'Dance Moms' Recap S4 E17 "Seeing Red" Reunion Show

Abby Lee Miller on Dance Moms S4 E17 Seeing Red
Abby Lee Miller on Dance Moms season 4, episode 17, "Seeing Red"
By REESE AMOROSI

Previously on the Dance Moms midseason finale, we said "hello" to studio owner Abby Lee Miller's new "Junior Select Ensemble," and "goodbye" to the tumultuous first half of season 4. It didn't end with a bang though – it was, despite the mama drama (I'm looking at you, Kira and Christy with a Y) – a softer show, with members of the Abby Lee Dance Company (ALDC) offering Abby hugs following her mother's death. This week on Dance Moms season 4, episode 17 titled "Seeing Red," executive producer Jeff Collins hosts, Abby discusses her mother, the wronged moms rehash, and Christi talks about former cast member, Kelly Hyland. The ALDC performs, and rival dance teacher Cathy Nesbitt-Stein visits.

Bryan Ferry Announces Tour Dates, Plans New Album

Bryan Ferry
Bryan Ferry
By A.D. AMOROSI

Bryan Ferry – elegant front man of Roxy Music and avant-pop’s most sartorially correct singer throughout his 40-plus years in the limelight – has decided to grace North America and Europe with his presence, touring throughout the U.S. this spring (including a just-passed Coachella gig), moving on to Germany, Ireland, Denmark and Great Britain this summer, and the USA again this autumn. Plus, Ferry is bringing a string section for these gigs.  Ferry's tour dates are listed below.

Miley Cyrus Announces 'Bangerz' Tour Dates Rescheduled Due to Illness

Miley Cyrus
Miley Cyrus
By A.D. AMOROSI

Whether you love her or hate her, it's truly sad that Miley Cyrus is having the worst month ever. Along with losing her beloved dog, Floyd, Cyrus reportedly had what her publicity reps call “a severe allergic reaction” to a series of antibiotics taken to treat a sinus infection. After suffering an allergic attack on April 15, Cyrus was hospitalized and had to cancel a slew of April live dates for her platinum-plated Bangerz album, and is rescheduling them for August. On the plus side, demand for Miley is so massive, she’s added two additional dates, one in Pittsburgh, PA, and one in Chicago, IL. Cyrus' new tour schedule is listed below.

Prince Signs New Warner Brothers Deal, Releases Single 'The Breakdown'

Prince
Prince
By A.D. AMOROSI

Nearly twenty years ago, Prince wrote “SLAVE” on his forehead to protest that his longtime label, Warner Brothers, wouldn’t allow him to own the original masters (for albums like the multi-platinum Purple Rain) or release music on a more regular basis. Prince was so chuffed, he stopped recording for Warners, became "The Artist Formerly Known as Prince," and adopted a glyph in place of his name.  On April, 18, Prince and Warners kissed-and-made-up with a fresh agreement that sees the release of previously unheard music (including  a new album in 2014) and a re-mastered catalog, while giving him ownership of his master recordings. To celebrate, Prince dropped a new single, “The Breakdown,” on April 19.

Lifetime to Debut 'Abby's Studio Rescue' with Abby Lee Miller in June

Abby Lee Miller, star of Abby's Studio Rescue on Lifetime TV
Abby Lee Miller, star of Abby's Studio Rescue on Lifetime TV
By REESE AMOROSI

Dance teacher Abby Lee Miller, star of the Lifetime TV hits Dance Moms and Abby's Ultimate Dance Competition, is hitting the road for her third series, Abby's Studio Rescue. Each week, Miller will visit a dance studio facing closure, assess the situation, and then offer no-nonsense advice regarding choreography, staffing, dealing with stage moms and even renovation to help them save their business. The series currently encompasses seven one-hour shows; the first episode will premiere on Tuesday, June 17, 9 PM ET/PT.

Made in America Festival 2014 Lineup Rumors for Philly and LA

Made in America Festival
The Made in America will be in Philly and LA in August 2014
By A.D. AMOROSI

With news of a joint Beyonc√© and Jay Z early-summer stadium tour, and Los Angeles finally on-board for a second, concurrently-running Made in America (MIA) – the Labor Day weekend music festival started by Jay Z, Live Nation, and Budweiser for the Philadelphia market – rumors are flying about who will headline at each of the MIA shows scheduled for August 30 and 31. Our sources have some great dirt about what’s going on at MIA Central, and the names are huge: an Eminem and Rihanna pairing (for Philly), as well as Outkast and Tom Petty.

