Thursday, April 24, 2014

'Patrick Kelly: Runway Of Love' Opens!

It's an exciting day for us.
We're at the Philadelphia Museum of Art where we're live blogging the preview opening of the new fashion exhibitions Patrick Kelly: Runway of Love and Gerlan Jeans [heart] Patrick Kelly.
It's all part of a big spring celebration of fashion at the Museum's beautiful Perelman galleries.
This retrospective explores the meteoric rise and remarakable achievements of a 1980s legend whose clothing was worn by women of every age from actress Bette Davis (late in her life) to singer Vanessa Williams, early in her career.
This is the first exhibition to showcase the full scope of Kelly's head-to-toe runway ensembles and which includes selections from the artist's significant holdings of black memorabalia, video of his exuberant fashion shows and works by renowned photographers Horst B. Host, Pierre et Gilles and Oliviero Toscani.
Kelly's muses ranged from his Mississippi grandmother, to the American expatriot entertainer Josephine Baker, to the courtiers Madame Gres and Elsa Schiaparelli.
A complimentary portion of this big, vivid show features whimsical streetwear by Gerlan Jeans (founded in 2009 by Gerlan Marcel) which reinterprets Kelly's signature bows, buttons and other bold embellishments, creating clothes that embody the dynamic spirit of a new generation. 
Today, Kelly inspires a contemporary label whose vibrant sensibility is embraced by style and pop icons such as Beyonce and Katy Perry.
These dual eye-popping exhibitions open on April 27 and continue through November 30.
The Philadelphia Museum of Art is one of the largest museums in the United states with a collection of more than 227,000 works of art. The Museum's vast galleries present painting, sculpture, works on paper, photography, decorative arts, costume, textiles, and architectural settings.

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

So, Who REALLY Knows More About Women?



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NJ First Lady Honors 'Heroes' Of Camp Acorn

Recognizing a passion to serve children and adults with special needs, First Lady Mary Pat Christie has named Cathy Carisi, co-founder and executive director of Camp Acorn, as her 27th New Jersey Hero. Located in Allendale, Camp Acorn provides summer and winter social recreational programs for children and adults with a wide range of developmental disabilities, including those with autism spectrum disorder.

“Cathy Carisi is a true inspiration,” said Mrs. Christie. “I admire Cathy’s commitment to volunteering, which ultimately fostered in her a passion to serve those with special needs that has grown deeper and stronger for more than 20 years. Her dedication and genuine compassion for all the participants has made a difference in the lives of not only the campers, but their families, staff and volunteers at Camp Acorn. I am proud to name her our third New Jersey Hero of 2014.”

Founded in 2001, Camp Acorn empowers children and young adults with special needs through programs that address their physical, emotional and social well-being. Camp participants learn and grow at their own pace, building self-esteem, confidence and life skills that touch every aspect of their lives.

“I am honored to receive this award on behalf of Camp Acorn’s past and present staff,” said Cathy Carisi, co-founder and executive director. “Through our collaborative efforts and friendship, we have turned this little idea into a thriving community that has forever changed the lives of our campers.”

Ms. Carisi is a school psychologist with 25 years of experience working with children and adults with special needs. She is also the co-coordinator of the Bergen County Flight Team, a volunteer program that provides extra counseling support to school communities dealing with tragic events. In 2011, Ms. Carisi was bestowed with the Russ Berrie Unsung Hero Award for her work at Camp Acorn. Currently, she is working to expand Camp Acorn to a full-time, year round 21 and over program.

Mrs. Christie added, “It is fitting to recognize Cathy’s efforts in April because it is also Autism Awareness Month in New Jersey. Camp Acorn is one of so many organizations in our state that serve people with autism while promoting greater understanding of this developmental disability.”

Camp Acorn offers four program sessions throughout the year. Winter Sessions are comprised of a Saturday respite (1:00 p.m.-4:00 p.m.), After –School (Tuesdays/Thursdays -4:00 p.m.-6:00 p.m.) and Dances (first Friday of each month). Summer Session consists of 9 weeks, full-time Monday through Friday, 9:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. While most campers range in age from teens to early 30’s, Camp Acorn serves children as young as 5 to adults in their early 50’s.

The camp is operated by certified special educators with more than 60 years of combined experience working with individuals with disabilities. In addition, more than 150 student volunteers help at camp throughout the year.

For more information about Camp Acorn, visit www.campacorn.org

New Jersey Heroes is an initiative of First Lady Mary Pat Christie that showcases the positive and unique ways people and organizations are impacting New Jersey and their communities. To nominate a hero, visit newjerseyheroes.org and follow the application instructions and submit the person you believe is a true New Jersey Hero.

Corbett Knocks Dems On 'Lie Of The Year'

The Corbett-Cawley Campaign issued the following response to Congresswoman Allyson Schwartz's conference call with reporters today in which she doubled down on her support of President Obama's failed policies and encouraged the other Democratic candidates in the race to do the same and voice their support for ObamaCare:

"Congresswoman Allyson Schwartz is the only Democrat brave enough to run on President Obama's failed policies and the ObamaCare disaster she helped to write. We already know they all want to expand ObamaCare's grasp in Pennsylvania, but we agree that our opponents should speak up and join her in proudly voicing their support for this disastrous legislation.

"Again, here is another example of where Secretary Tom Wolf has been elusive. Why is Wolf afraid to deliver straight answers on simple questions? If he really supports ObamaCare, he should come out and let Pennsylvanians know where he stands. Who is the real Tom Wolf?”

