| Feb 20, 2013
| 1:46 PM
A couple of weeks ago, I wrote a column about my fondness for fat books, my current one being Victor Hugo's novel "Les Miserables," and some readers wrote to ask for other books I would recommend. Here's an incomplete list of my favorite novels, not all...
| Feb 25, 2013
| 7:45 AM
In an Oscars broadcast that was packed with tributes to movie musicals, "Les Miserables" won three Academy Awards on Sunday, including a win for Anne Hathaway for supporting actress. The film also won in the categories of sound mixing and make-up....
| Feb 25, 2013
| 10:30 AM
To find the inspiration behind the actors, actresses and others who hoisted Oscars last night, look no further than the works in your nearest library, bookstore or e-reader. The big winners were drawn from characters in adaptations that ranged from a mid-...
| Mar 23, 2011
| 5:03 PM
Over the years, the student performers of the Academy for the Performing Arts at Huntington Beach High School have taken on some formidable challenges, but never one quite so daunting as "Les Miserables." Until now, that is.
Tim Nelson, who functions...
| Feb 24, 2012
| 10:53 AM
Here's another look at a religious leader in South Florida. Today we're talking with the Rev. Andrew Coleman of Sheridan Hills Baptist Church, Hollywood.
Q: Is it easy or hard to become pastor of a church that you grew up in?
A: I think it's a great...
| Jun 30, 2011
Southern California residents — and most Americans outside the Northeast corridor — can only envy the speed, comfort and ease of rail travel that the French have, especially the speedy TGV (Train à Grande Vitesse). Ina Caro celebrates this...
| Jul 12, 2011
| 2:28 PM
In a twist on Caesar's "Veni, vedi, vici" (I came, I saw, I conquered.), the French writer Victor Hugo wrote: "Veni, vedi, vixi. (I came, I saw, I lived.)
Either way, I went to Paris, I saw everything possible in a week, I conquered any apprehension...
| Aug 4, 2011
Families that grew up with musical theater over the last 25 years will instantly recognize the face on the large banner over the doors at the Laurel Mill Playhouse. It is Emile Bayard's illustration of the waif Cosette from Victor Hugo's French novel,...
| Dec 13, 2012
| 9:41 AM
The Golden Globe nominees have a heavy literary bent this year, with a large number of adaptations featured in the key categories. Just consider the two "best picture" categories, which draw from novels and non-fiction books that have topped the best-...
| Jun 14, 2012
| 7:43 PM
How do you improve on what is, arguably, the greatest of all musicals? In the case of "Les Miserables," now in residence at the Segerstrom Center for the Arts, the process is not so much improvement as enhancement.
This touring 25th anniversary...
| Mar 25, 2011
Tom Hooper guided one period piece to Oscar and box office glory. Might he be able to do the same for the epic musical version of Victor Hugo's “Les Miserables?” Deadline.com reports that “The King's Speech” director is closing...