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Legendary Emmy and Tony Award Winner Hal Holbrook Performs the Critically-Acclaimed "Mark Twain Tonight!" at the Kimmel Center Cultural Campus, May 4, 2017

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE (Philadelphia, PA, March 23, 2017) –– Emmy- and Tony Award®-winning actor Hal Holbrook brings his one-man play Mark Twain Tonight!to the Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts’ Merriam Theater for one night only on Thursday, May 4, 2017 at 7:30 p.m. Now 92 years old, Holbrook has performed Mark Twain Tonight! more than 2,200 times over 62 years, adjusting the material to stay relevant and topical. Holbrook portrays literary icon Mark Twain by reciting excerpts from many of his works from his career, including favorites like The Adventures of Tom Sawyer and The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn.

“Hal Holbrook brings to life many of Mark Twain’s wonderful works of literature that continue to withstand the test of time,” said Anne Ewers, President and CEO of the Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts.  “We are excited to see Holbrook continue to make audiences laugh after so many years.”

Hal Holbrook first received critical acclaim for Mark Twain Tonight! in 1954 after developing the show while incollege. Following successful runs both off-Broadway and then on Broadway, Holbrook won a Tony Award® for his portrayal of Twain in 1966. Mark Twain Tonight! was revived on Broadway in both 1977 and 2005 and continued to tour around the country, with Holbrook reciting from his repertoire of over fifteen hours of memorized Twain material.

Other upcoming performances on the Kimmel Center Campus include Chris Botti (May 6, 2017, Merriam Theater), Marc Maron: The Too Real Tour (May 12, 2017, Merriam Theater), and Buddy: The Buddy Holly Story (June 24 – July 9, Perelman Theater).


Merriam Theater

May 4, 2017, 7:30 p.m.


Tickets are on sale now and start at $39.00. Tickets can be purchased by calling 215-893-1999, online at, or at the Kimmel Center Box Office. Group sales are available for groups of 10 or more and can be purchased by calling (215) 790-5883. More information at

The Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts

Located in the heart of Center City, Philadelphia, the Kimmel Center’s mission is to operate a world-class performing arts center that engages and serves a broad audience through diverse programming, arts education, and community outreach. The Kimmel Center Campus is comprised of the Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts (Verizon Hall, Perelman Theater, SEI Innovation Studio, and the Merck Arts Education Center), the Academy of Music (owned by the Philadelphia Orchestra Association), and the Merriam Theater. The Kimmel Center is also home to eight Resident Companies: The Philadelphia Orchestra, Opera Philadelphia, The Pennsylvania Ballet, The Philly POPS, PHILADANCO, The Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia, The Philadelphia Chamber Music Society and Curtis Institute of Music. With nearly 9,000 seats per night, The Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts is the region’s most impactful performing arts center, and the second largest in the country. TD Bank, America’s Most Convenient Bank, is the season sponsor of the Kimmel Center’s 2016-2017 Season. American Airlines is the official airline of Broadway Philadelphia. For additional information, visit

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