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"Four Seasons" Reunion of Bob Gaudio and Frankie Valli (center pair) in Nashville with Producer Charlie Blum (right of Valli) and the Members of Under the Streetlamp

"Four Seasons" Reunion of Bob Gaudio and Frankie Valli (center pair) in Nashville with Producer Charlie Blum (right of Valli) and the Members of Under the Streetlamp

Bob Gaudio and Frankie Valli (center pair) reunited this week for a Four Seasons reunion in Nashville with producer Charlie Blum (to the right of Valli) and the members of Under the Streetlamp, at the group's performance on Sunday, June 15, 2014 at The Ryman Auditorium.

June 20, 2014 12:00 am
OFFBEAT: 'Jersey Boys' opens today, Blum bringing Frankie Valli back

OFFBEAT: 'Jersey Boys' opens today, Blum bringing Frankie Valli back

Phil Potempa's daily entertainment news column.

June 20, 2014 12:00 am
ENTERTAINMENT: Winter weather benefits entertainment

ENTERTAINMENT: Winter weather benefits entertainment

Winter weather did not stop people from seeking entertainment locally. If anything, it was an escape for those holed up in their home for days, said Charlie Blum, president and CEO of Star Plaza in Merrillville.

May 04, 2014 12:00 am
OFFBEAT: Miss America Pageant back in AC where it all began

OFFBEAT: Miss America Pageant back in AC where it all began

Phil Potempa's daily entertainment news column.

May 04, 2014 12:00 am
OFFBEAT: Atlantic City and famed Boardwalk a favorite entertainment landmark

OFFBEAT: Atlantic City and famed Boardwalk a favorite entertainment landmark

Phil Potempa's daily entertainment news column.

May 02, 2014 12:00 am
OFFBEAT: Streetlamp, GR launch tour today, and at Chicago's Park West for weekend

OFFBEAT: Streetlamp, GR launch tour today, and at Chicago's Park West for weekend

Phil Potempa's daily entertainment news column.

April 17, 2014 12:00 am
Adrenaline Rush dance competition to blast into Merrillville

Adrenaline Rush dance competition to blast into Merrillville

One of the newest national dance competitions in the industry is on its way to Merrillville.

March 28, 2014 12:00 am
Singer Anita Baker Shares a Backstage Embrace with Star Plaza Theatre President, CEO and Talent Buyer Charlie Blum

Singer Anita Baker Shares a Backstage Embrace with Star Plaza Theatre President, CEO and Talent Buyer Charlie Blum

Singer Anita Baker Shares a backstage embrace in July 1995 with Star Plaza Theatre President, CEO and Talent Buyer Charlie Blum.

March 13, 2014 12:00 am
Star Plaza Theatre President, CEO and Talent Buyer with Singer Huey Lewis in August 2005

Star Plaza Theatre President, CEO and Talent Buyer with Singer Huey Lewis in August 2005

Star Plaza Theatre President, CEO and Talent Buyer with singer Huey Lewis in August 2005 rehearsing in Merrillville prior to Lewis' Broadway debut as attorney Billy Flynn in the hit musical "Chicago."

March 13, 2014 12:00 am
Star Plaza Theatre President, CEO and Talent Buyer Charlie Blum with the stars of his July 2011 Star Productions stage musical "Hairspray."

Star Plaza Theatre President, CEO and Talent Buyer Charlie Blum with the stars of his July 2011 Star Productions stage musical "Hairspray."

Star Plaza Theatre President, CEO and Talent Buyer Charlie Blum is cheek-to-cheek with the stars of his July 2011 Star Productions run of the stage musical "Hairspray." He is framed by Gina Guarino (left), who played Tracy Turnblad and be-wigged Frank Hattula who played Tracy's mom Edna, for…

March 13, 2014 12:00 am
Star Plaza Theatre President, CEO and Talent Buyer Charlie Blum with Singer Leann Rimes

Star Plaza Theatre President, CEO and Talent Buyer Charlie Blum with Singer Leann Rimes

Star Plaza Theatre President, CEO and Talent Buyer Charlie Blum with singer Leann Rimes in March 1998 during the singer's earlier career teen years on the country music scene.

March 13, 2014 12:00 am
Star Plaza Theatre President, CEO and Talent Buyer Charlie Blum

Star Plaza Theatre President, CEO and Talent Buyer Charlie Blum

Star Plaza Theatre President, CEO and Talent Buyer Charlie Blum, who began his career as a booking consultant for the theater, marks his 25th anniversary with the stage space on March 13, 2014.

March 12, 2014 11:30 pm
An entertaining guy: Star Plaza's Charlie Blum celebrating 25 starry-eyed years

An entertaining guy: Star Plaza's Charlie Blum celebrating 25 starry-eyed years

Charlie Blum, president, CEO and talent buyer for Star Plaza Theatre in Merrillville, still recalls the first "big stage entertainers" he ever purchased a ticket to see on stage.

March 12, 2014 11:30 pm Photos

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OFFBEAT: Streetlamp, GR groups on PBS tonight with new TV concerts

OFFBEAT: Streetlamp, GR groups on PBS tonight with new TV concerts

Phil Potempa's daily entertainment news column.

March 04, 2014 12:00 am Photos

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ENTERTAINMENT: Discounting trend frustrates industry

ENTERTAINMENT: Discounting trend frustrates industry

One of the biggest challenges facing the local world of entertainment is discounting.

February 02, 2014 12:00 am Video
This year's challenges, opportunities and successes drive high expectations for 2014

This year's challenges, opportunities and successes drive high expectations for 2014

The Affordable Healthcare Act has dominated the news in Northwest Indiana – and everywhere else in the country – but there has been little substantive change so far. That may change in the coming year. While Indiana and many of its lawmakers stand against the expansion of Medicaid, many busi…

November 24, 2013 1:18 pm
OFFBEAT: Streetlamp, GR groups join Connie Francis for TV telethon

OFFBEAT: Streetlamp, GR groups join Connie Francis for TV telethon

Phil Potempa's daily entertainment news column.

November 08, 2013 12:00 am Photos

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Gentleman's Rule 2013 PBS TV Special Concert

Gentleman's Rule 2013 PBS TV Special Concert

Eight singers, all graduates of Indiana University, are the members of the new a cappella group Gentleman's Rule, taping their first PBS television special this month at Star Plaza Theatre in Merrillville and scheduled to air in March 2014.

November 07, 2013 12:00 am
Eight is Enough: Gentleman's Rule, minus two, ready for new tour and PBS TV special

Eight is Enough: Gentleman's Rule, minus two, ready for new tour and PBS TV special

It was a year ago when Gentleman's Rule, a new a cappella group with a unique style, sound and youthful look, launched to a legion of audience fans during their two-week successful run at Royal George Theatre in Chicago.

November 07, 2013 12:00 am Video Photos

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Concert camaraderie: Under the Streetlamp promises fresh mix of musical fun for second PBS concert taping

Concert camaraderie: Under the Streetlamp promises fresh mix of musical fun for second PBS concert taping

Entertainer Michael Cunio promises audiences a party at every performance of Under the Streetlamp, the skyrocketed foursome of talented young singers introduced as new stage faces just two years ago.

September 05, 2013 11:46 pm Video Photos

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