| 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....
| Jul 10, 2014
| 9:00 AM
Nadia Parvez Manzoor plays 21 characters as she explores the lives of modern Muslim women in her new solo show, "Burq Off!" Also, the classic musicals "Bye Bye Birdie" and "Into the Woods" and the more recent tuners "We Will Rock You" and "Once" are on...
| 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...
| 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....
| Jul 6, 2014
| 4:35 AM
The Torggler Summer Vocal Institute at Christopher Newport University has lined up some impressive artists — opera baritone Nathan Gunn, Broadway dynamo Patti Lupone, jazz singer Spider Saloff and the male a cappella group Straight No Chaser —...
| Jul 1, 2014
| 9:40 AM
"Begin Again" is an insistent puppy of a movie, just about willing you to like it. And while it 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 15, 2014
| 4:30 AM
Though based on a smash-hit jukebox tuner that won four Tonys, Clint Eastwood's adaptation of "Jersey Boys" can't properly be described as a full-on musical. It does often hint at becoming one, just as it hints at becoming a "La Bamba"-esque early rock...
| Jun 12, 2014
| 12:30 PM
Every summer a handful of plucky indie movies jump into the mainstream, thanks to filmgoers who want more nutritional value than that offered by the season's popcorn pics. This year's notable breakouts include Fox Searchlight's "The Grand Budapest Hotel,"...
| Sep 11, 2014
| 9:39 AM
In an age when no cinematic product seems safe from being targeted for a theatrical make-over, and when so few of these movies-turned-musicals end up having much substance to offer, "Once" impresses all the more.
This modest-scaled work, now getting...
| Sep 9, 2014
| 6:08 AM
Big-bucks movies -- "Sister Act," "Ghost," "Flashdance," "Dirty Dancing," to name a few -- get turned into stage musicals with some frequency. Indie films form a smaller screen-to-boards subset. Of these, "Once," based on the minuscule-budget, shot-in-17-...
| 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...