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December 10, 1999 | by Jonathan Takiff, Daily News Staff Writer
TRANS-SIBERIAN ORCHESTRA. 8 tonight, Tower Theater, 69th and Ludlow streets, Upper Darby. Tickets: $38.50 and $28.50. Charge: 215-336-2000. Paul O'Neill is nothing if not ambitious when it comes to creating holiday music treats. Not content to merely rehash the perennial tunes of the season, "as so many Christmas albums do," his aim as a writer/producer is to weave new myths about angels coming down to earth at Christmastime to save lost souls, imbuing the holiday with another (always welcome)
NEWS
December 17, 2012 | By Brian Howard, For The Inquirer
The final 45 minutes of yuletide rock enigma Trans-Siberian Orchestra's set Friday at the Wells Fargo Center was packed with the over-the-top, guitar-solo-laden Christmas jams that attract the group's rabid fans by the thousands. It nearly made up for the first 100 minutes. The seven-member band - two guitarists, two keyboardists, a bassist, a drummer, and one very energetic violinist - played effortlessly with nine backing singers, a seven-member string section of local players, plus a light and pyrotechnics show right out of Apocalypse Now . Trans-Siberian Orchestra's songs, which repackage familiar classical music themes and tease them out with hair-metal pantomime and arena-rock bombast, have proved such a winning formula that the TSO franchise dispatches two separate touring units each holiday season.
ENTERTAINMENT
December 18, 2012
Conan (11 p.m., TBS) - Chris Pratt; Anna Torv; Jose James. Late Show With David Letterman (11:35 p.m., CBS3) - Actor Paul Rudd; Alicia Keys performs. The Tonight Show With Jay Leno (11:35 p.m., NBC10) - Director Quentin Tarantino; singer LeAnn Rimes. Jimmy Kimmel Live (Midnight, 6ABC) - Actor Samuel L. Jackson; Jersey Shore ; Ed Sheeran performs. The Late Late Show With Craig Ferguson (12:35 a.m., CBS3) - Actor Don Johnson; reality-TV personality Brad Goreski.
NEWS
December 18, 2011
J ust in case you haven't had enough Christmas music so far this year, match the artist with the best-selling album. Answers: D3. 1. Susan Boyle. 2. Boyz II Men. 3. Mariah Carey. 4. Bing Crosby. 5. John Denver. 6. Celine Dion. 7. Kenny G. 8. Mannheim Steamroller. 9. Trans-Siberian Orchestra. 10. Vince Guaraldi Trio. a. A Charlie Brown Christmas . b. Christmas Eve and Other Stories . c. Christmas in the Air e. d. Christmas Interpretations . e. Faith: A Holiday Album . f. The Gift . g. Merry Christmas . h. Rocky Mountain Christmas . i. These Are Special Times . j. White Christmas .
NEWS
December 10, 2007 | By Sam Adams FOR THE INQUIRER
Like "Jingle Bell Rock" on steroids, the Trans-Siberian Orchestra puts a heavy-metal spin on holiday music. The group boasts 23 members, including eight vocalists and an eight-piece string section, and its annual Christmas spectacular features fireworks, flame pots, artificial snow, and enough flashing lights to stun a small elephant. It's fun for the whole family, assuming none of your family members has a weak heart. Equal parts Phantom of the Opera and Switched-On Bach, the TSO's music blends classical motifs with Christmas carols and original songs, strung together by a basso narrator.
ENTERTAINMENT
June 28, 2009 | By A.D. Amorosi FOR THE INQUIRER
Are you a fan of popera? If so, there's plenty of it to be had this summer: Popera by the sea. Popera's Rat Pack, Il Divo, plays the Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa's Event Center on Friday in what's being billed as "An Evening With" (tickets $195-$75). Britain's Paul Potts is going for cheaper ($39.50) on July 17, at the Borgata's Music Box. PBS loves popera. Great Performances started this month airing the London revival of the 1986 cult musical Chess, by Benny Andersson and Bj?rn Ulvaeus (the boys of Abba)
NEWS
December 28, 2004 | By Patrick Berkery FOR THE INQUIRER
It's not that a Broadway-ready fusion of traditional Christmas music, neoclassical metal, and opera, put together by former members of the also-ran head-banger band Savatage, completely lacks appeal. But the commercial ascension of the Trans-Siberian Orchestra is pretty mind-boggling. The band's initial marriage of Santa and Spinal Tap, "Christmas Eve (Sarajevo 12/24)," became a surprise hit in late 1996, and TSO made its live debut at the Tower Theater three years later. According to a friend who was there, the show featured modest production values and attracted a decent-size crowd composed mainly of "leather-jacket dudes who looked like they worked at Guitar Center.
