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Author Archive | Celeste Mann

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Review: ‘Jerry Blavat’s Gospel, Soul and Doo Wop Reunion’ at The Kimmel Center

Jerry Blavat, “a Philadelphia borne dancer, radio and television disc jockey, performer, entertainer, producer and nightclub owner” (according to the program insert), produced his 38th show at The Kimmel Center, called Jerry Blavat’s Gospel, Soul and Doo Wop Reunion, on Saturday night. Blavat has worked in the music business for more than fifty years, and is […]

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Review: ‘Doug Varone and Dancers’ at the Prince Theater

Congratulations are in order! Doug Varone and Dancers (a contemporary/modern dance company) is celebrating its 30th anniversary! Doug Varone’s creativity has stood the test of time. In top form, Doug Varone and Dancers presented an engaging evening of dances and discussion of their art on Thursday, January 19, 2017 in the NextMove Dance series at […]

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Review: ‘A Philly Pops Christmas’ at The Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts

A Philly Pops Christmas is a delightful concert of Christmas Carols, humor and lights, which rings in holiday cheer. The POPS orchestra, conducted by Michael Krajewski, was joined by guest artists, Tony DeSare  (vocalist and pianist), The Philly Pops Festival Chorus, Philadelphia Boys Choir and Chorale, the African Episcopal Church of St. Thomas Gospel Choir, […]

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Review: ‘Son of a Dog’ at Walnut Street Theatre

“Tawakalt ala Allah” is Arabic, and in English it means, “I rely on God”. This is the phrase that Gameel Al-Batouti uttered repeatedly as Egypt Air flight 990 went down on October 31, 1999.  Everyone on the plan was killed—including Americans, Egyptians, Canadians, Egyptian military personnel and passengers from other miscellaneous countries. Son of a […]

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Review: The Arden Cabaret Series: Michael Ogborn at The Arden Theatre Company, in Philadelphia

The Studio Theatre of the Arden Theatre Company’s Hamilton Family Arts Center was transformed into a nightclub/cabaret for Michael Ogborn’s Night at the Blue Parrot. Small round tables, covered with black tablecloths, seated 4 people, and were relatively close together. White votive candles lit each table, and upon arrival staff uncorked wine bottles and distributed […]

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2016 Philadelphia Fringe Festival Review: ‘Philadanco! in Concert’

Youth, strength, beauty, rhythm, flexibility and technique—all synonymous with Philadanco! This Philadelphia dance troupe wowed audiences at Bryn Mawr College’s Goodhart Hall in their latest concert on September 23, 2016. They presented four distinct dances, which drew from African American culture, classical ballet, and modern/contemporary dance. Joan Myers Brown founded Philadanco in 1970, and she still heads […]

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