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June 19, 2013 | By Allie Caren, Inquirer Staff Writer
Like many with theatrical aspirations, Matthew Wolf started as a waiter in the Big Apple - an ambitious twentysomething aiming for a shot at the big stage. Eventually faced with the choice of leaving Manhattan for grad school or starting a career on Broadway's management side, Wolf decided to go for the office chair. Today, at 39, he's the guy who decides what touring shows will come to Philadelphia each year as part of the Kimmel Center's Broadway Series. For 2013-14, that means still-running best-musical Tony winners The Book of Mormon and Once ; classics Evita, The Gershwins' Porgy and Bess , and Flashdance the Musical ; Queen's epic We Will Rock You ; and a new Phantom of the Opera . When he made the leap from onstage to off, Wolf - who had studied music and theater in college - was waiting tables at Cafe Time along with a flock of other talented hopefuls.
NEWS
October 20, 2011 | By Howard Shapiro, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
The three new one-acts combined into a Broadway show called Relatively Speaking come across as a comedic evolution in time-lapse. It all goes by in barely more than two hours, beginning with the subtle, ending with the zany. We start with writer/filmmaker Ethan Coen's "Talking Cure," a facile piece that ups the sharp comic ante as it progresses. After a four-minute break, we're into classic Elaine May, a piece called "George Is Dead," with more nuance and bigger laughs as it turns from a character study into a poignant scenario that works.
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March 2, 2012 | ASSOCIATED PRESS
HOUSTON - Edna Milton Chadwell, the last madam of the infamous Texas brothel that inspired the movie and Broadway show, "The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas," has died in Phoenix. She was 84. Chadwell's nephew, Robert Kleffman, said Wednesday that his aunt, the last owner of the Chicken Ranch brothel, in La Grange, Texas, died Saturday. She had been hospitalized since a car accident in October. Chadwell began working at the Chicken Ranch in 1952, Kleffman said. Within three years, she had become the manager.
NEWS
April 6, 2014 | By Tirdad Derakhshani, Inquirer Staff Writer
James Franco apologizes We were hoping it was a hoax: some nasty hacker. But it seems James Franco , 35, the greatest renaissance man since, like, the Renaissance, did in fact try to arrange a romantic rendezvous with a 17-year-old girl. Scottish tourist Lucy Clode , 17, met Franco briefly outside his Broadway show Of Mice and Men . They began exchanging Instagrams. Franco sent her a (clothed) selfie, then volunteered to stop by - his base desires in tow, no doubt - at Clode's hotel room.
ENTERTAINMENT
June 27, 2012 | Howard Gensler
JOHN TRAVOLTA is digging in his (high) heels when it comes to coming out.   No matter how many men come forward about his interest in massage, no matter if he's photographed smooching with his male pilot on the tarmac, Travolta is straight. Straighter than straight. The irony of all this is that no one cares. Travolta isn't a buff, virile action hero, and he hasn't been a romantic lead since the 1980s. Travolta rumors have been around so long, people already assume what they want to assume.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 9, 2013 | By Howard Gensler
WHERE'S EVERYBODY GOING? A longtime victim of crippling social anxiety, New Kids on the Block 's Jonathan Knight left the stage when the group performed in New York last week. About 25 minutes into the show, Knight was supposed to solo on the new ballad "Survive You," but he couldn't get the words out. Donnie Wahlberg kidded him about the silence, and then Knight laughed and walked off. NKOTB finished the song and the show without him. Knight tweeted "I'm sorry . . . " soon thereafter.
SPORTS
September 14, 2012 | BY TOM MAHON, Daily News Staff Writer
MIKE TYSON recently completed his one-man Broadway show - directed by Spike Lee - called "Mike Tyson: Undisputed Truth. " So what's next? "I want to dance and sing. I want to do some dancing and singing musicals," Tyson said. "I want to be like Billy Madison. " Someone might want to tell the former heavyweight champ that he meant to say "Billy Elliot," a musical based on the film of the same name in which a boy trades his boxing gloves for ballet slippers. "Billy Madison" is a comedy starring Adam Sandler, who plays an uneducated goofball.
