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November 20, 1990 | MARK CHALON SMITH
There's this enigmatic character--call him a glen goblin, a forest spirit, a refugee from Cirque du Soleil, whatever--that pops up early on in UC Irvine's witty staging of Stephen Sondheim's and James Lapine's "Into the Woods." He does peculiar things--call it juggling, dancing, skipping, whatever--with a cache of hoops while the musical swirls around him. Striking, but does he have anything to do with the story?
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September 16, 2013 | By Richard Verrier
Walt Disney is once again turning to the Brothers Grimm for theatrical inspiration. The studio that brought the classic Grimm's fairy tale "Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs" to the big screen in 1937, said it began production last week on “Into the Woods,” a film adaptation of the award-winning musical that is a modern take on the popular Grimm stories. The movie, set for release on Dec. 25, 2014, will shoot in studio and on location throughout England, Disney said in a statement.
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March 20, 1991 | SYLVIE DRAKE, TIMES THEATER WRITER
Stephen Sondheim once described his "Into the Woods" with characteristic simplicity as a musical about parents and children. Yes, but. Just as Sondheim is incapable of resisting intricacy in words and music, so the book for "Into the Woods," written by its director James Lapine, is an intricate and poetic exploration of the deeper woods one enters after happily-ever-after has come and gone.
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March 2, 2011 | By Karen Wada, Special to the Los Angeles Times
William Finn and James Lapine count themselves among the millions of fans of the 2006 movie "Little Miss Sunshine. " But when they decided to adapt the story of the hapless Hoover family ? on the road from their unhappy Albuquerque home to a Redondo Beach junior beauty pageant ? for the musical stage, they had no intention of writing a carbon copy with a few songs thrown in. "What's the point of that?" ask Finn and Lapine ? at the same time. When the world premiere of "Little Miss Sunshine" opens Friday at the La Jolla Playhouse, the audience will see what Lapine calls "a very free adaptation.
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February 12, 2002 | DON SHIRLEY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
"I wish." These restless words are at the beginning and the end of "Into the Woods," the wise and witty musical by Stephen Sondheim and James Lapine. Even after "Into the Woods" opened on Broadway in 1987, wishes kept cropping up in Lapine's mind, as the librettist and director thought about the show. His wishing led to an altered version of "Into the Woods," now at the Ahmanson Theatre, with changes in the staging and design and a few slightly modified lines.
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August 1, 1993 | BARBARA ISENBERG, Barbara Isenberg is a Times staff writer.
When someone first suggested he meet with playwright James Lapine to talk collaboration, Stephen Sondheim quickly agreed. The esteemed composer had recently seen Lapine's play "Twelve Dreams," and had actually thought about calling Lapine himself. That was 1982, and Lapine was eager to turn Nathanael West's novel "A Cool Million" into a musical.
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August 3, 1993 | SYLVIE DRAKE, TIMES THEATER CRITIC EMERITUS
Anyone see a bumper sticker lately that reads "I never lie, cheat or steal . . . unnecessarily"? There, in a nutshell, is the essence and ethos of James Lapine's new comedy, "Luck, Pluck & Virtue." The title should tell you something. Think luck, pluck and Horatio Alger. This unrelentingly black, viciously funny spoof at the La Jolla Playhouse is based on Nathanael West's "A Cool Million," itself a repudiation of the Alger myths about the American dream.
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March 5, 2004 | Mike Boehm, Times Staff Writer
James Lapine and Claudia Shear are sitting in a corner of a swank Beverly Hills hotel bar, putatively to be interviewed about how they put together "Dirty Blonde," one of the most glowingly reviewed and widely produced American plays of recent years. The show is finally getting its L.A. area premiere at the Pasadena Playhouse, starting tonight. Shear wrote it, and she's here to perform the dual roles she has played off and on over the last four years.
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January 15, 1989
While the gentleman standing to Stephen Sondheim's right in the photograph that appeared on Page 5 of your Jan. 8 issue (see right) may indeed be James Lapine ("Sondheim Isn't Quite Out of the 'Woods,' " by Barbara Isenberg), he bears an uncanny resemblance to Jonathan Tunick, the 1985 Oscar-winning musical adapter of one of Sondheim's musicals. GARNETT BROWN Los Angeles That's because it was Jonathan Tunick and not James Lapine, as we miscaptioned.
