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Sybil Christopher, who died last week in New York at 83, was a noted theater producer and the founder of Arthur, a Manhattan hot spot that attracted a ritzy celebrity clientele during the 1960s. Even if she hadn't become famous as the first wife, and...
Tags: Music, Kate Burton, Theater, Bay Street Theater, Barry Manilow
Fanilows, your wait is finally over. The long-delayed Barry Manilow musical "Harmony" as well as a star turn by Danny DeVito in the London production of Neil Simon's "The Sunshine Boys" are part of the 2013-14 lineup for the Ahmanson Theatre. The...
"What was merry Christmas to Scrooge? Out upon merry Christmas! What good had it ever done to him?" — Charles Dickens, "A Christmas Carol." At the box office there is no "Bah! Humbug!" The recompense that two big Southern California theaters...
As artistic director of L.A.'s Center Theatre Group, Michael Ritchie reads more than a play a day on average — perhaps 500 a year — in quest of the 15 or 16 he'll pick each season for his company's three stages. But lately he's noticed...
Tags: Henrik Ibsen, Nathan Lane, Lobbying, Kirk Douglas, John Hurt
Leaders from some of the largest theater companies in Southern California are scheduled to take part in a forum this month to discuss the issue of racial diversity and the inclusion (or lack thereof) of Asian Americans in stage productions. The forum is...
Culture MonsterThe current Broadway revival of the Stephen Sondheim-James Goldman musical, "Follies," will come to the Ahmanson Theatre in May. It fills a gap in the Ahmanson season created when a planned revival of "Funny Girl" fell through....
Culture MonsterThe Broadway run of the Pulitzer Prize winning play "Clybourne Park" has been canceled by producer Scott Rudin....
Culture MonsterThe acclaimed production of playwright Bruce Norris' "Clybourne Park," now playing at the Mark Taper Forum, will move to Broadway this spring after all, despite a well-publicized spat between Norris and a producer of the show threatened to sideline the...
Culture MonsterCharles McNulty explores the changing business model of nonprofit theater and its ramifications on the art form....
Culture MonsterPatti LuPone, Richard Thomas and Mary Beth Hurt will star in the New York segment of what's billed as a national effort on Sunday to raise money for Japanese theaters on the anniversary of the March 11, 2011 earthquake and tsunami. Major companies in LA...
Culture MonsterGil Cates, who died Monday at the age of 77, wore many hats during his long career in Hollywood. Cates served as the head producer of the Academy Awards telecast for a record 14 times. He directed movies and produced for television. But the man's prime...
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