The winter theater schedules have begun and the choices are endless. The selection of musicals coming to Philadelphia is phenomenal, with a wide range perfect for date night, a day with the family or even a girls’ night out.

‘Cinderella’
Academy of Music
1420 Locust St.
Philadelphia, PA 19102
(855) 705-7420
www.philadelphiatheater.com/cinderella

Date: Nov. 25 – 30, 2014

Rogers and Hammerstein’s classic adaptation has been reincarnated for the 21st century, with a new book by Douglas Carter Beane that updates the fairy tale with new sub-plots, while keeping the heart of the wonderful story of Cinderella, her glass slipper and the Prince who falls for her. This fresh and sweet revival is an opulent affair, too, with high-spirited choreography and stunning costumes against the soundtrack of some of R&H’s best songs.

‘Mary Poppins’
Walnut Street Theatre
825 Walnut St.
Philadelphia, PA 19107
(855) 705-7420
www.philadelphiatheater.com/marypoppins

Date: Nov. 4, 2014 – Jan. 4, 2015

The classic 1964 Walt Disney movie starring Julie Andrews and Dick Van Dyke is loved by kids and adults of all ages. The movie is filled with Academy Award-winning songs, so it makes sense that a stage production of the beloved story would be a hit on Broadway. Luckily, you don’t have to travel to New York to enjoy a performance of “Mary Poppins” on stage. You can catch it at the Walnut Street Theatre this winter season. This is a perfect play to see with the whole family.

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‘Newsies’

Academy of Music
1420 Locust St.
Philadelphia, PA 19102
(855) 705-7420
www.philadelphiatheater.com/newsies

Date: Oct. 28 – Nov. 2, 2014

It looks like Disney films make great stage productions, and that holds true for Disney’s 1992 film, “Newsies” – the story of New York’s newsboys who went on strike in 1899 and forced the Hearst and Pulitzer publishing companies to change their company policies. The play hit Broadway in 2012 and won two Tonys for Best Score and Choreography, and it’s now heading to Philadelphia this fall.

‘Stomp’
Merriam Theater
250 S Broad St.
Philadelphia, PA 19102
(215) 893-1999
www.broadwaytour.net/merriamtheater

Date: Dec. 26 – 30, 2014

Get tickets now, because this short-running performance should not be missed. The groundbreaking percussive show brings amazing performance and sound with basic items such as brooms, cans, tires, hammer handles, buckets, lighters and garbage cans — just to name a few. The cast of “Stomp” takes you on a fantastic journey through dance, music and visual comedy. This show never fails to bring amazing jaw-dropping theatrics. Stomp will perform during the heart of holiday season at the Merriam Theater, a perfect time to visit the city amidst all of the festive holiday lights and activities.

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Christina Thompson is a freelance writer living in Philadelphia. Her work can be found at Examiner.com.