May 7, 2000
American-made musical theater, especially the rare contemporary kind that dares to entertain like "The Scarlet Pimpernel," has never been a "guilty pleasure" for me ("This Time, He's Dressed to Kill," April 30). Jan Breslauer's cheerfully spun report on a tuner kept alive by audience affection and, evidently, constructive rewrites may only err in leaving the impression--"boffo box office"--that it is finally turning a profit. Despite non-fatal second-act overwriting, I found the "4.0" version (the only one I've seen)
August 29, 2012 |
"American Idol" alumnus Constantine Maroulis has revealed via Twitter that the new revival of the musical "Jekyll and Hyde," in which he will star alongside Deborah Cox, is to open on Broadway in April. The actor tweeted this week that the production will open in April at the Richard Rodgers Theatre in New York. The musical is to embark on a North American tour before arriving on Broadway. Southern California audiences are to get a chance to see the new production first when it opens next month at the La Mirada Theatre for the Performing Arts.
August 20, 1995 |
'Jekyll & Hyde," an ambitious new musical opening its national tour at the Orange County Performing Arts Center on Tuesday, is helping to bring back an old Tin Pan Alley tradition: putting pop in the theater. The show's producers are betting millions on doing what "The Who's Tommy" did for rock opera and "Smokey Joe's Cafe" did for Lieber and Stoller's golden oldies: capitalize on the appeal of popular composers.
May 5, 2004 |
"A big, chunky, Costco-size show." That's how producer James Blackman introduced "Jekyll & Hyde" to his audience on opening night at Redondo Beach Performing Arts Center. He didn't explain what he meant. But his reference to a popular store where people buy cheap products in large quantities is an apt analogy to this musical and especially its score, by Frank Wildhorn and Leslie Bricusse. Like the store, the score certainly doesn't shrink from the idea of quantity.
November 16, 2009 |
Before dying at age 25 in a hail of lawmen's bullets, Clyde Barrow had achieved the fame he sought -- and he had killed 14 men, directly or indirectly. His loyal moll, Bonnie Parker, may never have shot anyone. But as one of their cohorts in the Barrow gang said, "She was one hell of a loader." The notorious 1930s bank robbers were transformed into mythical outlaw lovers by director Arthur Penn, actor-producer Warren Beatty and screenwriters David Newman and Robert Benton in the 1967 film "Bonnie and Clyde."
October 28, 2001
The creative pairing of Christopher Hampton with Frank Wildhorn on "Dracula, The Musical" brings shudders of bone-chilling horror to my virgin soul ("Old Tale, New Blood," by Jan Breslauer, Oct. 21). What's next--Pia Zadora and Placido Domingo in "Frankenstein: That Seventies Rock Opera"? And who are we as a people when our so-called "cultural creatives" seem to do little else but repackage our overworked classics like so much old wine in plastic bottles? MICHAEL CHASE WALKER Los Angeles