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4 Must-See Philadelphia Arts and Theater Shows

It's cold, and it's probably getting colder. Hunker down indoors at Philadelphia's museums and theaters for these must-see shows of 2014:

When the weather is biting cold and the streets are a bear to meander, the museums and theaters of Philadelphia are a welcomed refuge. If the winter lineup is any indication of what to expect in 2014, it’s going to be a great year.

Driving Miss Daisy

See the Pulitzer Prize-winning hit that inspired the 1989 Academy Award-winning film. Set in Atlanta 1948, this iconic tale follows the elderly Miss Daisy and her relationship with her African American chauffeur, Hoke. Jan. 14-Feb. 2. Independence Studio on 3, Walnut Street Theatre, 825 Walnut St., 215.574.3550.

Driving Miss Daisy at the Walnut Street Theatre
"Driving Miss Daisy" at the Walnut Street Theatre (©Mark Garvin)

The Surrealists: Works from the Collection

The Philadelphia Museum of Art explores great masterpieces and lesser-known works of the Surrealism movement. Salvador Dali’s “Soft Construction with Boiled Beans,” is among the more than 70 works on display. Through March 2. Perelman Building, 2525 Pennsylvania Ave., 215.763.8100.


"Soft Construction with Boiled Beans" by Salvador Dali.
(© Salvador Dali, Gala Salvador Dali Foundation / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York)

We Will Rock You

Featuring hits by the legendary British rock group, Queen, this award-winning Broadway musical takes place in a future of age mindless, manufactured music where a group of rebel Bohemians and a long-awaited hero fight to bring rock back. Jan. 14-Jan. 19. Academy of Music, 240 S. Broad St., 215.893.1999.


We Will Rock You at the Academy of Music
"We Will Rock You" at the Academy of Music (©Paul Kolnik)

Yinka Shonibare MBE: Magic Ladders

British artist Yinka Shonibare’s life-size mannequin sculptures clothed in colorful Dutch wax fabrics are only one medium showcased at The Barnes Foundation. Paintings, photography, installation and a specially created sculpture, “Magic Ladders,” will also be on view. Jan. 24-April 21. 2025 Benjamin Franklin Parkway, 215.278.7000.

 Magic Ladders
Magic Ladders" at The Barnes Foundation