| Sep 30, 2011
| 8:13 PM
The Pinocchio who will walk onstage next week at the Segerstrom Center for the Arts, just a few miles away from Disneyland, isn't for the fainthearted.
Costa Mesa resident Luke Yellin will perform as the wooden puppet in "Shrek the Musical," but his...
| Sep 13, 2012
| 11:20 AM
"Grease": The Paramount Theatre in Aurora kicks off its second season of self-produced, Equity-affiliated musicals with the well-loved, Chicago-originating saga of teenage love on the Northwest Side. Through Oct. 7 at the Paramount Theatre, 23 E....
| Mar 20, 2013
| 7:02 PM
Harry Reems, who starred with Linda Lovelace in the 1972 pornographic film "Deep Throat" and became a cause celebre in Hollywood after he was convicted on federal obscenity charges related to the movie, has died. He was 65.
Reems, who had pancreatic...
| Oct 9, 2012
| 8:20 AM
Oscar-nominated actor John Travolta will sit down for a public conversation with John Waters at Baltimore's Maryland Institute College of Art.
The man who created Edna Turnblad and the actor who brought the zaftig housewife of "Hairspray" to full-...
| Jul 3, 2012
| 10:11 AM
Paige Fortier's favorite teacher passed away of cancer in April 2011, just before Fortier was to step on stage for a dance competition. "I danced for her," Fortier says of Linda Smiley, her music teacher at Windsor Locks High School, where Fortier was...
| Jul 9, 2012
| 10:30 AM
OK, I'll admit it. I harbor a special fondness for shows featuring music from the 1950s, such as "Grease" or "Forever Plaid." You'd expect as much from someone whose e-mail address includes the phrase "gr8pre10der."
And few people know how to push that...
| Jul 12, 2012
| 12:04 PM
Annapolis Summer Garden Theatre looks to have a sure hit in "Avenue Q," a 2004 triple Tony Award winner for best musical, best score and best book.
Running through July 29, this musical featuring a cast of puppets and actors comically dealing with...
| Jul 24, 2012
| 2:23 PM
In its summer offering of the award-winning hit "Legally Blonde — The Musical," Toby's Dinner Theatre of Columbia has a light-hearted, fast-paced romantic comedy.
Toby's production, the area premiere of Laurence O'Keefe's and Nell Benjamin's...
| Nov 5, 2012
| 7:32 AM
John Travolta knew what he wanted to do with the role of Edna Turnblad, the zaftig housewife at the center of "Hairspray." The movie's producers, however, weren't so sure.
Especially when he insisted on using a Bawlamer accent.
"I got fought on it, by...
| Nov 3, 2012
| 9:35 PM
'Saturday Night Fever' (1977)
Travolta earned his first Oscar nomination — and proved he was more than Vinnie Barbarino on TV's "Welcome Back, Kotter" — as the Brooklyn teenager who becomes a big man on the disco dance floor.
"It was a...
| Nov 8, 2012
| 10:49 AM
The Park Avenue Players, Laguna Beach High School's dramatic acting group, is performing "Grease" this weekend to kick off their 20th anniversary season.
Performances will be at 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 2:30 p.m. Sunday. Tickets can be purchased...