June 4, 1992 |
In Ardmore is a man who makes, repairs and deals in violins, violas and cellos. Paul Stevens, in business there seven years, fills in now and then as a cellist in community orchestras, but says he finds it "enjoyable being able to share music in other people's lives" through the instruments.
April 29, 2000 |
Do not, under any circumstances, dash from the Neil Simon Theatre during curtain calls for The Music Man, which opened Thursday in an irresistible revival directed and choreographed by Susan Stroman. Miss your train, delay your supper date, but stick around for the terrific cherry of a surprise that Stroman has plopped atop this yummy sundae of a musical. To say anything more would spoil the fun, so suffice it to report that this Music Man is in spirited, innocent fettle literally from first note to last.
April 1, 1990 |
Music teacher Brian Groder conducts orchestra rehearsals the way comedian Billy Crystal hosted last week's Academy Awards. Witty retorts. Scathing quips. Irreverent repartee. Groder can dish it out and take it with the best of his Jenkintown High School musicians. "I never even heard of My Left Foot," 18-year-old clarinetist Jason Holland said during a rehearsal break between measures of James Swearingen's "Aventura. " "That's because there's no sex, no violence and no car chase, so you didn't notice the commercials when they came on TV," Groder said, followed by chuckles from his audience.
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 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")
December 23, 1994 |
The Music Man occurs in what is usually regarded as a more idyllic time and place - a small town in the Midwest early in the century. But the situation in River City, Iowa, that forms the basis for the story of the popular musical, which the Media Theatre for the Performing Arts is presenting, is hardly the stuff of idylls. River City is a town suspicious of outsiders, particularly when they arrive in the form of fast-talking traveling salesmen out to fleece the great American heartland.
March 21, 2002 |
One of the objections offered by the unions protesting the nonunion production of The Music Man at the Merriam Theater is that while the show is based on the recent Broadway production, it can't really be called a Broadway show because it doesn't use actors who have Broadway experience. That is a valid point. There is a polish and professionalism - something easier to sense than to explain - that Broadway-experienced actors lend to a show that this production of The Music Man does not have.
March 3, 1994 |
The Music Man, the Broadway hit musical by Meredith Willson, will be performed at Ridley Senior High School beginning tonight. Director Sandy Stefanowicz is leading a cast and crew of more than 50 students in the classic story of Professor Harold Hill's visit to River City, where he forms a children's band. The high school is on Morton Avenue in Folsom. Show times are 7:30 p.m. today through Saturday. Tickets are $5 for adults, $4 for students, and $3 for seniors. For information, call 610-534-1900.
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's having played piccolo under John Philip Sousa.
May 12, 1988 |
Great day in the morning! River City, Iowa, circa 1912, has come back to life at the Valley Forge Music Fair like some cornfed Brigadoon. It's an occasion for cheers and fireworks. River City's lovely virginal librarian, Marian Paroo, is again resisting the blandishments of that dangerous smoothie, Harold Hill, and the town is once more atwit over Professor Hill's empty promise to give it a band worthy of its standing in the world. That old prune, Mayor Shinn, is back, threatening to upset the apple cart, and his imposing wife, Eulalie (Eulalie Mackecknie Shinn, as she still prefers to be formally known)