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July 22, 2011
I'M SUPER-elated that QVC dropped "Hanoi Jane" Fonda last weekend. Fonda snuggled up with the VC during the Vietnam War. She was going to be boycotted if she was going to promote her book. I say hoorah! for QVC in kicking her off. George J. Walton, Upper Darby In two weeks, the National Association of Black Journalists will hold its annual convention in the City of Brotherly Love. And, by the grace of St. Katharine Drexel in Camden, N.J., love is in the air. Wayne E. Williams Camden
ENTERTAINMENT
October 30, 1992 | By Clifford A. Ridley, INQUIRER THEATER CRITIC
"If life and death did not both present themselves to us," Samuel Beckett told an interviewer in 1961, "there would be no inscrutability. . . . It is because there is not only darkness but also light that our situation becomes inexplicable. " Darkness and light battle to a virtual standoff in Happy Days, the spare, existential 1961 tragicomedy that was to become the last full-length play that Beckett would write. Their eternal struggle is brought to rich and satisfying life in the Philadelphia Area Repertory Theatre (PART)
SPORTS
January 5, 1996 | by Kevin Mulligan, Daily News Sports Writer
The big question yesterday was not whether backup quarterback Randall Cunningham would return from Las Vegas in time for today's final practice session for Sunday's playoff game against the Cowboys. It was, "What did they name the baby?" Gizmo? Richie? Buddy? Rodney McMahon Cunningham? Norman? Arsenio? Or Randall, Jr? It's a boy. The waiting and simmering frustration among many in the Eagles' organization is over. Cunningham phoned head coach Ray Rhodes yesterday to announce that his wife, Felicity, gave birth to their first child early in the morning.
ENTERTAINMENT
October 3, 2009 | By Howard Shapiro INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
We are up to our necks in it - whatever it is. That's what came to me after seeing the Lantern Theater production of Happy Days, the 1961 play by the absurdist Samuel Beckett. Until then, I'd only read Happy Days - which Beckett wrote with almost as much stage direction as dialogue, the former at times more absorbing. I was curious to see it unfold, if that is the word, on stage. And on balance, Lantern tackles the piece well. Happy Days asks: What does it mean when there's nothing to say, but we say it at length and repetitively?
ENTERTAINMENT
August 20, 2016 | By R. Eric Thomas, FOR DoTHIS
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.
ENTERTAINMENT
August 17, 2016 | By David Patrick Stearns, CLASSICAL MUSIC CRITIC
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.
ENTERTAINMENT
August 23, 2016 | By Jonathan Takiff, Staff Writer
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)
NEWS
April 24, 2015 | BY JASON NARK, Daily News Staff Writer narkj@phillynews.com, 215-854-5916
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.
NEWS
March 26, 2009 | By Howard Shapiro, Inquirer Staff Writer
If you called the phone number listed for the Broadway Series at the Academy of Music on Tuesday night, when it opened the stunningly lame new musical called Happy Days , you got a taped message that the box office would be back in business sometime after New Year's. Is anybody minding the store over there? Apparently not, or someone would have changed the message by now - and also would have nixed the possibility of booking Happy Days , which runs through the weekend and appears to be a stage collaboration by Lackluster and Uninspired.
NEWS
November 1, 1996 | by Tonya Pendleton, Daily News Staff Writer
Garry Marshall was walking across the Paramount lot and was hailed by a young woman. When Marshall told her he was doing a movie, she said, "Great! Do you have a good part?" Marshall is amused by the story, and why not? The movie is "Dear God," and he's the director. At 62, Marshall is a television legend as the creative force behind such classics as "The Odd Couple," "Happy Days," "Mork and Mindy" and "Laverne and Shirley. " As a film director, he's done "Pretty Woman," "Beaches" and "Frankie and Johnny," among others.
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August 23, 2016 | By Jonathan Takiff, Staff Writer
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)
ENTERTAINMENT
August 20, 2016 | By R. Eric Thomas, FOR DoTHIS
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.
ENTERTAINMENT
August 17, 2016 | By David Patrick Stearns, CLASSICAL MUSIC CRITIC
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.
NEWS
July 22, 2016 | By Steven Rea and Ellen Gray
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...
NEWS
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.
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June 16, 2016 | By Bill Chenevert, For The Inquirer
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.
NEWS
May 29, 2015 | BY JULIE SHAW, Daily News Staff Writer shawj@phillynews.com, 215-854-2592
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.
NEWS
April 24, 2015 | BY JASON NARK, Daily News Staff Writer narkj@phillynews.com, 215-854-5916
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.
NEWS
May 28, 2014 | BY CHUCK DARROW, Daily News Staff Writer darrowc@phillynews.com, 215-313-3134
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.
NEWS
May 9, 2014 | By Howard Gensler
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.
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