Menopause the Musical
- that theatrical romp set in a lingerie department - will call it a day Jan. 27 after more than three years at the Society Hill Playhouse.
It's time, says the playhouse's
Philip Roger Roy
has sold more than 190,000 tickets since it opened in September 2004, a few years after its debut in a small theater in Florida.
Even at more than 1,000 performances, Philly's
didn't come close to other shows, including
(which ran here for four years),
(eight years), and
Let My People Come
Miss America will follow a bootcamp-style, reality-show format on its new TV home, TLC. Starting at 10 p.m. Friday, the 52 contestants - including Pennsylvanian
of Broomall - will be shown on four weekly installments as fashion-makers and trendsetters whip them into shape. Host is
, who plays the fey Marc St. James on ABC's
. The fourth episode, Jan. 25, will lead into the live pageant from Las Vegas on Jan. 26. The four episodes were taped in November in California. After ABC dropped Miss A in 2004, it went to CMT, whose January 2007 telecast drew a meager 2.4 million viewers. TLC signed a three-year deal over the summer. Brooks, a graduate of West Chester University, is a research analyst for Econsult Corp. and a grad student at Penn's Fels Institute of Government.
Those state tax credits for filmmakers are going fast, and local producers
Jeffrey D. Erb
Joe "The Butcher" Nicolo
, under the shingle Feverpitch Pictures, are planning four locally shot movies this spring:
, a psychological thriller, will star Rittenhouse Square-bred
The L Word
Band of Brothers
30 Days of Night
). Lumberton native
, a University of Southern California film grad, will direct.
, a dark comedy based on the short film
, will star
My Name Is Earl
Alvin and the Chipmunks
Back to the Future
The Polar Express
, a drama, will star
The Four Feathers
) and possibly
) will direct.
, a drama, will star
The Tailor of Panama
) will direct.
A 76ers jersey autographed by teen queen
is up for auction at
. By last evening, the top bid was $2,070, with proceeds destined to Sixers Charities.
of Bartonsville (Monroe County),
of Levittown, and
of Philadelphia will be early contenders on
The Power of 10
- in which contestants guess the behaviors, opinions and lifestyle choices of the American public for the chance to win $10 million. The show will return at 8 p.m. Wednesday on CBS3. Tittel, a medium, competed recently on
America's Psychic Challenge
There's talk in traffic circles that NBC10 traffic reporter
, who won his spot on the morning news in a contest in 2003, soon may be shown the exit ramp. Ogden, now on vacation, referred questions to NBC10, which offered no comment. Ogden works for Wayne's Traffic Pulse, also known as Traffic.com; a rep did not return my calls for comment.
Some clients tip their stylists. Others feed them.
, getting her nails done Thursday at Butterfly Nails Inc. in Bryn Mawr, brought in fried chicken and macaroni and cheese that she cooked at home.
John's Roast Pork in South Philly has found its way onto the radar of men's mags. Its cheesesteak was regarded as "beautiful" in January's Maxim, which gave it a top score over such rivals as Pat's, Geno's and Tony Luke's. Esquire, meanwhile, is considering John's signature roast pork sandwich with sharp provolone as part of a spread rounding up top sandwiches in the March issue.
at the bar at Rouge on Rittenhouse Square on Christmas Eve. He was the well-dressed one.
Similarly natty was actor
, picking up a few things Christmas Day at the Whole Foods in Devon.