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August 9, 1996 | By W. Speers This article contains material from the Associated Press, New York Post and Inquirer staffer Dan DeLuca
Mayfair's Joanna Pacitti, 11, was chosen yesterday for the title role in the 20th-anniversary production of Annie, slated to hit Broadway next spring after opening this fall in Houston and then taking to the road. Joanna was picked by the show's lyricist and director, Martin Charnin, from among 14 finalists chosen from thousands of hopefuls during a three-month search. "It's a terrifying thing to have to break little hearts," said Charnin. "But when you hear Joanna sing, you will know why we chose her. " Two other girls from the area were selected as cast members - Christiana Anbri, 5, of Northeast Philly, and Lindsay Watkins, 11, of Mays Landing, N.J. All three are handled by Patti Claffy of West Chester's Jarrett Management.
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May 6, 2000 | by Valeria Kuklenski, Los Angeles Daily News
You're an ABC executive looking to cast the fatherly toymaker in a new musical version of the Pinocchio story titled "Geppetto. " Immediately you think of Drew Carey because: A) you believe that inside that middle-aged beer drinker's body lurks the best song-and-dance man in town, B) you think it would be a pleasant surprise for viewers to see Carey outside his Cleveland Everyman persona, C) you've always wanted to see what he would look like with more hair and different glasses, D)
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March 12, 2009 | By David Patrick Stearns INQUIRER MUSIC CRITIC
If ever a blank stare was also a penetrating projection of everyday despair, it's Shuler Hensley's aspect as he rehearses the thorny title role of Alban Berg's Wozzeck, for its opening tomorrow at the Kimmel Center. And then Hensley sings - a challenging feat in an opera that, like his character's mind, bursts with thickets of sound unhinged from anything resembling terra firma, often requiring a vocal style somewhere between speech and song. But is that so different from Hensley's last stage assignment, Broadway's Young Frankenstein?
ENTERTAINMENT
March 8, 1995 | By Daniel Webster, INQUIRER MUSIC CRITIC
Every 30 years or so, Richard Strauss' Salome returns to the Academy of Music stage. Depending on the social atmosphere, the opera comes as an example of powerful expressionist theater, as a study in psychology, or as a kind of peep show for voyeurs who always knew the rich and powerful lived lives different from ours. Fortunately, the opera can survive approaches more bizarre than those to be what it is: a score dazzled with color and a drama of telling depth. In the production devised by the Opera Company of Philadelphia's general director, Robert Driver, the opera is given a traditional staging set in the Middle East, the moon crossed by clouds and the air full of moral decay.
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August 9, 1999 | DAN Z. JOHNSON / Inquirer Suburban Staff
All ended happily for Snow White and her assistant producer. Crista McDonald, who played the title role in the Forge Theater's production of the children's classic, gets a hug from assistant producer Ron Groenig before the curtain's rising at the final performance.
NEWS
July 8, 2010
Singer Cesare Siepi, 87, who performed hundreds of times at the Metropolitan Opera and was well-known for the role of Don Giovanni, died Monday at an Atlanta hospital after suffering a stroke more than a week earlier. His distinctive bass helped make him a favorite in such roles as Mephistopheles in Faust as well as the title role in Don Giovanni . His Met career began in 1950 and ran until the early 1970s. Mr. Siepi was a native of Milan, Italy. He had lived in the United States for many years and performed in two Broadway musicals, Bravo Giovanni and Carmelina . - AP
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July 24, 1991 | BY TIM BURKE
TOP 10 FILMS NEXT YEAR: "Problem Child Meets Kindergarten Cop," - Gunfire is exchanged regularly in this wacky, heartwarming film. "Pretty Woman 2: The Rest of Their Lives" - Richard Gere and Julia Roberts become dumpy Main Liners. "I've Fallen and I Can't Get Up: The Movie. " "Democratic Presidential Frontrunner" - Science fiction from George Lucas. "Look Who's Talking 3"- Featuring the voice of Rip Taylor. Tom Cruise is "Jacques Cousteau. " New from Disney Studios: "The Little Animated Merchandisable Action Figure.
NEWS
May 5, 2011
Sidney Michaels, 83, a playwright who was nominated for Tony Awards in three consecutive seasons in the 1960s, died April 22 in Westport, Conn. His daughter-in-law, Jennifer Jennings, confirmed his death. Mr. Michaels had Alzheimer's disease. He made a splash on Broadway in 1962 with his play Tchin-Tchin , an Americanized version of a farcical, bittersweet French comedy about a pair of betrayed spouses attempting, ineptly, to gain their revenge by having an affair of their own. It was nominated for a Tony for best play in the spring of 1963, though it lost to Edward Albee's Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?
NEWS
February 16, 1988 | By NELS NELSON, Daily News Staff Writer
Comedy star Robert Morse has been cast in a key role in "Mike," the musibio of Broadway producer Mike Todd to be staged next month by the Walnut Street Theatre Co. in a world premiere production. The announcement was made today by the Walnut and co-producer Cyma Rubin. Morse, who burst into prominence playing the puckish J. Pierpont Finch in the 1961 musical, "How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying," will play the role of Bobby Clark, the legendary buffoon with the painted-on spectacles and close friend of Todd's who starred in such 1940s Todd extravaganzas as "Mexican Hayride" and "As the Girls Go. " Also named to the cast of "Mike" was Loni Ackerman, in the role of Todd's wife in his pre-Elizabeth Taylor period, a character based loosely on film star Joan Blondell.
