May 13, 2000
Having recently attended and greatly enjoyed "The Scarlet Pimpernel" at the Ahmanson, I am appalled by the snobbish review ("An Overhauled and Over-the-Top 'Scarlet Pimpernel' Lands in L.A.," by Michael Phillips, May 5). The show is a hoot, a welcome change from artsy-fartsy wallows in violence, misery and tawdry sex. It doesn't take a "tourist mentality" to appreciate the excellent voices of William Paul Michals, Amy Bodnar or the wonderfully campy star turn of Douglas Sills with fine backup from the ensemble, which puts this show over the top. Yes, the music is forgettable, but so what?
October 2, 2004 |
The Kirk Douglas Theatre, constructed from the framework of an old Culver City movie theater, was unveiled Thursday accompanied by confetti, champagne, performances -- and a couple of technical glitches. The evening was the culmination of a 35-year campaign by Center Theatre Group and Gordon Davidson, the organization's founding artistic director, to create a permanent CTG venue that is more intimate than the group's downtown theaters, the Mark Taper Forum and the Ahmanson Theatre.
April 30, 2000 |
We seek him here, we seek him there, Those Frenchies seek him everywhere. Is he in heaven? Is he in hell? That demmed, elusive Pimpernel. --From the 1905 novel "The Scarlet Pimpernel" * What's big and red and redone all over? Why "The Scarlet Pimpernel," of course. Not the original "Scarlet Pimpernel," that dashing English gent, a.k.a.
May 5, 2000 |
Fopzapoppin'! As Sir Percy Blakeney, the "demmed elusive" English foe to all things evil, French and off the rack, Douglas Sills is the whole demmed show in "The Scarlet Pimpernel." A good show he is, too. And a good thing, since the oft-revised show itself, now at the Ahmanson Theatre, would be lost, lost--do you hear me? Lost!--without him. Make no mistake: Of the three musicals composed by Frank Wildhorn that have made it to Broadway, this one's the least lame.
April 3, 1992 |
The Gardeners: Casting has been announced for the tour of "The Secret Garden," which comes to Century City, Costa Mesa and San Diego next summer. No, we won't see young Daisy Eagan, who won the Tony, or the Broadway production's Mandy Patinkin; they have been replaced by Melody Kay and Kevin McGuire, respectively. Douglas Sills, recently seen in "The Philadelphia Story" at South Coast Repertory, will play the role of Neville.
December 6, 1999
John Lithgow, Nancy Dussault, Harry Groener, Marilynn Lovell, Megan Mullally, Douglas Sills and B.J. Ward are among the scheduled cast members for "A Marvellous Party," Center Theatre Group's one-night-only salute to the late Noel Coward, taking place tonight at the Mark Taper Forum. The 7:30 p.m. performance is part of a yearlong international tribute marking the 100th anniversary of the playwright-composer's birth. Information: (213) 972-7660.