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“POLINA” (Written Review & Trailer)

September 13th, 2017 No comments

 

 

 

 

 

 

Review by John Delia, Sr.

One of the better art films to come out of Russia and France, Polina shows the determination by a young girl to buck the system and find a different direction in the world of dance. Taught at times, strong willed and conflict-ridden, the film has all the emotions, drama and flare that show an unconditional dedication to the arts. Read more…

“Dirty Dancing” – The Classic Story On Stage

October 31st, 2016 No comments

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The producers of Dirty Dancing – The Classic Story On Stage announced casting for the third year of the North American Tour, which coincides with the film’s 30th anniversary. Christopher Tierney, having originally performed the role of Johnny Castle during the 2015 Toronto engagement, returned to the show during its most recent North American tour and will once again thrill audiences alongside the fast-rising young star Bronwyn Reed as Frances “Baby” Houseman. Dirty Dancing – The Classic Story On Stage is coming to the Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts of Miami-Dade County beginning November 29 through December 4, 2016.

 

DIRTY DANCING Christopher Tierney Jerome Harmann Hardeman_ Bronwyn Reed and Company Photo Matthew Murphy

DIRTY DANCING Christopher Tierney Jerome Harmann Hardeman_ Bronwyn Reed and Company Photo Matthew Murphy

The Arsht Center, along with Broadway Across America and presenting sponsor Bank of America, are proud to continue the 2016-2017 Broadway in Miami season with the Miami premiere of Dirty Dancing – The Classic Story On Stage. Tickets for Dirty Dancing – The Classic Story On Stage are on sale now. To purchase tickets, visit www.arshtcenter.org, call 305.949.6722 or visit Arsht Center Box Office 1300 Biscayne Blvd. Miami, FL 33132. Ticket prices start at *$29.

 

DIRTY DANCING Christopher Tierney_ Jennifer Mealani Jones and Company Photo Matthew Murphy

DIRTY DANCING Christopher Tierney_ Jennifer Mealani Jones and Company Photo Matthew Murphy

The 2016-2017 Broadway in Miami subscription season is made possible with the generous support of Bank of America and is presented by Florida Theatrical Association and the Adrienne Arsht Center.

Tierney and Reed lead a company of 26 that includes Matthew Amira as Robbie (The Hunchback of Notre Dame  – Ogunquit Playhouse), Jordan Edwin André as Billy Kostecki/Singer (West Side Story – Regional), Alyssa Brizzi as Lisa Houseman (Beauty and the Beast – National Tour), Jerome Harmann-Hardeman as Tito Suarez (The Full Monty), Jennifer Mealani Jones as Penny Johnson (“So You Think You Can Dance” season 10), Gary Lynch as Max Kellerman (Les Misérables), Hannah Jane McMurray as Marjorie Houseman (Peter Pan 360 – National Tour), Jon Powell as Dr. Jake Houseman (The Rose Bowl Queens – LA), Alan Scharf as Mr. Schumacher (Take Her – National Tour) and Matt Surges as Neil Kellerman (A Funny Thing Happened… – Regional). The ensemble comprises Matthew Borchers, Kristian Brooks, Henry Byalikov, Kellie Drobnick, Jenifer Dillow, Lindsey Hailes, Kevin Mylrea, John Swapshire, Anjelica Fellini, Michal Kolaczkowski, Sophie Lee Morris, Julz Tocker and D. Scott Withers.

 

DIRTY DANCING Jennifer Mealani Jones_ Bronwyn Reed and Christopher Tierney Photo Matthew Murphy

DIRTY DANCING Jennifer Mealani Jones_ Bronwyn Reed and Christopher Tierney Photo Matthew Murphy

Dirty Dancing – The Classic Story On Stage features an eight-piece band that performs the timeless hits on stage, led by Conductor Alan J. Plado (Keyboard) and Associate Conductor Julie Homi (Keyboard). The band also includes Matt Brown (Guitar), Brian Krock (Saxophone), Rich Donato (Drums), Miles Lassi (Percussion), Brad Lovelace (Bass) and Michael Robb (Trumpet).

 

DIRTY DANCING Bronwyn Reed  and Christopher Tierney Photo Matthew Murphy

DIRTY DANCING Bronwyn Reed and Christopher Tierney Photo Matthew Murphy

The production’s book is written by Eleanor Bergstein, author of the original script of the film, and the North American tour is directed by James Powell with choreography by Michele Lynch based on the original choreography by Kate Champion. The creative team also includes Stephen Brimson Lewis (Set Design), Tim Mitchell (Lighting Design), Jennifer Irwin (Costume Design), Bobby Aitken (Sound Design), Jon Driscoll (Video and Projection Design), Bernie Ardia (Hair Design), Conrad Helfrich (Music Supervisor and Orchestrations) and Alan Plado (Music Director).