ENTERTAINMENT
June 29, 2013 | By Mark Kennedy, Associated Press
NEW YORK - Two 11-year-old actresses who have played orphans and been understudies in the Broadway revival of Annie have been picked to permanently take over from Lilla Crawford in the title role, a step up that has left them beaming. Taylor Richardson and Sadie Sink, both natural redheads, will share the role of the stage's most famous redhead beginning July 30. Crawford's last performance will be July 28. "It's very exciting," said Sadie, who has played Annie before but not on Broadway.
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ENTERTAINMENT
June 29, 2013 | By Mark Kennedy, Associated Press
NEW YORK - Two 11-year-old actresses who have played orphans and been understudies in the Broadway revival of Annie have been picked to permanently take over from Lilla Crawford in the title role, a step up that has left them beaming. Taylor Richardson and Sadie Sink, both natural redheads, will share the role of the stage's most famous redhead beginning July 30. Crawford's last performance will be July 28. "It's very exciting," said Sadie, who has played Annie before but not on Broadway.
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June 11, 2013
Best Play Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike , Christopher Durang   Best Revival of a Play Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? Best Revival of a Musical Pippin Best Book of a Musical Matilda The Musical , Dennis Kelly Best Original Score (Music and/or Lyrics) Kinky Boots, music and lyrics: Cyndi Lauper Actor in a Leading Role/Play Tracy Letts, Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?
ENTERTAINMENT
March 6, 2013 | By David Patrick Stearns, Inquirer Music Critic
Don Quichotte is an opera that one longs to love. Composed by Jules Massenet in 1909, when he'd already racked up a lot of operatic mileage, it could've been his King Lear counterpart - the classic tale of an aging, delusional knight lending itself to the composer's innate lyricism and, in a refreshing reversal, giving the baritone the big death scene that usually goes to sopranos. Yet in a rare outing at the Academy of Vocal Arts on Saturday, Don Quichotte was sometimes a case of unrequited love.
NEWS
May 5, 2011
Sidney Michaels, 83, a playwright who was nominated for Tony Awards in three consecutive seasons in the 1960s, died April 22 in Westport, Conn. His daughter-in-law, Jennifer Jennings, confirmed his death. Mr. Michaels had Alzheimer's disease. He made a splash on Broadway in 1962 with his play Tchin-Tchin , an Americanized version of a farcical, bittersweet French comedy about a pair of betrayed spouses attempting, ineptly, to gain their revenge by having an affair of their own. It was nominated for a Tony for best play in the spring of 1963, though it lost to Edward Albee's Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?
ENTERTAINMENT
October 31, 2010 | By Steven Rea, Inquirer Columnist
TORONTO - "Life sure comes easy for the beautiful," quips one rueful soul in Tamara Drewe , gazing at the title character - played by the unarguably beautiful Gemma Arterton - as she bobs around the English countryside, turning heads, and turning a peaceful writers' retreat into a cauldron of lust. And here, at the Toronto Film Festival in September, Arterton and her director, Stephen Frears , were on hand to premiere their larky farce. Adapted from Posy Simmonds' British comic strip, which, in turn, was inspired by Thomas Hardy's Far From the Madding Crowd , the movie follows Tamara as she returns to her Dorset village a changed young woman.
NEWS
October 17, 2010
Simon MacCorkindale, 58, who starred on British television in Casualty and in the United States in Falcon Crest , died Thursday of bowel cancer in a London clinic. Once talked up as a potential James Bond, Mr. MacCorkindale had a more modest career. He won the starring role in Manimal as a crime-fighting college professor capable of metamorphosing into any animal, but it survived for just eight episodes on NBC in 1983. Mr. MacCorkindale had better luck on CBS's Falcon Crest , appearing in 59 episodes from 1984 to 1986 as womanizing lawyer Greg Reardon.
NEWS
July 8, 2010
Singer Cesare Siepi, 87, who performed hundreds of times at the Metropolitan Opera and was well-known for the role of Don Giovanni, died Monday at an Atlanta hospital after suffering a stroke more than a week earlier. His distinctive bass helped make him a favorite in such roles as Mephistopheles in Faust as well as the title role in Don Giovanni . His Met career began in 1950 and ran until the early 1970s. Mr. Siepi was a native of Milan, Italy. He had lived in the United States for many years and performed in two Broadway musicals, Bravo Giovanni and Carmelina . - AP
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January 13, 2010 | By David Patrick Stearns INQUIRER MUSIC CRITIC
Verdi's Stiffelio is an infrequent visitor to the Metropolitan Opera - or any company - and couldn't be a more unlikely vehicle for an important vocal debut. Yet Philadelphia-based tenor Michael Fabiano, one of the Academy of Vocal Arts' most promising graduates, made it work for his Met debut on Monday amid the building critical mass of his career. Fabiano, 25, is also a big and not-always-sympathetic presence in The Audition, the excellent documentary film about the Met's National Council Auditions, to be broadcast nationally on PBS (at 3 p.m. Jan. 31 on WHYY and at 2, 6 and 8 p.m. Jan. 25 on the Y Arts channel)
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