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Join in on the standing ovation. Greater Philadelphia’s venerable theaters and performing arts venues stage stellar productions all year long, but the scene kicks into high gear as summer rolls on and the holiday season inevitably approaches.

The epicenter for live performances in Philly is the Avenue of the Arts, the stretch of Broad Street between City Hall and South Street featuring stage, orchestral, dance, opera and comedy venues the Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts, the Academy of Music, the (2024 Tony Award-winning) Wilma TheaterSuzanne Roberts Theatre and Miller Theater.

Elsewhere around the city exist many other extraordinary spaces devoted to everything from traditional theater to experimental ventures to children’s shows like the Walnut Street TheaterForrest Theatre and The Arden. And don’t miss out on exciting engagements in the countryside at institutions like Bucks County Playhouse and Media Theater.

The second half of 2024’s robust lineup is highlighted by Broadway faves like Hamilton and Les Misérables, singalong jukebox musicals including Mamma Mia! and Jersey Boys, world premieres, experimental theater, uproarious comedies, multicultural productions, murder mysteries and more.

Read on for a guide to the best performing arts venues in Greater Philadelphia, as well as the can’t-miss shows and performances slated for summer and fall 2024.

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