January 28, 1990 |
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.
July 17, 1991 |
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.
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.
May 28, 1990 |
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.
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.
January 7, 1996 |
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.