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Pennsylvania Individual Premiums Up 28%; Small Group Premiums up 66%: "Health insurance premiums are showing the sharpest increases perhaps ever according to a survey of brokers who sell coverage in the individual and small group market...For the individual insurance market (plans sold directly to consumers); among the ten states seeing some of the sharpest average increases are: Delaware at 100%, New Hampshire 90%, Indiana 54%, California 53%, Connecticut 45%, Michigan 36%, Florida 37%, Georgia 29%, Kentucky 29%, and Pennsylvania 28%. For the small group market, among the ten states seeing the biggest increases are: Washington 588%, Pennsylvania 66%, California 37%, Indiana 34%, Kentucky 30%, Colorado 29%, Michigan 27%, Maryland 25%, Missouri 25%, and Nevada 23%." (Scott Gottlieb, "Healthcare Plan Premiums Are Skyrocketing According to New Survey of 148 Insurance Brokers, With Delaware Up 100%, California 53%, Florida 37%, Pennsylvania 28%," Forbes, 04/07/2014)

250,000 Pennsylvanians Notified Their Health Care Plans Will Be Cancelled Despite Promise 'If You Like Your Plan, You Can Keep It': "Since Oct. 1, more than 250,000 Pennsylvanians have been notified that their current health care coverage is being canceled due to the implementation of the ACA. That number is expected to continue to grow, leaving tens of thousands of more Pennsylvanians without access to health care." (Office of the Governor, "Governor Corbett Calls on President Obama for Permanent Solutions to Affordable Care Act Issues and to Protect Pennsylvanians' Health Care," Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, 11/14/2013)

• 'Lie of the Year': "If you like your health care plan, you can keep it," President Barack Obama said -- many times -- of his landmark new law…PolitiFact has named "If you like your health care plan, you can keep it," the Lie of the Year for 2013.” (Angie Drobnic Holan, “Lie of the Year: 'If you like your health care plan, you can keep it',” Politifact, 12/12/13)

Congresswoman Schwartz: “If you already have health coverage you like, you can keep it.” (Congresswoman Allyson Schwartz, “Affordable Care Act: Update,” Office of Congresswoman Allyson Schwartz, Acc. 3/4/2014)

Flyers To Ring Closing Bell At NASDAQ

The Philadelphia Flyers will ring the NASDAQ Stock Market Closing Bell in Times Square during Round One of their match-up against the New York Rangers in the 2014 Stanley Cup Playoffs on Thursday, April 24, at the NASDAQ MarketSite (4 Times Square – 43rd & Broadway) at 3:45 p.m.

Former Flyers and a member of their two Stanley Cup-winning teams as well as members of the team's front office will participate.

The Closing Bell is a ceremonial event to mark the end of the trading day for the NASDAQ Stock Market for investors and market participants from around the world. The ceremony will be broadcast live on the NASDAQ MarketSite seven-story tower in Times Square and via satellite to national and international media.

'All The Way' Brings NYC High-Schoolers To B'way

Producers of All The Way have announced that they have invited a group of over fifty student class presidents from New York City Department of Education (NYCDOE) public high schools to be their guests for the matinee performance on Wednesday, April 30th. Following the show, the students will enjoy a talkback with cast members, including Bryan Cranston, currently starring as America’s 36th President, Lyndon Johnson. The talkback will discuss issues of leadership, presidential power, and the how the play’s depiction of the politics of the 1960s resonates today. This event is in partnership with the NYCDOE Office of Arts and Special Projects.

The students will be attending from schools including:  Brooklyn High School of the Arts, Brooklyn Preparatory High School, Claremont International High School, Eleanor Roosevelt High School, Flushing High School, Fort Hamilton High School, Harvest Collegiate High School, High School for Public Service: Heroes of Tomorrow, High School of Economics and Finance, James Madison High School, Murray Hill Academy, Repertory Company High School for Theatre Arts, the International High School at Lafayette, and Union Square Academy, among others. 

All The Way has been nominated for a 2014 Outer Critics Circle Award and a 2014 Drama League Award for Best New Play.  Bryan Cranston received nominations for an Outer Critics Circle Award for Outstanding Performance by an Actor in a Play and a Drama League Award for Distinguished Performance.  John McMartin, who play Senator Richard Russell, also received an Outer Critics Circle Award nomination for Best Featured Actor in a Play and Bill Rauch received an Outer Critics Circle Award nomination for Outstanding Director of a Play.

All The Way, the new play by Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Robert Schenkkan opened on March 6th at the Neil Simon Theatre (250 West 52nd). The production is directed by Bill Rauch, Artistic Director of the Oregon Shakespeare Festival, where the play began its theatrical life.  Tickets can be purchased at Ticketmaster.com, by calling (800) 745-3000, or by visiting the box office of the Neil Simon Theatre.

All The Way stars Bryan CranstonEric Lenox AbramsBetsy AidemJ. Bernard CallowayRob CampbellBrandon J. DirdenJames EckhousePeter Jay FernandezChristopher GurrWilliam Jackson HarperMichael McKeanJohn McMartinChristopher Liam MooreRobert PetkoffEthan PhillipsRichard PoeRoslyn RuffSusannah SchulmanBill Timoney and Steve Vinovich.

 All The Way takes audiences behind the doors of the Oval Office and inside the first year of Lyndon B. Johnson's presidency and his fight to pass a landmark civil rights bill.

All the Way was commissioned by the Oregon Shakespeare Festival’s American Revolutions: the United States History Cycle and premiered at OSF in 2012. It then went on to play a sold-out and critically acclaimed run at the A.R.T. from September 13-October 12, 2013 starring Cranston.  The play was awarded the 2013 inaugural Edward M. Kennedy Prize for Drama Inspired by American History, established through Columbia University in honor of the late Senator Kennedy, honoring new plays or musicals exploring US history and issues of the day. 

