| Sep 16, 2010
| 3:09 PM
Of all the since-departed celebrities who've shown up to entertain at the Laguna Playhouse recently (George Gershwin, Ella Fitzgerald), none shines brighter than the queen of Broadway herself, Miss Ethel Merman.
"Ethel Merman's Broadway," a one-woman...
| Sep 21, 2010
| 9:01 PM
It's a forgotten virtue in this culture.
Remember long ago when our teachers introduced us to the "Seven Heavenly Virtues" (as opposed to the "Seven Deadly Sins")? Those virtues were spelled out as: chastity, temperance, charity, diligence,...
| Nov 8, 2010
Stately and rumpled, Stephen Sondheim descended from an upper floor of his elegant East Side townhouse and submitted to the interview as though it were a necessary barber shop shave. He's used to these intrusions — the artist obliged to natter on...
| Nov 14, 2010
In his songs, Randy Newman has invented enough characters to stock a season's worth of Broadway musicals. Regretful lovers. Scared school boys. Unreconstructed rednecks. Blissfully smug Angelenos. An oddly contemporary Karl Marx. And, of course, short...
| May 16, 2010
After nearly a decade as a Vegas showgirl, Patsy Rodriguez has plenty of stories about performances that didn't go quite as planned. She may not tell all, but she shares plenty when she meets visitors.
Like the one about the time her wig fell off and got...
| Jul 25, 2010
Among other things, the new musical "Robin and the 7 Hoods" is a love letter to composer Jimmy Van Heusen. On first glance it might seem an homage to Frank Sinatra and the Rat Pack in their heyday, but it's Van Heusen's infectious melodies, found in "Come...
| Jan 13, 2011
Margaret Whiting, a pop singer for television, film, cabaret and Broadway whose recordings of such standards as "That Old Black Magic" and "Come Rain or Come Shine" sold millions of copies in the 1940s and '50s, has died. She was 86.
| Jan 17, 2011
There was a time in 1965 when Joel Grey thought he would throw in the towel on show business. He wanted to be Laurence Olivier but instead he was doing a dreadful musical in Jones Beach, Long Island, called " Mardi Gras" with the June Taylor Dancers.
| Jan 17, 2011
| 9:23 PM
Newport Harbor High School was closed Monday in observance of Martin Luther King Jr. Day, but theatre arts students spent the afternoon in a dress rehearsal for their upcoming production of "Anything Goes," the Cole Porter musical.
The show, directed...
| Jan 25, 2011
| 8:54 PM
Duo piano teams, with two pianists at separate pianos, is a lost art, having languished out of sight for about a half-century. That may be changing if Jack Lantz and Kemp Smeal’s Sunday afternoon program at the La Caņada Presbyterian Church...
| Apr 29, 2009
(Michael Becker, Fox) What more can be said about Adam Lambert's performance last night that hasn't already been said by 24 million viewers or by four exultant judges. It was one of the great "Idol" performances of the season.......