December 14, 1991 |
There is a lovely idea at the heart of David H. Bell's musical adaptation of "A Christmas Carol," which opened Thursday at the Center Theatre of the Long Beach Convention Center. It is that of intertwining traditional carols with familiar action. Heaven knows we are saturated enough annually by stage adaptations of this Charles Dickens story to need only minimal guidance. But Bell offers more than that, if only for the sake of the new generations meeting Scrooge and Tiny Tim for the first time.
July 23, 1998 |
Robert Young, the handsome leading man of films of the 1930s and 1940s who parlayed his considerable charm into television stardom in "Father Knows Best" and "Marcus Welby, M.D.," has died. He was 91. The ideal father for a generation, Young, who said he merely played the dad he yearned to have himself, died Tuesday night at his Westlake Village home. He had earlier undergone heart surgery and died of causes related to old age, according to his physician, Dr. John Horton.
August 13, 1995 |
Phil Harris, the bandleader who became famous by portraying himself as a flashy, hard-drinking musician on the old Jack Benny radio show, died late Friday. He was 89. His wife of 54 years, former actress Alice Faye, and daughter, Phyllis Harris, were at his side at their Rancho Mirage home, said family spokesman Jewel Baxter.
December 25, 1992 |
Jimmy Hoffa never drove a truck for a living but he turned the Teamsters into the largest and strongest union of its day. He trafficked with thugs but used a sophisticated grasp of the intricacies of trucking industry economics to consolidate his gains. A devoted family man who never developed champagne tastes, he disappeared on July 30, 1975, probably a victim of organized crime. He was a complex, contradictory personality whose life might have made an exceptional movie. It hasn't quite.
August 31, 1990 |
"The Lemon Sisters" (selected theaters) are three white ladies from Atlantic City who want to be the Supremes. Best buddies Eloise, Franki and Nola have gone from 1959 to 1982 in a time warp; at 31, they're still doing '60s hits in small-time bars. As played by Diane Keaton, Carol Kane and Kathryn Grody, this unrelated threesome might not be offended if you called them "girls"; that's what they want to be: a girl group.
March 30, 1990 |
Fashion models over age 40 who once kept their gray at bay are rediscovering their roots--and capitalizing on a market with potential growth. U.S. magazines such as Mirabella, Lear's and Moxie (based in Woodland Hills), that cater to mature audiences, are filling their pages with, "women who weren't born yesterday," as the Lear's promotional line reads. And, even traditional high fashion magazines such as Harper's Bazaar are devoting more space to seasoned models.
March 10, 1992 |
Red Callender, the influential jazz bass player who introduced the legendary Charles Mingus to that instrument, died Sunday in his Saugus home from complications of thyroid cancer. His wife said he was 76. Callender, who also was a tuba virtuoso, composer and studio musician who played anything from polka to avant-garde jazz, recorded with a virtual who's who of Jazz for more than 50 years. He last performed on New Year's Eve in Santa Monica, said his wife, Mary Lou.
April 6, 1990 |
A Gerber research plant is retooling to resume production for a market of one: a profoundly allergic 15-year-old boy who cannot live without a special baby formula the company stopped making five years ago. For a few days this month, one quarter of the production space at the Gerber Products Co. research center in Fremont, Mich., will be devoted to making MBF, a formula that only Raymond Dunn Jr. needs and which Gerber is providing free.
December 19, 2012 |
Caruso, Bjorling, Pavarotti, Carreras, Domingo, Alagna, Kaufmann, Florez and (Eric) Cartman. One of these things is not like the other, 'tis true, but there is one way in which they are kind of the same: They have all recorded versions of "O Holy Night. " In fact it seems there is hardly a singer who hasn't. Most Christmas music is meant for group singing, so, unless you are a soprano singing the descant, Christmas caroling doesn't require a lot of vocal skill. "O Holy Night," on the other hand, written in 1847 by French composer Adolphe Adam as a setting of the poem "Minuit, chrétiens," offers the irresistible combination of operatic drama and technical difficulty.
December 13, 1991 |
Even now, in his 12th year humbugging around as Scrooge in South Coast Rep's annual production of "A Christmas Carol," Hal Landon Jr. finds that putting on all that makeup is a pain. First there's the hair, then there's the chin, then there's the nose, then this, then that. It can take more than an hour and a half just to get ready. This year, however, things have been a little easier: Landon grew a beard, cutting the preparation in half.