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.
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.
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.
May 12, 2009
SEN. ARLEN SPECTER and wife Joan dined with Phillies slugger Chase Utley and wife Jen at La Collina (37 Ashland) in Belmont Hills after Sunday's game. The senator attends most Sunday home games. We're told Specter and Utley were gracious to fellow diners and said hello to those who approached them. Also dining there Sunday was 1340 WHAT-AM's JD , who was with his family. Out and about Frankie Valli celebrated his 75th birthday by performing at Atlantic City's Borgata.
August 17, 2012 |
MICHAEL J. FOX has decided to quit loafing around the house and go back to full-time work. The 51-year-old actor - can you believe that? - is pitching a sitcom based on his life, and given his track record ("Family Ties," "Spin City," "Back to the Future," a best-selling autobiography) he probably has a good chance to get it on the air. Vulture.com reports that Fox has teamed with writer Sam Laybourne ("Arrested Development," "Cougar Town") and director Will Gluck ("Easy A")
October 1, 1992 |
If Jimmy Scott's heartrending readings of classic pop songs on the brilliant new album "All the Way" don't tear you apart, his life story will. One of the last great jazz-inflected balladeers, Scott's delicately emotive, high-pitched delivery has influenced (and paved the way for) the likes of Frankie Lymon, Smokey Robinson, Frankie Valli and Stevie Wonder. Yet Scott has languished in near-obscurity for decades - in large measure because some pockets of society could not deal with this pioneer's fragile, feminine- sounding, Billie Holidayish voice and slight appearance (the result, he says, of a hormonal disorder)