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Los Angeles Times Staff WriterA decade or more out of high school, one might forget that theater kids exist: those sweet effete boys who don't know they're gay yet, loud girls inclined to break into song just cuz. Then you show up one afternoon at Wicked Wednesday at Universal...
Los Angeles Times Staff WriterThe Geffen Playhouse announced last week a return engagement of "Ricky Jay and His 52 Assistants," July 9 through Aug. 26. But magically appearing with the sleight-of-hand master will be a $250 ticket -- a record-setting price for a sub-99-seat L.A....
Tags: Music Theater, Theater, Entertainment
Los Angeles Times Staff WriterTHERE ARE telltale moments when Lin-Manuel Miranda, the star and creator of "In the Heights," knows who's in the audience to see his new musical about Latinos in Upper Manhattan: Whenever he mentions the Dominican Republic or Puerto Rico in a rap song, or...
Tags: Family, Culture, Dominican Republic, Stew Leonard's, Television
Times Theater CriticNOTHING gets the comic juices flowing like a workplace revenge fantasy. In "9 to 5: The Musical," an eager-to-please adaptation of the fizzy 1980 pop-feminist film, three female employees, tired of banging their heads against a low-hanging glass ceiling,...
Special to The TimesA 16-foot-long white blimp hovered above the conductor's podium in an empty Walt Disney Concert Hall. Beneath it hung a video camera, just over the spot where Lorin Maazel's score of Benjamin Britten's "War Requiem" had rested hours earlier. "Action!"...
Irving Brecher, a comedy writer whose career in radio, television and the movies included writing two Marx Brothers comedies, co-writing the Judy Garland musical "Meet Me in St. Louis" and creating the radio and TV series "The Life of Riley," has died. He...
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...
Special to The TimesNEW YORK -- 5,140 performances. After 12 years, "Rent" is closing in New York. And depending on whom you talk to, it's either the end of a colorful era on Broadway, or the End of Days. Jonathan Larson's rock- fueled fable of AIDS-ravaged friends in New...
Los Angeles Times Staff WriterNEW YORK -- For now, everything on Broadway is coming up roses. After a paralyzing 19-day strike that shut down 26 shows, long lines at the box offices this weekend have finally replaced picket lines. The Rialto is buzzing again, just in time for the...
Los Angeles Times Staff WriterThe Pantages Theatre is about to get a Hollywood ending. In the late 1920s, Los Angeles theater mogul Alexander Pantages started work on a costly Art Deco playhouse that would be topped by a 12-story office tower overlooking the famous intersection of...
Rudyard Kipling hated Chicago. "It holds rather more than a million of people with bodies, and stands on the same sort of soil as Calcutta," wrote the man whom George Orwell dubbed "the prophet of British imperialism in its expansionist phase,"...
Tags: Music Industry, The Jungle Book (movie), India, Music, Movies
The Osceola Center for the Arts will hold open auditions for the musical The Wizard of Oz, Sunday, June 16th and Monday, June 17th at 6pm. All roles are are unpaid and open to actors ages 5+ up. Actors should prepare 16 bars of a song and may be asked...
Tags: Music, Kissimmee, Music Theater, Entertainment
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