November 4, 1992 |
I recommend the Ritz Theatre's production of Alan Jay Lerner and Frederick Loewe's Brigadoon - but not without reservations. The South Jersey company's version of the musical is, often through the evening, excitingly staged by director Art McKenzie. I especially liked the famous chase scene, in which the entire town prevents Harry Beaton (Glen Funkhouser) from escaping. Brigadoon is the phantom village that awakens for only one day every hundred years - but only if its people remain within its confines.
September 29, 1999 |
If the first rule of theater is to give the best lines to yourself, the second may be to dedicate yourself to the audience. On Saturday from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m., to celebrate Arts and Humanities Month, the Ritz Theatre will open its doors to the public for a free tour. "When you walk into our theater," said Bruce A. Curless, producing artistic director of Puttin' on the Ritz Productions, "it's like you're walking into a bit of the past. " Built in 1927, the 471-seat theater on the White Horse Pike, straddling Oaklyn and Haddon Township, has gone through several incarnations.
August 8, 1999 |
Nancy MacGlaughlin skirted between her fellow thespians to the front of the makeshift stage at the Ritz Theatre last week and flawlessly delivered her line. However, her words were not heard. Nancy, 13, is deaf, and she uses sign language to communicate. For the second consecutive year, the Puttin' on the Ritz Summer Theatre Arts Day Camp at the Ritz Theatre on the White Horse Pike has extended two scholarships to local deaf adolescents who have a desire to learn the performing arts.
September 10, 2000 |
What do two bumbling criminals, a crooked attorney, his jealous wife, and a missing suitcase with $15,000 all have in common? All are factors that make up Vaudeville Villains, a new comedy-farce produced by the Ritz Theatre in Oaklyn, Camden County, the brainchild of Moorestown playwright Alex Wilkie. Wilkie, a professor at the Art Institute of Philadelphia, started at the theater six years ago as an actor and began writing one-act plays in 1995. Vaudeville Villains, his first full-length play, premiered Sept.
July 15, 2009 |
Once the decision is made to produce Aida, a company - such as, say, the Ritz Theatre - must commit to a full exploration of its excesses. After all, we're talking outsized stuff here, the Elton John/Tim Rice adaptation of Verdi's opera, plus ancient Egypt, pharaoh, slaves, Disney, death. Plans for a forthcoming filmed version even include Beyonc? and Christina Aguilera, and if you're not ready for that much grandiosity, maybe it's best to choose something a little less multi-polar, like the foolproof Andrew Lloyd Webber/Tim Rice Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat.
April 14, 2000 |
A veteran Broadway actress and choreographer is coming to the Ritz Theatre for a weekend of performances to bring a bit of the Great White Way to the White Horse Pike. Carole Schweid, a member of the original cast of A Chorus Line who has worked with Bob Fosse and Shelley Winters, will perform her one-woman show, Agnes, a look at the career and choreography of Agnes de Mille. De Mille, a niece of film director and producer Cecil B. de Mille's, revolutionized musical comedy in 1943 by integrating dance with plot in Oklahoma!
July 12, 1992 |
Poetry may never taste this good again. For those who crave delicious desserts and delightful poems, the Contemporary Poets of South Jersey are offering double-barreled relief at 7 p.m. next Sunday at the Barn Studio of Art on Whitaker Avenue in Millville. The poets scheduled to read their works are known also for preparing or buying the very best desserts, and for a $3 ticket, listeners can digest all the poetry and food they want. Contemporary Poets of South Jersey meet every month to discuss their work in progress.
November 14, 2004 |
In 1984, when some locals looked at the Ritz Theatre, they saw the former porn emporium that it was in the 1970s. When Bruce Curless looked at the former family neighborhood movie/vaudeville house, he saw a dream come true. "When I walked in, it was magical," Curless said of the 1927 theater that was placed on the state and National Register of Historic Places in 2002. "I walked in and fell in love with it. " To turn his dream into a reality took a lot of ingenuity and a lot of cajoling of friends.
June 23, 1996 |
Barney Cashman, a married, middle-aged, sexually repressed man, wants to cheat on his wife. But as we watch, Cashman, nervous and naive, staves off the advances of Elaine Navazio, an impatient, more experienced philanderer, who is primed for an afternoon quickie in his mother's empty apartment. That scene, part of Neil Simon's Last of the Red Hot Lovers, is hilarious physical comedy, punched by one-liners. On stage, Navazio, played by Cheryl Green, orchestrates the miscued mating dance.
August 12, 2013 |
Sporadic, scattershot, and slow, efforts to improve the White Horse Pike in Oaklyn may have succeeded in sprucing up the strip a bit but haven't reversed its fortunes. "We want things to move along," says Mayor Robert Forbes, a lifelong resident of the blue-collar suburb of 4,000 people, which designated the pike as a redevelopment zone in 2002. In the years since, some building owners "haven't done anything with their properties," the mayor says. "And if they're not going to do anything, we're going to help them.