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October 15, 1988 | CHARLES CHAMPLIN, Times Arts Editor
The songwriter-performer Harry Chapin was killed in a car crash on a Long Island freeway in 1981, when he was only 38. But he is to an amazing degree a felt if unseen presence on stage in "Lies and Legends." The revue-style presentation of two dozen of his songs has transferred to the Canon Theatre after a triumphant run at the Pasadena Playhouse, where it extracted huzzahs from Dan Sullivan in these pages and from most other critics.
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April 25, 2005 | Randy Lewis
Pop musicians who used their celebrity to raise money or supplies for victims of December's devastating tsunami in Indonesia often cited the precedents of Bob Geldof's Live Aid concert in 1985 or George Harrison's 1971 Concert for Bangla Desh. But those who try to make a difference on a more grass-roots level have another musician as a role model: the late New York singer-songwriter Harry Chapin.
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August 4, 2000 | PHILIP BRANDES
Factory workers, taxicab drivers, tradesmen, homesteaders--from the ranks of these unglamorous, everyday folk, songwriter Harry Chapin spun the introspective narrative ballads that earned him increasing renown as a humanist icon of the 1970s. Chapin fans will relish the opportunity to revisit some of his finest efforts in "Lies and Legends: The Musical Stories of Harry Chapin," affectingly staged by Ventura's Rubicon Theatre.
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August 10, 2000 | TODD EVERETT, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
When the hit revue "Jacques Brel is Alive and Well and Living in Paris" concluded each evening, the Village Gate--the New York club in which the show was performed--reverted to a showcase for live performers. Members of the "Brel" cast, including George Ball and Amanda McBroom, often stayed to see the young performers, one of whom brought along his brother as an opening act. The brother, a songwriter who accompanied himself on acoustic guitar, was Harry Chapin.
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August 10, 2000 | TODD EVERETT, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
When the hit revue "Jacques Brel is Alive and Well and Living in Paris" concluded each evening, the Village Gate--the New York club in which the show was performed--reverted to a showcase for live performers. Members of the "Brel" cast, including George Ball and Amanda McBroom, often stayed to see the young performers, one of whom brought along his brother as an opening act. The brother, a songwriter who accompanied himself on acoustic guitar, was Harry Chapin.
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May 5, 1986 | Associated Press
The House today passed and sent to the Senate a bill authorizing the minting of a gold medal in honor of Harry Chapin, the balladeer who spent much of his life campaigning against world hunger. Chapin died in an automobile accident in 1981.
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July 26, 1996 | SCOTT COLLINS
Harry Chapin, the folk-pop singer who died in 1981, was a latter-day troubadour who wrote of ordinary people: taxi drivers, dry cleaners, deejays and the like. Sometimes Chapin managed to draw fascinating portraits of these plain folks, and sometimes . . . zzzzzzz. Both modes are on display in International City Theatre's revival of "Harry Chapin: Lies & Legends," a somewhat overdone, 20-song tribute.
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April 25, 2005 | Randy Lewis
Pop musicians who used their celebrity to raise money or supplies for victims of December's devastating tsunami in Indonesia often cited the precedents of Bob Geldof's Live Aid concert in 1985 or George Harrison's 1971 Concert for Bangla Desh. But those who try to make a difference on a more grass-roots level have another musician as a role model: the late New York singer-songwriter Harry Chapin.
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May 16, 1990
The widow of singer Harry Chapin has settled for $65,000 a lawsuit in which a writer accused her of interfering with publication of a biography of Chapin. Sandy Chapin's lawyer, Tony Curto, who had maintained in court that there was no interference with the book, described the agreement as settlement of a nuisance.
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August 16, 1988 | DAN SULLIVAN, Times Theater Critic
Probably only five people in Los Angeles would argue that Harry Chapin was a great songwriter, as distinct from a guy who wrote a couple of great songs. Luckily, these five are performing "Lies and Legends: The Musical Stories of Harry Chapin" at the Pasadena Playhouse. George Ball, John Herrera, Amanda McBroom, Ron Orbach and Valerie Perri don't admit any difference between Chapin's best work and his second-best work. For them, every Chapin song was his best. And they make the argument stick.
