May 4, 1992 |
He is definitely not hip. Never has been. Never will be. As a singer he'll never touch Sinatra, Bennett or Torme. And songwriters Andrew Lloyd Webber and Stephen Sondheim certainly don't have to regard him as major competition. But don't underestimate Barry Manilow. He raised the curtain Friday night at the Mark G. Etess Arena in Atlantic City for two evenings of "Showstoppers," a revue of seldom-heard show tunes and his own radically reworked songs. Engaging and sincere - all charm, no smarm - Manilow paid homage to the golden age of pop and vaudeville.
March 10, 1998 |
Those show tunes of the 1940s and 1950s go on and on. And on. And why not? You can hum them. You can whistle them. You can sing them. You can dance to them. Which is what I wanted to do several times Sunday during the Philly Pops concert, aptly titled "The Golden Age of Broadway," at the Academy of Music. Well, you don't dance in the aisles at the Academy of Music. You just sit back and enjoy as Peter Nero leads the Pops through a generous sampling of show tunes from such classic musicals as South Pacific, The King and I, Carousel, Song of Norway, Call Me Madam, The Music Man, Guys and Dolls and Kismet.
November 23, 1995 |
The opening concert of the current Philly Pops program at the Academy of Music was flawless - outstanding, from the moment Peter Nero struck up the orchestra with Gershwin's "Strike Up the Band" to the "Liberty Bell March," with which Nero has traditionally closed Pops performances since 1979. The program, titled "Broadway Gold," is devoted mainly to show tunes of the 1940s and 1950s. ("Strike Up the Band," which goes back to 1927, is one exception; Cole Porter's "Night and Day," a 1930s classic, is another.
July 25, 2001 |
Soprano Dawn Upshaw exists in as many versions as Microsoft Outlook. There's the art-song recitalist, the Metropolitan Opera star, the contemporary music chanteuse who premiered Jacob Druckman's Counterpoise here in 1994, and now the interpreter of classic American show tunes, from George Gershwin to Vernon Duke. That's the version that appeared Monday with the Philadelphia Orchestra at the Mann Center for the Performing Arts, and is possibly the most artistically gratifying guise of all. With Upshaw, that's saying a lot. It all comes down to language.
July 3, 1998 |
Pianist Eric Reed, at 28, has established his credentials in jazz. He has played with Wynton Marsalis' septet for the last six years. He is a member of the Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra, which plays the Mann tonight. He has released several acclaimed records on his own. So why did he decide to make an album of Broadway show tunes? "I was trying to reach a different demographic than the typical jazz audience," Reed said. "The jazz audience can be counted on to buy a certain number of records, and that is a given.
July 20, 1995 |
A new Bucks County dinner theater is premiering Alice in Broadwayland, a musical revue complete with 22 Broadway show tunes. Capers Dinner Theatre in Pipersville opened this month with the production, which is scheduled to run through October. When Alice falls through a trapdoor and finds herself under the Manhattan theater district, the way is opened for a lively cast of characters to belt out the Broadway hits. "It's a vehicle for the music, and it's a comedy," said the director and writer, Lynn Thomas of Bedminster.
December 14, 1996 |
Joan Morris and Bill Bolcom's passion for old-time music isn't everyone's cup of something, but a few tunes into their popular cabaret recitals and even people who don't think they like this stuff can get hooked. Morris is a gifted singing actor, emphasis on actor, who really knows how to tell a story. She also knows how to use her mezzo-soprano stylistically, catching the flutters and inflections of decades you and she never knew. It's a voice with some limitations, but no matter - when she struts her stuff doing "Ida, Sweet as Apple Cider," or "Cleopatterer" (this one with all manner of snazzy little Egyptian arm motions)
December 17, 2004 |
Some of our most popular holiday offerings share this weekend's calendar with a diverse palette of vocal fare. First off, though, there's a newcomer on the scene, though one with long experience. Marc Mostovoy, founder of the Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia back in 1964, has become a pioneer in developing new ways to add visual components to the presentation of music. Mostovoy is launching the Kimmel Center's new "See Hear!" series of programs with live and digital projections in "A Colonial Holiday," leading a 20-piece orchestra, vocal soloists from the Academy of Vocal Arts, the choir from the esteemed Girard Academic Music Program and even Ben Franklin and his glass armonica.
September 20, 1992 |
Mention Broadway to William S. Clement and he'll swoon. Then he'll pull himself together and discourse smartly on that musical institution, its triumphs and clunkers, and the composers and stars who have peopled it. He'll even put a record on the stereo and sing along. Last week, in the room that holds most of his 380-album collection of Broadway musicals and movie soundtracks, it was Ella Fitzgerald's velvet-voiced rendition of Lorenz Hart's "I Wish I Were in Love Again. " "It's one of the best love songs ever written.
July 3, 1997 |
Throughout July, the Delaware County Summer Festival will continue its 22d annual celebration in Rose Tree Park with a play by a theater company, and local musicians playing show tunes and country and popular music. The Atlantic Brass Band, a British-style band that plays marches and popular music, will take the stage Wednesday. In the event of rain, the location will be Penncrest High School in Middletown off Route 352. The Rose Tree Shakespeare Company will put on Shakespeare's Comedy of Errors in a contemporary setting, a Southern California beach in the 1960s, next Thursday and July 11-12.