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The Academy of Music in Philadelphia is intimate and grand

Scene from "Cold Mountain"Maybe you've read Cold Mountain by Charles Frazier. Perhaps you've seen the movie. But seeing this tale of life and love during the Civil War put to music composed by Jennifer Higdon and libretto by Gene Scheer, puts it in a whole new perspective! Especially when you have the privilege of seeing it performed by Opera Philadelphia at the Academy of Music, a theatre that was fully operational years before the Civil War even started!

“Oliver!” is now at Paper Mill Playhouse

Oliver cast in rehearsals in New York City for Paper Mill Playhouse1The Paper Mill Playhouse invited the press to a dress rehearsal in New York on November 14 for "Oliver!" This will be one of the largest casts Paper Mill has ever had, yet one of the smallest rehearsal spaces. With a cast of 49, there wasn't much space for cameras and reporters. Shane Austin Miller, director of press relations, introduced Mark S. Hoebee, who directs the musical, and is also the the playhouse's producing artistic director.

Just WOWed by POPS!

I had the opportunity to see A Philly POPS Christmas this week and I’m so happy to tell you there are several more shows...

“Halftime With Don” is a strongly written and powerfully delivered drama

One of the perks of writing theater reviews is that on rare occasions, one is privileged to watch the birth of a powerful new...

“Princess Cyd” is a bit of art, and a fresh perspective

Princess Cyd - Wolfe Video release on Netflix  Fire up your Netflix account and fire up Princess Cyd. Recently released, and a perfect choice for the...

“Hello Dolly” was “glowin’… crowin’… and goin’ strong” in Morristown

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The 50th anniversary national tour of "Hello Dolly" was presented at the Mayo Center for the Performing Arts in Morristown on Saturday, November 9. The title role of Dolly Gallagher Levi was performed by Sally Struthers to a packed house. Many in the audience still remembered Miss Struthers from her role as Gloria Stivic on the television series, "All in the Family." A little older, yes; but she was still able to turn on the little-girl, winsome charm her character first exhibited on the 1971 series, and her adoring audience definitely came to see.

“A Doll’s House, Part 2”: funny, Nora’s back in town

An darkly funny adult comedy at the George Street Playhouse One of the great theatrical games is to imagine just what happened after Nora Helmer...

“The Story of L” gets reissue and finds new audience

When the Story of O, a tale of BDSM domination and submission, was first published in 1954 France, it was met with controversy. The...