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August 4, 2000 | PHILIP BRANDES
Factory workers, taxicab drivers, tradesmen, homesteaders--from the ranks of these unglamorous, everyday folk, songwriter Harry Chapin spun the introspective narrative ballads that earned him increasing renown as a humanist icon of the 1970s. Chapin fans will relish the opportunity to revisit some of his finest efforts in "Lies and Legends: The Musical Stories of Harry Chapin," affectingly staged by Ventura's Rubicon Theatre.
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February 27, 1997 | MAX JACOBSON, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Anyone who wonders if folk has legs long enough for a comeback needs to check out the Fox and Bean, a coffeehouse, tearoom and bistro. It's hard to imagine that a folk singer doing "Wonderful World," a song popularized by Peter Noone of Herman's Hermits, would fill a local night spot in the late '90s. But the '60s are alive, well and hopped up on caffeine in Anaheim Hills.
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July 26, 1996 | SCOTT COLLINS
Harry Chapin, the folk-pop singer who died in 1981, was a latter-day troubadour who wrote of ordinary people: taxi drivers, dry cleaners, deejays and the like. Sometimes Chapin managed to draw fascinating portraits of these plain folks, and sometimes . . . zzzzzzz. Both modes are on display in International City Theatre's revival of "Harry Chapin: Lies & Legends," a somewhat overdone, 20-song tribute.
ENTERTAINMENT
May 16, 1990
The widow of singer Harry Chapin has settled for $65,000 a lawsuit in which a writer accused her of interfering with publication of a biography of Chapin. Sandy Chapin's lawyer, Tony Curto, who had maintained in court that there was no interference with the book, described the agreement as settlement of a nuisance.
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February 18, 1989 | LYNNE HEFFLEY
Snore-whistle, Ee-Yuck, Glubble-glub, Squish squish, Plip-plop, Left right . --A parade passes by on Tom Chapin's children's album, "Family Tree.' Tom Chapin may be familiar to many only as the handsome, button-down host of TBS' weekly "National Geographic Explorer" series. But some may know him as the '60s folk singer who kept the faith and never stopped singing the kind of music he loved best. Today at Pepperdine, Chapin will perform songs for all ages in concert with singer Tom Paxton.
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December 17, 1988
The Rams again close the regular season at San Francisco and Coach John Robinson whines about it (Dec. 13). But Robinson's complaints about the schedule are poppycock. Bud Grant, a real football coach, took the opposite approach. When he coached the Minnesota Vikings, Grant said the importance of early games was underrated. Robinson's Rams couldn't beat the 49ers at Anaheim when the Rams were 5-1 and San Francisco was 4-2. That game was just as important as the final game.
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July 13, 1985 | JAY SHARBUTT
Singer-composer Tom Chapin was recently asked what he thought about the Live Aid spectacular being broadcast around the world today. "Guarded optimism," he said. Chapin is no stranger to famine-fighting concerts. He's a director of the still-active World Hunger Year group founded 10 years ago by his late brother, pop star Harry Chapin, a pioneer in efforts by entertainers to help the world's hungry.
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February 18, 1989 | LYNNE HEFFLEY
Snore-whistle, Ee-Yuck, Glubble-glub, Squish squish, Plip-plop, Left right . --A parade passes by on Tom Chapin's children's album, "Family Tree.' Tom Chapin may be familiar to many only as the handsome, button-down host of TBS' weekly "National Geographic Explorer" series. But some may know him as the '60s folk singer who kept the faith and never stopped singing the kind of music he loved best. Today at Pepperdine, Chapin will perform songs for all ages in concert with singer Tom Paxton.
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October 16, 1988 | JANICE ARKATOV
"Who do people think you are?" "It all depends on where they know me from," said Amanda McBroom, who is featured in "Lies and Legends: The Musical Stories of Harry Chapin," at the Canon Theatre in Beverly Hills. "If it's from my past, they know me as an actress," she said, referring to local appearances in "Hoagy, Bix and Bunkhaus" at the Taper and "Little Mary Sunshine" at the Odyssey. "If it's people from the present, they think of me as a singer-songwriter.
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October 15, 1988 | CHARLES CHAMPLIN, Times Arts Editor
The songwriter-performer Harry Chapin was killed in a car crash on a Long Island freeway in 1981, when he was only 38. But he is to an amazing degree a felt if unseen presence on stage in "Lies and Legends." The revue-style presentation of two dozen of his songs has transferred to the Canon Theatre after a triumphant run at the Pasadena Playhouse, where it extracted huzzahs from Dan Sullivan in these pages and from most other critics.
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