August 23, 2016 |
Barbra Streisand brought it back to Broad Street on Saturday, better than anyone dared expect. We ran out of fingers and toes counting the signature songs and surprises that earned heartfelt standing ovations at the packed tight Wells Fargo Center - from the scene-setting "The Way We Were" to such late-show anthems as "Don't Rain on My Parade," an amazing duet with an on-screen apparition of Anthony Newley on "Who Can I Turn To?" and her bittersweet/ironic rendering of "Happy Days Are Here Again," a Streisand perennial since her nightclub (and 1964 DNC Convention in Atlantic City)
August 20, 2016 |
Barbra Streisand has done it all. In her six-decade career, she has been a singer, an actress, an activist, a director, and an urban legend. She is, in short, everything. Babs was Celine before Celine, she was Beyoncé before Beyoncé (sacrilege, yes, but true). She's a pioneer, and, at 74, she's not done yet. In honor of her stop Saturday at Philadelphia's Wells Fargo Center - only the sixth tour of her career - let's look back at some of her most defining moments. Miss Marmelstein Babs burst onto Broadway with a bang in the 1962 musical I Can Get It For You Wholesale . Much of the musical, set in New York's Garment District and using Jewish harmonies in its pop-music score, was remarkable, but Streisand's tour-de-force performance as the secretary Miss Marmelstein and her eponymous song remain the stuff of legends.
August 17, 2016 |
For the first time in decades, Barbra Streisand is singing dangerously. Often. Not because her voice has suddenly regained what it has gradually lost over the years. When Streisand, 74, opened the East Coast leg of her tour Thursday at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, her voice had a thinning tone, raspy edges, and an occasional frog in the throat. Sorry, the world has not yet invented cosmetic surgery for vocal cords. The difference - which will doubtless be evident Saturday at the Wells Fargo Center - is that she isn't wasting her energy avoiding or masking what her voice can no longer do. Thus, she's free to explore avenues of expression that could perhaps have come only from a woman of her age and experience.
July 22, 2016 |
As Hollywood and the rest of America mourn Garry Marshall's passing, our movie critic Steven Rea and TV critic Ellen Gray weigh in on why he mattered -- right up to the end. On the big screen: Julia Roberts, Beaches, Anne Hathaway By Steven Rea, Movie Critic It's a safe bet that Julia Roberts would have become Julia Roberts, beaming movie star glamorpuss, even if Garry Marshall hadn't come along to direct her in 1990's smash...
July 19, 2016
Donald Trump's family, veterans, immigration reform advocates, venture capitalists, motivational speakers, and celebrities will take the stage this week at the Republican National Convention in Cleveland, along with his former political rivals, more than a dozen members of Congress, and a half-dozen governors. The convention committee on Sunday released the lineup for the convention, scheduled for Monday through Thursday at the Quicken Loans Arena, home of the NBA champion Cavaliers.
June 16, 2016 |
It is often said that Samuel Beckett's absurdist masterpiece Happy Days explores the bleakness of human existence. It certainly does - but it also explores ways of getting on within that bleakness: memory, art, relationships, sentimentality, good old self-deception. It is a strangely timeless play that has been explored by some of the greatest actresses of our time. In the Quintessence Theatre's honed, sophisticated production - again timeless - E. Ashley Izard, who takes on the central figure of Winnie with an impressive tour-de-force performance, commands.
May 29, 2015 |
YESTERDAY WAS a happy day for Kathy Pugh, who was dismissed from her civilian police-clerk job last year after she was arrested on charges in connection with a South Philly street fight. A judge acquitted her of all charges after a nonjury trial. Then, later in the day, Pugh, 53, learned that her co-defendant and boyfriend, Robert Reid Sr., 44, told a different judge that they would be getting married soon and going on a honeymoon. "He said that?" Pugh responded to a Daily News reporter, looking happily surprised.
April 24, 2015 |
THE OLD GHOUL sat in a wheelchair, an undertaker's long coat a little looser on his bones, and peered into the foggy past of his peculiar life. John Zacherle, 96, made several stops along his life's timeline on a recent weekday afternoon: how it began on Pulaski Avenue in Germantown and wound up in here in Manhattan, in a studio apartment crammed with the sort of stuff you'd see hanging in an amusement park's haunted house. "I never really had what you'd call a regular job, let's put it that way," he said.
May 28, 2014 |
WHAT a difference a year makes. Last Memorial Day weekend, the aftershocks of Superstorm Sandy and less-than-ideal weather conspired to launch the summer of 2013 rather inauspiciously. But visitors and locals alike down the Shore were singing a much happier tune yesterday - and it sounded a lot like "Happy Days Are Here Again. " "It was a good weekend," offered Carol Forrest, owner of three Wildwood, N.J., retail outlets - two Wild Ocean Surf Shops and Pegasus Earth Shop - as she stood behind the counter of her Wild Ocean store in the Boardwalk Mall in Wildwood.
May 9, 2014 |
CBS's "48 Hours" tomorrow night will air parts of a haunting voice mail recorded during the last minutes of a young woman's life as she was murdered, although the victim's mother says she wishes the show wouldn't. Well, Happy Mother's Day to her. The crime series focuses on the 2012 slaying of Weight Watchers executive Danielle Thomas by her live-in boyfriend, lawyer Jason Bohn , in New York. During Bohn's trial, it was revealed that Thomas' phone recorded a four-minute message that includes her screams and pleas for her life.