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A mesmerizing new production of “Jesus Christ Superstar” returns to the stage for its 50th anniversary. Appealing to both theater audiences and concert fans, this production pays tribute to the historic 1971 Billboard Album of the Year while creating a theatrical world that is uniquely fresh and inspiring. With lyrics and music by Emmy, Grammy, Oscar, and Tony winners Tim Rice and Andrew Lloyd Webber, the score includes “I Don’t Know How to Love Him,” “Gethsemane” and “Superstar.” (May 2-7, Kimmel Cultural Campus, 300 S. Broad St., Philadelphia, Pa., kimmelculturalcampus.org)
Planning a Kentucky Derby party and looking for a fun food idea? Try your hand at a charcuterie board. Penns Woods Winery hosts a Kentucky Derby Charcuterie Work-shop with Crumb & Cow. Wear your best Derby hat for a chance to win a Crumb & Cow gift card! (May 4, Penns Woods Winery, 124 Beaver Valley Road, Chadds Ford, Pa., shop.pennswoodswinery.com/res-435104/Kentucky-Derby-Charcuterie-Workshop.html)
Comedian Vic DiBitetto says what you are thinking but are afraid to say out loud. Currently a cast member of the Amazon Prime TV Series “Gravesend,” he has created many viral video characters such as Uncle Vic’s Garage, Tony Gaga, That Guy, Frankie Pentangelli, Scarface, Rocky, Fool by the Pool, and Ticked Off Vic.(May 5, presented by Grand Opera House, 818 N. Market St., Wilmington, Del., thegrandwilmington.org/productions/7589-vic-dibitetto)
The Societa’ da Vinci, a nonprofit organization consisting of Italian-American businessmen from the greater Wilmington area, hosts A Night at the Latin Casino – Dinner Show/Fundraiser.
The Smooth Sounds of Steve Silicato will take you on a trip into the past when the Latin Casino was the largest Supper Club on the East Coast. (May 10, Ballroom at the Phoenix, 1661 Mill Road, Boothwyn, Pa., facebook.com/Societadavinci)
The Uncle Louie Variety Show is composed of two hilarious Italian-American comedians, Carlo Russo and Lou Greco. Their monologues, songs and sketches highlight what it was like to grow up Italian. (May 12, Kathedral Event Center, 499 S. Egg Harbor Road, Hammonton, N.J., kathedral.com)
The Temptations and the Four Tops bring their soulful sounds to the Scottish Rite Auditorium. The Temptations were named one of the “125 Greatest of All Time Artists” by Billboard magazine and one of the “100 Greatest Artists of All Time” by Rolling Stone.
Equally impressive are the Four Tops, whose lead vocals by Levi Stubbs and exquisite harmonies produced a string of hits with the writing-producing trio Holland-Dozier-Holland.(May 12, Scottish Rite Auditorium, 315 White Horse Pike, Collingswood, N.J., scottishriteauditorium.com/event/the-temptations-the-four-tops)
Delaware Today and 302Health are excited to present the 11th Annual Excellence in Nursing Awards, presented by ChristianaCare. Award recipients will also be featured in the May 2023 issue of Delaware Today. (May 17, White Clay Creek Country Club, 879 Delaware Park Blvd., Wilmington, delawaretoday.com/nursing)
Everyone is Italian when the nation’s oldest outdoor market celebrates its annual Italian Market Festival. The South 9th Street Italian Market Festival is a family-friendly event that features live musical entertainment, arts and crafts, grease pole contest, halfball tournament, the traditional procession of saints, and lots of delicious food. Don’t miss the Tribute to Jerry Blavat by DJ Eric Bartello! Plus, new this year, the Cornhole Open Tournament! (May 20-21, Ninth Street and Montrose Piazza and surrounding blocks, italianmarketfestival.com)
Known for his original hidden camera magic series, “The Carbonaro Effect” on truTV, Michael Carbonaro has been seen on television in shows such as “Happily Divorced,” “30 Rock,” “Gray’s Anatomy,” “CSI Miami,” and “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno.” Whether posing as a coffee shop barista or store clerk, Carbonaro’s illusions – along with his absurd, matter-of-fact explanations – leave people bewildered and laughing out loud. (May 20, Keswick Theatre, 291 Keswick Ave., Glenside, Pa., keswicktheatre.com)
Actor, filmmaker, and playwriter, Chazz Palminteri will tell his story of the famous 1988 play “A Bronx Tale” at Bally’s Dover Casino Resort. Chazz was born in the Bronx, New York, where he began pursuing his career at the Actor’s Studio. In 1988 he wrote a play for himself, which depicted his childhood bringing all 18 characters to life in a one-man stage commentary. (June 23, Bally’s Dover Casino Resort, 1131 N. Dupont Highway, Dover, Del., ticketweb.com/event/a-bronx-tale-with-chazz-rollins-center-ballys-dover-tickets/12932655)
Looking ahead to summer – This year is the 75th anniversary of the Tram Car operating on the Wildwoods Boardwalk. Visit dooww.com for more information on the Wildwoods Boardwalk and the Tram Car’s opening day.