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December 26, 2011 | By Diane Haithman, Special to the Los Angeles Times
As the old joke goes: "How do you get to Carnegie Hall?" "Practice, practice. " That punch line would have to be rewritten for vocal coach, performer and composer Ben Toth. Toth, 34, got to Carnegie Hall — and the Hollywood Bowl and Broadway — by helping other people practice, practice and practice some more. During a late November interview at a Los Feliz cafe, Toth — whose clients include Lea Michele, Taye Diggs, Josh Radnor, Wayne Brady, Christina Hendricks and Mandy Patinkin — was on a high from serving as musical director, arranger and backup singer for "Cheyenne Jackson's Cocktail Hour: Music From the 'Mad Men' Era" at Carnegie Hall" on Nov. 18. But there wasn't much time to relax and enjoy: Toth was also coaching Beau Bridges for his Broadway singing debut in "How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying.
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ENTERTAINMENT
June 10, 1987 | MARK CHALON SMITH
Rodgers and Hammerstein's musicals have been good to John Raitt for more than four decades. His bravura Broadway career began in the mid-1940s with starring turns in "Carousel" and "Oklahoma!" and he's often returned to the duo's classics in subsequent years. That history kept expectations up around the imagined summit of Bali Hai when Raitt opened last weekend in Regional Repertory Theatre's "South Pacific" (continuing through Sunday at the Forum Theater in Yorba Linda).
ENTERTAINMENT
November 25, 2003 | Don Shirley, Times Staff Writer
The Mark Taper Forum production of August Wilson's "Gem of the Ocean" became the gem of the Ovation Awards on Sunday, nabbing six Ovations -- more than any other show -- in L.A.'s annual peer-judged theater honors at the Orpheum Theatre. The Road Theatre Company's production of the thriller "The Woman in Black" won five of the green Ovation trophies, including best play in a smaller theater. Unlike most Ovation-winning shows, "The Woman in Black" is still playing.
BUSINESS
February 24, 1989 | LESLIE BERKMAN, Times Staff Writer
Yamaha Corp. of America, the nation's largest musical instruments maker, has taken steps to prune the sales and administrative staff at its Buena Park headquarters in an effort to improve waning profitability.
NEWS
August 7, 1991 | From the Associated Press
Television newsman Harry Reasoner, whose elegant prose, dry wit and wry, self-effacing style helped make CBS' "60 Minutes" newsmagazine one of television's most popular shows, died Tuesday, the network said. He was 68. Reasoner died at Norwalk Hospital in Norwalk, Conn., CBS News said in a statement. He had been hospitalized there since June 11. Doctors had removed a blood clot from his brain and he had also suffered from pneumonia.
ENTERTAINMENT
December 29, 1992 | DAVID GRITTEN, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
It is hard to imagine Sharon Gless as the star of a stage play--hard, indeed, to summon any image of her not framed by a television screen. After six years in "Cagney & Lacey," in which she won two Emmys as the tough-talking but vulnerable cop Christine Cagney, Gless is indelibly stamped as a TV actress, even if an undeniably superior one.
BUSINESS
June 23, 1995 | SALLIE HOFMEISTER and CHUCK PHILIPS
Michael Fuchs joined HBO as a programming executive in 1976 and became chairman in 1984. Last month, he took over as chairman of Warner Music Group as well, and made headlines Wednesday by firing domestic music chief Doug Morris. Some of his accomplishments and the challenges he faces: Accomplishments: * In his decade at the top of HBO, Fuchs built the business into the most successful pay TV service in the world, with 19.2 million subscribers.
ENTERTAINMENT
June 18, 1993 | LYNNE HEFFLEY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
There's something about kids and anthropomorphic mice. . . . The Serendipity Theatre Co.'s 1991 production of "If You Give a Mouse a Cookie," based on Laura Joffe Numeroff's children's book about a mischievous little boy mouse, wasn't its best show, but it was a box-office smash. The company's current musical production of "Angelina Ballerina," adapted by J.D.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 7, 1986 | DOUG SMITH, Times Staff Writer
It's not been the best season for the Mission Hills Dinner Theatre's "Best of Hollywood Holiday Revue." First, in a copyright dispute, a federal judge ordered the theater company's operator, Edmund Gaynes, to cut more than half the songs from his show. Then, Gaynes' landlord evicted the weekend theater company. A 30-day notice posted outside its door last week gave Gaynes until Dec.
ENTERTAINMENT
September 30, 1992 | NANCY CHURNIN, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
In announcing its upcoming winter season on Tuesday, officials at the Old Globe Theatre confirmed that they will present the West Coast premiere of the Broadway musical "Falsettos" as well as "Redwood Curtain," a Broadway-bound drama by the Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Lanford Wilson, as had been rumored. In addition, a world premiere of "Light Sensitive," by Jim Geoghan will also be part of the company's six-play season. Running from Jan.
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