All The Way is produced by Jeffrey Richards, Louise Gund, Jerry Frankel, Stephanie P. McClelland, Double Gemini Productions, Rebecca Gold, Scott M. Delman, Barbara H. Freitag, Harvey Weinstein, Gene Korf, William Berlind, Caiola Productions, Gutterman Chernoff, Jam Theatricals, Gabrielle Palitz, Cheryl Wiesenfeld and Will Trice.


Set design is by Christopher Acebo, costume design by Deborah M. Dryden, lighting design by Jane Cox, composition and sound design by Paul James Prendergast, video projections by Shawn Sagady, the projection design consultant is Wendall K. Harrington, hair & wig design is by Paul Huntley, and the sound consultant is Peter Fitzgerald. The Dramaturge is Tom Bryant and casting is by Telsey + Company William Cantler, CSA.         

Drama League Award Nominations Announced

The award season continues to heat up on Broadway.
Today, the Drama League announced its nominees for highest honors among the current crop of shows on the Great White Way.

The complete list of nominees follows:

OUTSTANDING PRODUCTION OF A BROADWAY OR OFF-BROADWAY PLAY
“All That Fall”
“All The Way”
“Casa Valentina”
“Domesticated”
“Mothers and Sons”
“Mr. Burns, A Post-Electric Play”
“The Open House”
“The Realistic Joneses”

OUTSTANDING PRODUCTION OF A BROADWAY OR OFF-BROADWAY MUSICAL
“After Midnight”
“Aladdin”
“Beautiful: The Carole King Musical”
“The Bridges of Madison County”
“Bullets Over Broadway”
“Fun Home”
“A Gentleman’s Guide To Love And Murder”
“Murder For Two”
“Rocky”

OUTSTANDING REVIVAL OF A BROADWAY OR OFF-BROADWAY PLAY
“The Cripple of Inishmaan”
“The Glass Menagerie”
“Good Person of Szechwan”
“The Mutilated”
“Of Mice and Men”
“A Raisin in the Sun”
“Twelfth Night, or What You Will”
“Waiting For Godot”

OUTSTANDING REVIVAL OF A BROADWAY OR OFF-BROADWAY MUSICAL
“Hedwig and the Angry Inch”
“Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar and Grill”
“Les Misérables”
“Violet”

DISTINGUISHED PERFORMANCE AWARD (One winner is selected from this category. The recipient can only receive the award once during his or her career.)
Reed Birney, “Casa Valentina”
Steven Boyer, “Hand to God”
Zach Braff, “Bullets over Broadway”
Arnie Burton, “The Mystery of Irma Vep”
Michael Cerveris, “Fun Home”
Nick Cordero, “Bullets over Broadway”
Bryan Cranston, “All the Way”
Alan Cumming, “Cabaret”
Tyne Daly, “Mothers and Sons”
Mary Bridget Davies, “A Night With Janis Joplin”
Gabriel Ebert, “Casa Valentina”
Carson Elrod, “The Heir Apparent”
Jesse Tyler Ferguson, “The Comedy of Errors”
Sutton Foster, “Violet”
James Franco, “Of Mice and Men”
Peter Friedman, “The Open House”
Michael C. Hall, “The Realistic Joneses”
Lena Hall, “Hedwig and the Angry Inch”
Neil Patrick Harris, “Hedwig and the Angry Inch”
Joshua Henry, “Violet”
James Monroe Iglehart, “Aladdin”
LaTanya Richardson Jackson, “A Raisin in the Sun”
Ramin Karimloo, “Les Misérables”
Andy Karl, “Rocky”
Adriane Lenox, “After Midnight
Tracy Letts, “The Realistic Joneses”
Zachary Levi, “First Date”
Sydney Lucas, “Fun Home”
Taylor Mac, “Good Person of Szechwan”
Jefferson Mays, “A Gentleman's Guide to Love and Murder”
Idina Menzel, “If/Then”
Laurie Metcalf, “Domesticated”
Jessie Mueller, “Beautiful: The Carole King Musical”
Chris O'Dowd, “Of Mice and Men”
Kelli O'Hara, “The Bridges of Madison County”
Estelle Parsons, “The Velocity of Autumn”
Steven Pasquale, “The Bridges of Madison County”
Jeremy Pope, “Choir Boy”
Zachary Quinto, “The Glass Menagerie”
Daniel Radcliffe, “The Cripple of Inishmaan”
Ruben Santiago-Hudson, “How I Learned What I Learned”
Margo Seibert, “Rocky”
Robert Sella, “The Mystery of Irma Vep”
Tony Shalhoub, “Act One”
Jennifer Simard, “Disaster!”
Brian J. Smith, “The Glass Menagerie”
Patrick Stewart, “Waiting for Godot”
John Douglas Thompson, “Satchmo at the Waldorf”
Denzel Washington, “A Raisin in the Sun”
Michelle Williams, “Cabaret”

DISTINGUISHED ACHIEVEMENT IN MUSICAL THEATRE
Barbara Cook

UNIQUE CONTRIBUTION TO THE THEATRE
Key Brand Entertainment/Broadway Across America

FOUNDERS AWARD FOR EXCELLENCE IN DIRECTING
John Tiffany

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Rocky, Alladin, 'Guide' Lead Outer Critics Nominees

The Outer Critics Circle Award nomination for the best of Broadway this season have been announced with the musicals Rocky, Aladdin and A Gentlemen's Guide To Love and Murder topping the list of nominees. 
The Outer Critics Circle, an organization of writers and commentators covering New York theater for out-of-town newspapers, national publications, and other media beyond Broadway is one of the first groups to announce potential honors. 
Others that will be announcing soon include the Drama Desk Awards, Drama League Awards and the New York Drama Critics Awards.A Gentleman's Guide to Love and Murder garnered 11 Outer Critics nominations, followed by Aladdin with eight, Fun Home with seven, and Rocky with six. 
The award winner will be announced on May 13. Below is the the complete list of nominees.

