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Kimmel Center Presents

The Johnny Shortcake Show aka Johnny Showcase

Jan 27, 2018
Jan 28, 2018

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The Johnny Shortcake Show is a charming children’s musical that is fun for the whole family. Themed around celebrating silliness, the show features soul music for children, teaches important life lessons, and feels like one big disco party.  With fun, engaging, and relatable songs such as “Cupcake Tuesday,” “Brushing your Teeth,” and “Grandma’s Whiskers,” the show truly celebrates childhood in a way that will have parents grooving and laughing along.

Johnny Shortcake is a captivating kid-centric personality of David Sweeny, who has made a name for himself in the Philadelphia music and arts scene under his other charismatic persona – Johnny Showcase. He’s described as equal parts Andy Kaufman and Prince. Carrying the torch of funk-rock pioneers, Johnny Showcase has gained a massive following and become something of a funky Philly folk hero legend.  In 2016, Johnny and Philadelphia folk rocker Ross Bellenoit embarked on their latest mission to create a musical for kids, and with that, Johnny Shortcake was born!

Commissioned by the Kimmel Center for Philadelphia family audiences. 

Created by Johnny Showcase, Bradley K. Wrenn and the Shortcake Ensemble

Directed by Bradley K. Wrenn

Original music by Johnny Showcase, Rumi Kitchen, and Ross Bellenoit

* For all shows, including those designated as Family Friendly, all audience members, including babes in arms, require a ticket.

This is a designated BYOB performance. Acceptable forms of BYOB are 6-pack of beer and/or 750ml bottles of wine only; no liquor or open containers are permitted. Limit of one (1) 750ml bottle of wine OR one (1) six-pack of beer per two guests. Corkscrews and rolling coolers are not permitted. Ice, cups and corking service available at venue at no cost. All BYOB guests are subject to lawful ID checks and bag checks at the manager’s discretion. 


The Johnny Shortcake Show aka Johnny Showcase


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