ENTERTAINMENT
November 15, 2003 | By Michael Klein INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Do you hear what I hear? Christmas music. Twenty-four hours a day. Seven days a week. From not one, but two of Philadelphia's most-listened-to light-rock radio stations. And in what may be a new Veterans Day-after tradition, the madness began on Nov. 12. ("On the 43d day of Christmas, my true love gave to me.. . . ") The dueling yule was predictable. Last year, the first when a major Philadelphia station went all-Christmas, WSNI-FM (104.5) flipped the switch on Nov. 20 and stuck with seasonal songs through late Christmas Day. Ratings soared.
ENTERTAINMENT
December 19, 2015
In Concert 1007 N. Market St., Wilmington; 302-656-4401. www.duponttheatre.com . Mannheim Steamroller Christmas Tour. $20-$80. 12/20. 7:30-9:30 pm. 2125 Chestnut St.; 267-765-5210. www.r5productions.com . Tim Kasher. $13-$15. 12/19. 7:30 pm. Broad & Spruce Sts.; 215-893-1999. www.kimmelcenter.org . Philly Pops: I'll be Home For Christmas Spectacular. $32-$133. 12/18. The Skivvies. $25. 12/18. Jazz Orchestra of Philadelphia. $29-$39. 12/19. 8 pm. Tiempo Libre. $30-$43.
NEWS
October 27, 2014 | By Kellie Patrick Gates, For The Inquirer
Hello there Lindsay's mom talked her into online dating. "You didn't meet anyone in college. You haven't met anyone at work. And you run a gay theater company. Where do you think you're going to meet people?" she asked. "She had a point," Lindsay admits. The now 29-year-old actor is also development and communications manager for Philadelphia Young Playwrights and cofounded the Mauckingbird Theatre Company as a vehicle for gay storytelling. She electronically winked at Matthew in November 2008.
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ENTERTAINMENT
December 19, 2015
In Concert 1007 N. Market St., Wilmington; 302-656-4401. www.duponttheatre.com . Mannheim Steamroller Christmas Tour. $20-$80. 12/20. 7:30-9:30 pm. 2125 Chestnut St.; 267-765-5210. www.r5productions.com . Tim Kasher. $13-$15. 12/19. 7:30 pm. Broad & Spruce Sts.; 215-893-1999. www.kimmelcenter.org . Philly Pops: I'll be Home For Christmas Spectacular. $32-$133. 12/18. The Skivvies. $25. 12/18. Jazz Orchestra of Philadelphia. $29-$39. 12/19. 8 pm. Tiempo Libre. $30-$43.
NEWS
October 27, 2014 | By Kellie Patrick Gates, For The Inquirer
Hello there Lindsay's mom talked her into online dating. "You didn't meet anyone in college. You haven't met anyone at work. And you run a gay theater company. Where do you think you're going to meet people?" she asked. "She had a point," Lindsay admits. The now 29-year-old actor is also development and communications manager for Philadelphia Young Playwrights and cofounded the Mauckingbird Theatre Company as a vehicle for gay storytelling. She electronically winked at Matthew in November 2008.
ENTERTAINMENT
December 18, 2012
Conan (11 p.m., TBS) - Chris Pratt; Anna Torv; Jose James. Late Show With David Letterman (11:35 p.m., CBS3) - Actor Paul Rudd; Alicia Keys performs. The Tonight Show With Jay Leno (11:35 p.m., NBC10) - Director Quentin Tarantino; singer LeAnn Rimes. Jimmy Kimmel Live (Midnight, 6ABC) - Actor Samuel L. Jackson; Jersey Shore ; Ed Sheeran performs. The Late Late Show With Craig Ferguson (12:35 a.m., CBS3) - Actor Don Johnson; reality-TV personality Brad Goreski.
