July 11, 1990 |
ICI Americas Inc. went to Sheila Kutner and Lynn Katz last year and got a real song and dance. Actually, that's exactly what ICI, of Wilmington, was looking for. The company was inaugurating an in-house computer system and was looking for an unthreatening way to introduce it to employees. Enter Kutner and Katz, who own and operate something called the Showplace. You might say they're in show business: They write and perform original musical productions for corporations. They also run sales-training seminars.
March 19, 2014 |
THE FUTURE is where we are headed, like it or not. And, generally, it's where we want to be. But sometimes it's nice to turn back the clock and remember how things were, say, between the end of World War II and the emergence of the Beatles. Back then, unlike today, show business was primarily for and by grown-ups. "Youth culture" meant kids playing with dolls or toy trucks. Every big city had at least one room where, late at night, adults could listen to sophisticated music as they ate, drank and smoked cigars and cigarettes.
May 7, 1987 |
Marc Weil has done many bizarre things in the name of show business since the age of 3, when he deliberately toppled from his chair and put his head through a snare drum. During his 12-year career as a comedian in Europe and the United States, Weil has set his hair on fire; become a human "bomb," complete with smoke and firecrackers to resemble a bomb explosion, and "climbed" a sidewalk in full mountaineering dress. "I knew literally from the age of 10 I was going to be a clown," he said.
October 21, 2012 |
Now, of course, I'm ashamed to admit it, but I was one of those who complained that last season of The Walking Dead , which transpired mostly on bucolic Greene Farm, was too civilized. "Too much walking, not enough dead," I wrote. I imagine I'm going to feel pretty stupid about making that statement - just as soon as I get over the lingering nausea that this week's grotesque gorefest induced. The Season 3 opener was like an X-rated grindhouse film, with a body count higher than the Rose Bowl's.
September 30, 1990 |
Education is no joke to Ben Peruso, but that doesn't mean it can't be fun. Peruso, a Harlem-born comedian known to audiences as Ben Perri, has spent more than 30 years in show business and about 75 days substitute-teaching in several Pocono schools. Peruso's stage-to-school odyssey may sound unusual, but the performer's methods of applying his show business experience to the classroom might make students more eager to study. "I don't care if it's toothpaste. If it gets them to learn, I'll try it," Peruso said.
May 27, 2012 |
Redefining Diva Life Lessons From the Original Dreamgirl By Sheryl Lee Ralph Gallery Books/Karen Hunter Publishing. 224 pp. $14 Reviewed by Karen E. Quinones Miller Many people who are asked to describe a diva would say that it's a demanding and arrogant woman who believes she's entitled to having all of her needs met, even at the expense of the inconvenience of others. In fact, diva is often considered synonymous with a less polite word starting with "b. " But in a new book, actress Sheryl Lee Ralph (best known for playing Deena in Dreamgirls, the role reprised by Beyoncé in the movie based on the huge Broadway hit, and stepmother to singer/actress Brandy in the hit television show Moesha)
April 4, 1991 |
He looks every bit the successful businessman: immaculate dark blue suit, beautifully patterned silk tie, gray ponytail, a half-dozen enormous turquoise-and-silver rings, and at least that number of heavy silver bracelets. (We're not talking IBM here.) But singer Richie Havens has always gone his own way. It seemed as if the whole world was listening when Havens, now 50, opened the Woodstock Music and Arts Fair in August 1969 with his song "Freedom. " His singular voice, husky, impassioned, tinged with pathos, was accompanied by his insistent, driving guitar.
May 22, 2015 |
The final Late Show with David Letterman opened up with footage of former Presidents Gerald Ford, George H.W. Bush, Bill Clinton, George W. Bush, and President Obama echoing the same sentiment: "Our long national nightmare is over. " Obama capped it off: "Letterman is retiring. " "You're just kidding, right?" Letterman said, coming into the frame. After 33 years on the air and 6,028 shows, Letterman said his final farewell to late night television. Stephen Colbert, who got his own shout out, will replace Letterman at the host desk at the Sullivan Theater in the fall.
December 31, 2014 |
No one needed to remind the audience at the Kimmel Center on Monday that Aretha Franklin, 72, is the reigning Queen of Soul - not the T-shirt vendors or the announcer by the side of the stage. From the first notes of Jackie Wilson's upbeat "(Your Love Keeps Lifting Me) Higher and Higher" to the night's playful finale, Franklin's voice showed subtlety, grace, and strength - hallmarks of her continued majesty. Aficionados who have witnessed erratic performances and late starts were pleased that Franklin hit the stage minutes after 8 p.m., ready to sing.
April 19, 2012
Paul Bogart, 92, a puppeteer who bumbled into the new medium of television in 1950 and rose to be an Emmy-winning director known for popular shows like All in the Family and The Defenders , died Sunday in Chapel Hill, N.C. Mr. Bogart was recognized as a master of live television, from game shows to high drama, and later as the respected director of filmed shows like Get Smart . Known for his skill in positioning actors for best effect...