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May 4, 2011 | By Mark Kennedy, Associated Press
NEW YORK - Who says Broadway won't take a risk? The Book of Mormon and The Scottsboro Boys - very different musicals with very different fates - have emerged with the most Tony Award nominations this season. Mormon , with its diarrhea jokes and songs about body parts, and Scottsboro , a searing look at a racial injustice that featured a graphic whipping, pushed the boundaries of traditional Broadway fare. "People are excited when they sit down in those seats because they don't know what's going to happen," said Rory O'Malley, whose turn in Mormon earned him a nomination for best featured actor in a musical.
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June 13, 2012 | David Patrick Stearns
Whatever its merits, the opera Dark Sisters, co-commissioned by Opera Company of Philadelphia and locally premiered Friday, has always had faces — magnetic ones that drew you into its rural, buttoned-up world of Church of Latter-day Saints sects that still practice polygamy. Even amid the mixed success of the opera's world premiere in November in New York City, the inner lives of its submissive wives were, if nothing else, revealed in eyes, hair, and chin lines that emerge from their near-identical prairie wear.
NEWS
September 9, 2010 | By David O'Reilly, Inquirer Staff Writer
As it prepares to build a large temple in Center City, the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has agreed to donate $300,000 to the city's prisoner-reentry program. The contribution was announced Wednesday by Mayor Nutter, who said the idea originated with the Mormon church's leadership and was not prompted by City Hall. "We did not ask," he said, "but gladly accepted. " The lump-sum donation will be directed to the Mayor's Office of Reintegration Services for Ex-Offenders (RISE)
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August 26, 2010 | By Ann Rodgers, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
The ads are catchy. Upbeat music plays as the surfer, the artist, or the skateboarder states his or her beliefs about life. They all end with, "And I'm a Mormon. " On July 26, Pittsburgh became one of nine test markets for the advertising campaign that cheerfully counters stereotypes of Mormons as straight-laced, white, humorless, and sexist. The campaign from the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints includes a revamped website at www.mormon.org . The ads arrived on the heels of a backlash by gay-rights activists over Mormon support for the 2008 campaign in California for a ban on gay marriage.
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August 2, 2014 | By Toby Zinman, For The Inquirer
'An atheist's love letter to religion. " That's how Matt Stone, one of the show's creators, described The Book of Mormon , now at the Forrest Theatre for the next six weeks. This prize-winning musical (nine Tony Awards, among many others) was written by Robert Lopez, Trey Parker, and Stone (these last two are the snark-meisters of TV's South Park - more prizes). Mormons have gotten a surprising lot of attention lately ( Big Love , Angels in America ) and The Book of Mormon , a quirky, crowd-pleasing show, gives them a big hug while mocking them.
NEWS
April 7, 1991 | By Sonya Baker, Special to The Inquirer
An emphasis on family. A dedication to service. The two may explain the continuing increase in the number of Mormons in the Lower Bucks County area, said Scott B. Johnson, bishop of the Morrisville Ward of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. The ward began in Morrisville in 1953 with a handful of families. It was then called the Trenton branch, but, after seven years, grew to a membership of more than 500 and became the Trenton Ward. Under Mormon organization, a branch refers to 200 or fewer members; a ward, 200 to 500 members.
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March 22, 2015 | By Stephan Salisbury, Inquirer Staff Writer
The Book of Mormon will be back in Philadelphia's Forrest Theatre late this year for a month-long reprise of its successful 47-day 2014 engagement, part of Broadway Philadelphia's 2015-16 season, officials of the Kimmel Center and the Schubert Organization announced Friday. The Kimmel and the Schubert Organization are joint presenters of the season. "Each season, we seek compelling theater productions with story lines that resonate with our diverse audiences," Anne Ewers, Kimmel president and chief executive, said in a statement.
NEWS
August 11, 2010
THE MORMONS will be getting their temple in Center City after all. A dispute between the city's Redevelopment Authority and the developer who bought the land from the city in 1987 was resolved last week, so construction can begin on the $68 million project. We think it's good news, but not necessarily for the reasons many are citing. One way of looking at the deal is that the city, by filing suit against the landowner, was, as usual, shooting itself in the foot, jeopardizing a big construction project and the jobs it might bring at a time when the city is desperate for both.
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March 4, 2001 | By Donald D. Groff FOR THE INQUIRER
Most Americans learned about the Mormon trek west to Salt Lake City in their history books, but far fewer know about the immigration of more than 85,000 European Mormons to the United States in the mid-1800s. Those European converts arrived by ship, of course, and the 150th anniversary of those ocean sailings will be commemorated this year with a 59-day tall ship reenactment. One big difference: This time the fleet will have tourists on board. The Sea Trek Foundation, nonprofit sponsor of the project, says 10 tall ships have been chartered for the voyage, beginning Aug. 7 in Denmark and continuing to ports in Sweden, Norway, Germany and England before crossing the Atlantic to the Canary Islands and the Bahamas, arriving in New York on Oct. 4. Organizers have dubbed the reenactment Sea Trek 2001.
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December 19, 2000 | By Larry Fish, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
When gold medals are handed out at the 2002 Winter Games, the ceremony will take place on a plaza built and owned by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. TV cameras - and thus the eyes of the world - will have little choice but to linger on the church's nearby gothic Temple, bristling with spires, and on other buildings that make up the headquarters of a rapidly growing American-born faith that claims 11 million members worldwide. Though tainted by a bidding scandal, Salt Lake City's Winter Games will certainly focus much of the world's attention on a dynamic Mormon culture, which is why the media-savvy church is gearing up to capitalize on the opportunity.
