| Sep 17, 2011
Frances Bay, the sweet, gentle housewife who became a successful actress in middle age, appearing in more than 50 motion pictures and 100 television shows, including roles as the "marble rye lady" on "Seinfeld" and the grandmother in Adam Sandler's "Happy...
| 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....
| 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...
| 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...