 

“As I learned how many people watched the movie over and over and over,” said Eleanor Bergstein, screenwriter of the film Dirty Dancing and book writer for the production, “I began to think that what they really wanted was to share more physically in the event, to step through the screen and be there while the story was happening. And if that was true, then its natural form was theatre – live audiences watching live bodies dancing and singing here and now in the present – on the log, on the bridge, on the dance floor and in the staff quarters at Kellerman’s. Writing it for the stage, I was also able to add more scenes with Baby and Johnny, more about the family, more songs I couldn’t afford last time, and, best of all – more dancing. We have added 20 new original scenes and 36 numbers of live music played by an eight piece band onstage, which invite the audience to come into Kellerman’s and experience the story in a whole new way as a live event as it happens.”

Performing Arts of Miami-Dade County beginning November 29 through December 4, 2016. To purchase tickets, visitwww.arshtcenter.org, call 305.949.6722 or visit Arsht Center Box Office 1300 Biscayne Blvd. Miami, FL 33132. Ticket prices start at *$29. 

“MAGIC MIKE” (Film Review and Trailer)

June 30th, 2015 No comments

MAGIC MIKE poster

 

 

Review by John Delia

Brawny, Bold and bawdy the movie Magic Mike XXL (I guess they didn’t use a third X instead of an L because it doesn’t go that far) struts and dances its way across the screen at the delight of a female audience. The story gets sluggish, silly and wacky, but I’m positive not a woman in the theater will notice. Not much on plot, the road trip to Myrtle Beach does have its moments at stops along the way. There the film bangs out tunes while muscle bound men raise hell tearing their T-shirts and dropping their drawers in places like Tampa, Jacksonville, Savanna and Charleston. Read more…

A look at the Emmy races for movies, miniseries, talk shows and more

June 15th, 2014 No comments

After three years in which TV movies and miniseries were lumped together in one ungainly category, the television academy believes there’s enough programming to again warrant a separation. (The acting awards remain combo affairs, however.) Were they right? Let’s take a look at these newly…

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Peter London Global Dance Company-Interview

March 8th, 2013 No comments

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Magic Mike, reviewed by John Delia

June 29th, 2012 No comments

NAKED

CHESTED

WITH A BARE

STORYLINE

MAGIC MIKE

By John Delia

Bare bods and fast music can’t save Magic Mike.  Even if the ladies think they are being entertained, it’s all a facade to cash in on a voyeuristic business that has risen from the sexually charged 90’s.  It may be a take on Tatum’s early teen romp to fill his pockets, but the actor did better with his “Step-up” acting than he does here. Read more…

STEP UP 3D Now on Blu-ray in a combo pack

December 14th, 2010 No comments

stepup 3dboxartSTEP UP 3D Now on Blu-ray 3D, Blu-ray Disc, DVD and digital download

Starring: Rick Malambri, Sharni Vinson, Adam G. Sevani, Alyson Stoner, Harry Shum Jr. and Joe Slaughter

Directed by: Jon Chu

MPAA Rating: PG-13 for brief strong language.

Now you can have it all with 4 ways to watch the second sequel of Step Up, 3D Blu-ray, Blu-ray feature film, DVD and high quality Digital copy.  It’s a great you to get your favorite film so you can watch it in any format.  And even though you may not have #D now, with the wave of the future crashing down around us, it doesn’t hurt to start collecting now.

The film has the usual boy meets girl, they fall in love and a Romeo and Juliet romance begins.  But let me fill you in a little more; in the story we find Moose (Sharni Vinson) and Camille (Alyson Stoner) both characters (and original actors) from Step Up 2 arriving at NYU for their first year looking to further their education.  Walking across campus Moose finds himself dueling with a member of the street dancing team House of Samurai and wins, this puts Moose in a dilemma challenged as to what path he wants to take, school or dance. When Luke (Rick Malambri), the leader of rival team The Pirates, gets his hooks into Moose he makes him a part of his dance squad. From this point on it’s a battle for bragging rights and $100,000.

Dance and music drive this film with the chorography by Jamal Sims, Nadine Ruffin, Dave Scott, Richmond Talauega and Anthony Talauega and music by Bear McCreary.  Dazzeling acrobatics make up most of the themed dances while individual standouts take the floor facing equal opponents during the ‘battle’ scenes.  Kicking up the beat the soundtrack includes the music of T-Pan, Jay-Z featuring Alicia Keys, K’naan, Chromeo, Mims, Jesse McCartney, ELECTRIXX, Tania Doko, J. Randall, Busta Rhymes and so many others that would fill this whole article.  The sounds are hip and in tune with the dancing.

Step Up 3D DVD Bonus features are plenty and include a music montage called Extra Movies which features the dancers in the film showing extra steps with more footage that did not make the movie in theatres.  You will also get Making of the Music Videos, 8 Music Videos and more.

Blu-ray Bonus features include all the DVD extras plus a feature called Born From A Boom Bos: A Luke Katcher Film, and 8 deleted scenes.

The Step Up 3D Blu-ray combo pack is available on Tuesday December 21 and in time for holiday giving.  You can’t miss it as the box cover is in 3D.

STEP UP 3D written review

August 8th, 2010 No comments

‘TOPS IN HIP HOP”

posterStarring: Rick Malambri, Sharni Vinson, Adam G. Sevani, Alyson Stoner, Harry Shum Jr. and Joe Slaughter

Directed by: Jon Chu

MPAA Rating: PG-13 for brief strong language.