“Fashion Night By Bravo” Is definitely In vogue

"Vintage store reality show" has been done before, but not quite like Bravo is doing "Dukes Of Melrose". Featuring fashion minded Cameron Silver and business minded Christos Garkinos, they are the "Batman & Robin" of Decades, the premiere "luxury consignment shop" in Hollywood. While Christos is the business minded alpha male of the operation, Cameron is the fashion expert of the operation (wait until you see Christos' reaction to a "haute couture" Givenchey gown that a California socialite comes in with). With a guest appearance from actress and comedienne Rachel Harris (and once you see the preview, a ton of other celebrities) you get a touch of the Hollywood that graces the doors of Decades on a daily basis. With Christos having a brilliant business mind from 20 years of business experience, and Cameron styling stars for major red carpet events like the Oscar's the merging of both of their talents makes "Dukes Of Melrose" the perfect addition to Bravo's long line of fashion-themed programming.
Celebrity stylist Brad Goreski has come a long way from playing third fiddle to Rachel Zoe and her long-whining assistant Taylor on the early season of "The Rachel Zoe Project". Not only has Goreski gone out on his own as a stylist, he is working with celebrities like Demi Moore, Minka Kelly, and Jessica Alba. The first episode features on establishing Goreski as his own brand of stylist; he has his own team, styling assistants Thomas and Hannah (with help from his new super-assistant Lindsey). It is refreshing to see Goreski come into his own as not only a stylist, but as a brand in and of himself. Watching Goreski, you also get a master class in "Fashion 101", with a split screen of Goreski detailing the outfit while the celebrities try on the garments. While Brad's business life is thriving, his personal life is also moving along quite nicely, as he shares the ups and downs of the world of styling with his partner Gary. While Goreski is the definition of hyper, Gary is definitely what really helps keeping Goreski grounded. The first episode features Brad styling a large Kate Spade anniversary event and attending the Monique Lhullier fashion show. Brad puts it best when he tells us that "from an early age, we've been taught to Turn The Beat Around". Goreski's beat will definitely continue for quite some time.
"The Rachel Zoe Project" returns with quite a twist. While the first few seasons have been all about Zoe showing her prowess as a fashion stylist for celebrities like Anne Hathaway, this season follows Zoe as she takes her journey to make "wearable clothing that fits into your everyday life" as she becomes "Rachel Zoe-Fashion Designer". For many this seems like a natural progression, but for Zoe, it's the ultimate challenge. Being taken seriously as a stylist in an industry she helped make mainstream is one thing; becoming a new designer in a field of legendary designers like Oscar De La Renta and Ralph Lauren is something else. The days of Rachel playing referee between previous assistants is over. This Rachel Zoe is focused, driven, and striving forward to make a name for herself in an industry that she has supported on the other side of the fence for many years. This season, her husband Rodger is a much stronger force in "Zoe Inc", as he works hand in hand with his wife in helping her climb up the fashion ladder be a success. And of course, the show would not be complete without appearances by celebrities (keep your eyes peeled for star studded cameos throughout). And this would not be "Fashion By Bravo" if these celebrities were not dripping in designer couture. Zoe is also balancing motherhood as her final plate in the air, as her son Skylar continues to give Zoe a respite from fashion drama. Zoe's show is perfect to kick off Bravo's "Fashion Night" block of programming, as it is, in Zoe's words, "A-Maze"!
Last week I sat down for a chat with Dr. Greg, one of the stars of Bravo's new therapy centered show "La Shrinks". It's not surprise why he has a thriving therapy practice; Dr. Greg was personable, humorous, and informative. It's not often you get to take a look behind the curtain and see why therapists are the way they are, and also watch some of their intimate sessions. The first question I had to ask Dr. Greg was what exactly "monogomish" meant (as he's seen mentioning throughout the promos. He tells me "everyone has their own path for relationships. Monogomish means that while you both may share the relationship and the day to day life, there may be certain times you do "certain things" outside of the relationship but within parameters you have set for yourselves". "LA Shrinks" focuses on Dr. Greg and two other therapists ( who not only assist their patients but are also working on their own issues as people. Dr. Greg is in a long term partnership, yet issues abound as a wedding is planned. Dr. Venus is not only raising her own children, but is also taking permanent guardianship of her two nephews, giving her a blended family, which definitely has it's challenges. Dr. Eris is ready to start a family, and is trying to get her husband on the "baby train" as well. The cast is definitely a mixed bag, but since I got the chance to talk to Dr. Greg, I was sure to ask him what he thought the key to a relationship was during our chat. He told me "it's shockingly simple and I hate to sound cliche, but it's all about communication". He continued to tell me that "people are so afraid of being open and honest about what they need and want in every area of their life and in their relationship. People in long-term relationships need to develop an us against the world attitude, which helps in tackling problems together". Coining a new reality show term and giving sound advice? Sounds like Dr. Greg & co. will definitely be giving us alot to talk about.

oij-triangle"Vintage store reality show" has been done before, but not quite like Bravo is doing "Dukes Of Melrose". Featuring fashion minded Cameron Silver and business minded Christos Garkinos, they are the "Batman & Robin" of Decades, the premiere "luxury consignment shop" in Hollywood.

Radziwill’s novel “The Widow’s Guide To Sex & Dating” is a...

The cover of "Widows Guide to Sex and Dating"Carole Radziwill has gone from Emmy-award winning journalist to "Real Housewife of New York City" on the reality show of the same name. Her first novel "What Remains" detailed her love affair with Prince Anthony Radziwill, as well as her friendship with Anthony's cousin, John F Kennedy Jr and his wife, Carolyn. While "What Remains" detailed a story of great love and friendship, Radziwill's new novel "The Widow's Guide To Sex & Dating" is a more fictionalized departure from her first book.