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May 16, 2013 | By Mike Boehm, Los Angeles Times
John Caird, who's directing the L.A. Opera production of "Tosca" that opens Saturday, played crucial roles in launching two of the biggest stage blockbusters of modern times. The fact that the British director remains somewhat below the radar, at least in America, speaks volumes about the difference between having blockbuster directing credentials on stage, as opposed to on screen. In 1980, Caird teamed with Trevor Nunn to direct the Royal Shakespeare Company's 81/2 -hour theatrical adaptation of Charles Dickens' "Nicholas Nickleby," scripted by David Edgar.
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May 16, 2013 | By Mike Boehm, Los Angeles Times
John Caird, who's directing the L.A. Opera production of "Tosca" that opens Saturday, played crucial roles in launching two of the biggest stage blockbusters of modern times. The fact that the British director remains somewhat below the radar, at least in America, speaks volumes about the difference between having blockbuster directing credentials on stage, as opposed to on screen. In 1980, Caird teamed with Trevor Nunn to direct the Royal Shakespeare Company's 81/2 -hour theatrical adaptation of Charles Dickens' "Nicholas Nickleby," scripted by David Edgar.
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June 8, 1987 | Associated Press
"Les Miserables," the lavish musical version of Victor Hugo's epic novel of social injustice, dominated the 1987 Tony awards Sunday, taking eight prizes, including best musical of the Broadway season. "Fences," August Wilson's powerful black family drama, also made a strong showing, winning best play; best actor, James Earl Jones; best director, Lloyd Richards, and featured actress, Mary Alice.
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September 2, 1999
Theater "Orphans," Lyle Kessler's drama about a couple of wild-child orphans and the mysterious patriarch who transforms their lives, closes Sunday at the International City Theatre, Long Beach City College, Clark Street and Harvey Way, Long Beach. Friday-Saturday, 8 p.m.; Sunday, 2 p.m. $22. (562) 938-4128.
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September 12, 1990 | From Reuters
God can be portrayed on the stage by a black American, the British actors' union Equity decided today. It approved the choice of a black American star to play God in a Biblical musical after producers failed to find a British actor for the role. Equity had asked the producers of "The Children of Eden," a multiracial musical based on the Old Testament, to prove they had tried to find a Briton before approving the choice of American Ken Page.
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April 10, 2009 | David Ng
When you've won Broadway's top award twice and directed one of the most popular stage musicals ever made, your next career move is to land at a regional theater in sleepy beachfront Ventura, right? Apparently so. Tony-winning director John Caird ("Les Miserables") has signed on to write and direct a new musical that is scheduled to open in October at the Rubicon Theatre. "Daddy Long Legs" is a two-character musical adapted from the popular 1912 children's novel by Jean Webster. It tells the story of a young orphan girl and her epistolary relationship with a mysterious benefactor.
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August 15, 1997 | ROBERT KOEHLER, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
"Peter Pan" ain't broke, but they keep fixing it anyway. Musical versions of the play continue to pop up, even though only one is worth doing or seeing: the enchanting early '50s edition by Mark Charlap and Jule Styne, starring Mary Martin. (Cathy Rigby is savvy enough to also have done the classic version from time to time.) Simply put, there's no suitable alternative to songs such as "Never Never Land" or "I'll Never Grow Up."
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July 15, 1999
* Theater. The American premiere of "Jane Eyre, the Musical," a new musical by Tony Award-winning director John Caird based on Charlotte Brontes classic, opens July 25 at La Jolla Playhouse, La Jolla Village Drive and Torrey Pines Road, 7 p.m. Regular schedule: Tuesdays-Saturdays, 8 p.m.; Sundays, 7 p.m.; Saturdays and Sundays, 2 p.m. Ends Aug. 29. $21 to $39. (619) 550-1010.
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February 26, 2006 | Chris Pasles
PASSIONATE love, parental opposition, eventual madness -- who can resist the love story of composer Robert Schumann and his student and later wife, Clara Wieck Schumann? Hollywood legends Paul Henreid and Katharine Hepburn played the couple in the 1947 movie "Song of Love" (and reprised their roles in 1950's "The Schumann Story").
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December 11, 2000 | LINDA WINER, NEWSDAY
When "Jane Eyre" opened in Toronto in 1996, the show was an earnest, conscientious, respectful addition to the Masterpiece Musical genre that "Les Miserables" established with such crowd-pleasing self-seriousness. Now, after four years of fine-tuning and a box-office success at California's La Jolla Playhouse in 1999, the adaptation of Charlotte Bronte's beloved 1847 novel has opened at the Brooks Atkinson Theatre with the earlier production's intentions intact.
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July 27, 1999 | MICHAEL PHILLIPS, TIMES THEATER CRITIC
Another night passes in secret-ridden Thornfield Hall, out on the moors. Jane Eyre, a young English governess who has been through a lot, believes her love for Edward Rochester, master of the house, to be unrequited. Despairingly, she sketches a self-portrait and assesses the results as "plain and uneven." Now in its U.S. premiere at the La Jolla Playhouse, the musical "Jane Eyre" is a bit better than that.
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