Friday, September 19, 2014 Elul 24, 5774

Michael Elkin

Features Editor
And no wonder: Producer David Elzer may just be duke of the juke-box musical
When Mike, the character in "A Chorus Line," first saw dancers go through their paces in auditions, he confidently stepped up to the challenge with "I can do that." When David Elzer read the script of the shoo-be-do-bop musical "The Marvelous Wonderettes," he marveled and sha-boomed: "I can sell that." Both got their wishes. These days, it's also anniversary wishes...
Jerry Springer feels right at home playing in and with the Broadway musical of razzle-dazzle mazel
It's not the same old song and ... dunce. Song: Sartorially splendid Jerry Springer spills onto the stage looking very much the dapper dynamo that he's proven to be, assaying the role of the roguish bilious Billy Flynn, in "Chicago," shortly after marking his Broadway debut in the role and now beginning a short run Sept. 15 at the Academy...
ON THE SCENE The truth is out there. Finding it is another story. And what a story it's made for Josh Gates, a find himself as the host of "Destination Truth" --the Syfy exploration/adventure/ travel series outfitted for a roam with a view, criss-crossing the country this third season, with its premiere on Sept. 9, at 10 p.m. The Existential...
The value of old gold is soaring; but what price golden oldies? Priceless, says Marc Fienberg. He should know: The film's producer/writer/director, Fienberg puts a fine point on the focus of love beyond the lust years in "Play the Game," opening on Aug. 28 at the Ritz at the Bourse. Uh, correct that: Lust is not lost among the elderly...
It's go-get-dem-Nazis and beat-'em-to-a-pulp fiction. Because what Quentin Tarantino turns in as part of "Inglourious Basterds" is the Larry David definition of survivor, as a team of American Jews outwit, outlast and outplay the Nazis at their own game in the apparently logical second sequel to "Kill Bill": "Kill Wilhelm." Fuhrer tales can come true; they can happen to Jews...


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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