February 17, 2015 |
WHEN PUSH came to shove, Jeff Lurie did the smart thing, he handed the personnel reins to Chip Kelly, saying something like, "If I want to drink the champagne, I've got to let you pick the grapes. " And then he did a dumb thing. When he snatched those personnel reins out of Howie Roseman's hands, he offered a spoonful of sugar to help the medicine go down. Which is straight out of Mary Poppins, and why do I think Jeff Lurie is a big fan of Mary Poppins? Spoonful? Lurie gave the guy a bowlful of sugar, raised his salary to $1.7 million, on the theory that if you throw enough money at a problem it will disappear.
December 6, 2014 |
Enjoy holiday shopping and fun on Saturday while benefiting a good cause at the Jingle Fest Holiday Craft Bazaar & Family Fun Festival at Greater Philadelphia Expo Center at Oaks. There are activities for the whole family, including Fido - featured are face painting, a moon bounce, pet Peach the pony, and spin-wheel games. Guests can paint a horseshoe and get on a giant slide. Santa, Frozen characters Elsa and Olaf, and Mickey and Minnie Mouse will visit. The expo will have an abundance of food and crafts and other items for purchase.
November 10, 2014 |
When the power was shut off at the Walnut Street Theatre's Port Richmond scenic and prop shop a few years ago, it could have meant trouble. But, there in the dark, producing artistic director Bernard Havard saw an opportunity. It turned out the landlord hadn't been paying the utility bills or the mortgage. So, rather than risk eviction, the Walnut bought the building - more than tripling its space from 24,000 to 85,000 square feet. "To be able to control our own destiny has always been a priority for me," Havard said.
November 8, 2014
YOU MAY still be munching on Halloween candy, but like it or not, the holiday season is here. Certainly retailers are already on the case, and so is the region's theater community, which has a diverse menu of offerings ready for serving. As always, the fare includes both the season-specific (the annual staging of "A Christmas Carol" at Princeton University's McCarter Theatre) and the family-friendly ("Mary Poppins" at the Walnut Street Theatre; " Rodgers & Hammerstein 's Cinderella" at the Academy of Music)
February 4, 2013
THE Daily News Pet of the Week is Julie Andrews, a 1-to-2-year-old pit-bull mix at the Philadelphia Animal Welfare Society. Julie Andrews is friendly and willing to please. She would be fine with other dogs and with children. To adopt Julie Andrews, contact PAWS, 100 N. 2nd St., at 215-238-9901, before visiting the shelter. When inquiring, provide her tag identifier - A18835767. A $75 fee includes sterilization, vaccines and microchipping.
March 7, 2012 |
How do you sum up the work of songwriter Robert B. Sherman? Try one word: Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious. The tongue-twisting term, sung by the magical nanny Mary Poppins, is like much of Sherman's work - both complex and instantly memorable for child and adult alike. Mr. Sherman, who died in London on Monday at 86, was half of a sibling partnership that put songs into the mouths of nannies and Cockney chimney sweeps, jungle animals and Parisian felines.
March 29, 2011 |
Her note said, "Au revoir," and, true to her word, the grandmother of all nannies is back. Before Nanny McPhee or TV's Supernanny, there was Mary Poppins, and she still rules. And flies. The touring company blew into town and will be at the Academy of Music until April 17. The musical's plot is uncomplicated and irresistible: An unhappy London family with its bratty children, its cold and distant father, its weak and distraught mother, is rescued by a magical nanny who arrives via umbrella on the east wind.
November 19, 2006 |
She's back! Keeping the promise of the "au revoir" at the end of her note to the children, Mary Poppins has returned, singing and dancing and providing much eye-popping joy. The Disney/Cameron Mackintosh production opened Thursday on Broadway, and although shows are as unpredictable as Mary Poppins herself, Mary Poppins is likely to be in New York for the foreseeable future. The original supernanny, Mary Poppins has been enchanting children since P.L. Travers wrote the first of six books in 1934.
January 27, 2006 |
Nanny McPhee is a child-care professional that Roald Dahl could love. She speaks firmly and carries a big stick. And she's not afraid to use it. Directed by Kirk Jones (Waking Ned Devine) and written by Emma Thompson, who stars in the title role, Nanny McPhee is set in an unspecified era between the reigns of Queen Victoria and Laura Ashley. It indulges children under 12 the fantasy of no rules. It indulges parents the fantasy of establishing rules that are followed. Mary Poppins dispensed medicine with a spoonful of sugar.
October 20, 2000
The report: The shot of Gov. Bush was a great draw - and our readers rose to new heights with hundreds of responses. Most, of course, were variations on the themes of Mary Poppins and the Mummers. This week's winner, Re Pierce of Philadelphia, rode that Mary Poppins tide to victory. We continue to be impressed by the number of people who are sending in entries - though many seem to be doing it on the boss' time. (Your secret is safe with us.) And the entries aren't limited to the immediate area.