OUTSTANDING NEW BROADWAY PLAY
Act One
All the Way
Casa Valentina
Outside Mullingar
The Realistic Joneses

OUTSTANDING NEW BROADWAY MUSICAL
After Midnight
Aladdin
Beautiful — The Carole King Musical
A Gentleman's Guide to Love & Murder
Rocky

OUTSTANDING NEW OFF-BROADWAY PLAY
Appropriate
Choir Boy
The Explorer's Club
The Heir Apparent
Stage Kiss

OUTSTANDING NEW OFF-BROADWAY MUSICAL Far From Heaven
Fun Home
Murder for Two
Storyville
What's It All About? Bacharach Reimagined

OUTSTANDING BOOK OF A MUSICAL (Broadway or Off-Broadway)
Aladdin
Beautiful — The Carole King Musical
Fun Home
A Gentleman's Guide to Love & Murder
Rocky

OUTSTANDING NEW SCORE (Broadway or Off-Broadway)
Aladdin
The Bridges of Madison County
Fun Home
A Gentleman's Guide to Love & Murder
If/Then


OUTSTANDING REVIVAL OF A PLAY (Broadway or Off-Broadway)
The Cripple of Inishmaan
The Glass Menagerie
Machinal
Twelfth Night
The Winslow Boy

OUTSTANDING REVIVAL OF A MUSICAL (Broadway or Off-Broadway)
Cabaret
Hedwig and the Angry Inch
Lady Day at Emerson's Bar & Grill
Les Misérables
Violet

OUTSTANDING DIRECTOR OF A PLAY
Tim Carroll, Twelfth Night
Michael Grandage, The Cripple of Inishmaan
Lindsay Posner, The Winslow Boy
Bill Rauch, All the Way
Lyndsey Turner, Machinal

OUTSTANDING DIRECTOR OF A MUSICAL
Warren Carlyle, After Midnight
Laurence Connor & James Powell, Les Misérables
Sam Gold, Fun Home
Alex Timbers, Rocky
Darko Tresnjak, A Gentleman's Guide to Love & Murder

OUTSTANDING CHOREOGRAPHER
Warren Carlyle, After Midnight
Peggy Hickey, A Gentleman's Guide to Love & Murder
Steven Hoggett & Kelly Devine, Rocky
Casey Nicholaw, Aladdin
Susan Stroman, Bullets Over Broadway

OUTSTANDING SET DESIGN (Play or Musical)
Christopher Barreca, Rocky
Beowulf Boritt, Act One
Bob Crowley, Aladdin
Es Devlin, Machinal
Alexander Dodge, A Gentleman's Guide to Love & Murder

OUTSTANDING COSTUME DESIGN (Play or Musical)
Gregg Barnes, Aladdin
Linda Cho, A Gentleman's Guide to Love & Murder
William Ivey Long, Bullets Over Broadway
Jenny Tiramani, Twelfth Night
Isabel Toledo, After Midnight

OUTSTANDING LIGHTING DESIGN (Play or Musical)
Kevin Adams, Hedwig and the Angry Inch
Howell Binkley, After Midnight
Paule Constable, Les Misérables
Natasha Katz, Aladdin
Philip S. Rosenberg, A Gentleman's Guide to Love & Murder

OUTSTANDING ACTOR IN A PLAY
Bryan Cranston, All the Way
Ian McKellen, No Man's Land
Brían F. O'Byrne, Outside Mullingar
Mark Rylance, Twelfth Night
Tony Shalhoub, Act One

OUTSTANDING ACTRESS IN A PLAY
Tyne Daly, Mothers and Sons
Rebecca Hall, Machinal
Jessica Hecht, Stage Kiss
Cherry Jones, The Glass Menagerie
Estelle Parsons, The Velocity of Autumn

OUTSTANDING ACTOR IN A MUSICAL
Michael Cerveris, Fun Home
Neil Patrick Harris, Hedwig and the Angry Inch
Andy Karl, Rocky
Jefferson Mays, A Gentleman's Guide to Love & Murder
Bryce Pinkham, A Gentleman's Guide to Love & Murder

OUTSTANDING ACTRESS IN A MUSICAL
Sutton Foster, Violet
Audra McDonald, Lady Day at Emerson's Bar & Grill
Jessie Mueller, Beautiful — The Carole King Musical
Kelli O'Hara, The Bridges of Madison County
Michelle Williams, Cabaret

OUTSTANDING FEATURED ACTOR IN A PLAY
Paul Chahidi, Twelfth Night
Michael Cyril Creighton, Stage Kiss
John McMartin, All the Way
Alessandro Nivola, The Winslow Boy
Brian J. Smith, The Glass Menagerie

OUTSTANDING FEATURED ACTRESS IN A PLAY
Barbara Barrie, I Remember Mama
Andrea Martin, Act One
Sophie Okonedo, A Raisin in the Sun
Anika Noni Rose, A Raisin in the Sun
Mare Winningham, Casa Valentina

OUTSTANDING FEATURED ACTOR IN A MUSICAL
Danny Burstein, Cabaret
Nick Cordero, Bullets Over Broadway
Joshua Henry, Violet
James Monroe Iglehart, Aladdin
Jarrod Specter, Beautiful — The Carole King Musical

