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January 28, 2014 | By Mike Boehm
California arts companies can only dream of getting a $250,000 grant from the budgetarily challenged California Arts Council. But the Chance Theater in Anaheim announced Monday it has received a $250,000 private gift from the arts council's chairman, Orange County trial lawyer Wylie Aitken. Aitken and Chance leaders made the surprise announcement at Saturday's opening festivities for the company's new 150-seat theater, a few doors down from the 49-seat house it replaced. Among those who'd been kept in the dark was Bette Aitken, the donor's wife, in whose honor the house is now dubbed the Bette Aitken Theater Arts Center.
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January 28, 2014 | By Mike Boehm
California arts companies can only dream of getting a $250,000 grant from the budgetarily challenged California Arts Council. But the Chance Theater in Anaheim announced Monday it has received a $250,000 private gift from the arts council's chairman, Orange County trial lawyer Wylie Aitken. Aitken and Chance leaders made the surprise announcement at Saturday's opening festivities for the company's new 150-seat theater, a few doors down from the 49-seat house it replaced. Among those who'd been kept in the dark was Bette Aitken, the donor's wife, in whose honor the house is now dubbed the Bette Aitken Theater Arts Center.
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December 22, 1985 | DONNA PERLMUTTER
NOTES ON BROADWAY by Al Kasha and Joel Hirschhorn (Contemporary: $22.95). As Oscar-winning songwriters, these two authors might have an exceptional appreciation for their peers' work. But as authors compiling interviews with the likes of Leonard Bernstein, Betty Comden and Adolph Green, Marvin Hamlisch, Burt Bacharach, Jerry Herman et al., they are in desperate need of a good editor. Introducing Jerry Bock, the commentator notes: "There are . . .
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November 7, 1999 | JAN BRESLAUER, Jan Breslauer is a regular contributor to Calendar
Much may have changed in New York City politics in the decades since the namesake of the 1959 Broadway musical "Fiorello!" governed the city. But the attributes that define a strong musical-theater hero--just like those that define a stellar civic leader--are still the same.
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November 7, 1999 | JAN BRESLAUER, Jan Breslauer is a regular contributor to Calendar
Much may have changed in New York City politics in the decades since the namesake of the 1959 Broadway musical "Fiorello!" governed the city. But the attributes that define a strong musical-theater hero--just like those that define a stellar civic leader--are still the same.
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July 21, 2009 | Susan King
Chaim Topol was so young when he starred as Tevye in the 1971 movie version of the musical "Fiddler on the Roof" that he had to spend more than two hours in the makeup chair every day to transform himself into a middle-aged milkman. The makeup artist would even pluck gray whiskers from the beard of director Norman Jewison and glue them into Topol's eyebrows.
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October 24, 1987 | TERRY McQUILKIN
Like a fine Swiss watch, a fine musical ensemble is a model of precision and elegance; each musician is part of a synergetic and remarkably efficient whole. The Moscow Virtuosi, currently on its first American tour, certainly meets that standard. At Ambassador Auditorium on Thursday evening, the 20 musicians, under the leadership of founder Vladimir Spivakov, not only played with precision but brought extraordinary depth and feeling to music by Bach, Shostakovich and Tchaikovsky.
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February 8, 1999 | T.H. McCULLOH, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
He's up there sawing away on his violin again, intermittently even in sync with the real violinist in the pit. He's been doing it for 3 1/2 decades, and it looks as though he'll keep it up through eternity. Many musicals are getting to be like operas, revived frequently and filling theaters as though they'd just opened.
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August 14, 1989 | CHRIS PASLES, Times Staff Writer
Non-traditional productions will highlight the 1989-90 Broadway series at the Orange County Performing Arts Center. Andrew Lloyd Webber's "Starlight Express," which features singing roller-skaters, and Tim Rice's "Chess," with a score by members of the pop group ABBA, will be among the five Center offerings. "Starlight Express" will run April 3 through 8; the dates for "Chess," in June, will be announced. The series will open Nov.
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December 22, 1985 | DONNA PERLMUTTER
NOTES ON BROADWAY by Al Kasha and Joel Hirschhorn (Contemporary: $22.95). As Oscar-winning songwriters, these two authors might have an exceptional appreciation for their peers' work. But as authors compiling interviews with the likes of Leonard Bernstein, Betty Comden and Adolph Green, Marvin Hamlisch, Burt Bacharach, Jerry Herman et al., they are in desperate need of a good editor. Introducing Jerry Bock, the commentator notes: "There are . . .
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November 28, 1998 | Theater Review ROBERT KOEHLER, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Pop quiz: What musical tied "The Sound of Music" for the 1959 best musical Tony Award, while also winning the Pulitzer Prize for drama the following year? Answer: "Fiorello!," which happens to be a better musical than "The Sound of Music" but one that you may never have heard of.
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March 14, 1995 | DON SHIRLEY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
"Fiddler on the Roof," with Theodore Bikel as Tevye, comes to the Cerritos Center for the Performing Arts tonight. Seen on an earlier tour stop at the Pantages Theatre in Hollywood, the actor and the role were as natural a match as Tevye's daughter Tzeitel and Motel the tailor. Bikel looks like Tevye--young enough to have pubescent daughters and to shake a leg during a party, old enough to sigh and sometimes sag under the weight of his years of toil.
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