July 13, 2000 |
As Disney's "Beauty and the Beast" returns on tour, it's hard to say which is the better show: the one on stage, or the one in the lobby, where a little boy lets out a Beastly roar on the grand staircase and a little girl heads for her seat in a Belle ball gown, a magic rose clutched in her hand. Such were the sights Tuesday night as the stage version of the beloved animated film returned to the Southland for the first time since its 1995-96 run at Century City's Shubert Theatre.
July 7, 1995 |
The most important ingredient in any production of Alan Menken and Howard Ashman's "Little Shop of Horrors" is its star, Audrey II, the plant that thrives on humans. In the case of Yorba Linda Civic Light Opera's production, Audrey II has been provided by Eckmann Stage and Technical, which also supplied the set.
June 22, 1989 |
The Resident Theatre Company doesn't do anything especially original with "Little Shop of Horrors"--it's all infused with the usual doo-wop pep, and the characters--from nerdy Seymour to sweet, weak Audrey--are all in place. But the familiar is performed with colorful confidence. Director Mary Bettini has brought a spoofy show featuring a lively cast and one hungry mother of a house plant--Audrey II--to the Muckenthaler Cultural Center's outdoor stage in Fullerton. Audrey II bellows just as it is supposed to, and everybody else keeps pace with its appetite for misadventure.
May 14, 1995 |
This 1992 Disney release is a film of wonders. To see it is to be the smallest child, open-mouthed at the screen's sense of magic, as well as the most knowing adult, eager to laugh at some surprisingly sly humor. This Arabian Nights tale expands both the visual boundaries of mainstream animation and its possibilities for extravagant humor. And it gives Robin Williams what just may be the role of a lifetime.
September 14, 1992 |
After a long month away, the Los Angeles Philharmonic returned to its summer place last week, just in time, in four performances of three programs, to close the 71st Hollywood Bowl season. The final program, given Friday and Saturday nights, featured guest conductor John Williams and violinist Alexander Treger in a mixed pops agenda apparently chosen for variety rather than unity.
June 21, 1996 |
Some records deserve a certain amount of indulgence from the casual listener because their popular appeal derives from the very qualities that make them artistically suspect: overly dramatic performances and no patience for any musical effect more complex than the snappiest fillip. These include children's records, movie scores and soundtracks, and anything by Michael Bolton.
June 15, 1996 |
* 1/2 VARIOUS ARTISTS "The Hunchback of Notre Dame" original soundtrack, Walt Disney Records Some records deserve a certain amount of indulgence from the casual listener because their popular appeal derives from the very qualities that make them artistically suspect: overly dramatic performances and no patience for any musical effect more complex than the snappiest fillip. These include children's records, movie scores and soundtracks, and anything by Michael Bolton.
September 26, 1992 |
Ellen Greene is getting skinnier by the minute. "Some people gain weight under pressure; I lose," says the actress ("Stepping Out," "Talk Radio"), who plays a single mom caring for her autistic teen in Bob Randall's "David's Mother" at Pasadena Playhouse. Greene is offstage just twice in two hours, and she acknowledges that the physical and emotional demands of the role "are very, very hard. In order to be funny, you have to know the sadness--and yet you have to be able to shut it off."