NEWS
December 17, 2012 | By Brian Howard, For The Inquirer
The final 45 minutes of yuletide rock enigma Trans-Siberian Orchestra's set Friday at the Wells Fargo Center was packed with the over-the-top, guitar-solo-laden Christmas jams that attract the group's rabid fans by the thousands. It nearly made up for the first 100 minutes. The seven-member band - two guitarists, two keyboardists, a bassist, a drummer, and one very energetic violinist - played effortlessly with nine backing singers, a seven-member string section of local players, plus a light and pyrotechnics show right out of Apocalypse Now . Trans-Siberian Orchestra's songs, which repackage familiar classical music themes and tease them out with hair-metal pantomime and arena-rock bombast, have proved such a winning formula that the TSO franchise dispatches two separate touring units each holiday season.
NEWS
December 18, 2011
J ust in case you haven't had enough Christmas music so far this year, match the artist with the best-selling album. Answers: D3. 1. Susan Boyle. 2. Boyz II Men. 3. Mariah Carey. 4. Bing Crosby. 5. John Denver. 6. Celine Dion. 7. Kenny G. 8. Mannheim Steamroller. 9. Trans-Siberian Orchestra. 10. Vince Guaraldi Trio. a. A Charlie Brown Christmas . b. Christmas Eve and Other Stories . c. Christmas in the Air e. d. Christmas Interpretations . e. Faith: A Holiday Album . f. The Gift . g. Merry Christmas . h. Rocky Mountain Christmas . i. These Are Special Times . j. White Christmas .
ENTERTAINMENT
November 19, 2010 | staff
Live music and more, tonight through Thursday, compiled by Shaun Brady, Tom Di Nardo, James Johnson, Sara Sherr and Jonathan Takiff. POP . . . plus The Frames: Glen Hansard has done so well with his chamber-pop side project (Swell Season) that we'd almost forgotten about the larger though still quite intimate and lilting Irish band in which he toiled first. If you love him as half of the Swells, you'll wanna take in his re-framing. With Jake Fleming. TLA, 334 South St., 9 tonight, $35.25, $75 (4 pack)
ENTERTAINMENT
June 28, 2009 | By A.D. Amorosi FOR THE INQUIRER
Are you a fan of popera? If so, there's plenty of it to be had this summer: Popera by the sea. Popera's Rat Pack, Il Divo, plays the Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa's Event Center on Friday in what's being billed as "An Evening With" (tickets $195-$75). Britain's Paul Potts is going for cheaper ($39.50) on July 17, at the Borgata's Music Box. PBS loves popera. Great Performances started this month airing the London revival of the 1986 cult musical Chess, by Benny Andersson and Bj?rn Ulvaeus (the boys of Abba)
NEWS
December 10, 2007 | By Sam Adams FOR THE INQUIRER
Like "Jingle Bell Rock" on steroids, the Trans-Siberian Orchestra puts a heavy-metal spin on holiday music. The group boasts 23 members, including eight vocalists and an eight-piece string section, and its annual Christmas spectacular features fireworks, flame pots, artificial snow, and enough flashing lights to stun a small elephant. It's fun for the whole family, assuming none of your family members has a weak heart. Equal parts Phantom of the Opera and Switched-On Bach, the TSO's music blends classical motifs with Christmas carols and original songs, strung together by a basso narrator.
NEWS
December 28, 2004 | By Patrick Berkery FOR THE INQUIRER
It's not that a Broadway-ready fusion of traditional Christmas music, neoclassical metal, and opera, put together by former members of the also-ran head-banger band Savatage, completely lacks appeal. But the commercial ascension of the Trans-Siberian Orchestra is pretty mind-boggling. The band's initial marriage of Santa and Spinal Tap, "Christmas Eve (Sarajevo 12/24)," became a surprise hit in late 1996, and TSO made its live debut at the Tower Theater three years later. According to a friend who was there, the show featured modest production values and attracted a decent-size crowd composed mainly of "leather-jacket dudes who looked like they worked at Guitar Center.
NEWS
October 21, 2004 | By David Hiltbrand INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Dee Snider is many things: prime-time DJ on Philly's rock-radio redoubt, WMMR; former lead singer for notorious '80s headbangers Twisted Sister; and creator and narrator of Van Helsing's Curse, a horror musical that swoops into the Keswick Theatre on Saturday night. Given Snider's resume, his most surprising accomplishment may be that he's been married to one woman for 28 years. After all, rock romances must weather situations most relationships never face. For instance, Dee and Suzette started dating in 1976, shortly after he joined Twisted Sister.
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