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August 31, 2008 | Mike Boehm, Times Staff Writer
"Jersey BOYS," the show, came off well for the La Jolla Playhouse. The rock 'n' roll bio-play about Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons opened late in 2004 and soon after moved to Broadway, where it won a Tony Award for best musical and looks to keep playing to packed houses into the next decade. Now La Jolla has the not-quite-sequel: Jersey Boys, the partnership -- Joe DiPietro and David Bryan, a writer-composer team of 46-year-olds who, on the face of it, are one of the oddest theatrical couplings since Neil Simon thought up Oscar Madison and Felix Ungar.
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August 31, 2008 | Mike Boehm, Times Staff Writer
"Jersey BOYS," the show, came off well for the La Jolla Playhouse. The rock 'n' roll bio-play about Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons opened late in 2004 and soon after moved to Broadway, where it won a Tony Award for best musical and looks to keep playing to packed houses into the next decade. Now La Jolla has the not-quite-sequel: Jersey Boys, the partnership -- Joe DiPietro and David Bryan, a writer-composer team of 46-year-olds who, on the face of it, are one of the oddest theatrical couplings since Neil Simon thought up Oscar Madison and Felix Ungar.
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January 17, 2000 | MICHAEL PHILLIPS, TIMES THEATER CRITIC
Featuring more hearty invocations of "famiglia!" than the entire Olive Garden ad campaign, Joe DiPietro's "Over the River and Through the Woods" made its West Coast premiere Friday as part of another, related premiere. The occasion: The opening of North Hollywood's El Portal Center for the Arts.
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January 17, 2000 | MICHAEL PHILLIPS, TIMES THEATER CRITIC
Featuring more hearty invocations of "famiglia!" than the entire Olive Garden ad campaign, Joe DiPietro's "Over the River and Through the Woods" made its West Coast premiere Friday as part of another, related premiere. The occasion: The opening of North Hollywood's El Portal Center for the Arts.
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May 6, 2008 | From a Times staff writer
"Nice Work If You Can Get It," a new musical comedy headlined by Harry Connick Jr., with music and lyrics by George and Ira Gershwin and book by Joe DiPietro ( "I Love You, You're Perfect, Now Change"), will open in March at a Broadway theater to be announced. Grammy and Emmy Award-winning Connick, a 2006 best actor Tony nominee for "The Pajama Game," plays a Long Island playboy embroiled with gold diggers and bootleggers. The show will have a pre-Broadway run at Boston's Colonial Theatre Dec. 16 to Jan. 11.
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November 2, 2004 | From Associated Press
Cheyenne Jackson, who understudied the lead in "All Shook Up," has taken over the starring role in the Broadway-bound musical that uses songs made famous by Elvis Presley. Jackson replaces Jarrod Emick, who left the show because of a contract dispute. "All Shook Up," which opens March 24 at Broadway's Palace Theatre, tells the story of a mysterious, guitar-playing stranger who brings romance and rock 'n' roll into the life of a small-town girl, played by Jenn Gambatese.
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July 4, 1998 | JAN HERMAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
When "I Love You, You're Perfect, Now Change" had its West Coast premiere at the Laguna Playhouse last fall, I called it "one of the most clever, buoyant musical comedy revues about sex, love and dating in years."
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May 3, 2001
* American Cinematheque presents its popular "Third Annual Festival of Film Noir," May 11-27 at the Egyptian Theatre, 6712 Hollywood Blvd., Hollywood. $6-$8. (323) 466-3456. * The Paris Opera Ballet dances Rudolf Nureyev's staging of the full-length "La Bayadere" on Tuesday, Wednesday and May 11-13 in the Orange County Performing Arts Center, 600 Town Center Drive, Costa Mesa. $20 to $85 (714) 556-ARTS.
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April 23, 1997 | JAN HERMAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Two off-Broadway musicals, both billed as West Coast premieres, and the world premiere of a new comedy highlight the Laguna Playhouse's 1997-98 season. The five-play subscription season, announced Tuesday, will open with "I Love You, You're Perfect, Now Change," a musical revue about love and relationships by Joe DiPietro and Jimmy Roberts that was nominated for a 1997 Outer Critics Circle Award and is still running in New York.
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January 8, 1999 | JANA J. MONJI, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Morris Bobrow's musical-comedy revue about single life, "Party of One," at the Century City Playhouse, features five beautiful voices (Valerie Doran, Jennie Fahn, Jason Heil, Joe Symon and Melanie Wingert) in nice harmonies, but lacks the slinky sexiness or the great physical comedy that would give it some much-needed pizazz.
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October 15, 2012 | By David Ng
The recent movie musicals "Nine" and "Rock of Ages" both tanked at the box office, but that apparently isn't stopping producers from investing in an effort to adapt the Tony-winning "Memphis" for the big screen. "Memphis" will be turned into a movie produced by Belle Pictures, the Mark Gordon Co. and Alcon Entertainment, according to various published reports on Sunday. Joe DiPietro, who co-wrote the musical, reportedly will write the screen adaptation.  The musical features a score by Bon Jovi keyboardist David Bryan.
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May 2, 2002 | F. Kathleen Foley
Theater Anna Christie--Those who inextricably link this play with the famous 1930 film starring Greta Garbo will find this production at Pacific Resident Theatre a revelation. Granted, given today's bare-all, tell-all standards, Eugene O'Neill's drama is hardly likely to seriously rankle anyone's proprieties. However, its emotional force remains undiminished by time.
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