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)
February 24, 2012
Late Show With David Letterman (11:35 p.m., CBS3) - Matthew Broderick; Nick Griffin; We Are Augustines. The Tonight Show With Jay Leno (11:35 p.m., NBC10) - Jennifer Aniston; Adam Levine; Chiddy Bang. The Late Late Show With Craig Ferguson (12:35 a.m., CBS3) - Filmmaker John Waters; Jennifer Carpenter. Late Night With Jimmy Fallon (11:35 a.m., NBC10) - Actor Paul Rudd; actress Gabrielle Union; the Broadway cast of Sister Act.
May 15, 2011 |
NEW YORK - Alan Menken's the guy who did it. The man who gave us the tunes from The Little Mermaid , Beauty and the Beast, Pocahontas, Aladdin, Little Shop of Horrors, and others - he did it. "Blame it on me," Menken says. "I love Philadelphia. " So when he took on the major project of composing the score for the new Broadway musical Sister Act - adapted from Whoopi Goldberg's two movies of the same name, and produced on stage in part by Goldberg - Menken began thinking "Philly sound.
April 21, 2011 |
NEW YORK - Dear Lord, what is that joyful noise rising to heaven from the spirited, snazzily habited stage nuns at the Broadway Theatre? Could it be - the Philadelphia Sound of the '70s? Could it be - the new Broadway musical Sister Act , fashioned from Whoopi Goldberg's movies and counting her among its producers? Is it - reset to take place in Philly? If you answered yes to all three questions, you are now free to study your catechism without interruption. Or better yet, save it for later and go get the well-worn lessons that make the American musical form work again and again: Good goes up against big-time evil, but wins.
April 20, 2011 |
NEW YORK - Dear Lord, what is that joyful noise rising to heaven from the spirited, snazzily habited stage-nuns at the Broadway Theatre? Could it be - the Philadelphia Sound of the '70s? Could it be - the new Broadway musical Sister Act , fashioned from Whoopi Goldberg's movies and counting her among its producers? Is it - re-set, to take place in Philly? If you answered yes to all three questions, you are now free to study your catechism without interruption. Or better yet, save it for later and go get the well-worn lessons that make the American musical form work again and again: Good goes up against big-time Evil, but wins.
November 26, 2009 |
Their early notice as part of the tween singing group the Clique Girlz did not, as it turned out, catapult the Monroe sisters of South Jersey to Miley Cyrus heights (though it did lead to a move to Los Angeles, where their home is a couple of miles from Miley's). And so Destinee, 15, and Paris, 13, will not be Clique Girlz when they are riding the Ikea float in the 6ABC Thanksgiving Parade, accompanied by two school choirs, or singing the national anthem at the Eagles game this Sunday, but reinvented as themselves, Destinee & Paris, back home for the holidays.
May 2, 2009 |
When the Central League softball season opened, the question was whether newcomer Garnet Valley was ready for the league. The Central League was considered a step up from the defunct Southern Chester County League that the Jaguars left two years ago. The real question might have been was the league ready for the Jaguars. The Jags are 13-1 overall and leading the league by a couple of games. A good deal of the Jaguars' success can be attributed to the Spina sisters - senior Courtney, junior Nicki and freshman Danielle - who are playing together for the first time in their long, despite their young ages, softball careers.