OUTSTANDING FEATURED ACTRESS IN A MUSICAL
Judy Kuhn, Fun Home
Anika Larsen, Beautiful — The Carole King Musical
Sydney Lucas, Fun Home
Marin Mazzie, Bullets Over Broadway
Lisa O'Hare, A Gentleman's Guide to Love & Murder

OUTSTANDING SOLO PERFORMANCE
Jim Brochu, Character Man
Debra Jo Rupp, Becoming Dr. Ruth
Ruben Santiago-Hudson, How I Learned What I Learned
Alexandra Silber, Arlington
John Douglas Thompson, Satchmo at the Waldorf

JOHN GASSNER AWARD
(Presented for an American play, preferably by a new playwright)
Scott Z. Burns, The Library
Eric Dufault, Year of the Rooster
Madeleine George, The (Curious Case of the) Watson Intelligence
Steven Levenson, The Unavoidable Disappearance of Tom Durnin
Lauren Yee, The Hatmaker's Wife

How Hot, Hetero Hunks Are Heating Up Broadway

Lets face it, in recent years Broadway has been bereft of genuine beefcake.
You know what we're talking about -- real, honest-to-goodness, chiseled, full-throated leading men like Richard Kiley, John Rait, Jack Cassidy, Tom Wopat and Brian Stokes Mitchell -- guys who could only be described as "dashing."
Instead, Broadway marquees have been all aglitter with the likes of Neil Patrick Harris, Daniel Radcliffe, Alan Cumming and Matthew Broderick. To be sure, we're hardly bashing these non-dashing choices. We've enjoyed these leaner and/or more diminutive stars as much as anyone. They can be boyishly charming, funny, endearing or even just this side of sadistic, as in the case of Cumming. But none of them matches Hugh Jackman in terms of sheer presence.
There's just something about a big Broadway stage that cries out for a towering figure.
And now that demand is finally being met in the form of three new Broadway leading men who are heating up the Great White Way: Ramin Karimloo in the new production of Les Miserables, Andy Karl in Rocky, The Musical and Steven Pasquale in The Bridges of Madison County.
All three of these guys are bringing heft back to the musical stage. They give new life to the term "matinee idol" and that means they're pleasing all those ladies who flood Broadway on Wednesdays, Saturdays and sometimes on Sundays and even Thursdays, too. Hopefully, they're also helping to attract a dwindling male audience back to Broadway since all three of their characters exhibit manly virtues that are worthy of emulation.

Ramin Karimloo as Jean Valjean in the restaged Les Miserables is garnering some of the best reviews imaginable. 
In the world of theatrical performers, Ramin Karimloo has rapidly emerged as one of the most formidable talents currently earning his keep. Heralded for his portrayal of leading roles in both Les Mirerables and Phantom of the Opera, Karimloo is a favorite of Andrew Lloyd Webber and a musical force unlike any other. In fact, it was his unbridaled reputation that led to his performance in the recent Oscar tribute to Les Misérables. His portrayal of Valjean is at once raw, gutsy, insightful and even tender where and when it has to be. And the role gives him ample opportunity to demonstrate his impressive vocal range.
The New York Times calls Karimloo the man who "brought brawn back to Broadway."


When studly Andy Karl turns his warm, inviting eyes to the audience at the top of the show in Broadway's new Rocky and he sings the awkwardly-titled My Nose Ain't Broken, you just know that this show is gonna work.
Karl manages to be tough and tender at the same time. He exudes sensuality without forgetting sensitivity. When he finally welcomes Adrian to his gritty, rundown Fishtown apartment and takes off his shirt and says "Yo, Adrian 'ya know, it's hot in here", it's hot. And when, at his request Adrian takes off her geeky glasses and hat, it's really hot.
When they later sing of their love under a Christmas tree in the duet Happiness, it's a heart-melter.
Rocky, The Musical truly belongs to Andy Karl.
And this marks a vital breakout for this young actor who has previously shined in mostly comedic roles. Karl more than proves his versatility. 



In the sometimes weepy Bridges of Madison County Steven Pasquale gives the audience plenty to cheer for. From the moment Pasquale walks on stage, what the show's producers call "the swoon factor" is in play. And as a sentimental drifter who answers the long-surpressed desires of a lonely Iowa housewife, Pasquale is a perfect match for Broadway's  favorite leading lady, Kelli O'Hara. Their voices are absolutely perfect together.
Pasquale is intense in this simmering role. But he gives what has been called a "lust-worthy" performance with such thoughtfulness and romantic ease that you want to thank him for not insulting the audience's intelligence. He's the literary person's hunk who sings of lost dreams and smoldering desires. 

Look for Karimloo, Karl and Pasquale to all be nominated for Best Actor in a Musical at the Tony Awards. They're all tall, dark, handsome and remarkably talented. 
And, as the tune goes . . . This could be the start of something big.

Philadelphia Museum Of Art's Exhibits And Events!

Check out these great exhibits and events at the Philadelphia Museum of Art!

ENDING THIS WEEK
Michael Snow: Photo-Centric, through April 27, Honickman and Berman Galleries, ground floor, main building

OPENING SOON
Patrick Kelly: Runway of Love, April 27–November 30, Joan Spain Gallery, Perelman Building
Gerlan Jeans Loves Patrick Kelly, April 27–November 30, Joan Spain Gallery, Perelman Building
Patrick Kelly Opening Celebration, Saturday, April 26, 7:00–10:00 p.m.

ON VIEW
Treasures from Korea: Arts and Culture of the Joseon Dynasty, 1392–1910, through May 26, Dorrance Galleries, first floor, main building
Vermeer's Young Woman Seated at a Virginal, gallery 264, second floor, main building
Live Cinema/Fiona Tan: Inventory, through May 11, Julien Levy Gallery, first floor, Perelman Building.