Genre: Drama, Musical/Performing Arts, Sequel and Dance

Running time: 1 hr. 37 min

Release Date: August 6th, 2010

Studio: Touchstone Pictures

By John Delia

Wow! Step Up 3D takes dance to a higher level through three-dimension cinematography with explosive eye-popping dance routines.  Tweens to Twenties will get the most out of the film, especially if dance and music fuels your fire.

Stepping it up at The Pirates den

Stepping it up at The Pirates den

The film has the usual boy meets girl, they fall in love and a Romeo and Juliet romance begins.  But let me fill you in a little more; in the story we find Moose (Sharni Vinson) and Camille (Alyson Stoner) both characters (and original actors) from Step Up 2 arriving at NYU for their first year looking to further their education.  Walking across campus Moose finds himself dueling with a member of the street dancing team House of Samurai and wins, this puts Moose in a dilemma challenged as to what path he wants to take, school or dance. When Luke (Rick Malambri), the leader of rival team The Pirates, gets his hooks into Moose he makes him a part of his dance squad. From this point on it’s a battle for bragging rights and $100,000.

Sophia Del Carmen leads in a hot dance number

Sophia Del Carmen leads in a hot dance number

Dance and music drive this film with the chorography by Jamal Sims, Nadine Ruffin, Dave Scott, Richmond Talauega and Anthony Talauega and music by Bear McCreary.  Dazzeling acrobatics make up most of the themed dances while individual standouts take the floor facing equal opponents during the ‘battle’ scenes.  Kicking up the beat the soundtrack includes the music of T-Pan, Jay-Z featuring Alicia Keys, K’naan, Chromeo, Mims, Jesse McCartney, ELECTRIXX, Tania Doko, J. Randall, Busta Rhymes and so many others that would fill this whole article.  The sounds are hip and in tune with the dancing

The direction by Chu who was the master behind Step Up 2 is good with reservation.  Keeping the chorographers to their task he looses track of the acting by his stars.  Low-grade performances in the

Director Jon Chu on the set

Director Jon Chu on the set

acting department dull the film’s potential for greatness, but most of the audience for this genre will never notice.  Especially because the young tween girls, who will be enamored by the hot boy bods, will probably never hear a word of dialogue.

The film is rated PG-13 for brief strong language. Of course there are copious amounts of suggestive dance moves by both sexes that may be a little much for the immature.

FINAL ANALYSIS:  A standout for hip hop fans.  (3.5 of 5)

GOTTA DANCE

October 3rd, 2009 No comments

“KICKING IT UP A NOTCH”

gottadanceposterStarring: Peggy–70, Deanna – 64, Jeri-59, Pat–73, Edie-64, Betty/Betsy–61, Marge–83, Claire–62, Janice–72, Fanny–81, Willa–71, Joe B–62 and Audrey-60

Directed by: Dori Berinstein

MPAA Rating:  Unrated

Genre: Documentary

Release Date: October 2009

By John Delia

It’s campy and self-serving, but Gotta Dance is a must see for documentary lovers that want to enjoy a good laugh and ponder over ageing. And, if you are a New Jersey Nets basketball fan, you’ll enjoy it even more.

The NETSeniors

The NETSeniors

Needing a way to get some of the older fans in Nets seats and also providing some different halftime fun the Entertainment Manger of the New Jersey Nets basketball team Kimberlee Garris came up with a very special idea.  Why not put together a first-ever senior hip-hop dance team much like the younger version Net Dancers that entertain at the games.  To do this, a couple of the leaders of the professional Net dancers took on the challenge of forming the NETSational Seniors.

Willa finds audition tough going

Willa finds audition tough going

After a grueling audition the coaches Marla and Jaclyn chose 12 women and one man to become the senior counterparts of the Net Dancers.  The documentary chronicles their personal lives and the rehearsals, exercises, choreography, and problems of getting the perfect routine acceptable to the New Jersey Net Management.  When the time for the first game arrives, it’s touch-and-go on whether they will perform at all.

80's parners Fanny and Marge

80's parners Fanny and Marge

I liked the personalities of each of the eager seniors and their determination of making it to the professional arena on the Net’s court.  Sometimes comical with a side of seriousness the participants, as old as 83, are moving and remarkable.  I love how 81 year-old Fanny and 83 year-old Marge team up to show their lighter side while working hard on the routine.

The film is a little self-serving as it is based of marketing and promotion, but in the end it is excusable since it depicts some of the lives of our valuable seniors.  It should be also noted that the NETSational Seniors were brought back to perform another year.

NETSeniors rock the house

NETSeniors rock the house

Gotta Dance shows the strength and fortitude of our senior citizens, something that we don’t often see in a public performance.  Let’s hope that other sporting programs pick up on Gotta Dance so we can enjoy more senior entertainment opportunities.

FINAL ANALYSIS: A great chance to applaud our seniors. ( 4 of 5 Palm Trees)

PARTING SHOT: Director Dori Berinstein documents every move of the lively group.

Director Bernstein with an anxious group of talent

Director Bernstein with an anxious group of talent