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May 16, 2007 | By Wendy Rosenfield FOR THE INQUIRER
Sometimes, as a theater reviewer, you get jaded. You see the same show enough times and in enough settings, you begin to make assumptions about who will do what well and who won't. However, the best part of the job (aside from all those free tickets and opening parties) is when you are proven wrong, time and time again, finding surprises where you never expected them. New Candlelight Theatre, the Ardentown, Del., dinner theater, has provided a couple of those surprises this season, most recently in its current production of Chicago.
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October 14, 2008 | By Wendy Rosenfield FOR THE INQUIRER
There are several ways in which New Candlelight's Rocky Horror Show is unlike the theater's previous productions. First, there's no dinner . . . in a dinner theater. Instead, we get a few dinky hors d'oeuvres on plastic plates with plastic forks, and drinks served in plastic cups. Why? George Quinn, who plays Eddie in the show and doubles as a New Candlelight waiter, explains, "We weren't sure what kind of crowd we'd get and didn't want anything like dishes or glasses that could break flying around.
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June 14, 1992 | By Georgia S. Ashby, INQUIRER CORRESPONDENT
It's a bit of a hike to the bright lights of Broadway, and even the stages of Philadelphia and Wilmington can seem a bit distant, but if you like theater and live in Chester County, there's a lot going on in your own back yard this summer. At the West Chester University dinner theater, a dusty Texas town named Greater Tuna provides the background for a comedy by the same name, which opens Wednesday. Half the fun of Greater Tuna is the fast pace required by quick changes, built in by its creators, Jaston Williams, Joe Sears and Edward Howard.
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July 20, 1995 | By Valerie Reed, INQUIRER CORRESPONDENT
A new Bucks County dinner theater is premiering Alice in Broadwayland, a musical revue complete with 22 Broadway show tunes. Capers Dinner Theatre in Pipersville opened this month with the production, which is scheduled to run through October. When Alice falls through a trapdoor and finds herself under the Manhattan theater district, the way is opened for a lively cast of characters to belt out the Broadway hits. "It's a vehicle for the music, and it's a comedy," said the director and writer, Lynn Thomas of Bedminster.
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August 18, 1994 | By Valerie Reed, INQUIRER CORRESPONDENT
For three years, the Rev. Theodore Z. Mozes had been trying to establish a dinner theater at the church hall in Levittown. When he hooked up with actor/ director Joe Martin of Fairless Hills a few months ago, his plans started taking shape. Now, the two men hope their collaboration will pay off with the opening of the Neil Simon comedy Barefoot in the Park. "I wanted to use the facility in its entirety and I wanted good, family, wholesome entertainment," said Father Mozes, pastor of SS. Peter and Paul Orthodox Church.
ENTERTAINMENT
September 30, 2005 | By Dana Reddington INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
The things we do in the name of "family" entertainment: Endure mind-numbing children's movies. Eat cardboard-style pizza. Suffer the head-splitting racket of wired kids playing arcade games and jumping into ball pits with other wired kids. A new venture in Montgomery County hopes to change all that by offering both food and fun that adults and children will enjoy equally. Giggles Cabaret, a North Wales dinner theater with live music parents will love and performances for all ages, will open Saturday with a performance by magician, illusionist and comedian Sam Sandler, who grew up in Northeast Philadelphia.
NEWS
March 22, 2001 | By Gloria A. Hoffner INQUIRER SUBURBAN STAFF
Playwright Dan Green will see his words take form tonight with the opening of his play, The Giving Tree. It's the story of a boy who discovers a tree that sprouts cash, but the money is real only when it is given to those in need. Green, 13, is one of 50 playwrights, actors, and stage crew members who will be showcased at the Holy Spirit School Playhouse Rainbow of Talent 5 dinner theater, according to Sally Grande, a teacher and the theater's founder. "The whole idea is to present the love of writing without squashing creative talent," Grande said.
