March 26, 2006 |
People take tours to learn about something they haven't seen before, in an organized way with guides who - we all hope - know what they're talking about. I took a tour for the opposite reason: I wanted to learn something about places I see all the time. I go to a lot of live theater, and not just for the shows. I like the feel of being in a theater even when the curtain has yet to go up, when people come together for an evening full of possibilities, when the lights go down and expectations go up along with the curtain.
July 23, 2003 |
For decades after Walt Disney's huge gamble on Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs paid off in 1937, his studio hoarded its animated treasures and rereleased them only every seven years in order to capture each new generation of children. The arrival of video altered that strategy, opening up a new market that brings in once undreamed-of profits from films such as The Lion King and The Little Mermaid. But even a man of Disney's vision surely never dreamed his studio would find yet another path to riches by transforming movie megahits into lavish theatrical musicals.
November 24, 1991 |
By the theatrical industry's official measurement, which decrees that each Broadway season shall begin on June 1, we're almost halfway through the season of 1991-92. If it looks quite a lot like the paltry season of 1990-91 - if, indeed, it looks like a campaign in which scarcely a shot has been fired - that is how Broadway operates these days. As of today, six 1991-92 Broadway productions have opened - three of them courtesy of the nonprofit institutions that are becoming increasingly major players in and around Times Square.
June 9, 1995 |
At a time when the average person can almost taste retirement, comedian/ activist/diet guru Dick Gregory is getting back to basics - standing flat- footed in front of a room full of expectant faces, digging for the laugh. "I was a little leery at first, because nobody likes to embarrass themselves," said the slim, 63-year-old vegetarian, "but I am better now than I was before. Not because of me, but because of the vast amounts of information that's out here. " Even though it's been 20 years since Gregory quit the club circuit - "I finally saw the conflict of telling young folks that drugs and alcohol were bad for them, and then telling them to come to the club and catch my act and exposing them to whiskey" - he's looking forward to getting back into the grind.
May 4, 1992 |
He is definitely not hip. Never has been. Never will be. As a singer he'll never touch Sinatra, Bennett or Torme. And songwriters Andrew Lloyd Webber and Stephen Sondheim certainly don't have to regard him as major competition. But don't underestimate Barry Manilow. He raised the curtain Friday night at the Mark G. Etess Arena in Atlantic City for two evenings of "Showstoppers," a revue of seldom-heard show tunes and his own radically reworked songs. Engaging and sincere - all charm, no smarm - Manilow paid homage to the golden age of pop and vaudeville.
October 28, 2009 |
New York had an A-list celebrity quarterback who led his football team to the Super Bowl title. His nickname was Broadway Joe. Philadelphia had a rough-and-tumble hockey team that won back-to-back Stanley Cup championships. Its nickname was the Broad Street Bullies. The towns and their teams sometimes seem reflected by their main thoroughfares. Joe Namath led the New York Jets to victory in Super Bowl III, in 1969. The hard-hitting Flyers won Stanley Cup titles in 1974 and '75. New York's Broadway is bright lights and big-city glamour.
January 21, 1994 |
Back in the early '80s, Julie Miller was the toast of Atlantic City, a genuine local star. The woman from Wenatchee, Wash., made her Jersey Shore debut in a Greg Thompson production called Broadway Follies at the Golden Nugget Casino/Hotel (now the Grand) in 1982. Then came a sequel, Boardwalk Follies. When that closed, Miller joined Joe Namath for a production of Sugar at the Claridge Hotel & Casino. Along the way, Miller was named Atlantic City Entertainer of the Year.
August 13, 2000 |
Broadway. The name conjures up images of lights, crowds, Tony-award-winning musicals, and tourists - lots of tourists. And then there's the Broadway that runs from Brooklawn to Camden, right through the heart of Gloucester City. This port city's main commercial strip, home to diverse businesses from professional offices to appliance stores, does not have quite the same vitality as the Great White Way. Time, and the move from corner shop to the superstore, has left Broadway rough around the edges.
September 27, 1998 |
A Frenchman who set out to swim the Atlantic 71 days ago completed his marathon 3,400-mile journey Friday. Benoit Lecomte, 31, who began his swim from the sandy beaches of Hyannis, Mass., came ashore on the rugged Brittany coast near the town of Quiberon. Lecomte became the first person to swim across the Atlantic without assistance from support devices, said his publicist, Colleen Turner. Wearing a wet suit, fins and a specially designed snorkel, the 5-foot-9, 151-pound marketing executive swam six to eight hours a day in two-hour blocks, stopping to eat and rest in a 40-foot boat that accompanied him. SCHOOL DAZE Madonna has denied a widely circulated report that she put her 2-year-old daughter, Lourdes, on the waiting list of one of Britain's most exclusive boarding schools.
December 15, 1994 |
It wasn't exactly a food fight at Elaine's in New York Monday night, when more than the kitchen got fired up. Elaine herself bounced talkster Geraldo Rivera by handing him his check after he mouthed off to New York Newsday columnist Michael Shain, who had suggestively questioned, in print, Geraldo's late-night meeting - rather than during normal biz hours - with Denise Brown, sister of Nicole Simpson. It really got ugly when Geraldo, dining at a back table with his wife CeCe, screamed that he hated the writer and his paper, and made like a boxer, challenging Shain to a good old-fashioned duking out. Tantrum witnesses - including Oliver Stone, Alec Baldwin and wife Kim Basinger, Shain's wife and stepson - say that Geraldo was as upset by Shain's reporting that the Brown family was selling family photos to supermarket tabs as he was about the implied adultery.