| Aug 27, 2014
| 4:10 PM
Previewing a theater season at Segerstrom Center for the Arts is like walking into a shoe retailer and eyeing a variety of styles created by the best designers.
There is the classic, the vintage and the contemporary.
And red patent-leather high-heel...
| Aug 23, 2014
| 10:56 PM
LOS ANGELES (Variety.com) - You can't blame a gal for wanting to take a break from a scruffy, ambitionless b.f. like "Pause's" Sami (Baptiste Gillieron) after four years. Audiences may feel the same way after just four minutes, though debuting Swiss...
| Aug 20, 2014
| 1:35 PM
“Once” is a Broadway musical that dares to be different. Not only dares but demands. Stridently. At the top of its voice.
This multi-award-winning show from 2013, now on stage at the Segerstrom Center for the Arts, goes out of its way to...
| Aug 18, 2014
| 5:45 AM
Among the many statuettes handed out on Saturday at the Creative Arts Emmy Awards in Los Angeles were trophies in recognition of other entertainment awards shows — a bit of inside Hollywood meta-congratulations. The 2013 Tony Awards broadcast on CBS...
| Aug 15, 2014
In portraying a Czech pixie pianist in the Broadway musical "Once," Dani de Waal has a hard task: playing piano onstage.
She has played the instrument for years but never in front of a live audience. Though she found the element particularly...
| Aug 14, 2014
| 9:00 AM
A young girl with a special gift is at the heart of Eisa Davis' "Bulrusher" at the Skylight Theatre, and a Jewish family celebrates a Passover different from any other in "The Face in the Reeds" at Ruskin Group Theatre. Plus, "Once" is never enough as the...
| Aug 7, 2014
| 5:20 AM
ALIVE INSIDE 3 1/2 stars. An extraordinary documentary captures the startling impact music can have on people with Alzheimer's and dementia. This is an all-too-rare light in the nursing home tunnel. 1 hr. 18 No MPAA rating David Hiltbrand
AND SO IT...
| Aug 2, 2014
| 8:00 AM
Glen Hansard's doubly blessed musical life will be doubly displayed Aug. 10 at two of Hollywood's most famous venues.
The Irish singer-songwriter will be headlining at the Hollywood Bowl, backed by a lavish 13-piece folk-rock ensemble with strings and...
| Jul 18, 2014
| 4:50 PM
At last, a Broadway show that doesn't feel the need to conk its audience over the head with hollow flash and empty dazzle. "Once," the Tony-winning musical based on John Carney's 2006 indie film, honors its source by staying true to its folksy lyricism....
| Jun 26, 2014
| 5:15 PM
Begin Again" is an insistent puppy of a movie, just about willing you to like it. And while it certainly has appeal — you'd have to be a troll to resist it completely — you may end up wanting to enjoy it more than its qualities will allow....
| Jun 25, 2014
| 5:15 AM
Keira Knightley hates karaoke. She describes her relationship with singing as the occasional tune in the shower. Yet in an early scene in her new movie she's apprehensively clutching a guitar on a small stage, singing an original song over the hum of a...