Author: Elkin, Michael
Date published: April 5, 2012
Like those baking companies whose matzah is their bread and butter come Passover, true "Stars" can be adaptable. Lifelong Philly friends Julie Rottenberg and Elisa Zuritsky have gone from Sex & the City to Sex and the Stage. The Emmy Award-winning writers - who first became friends at age 9 - are two of those penning scripts/ co-executive producers for NBC's Smash, which, so far, has done fairly well for the network. Let's see how Israel fares with this backstage drama of derring-do on the Broadway stage. The series just premiered in the land of milk and honey, where its title translates to Smash, OK, Maybe a Hit if not a Smash, but why Quibble, as Long as It 's Good and the Kids Call. ... As for Temple: Hitting the boards had nothing to do with March Madness for Dennis Alter. The prominent Temple grad/philanthropist has been named one of the school's trustees. ... Time for another board walk as the weather turns delicious: William S. Weintraub has been added to the board of the American Heart Association of Southeastern Pennsylvania. ... Meanwhile, on the wings of Angels, Adam Zucker has been given his flight plan as president of the board of Angel Flight East, with Howard Solomon as treasurer. ... Music man: Joshua Gersen is conducting himself as all expected him to when he graduated from the Curtis Institute of Music two years ago. The conducting major is taking the baton of the New York Youth Symphony in September. And while "Stars" is attuned to Curtis, David Ludwig, sitting in the Gie and Lisa Liem Chair of Performance Studies, has penned a concerto for two Curtis alums, Jennifer Koh and Jaimie Laredo, to be given its debut by the Delaware Symphony Orchestra in May. . . . Water, water everywhere - and this guy knows how to manage it. It's been an either/ oar career for crewman Scot A. Fisher, who can now add Haverford School Hall of Fame membership to that of his already coveted position in the Philadelphia Jewish Sports Hall of Fame. The Haverford alum, Class of 1974, also made quite a splash in the Maccabi Games in 1981. ... Marc Bruni, whose directing credits include work for the Philadelphia Theatre Company, is in on the joke: He'll be directing Old Jews Telling Jokes, when it opens in New York this month. It's based on the book of the same name which is based on, well, you know. ... Emphasis on empathy - that's the focus of the study about the way men and women relate to each other just published in the Journal of Family Psychology, with contributed research by Marc Schulz, who's an associate prof of psychology at Bryn Mawr College, and Bryn Mawr doctored grad Emily Weiss. ... The Big Easy becomes a bit easier when you have a pro like Philly's Sharon Geller handling the situation. A longtime local mainstay of theater and commercials, Geller just shot a segment of Common Law in New Orleans. ... Are these two people really my parents? How many boomers have had that reaction at some point in their lives. Lorrie Caplan-Shern certainly has. Fun and fond memories infuse her just-released book, Giving Birth To My Parents, a primer on parenting for those kids who just can't understand totally what makes their parents tick-tock.
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