July 15, 1991 |
To borrow a lyric from its most famous song, let's see how bewitched, bothered and bewildered we are by the Long Beach Civic Light Opera revival of Rodgers and Hart's "Pal Joey." A couple of scenes in the second act qualify as bewitching. "Den of Iniquity" is a seriously steamy bedroom duet between rich lady Vera Simpson (Dixie Carter) and her younger lover Joey (Peter Reardon). From my well-positioned seat, I could almost see the sweat.
September 19, 1999 |
"There is a prevailing attitude in a lot of television that if you are over 24, your face shouldn't be on the airwaves," confesses Chris Thompson, creator and executive producer of two new comedies: CBS' "Ladies Man" and Fox's "Action." But Thompson is ignoring the "prevailing" attitude. "I've got the two oldest stars in Hollywood," he says referring to the fact he cast veteran sitcom star Betty White in CBS's "Ladies Man" and the legendary comic Buddy Hackett in Fox's "Action."
April 18, 1996 |
Long Beach Civic Light Opera, a 47-year-old institution that grew from modest community roots into the most prominent musical theater company in Southern California, is going out of business. With the decline of Los Angeles Civic Light Opera as a producing organization in the '80s and '90s, the Long Beach company had generated the area's most high-profile revivals of musical classics and had also ventured occasionally into new or unfamiliar musicals and non-musical plays.
June 1, 2013 |
Fish have to swim. Birds have to fly. Marc Cherry has to write women. At least that's how the creator of "Desperate Housewives" explains why he jumped into another female-heavy series after a headline-grabbing run with his ABC drama that included behind-the-scenes havoc and a face-off in court with one of its stars. And already, the new one is proving to wag as many tongues. With "Devious Maids," Cherry shifts his focus from the sordidness of suburban life to the class wars playing out in high society.
April 6, 2012 |
Few actors own a role the way Hal Holbrook owns Mark Twain. The Tony- and Emmy-winning actor, who recently turned 87, has played the humorist in his one-man stage play "Mark Twain Tonight!" since 1954, logging thousands of performances and many more miles traveling with the show. But longevity doesn't necessarily guarantee that you have an exclusive monopoly on a part. A relative newbie to the Twain game, Val Kilmer recently launched his own one-man play, "Citizen Twain," running in a workshop production at the Masonic Lodge at the Hollywood Forever cemetery through Wednesday.
September 29, 1986 |
"Adam" was a highlight of the 1983 season, a provocative, enormously potent NBC movie that drew attention to America's missing children through the story of John and Reve Walsh, whose young son, Adam, was abducted and murdered. Now comes "Adam: His Song Continues," at 9 tonight on Channels 4, 36 and 39, which traces the Walshes' lives following the telecast of the 1983 movie.
May 8, 1992 |
Almost daily, a fresh assortment of T-shirts commemorating the L.A. riots turns up. Among the first was Fresh Jive's version--"No Justice No Peace"--in stores last Friday in Philadelphia, New York and L.A. It sold out the same day. Others are now selling on L.A. streets for about $5 to $15. The slogans range from righteous to ridiculous: "Visit L.A. It's a Riot," "My Mom Looted Fedco and All I Got Was This Lousy T-shirt," "I Survived the L.A. Riots" and "Increase the Peace."
August 9, 1991
In their newest ad campaign, the folks at Gitano are targeting the last group you'd expect to see in a sexy jeans commercial--mature women. Actresses Betty White (age 66) Dixie Carter (51) and Marilu Henner (38) have their own TV spots for the jeans, debuting this week. Henner's and Carter's svelte, denim-clad physiques are closely studied by the camera lens. White is camouflaged by an overstuffed pillow, but company VPs say that's coincidence, not modesty.