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Wed., Dec. 26

Jekyll & Hyde
Penned in 1886, Robert Louis Stevenson’s novella Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde critique of Victorian era hypocrisy was an instant sensation. Printers could barely keep up with demand, and by 1887, the story of the good doctor and his lecherous alter ego had already spawned competing stage adaptations. A century later, outlandish composer Frank Wildhorn and lyricist/librettist Leslie Bricusse created Jekyll & Hyde, which makes a stop in Philly in a new Broadway-bound production starring American Idol alum Constantine Maroulis in the title role. Incapable of restraint and known for creating characters so flamboyant they make Liberace look like Joe Friday, Wildhorn transformed Stevenson’s detective story into a spooky gothic romance that is as celebrated for its spectacle as Wildhorn’s excessively dramatic score. Also starring R&B star Deborah Cox as the vulnerable Victorian vixen Lucy, the touring production is scheduled to return to Broadway (where the musical previously enjoyed a healthy four-year run) this spring. -J. Cooper Robb

7:30pm. $49.50-$97. Forrest Theatre, 1114 Walnut St. 800.447.7400.

The Starting Line
It’s been 10 years since the emo-punk adolescents in the Starting Line recorded their debut, Say it Like You Mean It, while barely out of high school. Over the next decade, the band broke big, signed with Victory, made the Vans Warped Tour, switched to majors Geffen and Virgin and then disbanded in 2008. Reunion shows started a year later, and, though often sold out, not everyone welcomed them. PW’s own Bill Chenevert started a major pissing war in 2009 when he called the Starting Line’s music “horseshit” and an “insufferable brand of whine.” Still, if you first loved “Best of Me” as a 16-year-old and, now, struggling with adulthood in an endless economic slump, you want to feel that way again, this is your night. -Jennifer Kelly

8pm. $25. With the Wonder Years + Such Gold. Theater of the Living Arts, 421 N. Seventh St. 215.627.1332.
Thurs., Dec. 27

Christmas with Thunderlips
Remember Hulk Hogan’s first serious acting role in Rocky III as Thunderlips the Ultimate Male? Andrew Dyer and Jim Brooks were so riveted by the Hulk’s portrayal, they started a band by the same name. If you tossed the music of Weird Al, Gwar and Air Supply into a blender alongside all of Adam Sandler’s movies, you’d end up with the hilariously bizarre sound of Thunderlips and the Ultimate Males’ Santa Claus 4: I Now Pronounce You Chuck and Santa starring Tim Allen and Adam Sandler, which debuts tonight at Ortlieb’s Jazz Lounge. Dyer and Brooks are the ultimate male stars in this rock opera, and they share the bill with the ultimate women of burlesque: the luscious Cherry Bomb and the audacious Miss Rose. -Jessica Foley

9pm. $5. Ortlieb’s Lounge, 847 N. Third St. 267.324.3348.

Fri., Dec. 28

Animal Day
The Academy of Natural Science’s All-Star Week celebrates its most loved attractions with animal shows, museum specimens, craft-making and storytelling. Today’s feature is the ever-popular Animal Day, where revelers roam the museum gawking at exotic animals of the stuffed and live variety. Past Animal Days have let you get up-close-and-personal with social hawks and owls, giant lizards and adorable furry creatures. Take a break from the kitty videos and see some cuteness up close. -Abigail Bruley

10am-5pm. Free with admission. The Academy of Natural Sciences, 1900 Benjamin Franklin Pkwy. 215.299.1000.

Chill Moody
West Philly’s Chill Moody is a potent purveyor of R&B, rap and hip-hop. He is just as comfortable mixing rhymes with slick beats (“A Good Thing”) as he is praising the woman of his dreams (“What Took You So Long”). Variety is the name of the game with regard to his musical repertoire. Tracks like “Angel,” in addition to being an uplifting song about how a woman should never settle for being with an abusive man, have a soothing ‘70s-style groove to it, while “The Price is Nice” cleverly uses the theme song to The Price is Right as the basis for its entire beat and structure. And for you Journey fans out there, Moody’s “Inspired” does indeed feature a sped-up version of their classic “Separate Ways (Worlds Apart),” further demonstrating Moody’s penchant for making unique records. Moody’s latest single, the tongue-twisting “Bombs,” dropped earlier this month. -Brian Palmer

10pm. $12. With Jade Alston, Mic Stew, Mont Brown + Pate. Theatre of the Living Arts, 334 South St.

Gov’t Mule
Warren Haynes plays the guitar like a Zen master zonked on moonshine, not flaunting technique as much as clawing the essential soul from every note. The Allman Brothers earned a No. 23 slot on Rolling Stone’s “100 Best Guitarists” list in 2003 and has a specially-designed Gibson guitar named after him. But it’s not skill—it’s Haynes’ heart and penetrating knowledge of blues, rock and gospel that make Gov’t Mule shows special. He and his band rip the viscera from classic Hendrix, the Grateful Dead and Steppenwolf songs and hand them to fans still steaming, still dripping, still pulsing with life. Gov’t Mule’s own songs—like “Beautifully Broken,” “Soulshine and “Blind Man in the Dark”—hold up remarkably against canonical covers: just as meaty, just as full of blood and soul. J.K.

Fri., Dec. 28 and Sat., Dec. 29, 8pm. $29.50-$35. With Sister Sparrow and the Dirty Birds. Tower Theater, 69th and Ludlow sts., Upper Darby. 610.352.2887.

Boylesque, Drag & Burlyq!
This holiday season, Sisters Burlesque Showcase shines a spotlight on boyz—the naughtier the better. Timaree Schmit, the sprite responsible for these sexy hijinks, has assembled a passel of cuties to entertain the audience. Local drag diva Tammy Faymous is sure to electrify attendees with her energetic performance. Unlike her lip-synching peers, this hairy-chested honey belts out her own numbers a la Pat Benatar. That raw display of emotional vulnerability will be tempered by the street-smart swagger of Nino, a handsome drag king making his Sisters debut. Admirers of mustachioed men will be delighted by Brettzo, Philadelphia’s premier practitioner of boylesque, a variation on the medium rarely seen in these parts. And of course, there will be plenty of good old-fashioned burlesque courtesy of Melissa Bang Bang. The show begins at 11 p.m.; arrive early and enjoy a cocktail. -Raymond Simon

10pm. $6. Sisters Nightclub, 1320 Chancellor St. 215.735.0735.

Sat., Dec. 29

Chaka Khan
Without the fiery former Rufus lead singer Chaka Khan, there’s no Mary J. Blige, Angie Stone, Jennifer Hudson or any female vocalist of this era singing R&B. For the past four decades, the Chicago-born singer’s powerful pipes sparked every song she sang, whether her quiet storm standards “Sweet Thing,” “Through the Fire,” and “Everlasting Love,” her Whitney Houstonized anthem “I’m Every Woman” or her stunning Guru Jazzmatazz, Vol. 2: The New Reality collab, “Watch What You Say.” And, if that weren’t enough, her jazz cred is so deep that Al Jarreau, Earl Klugh, George Benson and Miles Davis appeared on her criminally underrated 1988 LP, CK. Philly has shown her love from Day 1, so look for the newly slimmed-down Khan to bring her ageless A-game to the Harrah’s stage. -Eugene Holley, Jr.

9pm. $45-$75. Harrah’s Philadelphia Casino & Racetrack, 777 Harrah’s Blvd., Chester. 484.490.1800.

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