May 15, 1998 |
At the climax of Blood Brothers, a man, while pointing at the man standing before him, shouts at his mother: "Why didn't you give me away? I coulda been 'im!" The sentences make perfect sense in context, but even to someone who has not seen the musical, they indicate what kind of show Blood Brothers is. They also provide a way to see what does and doesn't work in the new musical that's concluding the Walnut Street Theatre's season. A mother who gives a child away is a sure sign of melodrama, and Blood Brothers is certainly that.
April 28, 1993 |
Because Willy Russell is an English playwright of some reputation who has written the book, music and lyrics to Blood Brothers, a musical that opened Sunday at the Music Box, he might stir memories of Noel Coward. They should be suppressed. It's not that Russell is without talent. He's the author of the comedies Educating Rita and Shirley Valentine, after all, and Blood Brothers has pleased a lot of people and won several prizes while running for nearly five years in London. For a while, you can understand its appeal.
April 10, 2003 |
The Army unit's insignia depicting a gloved hand and raised saber inside a horseshoe conjures up images of mounted cavalry in the old West. Unit subdivisions have taken names such as Crazy Horse and Apache. And troopers sometimes wear Stetson hats and say "Garryowen" when greeting comrades, referring to the regiment's official tune. The Seventh Cavalry rides again - this time through the streets of Baghdad. It is riding tanks and armored vehicles in the conflict as the Seventh Cav's graying veterans watch the progress from their recliners and couches - cheering it on. "I'm watching too much of it," said Bill Beck, 59, of Camp Hill, Pa., a Vietnam veteran of the Seventh.
July 9, 2004 |
The irreverent, hard-rocking Rye Coalition is at the North Star Bar tonight, hopefully previewing some of the songs the band's recorded with Dave Grohl for its upcoming - gasp! - major label debut. In the meantime, check out the video on the band's Web site (www.ryecoalition.com) for "Stop Eating While I'm Smoking. " It looks like every high school notebook doodle come to life, complete with evil robots, devils and Wendy O. Williams. The Sinners, the band led by beloved Tritone bartender Paul Dellevigne, opens the show (9 tonight, North Star Bar, 27th and Poplar streets, 215-684-0808, $8, www.northstarbar.
February 7, 1995 |
You'd think that life would be good for all the beautiful Baldwin boys. But not so, says Billy, younger brother of Alec. Every time he wants to compete for a cool movie role, the name Tom Cruise pops up, he says. "In my age category, there's only Tom Cruise," Baldwin, who was born in '63, told W magazine. "If they don't get Tom Cruise, it's up for grabs for everybody else: Brad Pitt, Keanu Reeves, Billy Baldwin, Matt Dillon, Val Kilmer, or John Cusak. We're all waiting for his leftovers - or maybe smaller pictures that don't have the money or the scope for a Tom Cruise.
October 18, 1996 |
We don't doubt for a minute that Fergie, the Duchess Without a Country, will settle in the United States when she finally skulks out of her native Britain. But Oklahoma? "I'm not going to say where I'd live if I moved here. However, I will say that the Midwest gets overlooked. I like what I've seen there," she recently mused to a reporter. This comes on the heels of Fergie's visit to Oklahoma City, where her Chances for Children charity recently donated $150,000 to a pediatric care center.
October 17, 2002 |
Promising "Sex, Books, and Music," the 215 Festival kicks off tonight at the Free Library of Philadelphia with readings by Zadie Smith, Sarah Vowell, Jeffrey Eugenides, and others (7 p.m., 19th and Vine streets, 215-567-4341, $12), followed by an afterparty at the North Star Bar with Bigger Lovers and Lefty's Deceiver (10 tonight, 27th and Poplar Streets, 215-684-0808, $7). The Philadelphia Independent closes out the weekend with a Sunday afternoon snacktime reading featuring the Walkie Talkies and Candybot, a vengeful, candy-eating, poetry-reading robot (4 p.m., Space 1026, 1026 Arch St., 215-574-7630, free)
June 11, 1990 |
For a troupe the rumors of whose death were greatly exaggerated, the Philadelphia Theatre Co. is showing remarkable signs of vitality on its road back to solvency. The PTC's indefatigable one-woman show, producing/artistic director Sara Garonzik, has announced a series of new play readings under the company's familiar STAGES banner. The readings will be held June 18, 19 and 20 at Temple University Center City's Stage III, at 1619 Walnut St. "It marks our re-entry into the Philadelphia art scene," says Garonzik, "bringing us one step closer to fulfilling our mission in this year of financial crisis.
February 24, 1995 |
GREATEST HITS Bruce Springsteen / Columbia 1/2 Four fresh tracks reuniting Bruce Springsteen with the E Street Band, sound-brightening remasters of some older tracks like "Born to Run" and "The River" and the inclusion of his Grammy-nominated movie theme "Philadelphia" make this greatest-hits package (in stores Tuesday) quite desirable. Besides the single CD and tape packages, a limited-edition two-LP vinyl version also is available. Oozing sentimentality with its "Born to Run"-era cover, vintage pix of Bruce with the band and handwritten notes by the Boss explaining how he came to write songs like "Thunder Road" and "Atlantic City," the whole deal comes off as a musical peace offering.
June 6, 1993 |
OK, theater buffs, put on your Jeopardy! hats and listen up. The category is Broadway, 1992-93: Answer: Fool Moon, Redwood Curtain, Solitary Confinement, Chinese Coffee. Stumped? Here's a hint: The 1992-93 Tony Awards, honoring the best in Broadway achievement, will be presented tonight at 9 p.m. at the Gershwin Theatre in New York. The ceremony, hosted by Liza Minnelli, will be telecast live on CBS (Channel 10). All right, time's up. Question: What were the only productions not nominated for the '92-'93 Tony as the season's best new play?