| Apr 22, 2012
| 9:47 AM
Everyone who has ever sat before a television or movie screen to enjoy the fantasy of "The Wizard of Oz" should plan to see how magical this family favorite becomes onstage at Toby's Dinner Theatre in Columbia.
The production brings the beloved...
| Jan 25, 2012
Dick Tufeld, a longtime radio and TV announcer who intoned "Danger, Will Robinson!" as the voice of the Robot in the 1960s science-fiction TV series "Lost in Space," has died. He was 85.
Tufeld died Sunday at his home in Studio City while watching the...
| Aug 13, 2011
The email from a reader in Westwood was short, to the point and disturbing.
"My life has been very full," wrote Polly Berger. "But now it is getting very bad, and I want to go to that other world."
Berger also said she wished there were more Dr. Jack...
| Dec 19, 2011
Irving Berlin wrote "White Christmas," one of the biggest-selling songs of all time, with tongue planted firmly in cheek. Although the wistful tune soothed homesick soldiers in such God-awful places as Guadalcanal more than half a century ago, and no...
| Feb 9, 2012
| 8:29 AM
Karine Vanasse was a child lip-syncing to Celine Dion when she knew she belonged onstage.
As the crew adjusts the lights on the set of ABC's "Pan Am," Vanasse recalls realizing that Dion's voice may have been a bit overpowering to be coming out of a...
| Feb 16, 2012
Although she was an Oscar-nominated songwriter, Dory Previn was better known for ballads that spoke to wounded souls. A gifted lyricist, she mined her traumatic childhood and later mental illness to write confessional songs that found an audience —...
| Feb 23, 2012
| 6:00 AM
Tommy Femia is a man. Let's get that out of the way up front. But his imitation of Judy Garland's voice and mannerisms is pretty spot on. He'll be at the Bijou Theatre Friday night accompanied by his musical director, Connecticut native David Maiocco,...
| Feb 24, 2012
| 9:42 PM
On Sunday, Hollywood celebrates itself and honors its own. All eyes (or most of them anyway) will be on the presentations of the Academy Awards.
But do the Oscars always end up in the right hands? Opinions abound on this topic, and what follows is only...
| Mar 1, 2012
| 1:30 PM
A Bel-Air house that was home to a young Judy Garland, in the days of her star turn as Dorothy in the 1939 classic "The Wizard of Oz," is back on the market at $7.1 million, roughly a year after its previous sale.
Updated and renovated, the two-story...
| Jul 1, 2011
| 3:35 PM
In celebration of July Fourth, Printers Row set out to create a reading list of patriotic books. But, how to define "patriotic"? We decided to have each contributing Tribune writer and editor pick a title that corresponds to his or her own definition....
| Jul 12, 2011
| 2:24 PM
"The Wiz," let us stipulate, was always a weird show. With the passage of 36 years, it only has become stranger.
Although a big hit in 1975 — it ran on Broadway for some 1,600 performances — "The Wiz" generally has defeated most attempts to...