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August 18, 2000 | DARYL H. MILLER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Jason Graae is one of those guys who always looks like he's just run two miles, downed a half-dozen sugar doughnuts and chased them with as many cups of coffee. He is just wired. That antic energy works well for the Los Angeles-based singer-actor. He'll do most anything for a laugh and usually gets one--as he did in the most recent edition of "Forbidden Broadway" and in last year's Reprise! presentation of "The Boys From Syracuse."
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March 30, 2004 | Rob Kendt, Special to The Times
As tough as show business can be on actors' fragile psyches, the jobs they typically take to pay the rent while pursuing their dreams might have been specifically designed to humiliate, abuse and generally stress them out. From waiting tables to phone sales, these survival jobs often put them on the front lines of thankless customer service, where not just their acting talent but also their capacity for Job-like patience is sorely tested. For this they went to drama school?
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August 30, 2001 | DARYL H. MILLER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Jason Graae is the Jekyll & Hyde of cabaret. Or, perhaps, the three faces of Eve. Whichever the case, he's able to put across a sweetly earnest ballad one moment and rampage through a comic number the next--shifting personalities so abruptly that he makes your head spin. It's a dangerous act, but he makes it work because he's so genuine in the tender moments and so obviously having fun with the comic ones.
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December 10, 2002 | Don Heckman, Special to The Times
It's hard to imagine what cabaret would have been like in Los Angeles during the last decade without J.D. Kessler, manager of the Cinegrill, and Tom Rolla, co-owner of the Gardenia. Parallel pillars of support for the music, they consistently use their venues to spotlight established artists and showcase new talent. They have been -- and continue to be -- major forces in creating a viable cabaret environment for the Southland.
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October 26, 2001 | BY MIKE BOEHM, TIMES STAFF WRITER
When Jason Graae arrived in New York 20 years ago to make his way in Broadway musicals, people immediately pegged him as a Joel Grey type. Graae's first agent even wanted him to change his name to Grey, on the perhaps understandable grounds that, pronunciation issues aside, no name trailing three vowels behind it ever had found its way onto a marquee. But here Graae stands, his name on compact discs, theater programs, sitcom credits and marquees.
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December 10, 2002 | Don Heckman, Special to The Times
It's hard to imagine what cabaret would have been like in Los Angeles during the last decade without J.D. Kessler, manager of the Cinegrill, and Tom Rolla, co-owner of the Gardenia. Parallel pillars of support for the music, they consistently use their venues to spotlight established artists and showcase new talent. They have been -- and continue to be -- major forces in creating a viable cabaret environment for the Southland.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 30, 2004 | Rob Kendt, Special to The Times
As tough as show business can be on actors' fragile psyches, the jobs they typically take to pay the rent while pursuing their dreams might have been specifically designed to humiliate, abuse and generally stress them out. From waiting tables to phone sales, these survival jobs often put them on the front lines of thankless customer service, where not just their acting talent but also their capacity for Job-like patience is sorely tested. For this they went to drama school?
ENTERTAINMENT
September 19, 1997
Jason Alexander, David Gaines, Christine Ebersole, Andrea Martin, Bruce Vilanche and others are scheduled to take part in "David Zippel & Friends," Sept. 29 at 8 p.m. at UCLA's Freud Playhouse. Others scheduled to take part in the performance, which will feature work by Tony Award-winning lyricist Zippel ("Hercules," "City of Angels"), include Jodi Benson, Karla DeVito, Karen Fineman, Linda Hart, Jason Graae, Jenifer Lewis, David Pomeranz and Roz Ryan. Tickets are $50 and $100.
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November 11, 2004 | Daryl H. Miller
"Grand Hotel": Peter Schneider is a former Hollywood golden boy who helped put Disney on Broadway with such musicals as "The Lion King." His work as director of this musical is plenty slick yet graciously unobtrusive. By subtly streamlining the story and gently coaxing forth its emotions, he has uncovered riches heretofore unsuspected in this transparent story and only intermittently infectious music. Jason Graae, Beth Malone and Robert J.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 28, 2001 | MIKE BOEHM, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A Phantom, a Pimpernel, a musical spoof and Rita Moreno as the lone chanteuse in a guy-heavy rotation will make up the Orange County Performing Arts Center's cabaret lineup for 2001-2002. The Phantom is Davis Gaines, who made his mark as the masked leading man in Andrew Lloyd Webber's "Phantom of the Opera."
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October 26, 2001 | BY MIKE BOEHM, TIMES STAFF WRITER
When Jason Graae arrived in New York 20 years ago to make his way in Broadway musicals, people immediately pegged him as a Joel Grey type. Graae's first agent even wanted him to change his name to Grey, on the perhaps understandable grounds that, pronunciation issues aside, no name trailing three vowels behind it ever had found its way onto a marquee. But here Graae stands, his name on compact discs, theater programs, sitcom credits and marquees.
ENTERTAINMENT
August 30, 2001 | DARYL H. MILLER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Jason Graae is the Jekyll & Hyde of cabaret. Or, perhaps, the three faces of Eve. Whichever the case, he's able to put across a sweetly earnest ballad one moment and rampage through a comic number the next--shifting personalities so abruptly that he makes your head spin. It's a dangerous act, but he makes it work because he's so genuine in the tender moments and so obviously having fun with the comic ones.
ENTERTAINMENT
August 18, 2000 | DARYL H. MILLER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Jason Graae is one of those guys who always looks like he's just run two miles, downed a half-dozen sugar doughnuts and chased them with as many cups of coffee. He is just wired. That antic energy works well for the Los Angeles-based singer-actor. He'll do most anything for a laugh and usually gets one--as he did in the most recent edition of "Forbidden Broadway" and in last year's Reprise! presentation of "The Boys From Syracuse."
ENTERTAINMENT
September 1, 1996
Thank you so much for Laurie Winer's article on Varese Sarabande and Bruce Kimmel ("The Show Must Go On," Aug. 25). The record label has been a godsend to musical theater lovers like myself. Where else could we hear wonderful collections by current musical stars such as Sally Mayes, Rebecca Luker, Jason Graae and Judy Kuhn or cast recordings for shows as diverse as "Das Barbecu," "She Loves Me" or the upcoming "King and I"? DONALD FELTHAM Los Angeles Thank you for the nice article on Varese Sarabande and me. However, for the record, I'd like to correct a few things.
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January 23, 1996 | CHRIS PASLES
Pianist Alain Lefevre, who recorded John Corigliano's Piano Concerto with the Pacific Symphony, will be featured this summer in the orchestra's ninth annual concert series at the Irvine Meadows Amphitheatre. Lefevre will play the "Emperor" Concerto on July 20 as part of a Beethoven program conducted by Carl St.Clair, who will conduct two other concerts in the five-concert series, which begins July 4 with a pops program and ends Sept. 7 with a Tchaikovsky program.
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