NEWS
August 31, 2011
Price Berkley, 92, founder, editor, and longtime publisher of Theatrical Index, the weekly trade publication that has been consulted by anyone wanting to produce, finance, write about, or possibly avoid a Broadway show, died Sunday at his Manhattan home. Mr. Berkley founded Theatrical Index in 1964 with a typewriter, a stapler, and 16 subscribers. It retains its original, humble form: a slim sheaf secured at the top with staples. "People used to put it on a clipboard on their bulletin board, and they still do," said Steve Bebout, who succeeded Mr. Berkley as editor in chief after his retirement in 2007.
NEWS
August 17, 2012
Joan Roberts, 95, who created the role of the winsome "yeller"-haired heroine, Laurey, in the original Broadway production of Oklahoma! , died Monday in Stamford, Conn. Her death was announced by the Rodgers & Hammerstein Organization. One of the last living members of the musical's original cast, Ms. Roberts had lived for many years in Rockville Centre, N.Y. Oklahoma! , which opened in 1943, was Ms. Roberts' second Broadway show. Oklahoma! ran for 2,212 performances and became a benchmark by which later musicals would be judged.
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October 25, 2002 | By David Patrick Stearns INQUIRER MUSIC CRITIC
Every day - or so they swore - Betty Comden and Adolph Green met and worked, whether writing a new Broadway show or revising one of their many classics. However, the promise of another show, another song, ended with Mr. Green's death on Wednesday at age 87. His body of work with Comden spanned roughly 60 years, starting with sketches they wrote as part of the comedy team The Revuers, up through libretto revisions in the 1998 Broadway revival of On the Town. They were most famous for writing the screenplays to the classic MGM films Singin' in the Rain and The Bandwagon, though Broadway buffs often say their best work was in lesser-known shows, such as the art-deco farce On the Twentieth Century (1978)
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September 13, 2014 | By Toby Zinman, For The Inquirer
A big, cheerful, gorgeous dumb blonde of a musical comedy, 9 to 5: The Musical , the Walnut Street Theatre's season opener, is, like many a dumb blonde, good for a fun night out. (OK, OK, is every new-wave feminist going to call the gender police? Aw, shucks.) Based on the 1980 movie of the same name (its screenwriter, Patricia Resnick, wrote the show's book), Dolly Parton wrote 16 songs for the Broadway show, each with her signature country sound; the excellent cast belts them out with gusto.
NEWS
August 8, 2014
AS A lifelong fan of Long Beach Island, I certainly don't need a specific reason to go there. But the current production of "Monty Python's Spamalot" is a doozy of an excuse to schlep to the Ocean County seaside resort. The musical comedy, adapted mostly by Python's Eric Idle from the British comedy troupe's 1975 film, "Monty Python and the Holy Grail," runs through Aug. 24 at Beach Haven's venerable Surflight Theatre. Ostensibly, it is a retelling of the legend of King Arthur and his Knights Of the Round Table.
ENTERTAINMENT
August 7, 2014 | By Howard Gensler
IF THE MUSIC of Billy Joel , ABBA , Green Day , the Four Seasons and Carole King could headline a Broadway show, why not John Mayer ? For one thing, they had hits. But that's not stopping music's raspy-voiced Romeo from trying to write a show. The National Enquirer reports that Mayer is thinking theater, and his possibly autobiographical play has former Mayer flames Katy Perry , Jennifer Aniston , Jessica Simpson , Taylor Swift , Jennifer Love Hewitt , Renee Zellweger , Minka Kelly and Rhona Mitra (what the heck attracted all these women to that guy?
NEWS
April 27, 2014 | By A.D. Amorosi, For The Inquirer
Back in the days of New Wave, say, 1983, Cyndi Lauper was viewed as pretty unusual. Her first record, She's So Unusual , went against the tide. Here was a diminutive, swaggering Brooklyn redhead with a high voice, higher energy - and a sophisticated pop album, recorded with barely known Philly musicians. "It was my debut record, so we weren't really under the microscope of the label," says Lauper, about to visit Philly with Cher for a Wells Fargo Center show on Monday. "We made that record exactly how we wanted it. " She's So Unusual sold 22 million copies worldwide, with its biggest hit, "Girls Just Want to Have Fun," penned by Philly guy Robert Hazard, and the ballad "Time After Time," co-written with Rob Hyman of the Hooters.
