July 13, 2014 |
Before I proceed, I'll let Xanadu , Mazeppa Productions' summer musical offering, give itself a one-sentence review: "This is like children's theater for 40-year-old gay people!" a character announces. That's as good a summary of the campy screen-to-stage adaptation/Electric Light Orchestra jukebox musical as any - except, with the benefit of this small company's let's-put-on-a-show enthusiasm, its appeal is far broader than that. Xanadu 's plot is very loosely based on the 1980 Olivia Newton-John vehicle.
October 26, 2013 |
Some jukebox musicals have plots, strong characterization, and compelling narrative arcs ( The Buddy Holly Story , Mamma Mia ). Others don't even bother to hide their show's conceit. The Devil's Music , a 90-minute bioshow about the life of Bessie Smith, played by Miche Braden at People's Light, falls into the latter category. It starts with bassist Pickle (Jim Hankins) telling us we're watching Smith's last performance before she died in a car crash later that evening in Mississippi in 1937.
August 3, 2012
Jukebox the Ghost The quirky, uplifting piano-driven pop that Jukebox the Ghost released on their first album quickly earned them comparisons to artists like Ben Folds and They Might Be Giants (a subsequent tour with Folds probably cemented that comparison). Since their 2008 debut, the Brooklyn-based, D.C.-raised trio have released an additional two LPs, including this year's Safe Travels . Like its predecessors, its songs are energetic and heartfelt, with strong beats and a pop-rock sensibility.
October 22, 2011 |
YORK, Pa. - Imagine foosball and ping-pong tables, a jukebox, and a Golden Tee golf video game circling a craft-beer bar redolent with the aroma of pulled pork, bratwurst, and sausages. It's the ideal man cave - only public, and coming to the National House, a historic site at Market and Beaver Streets. Scheduled to open in late winter or early spring, the taproom is the brainchild of Scott Eden, 40, of Spring Garden Township, a lawyer who hopes to perpetuate the city's craft-beer movement, spurred by the recent openings of the Mudhook and Liquid Hero breweries.
December 10, 2010 |
POP Give up the ghost! There's no resisting the infectious melodies, playful vocals and driving rhythmic punch of Jukebox The Ghost , this piano-pop trio, composed of Philly-based Ben Thorneill (keyboards/vocals and dominant composer) and his now Brooklyn, N.Y.-based buds Tommy Siegel (guitars/vocals) and Jesse Kristin (drums). The guys are materializing anew to celebrate the release of their "Everything Under the Sun" album for YepRoc Records, from whence springs future hits like the giddy-good "Empire" and haunting "Mistletoe.
May 28, 2010 |
Live music and more, tonight through Thursday, compiled by Shaun Brady, Tom Di Nardo, James Johnson, Sara Sherr and Jonathan Takiff. POP . . . plus Tim Fite: With killers like "Forty Five Remedy," and the blood-strewn "Flowers Bloom," this sardonically funny, musically off kilter singer/rapper comes off like a postmodern Randy Newman. Wouldn't want to meet him in a dark alley, but Fite should be OK in this stage confrontation, shared with Wailing Wall (multi-instrumentalist Jesse Rifkin)
August 15, 2008
We meet Henry Poole (Luke Wilson), unshaven and morose, as he bids on a tired tract home on a tree-lined Los Angeles block. No negotiations, he instructs the Realtor, who thinks he should offer below asking price. Henry's antsy to move in, lock the door, and wallow in his own gloom. But the neighbors keep on knocking. There's well-meaning Esperanza (Adriana Barraza), Spanish for Hope, with home-made tamales. There's the luminous Dawn (Radha Mitchell), with fresh-baked cookies.
July 15, 2008 |
The Eagles brought their Long Road Out of Eden tour to the Wachovia Center Monday night. The experience was like being invited over to a couple's house to enjoy a beloved old movie that you never get tired of watching. But first your hosts insist that you sit through home movies of their recent cruise ship vacation. Before the venerable pop group got to its greatest hits - the expectation of which had packed the building to the rafters - the boys insisted on playing extended selections from their turgid 2007 double album, Long Road Out of Eden.
June 13, 2006 |
It's nostalgic. It's ebullient. It's the American dream, with twists. It makes you happy. And, I admit, it was a surprise to me when Jersey Boys won the Tony for best musical. Predicting who will win awards is always a crap-shoot, and you'll probably do better rolling the dice in Atlantic City than attempting to guess who'll take home Broadway's highest honors. Everything becomes clear in hindsight. Plenty of people, taken by the goofy delights of the dark-horse late-season opener called The Drowsy Chaperone - it had 13 nominations, the most of any show this season - believed it was a virtual shoo-in for best musical in Tony's 60th annual awards ceremony, aired from Radio City Music Hall on Sunday night.
December 20, 2005 |
The story so far: Zach Porter, having smashed his car while running Christmas Eve errands, is having a cup of coffee with an odd stranger while waiting for a tow truck. The man, Gunther, has made him an even odder offer: a chance to see what difference his life has made to the world. The lone waitress working Christmas Eve at Bruno's stopped by their booth, as the nearby jukebox boomed a Christmas carol: "Glooooooo-ria in excelsis Deoooo. " Zach hadn't noticed anyone put a quarter in. "Freshen up your cups, gents?"