just the trick-or-treaters wearing elaborate costumes and providing bags-worth of fun as Philadelphia’s performance arts kicks into gear with some candy-sweet shows for every palate.

From grand theaters to hard-to-find warehouse spaces, venues across the city host plays and dance shows this October.

There’s lots to love on Philly stages this month, including elaborate Broadway musicals, lavish ballets and low-budget but high-quality theater.

Here are our picks for the delicious performing arts onstage this October in Philadelphia.

Love Never Dies

A performer in Love Never DiesPhoto by Joan Marcus

Andrew Lloyd Webber's resounding sequel to The Phantom of the Opera gets a run at the grand Academy of Music.

Love Never Dies

When:Through Sunday, October 7
Where:Academy of Music, 240 S. Broad Street
Cost:$20-$144

www.kimmelcenter.org

The October Revolution

October RevolutionPhoto courtesy FringeArts

An adventurous jazz and contemporary music festival from the organizers of the annual Fringe Festival.

The October Revolution

When:Through Sunday, October 7
Where:FringeArts, 140 N. Christopher Columbus Boulevard
Cost:$45-$400

www.fringearts.com

The Monster in the Hall

A play with songs all the way from Scotland kicks off Inis Nua's 2018/19 season.

The Monster in the Hall

When:Through Sunday, October 21 (select dates)
Where:Louis Bluver Theatre at The Drake, 302 S. Hicks Street
Cost:$15-$35

inisnuatheatre.org

Once

OncePhoto by Ashley Smith, Wide Eyed Studios/Courtesy Arden Theatre Co

A Tony Award-winning play (based on the Academy Award-winning movie) about two music lovers comes to the Arden Theatre.

Once

When:Through Sunday, October 28 (select dates)
Where:Arden Theatre Company, 40 N. 2nd Street
Cost:$37-$52

www.ardentheatre.org

Broken Biscuits

Philadelphia's all-comedy company stages a touching comic hit from England about youth and longing.

Broken Biscuits

When:Through Sunday, October 28 (select dates)
Where:Plays & Players Theatre, 1714 Delancey Place
Cost:$28-$44

www.1812productions.org

Homeworld

A baby during a performance of Homeworld from Ninth PlanetPhoto courtesy Ninth Planet

Ninth Planet entertains kids 18 months old and younger with a multi-sensory performance.

Homeworld

When:October 5-13
Where:Painted Bride Art Center, 230 Vine Street
Cost:Free

www.ninthplanet.org

All My Sons

Curio Theatre presents this play by famed playwright Arthur Miller that looks at modern American society in the guise of a family drama.

All My Sons

When:October 10 - November 3 (select dates)
Where:Curio Theatre Company, 4740 Baltimore Avenue
Cost:$15-$30

www.curiotheatre.org

Romeo & Juliet

Performers in Romeo & Juliet balletPhoto courtesy Pennsylvania Ballet

Pennsylvania Ballet brings a graceful, beautifully scored version of Shakespeare's classic love story to the Academy of Music.

Romeo & Juliet

When:October 11-21 (select dates)
Where:Academy of Music, 240 S. Broad Street
Cost:$35-$164

paballet.org

Good Good's Two-Year Anniversary Sampler

Celebrate two years of Philadelphia's hip comedy club and see a sample of the shows which make it a favorite (and affordable) Center City night out.

Good Good's Two-Year Anniversary Sampler

When:Saturday, October 13, 8 p.m.
Where:Good Good Comedy Theatre, 215 N. 11th Street
Cost:$10

www.goodgoodcomedy.com

One-Man Apocalypse Now

The Spalding Gray of Philadelphia, playwright Chris Davis reimagines Francis Ford Coppola's epic Vietnam War movie.

One-Man Apocalypse Now

When:October 19-20
Where:Plays & Players Theatre, 1714 Delancey Place
Cost:$20

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Low Cost Mules

Hella Fresh Theater returns to Philadelphia with a "moving" tale about moving men and art theft in San Francisco.

Low Cost Mules

When:October 20-28 (select dates)
Where:The Papermill Community of Artists, 2825 Ormes Street
Cost:$10

hellafreshtheater.com

Fiddler on the Roof

Photo by Joan Marcus

The Broadway production of the classic musical of Jewish life visits on a national tour.

Fiddler on the Roof

When:October 23-28
Where:Academy of Music, 240 S. Broad Street
Cost:$20-$139

Mr. Burns, A Post-Electric Play

Wilma TheaterPhoto by G. Widman for Visit Philadelphia

Survivors gather in the aftermath of a disaster by recounting old episodes of The Simpsons in this dark comedy.

Mr. Burns, A Post-Electric Play

When:October 23 through November 11 (select dates)
Where:The Wilma Theater, 265 S. Broad Street
Cost:$10-$33

www.wilmatheater.org

A Human Being Died That Night

EgoPo Classic Theater provides a searing look at the atrocities of apartheid South Africa.

A Human Being Died That Night

When:October 24 - November 11 (select dates)
Where:EgoPo Classic Theater, 531 N. 7th Street
Cost:$25-$35

www.egopo.org

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