An Arden audience favorite, 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," according to Arden. Performances play Arden's intimate Arcadia stage.
The actor 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 for eight "raucous and witty" performances.
Arden's producing artistic director Terrence J. Nolen said in a statement, "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 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 comic performers. "My dear mother died in 2005," the actor said in production notes. "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," stated Nolen.
Braithwaite 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.
For more information call (215) 922-1122 or visit www.ardentheatre.org. Arden is located at 40 N. 2nd Street in the Old City section of Philadelphia.