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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.
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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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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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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.
NEWS
November 29, 2015 | By Wendy Rosenfield, For The Inquirer
It's the second coming of The Book of Mormon 's national tour, with a new cast singing that ancient tale of the angel Moroni's appearance in late-1800s Upstate New York. The elders still ring the world's doorbells, shouting out wow, and fight female genital mutilation in Uganda. And it's convenient that they've arrived for the holidays, because this might be the best time for their message. Though, before anyone trades in their Christmas Carol tickets, that Ugandan plot should be a tipoff that this message comes delivered in a winning and hilarious, but very much R-rated, song-and-dance package.
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August 15, 2016
As the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints' new temple in Logan Circle opens for public viewing, consider Philadelphia's ties to early Mormon history. Though the church was founded in New York and associated with Illinois and Utah, Philadelphia played a significant role in its early history. Missionaries had reached Chester County and parts of central New Jersey by the 1830s. In 1839, the Philadelphia branch of the church was organized by Joseph Smith Jr. while returning from Washington, D.C. Smith and fellow early converts met on the corner of Seventh and Callowhill Streets.
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August 3, 2016 | By David O'Reilly, Staff Writer
A large and commanding portrait of Jesus, his face aglow, his arms extended in a welcoming embrace, will greet the faithful who enter the new Mormon Temple, opening its doors in Center City next month. The granite-clad, Federalist-style building near Logan Square will serve as the site of sacramental rituals, or "ordinances," for the region's 41,000 Mormons. "We believe our temples to be the house of the Lord," Elder Larry Y. Wilson, executive director of temple development for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, said at the start of a media tour Monday.
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August 3, 2016 | By Inga Saffron, Inquirer Architecture Critic
The new Mormon Temple on Logan Square may be the most radical work of architecture built in Philadelphia in a half-century. Clearly, that's not because the gleaming classical tabernacle offers a fresh, 21st-century take on architectural form-making, or because the designers inventively use new materials, or because they stretch the limits of technology. It's radical because it dares to be so out of step with today's design sensibilities and our bottom-line culture. There have been, of course, plenty of classically inspired designs in Philadelphia in recent years, most of them insipid.
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June 23, 2016 | By Julie Shaw, STAFF WRITER
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has announced its leadership for Philadelphia's new Mormon temple - the first in the city and the state. Bruce and Nancy Winn of Hockessin, Del., will oversee the functioning of the temple, the church said late Monday. Bruce Winn had previously served as president, then CEO, of Wilmington-based Corporation Service Co. A few years ago, the Winns returned from a three-year missionary assignment with the church in Salt Lake City. They will be assisted by James and Nancy Boik of Berwick, Columbia County, Pa., about a 2 1/2-hour drive north of Philadelphia, and Wynn and Pamela John of Newark, Del. Each of the six new leaders will serve as an unpaid volunteer for about three years, the church said.
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May 19, 2016 | By Julie Shaw, Staff Writer
Philadelphia's new Mormon temple - the first in the city and state - will be open for public tours this summer, with reservations available online starting Monday. Tours of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints temple, at 1739 Vine St. in Franklintown, will be offered from Aug. 10 through Sept. 9, except Sundays. "We are excited about welcoming the community to our open house," Flora McConkie, a church spokeswoman for the Philadelphia region, said Tuesday. "With the large number of visitors anticipated, we highly encourage reserving a date and time online.
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March 25, 2016 | By Thomas Fitzgerald, POLITICS WRITER
Divergent results in Western states that voted Tuesday reflect how polarized the presidential race remains in both parties as the primary calendar starts to run out of pages. In a normal cycle, the question of Republican and Democratic nominees would be settled (or pretty much so) by now. On the GOP side, Donald Trump crushed Texas Sen. Ted Cruz by 22 percentage points in Arizona's primary, 47 percent to 25 percent. It was a winner-take-all contest, so the front-runner picked up 58 more delegates.
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January 24, 2016 | By Julie Shaw, STAFF WRITER
The public will be able to see the inside of the first Mormon temple built in the city - and in the entire state - when it opens in Philadelphia this summer. A four-week open house, with free tours, will begin Aug. 5 and last until Sept. 3, but will exclude Sundays, the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints said in a news release this week. The massive, neoclassical, granite-exterior temple, with two soaring spires, is nearing completion on the 1700 block of Vine Street in Franklintown - about a block north of Logan Square, the Cathedral Basilica of SS. Peter and Paul, and the Benjamin Franklin Parkway.
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November 29, 2015 | By Wendy Rosenfield, For The Inquirer
It's the second coming of The Book of Mormon 's national tour, with a new cast singing that ancient tale of the angel Moroni's appearance in late-1800s Upstate New York. The elders still ring the world's doorbells, shouting out wow, and fight female genital mutilation in Uganda. And it's convenient that they've arrived for the holidays, because this might be the best time for their message. Though, before anyone trades in their Christmas Carol tickets, that Ugandan plot should be a tipoff that this message comes delivered in a winning and hilarious, but very much R-rated, song-and-dance package.
ENTERTAINMENT
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.
NEWS
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.
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