Halladay: Hero on and off the diamond

From the Sidelines | November 15th, 2017 | Leave a comment

by Clark Groome May 29, 2010,was the Saturday of Memorial Day weekend. It was also the date of the first game of the Stanley Cup Finals that pitted the Philadelphia Flyers against the Chicago Blackhawks in the Windy City. The Phillies were playing a regular season game against the Florida Marlins in Miami. I was […]

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From the Sidelines: Philly’s amazing PA announcers

From the Sidelines | November 3rd, 2017 | Leave a comment

by Clark Groome Forget about the Eagles’ Carson Wentz, North Dakota’s favorite son. Forget about the Phillies’ Gold Glove-nominee Freddy Galvis. Forget about the 76ers’ Joel Embiid. Forget about the Flyers’ youngsters and about Wayne Simmonds. This year, it would seem, belongs to the Phillies’ and Flyers’ public address announcers. Over the last six months […]

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Superb talent, confusing approach in ‘Nat King Cole’

Arts | October 26th, 2017 | Leave a comment

by Clark Groome Nat “King” Cole was one of the most influential and exciting jazz pianists in history. He was also one of the most popular singers of his tragically shortened 45-year life. During the 1940s, 1950s and 1960s he was Capitol Records’ largest selling performer, the sales being responsible for the building of Los […]

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Over the top, often hilarious ‘Forum’ could use decaf

Arts | September 22nd, 2017 | Leave a comment

by Clark Groome The company of the Walnut Street Theatre’s production of “A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum,” Stephen Sondheim’s first solo musical, should probably change the coffee in the Green Room to decaf. “Forum” is, in the right hands, a delight, a reminder of just how much fun a musical […]

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Sports’ seasonal shift

From the Sidelines | September 15th, 2017 | Leave a comment

by Clark Groome   It’s fall (at least it is as far as the meteorologists are concerned). With fall there is a major pivot in the sports world. Baseball is winding down. The tennis and golf majors are in the rear-view mirror. Schools have started up. And in Philadelphia, football has become the dominant focus […]

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My candidates for Phillies’ Wall of Fame

From the Sidelines | August 17th, 2017 | 1 Comment

by Clark Groome The annual Phillies Alumni celebration, held last weekend, honored previous winners and paid tribute to Jim Bunning, Darren Daulton and Dallas Green, all of whom died since the 2016 event. The issue of who should, and who should not, be included on the Wall was a hot topic. Until this year the […]

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‘Best Play’ Tony nomination for Hill artistic director

Arts | June 8th, 2017 | Leave a comment

By Clark Groome When Chestnut Hill resident Paul Meshejian attends the June 11 Tony Awards ceremony at Radio City Music Hall, he won’t be there just for the glitz and glamour. No, Meshejian, the founder and artistic director of the Philadelphia-based play development program PlayPenn, will be there because one of the plays PlayPenn helped […]

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