February 9, 1993 |
The musical comedy "Romance Romance," videotaped in its original theatrical form, brings the Broadway theater to TV in "Clairol on Broadway" (6 and 10 tonight on A&E). The first of a series of performing arts showcases designed to share the theatergoing experience, this 1988 Tony-nominated show was staged by the Old Globe in San Diego in 1989 but never made it to Los Angeles, which is not hard to understand.
June 20, 1986 |
Watching "My Little Pony: The Movie" (citywide) is like being immersed in cotton candy for an hour and a half: The sticky-sweet cuteness is piled on so thickly that adults leave the theater checking their teeth for new cavities. "My Little Pony" represents the latest entry in the recent spate of gigantic commercials disguised as animated features for children. This one hawks a line of determinedly cute little horsies with long manes and tails, made by Hasbro.
June 4, 1988 |
Why all the fuss about the Tony Awards? They don't even represent all of the New York theater, let alone the American theater. Still, they do sum up the Broadway season. They remind us that theater people know how to put on a better TV awards show than movie people. Also, this year South Coast Repertory is getting a special resident-theater Tony. It will be presented by Madonna, who became a theater person last month when she opened in David Mamet's "Speed-the-Plow." The Tony show starts at 9 p.
January 20, 1994 |
New York swooned over "Romance/Romance" in 1988, when the musical leaped from the tiny off-off-Broadway Actor's Outlet to Broadway's Helen Hayes Theatre. Bums, as the Brits say, filled seats, and Tony nominations weren't far behind. So, why has it taken five years for the show, which opened last week at Long Beach's International City Theatre, to reach the Los Angeles area?
October 21, 1988 |
Harris Goldman, new executive producer of the San Diego Civic Light Opera, dreams of the day when Starlight can commission its own original musicals. He might take a cue from the New York pair of Barry Harman and Keith Herrmann, who know how to do it and, most important of all these days, do it affordably.
January 14, 1989 |
"Romance/Romance." They make you say it twice. Once doesn't do it. Twice doesn't do it, either. There's no substance to this innocuous little musical by Keith Herrmann and Barry Harman (the alliteration is strictly coincidental) that opened Thursday at the Old Globe. Repeating the word Romance even a dozen times won't give it weight.