September 7, 2012 |
Only in L.A.: Giuseppe Verdi's 1844 opera "The Two Foscari" meets the CBS game show "The Price Is Right. " On a recent day backstage at CBS Television City, one wall was dominated by a painting of sunny Venice, Italy, a set for Los Angeles Opera's production of "Foscari," a rarely produced work that opens the company's 2012-13 season Saturday. And slightly in front of this Venice scene stands the game board for a "Price Is Right" game called Switcheroo. Move those numbers into the correct positions on the board and you can win a travel mug, a panini press or a brand new car!
June 10, 1987 |
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).
November 25, 2003 |
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.
February 24, 1989 |
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.
August 7, 1991 |
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.
June 23, 1995 |
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.
June 18, 1993 |
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.
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December 7, 1986 |
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.
September 30, 1992 |
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.
June 7, 1991 |
Larry Kert, whose soaring tenor voice gave the nation its initial glimpse of many of the melodic miracles of "West Side Story," has died in New York of AIDS. Kert, 60, died of the disease Wednesday at his home, said director Martin Charnin, who appeared with the actor in the landmark musical. The musical retelling of "Romeo and Juliet" arrived at the Winter Garden Theater in 1957. Kert and Carol Lawrence played star-crossed lovers doomed by gang warfare between Anglos and Puerto Ricans.