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By Laura Lippman and Laura Lippman,SUN STAFF | August 16, 1998
"Sweet Charity," by Janet E. Poppendieck. Viking. 320 pages. $24.95.Years ago, as a reporter covering social services, I noticed a strange trend in emergency feeding programs. Virtually ignoredfor 364 days out of the year, they became so popular on Thanksgiving Day that local soup kitchens had to turn away would-be volunteers. It seemed a lot of people wanted the warm fuzzy feeling of ladling gravy over some homeless man's potatoes. And, yes, it had to be a food-serving gig. Among these one-day wonders, there wasn't a lot of clamoring to do the dishes.
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By Tim Smith, The Baltimore Sun | May 13, 2011
Ben Vereen didn't miss his calling. He was born to be an actor, singer and dancer, and he has enjoyed considerable success in the entertainment business for at least 40 years. But it seems that he would have been just as well cut out for an entirely different career — motivational speaker. "A lot of my friends are not here, but I'm still here," Vereen said by phone from Los Angeles, the words coming in rapid-fire fashion. "I lost a daughter. I got hit by a car and was pronounced dead.
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April 19, 2002
South Carroll High School Stagelighters will present the musical Sweet Charity at 7:30 p.m. today and tomorrow in the school auditorium. Sweet Charity is an offbeat musical of the 1960s about Charity Hope Valentine, an eternal optimist looking for love despite repeated disappointment. The Neil Simon script features tunes by Cy Coleman and Dorothy Fields. Tickets are $5, and proceeds will benefit the drama club. The school is at 1300 W. Old Liberty Road in Winfield. Information: 410-751-3575.
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By Susan Reimer, The Baltimore Sun and Baltimore Sun reporter | October 4, 2010
James Stovall Jr., a Baltimore native whose vocal gifts were evident even as a toddler and who went on to success on Broadway, died of heart failure at the age of 53 after a brief hospitalization in New York City. Mr. Stovall, who graduated from Gilman School and studied voice and piano at the Peabody Conservatory before graduating from Morehouse College in Atlanta, died Saturday, Sept. 25, at New York Presbyterian Hospital. Mr. Stovall, son of the Rev. James Stovall Sr., pastor of the Full Gospel Church of Cooksville, Md., and himself a minister, produced an adaptation of Langston Hughes' Black Nativity while in Atlanta and took the production to New York City, where he had quick success in theater.
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April 10, 2007
Musical , Molly Ringwald in `Sweet Charity' Go see Molly Ringwald in Sweet Charity, based on Federico Fellini's 1957 movie Nights of Cabiria. The musical at the Hippodrome, 12 N. Eutaw St., starts at 8 tonight. Tickets for the show are $27-$72. Call 410-547-SEAT or go to broad wayacrossamerica.com. FYI Susan Reimer is on vacation. Her column returns next week.
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By J. Wynn Rousuck and J. Wynn Rousuck,Sun Theater Critic | April 12, 2007
Molly Ringwald's Sweet Charity is definitely sweet. She's also cute and spunky and innocent. But though the actress -- still best known for the John Hughes' teen movies Sixteen Candles, The Breakfast Club and Pretty in Pink -- plays a dance hall hostess, she's not one of the slickest dancers in the touring production at the Hippodrome Theatre. Neil Simon's script does give Ringwald an out. "Who dances? We defend ourselves to music," one of Charity's co-workers explains to a newcomer. "Innocent" might also sound like a stretch for the taxi dancers at the sleazy Fandango Ballroom.
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By J. Wynn Rousuck and J. Wynn Rousuck,Sun Theater Critic | April 8, 2007
Ah, if her fans could see her now! Molly Ringwald, permanently ensconced in the minds of Gen-X film buffs as the redheaded heroine of John Hughes' teen trilogy -- Sixteen Candles, The Breakfast Club and Pretty in Pink -- is currently kicking up her heels in a considerably more mature role. SWEET CHARITY -- Runs Tuesday through April 22 at the Hippodrome, 12 N. Eutaw St. -- $27-$72 -- 410-547-SEAT or BroadwayAcrossAmerica.com
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By Lesa Jansen and Lesa Jansen,SPECIAL TO THE SUN | April 12, 2002
A FULL-SCALE, Broadway-inspired dance musical is on stage this weekend and next at South Carroll High School. South Carroll Stagelighters will present Neil Simon's Sweet Charity at 7:30 tonight and tomorrow, and April 19 and 20 in the school's auditorium. "This is a big dance musical," said Bobbie James, director. It "is an offbeat musical of the '60s about an eternal optimist always looking for love despite repeated disappointment." James noted, "It's kind of a challenge to choose a play that's appropriate for high school while at the same time, as a drama teacher, I also look for quality material.
NEWS
October 23, 2000
Jean Peters, 73, an actress who appeared in films with Marlon Brando, Ray Milland and Spencer Tracy before marrying billionaire Howard Hughes, died Oct. 13 of leukemia in La Jolla, Calif. Originally from Canton, Ohio, she appeared in 19 films, beginning with the 1947 movie "Captain from Castile" opposite Tyrone Power, and including "It Happens Every Spring" (1949) with Mr. Milland, "Viva Zapata!" (1952) with Mr. Brando, "Niagara" (1953) with Marilyn Monroe, "Apache" (1954) with Burt Lancaster and "Broken Lance" (1954)
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By Dan Thanh Dang and Dan Thanh Dang,Sun Columnist | May 15, 2007
Sit tight. That's the advice Rick Wiles said he got when Baltimore-based Baci Management Inc. began canceling shows scheduled at the Lyric Opera House last year, leaving the 47-year-old city resident holding a season's worth of unusable tickets that cost $351.25. It started with Casablanca vanishing in a fog in October, then On Golden Pond washing out in November. At the time, Baci promised to replace both shows with Sweet Charity tickets at the Warner Theatre in Washington. So Wiles patiently waited.
