July 8, 2016 |
W hen Philadelphia's Jilline Ringle died in 2005 from cancer, local theater lost a grand, bawdy presence, a towering (6-foot-2) figure who referred to herself as "a red-headed Amazon from hell, whom all men desire. " At local theater companies 1812 Productions and the Arden Theatre, Ringle wrote shows ( Mondo Mangia ), cowrote them ( Always a Lady , with Jen Childs), and had shows written for her (the Michael Ogborn musicals Box Office of the Damned and Café Puttanesca )
May 18, 2016
Megan Hilty and Seth Rudetsky play at 8 p.m. Tuesday. Kelli O'Hara and Rudetsky play at 8 p.m. June 14. Both shows are at the Merriam Theater, 250 S. Broad St. Tickets: $29-$125. Information: 215-893-1999, kimmelcenter.org.
December 11, 2015 |
You can't just hang a shingle that reads cabaret and expect audiences to flock to what should be an intimate environment for revelation through song. Musical cabaret artists must dig deep into their lives and memories for what is real and honest, "then dig deeper," says Matt Decker, associate artistic director of the Arden Theatre Company, which this weekend is launching the first season of the Arden Cabaret Series at its Hamilton Family Arts Center. Lead-off performer: actor-singer Jeff Coon.
November 13, 2015 |
TO THE world at large, Alan Cumming is an author as well as an in-demand actor in film, theater, and TV, where he portrays Eli Gold, the Machiavellian campaign manager for Illinois Governor Peter Florrick, played by Chris Noth, on "The Good Wife. " But none of those worlds align with his self-description. "I love writing and telling stories in various forms. I feel like I'm a storyteller when I think of myself," he said in a recent interview with the Daily News . "I think I'm an artist in various forms, but I'm really a storyteller, whether I'm taking a photograph or writing or acting.
September 20, 2015 |
Charles Busch, 61, has been famous forever - "since the French Revolution," he says with a laugh from his Manhattan apartment. Actor, playwright, novelist, and screenwriter; star of his own theater pieces ( Vampire Lesbians of Sodom , Psycho Beach Party ); author of Broadway's The Tale of the Allergist's Wife ; the pro/antagonist of his own scripted flick Die, Mommie, Die! ), Busch makes smartly literate, outrageously funny, exceedingly campy works that borrow liberally from Hollywood's Golden Era, with himself made up to feminine perfection.
September 18, 2015
IT'S BEEN a little while since Center City has been home to a venue that showcases fairly big names in a fairly intimate setting. Morgan's Cabaret, located on the second floor of what was then the Prince Music Theater, closed after the 2013-14 season. But the void will be filled beginning tonight as The Rrazz Room opens its doors in the same space previously occupied by Morgan's, in the recently renamed Prince Theater. The Rrazz Room - its oddly spelled handle references the first names of co-owners Robert Kotonly and Rory Paull - is the fourth in the chain of musical hot spots that also includes outposts in New Hope, Miami and Coral Springs, Fla. Like its corporate siblings, the Prince Theater branch will feature both an environment and entertainment aimed at grown-ups.
September 2, 2015 |
Our region has been without an authentic cabaret - loosely defined as a dining venue that offers live entertainment by small groups, most commonly a singer and pianist - since the closing of the Burgundy Room at the Bellevue-Stratford/Fairmont Hotel in 1986, and the demise of Café Lafitte on Drury Lane nine years before that. That will change Sept. 18 with the opening of Robert Kotonly and Rory Paul's the Rrazz Room at the Prince, upstairs at the Prince Theater, and with the November opening in Glenside of Michael Richard Kelly-Cataldi and Dino Kelly-Cataldi's Dino's Backstage & the Celebrity Room.
July 4, 2015 |
There's some strange plant life putting down roots at the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society's Pop-Up Gardens this summer: a human-size sprig of poison ivy; a couple of familiar-looking, but unidentified, plants named Mary and Jane Hash. This is not the work of some rogue PHS gardener, though. It's part of a site-specific musical performance - inspired by and staged in the gardens - created by the Bearded Ladies Cabaret. "Bitter Homes and Gardens: A Botanical Hoedown," runs through July 19, moving between the two pop-ups at 15th and South Streets and Ninth and Wharton Streets.
August 31, 2014 |
So far, it is a typical workday. I sit in my office at Chestnut and Seventh on the 15th floor, looking out at the barges on the Delaware River, hoping to finish a few tasks before lunch. My cellphone rings, and it's a return call from the nurse at Jefferson University Hospital. I can tell from her tone that the news is not good. My cancer, a type of melanoma that affects the eye rather than the skin, seems to have spread from my eye to my liver. A biopsy later confirms it. My job is at the American Association for Cancer Research, where, as a nonscientist, I help edit medical journals.
April 25, 2014
A headline Thursday with a story on Sunday's canonization in the Vatican gave an incorrect name for Pope John XXIII. A photo caption Thursday gave an incorrect location for Karen Akers' cabaret performances next week. She will appear at Morgan's Cabaret at the Prince Music Theater.