Tony Danza's got talent, Todd Herremans scores for charity

Posted: March 20, 2014

TONY DANZA is back at Northeast High School tomorrow for the third year in a row to host the annual talent show to raise funds for the school.

Danza famously taught at the high school for a year for a 2010 A&E reality show.

So, what keeps the actor coming back years after the TV cameras left town?

"I feel a tremendous debt of gratitude to the school, to spend a year in this school and try to make a difference and be a teacher, which was one of the greatest experiences of my life," Danza told me. "I have an affinity for Philadelphia that goes back to the Philadelphia Bulldogs, the roller hockey team."

Not to mention an affinity for the sandwiches at Nick's Roast Beef (2210 Cottman Ave.), which Danza said is his second Philly stop (after Northeast High, naturally) when he comes to town.

Danza will perform at the talent show, including sitting in on ukulele in a trio of two other teachers playing "Five Foot Two, Eyes of Blue," then he'll take part in a doo-wop number.

But Danza's professional aspirations go beyond high-school talent shows. He told me that his goal throughout various art forms - movies, television, theater - was to get a good review in the New York Times. After 37 years, he achieved his dream when the Times' Ben Brantley wrote a glowing review of "Honeymoon in Vegas," playing at the Paper Mill Playhouse, in Millburn, N.J., last year. (Danza reprises the role that James Caan played in the 1992 movie of the same name.)

Danza said the production has the financing and just needs a theater before heading to the Great White Way.

Not bad: Northeast High's auditorium to Broadway in just a few easy steps.

The talent show takes place at 6 p.m. tomorrow at Northeast High (1601 Cottman Ave., near Glendale). The $10 tickets can be purchased at the door or at

Herremans hoops it up

Eagles offensive guard Todd Herremans will host his second annual Hoops for Hope fundraiser, benefiting local charities, March 27 at Vie (600 N. Broad St., near Mount Vernon). Last year, notable names like Brian Westbrook, Bernard Hopkins and Brent Celek came to support Herremans.

Previously, the Herremans Foundation donated to national charities, but they decided to focus on the area this year, including Magee Rehabilitation Hospital.

"Especially in the line of work I'm in, [Magee] takes on a different meaning," Herremans said.

Herremans' foundation focuses on many charities rather than one cause because he simply couldn't decide on just one to support. He just wants to help.

"I wouldn't be happy just being a rich guy," Herremans said.

Attendees will watch the NCAA Tournament games at the event, hosted by "Preston & Steve Show" associate producer extraordinaire Marisa Magnatta. "I just do a friendly bracket," Herremans told me when I asked for tips on any potential NCAA gambling that could possibly benefit anonymous gossip columnists, "but I'm terrible at it."

Well, Todd, that's not very helpful.

But Herremans did say he's a considerably better basketball player than prognosticator. He plays for the Eagles charity team. So who would Herremans recruit if he was to be challenged to a pickup game?

" Jeremy Maclin is pretty good, but I don't know if he's cleared yet from his surgery," Herremans said. "Definitely LeSean [ McCoy] . Connor Barwin played basketball for Cincinnati, and I would think Bradley Fletcher is pretty good. Oh, and Brad Smith."

For tickets ($325), go to

* Speaking of the Eagles, "Two Funny Philly Guys," featuring Joe Conklin and Big Daddy Graham, will host "Two Beautiful Eagles Girls" - a/k/a Julie Dorenbos and Susie Celek - at their show at the Colonial Theatre (227 Bridge St., Phoenixville) on March 29 at 8 p.m. Go to for tickets.


*  Butch Patrick, a/k/a "The Munsters' " wily were-boy Eddie Munster, was seen at Sullivan's Steakhouse (5525 Concord Pike, Wilmington, Del.) I hear the former child star came in with a posse of about 10 people.

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