August 23, 2016 |
Barbra Streisand brought it back to Broad Street on Saturday, better than anyone dared expect. We ran out of fingers and toes counting the signature songs and surprises that earned heartfelt standing ovations at the packed tight Wells Fargo Center - from the scene-setting "The Way We Were" to such late-show anthems as "Don't Rain on My Parade," an amazing duet with an on-screen apparition of Anthony Newley on "Who Can I Turn To?" and her bittersweet/ironic rendering of "Happy Days Are Here Again," a Streisand perennial since her nightclub (and 1964 DNC Convention in Atlantic City)
August 20, 2016 |
Barbra Streisand has done it all. In her six-decade career, she has been a singer, an actress, an activist, a director, and an urban legend. She is, in short, everything. Babs was Celine before Celine, she was Beyoncé before Beyoncé (sacrilege, yes, but true). She's a pioneer, and, at 74, she's not done yet. In honor of her stop Saturday at Philadelphia's Wells Fargo Center - only the sixth tour of her career - let's look back at some of her most defining moments. Miss Marmelstein Babs burst onto Broadway with a bang in the 1962 musical I Can Get It For You Wholesale . Much of the musical, set in New York's Garment District and using Jewish harmonies in its pop-music score, was remarkable, but Streisand's tour-de-force performance as the secretary Miss Marmelstein and her eponymous song remain the stuff of legends.
August 17, 2016 |
For the first time in decades, Barbra Streisand is singing dangerously. Often. Not because her voice has suddenly regained what it has gradually lost over the years. When Streisand, 74, opened the East Coast leg of her tour Thursday at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, her voice had a thinning tone, raspy edges, and an occasional frog in the throat. Sorry, the world has not yet invented cosmetic surgery for vocal cords. The difference - which will doubtless be evident Saturday at the Wells Fargo Center - is that she isn't wasting her energy avoiding or masking what her voice can no longer do. Thus, she's free to explore avenues of expression that could perhaps have come only from a woman of her age and experience.
July 30, 2016 |
August is coming, and for the pessimists among us, that means summer is about to wind down. But there are still so many ways to keep that summer tan going for as long as possible. Here are the five events you need to know about in August. Allen Iverson Celebrity Basketball Game 7:30 p.m. next Friday, Liacouras Center , 1776 N. Broad St., $15-$100, 215-204-2400. We talking 'bout charity? A.I. hosts producer Jahlil Beats, rapper Pusha T, and boxer Danny "Swift" Garcia in a celeb b-ball game.
May 24, 2016 |
Arthur William Gerold, 92, costumer to a variety of performers, from Oscar winners to elephants, died on Friday, May 13, at Neshaminy Manor in Doylestown from complications of old age. Born in West New York, N.J., Mr. Gerold became the first general manager of the Lambertville Music Circus in the 1950s. In 1955, he joined the Van Horn Costume Co. of Philadelphia, one of the oldest theatrical costume providers in the world. Mr. Gerold went on to buy Van Horn in 1962 after it merged with the Brooks Uniform Co. The business moved to New York City, and he remained owner until 1981.
May 18, 2016
It's a problem when one has to read Twitter and Facebook for one's job and every 15 minutes one is confronted with a new faux outrage. Monday's is about CBS not picking up Drew , a new fall series wannabe about an adult Nancy Drew as a New York detective. The drama reportedly skewed "too female. " The show was to star Sarah Shahi , who's about as female as you can get and we would think skews "too male," and came from producers Joan Rater and Tony Phelan , who also had another drama in the running at CBS, called Doubt . Doubt is a legal drama starring Katherine Heigl , also quite female, and Laverne Cox , also female - except in North Carolina.
July 17, 2015 |
For much of her Broadway and film career, Idina Menzel - who, amazingly, is on her first major solo tour - has been a star, but a star at a certain remove. Her first professional theater gig, the 1995 sensation Rent , was an era-defining, bare-bones musical with frank talk about AIDS. That got more ink than Menzel's big solo, "No Day But Today. " When she got to Broadway again as Elphaba in 2003's Wicked , with its soaring signature song, "Defying Gravity," the "full-volume soprano" (as the New York Times' Stephen Holden called her)
September 27, 2014 |
Sarah Hyland , the older sister on Modern Family , on Tuesday took out a restraining order against her ex-bf, Matt Prokop . She claimed he was abusing her verbally and physically throughout their relationship. When she broke up with him face to face, her TV mom, Julie Bowen , was present and had to intervene. Hours before the show's season premiere on Wednesday night, she posted this Instagram message beneath a photo of the ensemble cast: "Tonight's the night!!! Season 6 premiere of #modernfamily on abc 9/8c!
July 12, 2014 |
The divorce album is one of pop's strangest quasi-traditions, treating the rights, wrongs, and ruin of a personal relationship with the arts of the pop love song. Marvin Gaye did it with Here, My Dear , Bob Dylan with Blood on the Tracks , and husband-and-wife folkies Richard and Linda Thompson made one together in Shoot Out the Lights . This year, producer/songwriter/singer Kenny "Babyface" Edmonds and Toni Braxton, a singer he has produced two albums for, made one of the best duet records in this line, titled Love, Marriage & Divorce . (Babyface divorced Tracey Edmonds in 2005, and Braxton let go of Keri Lewis in 2013.)
June 13, 2014 |
WHAT'S a long commute to work? A half hour? An hour? Any period of time on I-95 or the Schuylkill Expressway? NTSB accident investigators are looking into what role the commute of Kevin Roper - the driver charged in the accident that injured comedian Tracy Morgan - played in the fatal crash on the New Jersey Turnpike. Wal-Mart driver Roper, who pleaded not guilty to death by auto and assault by auto charges yesterday, lived in Georgia. His job was based in Delaware.