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.
July 31, 2011 |
The summer wind is blowing hot on a recent Sunday night, but Jerry Blavat is rolling cool. Exiting a car plastered with stickers bearing his visage in various stages of Geator-dom, Blavat bops up the steps of an Old City restaurant, snapping his fingers. He has just spent the weekend deejaying and entertaining crowds at his Memories nightclub in Margate. Strolling into Positano Coast, "The Geator" greets the owner with a chipper "My man, pots 'n' pans" and a group of elders with a hand-clapping, fast-pattering set of salutations.
November 5, 2015 |
There's little question that any list of contemporary pop culture's most beloved fictional characters would have the name "Madea" at or near the top. As played by her creator, show-biz mogul Tyler Perry , Madea - a/k/a the fictional character Mable Simmons - is an elderly, take-no-crap African-American woman who comes off - in a comical way, of course - as more than slightly unhinged. As in, she isn't afraid to threaten gunplay if crossed. Madea is the star of a series of wildly successful films and stage plays, the newest of which, "Madea on the Run," opens a six-day run Tuesday at the Merriam Theater.
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.
July 31, 2012 |
IT'S NOT BILLED as such, but Donny and Marie Osmond's gig this week at Caesars Atlantic City is a journey into the past. And not just back to the 1970s, when the impossibly adorable singing, dancing and wise-cracking siblings solidified their place in the show-biz firmament with their fondly remembered ABC-TV variety show. Instead the program, which runs Tuesday through Sunday, offers a bridge back to the time when the phrase, "The show must go on!" was the mantra of the entertainment industry.
February 6, 2012
SMASH. 10 tonight, NBC 10. I'VE SPENT months trying to resist NBC's "Smash," I really have. Not only does that title - "Smash"! - lead with its chin, but as a show about show business, it has critically acclaimed heartbreak written all over it. And I know my gushing about it isn't going to help, especially if you're already tired of hearing about it. So I'm not going to gush. Much. Instead, because I've considered all of them, I'm going to offer a few reasons you might not want to bother with "Smash," which premieres tonight after a two-hour episode of "The Voice," the singing competition that's currently the only decent lead-in NBC has to offer: * You're already sick to death of Fox's "Glee," and a show about the making of a Broadway musical sounds an awful lot like "Glee" for grown-ups.
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.