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March 6, 1997 | ROBERT KOEHLER, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
The romantic excesses of Charlotte Bronte's "Jane Eyre," like sister Emily's "Wuthering Heights," would seem to fit naturally into a musical scheme. And for awhile in an adaptation of "Jane Eyre"--receiving its West Coast premiere at the Glendale Centre Theatre--it seems right to set the narrative's emotions to music. Just not this music. Nor with this cast. The theater's arena-style setup allows no space for a live orchestra, which severely harms directors Brenda and Tim Dietlin's production.
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September 2, 1999
Theater "Orphans," Lyle Kessler's drama about a couple of wild-child orphans and the mysterious patriarch who transforms their lives, closes Sunday at the International City Theatre, Long Beach City College, Clark Street and Harvey Way, Long Beach. Friday-Saturday, 8 p.m.; Sunday, 2 p.m. $22. (562) 938-4128.
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July 22, 1999
The American premiere of "Jane Eyre, the Musical," by Tony Award-winning director John Caird ("Nicholas Nickleby" and "Les Miserables") and Paul Gordon, based on Charlotte Brontes classic, features Marla Schaffel as governess Jane and James Barbour as the brooding Edward Rochester. * "Jane Eyre, the Musical," La Jolla Playhouse, La Jolla Village Drive and Torrey Pines Road. Sunday, 7 p.m. Regular schedule: Tuesday-Saturday, 8 p.m.; Sunday, 7 p.m.; Saturday and Sunday, 2 p.m. Ends Aug. 29.
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July 15, 1999
* Theater. The American premiere of "Jane Eyre, the Musical," a new musical by Tony Award-winning director John Caird based on Charlotte Brontes classic, opens July 25 at La Jolla Playhouse, La Jolla Village Drive and Torrey Pines Road, 7 p.m. Regular schedule: Tuesdays-Saturdays, 8 p.m.; Sundays, 7 p.m.; Saturdays and Sundays, 2 p.m. Ends Aug. 29. $21 to $39. (619) 550-1010.
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January 16, 1997 | ROBIN RAUZI, TIMES STAFF WRITER
One side of the marquee reads "Hilarious Comedy." The other, "Great Family Shows." More than just an advertisement, that marquee is a tidy history of the Glendale Centre Theatre. When Nathan and Ruth Hale opened a 90-seat theater on Colorado Street in 1947, they had no idea they were setting the stage for generations to come.
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August 6, 2000 | PATRICK PACHECO
In Mel Brooks' 1968 film comedy "The Producers," a couple of con men intentionally try to produce a Broadway flop. Producer Max Bialystock, making his pitch to the world's worst author, says, "That's exactly why we want to produce this play, to show the world the true Hitler--the Hitler you loved, the Hitler you knew, the Hitler with a song in his heart!" Thirty-two years later, it's springtime for Hitler--and original book musicals.
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June 3, 2001 | PATRICK PACHECO, Patrick Pacheco is a regular contributor to Calendar
In the new musical "The Producers," the ever-scheming Broadway impresario Max Bialystock tries to persuade Roger DeBris to direct his "lighthearted" romp called "Springtime for Hitler." Think of the prestige, implores Max, think of the respect ... to no avail. Finally the producer plays his trump card. "Roger," he says, "think of--the Tony!" Bingo. Max may turn out to be not only persuasive but also prescient.
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July 25, 1999 | JAN BRESLAUER, Jan Breslauer is a regular contributor to Calendar
Can a plain and penniless 19th century orphan girl find happiness and success as a Broadway-bound musical? Nothing is ever easy for Jane Eyre. In Charlotte Bronte's 1847 classic novel, she undergoes many trials and tribulations before ending up in the arms of her beloved Rochester. And "Jane Eyre," the musical, hasn't had an easy time of it either. But if the novel's story is precedent, perhaps there's a happy ending in sight.
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