I knew that the amateurish mess that was the Walnut Street Theatre’s earlier-in-the-year staging of “Saturday Night Fever” was an anomaly--a temporary hiatus from the usually stellar work that has long led me to view the venerable playhouse as the gold standard of Philadelphia musical theater. My proof? The 'Nut's production of "Annie,” which runs through Jan. 7.
Brace yourself, for it is coming as surely as dawn follows night. We speak, of course, of the inevitable onslaught of television programming commemorating the Nov. 22, 1963 assassination of President John F. Kennedy. More than a half-century after that dark day in Dallas, TV rehashes of the murder are as much a part of late-November American ritual as Thanksgiving and Black Friday.
In these politically correct times, even a totally innocuous impersonation can open a career-threatening can of worms. Which explains why Frank Caliendo has sworn off adding the visuals to his trademark impersonation of former 76ers superstar and current basketball commentator Charles Barkley. Caliendo, of course, is the entertainer who, for more than a decade, has reigned as show business’ leading celebrity mimic.
Tuesday on "That's Show Biz," I talk about the Philly accent, why four-string basses rule and sundry other cool topics with the brilliant @MrStanleyClarke
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Selecting a term
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Twitter handles (e.g. @username) — returns those who have mentioned or replied to
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Hashtags (e.g. #sxsw, #london2012)
Bio details (e.g. vegan, Olympics, father)
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Find results that mention multiple specified terms, use AND or
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