Beauty and the Beast Brings Magic to Philadelphia

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(PCM) When stage actor Kevin Kulp isn’t singing or dancing his heart out in the enchanting touring production of “Beauty and the Beast,” he finds other outlets for his creativity.

At age 24, the Morristown, N.J. native is thrilled to be coming back home for the Philadelphia return of the smash hit Broadway musical from February 16-21, as part of the Broadway Philadelphia 2015-2016 season.

The current touring show, which is produced by NETworks Presentations, reunites the creators of the original Broadway production, and promises the same magical experience.

Disney’s “Beauty and the Beast” is the classic story of Belle, a young woman in a provincial town, and the Beast, who is really a young prince trapped in a spell placed by an enchantress. If the Beast can learn to love and be loved, the curse will end and he will be transformed to his former self. But time is running out. If the beast does not learn his lesson soon, he and his household will be doomed for all eternity.

Based on the 1991 Oscar-winning animated film and celebrating 21 years since its Broadway premiere in 1994, “Beauty and the Beast” is the 9th longest running musical in Broadway history. It has become an international sensation seen by more than 35 million people worldwide in 22 countries, and translated into nine different languages. This production began in February 2010 and has been seen by nearly three million people.

“It’s always a special treat when we’re able to invite families and theater loves to come to the relive a classic like Disney’s “Beauty and the Beast,” said Kimmel Center President and CEO Anne Ewers. “This treasured story, now brought back to life by the Broadway production’s original creators, is sure to be a must-see for fans of all ages.”

Kulp plays a townsperson and enchanted object. His credits include: “Anything Goes”  at The Marriott Theatre, “Miss Saigon”  at the Walnut Street Theatre and Signature Theatre, “A Chorus Line” (Paul), and “The King and I” at the Walnut Street Theatre and Olney Theatre.

Q: When did you join the current tour of “Beauty and the Beast?”

KEVIN KULP: I joined the tour in August. We had three weeks of rehearsal in New York City and we left for the road in September and I am contracted to be with the show until the end of July. It was a long audition process, with lots of call backs. I was there tumbling, singing and acting. We are in Daytona Beach, Florida today and soon head to Philly – my back yard.

Q: Where did you grow up?

KK: Morristown, N.J. Right outside of Philly.

Q: When did you first get the acting bug?

KK: It started when I was little. I sang with the Philadelphia Boys Choir with four years and traveled with them, and we sang a lot of songs from musicals. I was also in The Nutcracker every year at the Academy of Music where “Beauty and the Beast” will be performed so that is thrilling. I loved performing every day and I guess you could say it started from there.

Q: You have tons of local connections?

KK: Yes. I graduated from Muhlenberg College in Allentown, and was in a few shows at the Walnut Street Theater.

Q: Coming home must be exciting. Who is coming to see the show?

KK: I have had lots of friends from Florida, Portland, and L.A. seeing the show at various venues. Now my hometown friends and my family will be coming to Philly, so that is really special to me to be able to share it with them.

Q: Are there any other performers in your family?

KK: No, I am the only one.

Q: Have your parent been supportive or concerned about a show business career?

KK: My parents have been encouraging; they have been truly amazing. They have been my number one supporters since I was little. They have always driven me to auditions and helped in any way that they could.

Q: What do you love about this show?

KK: I love performing in front of an audience every night, and “Beauty and the Beast” is such a fun show it is hard to love it. When you see young children, families and several generations all sharing this, it is really gratifying to see that such a loved musical that everyone has some connection to.

Q: What are some of your of your other favorite Broadway musicals?

KK: I love the classic Rogers and Hammerstein musicals — shows like “Carousel” and “Sound of Music.” I also have a friend from college who is in the current 50th anniversary production of “Fiddler on the Roof” on Broadway.

Q: Are there surprises being part of a tour like this?

KK: Yes, the traveling. You don’t realize what it’s going to be like constantly being on the go – packing and unpacking and checking into the different hotels. We don’t have any breaks so we can always moving and exploring the cities during the day and performing at night. It is great; but so much more involved than I thought. I didn’t realize the entirety of touring before I did it.

Q: How do you relax when on tour?

KK: A lot of times we will just go out and explore. A lot of the dancers get massages since we are constantly on our feet. The temperature is going up to the high 70s today in Daytona, so many of us will head to the beach.

Q: What else do you do to chill out on the road?

KK: I really like music. I have made a lot of play lists on the road and get the chance to listen to full albums during our travel days. Music is one of my main relaxation outlets. I also really like photography, so I do a lot of photo blogging on Instagram. [Please follow him on Instagram @Kulpy].

Q: Being on the road – what do you miss the most?

KK: My family and friends. And little things – like having a kitchen and being able to cook. Being constantly on the move and being in hotels you don’t get to cook. But sometimes we share an apartment and we can cook.

Q: What is the initial dream versus the reality of your career?

