| May 14, 2010
| 4:32 PM
--Dark notes: The two leading singers in the Los Angeles Opera's "Ring" cycle are openly criticizing director Achim Freyer, saying the production is artistically flawed and dangerous for performers. (Los Angeles Times) --Deja vu: Santo Loquasto's Tony...
| Mar 3, 2010
| 9:33 PM
â¢ Claude Brodesser-Akner reports, "that an 'Avatar' sketch planned by Sacha Baron Cohen and Ben Stiller was nixed yesterday by show producer Bill Mechanic, who worried that James Cameron would be so offended by it that he might even walk out of the...
| Mar 8, 2010
| 4:32 PM
Jerry Seinfeld will perform an evening of stand-up comedy to benefit the Reprise Theatre Company at 8 p.m. Thursday, April 8, at the Saban Theatre in Beverly Hills. "Jerry Seinfeld Live!" will be hosted by Jason Alexander, Reprise's artistic director,.......
| Nov 27, 2013
| 9:15 AM
"Parfumerie," the 1936 Hungarian play by Miklós László, has the humble distinction of living in the shadow of the more famous movies (and Broadway musical) that it inspired.
Hollywood has cashed in on the play not once but three times — the...
| May 3, 2009
There are precious few guarantees in the theater anymore. Boffo playwrights went out with the Neil Simon dinosaurs. A new show by Stephen Sondheim, hands down the greatest living musical theater composer, can't even count on a Broadway booking. The only...
| May 4, 2009
The combatant in question is a manly man. He's wearing high-testosterone black from head to toe and that ultimate flag of machismo -- a full-on beard. His opponent is 20 years younger, but as the two sword fighters thrust and parry, the dark, handsome...
| Sep 2, 2008
"Once on This Island," a tale of love and redemption in the Caribbean, marks a new beginning for L.A.'s leading presenter of old musicals.
"Island," which opens Wednesday at UCLA's Freud Playhouse, is the first show of Reprise Theatre Company's first...
| Nov 7, 2008
When it comes to his future arts giving in today's economy, even Eli Broad, perhaps Los Angeles' most generous arts supporter, is looking at the bottom line.
"The value of the Broad Foundation is down 18%," says Broad, who can count among his latest...
| May 11, 2008
Anew era is beginning in the career of Frank Sinatra even if the Chairman of the Board isn't here to participate.
The iconic singer died May 14, 1998, and the 10th anniversary is being marked with a flurry of activity, including a new U.S. postage...
| Apr 30, 2011
In an early homemade video made by the L.A. band the Belle Brigade for its song "Losers," from the sibling duo's self-titled debut, Barbara and Ethan Gruska, ages 28 and 21, respectively, sit holding acoustic guitars in an empty bathtub. They're wearing...
| Jan 9, 2013
| 2:14 PM
Though he's kept busy with a variety of film and art projects, Devendra Banhart hasn't put out a new studio album since 2009's "What Will We Be" -- a relative eternity for the once-prolific freak-folk prince, who recently moved from Los Angeles to New...