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May 27, 2001 | By Jennifer Moroz INQUIRER SUBURBAN STAFF
She never took drama and never had a role in a high school play. Growing up, Pat Basara didn't have the Hollywood dream. It wasn't until her early 20s that the Williamstown resident got hooked on the stage when she took her young son to a local community theater production. Ten years later, Basara walked into the Monroe Township Department of Community Affairs with nothing but a script and a pitch, and walked away the founder of the Monroe Township Youth Theater. Another 10 years and countless youth productions later, the mother of three, who is now 42, has given up her day job for a love she will tell you she just "fell into.
ENTERTAINMENT
May 5, 1987 | By DAN GERINGER, Daily News Staff Writer
Twenty-four hours before the opening of his "Manhattan Follies" song-and- dance revue, Greg Thompson, dinner theater impresario extraordinaire, sits in the dark, deserted balcony of Lily Langtry's Theatre at the Sheraton- Valley Forge Hotel, watching a troubled dress rehearsal through haunted dark blue eyes. He's got a matched set of haunted dark blue bags under those eyes. His cheeks have sprouted meadows of black stubble. He has not slept in two days. He has not really slept in two years.
NEWS
December 14, 1987 | By Denise Breslin Kachin, Special to The Inquirer
Family entertainment is in demand during the holidays. While most children are well-acquainted with movie houses and video stores, live theater is usually something only the adults in the family get to experience. This holiday season, the Quality Inn Brandywine Hotel & Resort on Route 30 in Downingtown offers "A Brandywine Holiday" to appeal to theatergoers of all ages at the resort's Tara Dinner Theater. The program celebrates the spirit of the season with a variety show of singing and dancing, with a special appearance by Santa Claus arriving in a sleigh pulled by reindeer (played by actors)
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January 22, 2016 | Howard Gensler, Staff Writer
The four members of ABBA may not get together for a reunion concert - or even a cup of coffee - but they did get together for a new business venture in Stockholm. It's kind of a "Mamma Mia!" spin-off - a dining-entertainment venue, based on the Greek taverna featured in the movie. The BBC reports that venue is the idea of ABBA's Bjorn Ulvaeus , who was joined opening night by Benny Andersson , Anni-Frid Lyngstad , and Agnetha Faltskog . Fans and guests last night paid the Swedish equivalent of $157 to party with the mega-selling pop stars at the Tyrol restaurant.
NEWS
March 22, 2012
Il Portico (1519 Walnut St., 215-587-7000, www.il-portico.com ) is launching Pasta Mista Fridays. "Pasta mista" means "mixed pasta," and Il Portico's version, available for lunch or dinner, includes gnocchi, parpadelle, fettuccine, tagliolini and eggless bigoli tossed with fresh seasonal ingredients. Tomorrow from 5 to 8:30 p.m., Granite Hill, the restaurant at the Philadelphia Museum of Art (2600 Benjamin Franklin Parkway, 215-684-7990, www.granitehillrestaurant.com )
ENTERTAINMENT
October 31, 2011 | BY CHUCK DARROW, darrowc@phillynews.com 215-313-3134
IT'S NOT unusual for Steve McCoy to earn rousing ovations from audiences around the globe. What is unusual is how the 53-year-old Barrington, Camden County, native came to be generally acknowledged as the world's leading Tom Jones impersonator. In the summer of 1989, McCoy - who appears through Nov. 17 in the "Legends in Concert" mimic-fest at Harrah's Resort Atlantic City - was a landscaper who, despite a physical resemblance to the Welsh pop icon, never considered a show-business career.
NEWS
September 17, 2011
Frances Bay, 92, a housewife who became a successful actress in middle age, appearing in more than 50 motion pictures and 100 television shows, including roles as the "marble rye lady" on Seinfeld and the grandmother in Adam Sandler's Happy Gilmore ," died Thursday at a hospital in California's San Fernando Valley. Ms. Bay had been ill with various infections. The actress, whose right leg was amputated below the knee after she was struck by a car in 2002, had been active until recently, appearing regularly as Aunt Ginny in the ABC sitcom The Middle . Born in Mannville, Alberta, the shy, diminutive Ms. Bay began acting in Winnipeg, Manitoba - voicing princesses on radio shows - and then in Toronto.