WEDNESDAY NIGHTS AT THE MUSEUM
Starting at 5:00 p.m. on Wednesdays, admission is Pay What You Wish. Unless otherwise noted, Wednesday Night activities and events are free after Museum admission.
Wednesday, April 23
This Wednesday's activities include Gallery Features, Shakespeare's Birthday Celebration, Dhyana Yoga, "The Masterpieces" Tour and the movie Planet B-Boy, part of the Korean Film Series.

ART AFTER 5
Friday, April 25
5:00–8:45 p.m., Great Stair Hall, first floor
Yeahwon Shin
Korean native Yeahwon Shin will blend her fluid vocal range and her love for Brazilian music into a performance inspired by Treasures from Korea: Arts and Culture of the Joseon Dynasty, 1392–1910.
Free after Museum admission


GALLERY PROGRAMS
Thursday, April 24, 11:00 a.m.
Friday, April 25, 11:00 a.m.
Saturday, April 26, 11:00 a.m.
Spotlight Gallery Conversation: Fall, 1986
, by Jasper Johns
Meet at Diego Rivera’s mural Liberation of the Peon, near the Balcony Shop, first floor, main building.


FAMILY PROGRAMS
Sunday, April 27
Drawing in the Galleries: Spring Scenes

12:00–3:00 p.m., Toll Gallery 152
Free after Museum admission


HISTORIC FAIRMOUNT PARK HOUSES
The Museum administers two of the historic houses in Fairmount Park, Mount Pleasant and Cedar Grove.
Mount Pleasant, April through December
Guided Public Tours: Thursday – Sunday: 1:00 p.m. and 2:30 p.m.

Cedar Grove, April through December
Guided Public Tours: Thursday – Sunday: 11:00 a.m.

Self-guided access is not available.

NJ GOP Senators: Probe Newark Corruption Now!

New Jersey State Senator Sam Thompson (R-12) said that the a spike in violent crimes in Newark precipitated by budget problems and police layoffs demonstrates the tangible harm caused by fraud and the abuse of government authority by public officials in the city:

"At the same time that the State Comptroller identified millions of dollars being wasted at the Watershed Corporation under ex-Mayor, now U.S. Senator Cory Booker, hundreds of Newark police officers were laid off due to budget cuts leading to a surge of violent crimes, including a 41 percent increase in murders in the city from 2009 to 2013.

"It is crystal clear that the reported waste, abuse or fraud associated with the Newark Watershed has directly impacted the safety and well being of residents.

"With more than a million wasted tax dollars so far identified under the Booker administration, the City could have covered the cost of hiring several police officers and paying for their salaries and benefits over several years.

"For anyone who questions why Senator Rice and I have been so adamant in demanding a Select Committee investigation of these abuses, this is why."

To stem the growing violence in Newark that has resulted from the police layoffs, the Acting Attorney General has recently announced that the State Police have been assigned to help the Newark Police Department patrol high crime areas.

Senators Thompson and Ron Rice (D-28) maintain an online petition at http://senatenj.com/newark urging the New Jersey Legislative Select Committee on Investigation to open an inquiry into the serious abuses identified by the State Comptroller at the Newark Watershed Corporation.

Corbett Releases Tax Returns, Asks Dems To Do So

Pennsylvania Governor Tom Corbett today publicly released an additional five years of tax returns, bringing his total of publicly disclosed tax returns to ten years. He is now calling on the Democratic candidates for governor to do the same. In making the request, the campaign made note of the Pennsylvania Democratic Party officials with a track record of supporting the release of tax returns over an extended period of time. Additionally, the Corbett campaign has called on the Wolf campaign to release his corporate tax returns for the past ten years.

“I have released my tax returns to the public going back to 2004, because I believe that the people of Pennsylvania deserve to know the long-term financial interests of those seeking to serve as their governor,” stated Governor Tom Corbett. “Candidate disclosure of tax returns is an issue that has been supported in the past by both Democrats and Republicans across Pennsylvania, so I hope that my opponents for governor will join me in the spirit of total transparency in providing a long-term snapshot of their financial interests.”

Campaign Manager Mike Barley added, “Additionally, our campaign joins our opponent’s call for Secretary Tom Wolf to publicly disclose his personal and corporate tax returns. Clearly, he has run his campaign on his experience leading the Wolf Organization and there are many questions regarding the multi-million dollar loan he took out to finance his campaign. Pennsylvanians deserve openness and full transparency from those running for public office and it’s time for Wolf to stop hiding.”

In February, Wolf expressed his willingness to release his personal and corporate tax returns, stating at the WHYY Newsworks and the Philadelphia Business Journal 2014 Gubernatorial Forum, “I’ll share whatever people like you want me to share, my personal tax returns, and the company information.” He also added, “I’ll be happy to share whatever anybody wants to see, that’s been my practice throughout my business career.”

Support for the long-term release of tax returns has been widely supported by Pennsylvania Democratic Party officials in recent years. Most recently, Pennsylvania Democratic Chairman Jim Burn; former Governor Ed Rendell; Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter; Philadelphia Comptroller Alan Butkovitz, and a handful of other Pennsylvania mayors have exhibited strong support of this practice.

Guadagno Honors Subaru Of America In Camden

New Jersey Lt. Governor Kim Guadagno today joined Thomas Doll, President of Subaru of America and volunteers from the company, along with the Center for Environmental Transformation (CFET) during a Neighborhood Greening Event in Camden. During the gathering, debris was cleaned up and flowers and plants from the Philadelphia Flower Show were replanted in a vacant city lot. The event held in honor of Earth Day also presented an opportunity to highlight Subaru’s ongoing commitment to the city of Camden through their corporate citizenship endeavors.

