April 13, 2010 |
In a decision that has surely left many in the theater world scratching their heads, the Pulitzer Prize board on Monday bestowed its 2009 drama award to the musical "Next to Normal." The edgy musical, which opened last spring on Broadway at the Booth Theatre, has been a critical and audience hit, but it was not viewed as a favorite to win by industry watchers. At last year's Tony Awards, "Billy Elliot: The Musical" beat out "Next to Normal" for the award for best musical. The Pulitzer board made the rare but not unprecedented decision of ignoring the list of finalists submitted by the nominating jury.
March 3, 2002 |
Henry Spofford Jr. of the Philadelphia Spoffords will sing sweet nothings into the ear of the brunet Dorothy Shaw on Tuesday, when the curtain goes up on "Gentlemen Prefer Blondes" at UCLA's Freud Playhouse. But in real life, the gentleman who plays him, Broadway leading man Hugh Panaro, really does prefer blonds--at least the particular towhead who plays the gold-digging Lorelei Lee. After all, Panaro and Alice Ripley have a love child together. They call him Zippy.
June 12, 2008 |
TONY-nominated actress and pop musician Alice Ripley is about to become a mother for the third time. Sort of. When "The Who's Tommy" is unveiled this weekend at Hollywood's Ricardo Montalban Theatre, it will mark Ripley's third appearance as one of the show's principal players: Tommy's reputation-obsessed mom, Mrs. Walker. Also in the cast are Acid Queen Nona Hendryx (a Grammy nominee and former member of Patti LaBelle's R&B group LaBelle); titular deaf, dumb and blind kid Aleks Pevec (from the L.A. cast of "Wicked")
March 8, 2002 |
The title may sound antiquated, yet the 1949 musical "Gentlemen Prefer Blondes" was never really about what gentlemen want. It's about what the siren Lorelei Lee wants--to bag a wealthy husband. And the practice of screening potential spouses for their moola has not been completely banished from the 21st century--or from certain social strata in L.A. So while the fizzy Reprise!
November 24, 2010
MUSIC Esa-Pekka Salonen conducts Wagner and Hindemith Where: Walt Disney Concert Hall When: Friday-Saturday, 8 p.m. Sunday, 2 p.m. Tickets: $42-$167 OPERA LA Opera performs "Rigoletto" Where: Dorothy Chandler Pavilion When: Opens Saturday, 7:30 p.m. Through Dec. 18 Tickets: $40-$270 ARCHITECTURE Charles Phoenix's Disneyland Tour of Downtown L.A. Where: Departs from Union Station ...
June 13, 2012 |
Bill Condon hit the Hollywood jackpot when he was hired to direct the final two installments of the "Twilight" franchise. Following his sojourn into teen-vampire territory -- the final installment opens in November -- Condon will head for the stage to direct a revival production of "Side Show" debuting at the La Jolla Playhouse next year. "Side Show" -- a musical about the real-life conjoined twins Violet and Daisy Hilton -- is set to open at the La Jolla Playhouse in the fall of 2013 and will then transfer to the Kennedy Center in Washington in June 2014.