May 24, 2016 |
Rufus Wainwright is at a most delightfully odd point in his career. Nearly 20 years after an eponymous-titled debut album, the boyishly handsome, effortlessly dynamic vocalist and composer continues to set the bar for compelling cabaret/chamber pop the likes of which haven't been rendered so stirringly since Brian Wilson and Van Dyke Parks collaborated. While that may make mega-stardom impossible (he did try with 2012's Mark Ronson-produced Out of the Game ), it's also opened Wainwright's aesthetic floodgate to a variety of non-pop projects.
September 23, 2015 |
You have a choice: Catch Maurice Hines' song-and-dance Tappin' Thru Life at DTC or wait for NYC. Delaware Theatre Company's current production offers advantages. The house holds 315 in a space expansive enough to let the nine-piece Diva Jazz Orchestra soar, but still so intimate that Hines could shuffle down from the stage during an extended musical segment to shake hands with audience members. Hines' show pays tribute to his deceased brother Gregory and a host of performers who influenced the Hines brothers' careers.
April 9, 2014 |
Through almost a century, Mickey Rooney was a human whirlwind. At 6, he was the darling Mickey McGuire of movie silents; at 20, the prince of Hollywood; at 40, a has-been; at 55, the ultimate Broadway showman; and at 60, an Emmy-winning actor. Born Joseph Yule Jr. in 1920, he started working professionally at the age of 2 and never stopped. He appeared in films in every decade from the 1920s through the 2010s. Grandparents recall him as the jockey in National Velvet (1944); their grandchildren, as the trainer in The Black Stallion (1979)
November 22, 2013 |
When Sophie Tucker called herself "the Last of the Red Hot Mamas," the plus-size ragtime café singer-turned-Ziegfeld Follies vaudevillian-turned radio and TV personality crafted an archetype, a sassy icon of traditional Yiddish song and bawdy comic tunes whose catalog was dwarfed only by her outsize personality. Tucker (1884-1966) was brassy, bodacious, loud and proud - Mae West and Fanny Brice rolled into one big lady. In her time she made hits of such songs as the slow, jazzy "Some of These Days," "Real Women Have Curves," and "Hula Lou," and in her wake she inspired the likes of Bette Midler.
April 19, 2013 |
With his 40th birthday looming in July, Rufus Wainwright seems too provocative for middle age, but old enough to seize the opportunity for a concert that goes beyond typical song-based appearances. So, on Sunday at the Kimmel Center, Wainwright's contribution to the Philadelphia International Festival of the Arts will begin with a 45-minute version of his opera Prima Donna , followed by a large chunk of his Judy Garland at Carnegie Hall program, both with the Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia.
December 1, 2012 |
She was sometimes shrill and her sparkly outfits were off-putting. Yet the screams of her devoted fans and the sight of those young girls in their Stetson-wearing glory made one thing clear (with apologies to Elvis Presley): 50 million pink-cowboy-hat-wearing Carrie Underwood fans can't be wrong. A near-capacity crowd of 19,500 of those fans jammed into the Wells Fargo Center on Wednesday night. The blonder-than-blond country girl with the cool, clean voice has come a long way since winning American Idol 's Season 4, a victory she acknowledged as her platform to fame.
October 24, 2012 |
ELLEN DeGENERES was hailed as a trailblazer Monday night as she received the Mark Twain Prize for American Humor at the Kennedy Center, in Washington. The show will be broadcast Oct. 30 on PBS stations. When DeGeneres first heard that she was receiving the same honor that Bill Cosby , Tina Fey and Will Ferrell won in recent years, she joked, "It really makes me wonder . . . why didn't I get this sooner?" More than just 'Avatar' Deep-sea explorer James Cameron has come up from beneath the sea. The director of "Aliens," "Terminator 2," "Titanic" and "Avatar," has picked up movie rights to The Informationist , a novel by Taylor Stevens , whose main female character has been compared with Lisbeth Salander, "The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo.
April 2, 2012 |
Somewhere over the rainbow, Judy Garland never spotted her pot of gold. But a British actress named Tracie Bennett found hers - in the person of Judy. She is sensational in the erratic Broadway show End of the Rainbow, about Garland's last attempt at a comeback, which opened Monday night. If you're among Garland's legion of fans, you'll want to see Rainbow, but even if you're not, you'll want to see Bennett. Every minute she sings, Bennett channels Garland like a medium at a sÃ©ance, and what would a Judy Garland impression be without the singing?
October 23, 2011
Pop The London Studio Recordings 1957-1964 (First Hand, two CDs ***1/2) How do you get to Carnegie Hall? The answer for Judy Garland was no different than for anyone else: She practiced. Interestingly, her dry runs for her famous Carnegie Hall concert began in 1960 at a London recording studio, where she rerecorded her old repertoire - plus new stuff - in stereo. Having nearly died from hepatitis, Garland was in a new phase of her life in which she developed her one-woman-concert format in dates around Europe (Paris; Wiesbaden, Germany)
June 10, 2009 |
Adam Lambert: No surprise, I'm gay It took American Idol Season 2 runner-up Clay Aiken five years - five years of dodging reporters' questions, tabloid rumors and innuendos - to come out of the closet as a gay American man in September 2008. Adam Lambert, 27, on the other hand, has announced in the new issue of Rolling Stone mag that he is also a gay American man - barely five minutes after he was announced as the Season 8 runner-up. "I don't think it should be a surprise for anyone to hear I'm gay," Adam says.