“Events like today allow us to push up our sleeves up and take time out to support our neighborhoods and communities,” said Lt. Governor Kim Guadagno. ”When corporations like Subaru step in to volunteer and partner with local organizations the process of revitalizing communities is strengthened. This Administration applauds the continued support that Subaru provides to the City of Camden through their commitment to social responsibility.”

Founded in 1984, the Subaru of America Foundation, Inc. supports the communities where Subaru of America employees live and work. Since then, more than $8.5 million has been awarded through grants, scholarships and matching employee gifts. Headquartered in nearby Cherry Hill, Subaru continues to support Camden through their varied volunteer efforts and longtime corporate sponsorship of Greensgrow Farms, a CFET partner that runs a successful urban farm in Camden.

"We are delighted to be a neighbor of Camden,” said Thomas Doll, President of Subaru of America. “And we are extremely proud of the volunteer work of our employees who donate hundreds of hours each year to good causes on our behalf."

The Center for Environmental Transformation (CFET) is a non-profit organization dedicated to environmental transformation for the neighborhoods of Camden, New Jersey.The Center directs its efforts to all people, particularly those who live in the neighborhood of Waterfront South and the City of Camden. CFET seeks to educate people about environmentally responsible ways to live on the planet, Earth. They also seek to engage in sustainable modes of food production, storm water management, and waste recycling for the benefit of the neighborhood and the residents of the entire city.

Lt. Governor Guadagno was joined by Camden City Mayor, Dana Redd and Ari Rosenberg, CFET’s Urban Farmer and Educator. Attendees participated in clean up, weeding and preparing garden pots, activities designed to contribute to the greening of Camden.

“Cleaning and greening Camden has been a staple of my Administrations efforts to improve the quality of life for our residents,” said Camden City Mayor, Dana Redd. “I truly thank Lt. Governor Guadagno and all the volunteers from Subaru of America and the Center for Environmental Transformation for pitching in to beautify Camden. Working together, we will continue to make Camden a better place to live, work and visit.”

People interested in seeking volunteerism opportunities in New Jersey, or who simply wish to learn more about the efforts of the Governor's Office Volunteerism, are encouraged to visit Volunteerism.NJ.gov.

Governor Chris Christie Is 2014 'Father Of The Year'

Governor Chris Christie (center) with his wife, Mary Pat (right) and their four children, from left: Patrick, Bridget, Andrew and Sarah.
New Jersey Governor Chris Christie will be named Father of the Year at the 73rd Annual Father of the Year Awards on Wednesday, June 4 at the New York Hilton in Manhattan. The award is presented by the National Father's Day Committee. Shoe designer Vince Camuto will also be honored. Other honorees may still be named

The National Father's Day Committee is an entity of the Father's Day/Mother's Day Council and exists for the purpose of conferring Father of the Year Honors on contemporary lifestyle leaders of our culture. The Council is a not-for-profit, non-commercial organization with a philanthropic goal. The funds raised by our Annual Father of the Year Awards Presentation are directed to the support of worthwhile concerns affecting men, fathers and families. The objective of this 73 year-old program is to enhance the meaning of Father's Day -- Sunday, June 15, 2014 -- and encourage universal observance.

Christie is being singled out for his commitment to his family and his four children and his frequent references to the vital role of his wife and children and their continuing involvement in every aspect of his life. The governor often peppers his public remarks with tales of his children, who rang in age from 10 to 20. They, along with his wife, Mary Pat, have been a public part of his five years as Governor.

This year's Father of the Year event will benefit Save The Children's US programs.

Christie Overturns DRBA 'Out-Of-Step' Raises

New Jersey Governor Chris Christie today vetoed meeting minutes of the Delaware River and Bay Authority (DRBA), rejecting contracts for union and non-union employees that contain raises and health benefit cost-sharing levels that are out of step with those paid by New Jersey’s public employees and inappropriate for the current fiscal climate. The proposed three-year contracts would have provided annual 1.9% salary increases and healthcare premium sharing by employees is at an unchanged level of 10% for the entirety of the contract term.

These terms were granted despite the fact that, under the landmark bipartisan pension and health benefit reforms of 2011, public employees in New Jersey are entering the fourth year of increased cost-sharing for their health benefits without offsetting salary increases and many non-union employees have not received salary increases as the state emerges from the recession.

“The DRBA is well aware that New Jersey state employees and many local employees have already moved to a higher level of healthcare cost sharing than what is paid by DRBA employees today and that there must be equity in these times of fiscal restraint to protect taxpayers and tollpayers alike,” said Governor Christie. “The DRBA’s attempted action here is clearly contrary to that principle and inconsistent with the contracts public employees are living under in New Jersey today. For these reasons, I am vetoing these inappropriate actions.”

Governor Christie’s veto letter addresses the April 7th meeting of the DRBA’s Board of Commissioners, at which the board passed a resolution to authorize three contracts with unionized employees and salary increases for non-union employees.

Corbett Campaign Blasts Schwartz On Obamacare

Corbett-Cawley Campaign Manager Mike Barley released the following statement regarding Congresswoman Allyson Schwartz latest television ad and MSNBC appearance, fully embracing the ObamaCare legislative disaster in the Democratic primary for governor:

"Despite cancelled policies, skyrocketing premiums, lost doctors and jobs, Congresswoman Allyson Schwartz has turned her back on Pennsylvania for good," said Barley. "Congresswoman Schwartz has embraced an extreme liberal agenda in Washington, DC and the disastrous healthcare takeover she helped to write and force upon hardworking Pennsylvanians. Now Congresswoman Schwartz hopes to bring those failed budget-busting Obama policies to Harrisburg, proving just how out of touch she is with the people of Pennsylvania."

