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February 21, 2005 | By Dennis McLellan, Times Staff Writer, Los Angeles Times Staff Writer
John Raitt, the ruggedly handsome musical theater leading man who launched his Broadway career in Rodgers & Hammerstein's 1945 hit "Carousel" and later co-starred in "The Pajama Game" on Broadway and in the film version, died Sunday. He was 88. Raitt, the father of Grammy-winning singer Bonnie Raitt, died at his Pacific Palisades home of complications from pneumonia, his manager, James Fitzgerald, told The Times. Raitt played Curly in the national tour of Rodgers & Hammerstein's "Oklahoma!"
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August 21, 2013 | By Randy Lewis
This post has been updated. See note below for details. The Pacific Symphony, like other orchestras around the world, is always on the prowl for new ways to bring younger listeners into the fold, and this week the Orange County-based organization is trying perhaps its most ambitious gambit to date with the four-day Wavelength Festival in Costa Mesa. From Thursday through Sunday, the orchestra will host a broad spectrum of musicians from beyond its usual world of Mozart, Beethoven, Stravinsky and Copland, with concerts at the Pacific Amphitheatre, starting with the blues, rock, folk and pop of Bonnie Raitt and Keb' Mo'. That will be followed Friday by an indie rock night with the Airborne Toxic Event, then an electronic dance music program Saturday curated by KCRW-FM music director Jason Bentley with British producer Bonobo and mash-up expert DJ Z-Trip.
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ENTERTAINMENT
February 15, 1985
Broadway musical star John Raitt will perform at a "kickoff reception" next Friday for the start of a $6-million Area Campaign for the Orange County Performing Arts Center. The event will begin at 7:30 p.m. at the Westin South Coast Plaza Hotel in Costa Mesa. The Area Campaign, headed by Irvine Co. President Thomas Nielsen and his wife, Marilyn, is aimed at expanding the Center's fund-raising campaign to other segments of the Southern California community.
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February 22, 2005 | Don Shirley, Times Staff Writer
When Janis Paige remembers John Raitt, the revered leading man of many musicals who is best known for creating the role of Billy Bigelow in "Carousel," she remembers "that glorious voice you could listen to forever. It was one of the most effortless, remarkable sounds in the world." She also remembers the poison oak. When they starred together on Broadway in "The Pajama Game" in the mid-'50s, Raitt came to the theater one evening with a rash on his hands.
SPORTS
December 21, 1986
Broadway performer John Raitt, a former three-sport star at Fullerton High School, will receive the Ralph Clark Award at the Orange County Hall of Fame Banquet Feb. 16. The award, named for Clark, an Orange County supervisor who has been involved in athletics throughout his career, is presented annually by the Hall of Fame to a former Orange County athlete who has distinguished himself in a field other than sports.
ENTERTAINMENT
February 22, 2005 | Don Shirley, Times Staff Writer
When Janis Paige remembers John Raitt, the revered leading man of many musicals who is best known for creating the role of Billy Bigelow in "Carousel," she remembers "that glorious voice you could listen to forever. It was one of the most effortless, remarkable sounds in the world." She also remembers the poison oak. When they starred together on Broadway in "The Pajama Game" in the mid-'50s, Raitt came to the theater one evening with a rash on his hands.
ENTERTAINMENT
November 22, 1985 | HERMAN WONG, Times Staff Writer
Although he has starred on the Broadway musical stage and in theaters throughout the United States for more than 40 years, John Raitt says his roots are still in Orange County. "I guess I'm a real native son. I keep coming back; I keep wanting to do whatever I can for community groups here," said Raitt, who will sing Saturday night for a North Orange County Community College District community honors concert at the Forum Theater in Yorba Linda.
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May 19, 1990 | JAN HERMAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The last time Broadway veteran John Raitt performed on the stage of Plummer Auditorium was in 1934. "Being back here again creates a tremendous nostalgia," he said the other night in his makeshift dressing room--a converted utility closet--as he put on his makeup for the starring role in the Fullerton Civic Light Opera's "Zorba," a professional production that continues through June 3. Nostalgia has a way of creeping up on a performer who has lasted more than a half century in show business.
