| 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....
| 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...
| 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...
| Aug 24, 2014
| 12:30 AM
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 director Mathieu Urfer's intent...
| 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 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 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 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...