Articles written by: Beth Wright

Concert review: Pentatonix at Prudential Center

“I can’t believe there are this many people here for an a cappella group,” said Avi Kaplan of Pentatonix, looking out over an audience of thousands at the Prudential Center in Newark, Thursday night. Later in the evening, group member Mitch Grassi pronounced it “so surreal” that so many people […]

A healing turn for Laura Benanti

On the afternoon following election night, Laura Benanti — the 37-year-old Kinnelon-bred Broadway star who has been winning raves of late for her spot-on impersonation of Melania Trump on CBS’ “The Late Show With Stephen Colbert” — found it difficult to talk about that tour-de-force performance. It’s a role she […]

TV best bets: Sat., Nov. 12

8 p.m., HALLMARK CHANNEL: Every Christmas Has a Story — After Kate (Lori Loughlin), a TV personality, has an on-air meltdown and accidentally blurts out that she hates Christmas, her bosses ship her off for some image rehab in the most Christmas-y town in America. The gig forces Kate to […]

NJ couple skates as Jasmine and Aladdin in Disney on Ice

FAMILY WHAT: Disney on Ice: Follow Your Heart. WHEN: Wednesday through Sunday. WHERE: Prudential Center, 25 Lafayette St., Newark, prucenter,. HOW MUCH: $42 to $138. FOR MORE INFO: disneyonice/follow-your-heart. It was another show, another day on the continuous road trip that is Disney on Ice, and Jessica Hatfield, who plays […]

Today‘s celebrity birthdays: Sat., Nov. 12

Playwright-actor Wallace Shawn (“The Princess Bride”), 73 Singer Brian Hyland, 73 Keyboardist Booker T. Jones of Booker T. and the MG‘s, 72 Singer Neil Young, 71 Guitarist Buck Dharma of Blue Oyster Cult, 69 Actress Megan Mullally, 58 Actor Sam Lloyd (“Scrubs”), 53 Bassist David Ellefson (Megadeth), 52 Actress Rebecca […]

Alton Brown comes to Broadway

Alton Brown was always the different one. Among the chefs who became celebrities on the Food Network — Mario Batali, Bobby Flay, Emeril Lagasse — the bespectacled Brown stood out as a regular if quirky guy, a smart, amusing, relatable populist in the kitchen, whether hosting the big boys — […]

TV best bets: Sun., Nov. 13

8 p.m., FOX: The Simpsons — There may — there must — be another option for the family when Grampa (voice of Dan Castellaneta, also heard as Homer) can‘t get health help from either the Retirement Castle or the V.A. Hospital in the new episode “Havana Wild Weekend.” As that […]

New on TV this week: Nov. 13-19

Series premieres: * Mars — Are you ready to rocket off to Mars? This ambitious, six-part hybrid series from producers Ron Howard and Brian Grazer blends documentary material with scripted drama as it imagines man’s maiden voyage to the Red Planet. 9 p.m. Monday, National Geographic Channel. * Soundbreaking: Stories […]

Movies opening this week: Nov. 13

Movies opening this week: Nov. 13

In theaters Friday: — From news service reports Eddie Redmayne stars as a writer in Harry Potter‘s world. Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them * Who‘s who: Eddie Redmayne, Gemma Chan, Ezra Miller. * What‘s what: The adventures of writer Newt Scamander in New York‘s secret community of witches […]

“Gilmore Girls” ice cream from Ample Hills Creamery in Brooklyn

“Gilmore Girls” ice cream from Ample Hills Creamery in Brooklyn

* An ice cream flavor in honor of ‘Gilmore Girls’ If you’re eagerly awaiting the day after Thanksgiving for the “Gilmore Girls” reboot, we hear you. Whether you plan on a watch party for one or a full-out themed soiree, a scoop of Brooklyn-based Ample Hills Creamery’s “Gilmore Girls”-themed flavor […]