May 1, 2015
THE MORAL of "Kinky Boots"? That's an easy one: There's no business like shoe business. But (bad) puns aside, it's easy to see why 2013 Tony Awards voters bestowed six statues - including the coveted Best Musical - upon the show based on a relatively obscure 2005 British film which, in turn, was inspired by the true story of a failing shoe manufacturer whose fortunes were reversed by its entry into the fetish-wear industry. The stage version, which runs through May 10 at the Forrest Theatre, is a real charmer, blessed with an interesting, easy-to-follow plot, empathetic characters, a tuneful, eclectic score, enough genuinely funny lines to keep the laughs coming on a regular basis and an infectious energy that never flags.
April 27, 2015 |
When singer-songwriter Cyndi Lauper talks about Kinky Boots , the rocker's first foray into composing for the theater, she gets emotional. The mere mention of the Tony Award-winning show - six honors, including best musical and best score for Lauper - sets her to reminiscing about the joy of creating the inner lives of Kinky characters ("something I've done since I was a kid - well, not the Kinky part") and her open-armed acceptance by a community outside her usual rock and roll milieu.
October 14, 2014 |
On a cold-snap Saturday night in a crowded, airtight, windowless Boot & Saddle, Allo Darlin' brought some breeze and brightness. They couldn't help it. With three albums (including the just-released We Come From the Same Place ), the Anglo Australian quartet has experience at crafting sweetly sunny, smart pop with innocent yet contemplative lyrics whose hard jangle and flittering flights of funky fancy are reminiscent of Scotland's Orange Juice. But this band's chiming, charming vocals and effervescent, experiential lyrics come not from a wonky Scot but from Australian singer/ukulele player Elizabeth Morris, a fresh-faced, pixie-haired lass whose light, sharp alto is as open as her expression of glee - often in the lively embrace of sad-eyed bewilderment.
May 3, 2014
A story last Saturday about the singer Cyndi Lauper misstated the location of the Philadelphia production of Kinky Boots , for which she wrote the score. It will run from April 28 to May 10, 2015, at the Forrest Theatre. A story Thursday on a plan to introduce gambling on smartphones and tablets in Parx Casino incorrectly named the state where regulators are considering technology owned by WMS Gaming Inc. The state is Nevada. A story Friday on a Pennsylvania Democratic gubernatorial debate wrongly referred to candidate Tom Wolf's role in the mayoral campaign of Charles Robertson in York in 2001.
May 1, 2014 |
Cher. Just. Is. The singer/actress, now 67, has been her own singular brand of spectacle since Sonny & Cher of the '60s. Her long career has embraced, in turn, Phil-Spector-style pop, thumping '70s kitsch, disco, hair-rock, mod burlesque, and Auto-Tuned house music, yet seldom in a manner you've heard elsewhere. Her quirky take on those genres and musical mood-swings was on full-feathered display Monday at Wells Fargo Center - to the delight of a packed house, which was equally delighted by Cher's supporting act, the indestructible Cyndi Lauper.
April 27, 2014 |
Back in the days of New Wave, say, 1983, Cyndi Lauper was viewed as pretty unusual. Her first record, She's So Unusual , went against the tide. Here was a diminutive, swaggering Brooklyn redhead with a high voice, higher energy - and a sophisticated pop album, recorded with barely known Philly musicians. "It was my debut record, so we weren't really under the microscope of the label," says Lauper, about to visit Philly with Cher for a Wells Fargo Center show on Monday. "We made that record exactly how we wanted it. " She's So Unusual sold 22 million copies worldwide, with its biggest hit, "Girls Just Want to Have Fun," penned by Philly guy Robert Hazard, and the ballad "Time After Time," co-written with Rob Hyman of the Hooters.
June 11, 2013 |
NEW YORK - At Sunday night's 67th Tony Awards ceremonies at Radio City Music Hall, Christopher Durang's comical Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike - set in Bucks County and premiered at Princeton's McCarter Theatre before its move to Broadway - won the best-play Tony. Cicely Tyson was named best actress in a play for her portrayal of a homesick old woman in A Return to Bountiful - the "one more" role she said she'd yearned for. As the orchestra played the wrapup theme, she thanked Tony voters for "wrapping me up. " Tracy Letts' win as best actor in a play, for Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf, was a major surprise.
August 7, 2008 |
Robert Hazard, 59, whose regional hits such as "Escalator of Life" made him one of the most prominent Philadelphia rock acts of the 1980s and whose song "Girls Just Want To Have Fun" was turned into a massively popular feminist anthem by Cyndi Lauper, died Tuesday night. Mr. Hazard, a Philadelphia native who was raised in Springfield, Delaware County, died unexpectedly after surgery at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston, his wife, Susan, confirmed yesterday. The singer and songwriter, who in recent years operated antique shops in Old Forge, N.Y., and Vero Beach, Fla., was born Robert Rimato, the son of Umberto Rimato, who sang with the Philadelphia Opera Company.
August 22, 2002 |
PAUL McCARTNEY's new wife, Heather Mills, has accepted $76,000 in damages from a British newspaper. Now, maybe she and Paul can fill out that china pattern. The money was offered to settle her libel claim after a May 12 article in the Sunday Mirror alleged the Charity Commission was investigating her over money collected for an Indian earthquake amputees' appeal in 2001. In a statement, Mills's lawyer said she planned to donate the damages money to the charity Adopt-A-Minefield UK. In other McCartney news: The reason Paul had to postpone his Kennedy Center Honor until next year is due to his niece's wedding.
August 25, 2000 |
Victor Kelly (Christopher Walken) is trying to walk the straight and narrow. An ex-convict who fixes cars in a rundown Queens garage, Vic shares a small house with his grown daughter (Vera Framiga), whom he didn't know while he was in prison for all those years. He struggles to keep his aunt, Diedre (Anne Pitoniak), in a rest home run by nuns. But lately he's been bouncing the checks, and the sisters aren't showing much mercy. In The Opportunists, a small slice of stumblebum life written and directed by newcomer Myles Connell, Vic succumbs to temptation.