KK: Five years ago the dream would be to tour and travel – exactly what I am doing now. You don’t really don’t know what tour life is like until you do it. Going places on a bus. Living out of a suitcase and performing eight shows a week. It is not a normal life. We perform throughout Christmas and the New Year’s season. We don’t get weekends or holidays off. So I am living the dream – but the reality is that it is also a job and hard work, albeit work that I truly love.

Q: Were you familiar with “Beauty and the Beast” before this tour?

KK: My childhood friend played Chip on Broadway when he was younger and we went to see it together after he retired. So, I have a long history with the show. And we have the same creative team that mounted the show in the ‘90s. so it was really great to be working with the same artistic team that presented it then.

Q: I hear you become good friends with those on tour. Are you pals with your roommate?

KK: Yes. I have an amazing roommate and he is one of my closest friends now. I know that we will remain friends after the tour. We will be sharing an apartment in downtown Toronto when we get there and can escape the hotel living and cook some nice meals. I look forward to that.

Q: Do you have any advice to young people who want to follow in your footsteps in pursing musical theater, theater or an entertainment career?

KK: Yes. I would advise someone to really think if this is what your passion is and if you want to make this your career, because you may get 100 rejections before you get a part or an offer. Even after all that you can never get disappointed in yourself, you can’t let the last rejection affect the rest of your day. If this is what you love to do, you need to put yourself out there and something is bound to come out of the auditions and stick. I would also say, audition, audition, audition!

Tickets for Beauty and the Beast and other Philadelphia Broadway series shows may be purchased by calling (215) 893-1999, visiting www.kimmelcenter.org, or at the Kimmel Center Box Office. For group of 10 or more call (215) 790-5883.

For more tour information, visit www.beautyandthebeastontour.com.

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Conspiracy Theorists Claim Ancient Greek Sculpture Depicts A Laptop Computer

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(PCM) Conspiracy theorists are now claiming solid evidence of time travel, as they feel the ancient Greek sculpture, “Grave Naiskos of an Enthroned Woman with an Attendant” depicts the female assistant holding a laptop computer with two USB ports.

Historians are countering this claim by saying that this assistant is actually holding a wax tablet, however we have to say it does look eerily similar to a laptop. The ancient Greeks were using wax tablets since the 14th century B.C.

The conspiracy started after YouTuber “StillSpeakingOut” brought up the sculpture saying “I am not saying that this is depicting an ancient laptop computer. But when I look at the sculpture I can’t help but think about the Oracle of Delphi, which was supposed to allow the priests to connect with the gods to retrieve advanced information and various aspects.” Seems almost like an ancient description of the internet.

The J.Paul Getty Museum has an image of the sculpture on their website with the following description “the sculpture shows a woman “Lounging in a cushioned armchair… [She] reaches out to touch the lid of a shallow chest held by a servant girl.” It was created in approximately 100 B.C.

Paranormal investigators and conspiracy theorist claim that it is the holes pictured in the side of the box-shaped object that appear to be USB ports that support their claim. They say that those types of holes do not appear in ancient Greek depictions of objects such as ladies’ vanity cases, jewel boxes, or wax tablets, so therefore it must be a depiction of an object from the future.

Either way it is definitely food for thought. What do you think? Evidence of time travel or just a wax tablet?

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My Journey to Health, Short and Sweet

wishes-nighttime-spectaculaToday’s column will be short…and sweet.  It hasn’t been a good day and I hope to be asleep as early as possible.

Today I went into one of the worst depressive battles of my life.  It didn’t last long but it hurt a lot.

I got up at 6:30 and walked the dog.  I knew I was dropping within the hour and by 8:30 all I could do was lie on my bed and stair ahead feeling nothing much more than emotional pain that came from nowhere.

Around 9:30 my father came in the room and told me some news that I was not ready to hear.  It wasn’t bad news at all, but it was upsetting for me.  I put on a face, encouraged him, and as soon as he was gone the tears started to come.  Now I was depressed and dealing with a legitimate emotion at the same time.

The tears and pain continued throughout the day.  I contacted my small group leader and he encouraged me as best he could.  I was relieved someone knew what was happening.  Not long after I sent out a group e-mail asking for prayer and some folks got back to me quickly support doesn’t take it away but it makes it a bit easier to bear.

At 3:00 I called my psychiatrist.  By that time I could not form sentences, I was stuttering and crying at the same time.  I didn’t know what else to do and was getting ready to take myself to the hospital or find someone who could take me.  I tried to write this column but what came out of me was not worth reading.

Around four o’clock I “officially” went to bed.  If I slept there would be no pain, I had slept well the night before so I wasn’t sure I would sleep at all.  But I did.  At 6:30 the phone rang and I answered it.  It was a friend calling to see how I was.  I told him about the day, but I began to realize something was different.  I didn’t want to say anything.  I didn’t trust it.  I hung up and realized I was really me again.  Emotionally I was working well.