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September 25, 1992 | ALEENE MacMINN, Arts and entertainment reports from The Times, national and international news services and the nation's press
'Falsettos' Tour: The national tour of the acclaimed Broadway musical "Falsettos" will kick off at the Old Globe Theatre in San Diego as part of the theater's winter season. Co-writer James Lapine, who directed the production that opened on Broadway in April, will direct at the Globe and for the subsequent tour, which is expected to include a run in Los Angeles. Casting and dates have not yet been announced.
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March 5, 2004 | Mike Boehm, Times Staff Writer
James Lapine and Claudia Shear are sitting in a corner of a swank Beverly Hills hotel bar, putatively to be interviewed about how they put together "Dirty Blonde," one of the most glowingly reviewed and widely produced American plays of recent years. The show is finally getting its L.A. area premiere at the Pasadena Playhouse, starting tonight. Shear wrote it, and she's here to perform the dual roles she has played off and on over the last four years.
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February 12, 2002 | DON SHIRLEY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
"I wish." These restless words are at the beginning and the end of "Into the Woods," the wise and witty musical by Stephen Sondheim and James Lapine. Even after "Into the Woods" opened on Broadway in 1987, wishes kept cropping up in Lapine's mind, as the librettist and director thought about the show. His wishing led to an altered version of "Into the Woods," now at the Ahmanson Theatre, with changes in the staging and design and a few slightly modified lines.
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September 28, 1996 | SUSAN KING, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Those involved in bringing the 1994 Tony Award-winning Stephen Sondheim-James Lapine musical "Passion" to television were, in a word, passionate about the project. And they needed to be, since no network stepped forward with the money for a TV version. The musical, says "Passion" executive producer Michael Brandman, "moved us all in unspeakable ways. People came to this project and loved it."
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June 14, 1994 | LAURIE WINER, TIMES THEATER CRITIC
The high point of Sunday night's Tony telecast came when award presenter Paul Sorvino remarked, innocently, "What a season!" He seemed immediately to regret the words, which apparently compromised the impish honesty of his co-presenter Madeline Kahn, whose eyes rolled skyward. Always the lady, she corrected herself with a delicate smile. What a season indeed.
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August 3, 1993 | SYLVIE DRAKE, TIMES THEATER CRITIC EMERITUS
Anyone see a bumper sticker lately that reads "I never lie, cheat or steal . . . unnecessarily"? There, in a nutshell, is the essence and ethos of James Lapine's new comedy, "Luck, Pluck & Virtue." The title should tell you something. Think luck, pluck and Horatio Alger. This unrelentingly black, viciously funny spoof at the La Jolla Playhouse is based on Nathanael West's "A Cool Million," itself a repudiation of the Alger myths about the American dream.
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August 1, 1993 | BARBARA ISENBERG, Barbara Isenberg is a Times staff writer.
When someone first suggested he meet with playwright James Lapine to talk collaboration, Stephen Sondheim quickly agreed. The esteemed composer had recently seen Lapine's play "Twelve Dreams," and had actually thought about calling Lapine himself. That was 1982, and Lapine was eager to turn Nathanael West's novel "A Cool Million" into a musical.
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November 5, 1992 | NANCY CHURNIN, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
The La Jolla Playhouse will present the world premiere of a new musical by the Tony and Pulitzer Prize-winning team of Stephen Sondheim and James Lapine in its 1993 season, Playhouse Artistic Director Des McAnuff has announced.. McAnuff said Tuesday that because the work is still in early development, both its title and subject matter cannot be named. He said Lapine will direct the work at the Mandell Weiss Theatre.
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September 25, 1992 | ALEENE MacMINN, Arts and entertainment reports from The Times, national and international news services and the nation's press
'Falsettos' Tour: The national tour of the acclaimed Broadway musical "Falsettos" will kick off at the Old Globe Theatre in San Diego as part of the theater's winter season. Co-writer James Lapine, who directed the production that opened on Broadway in April, will direct at the Globe and for the subsequent tour, which is expected to include a run in Los Angeles. Casting and dates have not yet been announced.
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