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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 22, 1991
Re: South Bay Civic Light Opera. After reading the article in your paper, I must applaud the mayor and City Council of Redondo Beach for allowing a professional musical theater to start in the South Bay. My hand is out to the people who can foresee the potential and also to the genius of James Blackman, who contrived the idea to bring professional musical theater to the South Bay area and give us a well-needed and a long overdue shot of...
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January 30, 2000 | DON SHIRLEY, Don Shirley is The Times' theater writer
Most classical companies present awfully familiar fare. Not Antaeus. The spring season for this company consists of "The Liar," by Juan Ruiz de Alarcon y Mendoza, billed as the first playwright born in the Americas, and Arthur Miller's first Broadway play, "The Man Who Had All the Luck," which closed after only four performances in 1944. "The Liar," opening Saturday at the 49-seat Secret Rose in NoHo, is a comedy by a native-born Mexican who emigrated to Spain in 1600.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 22, 1995
Who says the South Bay is a cultural wasteland? "Western Star," a musical about settlers of the Old West, just completed its world premiere at the Civic Light Opera of South Bay Cities in Redondo Beach. The show, written by Dale Wasserman, who penned the words for "Man of La Mancha" and the stage adaptation of "One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest," was seen by more than 18,000 people in just 15 performances before it closed Sunday.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 22, 1995
Who says the South Bay is a cultural wasteland? "Western Star," a musical about settlers of the Old West, just completed its world premiere at the Civic Light Opera of South Bay Cities in Redondo Beach. The show, written by Dale Wasserman, who penned the words for "Man of La Mancha" and the stage adaptation of "One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest," was seen by more than 18,000 people in just 15 performances before it closed Sunday.
ENTERTAINMENT
January 30, 2000 | DON SHIRLEY, Don Shirley is The Times' theater writer
Most classical companies present awfully familiar fare. Not Antaeus. The spring season for this company consists of "The Liar," by Juan Ruiz de Alarcon y Mendoza, billed as the first playwright born in the Americas, and Arthur Miller's first Broadway play, "The Man Who Had All the Luck," which closed after only four performances in 1944. "The Liar," opening Saturday at the 49-seat Secret Rose in NoHo, is a comedy by a native-born Mexican who emigrated to Spain in 1600.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 24, 1993 | MARY HELEN BERG
As a gangly high school teen-ager, Redondo Beach native James Blackman performed musical theater on the stage at Aviation Park Auditorium. Twenty years and scores of productions later, he has come back home. Blackman is co-founder of the 2-year-old Civic Light Opera of South Bay Cities, which is housed in the auditorium, now renamed the Redondo Beach Performing Arts Center. He says he has traveled a "symbiotic circle."
ENTERTAINMENT
December 29, 2002 | Don Shirley
When the $11-million renovation of the Redondo Beach Performing Arts Center is officially celebrated at a Jan. 17 gala, Carol Channing will descend a grand staircase that was designed to look like the Titanic's. Why would the organizers of a grand opening want to evoke memories of one an ill-fated maiden voyage?
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 21, 1996
Musical theater should be an exhilarating experience, "like standing on the curb watching a parade go by," says James Blackman, director of the light opera company in residence at the Redondo Beach Performing Arts Center. But recent subscribers to the Long Beach Civic Light Opera may feel more like the parade turned and marched right over them. When the city's 47-year-old institution declared bankruptcy and closed in April, theatergoers were left holding tickets giving them admittance to . . .
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 10, 2001 | DON SHIRLEY, TIMES THEATER WRITER
Irv Kimber, a co-founder of the Civic Light Opera of South Bay Cities and the producing artistic director of the group from 1991 to 1997, died Sunday of colon cancer. He was 54. The Civic Light Opera is the South Bay's largest theater company and has often attracted critical acclaim. During his tenure, Kimber staged the 1995 premiere of "Western Star," a musical by Dale Wasserman, who wrote "Man of La Mancha."
ENTERTAINMENT
July 24, 2005 | Don Shirley
Civic LIGHT OPERA of South Bay Cities plans to reduce its debt by presenting a few imported shows -- including a nonunion tour. James Blackman, South Bay executive director and producer, reports a $1.8-million debt, accumulated primarily from 2001 to 2003. It prevents the group from applying for many grants, he says. So he plans to cut costs by presenting, instead of producing, two upcoming shows. One of them, "The Rat Pack," has a cast on Actors' Equity contracts.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 24, 1993 | MARY HELEN BERG
As a gangly high school teen-ager, Redondo Beach native James Blackman performed musical theater on the stage at Aviation Park Auditorium. Twenty years and scores of productions later, he has come back home. Blackman is co-founder of the 2-year-old Civic Light Opera of South Bay Cities, which is housed in the auditorium, now renamed the Redondo Beach Performing Arts Center. He says he has traveled a "symbiotic circle."
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 22, 1991
Re: South Bay Civic Light Opera. After reading the article in your paper, I must applaud the mayor and City Council of Redondo Beach for allowing a professional musical theater to start in the South Bay. My hand is out to the people who can foresee the potential and also to the genius of James Blackman, who contrived the idea to bring professional musical theater to the South Bay area and give us a well-needed and a long overdue shot of...
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July 1, 1989 | From Associated Press
A fire touched off by a series of explosions sent choking smoke through a 10-story office building Friday, killing five people and injuring dozens. Terrified workers smashed windows with chairs, and one woman jumped from the sixth floor. Many people escaped by climbing onto firefighters' ladders. About 200 people, many of them rescued office workers with soot-blackened clothing and skin, gathered on the street outside the Peachtree 25th Building. Some sat breathing from oxygen masks.
SPORTS
December 14, 1996
After watching the UCLA-Kansas game, I would like to dedicate this song to the Bruin brain trust (to the tune of "If I Only Had a Brain" from "The Wizard of Oz"): In his princely Westwood palace, We would like to thank Pete Dalis for snuffing out our dream. We were top 10 in preseason, now we hardly have a reason. If we only had a team. Harrick lied and King Chuck acted, Now the Bruins are distracted, and Lavin could just scream. We were on a Final Four run, Now the program is a poor one. If we only had a team.
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