April 27, 2016 |
Things to ponder Kelly Ripa should be smiling from your TV set as you read this. The star of Live! With Kelly and Michael took an impromptu week's vacation (is that what they call it?) after cohost Michael Strahan announced he's leaving the show. Anonymous Insider tells People that Ripa, 45, "is glad she had the time with [husband] Mark [ Consuelos ] to celebrate their anniversary and to think about things with the show. " Like what things? Ripa on Friday sent an email to the show's staff.
April 26, 2016
ISSUE | PRINCE A lasting influence I was a fan of Prince in the 1980s, when I was growing up. I owned some of his albums, including Purple Rain , Around the World in a Day , and Parade . My favorite Prince songs are "I Wanna Be Your Lover," "Controversy," "1999," "Little Red Corvette," "Purple Rain," "When Doves Cry," "Let's Go Crazy," "I Would Die 4 U," "Raspberry Beret," "Pop Life," "Mountains," "Sign 'O' the Times," "Diamonds...
April 22, 2016 |
"D EARLY beloved; We are gathered here today; To get through this thing called life... . " - Prince Sadly, moving forward it will have to be without the artist who penned those words. Prince was a musical genius whose artistry spanned decades, and included classics such as " Little Red Corvette," "1999," and the afore-referenced hit "Let's Go Crazy. " Prince died unexpectedly on Thursday at the age of 57, causing the Internet to explode with shock and grief. Twitter recorded upward of six million tweets as of Thursday night.
April 5, 2016 |
Joan Howard Maurer celebrated her 89th birthday over the weekend at the Three Stooges Convention 2016 at the Radisson Philadelphia Northeast in Trevose. "I was one day off from being born an April Fool," she cracked to the "woo woos" of family members and devotees. Joan's father, Moe Howard, was by some estimations one of the biggest (and most successful) fools of all - dunce captain of the nitwit, slapstick Three Stooges, the longest-running comedy act in film history. The group still is enjoying staying power 86 years after its Hollywood debut in Soup to Nuts . Nearly 200 Stooges short films (16- to 18-minute "two reelers" from the 1930s to the 1950s)
March 22, 2016 |
P RINCE TOLD a New York audience Friday night that he was working on his memoir. The working title is The Beautiful Ones and it will be released in the fall of 2017 by publishing house Spiegel & Grau (an imprint of Penguin/Random House). Prince said Spiegel & Grau made him "an offer I can't refuse. " "This is my first [book]. My brother Dan is helping me with it. He's a good critic and that's what I need. He's not a 'yes' man at all and he's really helping me get through this," Prince told the audience.
March 2, 2016 |
One of my strongest early memories is of seeing the José Limón Dance Company perform his signature work, The Moor's Pavane , when I was 13. It was the original cast: Limón played Othello, with Lucas Hoving as Iago, plus Betty Jones and Pauline Koner as their wives, and I could hardly contain myself as these extraordinary artists embodied the all-too-human emotions of love, pride, betrayal, and murderous rage. On March 9-13, as part of the Prince Theater's Next Move series, Philadelphians will have the opportunity to see The Moor's Pavane , plus two other classic compositions by the master, danced by Limón's own troupe.
January 17, 2016 |
How to remain objective when writing about a company you love, with a choreographer you adore, and a dancer you've admired since you first saw him? If you've got a pulse, it's not easy. Especially if the company is Les Ballets Jazz de Montreal, which opened NextMove's 2016 spring season Wednesday night at the Prince Theater. BJM performed here in 2004 and 2012, and artistic director Louis Robitaille continues to fill his roster with impeccable dancers. They sizzled to Rodrigo Pederneiras' "Rouge," featuring the stellar company with Mark Francis Caserta, dancing to his hometown audience with a luxuriantly sensual vengeance.
January 8, 2016 |
A COMMON PLEAS judge is expected tomorrow to hear a request by the Rev. Adolphus C. Prince for an injunction to block a second vote on his employment at Zion Baptist Church. The hearing comes one day before Saturday's scheduled revote. In a filing to stop the vote and be reinstated, Prince, also known as A. Carl Prince, alleged that the July 12, 2014, vote that dismissed him was illegal because members were not given three months' notice as called for by the church's bylaws. The complaint said Prince signed a contract or "covenant" when he was hired in January 2012 requiring that prior to a vote, "there must be full disclosure to the church of the facts on which the termination is based.
December 22, 2015 |
Richard Lewis' neurotic bits aren't just a persona. The comic, who once cracked that he was raised by wolves, is hilariously unbalanced. Before performing Friday and Saturday at Helium, he asked that I not review his show. No performer has ever made such a request of me - but who else is like the idiosyncratic Lewis? However, the quirky humorist changed his tune and said that he couldn't stop me. And he had nothing to worry about during Saturday night's late show, the last of four sold-out shows at Helium.
October 3, 2015 |
Life is a cabaret for Robert Kotonly and Rory Paull, a show biz-lovin' team who have just opened the Rrazz Room at the Prince, and who also run a full-time Rrazz Room in New Hope, plus the "Rrazz Room Presents" series at arts centers in Coral Springs and South Miami-Dade, Fla. Their Chestnut Street spot got off to a reasonable start two weekends ago with a near-sellout of the Prince's cozy 156-seat Black Box space for Broadway songstress Karen Mason....