Wednesday, July 23, 2014 Tammuz 25, 5774
Score one for 'Hairspray's hotcomb
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"Hairspray" adds a schpritz of Marc Shaiman sheen to a shandah-shellacked time in history - all with a little rock and roiling of the John Waters. The Tony Award-winning musical, now on stage at the Merriam Theater in Center City, uses Waters' divine rod of a raunchy rabble-rouser film made in 1988 (but set in the uncivil rites of the...
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Broadway's sacred cows make for chopped liver when this producer tunes in
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He's shot out the lights of the "Phantom" chandelier; sent a carpenter to "Fiddler on the Roof" for an estimate; and had the daughter show up for "The Sun Will Come Out Tomorrow." All figuratively speaking, of course. But then, John Freedson figures prominently in the success of the iconoclastic "Forbidden Broadway," where, despite its title, everything is fair game...
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Stand-Up Guy Scores a Comedic Trifecta
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This story is being brought to you in Todd-AO widescreen vision. And why not? It is, after all, Todd Glass’ A-OK farsighted vision that has made the Valley Forge native son the supercomic of the cutting edge. Last comic schticking? On the edge of 40, the comic and his offbeat always-on sense of humor have found a home up on...
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Would you trade a career in commodities for comedy? Marc Grossman has … sort of. While Grossman still serves as a stocks/options trader for an area proprietaryfirm, it was when he took stock of the local comedy-club scene that he exercised his own option of a quasi-career change. "I'd been trading for nine years and had nothing - nothingtangible -...
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Cindy Marvell — yes, Marvell — helps mind-meld the old and new worlds of the art
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“Lazer Vaudeville” is light years ahead of the old “slowly I turn” turntable that played to record crowds generations ago. Vaudeville … void and old hat — a porkpie one at that? Bag the baggy pants image; this show goes better with wine and cheese than cheese and crackers. The mind-meld of the old and new worlds of vaudeville, which...
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