Articles by Rita Charleston

‘Jersey Boys’ comes to Forrest Theatre

“Growing up in Langhorne, I wanted to be many things, from a pilot to an astronaut to a baseball player and everything in between. And that’s the nice thing about growing up to be an actor. So far, I’ve played a knight, a cowboy, a baseball player and now even a rock star.”


Neil Sedaka brings classic act to the Taj Mahal

In a career that spans six decades, singer/songwriter Neil Sedaka has gone from fame to obscurity, then back to fame again. A teen idol of the 1950s and early ’60s, Sedaka will perform in the Arena at Trump Taj Mahal on Nov. 30. Following in the footsteps of his grandmother, a concert pianist, Sedaka showed such musical promise that at age 9 he was accepted as a scholarship student to the Juilliard School of Music, studying to be a classical pianist.


Tricked Out Tour comes to Prince Music Theater

Justin Willman has one sweet job.


Elf story has Northeast roots

Elf, the perennial favorite based on the charming tale of Buddy, a young orphan who mistakenly crawls into Santa’s bag of gifts and is transported to the North Pole, brightens the holiday season at the Walnut Street Theatre through Jan. 5.


Play provides comedic look at a dysfunctional family

In his play, My Mother’s Italian, My Father’s Jewish, I’m Home for the Holidays, taking center stage at the Bucks County Playhouse through Nov. 23, Steve Solomon illuminates his wildly dysfunctional family at this most happy time of the year.


A lifetime of laughter

OK, so with his deadpan expression and seemingly lifeless delivery, Mr. Personality he’s not. But over the last three decades, dour comedian Steven Wright’s success has grown to include recurring TV roles, film appearances and even an Academy Award for a short film titled The Appointment of Dennis Jennings.


Cheech and Chong to perform at Keswick Theatre

More than four decades have passed since Richard “Cheech” Marin and Tommy Chong appeared in a cloud of smoke on the national stage taking their irreverent, satirical, counterculture, marijuana-addled lifestyle to audiences everywhere.


All the right moves

Direct from Buenos Aires, the prestigious Argentine dance troupe Tango Fire lights up the stage of the Merriam Theatre on Oct. 20 at 4 p.m.


Music man

From the time he was a little boy, Eddie Bruce knew what he wanted to do.


Comedian Chris Kattan to perform at Helium Comedy Club

“The main things to remember if you want to become a standup comic is to have lots of confidence in yourself and believe in what you’re doing,” said comic actor and Saturday Night Live alum Chris Kattan, set to appear Thursday to Saturday, Sept. 26-28, at Helium Comedy Club, 2031 Sansom St. in Center City. Of course, talent doesn’t hurt either, which is obvious in Kattan’s case. And for now, after decades of doing television and film, Kattan, 42, is concentrating on showing those talents as he does standup comedy in front of live audiences.