May 10, 2013
FOR ALMOST 25 years, the Prince Music Theater was celebrated nationally for its mission of exclusively staging musical-theater world premieres. But that business model proved unsustainable when the Great Recession came knocking, and, in 2008, the curtain rang down on the Prince's three performance spaces, the largest of which seats about 450. But thanks to a dedicated group of local movers and shakers who bought the property at 1412 Chestnut Street,...
May 9, 2013 |
Iconic crooners don't get any more comfy than Dean Martin, who ambled through his performing life with supreme ease and deceptive artistry, most apparent when he wasn't making fun of himself. Supposedly, he was so cool that his heart beat only five times a minute. But that's not what you see with Dino! An Evening With Dean Martin at the Latin Casino , now playing to full-ish houses at the Walnut Street Theatre's Independence Studio. The show's conceit is that Martin arrives at Cherry Hill's Latin Casino in 1978 amid a snowstorm and without his band.
April 25, 2013 |
On a warm evening in April, a small team of oddly dressed artists stroll into the Trocadero for that Chinatown club's Monday movie screening. On tap is Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan from 1982, a fan fave that draws a packed house with but a few folk dressed in old Spock (Leonard Nimoy) and not-new-Spock (Zachary Quinto) gear. Soon enough, those artists take over the small balcony stage and begin to badger the crowd into having its Trek trivia tested. "What Trek episode has the only scene in which the USS Enterprise is seen orbiting a planet from right to left?"
March 15, 2013
"SEPARATE but equal" may not fly as far as our nation's educational system is concerned, but it's working out fine for Dito van Reigersberg and his alter ego, Martha Graham Cracker. Van Reigersberg, 40, is the co-founder and co-artistic director of Philly's acclaimed Pig Iron Theatre. Martha Graham Cracker is the drag queen he has portrayed, mostly in cabaret shows, for the past eight years. And, it appears, never will the twain meet. "It's different," said van Reigersberg during a recent chat.
November 5, 2012 |
William H. Campbell, 97, of Spring Garden, an illustrator, painter, and cofounder of the Main Point, a former cabaret in Bryn Mawr, died Wednesday, Oct. 31, of cancer at Penn Hospice at Rittenhouse. Mr. Campbell had 47 solo exhibits and shared space at numerous shows with other artists over a career spanning more than 70 years. In a statement for an exhibit in 2000 at Woodmere Art Museum in Chestnut Hill, he said he experimented with "dimension, texture, and color" to create his abstract art. He also exhibited at Woodmere in 2010 and 2011.
July 20, 2012 |
IN "BEARDS Are for Shaving: A 007 Cabaret," the Bearded Ladies Cabaret combines comedy, classic James Bond plots, commonwealthclassictheatre.org and the secret-agent films' famous ladies. But this is about more than shaken, not stirred martinis. The experimental cabaret group uses Bond's army of beauties as a fertile foundation to explore gender roles with the guidance of Judith Butler's theories on gender. Butler's ideas concerning power, gender, sexuality and identity have significantly contributed to feminist theory and sexual studies.
May 24, 2012 |
BEBE NEUWIRTH doesn't do the fluffy stuff. Neuwirth's stance makes sense to anyone who only knows her as Lilith, the icy, monotone psychiatrist and eventual wife of Kelsey Grammer's Frasier Crane — the iconic role that made Neuwirth famous on the beloved sitcom "Cheers. " But it means something different when it comes to compiling songs for her cabaret-style shows, like the one which Neuwirth will perform tonight at the Prince Music Theater, "Stories with Piano #3. " For those shows, the fluffy stuff means the songs that Neuwirth doesn't deem emotionally hefty enough.
May 5, 2012 |
It's a Grand Night for Singing at the Walnut Street Theatre's Independence Studio, and it no doubt will remain so for the run of this cozy Rodgers and Hammerstein revue. Winding through nearly 40 of the legendary team's tunes, this production is fueled by amorous intentions, driven by a quartet featuring three of Philly's favorite performers — Jennie Eisenhower, Fran Prisco, and Michael Philip O'Brien (he's also artistic director of the all-musical 11th Hour Theatre Company) — and Rebecca Robbins, a fine, flame-haired New York import and Walnut regular.
March 9, 2012 |
This isn't easy to write, but it must be written: Philadelphia's comedy sweethearts, Jennifer Childs and Tony Braithwaite, with their newest cabaret for 1812 Productions, Let's Pretend We're Famous , may have jumped the shark once and for all. If you have a firsthand recollection of that last reference, you'll get every other reference in the show, and will still wonder if Childs or Braithwaite has turned on a television in the last 30 years....
March 5, 2012 |
JEN CHILDS and Tony Braithwaite don't just finish each other sentences. They also have the apparent ability to beam ideas telepathically to each other by barely uttering a sentence. "What do you . . . ," Childs asked, while scrolling through the in-progress script during a rehearsal of their cabaret-vaudeville hybrid, "Let's Pretend We're Famous. " The show runs tomorrow through March 25 at Plays and Players. "Yeah, yeah! There!" Braithwaite excitedly responded before Childs could say more, leading her to insert an idea neither of them had to articulate.