Articles by Aubrey Nagle
Nov. 14, 2014
Hawking his wares: Eddie Redmayne shines in biopic
Every year I say something along the lines of “If so-and-so doesn’t win an award for so-and-so’s movie, I’m never watching the yada-yada awards ever again.” Of course, very rarely does my particular so-and-so win. Alas, I continue to watch the Oscars, Emmys and Golden Globes anyway because award shows are indicative of what Hollywood will spend its money on next year. This year, my so-and-so pick is a two-fer: if neither Eddie Redmayne nor Felicity Jones receives an award for “The Theory of Everything,” well, then, I’m never watching any award shows ever again. You can quote me on that.
Oct. 31, 2014
Disney’s ‘Newsies’ starts limited run at Academy of Music
It’s no secret that our generation has a hankering for good old-fashioned Disney movies. Our nostalgia for the over-the-top musicals full of plucky kids, anthropomorphized objects and talking animals knows no bounds. That’s why it’s no surprise that Disney revived the 1992 film “Newsies” for a stage production a few years back. After winning Tony awards and a new legion of fans for an essentially forgotten film, “Newsies” has made its way to a touring show around the country.
Oct. 10, 2014
Robert Downey, Jr. gives a stellar performance in ‘The Judge’
When I was eight years old, my favorite TV show was a late ’90s law-procedural comedy called “Ally McBeal.” It was during the 2000 season that Robert Downey Jr. earned a special place in my heart as the snarky yet lovable, hyper-verbal attorney Larry Paul. He even sang a beautiful rendition of Joni Mitchel’s “River” on the show, which appeared on my favorite holiday album, “Ally McBeal: A Very Ally Christmas.” As this childhood crush continued into adulthood, I made a point to see everything RDJ has ever done — with the exception of the “Iron Man” trilogy (I’m more of a Batman girl). This is why I found myself in the theater to see his new movie, “The Judge,” last week.
Sep. 26, 2014
Unique pink beer raises awareness for cancer
If you know me, you know I hate intentional bar hops. I think the idea of deciding to stay at a bar for one drink and then leaving for no reason, even if you’re perfectly happy and maybe have a nice seat by the window, is silly. Organic bar hopping, on the other hand, is OK in my book — and no, I don’t mean going to bars that serve organic beer or anything. (Do those exist?) What I mean is going to get a drink and then feeling satisfied, and then leaving — but then passing by somewhere you like and deciding to go in because you really love it there and they have great beer, too.
Nov. 20, 2013
‘Elf’ the musical brings holiday cheer
Stage shows and musicals are one of the best parts of the holidays. Programs like the “Radio City Christmas Spectacular” and the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade are part of the razzle-dazzle of the season of giving. “Elf,” the musical based on the 2003 hit film now showing at the Walnut Street Theatre, is just as sparkly and jingly as any other seasonal extravaganza.
Nov. 6, 2013
‘Once’ redefines typical musical
Broadway is strewn with adaptations from all avenues of pop culture, both successful and unsuccessful. “Once” was adapted for the stage from the 2006 film by the same name, which won an Academy Award for Best Original Song.
Sep. 27, 2013
Television’s darkest hour
There has been a healthy conversation of late debating TV’s violence problem: whether there is one, what has caused it, and how and if it should be fixed. In the past few months, as television shows like “Breaking Bad” and “Sons of Anarchy” wrap up and announce the end of their series, TV and culture critics have voiced a sort of violence fatigue. TV fanatics note that they are weary of what appears to be shows outkilling and outgoring each other for shock value and water-cooler moments.
Sep. 20, 2013
Tony-winning show comes to Philly
College students may not be the largest demographic filling up seats at the Walnut Street Theatre, but for the venue’s run of “In The Heights,” they certainly should be. The musical premiered on Broadway in 2008, racking up four Tony Awards from 13 nominations. It was also nominated for the Pulitzer Prize for Drama, and won a Grammy Award for the Best Musical Show Album. These claims to fame might get the die-hard musical lover or theater geek to the show, but the truth is that “In The Heights” is a great musical experience for everyone, especially those who have never seen one or would rather avoid them altogether.
Aug. 23, 2013
South Street hosts Night Market
The ever-popular Philadelphia Night Market returned for the third time this year Aug. 15, bringing together over 80 food and drink vendors for a summer extravaganza on South Street. Their largest event yet, Night Market, hosted by The Food Trust, spanned nine blocks from Front Street to 9th Street from 6 to 10 p.m. The pleasant summer weather and usual Thursday night South Street activity brought out visitors in no short supply, creating possibly the largest crowd that Night Market has ever seen.
Aug. 9, 2013
‘Mortal Instruments’ stars discuss fantasy, teen series
The stars of “The Mortal Instruments,” out Aug. 21, came to visit the City of Brotherly Love Aug. 2 along their extensive national press tour. Leading actors Lily Collins and Jamie Campbell Bower, accompanied by the author of “The Mortal Instruments” series, Cassandra Clare, stopped by the Four Seasons hotel to talk about their roles in what could be the biggest book-to-film sensation since “The Hunger Games.”