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Pennsylvania Individual Premiums Up 28%; Small Group Premiums up 66%: "Health insurance premiums are showing the sharpest increases perhaps ever according to a survey of brokers who sell coverage in the individual and small group market...For the individual insurance market (plans sold directly to consumers); among the ten states seeing some of the sharpest average increases are: Delaware at 100%, New Hampshire 90%, Indiana 54%, California 53%, Connecticut 45%, Michigan 36%, Florida 37%, Georgia 29%, Kentucky 29%, and Pennsylvania 28%. For the small group market, among the ten states seeing the biggest increases are: Washington 588%, Pennsylvania 66%, California 37%, Indiana 34%, Kentucky 30%, Colorado 29%, Michigan 27%, Maryland 25%, Missouri 25%, and Nevada 23%." (Scott Gottlieb, "Healthcare Plan Premiums Are Skyrocketing According to New Survey of 148 Insurance Brokers, With Delaware Up 100%, California 53%, Florida 37%, Pennsylvania 28%," Forbes, 04/07/2014)

250,000 Pennsylvanians Notified Their Health Care Plans Will Be Cancelled Despite Promise 'If You Like Your Plan, You Can Keep It': "Since Oct. 1, more than 250,000 Pennsylvanians have been notified that their current health care coverage is being canceled due to the implementation of the ACA. That number is expected to continue to grow, leaving tens of thousands of more Pennsylvanians without access to health care." (Office of the Governor, "Governor Corbett Calls on President Obama for Permanent Solutions to Affordable Care Act Issues and to Protect Pennsylvanians' Health Care," Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, 11/14/2013)

• 'Lie of the Year': "If you like your health care plan, you can keep it," President Barack Obama said -- many times -- of his landmark new law…PolitiFact has named "If you like your health care plan, you can keep it," the Lie of the Year for 2013.” (Angie Drobnic Holan, “Lie of the Year: 'If you like your health care plan, you can keep it',” Politifact, 12/12/13)


• Congresswoman Schwartz: “If you already have health coverage you like, you can keep it.” (Congresswoman Allyson Schwartz, “Affordable Care Act: Update,” Office of Congresswoman Allyson Schwartz, Acc. 3/4/2014)

Monday, April 21, 2014

Neon Museum Event Set For Tue., 4/22 At 6 PM

On Tuesday, April 22nd at 6 p.m. the Neon Museum will host its next PRISM Times of the Signs event at the Neon Museum in Las Vegas. This event is free and open to the public. A meet-and-greet reception will be held from 5:00 p.m. to 5:55 p.m. for all Neon Museum members only.

Doors open to the general public at 5:30 p.m. and the discussion, followed by a question-and-answer session, begins promptly at 6 p.m. A cash bar serving wine, beer, soda and water will be available.

Participants in the event include:
Rick Juleen, vice president, special projects, Young Electric Sign Company (YESCO)
Jim Gietzen, design director, YESCO
Brian Henry, owner, Brian Henry Design
Rudy Crisostomo, former sign designer, YESCO

Helga Watkins, associate professor of art, University of Nevada, Las Vegas, will serve as the evening’s moderator.

Space is limited and attendees are encouraged to RSVP in advance via email to rsvp@neonmuseum.org. Additional parking is available at the Cultural Corridor Theater across from the Neon Museum.

For more information about Times of the Signs events, please visit Times of the Signs or call (702) 387-6366.

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Video: Gov. Christie Chats With Grade School Kids



Governor Christie and the children of New Jersey - delightful!

Global Spectrum Adds Snapchat To Media Options

To remain an industry leader in using social media applications, Global Spectrum, operators of the Wells Fargo Center, have added the photo messaging application Snapchat to its options on social media. Users can now add "WFCPhilly" to their friend list on Snapchat to view exclusive content and special offers from the Wells Fargo Center.

“It is our goal to consistently remain on top of trends in social media to maximize our exposure in the Philadelphia region," said Global Spectrum’s Matt Homan, General Manager of the Wells Fargo Center. "We take great pride in our efforts to be on the cutting edge of the latest technological advancements to communicate news and events taking place at the Wells Fargo Center."

Celebrating the launch of "WFCPhilly" on Snapchat, Global Spectrum is incentivizing those interested to download the Snapchat mobile app and add “WFCPhilly” to their friends list to be entered to win exclusive give-a-ways and one of a kind experiences throughout the week beginning on Monday, April 21 through Friday, April 25. Prizes include a behind-the-scenes tour of the Wells Fargo Center, a Philadelphia Flyers jersey, tickets to Lady Gaga (Monday, May 12), Katy Perry (Monday, August 4 – Tuesday, August 5), Marvel Universe Live! (Thursday, July 24 – Sunday, July 27) and more.

Wells Fargo Center is no stranger to the social media landscape. In December 2013, the venue became the fourth arena in the United States to attain over 100,000 Facebook fans. The arena achieved this accolade by implementing The Big Ticket campaign, which gave one lucky fan two tickets to every event at the arena during a full calendar year. The six-week contest was facilitated through the Wells Fargo Center Facebook page, where users were asked to “like” the page and provide their email address to enter to win this unique opportunity.

Fans can follow the Wells Fargo Center on the following social media platforms:

Facebook: Facebook.com/WellsFargoCenter

Twitter: @WellsFargoCtr

Instagram: WellsFargoCenter