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Arden Theatre Company presents Look Mom, I'm Swell! Starring Tony Braithwaite
On the Arcadia Stage April 24 - May 3, 2008

April 4, 2008

Philadelphia, PA - Arden Theatre Company presents Look Mom, I'm Swell!, a one-man show starring Arden audience favorite and Barrymore Award-winner, Tony Braithwaite. Braithwaite combines his unique brand of humor, impressions and storytelling with original songs, special guests, and nightly improvisation in the return engagement of his one-man show.

Tony premiered Look Mom, I'm Swell! in April 2007 at the Arden to sold out audiences each night. Due to the demand, the show returns this season with eight raucous and witty performances. Arden's Producing Artistic Director Terrence J. Nolen said, "Tony is beloved by Philadelphia audiences. This show will certainly meet the expectations of those looking for an evening filled with the incomparable wit, charm and spontaneity that is Tony Braithwaite. But Look Mom is more than that. It is also is a surprisingly personal and revealing story about a uniquely talented man and his development as an artist. We are thrilled to present this return engagement."

Braithwaite has appeared in a number of productions at the Arden, most recently as Pseudolus in A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum. Recent television work includes playing himself on MTV's reality show Made. Braithwaite began performing stand-up comedy professionally at age 13 and has since become one of Philadelphia's favorite funnymen.

Look Mom, I'm Swell! isn't just a catchy title; it has real significance for Tony, "My dear mother died in 2005, to mom life was swell. This show is my life through her eyes." "One of Tony's great talents is his ability to respond to the audience and events in the moment, which makes every performance unique," says Nolen. Tony promises that audiences can "expect the unexpected!"

Tony was a recipient of an Independence Foundation Fellowship in the Arts. The Fellowships were created to help individual artists take the next step in their personal artistic growth and development. This fellowship funded the development of Look Mom, I'm Swell!.

The Arden is wheelchair accessible and provides assisted listening devices and large-print programs at every performance. Reservations are required for accessible seating and may be made by calling the Arden Box Office at 215.922.1122.

Performances will be held on the Arcadia Stage at Arden Theatre Company April 24 through May 3. Tickets are $25 with a $5 per ticket discount for subscribers of the Arden. Call the Arden Box Office at 215.922.1122, visit www.ardentheatre.org or stop by our box office at 40 N. 2nd Street in Philadelphia.

WHAT:
Look Mom, I'm Swell!
Starring Tony Braithwaite

WHERE:
Arden Theatre Company
Arcadia Stage
40 N. 2nd Street, Old City Philadelphia

WHEN:
April 24 - May 3, 2008
Thursday, April 24 at 8pm
Friday, April 25 at 8pm
Saturday, April 26 at 7pm
Sunday, April 27 at 7pm
Thursday, May 1 at 8pm SOLD OUT!
Friday, May 2 at 8pm
Saturday, May 3 at 8pm

TICKETS:
$25 for adults / $20 for subscribers of the Arden Call the Box Office at 215.922.1122 or visit www.ardentheatre.org

PRESS:
If you are a member of the press who would like to write a review or feature story, tickets may be arranged through Janine Zappone, at 215.922.8900 x43 or jzappone@ardentheatre.org.

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