| Mar 15, 2015
| 7:38 AM
Just over 20 years ago, a little-known singer named Linda Eder made her Chicago debut at Park West before a small audience that had no idea what it was in for.
Here was a voice that was immense in scope, but that was just part of the story. On that...
| Mar 5, 2015
| 10:28 AM
New York jazz singer Hilary Kole was exposed to the Great American Songbook from an early age. In particular, she fell in love with the songs made famous by Judy Garland.
A year ago, she began doing a show called "Over the Rainbow: A Musical Tribute...
| Feb 12, 2015
| 9:00 AM
Judy Garland is remembered in "End of the Rainbow" at International City Theatre in Long Beach, A Noise Within presents the Brecht-Weill classic "The Threepenny Opera" in Pasadena, and Deaf West Theatre stages David Mamet's "American Buffalo" at Cal State...
| Jan 26, 2015
| 2:30 AM
"MOST OF our assumptions have outlived their uselessness," said philosopher Marshall McLuhan.
NOW we are reaching a saturation point in stories about Jennifer Aniston and how she failed to get a nomination for her movie "Cake," and that there's no...
| Oct 28, 2014
| 6:30 AM
The packaging is unadorned, the artwork rudimentary, the promotion nonexistent.
Yet in an era in which artists feel liberated to produce and distribute their music in their own way — minus record-label intrusion — singer Linda Eder has...
| Sep 26, 2014
| 7:00 AM
A press release from Random House sent Jan. 4, 1960, proclaimed “a book for which publishers have been angling for years has been signed and sealed.”
That book was “The Judy Garland Story.” The then-37-year-old star of such...
| Jun 9, 2014
| 12:18 PM
Burt Reynolds told Lee Marlow “I will walk with you as far as you want to go with this” when the Wellington actress read scenes from “The Property Known as Garland” in one of his master classes.
Marlow replied, “Great....
| Jun 11, 2014
| 12:30 PM
Stars may head to Hollywood to make their careers, but their hometown fans don't have to travel far for the festivals that celebrate them. Regional fests are taking place throughout the country this summer to honor showbiz legends Lucille Ball, Judy...
| May 20, 2014
Audiences may remember Mark Baratelli as the pill-popping, floor-dropping, hilarious Judy Garland in Wanzie's 2012 Fringe hit "Celebrity Squares."
Well Judy's back in 45 minutes of Judy, just Judy. This improvisational cabaret show will have you...
| Jul 9, 2014
| 6:00 AM
Joey Luft remembers it well: appearing on the 1963 Christmas episode of his mother Judy Garland's CBS musical-variety series with his two older sisters, Lorna Luft and Liza Minnelli.
On a recent afternoon, Luft was rewatching the show, his eyes wide and...
| Aug 13, 2014
| 2:30 AM
"If women ran the world we wouldn't have wars, just intense negotiations every 28 days," said Robin Williams.
REALLY AND truly, some of the recent dead are just too heartbreaking.
What about Robin Williams, who I knew throughout his amazing career as...