February 1, 2013
TO A CERTAIN segment of the population, Tom Wopat will forever be "Luke Duke," one of the lead characters on the 1980s TV series, "The Dukes of Hazzard," which focused on the comical misadventures of a couple of reformed redneck moonshiners. But Wopat's greatest triumphs have occurred about as far - philosophically and artistically - as you can get from formulaic weekly television. For decades, the 61-year-old actor-singer has been a Broadway mainstay, in a slew of hit musicals and dramas.
December 26, 2012 |
The story of Dr. Jekyll and his evil alter-ego, Mr. Hyde, is legendary: Desperate to save his comatose father by curing the evil that lurks in the human soul and causes illness, the good doctor makes a mess of things and succumbs to madness himself. Constantine Maroulis' life story may lack the dire drama of Jekyll's, but his family history has shaped Maroulis' approach to playing the dichotomous doctor. Maroulis, a former American Idol contestant, stars in the revival of the musical tragedy Jekyll & Hyde , a late-'90s Broadway smash by songwriter Frank Wildhorn and lyricist/author Leslie Bricusse that hits the Forrest Theatre for a five-day run starting Wednesday.
January 31, 2012 |
NEW YORK - David Alan Grier has a gentle message for anyone who is getting all hot and bothered thinking that he's helping ruin an American masterpiece. "Relax. Let it go," he says. "We're not killing it. We're just doing our version. " The actor and comedian is currently starring as Sporting Life in a reworked version called The Gershwins' Porgy and Bess on Broadway, following a controversial tryout in the fall near Boston. The creative team, with the blessing of the creators' estates (thus the title)
January 22, 2012 |
The man who wrote the music for Cabaret and Chicago , Curtains and Kiss of the Spider Woman , and more than a dozen other shows - to say nothing of "New York, New York " - leaned against the side of an upright piano in a Center City rehearsal room and broke into a smile. "Yes, yes," said John Kander, to the dozen men on folding chairs who had just finished another run-through of the song called "Hey, Hey, Hey, Hey!," which opens The Scottsboro Boys, a musical about a true travesty of American justice, about racism and anti-Semitism, hatred and hypocrisy, told in the form of a minstrel show put on by blacks with a white "interlocutor," or onstage ringmaster.
January 9, 2013 |
T AYLOR SWIFT is going in another Direction. Life & Style reports that she has split with Harry Styles . The puppy-love affair of the century lasted two months. "They are both really busy and never in one place for long," an unnamed source told Life & Style . "Harry's really upset about the split and is really sensitive about it. Loads of his friends told him to be careful and that it was never going to last, and he feels a little foolish now that it's fallen apart so quickly.
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.
January 24, 2012 |
The issue in Donald Margulies' engrossing drama Time Stands Still is not whether you can come home again. The issue is whether you can stay there. In a beautifully wrought production at Delaware Theatre Company in Wilmington, the play comes off as both realistic and deeply felt by its characters. Time Stands Stil l is about a complex woman - a news photographer (Susan McKey) much more at home on a battlefield than in her real home in Brooklyn, which she shares with a writer (Kevin Kelly)
December 31, 2012 |
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.
June 11, 2012 |
NEW YORK - Once won the Tony Award for best Broadway musical in New York, four years after a number from the $150,000 movie upon which it's based won an Academy Award for best original song. Clybourne Park , Bruce Norris' dark comedy about race set in 1959 and 2009 Chicago, was named best play, supplementing its 2011 Pulitzer Prize. The play, inspired by Lorraine Hansberry's A Raisin in the Sun ," had a run at Philadelphia's Arden Theatre before this spring before opening on Broadway.
September 19, 2014
REGULAR READERS of this column are no doubt aware of my beef that what passes for "songs" in much of contemporary musical theater aren't songs at all, but merely sung dialogue and exposition. Well, it turns out I'm not the only one who yearns for a return to the days when Broadway scores boasted pieces with actual verses and hook-laden choruses. Robyn Goodman also feels that way. And better yet, she's in a position to actually do something about it. Goodman is a Broadway powerhouse who has produced such smash hits as "Avenue Q," "In the Heights" and "American Idiot.