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May 5, 1996 | Jan Breslauer, Jan Breslauer is a regular contributor to Calendar
Jack Viertel is the unsung king of theater hyphenates. As a former Los Angeles theater critic and dramaturge turned Broadway producer, he's certainly played more roles in the theater than most. And now he's adding another persona to the list: Meet Jack Viertel, librettist. Viertel's official debut comes Thursday when the musical "Time and Again"--based on the Jack Finney novel, with book by Viertel and music and lyrics by Walter Edgar Kennon--opens at San Diego's Old Globe Theatre.
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May 5, 1996 | Jan Breslauer, Jan Breslauer is a regular contributor to Calendar
Jack Viertel is the unsung king of theater hyphenates. As a former Los Angeles theater critic and dramaturge turned Broadway producer, he's certainly played more roles in the theater than most. And now he's adding another persona to the list: Meet Jack Viertel, librettist. Viertel's official debut comes Thursday when the musical "Time and Again"--based on the Jack Finney novel, with book by Viertel and music and lyrics by Walter Edgar Kennon--opens at San Diego's Old Globe Theatre.
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October 8, 1987 | Don Shirley and Sylvia Drake
It's just a coincidence, of course. The Mark Taper Forum has won the $50,000 Jujamcyn Theaters Award--little more than a month after Jack Viertel left his job as Taper dramaturge and joined the Jujamcyn Theater Organization, a Broadway producing company, as its creative director. "Don't you think $50,000 is a good ransom?" joked Taper artistic director Gordon Davidson, when asked about the Viertel connection.
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October 8, 1987 | Don Shirley and Sylvia Drake
It's just a coincidence, of course. The Mark Taper Forum has won the $50,000 Jujamcyn Theaters Award--little more than a month after Jack Viertel left his job as Taper dramaturge and joined the Jujamcyn Theater Organization, a Broadway producing company, as its creative director. "Don't you think $50,000 is a good ransom?" joked Taper artistic director Gordon Davidson, when asked about the Viertel connection.
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August 8, 1985 | SYLVIE DRAKE, Times Theater Writer
Some people have midlife crises. Others make career moves. At 36, Jack Viertel isn't into midlife yet, but the current theater critic and arts editor of the Herald Examiner (and past president of the Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle) is not just leaving his job but moving to the other side of the fence. He leaves the paper Aug. 23 to assume a position as dramaturge for the Center Theatre Group/Mark Taper Forum starting Sept. 3. Viertel replaces Russell Vandenbroucke who left the Taper in June.
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August 5, 1985
Jack Viertel, arts editor and theater critic for the Herald, has been named dramaturge of the Center Theatre Group/Mark Taper Forum. He will serve as literary adviser to the artistic director, helping to shape the programming for the Taper, the Taper, Too and New Theatre for Now.
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September 3, 2005 | Don Shirley
Broadway's Virginia Theatre will be renamed after playwright August Wilson, who recently disclosed that he has terminal liver cancer. "He's a towering American playwright," said Jack Viertel, creative director of the Jujamcyn Theaters, which owns the venue in New York. Jujamcyn has co-produced five of Wilson's 10 plays about African Americans in the 20th century and will bring the final play in the series, "Radio Golf," to Broadway in the spring of 2007. "Radio Golf" is currently playing at L.A.'
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July 30, 1986 | LEE MARGULIES, Times Staff Writer
With its third edition of "Arts Illustrated," airing at 9 tonight, KCET Channel 28 succeeds in demonstrating that it can produce a local magazine series comparable to its commercial rivals. The production is slick enough that it could have been called "Arts on the Town" or "Eye on the Arts." That's the good news. The bad news is that it's just about as superficial as KCBS' "2 on the Town" and KABC's "Eye on L.A."
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October 26, 1985 | DAN SULLIVAN, Times Theater Critic
When Christianity was an underground religion, the Mass was celebrated in two parts. First there was the Mass of the Catechumens--those still taking instruction, perhaps including a secret agent or two from the emperor. Then the hall was cleared and the inner rite began: the Mass of the Faithful. Nobody was forced to leave the Mark Taper Forum on Thursday night after the performance of John Steppling's "The Dream Coast," but about half the crowd did so. (Quite a few had left before that.
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May 6, 2003 | David C. Nichols, Special to The Times
The poster for "Smokey Joe's Cafe" at the Redondo Beach Performing Arts Center depicts a candy-colored jukebox. Appropriate, as this Civic Light Opera of South Bay Cities revival of the 1995 celebration of songwriters Jerry Lieber and Mike Stoller is a soda fountain platter-spinner come to life. Stephen Helper and Jack Viertel conceived "Smokey Joe's Cafe" along with Otis Sallid.
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August 8, 1985 | SYLVIE DRAKE, Times Theater Writer
Some people have midlife crises. Others make career moves. At 36, Jack Viertel isn't into midlife yet, but the current theater critic and arts editor of the Herald Examiner (and past president of the Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle) is not just leaving his job but moving to the other side of the fence. He leaves the paper Aug. 23 to assume a position as dramaturge for the Center Theatre Group/Mark Taper Forum starting Sept. 3. Viertel replaces Russell Vandenbroucke who left the Taper in June.
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April 25, 1985 | LAWRENCE CHRISTON
The Los Angeles Theatre Center, the most ambitious new theater project in the city, has completed its opening roster of plays and directors. Sept. 19, the English language translation of Chekhov's "The Three Sisters" opens at Theatre One. Michael Frayne ("Noises Off") is translator. Stein Winge, the artistic director of the experimental wing of the National Theatre of Norway, directs. Sept. 26, Sam Shepard's "Fool For Love" has its Los Angeles premiere at Theatre Two.
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January 29, 2013 | By Deborah Vankin
The Broadway revival of “Evita,” costarring Puerto Rican pop singer Ricky Martin, closed Saturday night -- and it was squarely in the red.  It hadn't earned back its $11-million investment, according to Bloomberg News. With music by Andrew Lloyd Webber and lyrics by Tim Rice , “Evita” -- which was also a 1996 feature film starring Madonna and Antonio Banderas -- is a high-profile musical brand by now; it might have seemed a sure-fire success,  especially with pop star power behind it.  But the production -- which also starred Argentinian performer Elena Roger as Evita -- may have set its sights too high.
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