John Legend…..Pentatonix……Weezer…..Dancing With the Stars!……Philly’s very own Kurt Vile.…..and of course, the legendary Bob Dylan.
Yes, those are just a few of the iconic musicians and entertainers who have helped the City of Brotherly Love’s latest booming live entertainment venue, The Met, become the place to get lost in some truly dazzling shows and performances since it opened its gleaming doors to the public this past December 3rd.
Now, who’s on the way, you may ask?
Well, prepare to clutch your live entertainment pearls because Boyz 11 Men (Feb 16th), Meek Mill (March 15th & 16th), Sarah Brightman (Feb 3rd), Jim Gaffigan(Feb 9th), James Bay(March 9th), Trevor Noah (May 3rd &4th)Tyler Perry’s Madea’s Farwell Play (March 20th-24th), Bill(!) and Hillary(!!) Clinton (April 13th) and Ma…ri..ah Carey(April 3rd…and these are only a few, check this out) are all making their way to the exquisite Met stage to keep the grand opening train rolling on the local and legendary entertainment tracks.
Oh, yes, there’s one more…how about the acclaimed cast of perhaps the greatest show in the world, Schitt’s Creek, are also coming by on February 20th to soon give Philly a night we’ll never, ever forget!!!!
Okay, so now that you’ve somehow picked yourself up from the floor (that’s a lot of entertainment lovin,’ right?), it’s time to put our spectacles on and take a closer look at this already legendary Philly venue that is quite simply known as The Met.
Owning the corner of North Broad and Poplar streets, the former Philadelphia Metropolitan Opera House was originally constructed in 1908 by opera legend Oscar Hammerstein, grandfather of equally legendary playwright, Oscar Hammerstein II. A century-and-$56 million dollars later, Live Nation, Eric Blumenfeld and Holy Ghost Headquarters teamed up to renovate the historic theater to transform it into the king of North Broad Street’s reinvention kingdom.
Once inside, eager show connoisseurs are greeted by a neoclassical layout complete with endless horizons of gleaming (and most likely very, very, very expensive) chandeliers that already make your Met experience worth it before you set a fancy foot into the incredible theater.
Let’s put it this way, with an extraordinary 100,000-square-foot residence and seating for 3,500 guests, The Met theater has enough room for Mariah, her entourage and her ego. Yeah, it’s that serious. Getting intrigued yet to check it all out? And let’s not leave out that the venue still holds its classic opera house feel and vibe, which is adorned with gold-flecked ornamentations on the ceiling, walls and columns, as well as several tiers of seating and two-level balcony. And all of you Philly history lovers out there will get to revel in the an appreciation of some of building’s original classic fixtures, for example, the Philadelphia Metropolitan Opera House crest that’s still laced within the lobby floor.
Wait, it seems as if we’re forgetting about something here….yes, that’s right….what about sips-and-snacks while you feast upon all of this local entertainment truth? Not to worry as there’s a total of 12 bars within the Met, all while Brûlée Catering (feast your eyes here) does their best to calm your growling stomach with light bites served before each show and also at intermission. Okay, now we’re really ready to get our Met life on.
But perhaps the grandest part of this bulldozing Philly hot-spot is that it’s indeed bringing all kinds of new life and energy to Philly’s Broad Street corridor as other notable landmark reinventions in the area include the Studebaker showroom and the Divine Lorraine Hotel, which up until recently was looking to be the setting for the next American Horror Story, but has now reopened as a swanky apartment building.
In other words…The Met better work for all that it’s doing not just for Philly, but for our well deserved local and legendary entertainment lives. So, now begs the question….who are you most exciting in seeing? Madea? Mariah?? Moira??? Either way, The Met has a little something for all of us, and now all we have to do is grab those tickets and revel in it all.
Cover photo courtesy of Visit Philly