February 13, 2009 |
WE DON'T KNOW yet whether it's an act of stupidity or a cynical publicity ploy for "American Idol," but Philadelphia native Joanna Pacitti has been disqualified from the show after she made the show's Top 36. In a news release Wednesday night announcing the 36 contenders, Fox TV said Pacitti was "ineligible to continue. " No reason was given. Felicia Barton of Virginia Beach, Va., replaced her. TMZ.com says one problem is that Joanna's former manger at Geffen Records (she had a record deal, she also played "Annie")
February 12, 2009 |
[Editor's note: Joanna Pacitti has been disqualified, Fox announced late last night, after this column was published. For more, see link at right to news story.] Fox's American Idol whittled its field to 36 singers last night, and one of four Philly-area singers is still in the hunt. Mayfair's Joanna Pacitti , 24, who muffed the lyrics of "If I Ain't Got You" on Tuesday night, is a seasoned performer, relatively speaking. She has had two record deals and as an 11-year-old was cast in a Broadway-bound production of Annie . As the eighth season of Idol picks up Tuesday, it won't include Havertown's Kenny Hoffpauer , 17; Burlington's Markese Morris ; and Magnolia's Brianna Horne , who were sent to Hollywood with the field of 147, but did not make the cut. Lights . . . camera . . . Schuylkill Law Abiding Citizen , F. Gary Gray's thriller starring Jamie Foxx and Gerard Butler , will shoot scenes early next week under the Platt Memorial Bridge in South Philly.
August 6, 2006 |
This Crazy Life is not only the title of the debut album from Philly phenom Joanna, it's also a pretty good description of her summer. Take her most recent local performance, a matinee concert in front of a small but spirited band of day campers at the Rocky Run YMCA in Media. You can bet that Bono never had to serenade a kid cocooned in a Bananas in Pajamas beach towel. It's all part of her record label's strategy of putting Joanna in front of crowds whenever and wherever they can be found.
October 20, 1999 |
On the day she lost her dream, young Joanna Pacitti cried and shook uncontrollably. She imagined the cute, little red outfit she would have worn, following in the footsteps of another young Philadelphian who inspired her, Andrea McCardle. It was February 1997, and instead of gaining fame on the Broadway stage, the 12-year-old Philadelphian made national headlines when she was booted from a revival production of "Annie," just weeks before her New York debut. The firing spurred a suit against Macy's - a suit that continues today.
August 20, 1998 |
It's a hard-knocks life, and no one knows that better than Joanna Pacitti, who was unceremoniously dumped last year as the lead in the revival of the musical Annie. Yesterday, a federal judge dismissed a breach-of-contract lawsuit filed against Macy's by Joanna and her parents, Joseph and Stella Pacitti of the city's Mayfair section, ruling that the Manhattan-based department store had promised Joanna a chance to audition and win a part in the musical - not the producers' guarantee that she would appear as Annie on Broadway.
July 16, 1997 |
The sun has come out tomorrow for Joanna Pacitti, unceremoniously dumped by fax as the star of the Broadway production of "Annie" But a cloud passed in front of it yesterday as two more local girls were eased out of the Broadway "Annie. " When the news came, Joanna, 12, was busy performing as "Annie" in Raleigh, N.C., along with her dog, Zappa, fired before her from the Broadway production. Her dad, Mayfair barber Joe Pacitti, said he didn't think Joanna knew much about the departure from the Broadway show of Christiana Anbri, 6, of Northeast Philadelphia, who played "Annie's" littlest orphan, or 8-year-old Melissa O'Malley of Langhorne.
May 15, 1997 |
Joanna Pacitti, the girl from Philadelphia's Mayfair section who was ditched from the Broadway revival of Annie, has been cast in a new production of the show playing this summer in North Carolina. Her dad, Joe, said yesterday that she'll start rehearsals June 26 for the show, playing in Raleigh's 2,300-seat North Carolina Theater. "So many good things have been happening," the Northeast Philadelphia barber said. "One company in Delaware wants her to play there, and they don't even have a show.
May 1, 1997 |
Joanna Pacitti got a big surprise last weekend. She was reunited with the dog who played opposite her in Annie after the dog - real name Zappa - was also unceremoniously dumped from the Broadway musical. He's now a permanent resident of the Pacitti Mayfair household. "She squealed," her dad, Joe, said yesterday. "Then she started crying and the rest of us cried. " Joanna got so attached to the dog that when the show was touring she took lower-grade accommodations so she could room with him. Sources said Zappa was booted from Annie because he wasn't smart enough.
April 1, 1997 |
"I have gone from sainting to Moses. How much better can an image get?" - Val "The Saint" Kilmer on being the voice of Moses in DreamWorks' animated version of "The Ten Commandments" Relax. The gushy girl-talks with celebs like Fergie, the Duchess of York, will continue. The ham-handed Q-and-As with pop oddities like Michael Jackson will keep on coming. "Primetime Live" co-host Diane Sawyer has elected to stay with ABC News for at least the next two years, the vastly relieved network announced yesterday.
March 27, 1997 |
Broadway musicals are revived because producers believe they can be profitable a second - or third, or fourth - time around. In the case of Annie, there's better reason to think this than with many revivals. When it debuted, Annie was the musical to take children to, and 20 years brings a whole new generation of youngsters - and parents. This is a true family musical - a show for children that adults can enjoy for different reasons. The first time around, it was the first Broadway musical many youngsters, girls in particular, were taken to, and the revival that opened last night at the Martin Beck Theater should continue the tradition.