| Oct 25, 2013
| 3:28 PM
The temptation for an orchestra to celebrate the opening of a concert hall by commissioning a major new work is obvious and irresistible. It's also, more often than not, a bad idea.
Preparing a premiere is hard enough under normal circumstances. There...
| Oct 28, 2013
| 10:00 AM
It’s a newer Argentina than not on display in “Evita” at the Pantages. This glossy touring edition of director Michael Grandage’s 2006 revival of Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice’s Tony-winning phenomenon doesn’t...
| Oct 28, 2013
| 5:30 AM
Audra McDonald was in grand merry-making form for much of her magnificent L.A. Opera concert at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion.
Performing a diverse selection of songs spanning almost a century of the American musical and interspersing these works with...
| Nov 2, 2013
| 8:00 AM
The organization that brings us the Oscars aims to debut a major motion-picture museum in Los Angeles about 31/2 years from now. A star attraction will be a pair of the ruby slippers Judy Garland wore as Dorothy in "The Wizard of Oz."
| Nov 3, 2013
| 7:00 AM
In her role as a counterculture den mother to a group of suburban would-be rock stars in the new musical "The Black Suits," Annie Golden isn't just going through the motions. She knows rock 'n' roll.
The 62-year-old actress was the lead singer of the...
| Nov 5, 2013
| 6:00 AM
HOUSTON — Forget Monticello or the Chrysler building: There may be no piece of architecture more quintessentially American than the Astrodome.
Widely copied after it opened in 1965, it perfectly embodies postwar U.S. culture in its brash...
| Jul 17, 2013
| 4:09 PM
Some conductors speak to the audience at the Hollywood Bowl. Some don't. It's up to them, but a few well-chosen remarks can be a good way to get an audience's attention. Plus, this summer's new hi-def video screens are meant to bring the intimacy of...
| Dec 28, 2013
| 8:47 PM
On Nov. 23, 1963, the day after President Kennedy was shot, NBC News producer and director Frederic Rheinstein was in a remote broadcast truck outside Dallas' city hall with his crew. Suddenly, a stranger poked his head through an open window.
| Jan 2, 2014
| 9:00 AM
The dystopian drama "Foxfinder" premieres in Pasadena, Gordon Goodman is back as "Barrymore," and Barry McGovern does Beckett at the Kirk Douglas Theatre.
Human Identity L.A. premiere of writer-performer Christopher Vened’s solo show mixing mime...
| Jan 12, 2014
| 8:00 AM
Denis O'Hare's campaign to write and perform a solo play based on "The Iliad" has now lasted almost as long as the Trojan War itself.
He began writing "An Iliad" in 2005 with his director and co-author, Lisa Peterson. Now they're bringing their 100-...
| Jan 14, 2014
| 2:00 PM
Plácido Domingo in "La Traviata" and a new production of John Corigliano's "The Ghosts of Versailles" will be among the highlights of Los Angeles Opera's 2014-15 season, which will be announced Tuesday.
The company will mount six mainstage productions...