NEWS
April 6, 2014 | By Tirdad Derakhshani, Inquirer Staff Writer
James Franco apologizes We were hoping it was a hoax: some nasty hacker. But it seems James Franco , 35, the greatest renaissance man since, like, the Renaissance, did in fact try to arrange a romantic rendezvous with a 17-year-old girl. Scottish tourist Lucy Clode , 17, met Franco briefly outside his Broadway show Of Mice and Men . They began exchanging Instagrams. Franco sent her a (clothed) selfie, then volunteered to stop by - his base desires in tow, no doubt - at Clode's hotel room.
NEWS
January 24, 2014 | By Kevin Riordan, Inquirer Columnist
James Spinelli was 11 when he became a shoe man. This was in Camden, 1931. Spinelli was poor and small for his age, but he'd already been working for five years, selling vegetables from a little red wagon and peddling newspapers to saloon patrons. He also hawked Camden-style "yum yum" water ice on the corner of Broadway and Royden. So when a guy walked out of a shoe shop downtown and offered a job to a crowd of boys walking by, the skinny kid from Clinton Street said yes. He made $1.50 a week to start, and he's been fixing other people's footware ever since.
NEWS
November 15, 2013
IF YOU were to construct a backward-directed timeline of female performers who flaunted conventions of public behavior and decorum, you'd likely start with Miley Cyrus and Lady Gaga , and continue on through Madonna , Marilyn Monroe and Mae West , who was actually jailed for writing and acting in a Broadway show called "Sex" in the 1920s. But that line would end (and, actually, begin) with Sophie Tucker , whose fame has faded as the decades have rolled by, but who is the spiritual forebear of every headline-grabbing show biz femme fatale who has emerged in her wake.
NEWS
November 1, 2013 | By John Timpane, Inquirer Staff Writer
One thing about Once   : It's not the movie. It's the international touring show budded off from the Broadway show budded off, in turn, from the movie. Starring Irish musician Glen Hansard and Czech musician Markéta Irglová, Once was a dark-horse smash in 2007, earning two Grammys and an Oscar. Persuasive, passionate, it's a busker's love story. But Once in Philadelphia (Academy of Music, through Nov. 10) is different. Sure, it has the guitar-playing Guy and the pianist Girl, plus Hansard and Irglová's poignant songs.
NEWS
July 7, 2013 | By Jill Lawless, Associated Press
LONDON - A producer on Friday won a British court victory over Monty Python for a bigger share of royalties from the stage musical Spamalot and said that despite the dispute he still found the comedy troupe funny. Mark Forstater brought a High Court lawsuit against the anarchic comedians over the show, which is based on the 1975 movie Monty Python and the Holy Grail . Forstater produced the film, and his lawyers claimed it was agreed that he would be "treated as the seventh Python" financially, entitled to the same share of Holy Grail merchandising and spin-off income as the other members.
ENTERTAINMENT
June 19, 2013 | By Allie Caren, Inquirer Staff Writer
Like many with theatrical aspirations, Matthew Wolf started as a waiter in the Big Apple - an ambitious twentysomething aiming for a shot at the big stage. Eventually faced with the choice of leaving Manhattan for grad school or starting a career on Broadway's management side, Wolf decided to go for the office chair. Today, at 39, he's the guy who decides what touring shows will come to Philadelphia each year as part of the Kimmel Center's Broadway Series. For 2013-14, that means still-running best-musical Tony winners The Book of Mormon and Once ; classics Evita, The Gershwins' Porgy and Bess , and Flashdance the Musical ; Queen's epic We Will Rock You ; and a new Phantom of the Opera . When he made the leap from onstage to off, Wolf - who had studied music and theater in college - was waiting tables at Cafe Time along with a flock of other talented hopefuls.
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