ENTERTAINMENT
June 10, 2011 | By Howard Shapiro, Inquirer Staff Writer
First, you have to get yourself a red carnation, or some facsimile of a red carnation, which you're supposed to wear in order to be recognized at the corner of Girard Avenue and Front Street. That's where a god or a guide (I'm not sure which, maybe both) meets you, outside the SEPTA station, to escort you to the theater. On this night, he was Mercury, which seemed right, as the street temperature was right up there. On Wednesday's opening night of Antony and Cleopatra , about 80 of us wore carnations for what is called a "secret Shakespeare production" by the traveling outré theater company called the Missoula Oblongata, which has performed in the city before and has a following, and Puppet Uprising, which began in Philadelphia and supports puppeteers from all over.
NEWS
January 12, 2009 | By Howard Shapiro INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
A funny thing happened on the way to New Candlelight Theatre's production of A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum, which opened Saturday night. Forty years passed. In 1969, the dinner theater in Ardentown, Del. - just across the Pennsylvania border - opened its doors with the same zany musical the theater now stages in a spirited production that kindles most of the show's zing-zing lines. In all, the production's a fitting tribute to the theater's four decades. Five years ago, the theater devoted to warhorse musicals changed hands; it now is headed by executive director Robert Miller and his wife, artistic director Jody Anderson Miller.
NEWS
December 12, 2008 | By Gayle Ronan Sims INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Jurij Mykolajevych Plevako Oransky, 91, of Ardmore, conductor, pianist, baritone, and teacher at Philadelphia's Ukrainian Music Institute of America, died Nov. 27 of multiple organ failure at home. Born Jan. 30, 1917, in Kharkiv, Ukraine, Professor Oransky and his parents survived the forced famine of 1932-33, when millions of Ukrainians perished. His parents were killed during Joseph Stalin's purges of intellectual "undesirables" in the mid-1930s. The young man lived with his grandmother and studied music at the Kharkiv Conservatory, from which he graduated in 1939.
NEWS
October 14, 2008 | By Wendy Rosenfield FOR THE INQUIRER
There are several ways in which New Candlelight's Rocky Horror Show is unlike the theater's previous productions. First, there's no dinner . . . in a dinner theater. Instead, we get a few dinky hors d'oeuvres on plastic plates with plastic forks, and drinks served in plastic cups. Why? George Quinn, who plays Eddie in the show and doubles as a New Candlelight waiter, explains, "We weren't sure what kind of crowd we'd get and didn't want anything like dishes or glasses that could break flying around.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 14, 2008 | By ROBERT STRAUSS For the Daily News
Sean Patrick Finnegan is dead before his time, or maybe just at the right time - the day his wedding to the comely Katherine O'Shea was scheduled to take place. But before he goes into the ground, he will have to endure a slew of just-short-of-censored Irish one-liners and as many ethnic stereotypes as the dozen-member cast of "Finnegan's Wake" can purvey. Atlantic City casinos have been trying all permutations of entertainment of late to attract varied clientele. Over the last year, the Showboat has been the most transformative.
NEWS
May 16, 2007 | By Wendy Rosenfield FOR THE INQUIRER
Sometimes, as a theater reviewer, you get jaded. You see the same show enough times and in enough settings, you begin to make assumptions about who will do what well and who won't. However, the best part of the job (aside from all those free tickets and opening parties) is when you are proven wrong, time and time again, finding surprises where you never expected them. New Candlelight Theatre, the Ardentown, Del., dinner theater, has provided a couple of those surprises this season, most recently in its current production of Chicago.
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