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July 2, 1990 | EILEEN SONDAK
Jack Tygett and Joyce Schumaker are a married couple with much in common. They are both trained dancers. They have both directed and choreographed major musicals. They both teach at schools. But for all they have in common, they do have a striking difference. Each is a product of a different era of musical theater. Tygett, 62, was weaned on the Busby Berkely-style of musical extravaganzas. He danced in lavish movie spectacles, including "Oklahoma!"
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July 2, 1990 | EILEEN SONDAK
Jack Tygett and Joyce Schumaker are a married couple with much in common. They are both trained dancers. They have both directed and choreographed major musicals. They both teach at schools. But for all they have in common, they do have a striking difference. Each is a product of a different era of musical theater. Tygett, 62, was weaned on the Busby Berkely-style of musical extravaganzas. He danced in lavish movie spectacles, including "Oklahoma!"
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January 13, 1988 | EILEEN SONDAK
- United States International University's International Company is planning a benefit performance of its own for Saturday at The Theatre in Old Town. Proceeds from this song, dance and comedy revue (aptly titled "London Bound") will pay for 25 students from the university's School of Performing and Visual Arts to travel to USIU's London campus in April.
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July 26, 1991 | Zan Dubin
Attributing the move to strong subscription sales, the Laguna Playhouse has added five performances--three Saturday matinees and two Sunday evening shows--to the run of each of the five productions in its 1991-92 season. The playhouse has sold 8,300, or 75%, of its subscriptions, according to executive director Richard Stein. Stein also announced that dancer-choreographer Jack Tygett of San Diego has been hired to choreograph "On the Town," the first production of the season, which begins Sept.
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May 3, 1991 | MONICA RODRIGUEZ, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Gordon Hilker, former creative director of the School of Performing and Visual Arts at United States International University, has died. He was 78. Hilker, who served in that post at the school for 22 years before retiring last June, died of cancer Sunday in his native Vancouver, Canada, USIU officials said.
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July 13, 1991 | JOHN GODFREY, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
This year marks the 100th anniversary of Cole Porter's birth, and Starlight Musical Theatre is paying tribute to the late songwriter by staging one of his most popular musical comedies, "Kiss Me, Kate." The company should have let sleeping composers lie. This production, running at the Starlight Bowl through July 21, is a mess. "Kiss Me, Kate" is a clever musical, but it is a difficult one to mount because there are two plots to follow.
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January 9, 1990 | EILEEN SONDAK
To Michelle Schumacher, success is a four-letter word spelled C-A-T-S. "Somebody is watching over me," the jubilant San Diego native said by phone from New York after signing a contract to do "Cats" on Broadway. "Now I have a job I love, and I can do it as long as I want," said Schumacher, who, ironically, is allergic to real cats. "The show has been on Broadway for seven years, and they don't foresee it closing." The 23-year-old made her Broadway debut last Tuesday as the cat Sillabub.
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September 7, 1991 | JAN HERMAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
File it under nice college tries, with high marks for good intentions and really high marks for the Art Deco styling (except in certain places) and really, really high marks for all the pretty lights and oh-so-much effort. But--how can we say this gently?--the Laguna Playhouse revival of "On the Town" just doesn't connect.
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May 13, 1986 | LIANNE STEVENS
You can do a lot to "A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum" and still leave the humor intact. Over the years since Burt Shevelove and Larry Gelbart's book joined Stephen Sondheim's music and lyrics--the whole lot stolen from some nifty Roman stories by Plautus--this musical has been abused by college students, community players and professionals from coast to coast.
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November 5, 1986 | LIANNE STEVENS
College theater is always a gamble--but a good one. When it fails, it is usually because the right actor for a particular part wasn't available on campus. When it succeeds, university theater can be absolutely terrific, the best ticket buy in town. Whichever way it goes, the whole endeavor is always miles ahead of amateur theater because everyone is striving to reach the peak of their skills before they graduate.
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