From Springfield High School to stardom on Broadway

Arts | November 14th, 2019 | Leave a comment

by Len Lear There was never much doubt that Allison Miller (professional name Allison Blackwell) was going to be a singing star. As a little girl, she was a founding member of Temple University Children’s Choir. She was also in her Springfield Township High School’s Thespian Group and show choir, and at Spelman College (Atlanta, […]

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Flourtown songbird reviving ‘Great American Songbook’

Arts | November 14th, 2019 | Leave a comment

by Len Lear If we are lucky, the success of two superb current movies about two of our greatest pop singers, Judy Garland and Linda Ronstadt, will spur a revival of The Great American Songbook, the classic American pop music by composers like George Gershwin, Irving Berlin, Harold Arlen, etc., and performed by such stylists […]

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Pressured by girlfriend, actor now in ‘mental asylum’

Arts | November 13th, 2019 | Leave a comment

by Rita Charleston Two English gentlemen discuss various topics in the news, the past and old friends. Two women of a certain age talk about the weather and ill-fitting shoes. A young man doesn’t say very much. Rather, he seems obsessed with lifting and moving chairs. But where are these people exactly? Could it be […]

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Walt Disney veteran now an award-winning Hill novelist

Arts | November 7th, 2019 | Leave a comment

by Len Lear Plagued by nightmares, comic superhero-adoring Charlie is lovable in his innocence and sheepishness. He’s bullied at school, but when his most frightening nightmares turn out to be true, he must learn to take control and overcome his fears. Reality and Charlie’s dream world overlap, time travel swirls Charlie and his friends to […]

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Entertaining Monty Python-esque romp on East Falls stage

Arts | November 7th, 2019 | Leave a comment

by Hugh Hunter Director Sarah Labov lights up the stage at Old Academy Players with a sparkling production of “Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead” (1966). In his Tony award-winning absurdist comedy, playwright Tom Stoppard turns “Hamlet” on its head, sidelining major characters to put a couple of marginal courtiers in lead roles. On a few […]

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Engineer not on the fence on stage with Hamlet ‘Player’

Arts | November 7th, 2019 | Leave a comment

by Rita Charleston Old Academy Players is presenting its 522nd production, “Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead,” an absurdist, existential tragicomedy running now through Nov. 17 at the group’s theater on Indian Queen Lane in East Falls. Written by Tom Stoppard and directed by Sarah Labov, the play, which won the 1968 Tony Award for Best […]

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