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Kimmel Center Presents

The Johnny Shortcake Show

Oct 27, 2018
Nov 04, 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, Philadelphia folk rocker Ross Bellenoit, and James Michael Baker aka Rumi Kitchen, 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, James Michael Baker and the Shortcake Ensemble

Directed by Bradley K. Wrenn

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

“creative, magical, and downright funky”
- Philly Voice

“Philly’s favorite”

“this upcoming show will be bigger and better than ever before.”

“The Johnny Shortcake Show is a magical journey.”
- Love The Arts In Philadelphia

“It’s really everybody music. Grown-ups are gonna dig it, too.”
- Davis Sweeny (Johnny Shortcake)

SEI Innovation Studio

Inside the Kimmel Center

2 levels below ground floor

300 S Broad St

Philadelphia, PA 19102

Run Time: 75 Minutes

The Johnny Shortcake Show will be offering an American Sign Language Service for the 11AM performance on November 3rd.

ASL Performances Available


The Johnny Shortcake Show

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