May 28, 2016 |
The film Sister Act starring Whoopi Goldberg took place in a risky area of San Francisco. For the current production of the musical Sister Act at the Walnut Street Theatre, the Queen of Angels parish, where Deloris Van Cartier finds refuge from her mobster boyfriend, is set in South Philly. This production was surprising in a few ways: very little likeness to the film; an LGBT inclusiveness that feels kitsch; and the local angle provides for loads of Philly details. Don't go looking for "I Will Follow Him" or "My Guy (My God)"
April 12, 2016 |
At the Ostaszewski house in the Chalfont neighborhood of Northeast Philadelphia, there's no doubt about who is in charge. At least not according to the family's two youngest members: Emily and Kate. "Sarah is the boss," Emily said through laughter, when speaking about her older sister. Kate would later agree with the sentiment. The same goes for the Archbishop Ryan softball squad, where Sarah, a two-year captain, is often referred to as the "team mom. " On the field, Sarah - a catcher - calls the pitches for the Ragdolls, led the team in batting last season, and has an impressively accurate arm. "Talk about a five-tool player," Ryan coach John Kidwell said.
October 10, 2015 |
Whoopi Goldberg's day job may be cohosting The View - alongside Joy Behar, Michelle Collins, Candace Cameron Bure, Paula Faris, and Raven-Symoné, - but her true trade is stand-up. She'll hit the Valley Forge Casino Resort on Saturday and appear alongside Ashley Judd in Big Stone Gap , in theaters Friday. Before The View , before starring in 1985's wrenching The Color Purple , 1990's Ghost (for which she won a best supporting actress Oscar) and 1992's smash Sister Act , her high-wire brand of tall-tale-telling is where she got her start and schtick.
March 12, 2015 |
If I could change anything about 11th Hour Theatre Company's world premiere of Michael Ogborn's Field Hockey Hot , I'd have opened it a month ago, in the depths of this winter's merciless ice and cold. Never mind the heat in its title - the musical's sunny, neon-hued, retro-'80s theme paired with the gung-ho cast's calorie-torching exertions alone might have raised the mercury at least a few notches. The production, funded partly by a Kickstarter campaign, represents a real coup for the young company.
September 26, 2014 |
For at least six girls on the Williamstown field hockey team, there's always someone special on the field they can count on. With three sets of sisters playing for the Braves - Allie and Jamie Trimble, Kamryn and Kate McKinney, and Gloria and Deborah Adebowale - the team dynamic and chemistry on the field have been an incredible sight for coach Kellyn Riley in her first year with the team. "It's nice to see them develop and push each other," Riley said. "The younger siblings kind of look up to the older siblings.
May 10, 2014 |
Getting to be a habit What is this rage for singing priests and nuns who go viral? First, you had Irish tenor Father Ray Kelly , who sweetly sang Leonard Cohen 's "Hallelujah" at a wedding where he was officiating - and got 28 million views on YouTube. Now you have Sister Cristina Scuccia , whose great voice, and taste for Cyndi Lauper , Mariah Carey , and Alicia Keys tunes has gotten her on Italy's version of The Voice and garnered 47 million views on YouTube!! The judges better choose her, or there'll be hell to pay . . . . Simon sighting Paul Simon performed in N.Y.C.
January 8, 2014
SUPREME Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor made a reasonable decision last week when she temporarily blocked implementation of the Affordable Care Act's contraception-coverage mandate in a case brought by a religious order of nuns that operates homes for the poor and elderly around the country, including Philadelphia. It certainly doesn't hurt to wait a few days and hear the government's argument for immediate implementation. The eleventh-hour drama doesn't change the fact that the contraceptive-coverage requirement is good policy, and the mechanism for groups like the Little Sisters of the Poor to avoid violating their religious tenets is reasonable.
July 13, 2013
Bernadette Nolan, 52, a member of singing sister act the Nolans, died of cancer July 4 in London, surrounded by her family, the singer's management agency, Urban Associates, said in a statement. Universally known as Bernie, Ms. Nolan was raised in Blackpool, in northwestern England, and began performing with her family when she was a child. The Nolans had a worldwide hit in 1979 with "I'm in the Mood for Dancing," and gained large followings from Britain to Japan. Ms. Nolan left the group in 1994 to focus on an acting career that included a role on the soap opera Brookside and parts in stage musicals including Blood Brothers and Chicago.
April 4, 2013 |
Only heaven and producer Whoopi Goldberg know why Sister Act - the 1992 film featuring Goldberg as Deloris Van Cartier, a soul singer who spies a murder committed by her gangster boyfriend and gets witness protection in a San Francisco convent - deserves its own musical in 2013. It was cute, sure, but not exactly the type of flick people walk around quoting. Maybe changing its setting to 1970s Philly and rooting its tunes among TSOP- and Philadelphia International Records-style slow jams is an appeal to the changing demographics of the Great White Way. Maybe Goldberg just really, really liked that movie; Broadway works in mysterious ways.
March 29, 2013
HOW'S THIS for an ultimate Quaker City show-biz trifecta? A musical set in Philadelphia, featuring an actor from Philadelphia in the lead role, is coming to Philadelphia. The show for which the cheesesteak-shaped stars have aligned is "Sister Act," which on Tuesday opens a six-day, eight-performance run at the Academy of Music. Based on the hit 1992 Whoopi Goldberg film comedy about a casino lounge singer hiding from gangsters in a convent, the touring stage production stars West Oak Lane native Ta'Rea (pronounced ta-REE-a)