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July 30, 2015 | By Howard Gensler
C ONAN O'BRIEN was sued last week for allegedly stealing jokes from Twitter. Robert Kaseberg claims that Conan, TBS, Time Warner and others swiped four jokes. As Entertainment Weekly reported, Kaseberg said that the jokes were posted to his blog and Twitter account, and that versions of the jokes were later told by Conan on his show. Conan sidekick, Andy Richter , tweeted dismissiveness toward the suit, saying that the topics in question were in the news and fodder for comedy writers.
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March 22, 2015 | By Stephan Salisbury, Inquirer Staff Writer
The Book of Mormon will be back in Philadelphia's Forrest Theatre late this year for a month-long reprise of its successful 47-day 2014 engagement, part of Broadway Philadelphia's 2015-16 season, officials of the Kimmel Center and the Schubert Organization announced Friday. The Kimmel and the Schubert Organization are joint presenters of the season. "Each season, we seek compelling theater productions with story lines that resonate with our diverse audiences," Anne Ewers, Kimmel president and chief executive, said in a statement.
NEWS
December 26, 2014
TODAY'S COLUMN is a twofer. First, it marks the end of our second year chronicling the always-fascinating regional theater scene. And, because this is the final column of 2014, it's a look back on the highs (and lowest of the low) on local stages during the past 12 months:   In the news The news this year was mostly good; the regional theater community appears to not just be surviving, but generally thriving. Perhaps the grayest cloud was the one that earlier in the year settled over the 40-year-old Philadelphia Theatre Company.
ENTERTAINMENT
September 10, 2014 | By Molly Eichel
PYT, the Northern Liberties burger joint in the Piazza at Schmidts, posted a photo of a receipt to its Facebook page showing that Eagle LeSean McCoy tipped 20 cents on a $61.56 check. That's a 0.3 percent tip. My buddy Daily News Eagles writer Les Bowen asked McCoy about the tipping incident. "It's bulls---, man," McCoy said. He declined to elaborate. Bowen also asked the Eagles about the incident. The team said that the running back was not happy with the service at PYT, although it wished he'd handled it differently.
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August 15, 2014 | Chuck Darrow, Daily News
FROM THIS vantage point, the most interesting aspect of the current production of "The Book of Mormon," which runs through Sept. 14 at the Forrest Theatre, is not to be found onstage. Instead, it can be seen in the show's playbill. "Book of Mormon," of course, is the grimly unfunny musical "comedy" whose main targets are the history, beliefs, rituals and adherents of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints - more commonly known as the Mormon church. Which is why it's somewhat surprising to find three full-page advertisements sponsored by the Salt Lake City, Utah-based church in the show's program.
NEWS
August 9, 2014 | By Casey Fabris, Inquirer Staff Writer
A few months ago, Alina John had no idea what she'd be doing this summer. Now, she's spending a week working alongside Broadway professionals. And it's all thanks to the generosity of a group of Mormons. More accurately, a group of actors who play Mormons. John is one of 180 people participating in an intensive summer workshop at the Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts taught by the Broadway Dreams Foundation. John, 21, of Burlington County, a recent graduate of the University of the Arts, was given a scholarship from the cast of the national tour of The Book of Mormon that allowed her to attend the workshop for the second summer in a row. On Thursday afternoon, a few days before the weeklong workshop will culminate in a performance, John got a chance to meet Josh Daniel, an actor in the current staging of the nine-time Tony-winning musical at the Forrest Theatre.
ENTERTAINMENT
August 2, 2014 | By Toby Zinman, For The Inquirer
'An atheist's love letter to religion. " That's how Matt Stone, one of the show's creators, described The Book of Mormon , now at the Forrest Theatre for the next six weeks. This prize-winning musical (nine Tony Awards, among many others) was written by Robert Lopez, Trey Parker, and Stone (these last two are the snark-meisters of TV's South Park - more prizes). Mormons have gotten a surprising lot of attention lately ( Big Love , Angels in America ) and The Book of Mormon , a quirky, crowd-pleasing show, gives them a big hug while mocking them.
NEWS
July 28, 2014 | By A.D. Amorosi, For The Inquirer
If anyone is having a Best Decade Ever, it's composer Robert Lopez. Along with 2013's powerhouse Frozen ($1.2 billion worldwide box office, the highest-grossing animated film ever) for which he cowrote songs with wife, Kristen Anderson-Lopez, and his controversial Broadway smash written with South Park 's creators, The Book of Mormon , at the Forrest Theatre starting on Tuesday, the 39-year-old is an EGOT (winner of an Emmy, Grammy, Oscar, and Tony) - and the youngest at that.
NEWS
July 25, 2014
YOU SAY you'd love premium seats for "The Book of Mormon," the Broadway smasheroo musical comedy that Tuesday begins a seven-week run at the Forrest Theater, but you simply can't swing (or justify) paying hundreds of dollars for a perch near the stage? Well, how does $27 sound? That's right, $27. Total. Heck, that's usually what you fork over for the laughably larcenous "fees" that are usually extorted from live entertainment consumers by ticketing agencies. And, no, they aren't counterfeit.
ENTERTAINMENT
February 22, 2014 | By Inga Saffron, Inquirer Architecture Critic
It's hard not to wince when you first look at the renderings of the Mormon Church's expanding kingdom at 16th and Vine Streets, unveiled last week by Mayor Nutter. The architectural chameleons at Robert Stern's office have paired a 1920s-style apartment tower with a teensy redbrick meetinghouse that looks as if it was dragged across town from colonial-era Society Hill. As if that wasn't enough, those retro buildings will join a snow-white, double-spired, French classical Mormon temple by Perkins+Will that is already rising along the cliff edge of the Vine Street Expressway.
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