July 19, 2016 |
By Hugh Hunter FOR THE INQUIRER Using their veteran stars, Eileen Cella and Sonny Leo, Act II Playhouse is serving up a delicious midsummer treat, Broadway on Butler . Created by Leo, this fast-paced 90-minute musical revue offers a full slate of 27 Broadway songs...
July 14, 2016 |
IF YOU'RE jonesing for the next book in George R.R. Martin 's "A Song of Ice and Fire," and can't hold on until the bearded bard turns in his manuscript, the Guardian reports that London's Hesperus Press will be publishing an epic novella in December by ... Saddam Hussein . If ever there was a writer who thought the sword was mightier than the pen ... How did the old despot find time to write books while committing so many human rights atrocities?...
July 1, 2016 |
If all the world's a stage, why can't shows from Broadway, London, and even Philadelphia be playing on it, simultaneously? That's the billion-dollar question the fairly new online video service BroadwayHD is testing Thursday night, as it offers up the first-ever live stream of a Broadway show, the musical revival She Loves Me. And in the process, the start-up hopes to cement its status as the "Netflix of Broadway. " Well-reviewed and nearing the end of its run at Studio 54, this internet treat features a top-notch score by Sheldon Harnick and Jerry Bock (of Fiddler on the Roof fame)
June 22, 2016 |
AS THERE are only so many movies which can be turned into Broadway musicals and so many shows worth reviving, Broadway may soon turn to "new" source material the movies are already mining. Board games. The Hollywood Reporter says a stage musical based on Monopoly is in the works, thanks to a new partnership between Hasbro and The Araca Group. "Monopoly is one of the most iconic gaming brands of all time," said Simon Waters , general manager and SVP, Hasbro Entertainment and Consumer Products.
May 23, 2016 |
NEW YORK - Tucked into the usual Broadway Playbill for the new hit Shuffle Along at the Music Box Theatre is something that's not the typical size or color: a sepia replica of the show's original 1921 program from the long-demolished 63rd Street Music Hall, evidence of the distant world from which the show comes. Known as the first African American megahit, the 1921 version of Shuffle Along made the careers of songwriters Eubie Blake and Noble Sissle and helped launch Florence Mills, Adelaide Hall, and Josephine Baker.
May 18, 2016 |
'Almost every big hit musical - and flop musical - began in Philly before it took Broadway by storm . . . or had a horrible demise," Seth Rudetsky says with a laugh. This stage historian, actor/singer, and pianist wants to remind Philadelphia of its first-run history with his Broadway Concert Series at the Merriam Theater , where he hosts, chats with, and plays piano behind the hottest singer-actresses on Manhattan's musical stages. His next events: Tuesday with recent Tony nominee Megan Hilty, and June 14 with Kelli O'Hara.
March 20, 2016 |
The Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts has announced its 2016-2017 Broadway season, which includes four Philadelphia premieres. The shows on the schedule have won 29 Tony Awards and numerous other prominent prizes. Among the premieres, An American in Paris (Nov. 22-27, Academy of Music), the season opener, is Christopher Wheeldon's newly choreographed version of the beloved 1951 film, itself based on the 1928 suite composed by George Gershwin. The show, replete with famed George and Ira Gershwin tunes, won the most Tonys of any production last year, and this is its first time in Philly.
January 29, 2016 |
GREASE: LIVE! 7 p.m. Sunday, Fox29 "Live" is the word. Fox jumps into the TV live-musical game Sunday with Grease: Live !, starring dancer-singer Julianne Hough ( Dancing with the Stars ) as Sandy, Aaron Tveit ( Graceland, Les Miserables ) as Danny, Vanessa Hudgens ( High School Musical ) as Rizzo, pop star (and Broadway's Cinderella ) Carly Rae Jepsen as Frenchy, and Keke Palmer (who has also played Cinderella on Broadway) as Marty. Will it be "electrifyin' "?
December 28, 2015 |
Since his 1990 arrival on the stages of New York City, dancer-choreographer Andy Blankenbuehler has had it nothing but good. After showing off his best Broadway buck-and-wing in 1992's Guys and Dolls and jazz hands in 1999's Fosse , the Cincinnati native began a career as a big-league choreographer. "A wonderful thing about youth is that you don't really know anything," Blankenbuehler, 45, says from his Manhattan home. "You trust your instinct. I didn't know about choreography, dramaturgy, humanity back when I was 17, but I trusted my gut feelings.
November 28, 2015 |
Sally Narrigan, 93, formerly of Wynnewood, a mother and world traveler, died Thursday, Nov. 12, of cancer at Beaumont at Bryn Mawr. Mrs. Narrigan grew up in Cleveland, where her family was a part of a strong German community. At 15, she joined a student exchange program that took her to Germany for six weeks. That experience set the stage for a lifetime of travel to Europe, the British Isles, the Middle East, the Caribbean, and destinations in North America. She made several coast-to-coast trips starting here and was very fond of cruising the seas.