| Apr 30, 2009
In many ways, the first act of "9 to 5: The Musical" played out 35 years ago at a Catholic high school in a small Midwestern city better known for churning out screws than producing titans of stage and screen.
Surrounded by cornfields, the middle-class...
| Nov 12, 2007
Call it a "Jersey Boys" juxtaposition for the ages -- with a true-life musical at one end of the Loop, the main subject of said musical singing at the other, and enough drama at the Chicago Theatre to make many in the sellout crowd wonder if they were...
| Jan 11, 2010
| 7:35 AM
Jessie Arlen's "Certain Surprise" CD release concert
Tuesday, January 12
1245 Chicago Ave.
Tickets $10-20 and can be purchased at evanstonspace.com
To purchase the cd:
Jessie Arlen, a 22 year-old...
| Jul 12, 2009
Im at Radio City Music Hall for the 2005 Tony Awards, billed as Broadways biggest night, though I always thought that was Sir Andrew Lloyd Webber. I have never even seen a Tony show before. When God was doling out showbiz DNA, I must have missed out...
| Sep 27, 2009
It's not unusual for Amy Gerstler to trip down the street from her house to mine bearing gifts: a ripe avocado, a jar of martini olives, an article of interest, a plastic Cupid the length of my thumbnail. Today, she meets me outside with a book she...
| Apr 1, 2009
Many were surprised that the final stimulus legislation signed by President Obama preserved a $50-million increase in arts funding that had been the subject of a heated battle in Congress. Though it amounted to only a tiny fraction of the measure's...
| Sep 2, 2010
| 10:12 PM
In Laguna Beach, Broadway (the street) stops just before it gets to the Laguna Playhouse, whereupon it becomes Laguna Canyon Road.
Next week, although the playhouse isn't on Broadway, Broadway will be at the playhouse. "Ethel Merman's Broadway," that is....
| 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...