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October 9, 2015 | By Tirdad Derakhshani, Inquirer Staff Writer
Hudson: Broadway calls "I think I'm going to fall in love with Broadway," says Jennifer Hudson, who will make her Broadway debut this month as Shug Avery in a new adaptation of Alice Walker's novel The Color Purple . Hudson, 34, who won an Oscar and a Golden Globe for her role in Dreamgirls , says she's come a long way since her days as a shy girl in the church choir overcome by stage fright. "I used to beg for a solo, and then when they gave it to me, I would be too afraid to sing," she tells Glamour.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 25, 2012 | By Howard Shapiro, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Joseph Alsop and his brother, Stewart, were kingpins of the opinion pages after World War II, when syndicated columnists meant fear and respect in an era before the Internet empowered everyone to be a publisher. David Auburn's new historical drama "The Columnist" illuminates the different sides of Joseph Alsop, who went on to write the column alone _ and in about 200 newspapers — after Stewart became a reporter for The Saturday Evening Post. In "The Columnist," which packs a tidy punch in a down-to-earth telling, Alsop is a mercurial know-it-all who was a curmudgeon long before he reached the age when such crankiness is tolerable, if not excusable.
ENTERTAINMENT
January 14, 2012 | By Howard Shapiro, Inquirer Staff Writer
NEW YORK - The immensely satisfying Porgy and Bess that opened in a Broadway revival Thursday night is not your grandma's P&B . In a controversial makeover that has ended up neither controversial nor very much made over, what you get is a compelling and confident mixture of opera and stage sense that drives the music as well as the story. Some people - most notably Steven Sondheim - protested after news last summer that Pulitzer-winning playwright Suzan-Lori Parks ( Topdog/Underdog)
NEWS
December 16, 2008 | By Howard Shapiro INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
We're at Scene 26 in A Chorus Line, its last moments, and we're swelling with anticipation. All night we've felt for these kids, desperate to be hired into the cookie-cutter chorus line of the show for which they're auditioning. Now, after coming to understand them as individuals, we're about to see them fulfill their ultimate goal: to become a single unit. And so begins one of the great finales in American musical theater, backed at first by only a piano. Out comes a lone gold-tuxedoed man, dancing across the stage.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 27, 2012 | CHUCK DARROW Daily News Staff Writer
SOMETIME around 10 p.m. Tuesday at the Academy of Music, the Philadelphia debut of the latest iteration of "West Side Story," which runs through April 8, will conclude with a reprise of "Somewhere. " At this point, the audience will no doubt rise to its feet and reward the cast with a loud and appreciative ovation. But no matter how enthusiastic the crowd's response may be, it probably won't match that of those at Washington, D.C.'s National Theatre on Aug. 19, 1957. "We got like 15 curtain calls," recalled Michael Callan, 77, of the night the groundbreaking contemporary adaptation of William Shakespeare's "Romeo and Juliet" had its pre-Broadway premiere.
NEWS
November 13, 2015 | By Kevin Riordan, Inquirer Columnist
Carolyn Ruggeri went to Camden on Wednesday to help heroin addicts avoid the fate of her daughter, Rose, who died a drug-related death in 2012. Patty DiRenzo was there for her late son, Sal. And for Tom Bush, the effort was likewise personal: He's lost three extended family members - all in their 20s - to heroin in recent years. "We're trying to spread awareness about this epidemic," Bryan J. Bush, assistant business manager of Sheet Metal Workers Local 19, told about 50 law enforcement officers, union members, and other volunteers in front of Camden County police headquarters.
NEWS
October 17, 2015 | By Michael Boren, Inquirer Staff Writer
The police radio blared with chatter just before 6 p.m., less than an hour into the prostitution sting that Camden County authorities were conducting Thursday. "Flannel shirt, black pants," a dispatcher said. As Camden County Police Detective Tom Collins pulled up to the corner of Broadway and Spruce Street in an unmarked black SUV, he spotted the man. "He got a black skull cap?" Collins asked, referring to a man wearing a black bandanna on his head. "10-4," the dispatcher said.
NEWS
April 27, 2015 | By A.D. Amorosi, For The Inquirer
When singer-songwriter Cyndi Lauper talks about Kinky Boots , the rocker's first foray into composing for the theater, she gets emotional. The mere mention of the Tony Award-winning show - six honors, including best musical and best score for Lauper - sets her to reminiscing about the joy of creating the inner lives of Kinky characters ("something I've done since I was a kid - well, not the Kinky part") and her open-armed acceptance by a community outside her usual rock and roll milieu.
NEWS
January 27, 2012 | HACKENSACK RECORD
HACKENSACK, N.J. - Robert Hegyes, the New Jersey-born actor who played Jewish Puerto-Rican wheeler-dealer Juan Luis Pedro Phillipo de Huevos Epstein on the 1970s classic "Welcome Back Kotter," died after an apparent heart attack in his Metuchen, N.J., home yesterday morning. He was 60. Hegyes, who also co-starred on "Cagney and Lacey" and taught occasional master classes at his alma mater, Rowan University, was best known for his work on "Kotter," in which he performed alongside a young John Travolta as one of the tough remedial students known at the Sweathogs.
NEWS
February 20, 2015
IN MAGIC, the act of turning an object into a completely different thing is known as "transformation. " But recently, it was conjurer Jeff Hobson who was altered in a significant way. Hobson is one of seven wizards who on Tuesday begin a six-day, eight-performance run in "The Illusionists" at the Academy of Music. They're on a national tour, following a successful end-of-2014 Broadway run. According to the veteran entertainer, his time in the Big Apple made him see the city in an entirely new light.
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