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January 25, 2001 | MIKE BOEHM
ORANGE COUNTY STAGE Much Ado: Douglas Sills, known for his Tony-nominated swashbuckling and comic mincing on Broadway as the title character in "The Scarlet Pimpernel," will star as Benedick in South Coast Repertory's production of Shakespeare's "Much Ado About Nothing." Veteran SCR actress Nike Doukas will play opposite Sills as Beatrice, Benedick's romantic interest and intellectual sparring partner. Director Mark Rucker is setting the play amid the glamorous world of 1930s Hollywood.
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October 2, 2004 | Don Shirley, Times Staff Writer
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.
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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?
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February 25, 2001 | DARYL H. MILLER, Daryl H. Miller is a regular contributor to Calendar
While performing "The Scarlet Pimpernel" on Broadway, Douglas Sills often found 200 fans waiting for him at the stage door. After years of working in touring companies and Southern California theaters, the 6-foot-2, dark-blond actor had finally landed on Broadway, to become an instant matinee idol. Sills didn't see himself in those terms, however. Matinee idol? The description causes him to roll his eyes and make a face. "It was like walking into a fun house," Sills says of the adulation.
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October 2, 2004 | Don Shirley, Times Staff Writer
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.
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February 25, 2001 | DARYL H. MILLER, Daryl H. Miller is a regular contributor to Calendar
While performing "The Scarlet Pimpernel" on Broadway, Douglas Sills often found 200 fans waiting for him at the stage door. After years of working in touring companies and Southern California theaters, the 6-foot-2, dark-blond actor had finally landed on Broadway, to become an instant matinee idol. Sills didn't see himself in those terms, however. Matinee idol? The description causes him to roll his eyes and make a face. "It was like walking into a fun house," Sills says of the adulation.
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May 5, 2000 | MICHAEL PHILLIPS, TIMES THEATER CRITIC
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.
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April 3, 1992 | BETH KLEID, Arts and entertainment reports from The Times, national and international news services and the nation's press
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.
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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.
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February 28, 2001 | MIKE BOEHM, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A Phantom, a Pimpernel, a musical spoof and Rita Moreno as the lone chanteuse in a guy-heavy rotation will make up the Orange County Performing Arts Center's cabaret lineup for 2001-2002. The Phantom is Davis Gaines, who made his mark as the masked leading man in Andrew Lloyd Webber's "Phantom of the Opera."
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January 25, 2001 | MIKE BOEHM
ORANGE COUNTY STAGE Much Ado: Douglas Sills, known for his Tony-nominated swashbuckling and comic mincing on Broadway as the title character in "The Scarlet Pimpernel," will star as Benedick in South Coast Repertory's production of Shakespeare's "Much Ado About Nothing." Veteran SCR actress Nike Doukas will play opposite Sills as Beatrice, Benedick's romantic interest and intellectual sparring partner. Director Mark Rucker is setting the play amid the glamorous world of 1930s Hollywood.
ENTERTAINMENT
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?
ENTERTAINMENT
May 5, 2000 | MICHAEL PHILLIPS, TIMES THEATER CRITIC
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.
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July 21, 1997 | KEVIN THOMAS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
"The Swan Princess," the German fairy tale that is the basis for the beloved "Swan Lake" ballet, emerged in 1994 as a pleasant animated musical fantasy aimed at children, especially little girls. Its sequel, "The Swan Princess: Escape from Castle Mountain," opened Friday without benefit of press preview.
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September 21, 2012 | By Mike Boehm
Theater is a notoriously ephemeral art, but the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts is using its website to summon the decade-old glories of the 2002 "Sondheim Celebration," which closed 10 years ago this month. "The Sondheim Celebration: Ten Years Later" web page , which went up this week, is a retrospective of a retrospective that saw six of Stephen Sondheim's musicals staged in repertory over four months. The web page includes a new six-minute video in which Eric Schaeffer, the festival's artistic director, looks back along with cast members including Douglas Sills, Brian Stokes Mitchell, Christine Baranski, Melissa Errico, Michael Cerveris and Alice Ripley.
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