March 25, 2015 |
Libby Tofig was emoting her heart out as she belted a song of pain and rejection called "Still Hurting," when the music teacher interrupted. "You have a really wonderful set of pipes," she said. But she told Tofig to tone down the emotion and simplify her delivery. Instead of putting her pain out there for everyone to see, think of something sad in her own life and let the feelings seep through. "Put yourself emotionally in that very painful place," said Lea Salonga, looking chic in black pants, leather jacket and purple scarf.
August 13, 2014 |
Robin Williams, the synapse-snapping comic genius whose career caromed from standup clubs to concert halls, TV sitcoms to Oscar-winning films - from Mork to Mrs. Doubtfire , from the Genie in Aladdin to Oliver Sacks in Awakenings - died Monday at 63. His body was found in his home in Tiburon, across the bay from San Francisco, an area where he had long lived. A deputy coroner in Marin County indicated the cause was suspected to be suicide due to asphyxia, but an investigation is continuing.
July 19, 2014 |
Test the laws of physics and biology with the Franklin Institute's "Circus Science Under the Big Top" interactive exhibition through Sept. 1. Find out the tricks of the trade as to how entertainers perform their daring feats, including being shot from cannons and swallowing fire. Visitors can launch cannonballs and use physics to calculate their landing points, try to twist their bodies like contortionists, and try walking a tightrope or doing tricks on a trapeze. While at the museum, check out Brain Freeze from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., part of the institute's Kitchen Science program; watch goodies being cooked with dry ice. "Circus Science Under the Big Top," through Sept.
December 28, 2013 |
Children and adults can enjoy favorite characters as Disney on Ice Presents Let's Celebrate continues through Jan. 4 at the Wells Fargo Center. The skating spectacular includes Mickey Mouse and Minnie Mouse and a Very Merry Unbirthday Party with friends. Lilo & Stitch will have a Hawaiian luau, and the audience will watch Woody, Jessie, Buzz Lightyear, and others in a winter wonderland. The Royal Valentine's Day Ball will feature Disney princesses including Cinderella and Tiana.
July 29, 2013 |
Director and choreographer Jodi Raditz and vocal-music director Collin Maier are giving notes to the kids in Summer Theater Camp. Legally Blonde: The Musical opens soon, and all the stars in the eyes of the cast won't carry a two-hour, fully staged production of a Broadway hit. These boys and girls must hit their marks and hit the high notes. They'll have to work it, sell it, bring it to the Grand Theatre audience. "On any dance break, there's got to be noise. Have fun with it!"
January 4, 2013 |
By car, wagon, or horse-drawn carriage, enjoy an illuminated spectacular this weekend at Shadybrook Farms' 18th annual Holiday Light Show, presented by Peco. The show, which begins nightly at 5 o'clock through Sunday, spans two miles in Yardley. Attendees can see illuminations of historical and mythical characters, places, and things, including the Statue of Liberty, the Grinch, the 12 Days of Christmas, Under the Sea featuring an 80-foot-long aquarium sea wall, the Peco building, and more.
November 21, 2012 |
In the pantheon of People's Light and Theatre pantos, Cinderella , the 2009 Barrymore Awards-sweeping vaudevillian adaptation, stands as a Jupiter of the form. While the panto, a British holiday-time descendant of commedia dell'arte, includes standard conventions (candy-tossing, drag-wearing, audience participation), the 2009 production was seriously unconventional - innovative, even. So, let's say this year's Aladdin is People's Light's Juno. The company's ninth panto again pairs composer/lyricist Michael Ogborn with director Peter Pryor, who's also responsible, with Samantha Bellomo, for Aladdin 's book, which takes cues from the traditional tale, its Disney cousin, Shakespeare, and Rudolph Valentino, among other influences.
March 1, 2010 |
With the debut issue of "Aladdin: Legacy of the Lost," it's clear Radical is becoming to comics what James Cameron is to movies. In short, Radical is using the best production values and technology available to tell simple stories on a grand scale and is raising the bar of an entire medium while doing so. Indeed, part of the reason Comics Guy was disappointed with Radical's last offering, "The Last Days of American Crime," is because it seemed...
May 13, 2007 |
The Stardust, after 48 years on the Las Vegas Strip, is gone. The Venetian, opened in 1999, is about to double in size. And the casino formerly known as the Aladdin, just seven years old, is putting the finishing touches on a massive makeover as Planet Hollywood. Las Vegas, always in transition, is at it again and, as usual, making itself bigger, taller, ritzier and, according to some, more urbane. The difference this time is that some of the buildings are being designed not merely to shout for attention but to actually complement each other.
July 1, 2005 |
If the thought of Philadelphia's July Fourth week festivities sends you into an agoraphobic panic, fear not. There are plenty of things you and your family can do away from the city. The Philadelphia Zoo's Zoo on Wheels "Zoo-2-U Live Animal Revue" program will roll into the Keswick Theatre for two shows Wednesday. Laura Warner, the zoo's outreach coordinator, will show off some creatures of the wild as she talks about adaptation and survival. Audience members will look at - but can't touch - a large bird of prey, a large snake, and a porcupine as they learn how animals protect themselves and locate food, water and shelter.