Saturday, July 26, 2014 Tammuz 28, 5774

Michael Elkin

Features Editor
Jonathan Brody -- Broadway baby? Well, more Baby Boomer: The Englewood, N.J., native son recalls watching as an audience member the number "I Can Do That" from "A Chorus Line" and thinking, "I can do that." Indeed, he did; and it did a number on him: Years later, Brody performed the song and dance delight in the first summer-stock production...
"Raines" drops into the midseason TV schedule like a warm welcome spring storm -- with a wallop. An offbeat, possibly off-his-rocker rollicking detective with a built-in audience of one, Michael Raines speaks to actor Jeff Goldblum in a meaningful way. That is, when he's not talking to himself. Because, you see, Raines is his own sounding board, even if it...
More than 20 years after "Talk Radio" proved the talk of the town -- plugging into national paranoia as a powerful performance piece -- playwright Eric Bogosian's voice of America is broadcasting from Broadway. Yet still, the hurt and healing that first attended the 1985 production in Portland, Ore. -- and later, when it went off and running off-Broadway --...
Broadway Danny Burstein is red-hot -- and white-haired -- in the smash hit
Nothing drowsy about Danny. Danny Burstein's burst of top-drawer talent helps draw in the crowds to "The Drowsy Chaperone," the sunny, stunning and anything but soporific musical slap in the face wake-up call for any theater-goer who feels Broadway's been overdosing on stupid sedative-saturated musicals. Snap out of it! And who better to snap a picture of pell-mell pandemonium than...
Who'd predict that the producer in control of keeping the heartbeat beating on the still heart-racing "Law & Order: SVU" would have a stethoscope wrapped around his neck at wrap parties? As executive producer of the prime-time procedural still in its prime, Dr. Neal Baer has his finger on the pulse of what makes this top-notch TV series tick as...


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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