And so it is now.

This was a battle and a win, a new win at that.  Never had I had this type of depression lasted this short a time.  Never would this column have been written before.  The only real difference was that I reached out to many people who on my behalf prayed for me.  Believe when I tell you it was not something I could do for myself.

One more thing, something I want to reiterate every chance I get.  If you ever feel like you are going to harm yourself or others GO TO THE HOSPITAL!  I don’t want anyone who reads these columns to ever find themselves in a place where they won’t go.  I want you alive.  So do many others, even at the times you can’t believe that in any way.

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Earth, Wind & Fire Founder Maurice White Dead At Age 74

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(PCM) It is with great sadness that we have learned Earth, Wind & Fire founder and leader Maurice White has passed away at the age of 74.  White is best known for co-writing some of the groups biggest hits such as “Shining Star”, “September” and “Sing A Song”. The news of his passing was confirmed in a Facebook posting from his brother Verdine White.

Verdine wrote: “My brother, hero and best friend Maurice White passed away peacefully last night in his sleep. While the world has lost another great musician and legend, our family asks that our privacy is respected as we start what will be a very difficult and life changing transition in our lives. Thank you for your prayers and well wishes.”

Maurice White founded Earth, Wind & Fire in 1969 and the band’s soulful and upbeat tunes ruled the airwaves throughout the 70’s and 80’s. Their music was passed down from generation to generation, as it was easily relatable and spoke to an individuals soul.  The music of Earth, Wind & Fire is a mosaic of genre with elements of funk, rock, jazz and blues.  The musical landscape has no doubt suffered yet another irreplaceable loss.

In countless interviews White claimed that the band’s main objective was to create uplifting music and spread the message of positivity and they without a doubt succeeded. Our sincere condolences go out to Maurice White’s family and friends during this incredibly difficult time.

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Sports Illustrated Is Teaming Up With TNT To Turn It’s Swimsuit Edition Into A TV Special

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(TNT) Sports Illustrated, a Time Inc. media property, IMG and TNT are teaming up for Sports Illustrated Swimsuit 2016 Revealed, a first-of-its-kind broadcast event that will culminate with the unveiling of the 2016 Sports Illustrated Swimsuit cover model. Actor, comedian and recording artist Nick Cannon and The Librarians star and Skin Wars host Rebecca Romijn are set to lead the festivities, which will celebrate the amazing women in this year’s edition, including Nina Agdal, Irina Shayk, Chrissy Teigen, Gigi Hadid, Emily DiDonato, Erin Heatherton, Chanel Iman and more. Sports Illustrated Swimsuit 2016 Revealed will air Saturday, Feb. 13, at 10:30 p.m. (ET) / 7:30 p.m. (PT) dur ing NBA All-Star Weekend on TNT, following the network’s coverage of State Farm NBA All-Star Saturday Night.

As part of Sports Illustrated Swimsuit 2016 Revealed, model/entrepreneur Elle Macpherson will be honored with the Jule Campbell Award in recognition of her iconic modeling career and business acumen. Supermodel Chrissy Teigen will present the award to Macpherson, who has appeared on the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit cover a record five times.

Joining the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit 2016 Revealed celebration will be three-time Grammy winner NE-YO, alongside Dimitri Vegas and Like Mike, who will perform the single “Higher Place” for the first time on television. In addition, the special will introduce the final six contestants in Sports Illustrated’s nationwide search for the next SI Swimsuit model. Viewers at home will be able to vote for their favorites, ensuring one lucky woman’s spot in the 2017 edition.

Sports Illustrated Swimsuit 2016 Revealed is being produced by Time Inc./Sports Illustrated and IMG Original Content.

Keep up-to-date:

Website: www.si.com/swimsuit/2016
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Official Hashtag: #SiSwim

Subway Announces The End Of Their $5 Footlong Promotion

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(PCM) After 10 years of plugging and becoming quite well-known for $5 footlong sandwiches, Subway has revealed that they are bringing the promotion to an end. The fast food chain has been offering the $5 footlong promotion since 2007, but due to a recent decline in sales they will now be offering footlong sandwiches for $6 instead.

While the raise in price by a dollar may not seem like that much to some, for many each and every dollar counts and it could mean the difference of choosing an alternative restaurant to grab lunch.  While Subway, themselves, have not yet commented on the footlong price hike, only making the initial announcement, many speculate that the company has continued to see a decline in sales due to the recent underage sex scandal by former company spokesman Jared Fogle.

Fogle was sentenced to 15 years in prison and despite the fact that he was only the Subway spokesman from 2000 to 2008, consumers still strongly associate him with the brand. Subway has made great attempt to distance themselves from the Fogle PR scandal, however it seems that there is still a connection. The company has recently begun a brand new ad campaign which they have titled “Founders”.

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