May 13, 2002 |
Bristol Riverside Theatre's posters and program for A Little Night Music advertise the fact that it contains "Send in the Clowns. " The song, which serves as a musical metaphor for the show's characters who are foolish in their pursuit of sex and love, may also be applied to the production itself. This light, colorful version of the Stephen Sondheim musical is strong on humor, which makes it easy and enjoyable to watch. But A Little Night Music also deals with the pain and joy of emotional attachment and sexual passion, and that part of it is not so strongly revealed.
June 2, 1989 |
The Bobs sing for everyone who has ever belted out a number or two in the shower. They're the Volkswagen Bug convertibles on a road filled with slick Porsches. The San Francisco a cappella quartet, which will perform outdoors at Penn's Landing tomorrow night, puts the emphasis on fun. Sure, these people are talented singers and their voices blend into extravagant, four-part harmonies at times, but their forte is making people smile. "I think anyone who has ever sung at any level before, even if it was with the radio while driving in the car, can find something they like about us," said Matthew "Bob" Stull, one of the Bobs, who took their name from the dog term, Best of Breed.
December 11, 1986 |
In reviving a musical of such indelible memory as A Little Night Music, the trick is not to make us forget the original but to discover a fresh approach that does justice to the memory. The Walnut Street Theater Company has tried. Its production, which opened last night, bears evidence of rethinking. A new concept is tried for this beautifully conceptual show, but the effort has been made, plainly, by people who are not in the same league as the creative talents who made such magic with the 1973 Broadway production.
June 9, 1989 |
Pop aficionados get a belated look at (and listen to) a very cool show tonight as Channel 17 airs two episodes of "Night Music" back-to-back from 8 to 10 p.m. Then, capping the night, is a Channel 17-produced special at 10 p.m. devoted to Philadelphia music acts. Co-hosted by saxman David Sanborn and British rock keyboardist/raconteur Jools Holland, "Night Music" was known in its first season as "Sunday Night. " Many NBC stations carried it, but Channel 3 passed, to run a more profitable movie.
September 6, 1986 |
A repeat of the film Taps and Part 2 of Spitting Image (both of which are full of familiar faces) are tonight's network highlights. Locally, the big news is the premiere of Buddy Ryan's football show. EVENING HIGHLIGHTS BUDDY RYAN: FOOTBALL (7 p.m., Ch. 10) - Why do I have this suspicion that Ryan's day-before-the-game TV show will be more lively and entertaining than the run-of-the-mill, film-of-the-run head-coach showcase? Ryan is a smart enough man to know how to stir up hornets by using the media, and this new 30- minute show is a perfect place for him to hold court.
January 7, 1990 |
This week's opening of Cole Porter's musical Anything Goes marks the start of the fifth season of productions by Puttin' on the Ritz, a theater company housed in the Ritz Theater on the White Horse Pike in Oaklyn. "Overwhelming, surprising, satisfying (and) scary," was how Bruce Curless, managing director of Puttin' on the Ritz, described the prospect of the company's fifth year. "When I stop and think that this is our fifth season, it seems like yesterday we were renovating, getting ready for our first season," the Runnemede resident said.
July 9, 2001 |
?Wide appeal is the orchestra's aim during the PNC Concert Season at the Mann, and this week's two-night Broadway offering tests uncharted summer territory. Tonight Sergei Rachmaninoff called the Philadelphians "the world's greatest orchestra," and his rich Russian textures were perfectly suited to its lush, burnished sound. Oregon Symphony conductor James DePreist will return to his hometown, replacing?originally scheduled Czech batoner Zdenek Macal. Rachmaninoff's heartfelt "Piano Concerto No. 2," surely his most beloved work, will be played by Helene Grimaud, the exciting French pianist.
November 18, 1994 |
"Alot of people only really see the tip of the iceberg," Joe Jackson reports from his Manhattan apartment. "If you've had a couple of hits - which I've done more or less by accident - then that's all that a lot of people are going to be aware of, so that when I go and make an album of instrumental compositions, people sort of throw their hands up and holler and think I have gone completely mad. " But Jackson's fans have come to expect as much....
October 3, 1995 |
How does a composer such as Bela Bartok stand a chance in an age as decidedly anti-intellectual as ours? The answer: With a little help from his friends - such as pianist Jerome Lowenthal, who performed Sunday at Settlement Music School in Queen Village. Lowenthal gave a concert that was one part recital, one part graduate class - with a dash of Victor Borge. Today's music industry seems driven more by marketers than musicologists, and so composers whose music takes a little work on the part of the listener are scarce this season.
March 9, 1990 |
Flirtatious Frenchmen and fabulously flaky pastries - what more could a person want in a cafe? How about soups, sandwiches and cheese plates, too? Or a little night music? How about a night-owl-friendly schedule that keeps it open till midnight? Cheap Eats says "Je t'adore" to the Caribou Cafe on Walnut Street, a very pleasant, very French place to stop before or after a show at the Forrest Theater. Or any time, for that matter. Applause is in order because there are not nearly enough places for civilized after-theater coffee and dessert.