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By Dan Thanh Dang and Dan Thanh Dang,Sun Columnist | May 15, 2007
Sit tight. That's the advice Rick Wiles said he got when Baltimore-based Baci Management Inc. began canceling shows scheduled at the Lyric Opera House last year, leaving the 47-year-old city resident holding a season's worth of unusable tickets that cost $351.25. It started with Casablanca vanishing in a fog in October, then On Golden Pond washing out in November. At the time, Baci promised to replace both shows with Sweet Charity tickets at the Warner Theatre in Washington. So Wiles patiently waited.
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By J. Wynn Rousuck and J. Wynn Rousuck,Sun Theater Critic | April 12, 2007
Molly Ringwald's Sweet Charity is definitely sweet. She's also cute and spunky and innocent. But though the actress -- still best known for the John Hughes' teen movies Sixteen Candles, The Breakfast Club and Pretty in Pink -- plays a dance hall hostess, she's not one of the slickest dancers in the touring production at the Hippodrome Theatre. Neil Simon's script does give Ringwald an out. "Who dances? We defend ourselves to music," one of Charity's co-workers explains to a newcomer. "Innocent" might also sound like a stretch for the taxi dancers at the sleazy Fandango Ballroom.
FEATURES
April 10, 2007
Musical , Molly Ringwald in `Sweet Charity' Go see Molly Ringwald in Sweet Charity, based on Federico Fellini's 1957 movie Nights of Cabiria. The musical at the Hippodrome, 12 N. Eutaw St., starts at 8 tonight. Tickets for the show are $27-$72. Call 410-547-SEAT or go to broad wayacrossamerica.com. FYI Susan Reimer is on vacation. Her column returns next week.
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By J. Wynn Rousuck and J. Wynn Rousuck,Sun Theater Critic | April 8, 2007
Ah, if her fans could see her now! Molly Ringwald, permanently ensconced in the minds of Gen-X film buffs as the redheaded heroine of John Hughes' teen trilogy -- Sixteen Candles, The Breakfast Club and Pretty in Pink -- is currently kicking up her heels in a considerably more mature role. SWEET CHARITY -- Runs Tuesday through April 22 at the Hippodrome, 12 N. Eutaw St. -- $27-$72 -- 410-547-SEAT or BroadwayAcrossAmerica.com
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By Ken Murray and Ken Murray,Sun Reporter | March 30, 2007
National championship on the line. Two free throws, one-point deficit, three seconds left. Who should take the shots? If you're Ohio State, you probably want Ron Lewis, who hasn't missed a foul shot in four NCAA tournament games and is a 78 percent free-throw shooter this season. You might not want Greg Oden's 64 percent; he shot left-handed much of the season because of an injured right wrist. If you're Florida, you want Taurean Green, who stroked 85 percent at the line. You don't want Lee Humphrey, who has taken just 12 foul shots in more than 1,100 minutes this season, none in the tournament.
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By RASHOD OLLISON | November 11, 2004
NO MATTER the material - a silly love song, a tricky bop tune, the back of a cake mix box, whatever - Chaka Khan can make it soar. Over the years, the 30-year recording veteran has been imitated by many: some good (Rahsaan Patterson - yes!), some bad (Vesta Williams - girl, give it up). The minute you hear Chaka - that soulful, intergalactic wail, the way she attacks a note and bends it mercilessly - you know there can never be another voice like that. And, at 51, she's better than ever - more vocally refined.
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By RASHOD OLLISON | November 11, 2004
NO MATTER the material - a silly love song, a tricky bop tune, the back of a cake mix box, whatever - Chaka Khan can make it soar. Over the years, the 30-year recording veteran has been imitated by many: some good (Rahsaan Patterson - yes!), some bad (Vesta Williams - girl, give it up). The minute you hear Chaka - that soulful, intergalactic wail, the way she attacks a note and bends it mercilessly - you know there can never be another voice like that. And, at 51, she's better than ever - more vocally refined.
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By Susan Reimer, The Baltimore Sun and Baltimore Sun reporter | October 4, 2010
James Stovall Jr., a Baltimore native whose vocal gifts were evident even as a toddler and who went on to success on Broadway, died of heart failure at the age of 53 after a brief hospitalization in New York City. Mr. Stovall, who graduated from Gilman School and studied voice and piano at the Peabody Conservatory before graduating from Morehouse College in Atlanta, died Saturday, Sept. 25, at New York Presbyterian Hospital. Mr. Stovall, son of the Rev. James Stovall Sr., pastor of the Full Gospel Church of Cooksville, Md., and himself a minister, produced an adaptation of Langston Hughes' Black Nativity while in Atlanta and took the production to New York City, where he had quick success in theater.
NEWS
April 19, 2002
South Carroll High School Stagelighters will present the musical Sweet Charity at 7:30 p.m. today and tomorrow in the school auditorium. Sweet Charity is an offbeat musical of the 1960s about Charity Hope Valentine, an eternal optimist looking for love despite repeated disappointment. The Neil Simon script features tunes by Cy Coleman and Dorothy Fields. Tickets are $5, and proceeds will benefit the drama club. The school is at 1300 W. Old Liberty Road in Winfield. Information: 410-751-3575.
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