'Dance Moms' Recap S4 E16 Presenting My New Team: Midseason Finale

Cast members from Lifetime TV's Dance Moms
Dance Moms cast members react to meeting teacher Abby Lee Miller's new team. L to R: Christi Lukasiak, Chloe Lukasiak, Jill Vertes, Kendall Vertes, Holly Frazier
By REESE AMOROSI

Previously on Dance Moms, studio owner Abby Lee Miller stayed in Pittsburgh, PA with her ailing mother, Maryen Lorrain Miller, while the Abby Lee Dance Company (ALDC) traveled to a competition. The girls danced in tribute to Mrs. Miller, but sadly, their 13-show winning streak came to an end. This week on the Dance Moms midseason finale, season 4, episode 16 titled, "Presenting My New Team," Abby copes with her mother's death and introduces her new "Junior Select Ensemble" as challengers to the ALDC's "Junior Elite Competition Team." The big surprise though, is that Maddie Ziegler, Abby's star pupil, is moved to the new team. This is the 100th episode of Dance Moms.

Philadelphia's Lantern Theater Launches Athol Fugard's 'Train Driver'

Athol Fugard
Athol Fugard
By A.D. AMOROSI

Athol Fugard is one of the theater world’s most poignant, focused playwrights, never shirking from the political and social plight that his native South Africa has suffered at the hands of apartheid. Philadelphia’s Lantern Theater Company has immense respect for Fugard’s work; after presenting several of his plays during its last eight seasons (Master Harold…and the Boys; Sizwe Banzi is Dead; The Island), they are now hosting the local premiere of one of the playwright’s most gripping works, The Train Driver, April 17 through May 4, 2014.

Interview: Oscar Lopez, Winner of 'Project Runway: Under the Gunn'

Oscar Lopez, winner of Project Runway: Under the Gunn
Oscar Lopez, winner of Project Runway: Under the Gunn
By REESE AMOROSI

Under the Gunn, the Project Runway spinoff starring Tim Gunn, recently named 40-year-old, Cuban-born designer Oscar Lopez as the winner of its premiere season. At the final runway show held at the Los Angeles Theater, Lopez competed against Asha Daniels (25), Sam Donovan (23) and Shan Keith (33), but it was his sophisticated 5-piece collection that wowed the show's regular panel – celebrity stylist Jen Rade, Marie Claire magazine's senior fashion editor Zanna Roberts Rassi, and designer Rachel Roy – along with guest judges Heidi Klum and Neil Patrick Harris. During my phone conversation with Oscar, I was charmed by his positive attitude, enthusiasm for his work and his melodic accent.

City of Hope's Let Them Eat Cake Competition Selects 2014 Winners

Hunger Games cake by Masha Lipkovsky of The Art Institute
The Art Institute's Masha Lipkovsky won the Let Them Eat Cake 2014 Best Student award for her Hunger Games-themed entry.
By REESE AMOROSI

Earlier this week, The City of Hope Foundation held their annual Let Them Eat Cake competition at the DoubleTree Hilton in downtown Philadelphia. The event showcased twenty-one fantasy wedding cakes from professional and student bakers who competed for this year's trophies. Natanya DiBona of Diner en Blanc Philadelphia served as head judge over a panel of celebrity chefs and media including former White House Chef John Moeller, Chef Kathy Gold (President of Les Dames d’Escoffier), Michael Klein (Philly.com), Laura Burkhardt (Where Magazine), A.D. Amorosi (Philadelphia City Paper), and yours truly (Glamorosi Magazine).

Philadelphia Film Society Premieres Spring Showcase at PSF Theater

A still from the Lenny Abrahamson film Frank starring Michael Fassbender
A still from the Lenny Abrahamson film Frank starring Michael Fassbender
By A.D. AMOROSI

Fans of film and festivals, rejoice. The Philadelphia Film Society is holding its first ever Spring Showcase at its recently opened venue, the PFS Theater at the Roxy at 21st and Sansom Street in Philly. From April 11 through April 17, 2014, the Showcase will highlight seventeen dynamic films that simply couldn’t wait until the next Philadelphia Film Festival in October.

'Dance Moms' Recap S4 E15 Lights, Camera, Dance: RIP Maryen Lorrain Miller

Abby Lee Miller, star of Dance Moms
Abby Lee Miller, star of Dance Moms
By REESE AMOROSI

Previously on Dance Moms, the Abby Lee Dance Company (ALDC) won their thirteenth competition in a row, but studio owner Abby Lee Miller wasn't there to see it because she stayed in Pittsburgh, PA to be with her mother, Maryen Lorrain Miller, whose health was declining. This week on Dance Moms season 4, episode 15 titled "Lights, Camera, Dance," Abby once again stays with her mother, and the ALDC's competition dances are a tribute to Mrs. Miller. Also this week, Mackenzie Ziegler shoots a video for her song "It's a Girl Party."

