April 14, 2016 |
CAPA's annual musical is in financial trouble. Again. The Music Man opens Wednesday night at CAPA - Philadelphia's High School for Creative and Performing Arts - on South Broad Street, but the home and school association is scrambling to cover the $60,000 production costs. "It's a dilemma we face every year," principal Joanne Beaver said Tuesday as students were preparing for a full dress rehearsal in the school's 350-seat auditorium. "It's not the typical high school musical," said Beaver, who is in her second year at the helm of the performing-arts magnet.
February 14, 2014 |
* HOUSE OF CARDS. Season 2 starts streaming on Netflix today. * 48 HOURS PRESENTS: THE WHOLE GRITTY CITY. 9 p.m. Saturday, CBS3. SO MAYBE Frank Underwood wouldn't be every woman's Valentine. But Frank (Kevin Spacey), the scheming, homicidal - and, oh, yeah, adulterous - politician at the very heart of Netflix's conspiratorial "House of Cards," doesn't need to please all of us. He really only needs to stay on the right side of his equally terrifying wife, Claire (Robin Wright)
May 15, 2013 |
FIVE BALLS in the air, music everywhere. Five receivers running different routes simultaneously, each somehow managing to find one of those balls from the clutter in the air and catching it . . . And not one crash. Amazing. "You zero in on running your route and keep your head up," Eagles receiver Jeremy Maclin was explaining after yesterday's OTA at NovaCare. "And whatever ball comes your way, you catch it. We don't really know what quarterback is throwing to what route.
November 16, 2012 |
The Music Man , the classic Broadway musical that opened Wednesday at the Walnut Street Theatre (and runs through Jan. 6), is a shameless, brassy, happiness machine and earns that status honestly. In contrast to less substantial portraits in provincialness such as Hairspray , The Music Man has engagingly quirky characters backed up by the sociological truths of post-Victorian heartland America. The espoused moral value of playing in marching bands arises from author Meredith Willson having played piccolo under John Philip Sousa.
June 19, 2012 |
BILLY DUNPHY was a happy man who took it on himself to make everybody else happy. He did it mostly with music. As a disc jockey and singer, he could rock a tavern, a wedding, a private party, birthday, christening, whatever, playing and singing the old standards that made the likes of Sinatra, Crosby, Como and Tom Jones famous, and always with a personal touch. He seemed to know everybody's favorite songs, the songs they grew up with, danced to and fell in love with, and he either played them or sang them himself.
December 30, 2011 |
AS THE Quaker City String Band rehearsed the wooden soldier march of its latest routine on a chilly December evening, Jim Fox Jr. blended right into the horde of saxophonists playing through "Teddy Bears' Picnic" and "When Johnny Comes Marching Home. " But despite being one alto among many, Fox is responsible for an outsized portion of the cacophony being raised on the second floor of the venerable Mummers band's South Philly clubhouse. Probably half of the Quaker City saxophonists wouldn't be there on New Year's Day if it weren't for Fox. That's literally the case for two of them, Fox's college-age sons, who are carrying on the family tradition.
January 1, 2011 |
Scandalous sex tapes, adultery, and addiction ruled Celebdom in 2010. In other words, it was business as usual. But beyond the squalor, the muck and mire, there burns Love . Love of lust, love of art, love of self, love of money, love of porn, love of controlled substances. Here's a look at some of the more notable love stories of 2010. Weddings! Weddings! Weddings! For all the scandals, 2010 wrapped up all sugar: It was the year of a thousand engagements. Ah, but how many will actually marry?
November 23, 2010 |
STEPHEN LYNCH doesn't really care about jokes, which is ironic considering he's a comedian. While his goal onstage is to make people laugh, he's not the average stand-up either. Lynch, who plays the Tower Theater tomorrow, is a musical comedian, crafting acoustic guitar-driven songs with inspiration derived from decidedly strange places. A song called "Craig," for example, is told from the perspective of Jesus' hard-partying brother Craig Christ (sample lyric: "I don't turn water into wine/But into cold Coors Light")
July 27, 2010 |
The music man of Upper Darby Township used to be a Winthrop. Harry Dietzler, executive director of the Upper Darby Summer Stage community theater program, saw himself as the shy little boy in Meredith Willson's Broadway musical about a shifty salesman of band instruments. "My sisters would put on a show in the backyard, and my contribution was putting the needle on the record," said Dietzler, 55, of Upper Darby. Since then, he has overseen hundreds of shows at the Upper Darby Performing Arts Center and has changed from a bashful Winthrop to an upstanding version of The Music Man 's Professor Harold Hill, selling the virtues of musical theater to anyone who will listen.