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August 11, 1996 | Patrick Pacheco, Patrick Pacheco is a regular contributor to Calendar from New York
Just before actress Donna Murphy was to meet with Steven Bochco early last year, when he was considering her for a role in "Murder One," director Charles Haid took her aside. "The producers want you, I want you, but there is this concern about you," he told her. "You have this quality. . . ." Murphy replied, "Oh, and what is that?" "You know," Haid said. "This kind of stick-up-your-butt, don't-mess-with-me attitude. We just want to see what's underneath that, OK?"
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August 11, 1996 | Patrick Pacheco, Patrick Pacheco is a regular contributor to Calendar from New York
Just before actress Donna Murphy was to meet with Steven Bochco early last year, when he was considering her for a role in "Murder One," director Charles Haid took her aside. "The producers want you, I want you, but there is this concern about you," he told her. "You have this quality. . . ." Murphy replied, "Oh, and what is that?" "You know," Haid said. "This kind of stick-up-your-butt, don't-mess-with-me attitude. We just want to see what's underneath that, OK?"
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November 22, 2006 | From the Associated Press
Harold Prince has directed some of Broadway's biggest musical hits including "The Phantom of the Opera," "Cabaret," "Sweeney Todd" and "Evita." Now he is returning with "LoveMusik," a look at the life of composer Kurt Weill and the woman who became his leading lady and wife, Lotte Lenya. The Manhattan Theatre Club production opens May 3 at the Biltmore Theatre with preview performances beginning April 12. It will star Michael Cerveris and Donna Murphy.
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February 15, 2002
If you come to the cabaret at the Orange County Performing Arts Center next season, expect to hear the sisterhood of song, not the brotherhood. The 2002-2003 cabaret season offers seven female headliners, including a one-night stand by three-time Tony Award winner Audra McDonald in the 3,000-seat Segerstrom Hall.
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December 30, 2004 | From Associated Press
The curtain is falling on "Wonderful Town." The Broadway revival of the "My Sister Eileen" musical about two young women from Ohio trying to make it big in New York will close Jan. 30 after a 15-month run, it was announced Wednesday. The show, which currently stars Brooke Shields as aspiring writer Ruth Sherwood, will have played 507 performances at the Al Hirschfeld Theatre.
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March 27, 2001 | HOWARD ROSENBERG, TIMES TELEVISION CRITIC
That swell James L. Brooks movie, "Broadcast News," was on TV recently, its funny scenes with Joan Cusack affirming what a good comedic actress she can be. How weird, then, to catch her on her painful-to-watch new ABC sitcom, "What About Joan," soaring annoyingly over the top as a neurotic, insecure, tightly coiled high school teacher who appears to be so seriously bipolar that she can barely function. Someone needs to rein her in.
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October 9, 1998 | TONY LYSTRA
Three days after a 14-year-old girl was critically injured near Royal High School, residents and students were calling for some sort of traffic control at the intersection where the accident occurred. Residents along Royal and Buckskin avenues, where Royal High School freshman Erin Fonvergne was struck by a minivan at 7:30 a.m. Monday, say the area is filled with traffic just before and after school, making the crosswalk on Royal dangerous for students.
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April 5, 1995 | BETTY GOODWIN, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
The Scene: Reopening night of Stephen Sondheim's controversial 1991 musical comedy "Assassins"--about infamous killers and attempted killers of American Presidents--at the Los Angeles Theatre Center on Friday night with a reception afterward. The evening was a benefit for the Los Angeles County Bar Barristers' Domestic Violence Project.
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November 13, 1987 | DON SHIRLEY
Make your reservations now for "A Table at Ciro's" (tonight, Channels 28 and 15 at 9 p.m., Channel 24 at 8 p.m.). An hourlong dramatization of Budd Schulberg's 1941 short story about one important day in the life of a Hollywood mogul and his sycophants, this "Table" is exquisitely set and offers a sophisticated and delicious little meal. It's the second of three "Tales From the Hollywood Hills," an anthology that began last week with the relatively lackluster "Natica Jackson."
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November 24, 2010 | By Kenneth Turan, Los Angeles Times Film Critic
For "Tangled," the studio's 50th feature-length cartoon, the team at Disney has taken a deep breath and tried to be all things to all animation-loving people. There are some hiccups along the way, but by the end there is success. Whether you like stirring adventure or sentimental romance, traditional fairy tales or stories of modern families, musicals or comedies, even blonds or brunets, "Tangled" has something for you. Sampling so many animation touchstones has its risks, but once "Tangled" calms down and accepts the essential sweetness of its better nature the rewards are clear.
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December 4, 1997 | DON SHIRLEY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Hayley Mills will forever occupy a spot in the hearts of baby boomers--but not as a singer. While promoting the touring "The King and I," now at the Orange County Performing Arts Center in Costa Mesa, Mills has gamely acknowledged to interviewers that she's no singer. But she suggests that in her starring role as Anna, she can interpret the songs well enough, as an actress, to compensate for this deficiency. She can't.
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