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.
August 3, 2012 |
LOS ANGELES - Gore Vidal, 86, the iconoclastic author, savvy analyst, and glorious gadfly, died Tuesday at his home in the Hollywood Hills from complications of pneumonia, his nephew Burr Steers said. Impossible to categorize, Mr. Vidal was a literary juggernaut who wrote 25 novels and volumes of essays that critics consider among the most elegant in the English language. He wrote Broadway hits, Hollywood screenplays, television dramas, and a trio of mysteries still in print after 50 years.
November 25, 2012 |
It was a Ford Econoline Van, the flat-front version. Alki Steriopoulos was 20, driving that van. Full tank, empty head. That empty head cobwebbed with fatigue, because it was New Year's Day and he'd been up all night playing piano in a band, then partying with a girl he'd met that night, then scrambling into that van to drive from Pittsburgh to Indianapolis and another gig. Came within inches of driving that van into the back end of a gasoline tanker...
September 9, 2014 |
NEW YORK - She'd once written that she wanted her funeral "to be Hollywood all the way" and Joan Rivers certainly got a star-studded send-off yesterday. Howard Stern delivered the eulogy. Broadway singer-actress Audra McDonald sang "Smile. " Actor and Broadway luminary Hugh Jackman brought the service to a close with the Peter Allen song, "Quiet Please, There's a Lady on Stage. " There were reports that Prince Charles sent flowers. A legion of notables turned out at New York's Temple Emanu-El to remember Rivers, who died Thursday at 81. Kathy Griffin , whose edgy, biting comedy career was largely made possible by Rivers; colleague and friend Kelly Osbourne (with her father, Ozzy )
November 16, 2012
THEATER 'Horse' gallops into Philly "War Horse," one of the most honored dramas in recent Broadway history and a hit film last year, debuts locally Tuesday at the Academy of Music. The multiple Tony-winning show tells the story of how a young boy's horse wound up in combat during World War I, and the boy's journey to the front to save his beloved companion. Puppets - which won their own Tony - play the horses. Academy of Music, Broad and Locust streets, 8 p.m. Friday, 2 and 8 p.m. Saturday, 1 and 6:30 p.m. Sunday, 7:30 p.m. Tuesday-Thursday, Saturday, $100-$20, 215-893-1999, kimmelcenter.org/broadway.
March 22, 2005 |
A sure sign it's finally spring? Those very pink-hued, (sometimes sickly) sweet musical ads for the Gap starring American darling Sarah Jessica Parker and her rendition of the Broadway tune "I Enjoy Being a Girl. " But the British press is reporting that S.J.P., who's done three Gap campaigns so far, will do no more. It appears that Gap's face and voice are to be replaced by English teen sensation Joss Stone, who's currently in negotiations with the khaki-maker. According to London's Sunday Times, the Gap, which had previously used Madonna and Demi Moore, wants to capture the teen market by using the 17-year-old soul singer, who scored a hit last year with "Fell in Love with a Boy," a reworking of the White Stripes' "Fell in Love with a Girl.
June 29, 2005 |
MUCH TO HER dismay, West Philly native Eve, is the star of the Internet's newest celebrity sex video. The 30-second clip, dated Nov. 20, 1999, shows a man using a sex toy on the naked Martin Luther King High graduate while he pleasures himself. The man has been identified by the New York Daily News as Bad Boy Entertainment producer Stevie J. A spokeswoman for Eve, formally Eve Jihan Jeffers, told the New York tab that the tape was made "years ago with her boyfriend of over two years.
May 1, 2011 |
And now, Broadway, coming to a movie theater near you. Wait a minute. Broadway - in a movie theater? Isn't one of the main properties of live theater that it's not a movie? Well, these days, yes and no. This weekend through Tuesday, Broadway's current Tony-winning best musical - Memphis - is playing in about 530 cinemas throughout America, including 10 screens here, and it's not some Hollywood version. It's the actual show, taped in high definition with six cameras over a series of performances from the Shubert Theatre stage, where it's in its 670th performance Sunday.
April 1, 1988 |
Those who think that there are no female war movies obviously have never seen Stage Door (1937), in which aspiring actresses plot their Broadway campaigns. Adapted from the Edna Ferber-George S. Kaufman play, Gregory La Cava's boardinghouse comedy stars Ginger Rogers and Katharine Hepburn, who are tartly supported by the wisecracking Lucille Ball, Eve Arden and Ann Miller. Those who think that Hepburn would naturally rise to command this Broadway battle obviously have never seen Rogers give orders.
September 14, 1988 |
The most exciting dance events looming on the horizon outside of Philadelphia will break on New York's Great White Way rather than in one of its many theaters devoted to dance. The producers who brought tango and flamenco to national attention a few years back will likely do the same for American black dance when Black and Blue opens at the Minskoff Theater Dec. 4. Conceived by Claudio Segovia and Hector Orezzoli, Black and Blue features an all-star lineup of dancers, singers and musicians from the world of jazz and popular dance.