Our Top Choices to Replace David Letterman on 'Late Show'

microphone photo

By A.D. AMOROSI

When David Letterman announced his upcoming retirement from CBS’ The Late Show last week, he created a seismic shift in the nighttime talk circuit. Of course, we’re heartbroken that after 22 years (at the end of 2015, if that’s when he chooses to leave) on CBS, and 33 years total when you include his time at NBC, that Letterman will vacate his perch as television talk’s snarkiest dog. The real tremors come from the names that have been bandied about as Letterman’s replacement – from the best (Stephen Colbert) to the worst (Chelsea Handler) – as well as big celebrities that we think could do the desk justice.

Dance Moms Recap Season 4 Episode 14: Family Comes First

Abby Lee Miller and Mackenzie Ziegler on Dance Moms season 4 episode14 Family Comes First
L to R: Abby Lee Miller and Mackenzie Ziegler on Dance Moms
By GLAMOROSI

Previously on Dance Moms, studio owner Abby Lee Miller welcomed Kalani Hilliker to the Abby Lee Dance Company (ALDC), dismissed Payton Ackerman, and argued with Christi Lukasiak because she wouldn't call former teammate Kelly Hyland about returning costumes. This week on Dance Moms season 4, episode 14, "Family Comes First," Abby spends time away from the team to be with her mother, Maryen Lorrain Miller, who, at the time this episode was filmed, was in declining health. Before she leaves, Abby cuts Nia Frazier from the group routine and auditions dancers for Mackenzie Ziegler's upcoming video shoot.

Interview: Julia Udine from 'The Phantom of the Opera' 2014 Tour

Cooper Grodin and Julia Udine in The Phantom of the Opera
Cooper Grodin and Julia Udine star in The Phantom of the Opera
By A.D. AMOROSI

With the American premiere of producer Cameron Mackintosh’s new extra-Gothic take on Andrew Lloyd Webber’s The Phantom of the Opera recently opened in Philadelphia at the Academy of Music, it’s only fitting that one of its leads hail from the area. Amongst the Phantom’s cast and orchestra of fifty-two players is the South Jersey's Julia Udine, the actress and vocalist who portrays one Phantom’s three lead characters, “Christine Daa√©.  We had the opportunity to speak to Ms. Udine following The Phantom of the Opera’s opening night.

'Dance Moms' Recap S4 E13 Decisions, Decisions: Payton Out, Kalani In

Abby Lee Miller in Dance Moms S4 E13
Abby Lee Miller in Dance Moms S4 E13, "Decisions, Decisions"
By GLAMOROSI

Previously on Dance Moms, studio owner Abby Lee Miller made sisters Maddie and Mackenzie Ziegler compete against each other, and on-again-off-again Abby Lee Dance Company (ALDC) member Payton Ackerman was brought back to dance a lead role as a drag queen. This week on Dance Moms season 4, episode 13 titled "Decisions, Decisions," Kalani Hilliker is back in, and Payton is back out; Abby and Christi Lukasiak argue when Abby wants her to contact former member Kelly Hyland about returning costumes; the ALDC keeps their winning streak alive, despite the fact that they compete in Cathy Nesbitt-Stein's hometown.

Philadelphia Flyers Honor the Late Fred Shero with Statue

Fred Shero statue in Philadelphia, PA
Fred Shero statue in Philadelphia, PA
By A.D. AMOROSI

The late, great Fred Shero is a hero of the hockey world, a one-time New York Rangers player who, as an NHL head coach for the Philadelphia Flyers, reached the Stanley Cup finals three times in a row (between 1974 and 1976) with back-to-back victories for the Broad Street Bullies in ’74 and ’75. For these wins – to say nothing of his tendency to speak in platitudes - a statue has been erected in tribute to Shero at the Philadelphia sports complex where the Spectrum once stood on Pattison Avenue.

'Dance Moms' Recap S4 E12 Sister Showdown: Maddie and Mackenzie Compete

Sisters Mackenzie and Maddie Ziegler, stars of Lifetime TV's Dance Moms
Sisters Mackenzie and Maddie Ziegler, stars of Dance Moms
By GLAMOROSI

Previously on Dance Moms, studio owner Abby Lee Miller invited 11-year-old Fallon Chapman to dance with the Abby Lee Dance Company (ALDC) on a trial basis: she was considering Fallon for her new Elite Competition Team, but it didn't work out. This week on Dance Moms season 4, episode 12 titled "Sister Showdown," Abby has the Ziegler sisters – Maddie and Mackenzie – compete against each other, and Payton Ackerman returns to be featured dancer in this week's Kinky Boots-inspired group routine.

Mosaic Master Isaiah Zagar of Philadelphia's Magic Gardens Turns 75

Mosaic artist Isaiah Zagar in his studio at Philadelphia's Magic Gardens
Mosaic artist Isaiah Zagar in his studio at Philadelphia's Magic Gardens
By A.D. AMOROSI

Isaiah Zagar is an art world legend, one of the innovators of the mosaic mural form whose works have been included in the permanent collections of several East Coast museums as well as the 2008 documentary, In a Dream. Isaiah and Julia Zagar’s Magic Gardens at 1020 South Street in Philadelphia is made up almost entirely of Isaiah’s mosaics and is a sight-seeing landmark. Last Sunday at the Magic Gardens, Zagar celebrated his 75th birthday with an open studio tour.

