Thursday, October 23, 2014 Tishri 29, 5775

Michael Elkin

Features Editor
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Who better to wish "Wilkommen" to the cabaret than Alan Cumming? The Tony Award-winning actor whose sexually charged m.c. provided major wattage for the 1996 "Cabaret" that was a stun-gun of a Broadway revival, recently reiterated musically why there's no putting this Broadway baby in a corner. Cumming to the cabaret, old chum: As the showpiece of an extended engagement...
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Jew-dy! Jew-dy! Jew-dy! Cary Grant as cantorial soloist? No, just the reaction from Judy Gold's heavy-mettle fans who thinks she's the cream (pareve) in their coffee. She gets to caffeinate and perk a lot this weekend, having a cup with a couple of stand-up shows at the Kaiserman JCC www.phillyjcc.com in Wynnewood on July 18, followed by her performance at...
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Wigged out about starring in their first major film? Who could blame Jeana Zettler and Ashley Cutrona, portraying war-ready Wiggies -- a juicy junior high vocal team taking glee-bashing their Ivory Snow-covered competition, the Five Ovations, in "Standing Ovation," opening July 16. Standing O? Standing "oy"! "Well, yes, we are the meanies," says Cutrona, chuckling. But they're not "Mean Girls,"...
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Love, exciting and new -- or is that exciting and ... old ? "Just exciting!" exclaims actor Bernie Kopell. Come aboard: "The Love Boat" is setting sail for "Viagara Falls" and Kopell, the former doc holiday as the dreamboat medic Adam Bricker on "The Love Boat" some 30 years ago, has docked into the Little Shubert Theatre in New York...
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Why is this ice-cream different from all other ice creams? Maybe because it has chocolate matzah swirled in. Passover in July: Afikomen as frozen dessert? Better find it before it melts. Pass that around the Passover seder table. The Chozen people -- Ronne Fisher and her daughters, Meredith Fisher and Isabelle Krishana -- are churning out kosher ice-cream concoctions to...
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Profile

Michael Elkin has worked as the Exponent Arts & Entertainment and Features editors for some 40 years.

He has won some 40 national and regional writing awards over his career as well as three fellowships in playwriting and screenwriting from the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts.

His arts articles — including working as a jazz critic for the Evening and Sunday Bulletin; book reviewer for the Philadelphia Inquirer; and rock reviewer/TV writer for the Camden Courier-Post  — and op-eds have appeared throughout North America; his plays have been staged internationally, including runs in Romania — one play running for  five years —  Israel, Germany, Los Angeles and, locally, the Walnut Street Theatre and People's Light and Theatre Company. He is a  Tony Award voter and is a member of a national new play selection committee handing out an annual award to an  up-and-coming playwright.

He worked as a mentor with the Philadelphia Young Playwrights' outreach program to area high schools and at one point headed up the playwriting program at the Walnut Street Theatre School.  His play "Cries in the Night" was cited in the book "The Best Plays of 1992-93," in the "New Plays From Around the Country" category. His travel articles have appeared nationally and he has worked as a travel editor for Fodor's Travel Guides.

As a screenwriter, he  was asked by filmmaker John Frankenheimer ("Birdman of Alcatraz," "The Manchurian Candidate"), with whom he then worked,  to write a script for Frankenheimer to direct.

He has moderated and taken part in national conferences both here and in New York on topics ranging from hip-hop/rap to theater to comedy and has served as a board member of film and theater arts groups.

Elkin has appeared on area TV and radio shows and served as arts critic for the cable program "Our Town." He has been cited in reference books for his investigative work on TV as an influential social medium. For his expertise in film and theater, Elkin was asked to — and did — serve as on-screen interviewer of actor Richard Dreyfuss in a documentary about the American Music Theater Festival, with which Dreyfuss was involved.

A graduate of Temple University — he also studied screenwriting at New York University and attended the University of Houston Bates School of Law — Elkin was honored to be Temple's commencement speaker in the mid-90s. He also taught journalism at Temple as well as screenwriting at La Salle University.
 

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