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.
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...
November 2, 2012
* MALIBU COUNTRY. 8:30 p.m. Friday, 6 ABC. I'M NOT sure what it is about Reba McEntire that screams "wronged wife," but the singer-actress embarks on her second sitcom Friday in a role that once again has her starting over after marriage to a cheater. In ABC's "Malibu Country," she's doing the leaving, taking her kids and her mother (Lily Tomlin) and fleeing Nashville, Tenn. - and her country star husband - for the Malibu, Calif., house she never even knew she had, hoping to restart the singing career she put aside years earlier.
October 30, 1986 |
Isabel Sarah "Auntie" Austin, dancer, beautician, political worker and civic volunteer, died Monday. She lived in West Philadelphia. Her age was not disclosed. The former Isabel Dickerson grew up in South Philadelphia. After graduating from high school, she became a professional dancer and was cast in a number of New York shows. While working in New York, where she also performed in cafes, she married William L. Austin, now deceased. During World War II, as the dance dates decreased, she got a job at the Philadelphia Naval Shipyard.
January 15, 1999 |
While so many other acts come and go, the Spinners refuse to disappear. Scoring their first hit in 1961, the group is bearing down hard on 40 years in the pop/R&B ranks - and though the five vocalists haven't had a major recording triumph since the early '80s, they are in greater demand than ever. "It's pretty amazing," Bobbie Smith said this week from his home in Orlando, Fla. "We really are working harder than ever. January is probably the slowest month of the year for most acts, but we're completely booked.
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.