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December 2, 2001 | DON SHIRLEY, TIMES THEATER WRITER
Jeff Calhoun has choreographed and directed big Broadway musicals for much of the last decade, even earning a Tony nomination. So why is his latest production, "Big River," playing at the 65-seat Deaf West Theatre in North Hollywood? Calhoun asked himself similar questions--"Has my career come to this? Musicals for the deaf?"--when offered the chance last year to direct Deaf West's first musical in its 10-year history, "Oliver!"
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December 2, 2001 | DON SHIRLEY, TIMES THEATER WRITER
Jeff Calhoun has choreographed and directed big Broadway musicals for much of the last decade, even earning a Tony nomination. So why is his latest production, "Big River," playing at the 65-seat Deaf West Theatre in North Hollywood? Calhoun asked himself similar questions--"Has my career come to this? Musicals for the deaf?"--when offered the chance last year to direct Deaf West's first musical in its 10-year history, "Oliver!"
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February 12, 1987 | CATHY DE MAYO
The rehearsal had overtones of a family reunion. After a three-week layoff, cast members of "My One and Only" gathered in sweats and tap shoes on the stage at the Harlequin Dinner Playhouse in Santa Ana, where the spirited musical will open Friday after three nights of previews. The show has moved intact from its original home at Southampton, the San Clemente dinner theater acquired last summer by Al and Barbara Hampton, who also own the Harlequin.
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February 12, 1987 | CATHY DE MAYO
The rehearsal had overtones of a family reunion. After a three-week layoff, cast members of "My One and Only" gathered in sweats and tap shoes on the stage at the Harlequin Dinner Playhouse in Santa Ana, where the spirited musical will open Friday after three nights of previews. The show has moved intact from its original home at Southampton, the San Clemente dinner theater acquired last summer by Al and Barbara Hampton, who also own the Harlequin.
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November 12, 1986 | CHALON SMITH
Jeff Calhoun is understandably anxious about "My One and Only," the Tony Award-winning musical that opens this evening at the new Southampton Dinner Theater in San Clemente. After all, the production represents the 26-year-old Calhoun's directing debut and heralds the opening of Southampton, known formerly as Sebastian's West Dinner Playhouse. Once popular on the dinner theater circuit, Sebastian's was forced five months ago to close its doors following bankruptcy proceedings.
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January 10, 2002
* Big River (Deaf West Theatre, 5112 Lankershim Blvd., North Hollywood, [818] 762-2773). Jeff Calhoun's staging of the Roger Miller-William Hauptman adaptation of Mark Twain's "Huckleberry Finn" makes the action intimate, crisp and simmering with energy. Among the cast are James Black, above left, as Jim and Tyrone Giordano as Huck Finn. Thu.-Fri., 8 p.m.; Sat., 2 and 8 p.m.; Sun., 3 p.m. Ends Jan. 27. $18-$25.
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February 20, 2002 | DON SHIRLEY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Small theaters dominate the nominations for the 2001 Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle Awards. But the larger South Coast Repertory led the pack in total nominations for a single company (nine) and in the special awards that were announced with the nominations Tuesday. Four productions that were in sub-100-seat theaters garnered the most nominations for individual shows. "They Shoot Horses, Don't They?"
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June 22, 2000
* Pop/Music. The multi-platinum-selling San Diego punk trio Blink-182 wraps up its widely separated Southern California appearances with shows at 7:30 tonight at the Long Beach Convention Center, and 3:15 p.m. Sunday at the Universal Amphitheatre, Universal City. $25 to $27.50. (213) 480-3232. * Theater.
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July 26, 2003 | Mike Boehm
New York critics have given the thumbs up to the innovative, L.A.-bred Broadway revival of "Big River," Roger Miller's musical based on Mark Twain's "The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn." Originated in 2001 at North Hollywood's Deaf West Theatre and mounted last fall at the Mark Taper Forum, director Jeff Calhoun's production uses deaf actors performing in American Sign Language alongside hearing cast members who sing and speak their roles.
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October 23, 2005 | Karen Wada
AFTER "Open Window," Deaf West Theatre's next project will be a quirky update of the fairy tale "Sleeping Beauty," a collaboration with the rock band GrooveLily and librettist Rachel Sheinkin, who won a 2005 Tony for "The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee." The as-yet-untitled show will tell the story of a princess who awakens in 20th century America, a thousand years and thousands of miles away from the castle in which she fell asleep.
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November 12, 1986 | CHALON SMITH
Jeff Calhoun is understandably anxious about "My One and Only," the Tony Award-winning musical that opens this evening at the new Southampton Dinner Theater in San Clemente. After all, the production represents the 26-year-old Calhoun's directing debut and heralds the opening of Southampton, known formerly as Sebastian's West Dinner Playhouse. Once popular on the dinner theater circuit, Sebastian's was forced five months ago to close its doors following bankruptcy proceedings.
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June 10, 2012 | By David Ng
Mike Nichols picked up his sixth Tony Award on Sunday for directing the recent revival of Arthur Miller's "Death of a Salesman. " Nichols, 80, thanked Rebecca Miller, the daughter of the playwright, as well as the cast and crew of the production. The revival starred Philip Seymour Hoffman and Andrew Garfield. The director said that "Death of a Salesman" is a rare play that "gets truer as time goes by. " He also noted that the Beacon Theatre, where the award ceremony was taking place, "was my neighborhood move theater when I was a kid. " TONYS 2012: Red carpet | Winners & Nominees The other nominees in the category were Nicholas Hytner for "One Man, Two Guvnors," Pam MacKinnon for "Clybourne Park" and Roger Rees and Alex Timbers for "Peter and the Starcatcher.
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March 1, 2001 | MICHAEL PHILLIPS, TIMES THEATER CRITIC
There's nothing like getting lost in the arms of a terrific song. Irving Berlin wrote more than his share, many of which emerge relatively unscathed in the current, conflicted touring revival of "Annie Get Your Gun," continuing through Sunday at the Wilshire Theatre. Berlin's 1946 score offers, among others, "Lost in His Arms," sharpshooter Annie Oakley's realization of her love for rival sure-shot Frank Butler. Others?
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