October 23, 2008 |
The guy speed-walking out of the subway, tugging on his tongue with a paper towel as he crosses Seventh Avenue, is running late for work. It's Jarrod Spector, sneaking in vocal exercises. Three weeks ago, the singer-actor from Huntingdon Valley, Pa., took over the Frankie Valli role in the Broadway smash musical Jersey Boys after starring on the road in San Francisco and Chicago. "Anywhere else, people would look at me kind of strange," Spector, 27, says, settling into his dressing room at the August Wilson Theatre.
October 11, 1987 |
An obscure tale of Australia by D.H. Lawrence is one of the best bets among this week's new crop at the video store, but the big news is the much- anticipated arrival of a Disney animated classic. LADY AND THE TRAMP (1955) (Disney) $29.95. 75 minutes. This Disney film, the first animated feature to use Cinemascope, is based on Ward Greene's story "Happy Dan, The Whistling Dog. " The movie recounts the affair between a spaniel with a long pedigree and a freedom-loving mongrel from the wrong side of the tracks.
June 28, 2007 |
The night of Sunday, Nov. 6, 2005, was a big one on Broadway, the opening night for Jersey Boys, the musical biography of the '60s pop group the Four Seasons. About an hour and a half before the curtain was to go up, everyone gathered on stage at the August Wilson Theater in Manhattan to participate in one of Broadway's many superstitions. Called the gypsy robe, it dates to 1950, when Bill Bradley, a dancer for the Broadway production of Gentlemen Prefer Blondes, borrowed a robe from one of the "gypsies" - the ensemble cast members, not the leads - on opening night and danced through the backstage area, blessing everyone before the curtains went up. The show was a hit, and a superstitious tradition was born, one with very stringent rules and regulations.
July 12, 1994 |
There's no shortage of rowdy clubs for young folks at the Shore. That's great, if you happen to be a rowdy young folk. Fortunately, there are a few spots where, er, older people can have some dignified fun, or enjoy a more mature brand of rowdiness. One such place is the Crab Trap, 2 Broadway Rd., on the Somers Point Circle, Somers Point; 609-927-7377. The long-popular seafood restaurant and lounge has been a favorite of the 40-plus crowd for many years. In fact, it's not unusual to find party animals in their 80s kicking up their wingtips here.
May 27, 1999 |
A powerful tale of World War II tops this week's list of new movies on video. Saving Private Ryan . . (1998) (DreamWorks) 169 minutes. Tom Hanks, Edward Burns, Tom Sizemore, Matt Damon, Jeremy Davies, Vin Diesel, Adam Goldberg, Barry Pepper, Giovanni Ribisi, Dennis Farina, Ted Danson. Steven Spielberg's World War II masterpiece uses the conventions of the war movie to transcend them. The combat sequences are stunning, and the questions posed by the mission undertaken by Hanks and his squad are profound.
February 9, 2012 |
Fans ask Jersey Boys star Jarrod Spector one question more frequently than any other: "Is that your real voice?" The Philadelphia native will showcase that voice Thursday night when he takes a break from his falsetto-intensive Broadway role as pop legend Frankie Valli . He'll give a free performance in the Live from Loews concert series, recounting his journey to the spotlight. The stories, like the well-trained voice, are all his. In "Minor Fall, Major Lift," a 70-minute memoir in music, Spector will drop the accent he assumes for the Broadway hit about '60s hit-makers the Four Seasons.
May 24, 1996 |
It's the same old stuff this summer at the shore. You've got guys in or near their 60s (Frankie Valli, Little Richard) and 70s (comedian Cozy Morley) as headline acts. You have old rockers (the Beach Boys) and old rollers (the Righteous Brothers). You have aging babe magnets, (Tom Jones and Julio Iglesias) and fading pop icons (Linda Ronstadt and Liza Minnelli). They'll appear in a casino lounge or theater near you, and casino executives couldn't be happier. They want the tried-and-true acts that appeal to their loyal customers.
December 21, 2011 |
WHERE would "Jersey Boys" be without the "Jersey Girls"? The success of the world-beating Broadway musical about 1960s chart-toppers the Four Seasons may ultimately depend on the individual and collective talents of the male actors who portray the four musicians from North Jersey in the tune-filled, rags-to-riches story that's on the Forrest Theatre stage through Jan. 14. But without Kaleigh Cronin, Natalie Gallo and Ruby Lewis, there wouldn't be...
December 5, 2010 |
The region's newest soap-opera actor is a kindergartner. Plymouth Meeting's Patrick Gibbons Jr. , 5, premieres Dec. 22 on ABC's One Life to Live as Sam Manning. Through plot twists that only daytime writers can muster, Sam is the son of Todd Manning ( Trevor St. John ) and was adopted by Blair Cramer ( Kassie DePaiva ). From birth, Sam had been played by sets of twins. Patrick was discovered by Barbara Kline , manager of his teen sister Anna-Marie , a model-actress.
January 13, 2012
CASINOS QUEEN OF POP Of all the "champions" who have come out of "American Idol," you'd be hard-pressed to find one with a more explosive post-"Idol" career than Kelly Clarkson, who on Sunday headlines Trump Taj Mahal Hotel Casino. The show's first winner has staked out some pretty impressive turf in the pop realm, releasing five albums since she beat out local Justin Guarini during the groundbreaking TV competition's first season. Her latest CD, "Stronger," recently debuted on the Billboard magazine charts at No. 2. Opening for Clarkson on her current road trip is singer-songwriter Matt Nathanson.