November 6, 1995 |
Terry Smith learned early on that show biz wasn't all glamour. Smith, the owner of Showstoppers Unlimited, a talent agency in Media, got her big break at 16, sewing sweat pads into Mickey Rooney's costumes for the musical George M at the Valley Forge Music Fair. It wasn't Broadway, but the theatrical bug bit. During college, Smith spent summers working as a costumer and chorus member in touring productions of musicals such as 1776 with Dean Jones and Hugh O'Brien, and Man of La Mancha with Howard Keel.
June 13, 1995 |
Every night, 21-year-old Southampton native Danny Cistone gets to relive a little bit of high school. For some people, this would be their worst nightmare. For Cistone, it's show business - and an opportunity to make up for lost time. For 9 1/2 months and across 30 cities, he's transformed his moussed black hair into a pompadour and donned a black leather jacket as Sonny, the troublemaking greaser in the national tour of the hit musical Grease! The tour has taken him from Boston to San Francisco, and will be heading off to Hawaii.
March 10, 1995 |
"What we're doing," said Bob Andre, "is bringing back real show business. None of that jive. Sure, we can be contemporary, but this is the real thing - real entertainment. What we try to do is fill people's bellies with entertainment. " Bob Andre is half of the team called Andre & Cirell, and they are starring in their own mini-revue featuring the Castle Dancers in the King's Court Showroom at Trump's Castle through March 19. The show is called Just Kidding. Bob Andre and Frank Cirell have been a team for the last 20 years, and, as Andre stressed, there aren't that many comedy teams left these days.
October 24, 1994 |
There are some things that people take very personally. They are whispered about but seldom discussed openly in the workplace. What one ethnic, racial or social group finds amusing about another, for example. How - sometimes whether - a person speaks English. How a boss asks, or orders, someone to do something. Sexual orientation and how it is expressed. Why someone walks, talks or looks "funny," or weighs too much. So the producers of an unusual musical decided to sing about them instead.
June 30, 1994 |
Row upon well-ordered row of exhibits stretched along the floor of the Convention Center. Eight aisles, smiling exhibitors on each side and 7,200 potential customers, their names and those of their companies pinned to their lapels, lugging brochure-filled shopping bags from booth to booth. The event, the 15th annual Greater Philadelphia Business Fair, was no place to be without a business card. At the VTV Interactive booth, guerilla marketing guru Jay Conrad Levinson spoke from far away, via a teleconferencing setup, while at a luncheon downstairs, bestselling author Michael Gerber animatedly explained to 200 guests, at $20 each, why most businesses don't work.
June 19, 1994 |
Jack Steck, 97, vaudevillian and Philadelphia radio and television broadcast pioneer, died Friday at the Bryn Mawr Terrace convalescent home in Haverford. He had lived in Havertown for 42 years. A 35-year veteran of WFIL radio and TV (now WPVI), where he was producer, programmer and talent scout, Steck hired Dick Clark, who later hosted the live TV dance show American Bandstand in the 1950s. He launched Larry Ferrari's television organ program, and he created Happy the Clown. "He is an era all by himself," said WPEN radio disc jockey, Bill (Wee Willie)
March 3, 1994 |
In short, environmentalists love it, business people call it oppressive, and the politicians just think the whole thing's a pain. But one way or another, state and regional officials warn, the mandates of the Clean Air Act amendments are here to stay - and if you do business in the Philadelphia area, you'd better start planning for them now. That was the message spread Tuesday at a special seminar sponsored by the state Department of Resources...
February 20, 1994 |
After nine cities, two more to go, Ben Stiller is learning the real work of moviemaking. Interviews, Q & A sessions, news conferences, photos. Fueling up with gulps of room service grub in between. Actor and first-time director Stiller, 28, is in town to stump for Reality Bites, an edgy romantic comedy starring Winona Ryder and Ethan Hawke, which opened Friday. "All this is totally separate from the process of making the movie," says the fledgling filmmaker, laughing. "I thought it was over Christmas Eve when I finished the mix. " As son of actor-comedians Jerry Stiller and Anne Meara, the business is in his blood.
September 26, 1993 |
In its first 200 years, the United States built the world's strongest economy on its rich farmland and powerhouse industries - steel, oil, railroads, automobiles. Now, it is a nation whose vital economic assets include Mickey Mouse, Captain Kirk and Cheers. Last week's high-stakes bidding war for Paramount Communications Inc., the producer of The Godfather, Entertainment Tonight, and Wayne's World, dramatizes the economic importance of the U.S. entertainment industry. Entertainment - movies, music, cable television and home video - brings an estimated $50 billion to the U.S. economy.
February 13, 1992 |
Julie Wilson - Queen of Cabaret, epitome of soignee, apex of style. The quintessential "saloon chantoosie. " The one who played all the legendary rooms, interpreting with singular drama and gravelly vocal style the great popular American art songs. Fifty years in show business - 43 of them famous after the night she knocked them dead at the Mocambo club in Hollywood wearing a girlfriend's gown and $27,000 worth of borrowed jewels. The one still after all these years with the chignon, the gardenia ear garnish (in tribute to Billie Holiday)