'Newsies' Musical Holds Dance Auditions in Philly

Cast members from Disney's Newsies
Cast members from Disney Theatrical Productions' Newsies
By A.D. AMOROSI

Disney Theatrical Productions’ Newsies – a Tony Award-winner with music by the legendary Alan Menken and book by four-time Tony-winner Harvey Fierstein – is gearing up for a national tour that will play the Academy of Music in Philadelphia during the 2014-15 season. In preparation of those yet-unnamed dates, Newsies is holding open call auditions in Philly for male dancers, 16-12, Equity and Non-Equity, on Friday, March 14 for the North American touring production. Dancers should report to the Pennsylvania Convention Center (1101 Arch Street, Phila PA, 215.418.4700) by 4 PM.

'Dance Moms' Recap S4 E11 Blame it on the New Girl: Fallon out of Favor

L to R Cathy Nesbitt-Stein and Abby Lee Miller from Dance Moms
Cathy Nesbitt-Stein (left) and Abby Lee Miller from Dance Moms
By GLAMOROSI

Previously on Dance Moms, Kira was frustrated that her daughter Kalani wasn't allowed to compete against Maddie, studio owner Abby Lee Miller's favorite girl in the Abby Lee Dance Company (ALDC), and Dr. Holly (Nia's mom), published her first book. This week on Dance Moms season 4, episode 11 "Blame it on the New Girl," Abby introduces Fallon Chapman to the team; the girls dance at a nursing home to cheer up Abby's mom, the late Maryen Lorrain Miller; and Cathy Nesbitt-Stein from the Candy Apples Dance Center (CADC) is determined to end the ALDC's winning streak. This one of the happier, sunnier episodes we've seen so far this season.

Lana Del Rey Announces 2014 Tour Dates, Sings in 'Maleficent' Trailer

Lana Del Rey
Lana Del Rey
By A.D. AMOROSI

Icy pop goddess Lana Del Rey might not have toured behind her 2012 Born To Die debut, but she’s making up for lost time now with the announcement of a full-blown tour starting in April (all shows go on sale March 14), a date at Coachella, a new single for Angelina Jolie’s Disney flick, Maleficent, and a new album, ULTRAVIOLENCE.

Brewer's Plate Celebrates 10th Anniversary this Weekend in Philly

The Brewer's Plate 10th Anniversary
The Brewer's Plate is an annual beer and food pairing in Philadelphia, PA
By A.D. AMOROSI

The Brewer’s Plate, Philadelphia’s annual tasting event from restaurateur Judy Wicks’ Fair Food non-profit organization, celebrates its tenth year this weekend when participating local chefs, brewers, growers, and cheese mongers meet at the Kimmel Center on Sunday, March 9, for unique beer and food pairings and the good cause of uniting area farmers with businesses and consumers devoted to sustainability.

'Dance Moms' Recap S4 E10 No Solo for You: Moments of Clarity

Christi Lukasiak, Abby Lee Miller and Holly Hatcher-Frazier on Dance Moms Season 4 Episode 10
Christi Lukasiak, Abby Lee Miller and Holly Hatcher-Frazier of Dance Moms
By GLAMOROSI

Previously on Dance Moms, the Abby Lee Dance Company (ALDC) moms had lunch with former team member Kelly Hyland, and the girls competed for a special role in the group routine. Kendall won, but Abby Lee Miller didn't deliver the prize. This week on Dance Moms season 4, episode 10 titled "No Solo for You," Kendall struggles to learn her solo; Kira is upset that her daughter Kalani doesn't have a solo because Abby won't let her dance against Maddie (her star pupil); Nia's mom, Dr. Holly Hatcher-Frazier, publishes her first book, Moments of Clarity.

Dance Moms Recap S4 E9 Nothing's Fair in Abbyville: Lunch with Kelly

Kelly Hyland on Dance Moms
Kelly Hyland on Dance Moms
By GLAMOROSI

Previously on Dance Moms, the team dealt with the fallout from the fight between Abby Lee Miller and Kelly Hyland. Abby announced that Kelly had been arrested and that her daughters Paige and Brooke were no longer with the Abby Lee Dance Company (ALDC), and she welcomed Kira Girard and her daughter Kalani Hilliker to the team. This week on Dance Moms season 4, episode 9 titled "Nothing's Fair in Abbyville," Abby promises a starring role to a dance-off winner, but goes back on her word when Kendall Vertes wins; Abby calls Christi Lukasiak "Satan"; the moms have lunch with Kelly.