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December 15, 1995 | LAURIE WINER, TIMES THEATER CRITIC
You may grow accustomed to her face, but more likely it's her singing you will come to care about. Jodi Benson, who supplied the enchanted voice of Disney's Little Mermaid and who starred on Broadway as the tomboy heroine in "Crazy for You," is Eliza Doolittle now, the dirty-cheeked flower-vendor turned fair lady in the classic Lerner & Loewe musical, now through Sunday at the Alex Theatre in Glendale.
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December 15, 1995 | LAURIE WINER, TIMES THEATER CRITIC
You may grow accustomed to her face, but more likely it's her singing you will come to care about. Jodi Benson, who supplied the enchanted voice of Disney's Little Mermaid and who starred on Broadway as the tomboy heroine in "Crazy for You," is Eliza Doolittle now, the dirty-cheeked flower-vendor turned fair lady in the classic Lerner & Loewe musical, now through Sunday at the Alex Theatre in Glendale.
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December 10, 1995 | Jan Breslauer, Jan Breslauer is a regular contributor to Calendar
A group of seven ever-so-proper ladies and gents, with ramrod-straight posture and pinkies extended, are seated in a row of wooden chairs. Their gaze is straight ahead, looking out toward the grounds where a sporting event will soon commence. This may look like a rehearsal room in a North Hollywood studio, but it's really teatime at Ascot. The crowd is poised. On cue, they sip, then stir, then sip again.
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December 10, 1995 | Jan Breslauer, Jan Breslauer is a regular contributor to Calendar
A group of seven ever-so-proper ladies and gents, with ramrod-straight posture and pinkies extended, are seated in a row of wooden chairs. Their gaze is straight ahead, looking out toward the grounds where a sporting event will soon commence. This may look like a rehearsal room in a North Hollywood studio, but it's really teatime at Ascot. The crowd is poised. On cue, they sip, then stir, then sip again.
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January 28, 1990 | MARTIN GOTTFRIED, Gottfried's biography of Bob Fosse, "All His Jazz," will be published this year by Bantam Books. Next year, Harry N. Abrams Inc. will publish his sequel, "More Broadway Musicals." and
Composer John Kander and lyricist Fred Ebb still write as if Broadway were Broadway and not Wall Street. Years after their big hit shows ("Cabaret," "Zorba" and "Chicago," among others) they remain partners, recalling the tradition of Rodgers and Hammerstein, Rodgers and Hart, Lerner and Loewe. They keep stretching stage traditions.
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July 17, 1991 | ALEENE MacMINN, Arts and entertainment reports from The Times, national and international news services and the nation's press
Batter Up: Teams made up from the casts of "Phantom of the Opera," "City of Angels" and "A Little Night Music," plus some TV performers, will take the field July 29 for a celebrity softball game to benefit Equity Fights AIDS. James Naughton, who stars in "City of Angels," will be a team captain, and Jodi Benson, voice of Ariel in "The Little Mermaid," will sing the National Anthem. Game time is 7 p.m. at UCLA's Jackie Robinson Memorial Stadium.
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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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May 28, 1990 | GREG BRAXTON, Arts and entertainment reports from The Times, national and international news services and the nation's press
An Operatic Benefit: Singer John Denver, three principals from the Los Angeles Music Center Opera June productions, plus five of the 11-foot-high "Wild Things" from the upcoming Music Center Opera production "Where the Wild Things Are," will appear at a June 8 benefit for the opera company at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion. Denver will perform and so will soprano Karen Beardsley of "Wild Things," as well as Rodney Gilfry and Jodi Benson of "Oklahoma!," opening June 22. Tickets for the 7 p.m.
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January 6, 1996
I agree wholeheartedly with Laurie Winer's perceptive review of the recent Theatre League production of "My Fair Lady" at the Alex Theatre ("Jodi Benson Works Hard in Fair 'Lady,' " Dec. 15). However, I feel she did not go far enough in objecting to the incompleteness of the production. When the producers of "Lady's" first national tour were drafting their budget, they decided to have only two instead of three chandeliers in the ballroom scene that ends Act 1. Alan Jay Lerner heard about this and vehemently vetoed the idea.
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January 7, 1996 | Kevin Thomas
Don Bluth's "Hans Christian Andersen's Thumbelina" casts its spell so effectively that you don't even have to be a child to be swept away to its magical never-never land. Another success from Bluth and his partner Gary Goldman, whose previous animated hits include "The Secret of NIMH" and "An American Tail," it is a work of lilting pace and charm with an array of enjoyable rather than memorable songs, with lyrics by Jack Feldman and Bruce Sussman and music by Barry Manilow.
ENTERTAINMENT
January 28, 1990 | MARTIN GOTTFRIED, Gottfried's biography of Bob Fosse, "All His Jazz," will be published this year by Bantam Books. Next year, Harry N. Abrams Inc. will publish his sequel, "More Broadway Musicals." and
Composer John Kander and lyricist Fred Ebb still write as if Broadway were Broadway and not Wall Street. Years after their big hit shows ("Cabaret," "Zorba" and "Chicago," among others) they remain partners, recalling the tradition of Rodgers and Hammerstein, Rodgers and Hart, Lerner and Loewe. They keep stretching stage traditions.
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March 30, 1994 | KEVIN THOMAS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Don Bluth's "Hans Christian Andersen's Thumbelina" casts its spell so effectively that you don't even have to be a child to be swept away to its magical never-never land. Another success from Bluth and his partner Gary Goldman, whose previous animated hits include "The Secret of NIMH" and "An American Tail," it is a work of lilting pace and charm with an array of enjoyable rather than memorable songs, with lyrics by Jack Feldman and Bruce Sussman and music by Barry Manilow.
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March 3, 1990 | JANICE ARKATOV
"On Monday, I feel like I've been hit by a truck," says Jodi Benson, who's putting in an eight-performance week playing a feisty fashion illustrator-turned-Communist organizer in Kander and Ebb's period musical "Flora, the Red Menace" at the Pasadena Playhouse. "I'm on stage the whole time, running around, using up energy. So on Monday, I sleep in and try not to talk to anybody."
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