Discount clothing chain Old Navy is known for doing super-stylized, campy fun commercials, often featuring celebrities such as Fran Drescher, Joans Collins, Morgan Fairchild, and earlier this year, Mayim Bialik and Joey Lawrence from “Blossom.” Most recently, a few Massachusetts natives have been popping up for the bargain fashion brand, including figure skater Nancy Kerrigan and New Kids on the Block member, Jordan Knight. Knight is featured in a spot called “Boardwalk Summer Fair,” where he wears a white linen suit and sings a short diddy while playing the piano. Kerrigan appears in a spot called “Sunstitched Affair – Up a Notch” that hypes their embroidered women’s shirts, turning her into “Fancy” Kerrigan.
Speaking of Bay State natives popping up during commercial breaks, Burger King has been airing a particularly funny ad featuring Aerosmith frontman and “American Idol” judge, Steven Tyler. The hilarious spot shows the hi-jinx that would ensue at your local BK would be like if Tyler was at the helm. Scenes include harmonica playing while customers eat and take orders and Tyler taking issue with wearing a hairnet while wearing a headset with feathers and ribbons hanging from the microphone. Tyler recently made headlines for dropping a reported $1.1 million dollars on a Hennessey Venom GT Spyder, the world’s fastest street-legal car. Tyler has a home in Marshfield, MA.
In the months leading up to the 1994 Winter Olympics in Lillehammer, Norway, the media and likewise the country were consumed by the on-going saga of the attack on figure skater Nancy Kerrigan. Arch-rival and competitor Tonya Harding, who also competed at those Olympics and was later linked to the attacks became part of the storyline that captivated a nation.
Currently playing at Club Oberon in Cambridge is a show called “Tonya and Nancy: The Rock Opera” that delves into the mid-90s media frenzy in a way that’s never been seen before. The show has drawn attention from networks like CBS, CNN, and even “Good Morning America.”
The play, which is described as a dark comedy musical, began in Portland, Oregon, and has been playing in Harvard Square this month, will be finishing its run this Thursday.
Kerrigan, who was born in Woburn, and raised in Stoneham, Massachusetts, and attended Emmanuel College in Boston, is currently retired from skating, raising her three children with husband, and occasionally popping up as a commentator or special correspondent on sports networks, and shows like “Entertainment Tonight” and “Skating with Celebrities.” Kerrigan also recently made headlines for appearing at the trial of her brother, who was accused of contributing to the death of their father in 2010.
Harding, who was banned from the sport by the United States Figure Skating Association, and shunned by promoters and event producers on the professional side of skating, turned to a number of short-lived career reinventions as a bandleader, commentator, actress, and boxer amidst a number of minor subsequent run-ins with the law.
For more information or to purchase tickets for “Tonya and Nancy: The Rock Opera” playing at Club Oberon right now, visit their website. The final shows are playing Wednesday, July 20th and Thursday, July 21st at 7:30pm and 10:00pm.
★ Shorts in Ports film night features films and their directors in New Hampshire.
★ Mitt Romney raps, is officially declared a “homeboy”.
★ Stephen King’s son appears in Salem for a reading from one of his father’s books.
★ Matt Damon loses Super Bowl bet, wears a Saints jersey on “David Letterman”.
★ New Massachusetts Senator Scott Brown appears on “The Jay Leno Show” while his daughter Ayla releases her new album.
★ Men In Black actor Rip Torn arrested in bank robbery attempt in Connecticut.
★”American Idol” finalist from season 7 stars in Broadway Across America’s presentation of Dreamgirls at the Colonial Theater in Boston this month.
★ Rhode Island College English Professor Thomas Cobb’s Crazy Heart helps struggling actor find his niche as a writer and director.
★ Buy your tickets for the Providence Oscar Night America party.
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