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May 21, 2012 | By Howard Shapiro, Inquirer Staff Writer
It was Peter Pan who long ago captured a little guy in Overbrook named Stephen C. Byrd and goaded him, during the next several decades, to Neverland. His grandma was an accessory to this - she took him to see the play at a theater in Philadelphia. Byrd thought about it a lot over the years: Not just the sprite who wouldn't grow up but all the rest, the plays he saw with his grandmother after Peter Pan , the theater he later saw on his own. And eventually it struck him that Neverland - hereinafter called Broadway - was not so great at attracting people like him, black people.
NEWS
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.
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
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
December 31, 2012 | By Sally A. Downey, Inquirer Staff Writer
Helen Kardon Moss of Center City, a singer who performed on operatic stages, on Broadway, and in area clubs, died of a Parkinson's related illness at Penn Hospice Rittenhouse on Wednesday, Dec. 26, her 81st birthday. As a young woman, Mrs. Moss performed as a soprano with the New York City Opera Company and the San Francisco Opera Company. Her repertoire for most of her career, though, was the Great American Songbook. "I'm fortunate enough to have a background in many musical forms," she said in a 1994 Inquirer article.
ENTERTAINMENT
July 14, 2016 | By Howard Gensler
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?...
NEWS
July 24, 2015 | By Allison Steele, Inquirer Staff Writer
The Commerce Building in the heart of downtown Camden is set to be demolished starting Saturday, a process expected to take about two weeks. The city's Parking Authority, which owns the one-acre parcel, is turning it into a parking garage. The vacant, eight-story building at the corner of Broadway and Federal Street was built in the 1960s to replace a department store, and sits near City Hall, municipal court, the county court, the Walter Rand Transportation Center, and two PATCO stops.
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