We know exactly the atmosphere in which Wagner wanted his music performed. Or at least we think we do, and it is not sonically, physically and aesthetically the Hollywood Bowl, where Gustavo Dudamel happened to lead a spectacularly effective all-Wagner concert Thursday night with the Los Angeles Philharmonic and Master Chorale.Read more
Like many cities in Southern California, Santa Monica is split between two entrenched camps when it comes to the politics of growth, housing and development. Here’s how Rick Cole, Santa Monica’s city manager — and before that a deputy mayor of Los Angeles, city manager of Ventura and Azusa and mayor of Pasadena — describes the gulf.Read more
The last time Stephen Sondheim was at the Hollywood Bowl was 2005 for a concert in honor of his 75th birthday.
"They handled the traffic pretty well,” he recalls.
On Sunday, the Hollywood Bowl will again be filled with the sound of Sondheim when Gustavo Dudamel conducts the Los Angeles Philharmonic in a one-night-only performance of “Sondheim on Sondheim,” a revue of the Broadway songwriter’s career.Read more
National Theatre’s acclaimed revival of Tony Kushner’s Pulitzer Prize-winning play, “Angels in America,” starring Andrew Garfield and Nathan Lane, will be broadcast live to theaters in the U.S. and internationally in late July.
The eight-hour, two-part play unpacks the complexities and sociopolitical climate of life in 1980s America during the height of the AIDS epidemic.Read more
LONDON — For an American theatergoer in London this summer, there can be little doubt that the best new play of the year so far is Tony Kushner’s “Angels in America” at the National Theatre.
Yes, I’m aware that this two-part epic, subtitled “A Gay Fantasia on National Themes,” was first produced in its entirety at the Mark Taper Forum in 1992.Read more