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  • On Theater: 'Motown' delivers a soulful mix of music and drama

    On Theater: 'Motown' delivers a soulful mix of music and drama
    America's popular music from a half-century ago has been big business on the local theater scene. Over the past year, audiences have been treated to "Buddy: The Buddy Holly Story," the Four Seasons show "Jersey Boys" and now "Motown, the Musical," currently rocking out at the Segerstrom Center for the Arts.
  • Shining musical light on mental illness

    Musical geniuses sometimes struggle with demons. Jazz, blues and soul singer, composer and songwriter Donny Hathaway battled schizophrenia. "I'm hoping they will still be able to enjoy some of his songs but also see that this is him getting through...

    Four Seasons Founder Bob Gaudio Tells Stories Behind 'Jersey Boys'

    Four Seasons Founder Bob Gaudio Tells Stories Behind  'Jersey Boys'
    After languishing for decades on old jukeboxes, wedding-DJ playlists and your mom's favorite radio stations, the music of Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons — think "Sherry," "Big Girls Don't Cry," "Rag Doll," "December, 1963 (Oh, What a Night),"...

    Inmates who allege police abuse by Burge may get hearing on innocence claims

    Inmates who allege police abuse by Burge may get hearing on innocence claims
    "Girt" Burton was 21 when he alleged Chicago police detectives working under Cmdr. Jon Burge kept him in custody without charges for six days, beating him with a phone book, choking him until he passed out and torturing him until he finally confessed to a...

    'Two Trains Running': Set in a Pittsburgh diner on sidelines of history

    'Two Trains Running': Set in a Pittsburgh diner on sidelines of history
    Although set in 1969 — the height of militant social action, you might think — August Wilson's "Two Trains Running" is actually a portrait of Pittsburgh folks stuck in a siding. Everyone in this play wants something, in most cases quite...