| Feb 24, 2008
Not since 1950 when the U.S. Army briefly captured Pyongyang during the Korean War have so many Americans descended on the world's most reclusive, anti-U.S. capital. This time, though, the invasion is not military, but musical.
A 747 jumbo jet from...
| Apr 30, 2009
In many ways, the first act of "9 to 5: The Musical" played out 35 years ago at a Catholic high school in a small Midwestern city better known for churning out screws than producing titans of stage and screen.
Surrounded by cornfields, the middle-class...
| Apr 20, 2008
MOST people think of the accordion, if they think of it at all, as a social instrument, wheezing out polkas and folk tunes. The sound of it brings to mind French cafes, Mexican plazas, German beer gardens, Argentine nightclubs. Nick Ariondo, perhaps the...
| Apr 15, 2008
Two world premieres -- by Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Donald Margulies and singer-songwriter Jonathan Brielle -- a play by Pulitzer winner Robert Schenkkan and another in the Hershey Felder "Composer Sonata" trilogy are slated for the Geffen...
| Apr 27, 2008
If springtime in Paris isn't going to work for you this year, rent a movie and pretend -- until you can book a flight and go. Here are my Top 10 picks for films that best show off the French capital.
For scenes from these memorable films, go to latimes....
| Jun 10, 2008
NEW YORK -- "Finally my mother can see something I've done," said opera singer Nathan Gunn, "that she actually likes."
The 37-year-old baritone was speaking of tonight's concert version of the pioneering musical "Show Boat," the centerpiece of a season-...
| Jul 3, 2008
British documentary maker Tony Palmer called his 17-hour TV series exploring the origins of American popular music “All You Need Is Love,” because John Lennon told him it would make a great title. But in the three decades since he made it, it'...
| Jul 11, 2008
Wynton Marsalis describes the big jazz band as "the American orchestra." It's an intriguing and, in many ways, definitive identification of the instrumental collective that has been a foundation ensemble of American jazz and popular music for more than 80...
| Nov 1, 2009
The heirs of George and Ira Gershwin, creators of "I Got Rhythm" and many other standards that helped define the grand tradition of American popular song, have fallen badly out of step over who gets how much from the lucrative pot of royalties still being...
| Feb 18, 2007
Paris -- The French may rail about Hollywood's global domination, but they have a soft spot in their hearts for vintage American movies, as anyone who watches French television knows.
Channel surfing here has given me such pleasures as the 1949 John Ford...
| Mar 15, 2009
Mark O'Connor sat in the small theater at UCLA as three earnest young music students -- a violinist, a cellist and a pianist -- determinedly worked through one movement of his Piano Trio No. 1, a piece commissioned and recorded by the Eroica Trio, one...