December 19, 2014
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That's Entertainment: Twenty years ago
Don Fowler

Cait Calvo directed “Bells Are Ringing” at Community Players in Pawtucket. Cranston’s Tony Caparco played a bookie.

Providence’s Newgate Theatre presented “Jaques Brel is Alive and Well and Living in Paris,” directed by Bill Hutchinson.

Alias Stage (now Gamm) did “And Baby Makes Seven,” written by Rhode Islander Paula Vogel.

Cranston’s Ralph Mastrangelo starred in Neil Simon’s “Rumors” at Barker Playhouse.

The Academy Players presented a fluffy musical called “Sugar,” based on the movie “Some Like it Hot,” starring Bill Whitehead and a young Tom Gleadow, who I said “stole the show.” A more mature Gleadow is still stealing any show he is in today.

Bob Colonna’s Rhode Island Shakespeare Theatre did “As You Like It” at St. George’s School in Newport.

Lanford Wilson’s “Burn This” was at Trinity, starring Anne Scurria and Brian McEleny.

The third annual Big Easy Bash was set for June at Stepping Stone Ranch, featuring C.J. Chenier and Steve Riley. Both talented musicians still come to Rhode Island at least once a year.

The Rhode Island Philharmonic closed out its season with Tchaikovsky’s 1st Piano Concerto, performed by Jean-IvesThibaudet, under the baton of Brazilian conductor Eleazer DeCarvalho, and then announced an encore concert with Dvorak’s New World Smphony, conducted by Gustav Meier, who guided the orchestra during its transition year of searching for a new director. The search committee chose Zuohuang Chen, who would open the 1992-93 season.

Robert Altman’s latest movie, “The Player,” had over 65 well known actors making cameo appearances. It would be interesting to see it 20 years later.

Mel Gibson and Danny Glover starred in “Lethal Weapon 3,” which was as good as the first two, a rarity among sequels. “Alien 3” with Sigourney Weaver back as Lt. Ripley crashed and burned. “Howard’s End” with Anthony Hopkins, Emma Thompson and Helena Bonham Carter, was at the Avon.

You could get a prime rib of beef dinner for $9.95 at LL Evans in Warwick. J. Wales, also in Warwick, had all-you-can-eat fish & chips for $6.50.

We reviewed Portofino in Warwick, back when Henry and Brenda Alves owned the restaurant, which continues today as Elizabeth’s at Portofino and is still one of the best restaurants in Rhode Island.

It was the 10th anniversary for PPAC’s free Wednesday at the Wurlitzer concerts, still going today.

It was time for the 27th annual Gaspee Days Arts and Crafts Festival.


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