| 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...
| Nov 10, 2012
| 6:57 PM
A slimmed-down Edna Turnblad shared the stage with her creator, John Waters, last night, much to the delight of scores of star-crazed fans.
Well, it wasn't exactly Edna, the zaftig stage mom from Waters' "Hairspray," who took to the stage at the Maryland...
| Dec 5, 2012
| 2:22 PM
As Mariah Carey and the Roots proved on "Late Night With Jimmy Fallon" on Tuesday night, very occasionally an original Christmas song can deliver as much cheer as one of the old standbys.
But most of the time? Not so much.
Take, for example, "I...
| Mar 15, 2012
| 6:07 PM
The thought of portraying one of film's most iconic characters on the stage scared the spotlight-loving Danielle Ridge.
But, when the time came for the 16-year-old to don the sweet A-line dresses and sweaters of Sandy Dumbrowski in"Grease,"she was filled...
| Jul 21, 2011
| 11:40 AM
The temperature in these parts has been sizzling all week. An ideal time, then, for an annual On the Town event: The unveiling of the Hot New Faces of the Chicago-area stage. Class of 2011.
We've found this year's group of rising stars everywhere from...