September 19, 2016 |
Some of the biggest acts of the long, hot summer concert season are coming back for more: Beyoncé returns to Lincoln Financial Field on Sept. 29, and Drake and Future will still be on their Summer Sixteen tour when they bring it to the Wells Fargo Center on Oct. 13. But in general, fall is when the music scene moves back indoors to more intimate spaces. There's lots to listen to in cozier surroundings besides the albums and shows detailed below. Bluesman Bobby Rush is at Sellersville Theater (Oct.
June 22, 2016 |
As a unit, composer Tom Kitt, lyricist/librettist Brian Yorkey, director Michael Greif, and producer David Stone do not make run-of-the-mill, feel-good musicals. Next to Normal is their Pulitzer- and Tony-winning chamber ensemble work on bipolar disorder. And the tender If/Then - which comes in a national tour to the Academy of Music on June 21-26 - is a Paul Simon-meets-Stephen-Sondheim orchestrated tale of one woman's parallel lives. This creative quartet takes a complex but successful road to the Broadway musical.
January 25, 2015 |
In the hallway outside the respective locker rooms, Archbishop Carroll star Derrick Jones graciously congratulated Neumann-Goretti's Quade Green for his play in a back-and-forth contest before an overflow and raucous crowd. Green, an up-and-coming sophomore guard with multiple Division I scholarship offers, calmly buried a right-wing three-pointer with only 1.2 seconds to play to lift the Saints to a 71-69 triumph in a beyond thrilling Catholic League contest in Radnor. "I just followed my mechanics," Green said of connecting on a feed from Lamarr Kimble.
October 10, 2014 |
IT'S FALL when the leaves start to turn and the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame announces its new class of nominees. And Tattle goes, Huh? There's a little bit less of that this year as nominees include Velvet Underground founding member Lou Reed , Green Day and Nine Inch Nails (both in their first year of eligibility), the Smiths and Sting , all of whom have some legit rock cred. They're joined by repeat nominees the Paul Butterfield Blues Band , Chic , Joan Jett & the Blackhearts , Kraftwerk and N.W.A.
June 10, 2014
Many Philadelphia schools are taking the progressive step of partnering with the Humane League, a farm animal advocacy group, on a program designed to promote plant-based diets starting this fall. The goal of the "Lean and Green Days" campaign is to curb excessive meat consumption in the public schools by not serving meat for one day each week, echoing the broader "Meatless Mondays" movement. Meat consumption isn't harmful in moderation, but many students are eating unhealthy amounts of processed animal products.
March 29, 2013 |
This might not be a popular sentiment, but I'll take Best Coast over Green Day any day, even though, at the Liacouras Center on Wednesday, it's Billie Joe Armstrong's Berkeley-based punks who will headline and Bethany Cosentino and Bobb Bruno's sun-soaked garage pop that will open the bill. "I can't compare myself to Billie Joe," says Best Coast's singer-songwriter Cosentino via e-mail. "I'm not even on that level. One of the first songs I learned on guitar was 'Time of Your Life.' Green Day was influential to me as a teenager, and later on, as a writer.
February 15, 2013 |
The first thing you learn about American Idiot , the touring Green Day rock musical that opened Tuesday at the Merriam Theater, is that the show has more middle fingers and impolite words in five minutes than you'd get in five hours on South Street. For the next 90 minutes, the it-sucks-to-be-young perspective roars out of about 40 video monitors, 20 thoroughly capable singing actors, and 21 articulate, mostly high-decibel songs authored by the band and performed in a plain, industrial basement full of junky couches.
February 14, 2013
"AMERICAN IDIOT," the Broadway smash conjured from Green Day's 2004 punk-pop concept album of the same name, is definitely not for those uncomfortable with deviations from the traditional musical-theater blueprint. There's the amped-up score rendered faithfully by a five-piece onstage rock band. And "Idiot" boasts only a few spoken lines, while the songs are more about attitude than exposition. There is a story to be gleaned here, but it fights for the spotlight with an overriding nihilistic viewpoint.
February 10, 2013
Sunday Eye on the prize The offstage drama of a stagehands strike was actually kind of fitting for the Philadelphia Theatre Company's production of Katori Hall's The Mountaintop , about the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. reflecting on his life during his last night on earth. With the labor struggle peacefully resolved through negotiation, the show goes on at 3 p.m. Sunday at the Suzanne Roberts Theatre , Broad and Lombard Streets, with performances at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, 1 and 7 p.m. Wednesday, 8 p.m. Thursday and Friday, 2 and 8 p.m. Saturday, and 3 p.m. next Sunday.
February 8, 2013
THE CONCEPT of a Broadway musical scored with rock music is hardly a radical one. After all, "Hair" debuted when Lyndon Johnson was in the White House. But a punk-rock musical? Now that's a horse of a different decibel level. On the surface, punk seems like the genre least-suited to musical theater, having been forged in the mid-to-late-1970s as a response to safe, mass-market mainstream pop, whose own roots can be traced, in large part, to the Great White Way. Sonically, the two genres are worlds apart.