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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.
BUSINESS
July 1, 2016 | By Jonathan Takiff, Staff Writer
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)
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.
NEWS
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.
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.
ENTERTAINMENT
September 30, 2015
D EAR ABBY: I have lived in the United States for 40 years. My first 32 years were spent in Puerto Rico, so I speak with an accent. My problem is almost everyone I meet asks me where I'm from. I usually try to disguise my discomfort by jokingly asking them to guess. The truth is, I feel singled out as being different and not belonging. My friends and family tell me I'm being too sensitive, that people are just curious. I say it's rude to ask such a personal question of a total stranger.
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.
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.
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July 1, 2016 | By Jonathan Takiff, Staff Writer
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)
ENTERTAINMENT
March 17, 2016 | By Carolyn Hax
While I'm away, readers give the advice.   On making the best of the time after a terminal diagnosis: My sister's diagnosis gave her six months to a year, with treatment. She lived 1,200 miles from me, but I decided to give her whatever I could to make her comfortable and happy. I took unpaid leave to spend a couple weeks at her home. I made her a window seat cushion that she hadn't gotten around to making. My husband and I painted her kitchen and hung the five-year-old wallpaper border she had been waiting for her husband to do. I used vacation time to visit again and take her to a Cirque du Soleil performance.
NEWS
March 2, 2016 | By Tom Di Nardo, For the Daily News
For its 39th season, the Philly Pops continues its successful formula, presenting highlights from pop, rock, jazz, and Broadway. The roster includes tributes to the Beatles, Elvis, Ella Fitzgerald, Louis Armstrong, Fleetwood Mac, and Les Misérables . Designing a season from the vast pop genre represents a juggling act for Michael Krajewski, in his third season as music director. (He has just signed on for three more years.) Five shows must offer familiar fare to an audience that relates to music from previous generations.
NEWS
October 2, 2015
IT MAY NOT be the same as thrilling audiences on Broadway, but Audra McDonald nonetheless loves participating in the kind of program she'll be doing Wednesday night. McDonald, who, in 2014, became the first performer to win six acting Tony Awards, will be at the Merriam Theater to kick off the Kimmel Center's Seth Rudetsky Broadway Concert Series, a quartet of Merriam programs that will feature Rudetsky - a musical theater vet and high-profile host on SiriusXM's Broadway channel - conducting conversations with McDonald, Kelli O'Hara (Jan.
ENTERTAINMENT
September 30, 2015
D EAR ABBY: I have lived in the United States for 40 years. My first 32 years were spent in Puerto Rico, so I speak with an accent. My problem is almost everyone I meet asks me where I'm from. I usually try to disguise my discomfort by jokingly asking them to guess. The truth is, I feel singled out as being different and not belonging. My friends and family tell me I'm being too sensitive, that people are just curious. I say it's rude to ask such a personal question of a total stranger.
ENTERTAINMENT
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.
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