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July 9, 1995 | Barbara Isenberg, Barbara Isenberg is a frequent contributor to Calendar
For every U.S. city he plays, singer John Raitt pokes a pin into a now-fading map on his wall. He's about 100 pins behind, he figures, and already the map is so full you can barely see the lines separating states. Since he made his Broadway debut in Rodgers & Hammerstein's "Carousel" on April 19, 1945, the resonant baritone has missed few leading roles in American musicals on Broadway, on tour or in summer stock. He's played Don Quixote in "Man of La Mancha" and Tevye in "Fiddler on the Roof."
ENTERTAINMENT
July 7, 1992 | CHRIS WILLMAN, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
The most notable parent-and-child duets in recent years have been pieced together half-posthumously in the studio, with talented engineers providing much of the magic. Think of Nat and Natalie, or Hank and Hank Jr. But with Sunday's airing of "Great Performances" on PBS, fans of the popular music of two distinct generations will get a rare chance to see a father and daughter equally famous in their separate heydays team up live and on stage.
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February 21, 2005 | Dennis McLellan, Times Staff Writer
John Raitt, the ruggedly handsome musical theater leading man who launched his Broadway career in Rodgers & Hammerstein's 1945 hit "Carousel" and later co-starred in "The Pajama Game" on Broadway and in the film version, died Sunday. He was 88. Raitt, the father of Grammy-winning singer Bonnie Raitt, died at his Pacific Palisades home of complications from pneumonia, his manager, James Fitzgerald, told The Times. Raitt played Curly in the national tour of Rodgers & Hammerstein's "Oklahoma!"
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February 25, 2001 | MIKE BOEHM, TIMES STAFF WRITER
John Raitt first sang at Plummer Auditorium in December 1932--as one of the three wise men in the Fullerton Union High School Christmas pageant. Last week on the same stage, he was the wise man again--not playing, just being. At 84, he had returned to share knowledge gained in a long career as one of the leading men of Broadway musicals. His audience: about 50 kids from today's crop of aspiring performers at his alma mater.
ENTERTAINMENT
November 26, 2000
Revising classic musicals, most notably "Annie Get Your Gun," to modernize or make them politically correct is indeed a perversion ("When Shows Refuse to Repeat History," by Michael Phillips, Nov. 19). I see it as no different or more justifiable than revising works of Shakespeare because of disapproval (even if justified) of his viewpoints. However, for those who wish to hear the complete and original version, there are plenty of both contemporaneous recordings of "Annie" and recent revival casts.
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September 30, 1999 | DON HECKMAN, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
John Raitt, white hair flowing, is perched comfortably on the edge of a hand-carved Chinese wedding bed in the living room of his Pacific Palisades home. "Isn't this an amazing piece of furniture?" says the veteran star of musical theater and films. "It's put together without a single nail. And it's 400 years old." Then, with a mischievous grin, he adds, "That's even older than I am. Mostly what people say when they hear my name is, 'Oh, John Raitt. Is he still alive?'
ENTERTAINMENT
September 12, 1999
Video "Prince of Egypt" is DreamWorks' ambitious animated version of the story of Moses. It took a team of 400 animators, using computerized and traditional methods, to bring the Biblical tale to life. Stephen Schwartz and Hans Zimmer composed the score and Val Kilmer, Ralph Fiennes, Helen Mirren and Michelle Pfeiffer top the voice talent. The family film hits video stores on Tuesday. Dance The original Ballet Folklorico de Mexico plays Pasadena Civic Auditorium for the first time on its 47th U.
ENTERTAINMENT
December 21, 1998 | STEVE HOCHMAN
Parents who got stuck driving their teenagers to the recent KROQ Almost Acoustic Christmas concerts got their reward this past weekend. A benefit for Central American victims of Hurricane Mitch featuring Bonnie Raitt, Jackson Browne, Sarah McLachlan, Los Lobos and Keb' Mo' at the Santa Monica Civic Auditorium on Friday offered a more adult lineup, with less of the almost. It's not just that this concert was largely acoustic.
ENTERTAINMENT
August 1, 1992
John Raitt did not originate the male lead in "Annie Get Your Gun" on Broadway ("Basking in the Glow of His Daughter's Turn in Limelight," Calendar July 7). Ray Middleton co-starred opposite Ethel Merman and can be heard on the MCA CD of the original cast album. John Raitt did the national tour with Mary Martin and later appeared opposite Martin in a TV version. They recorded their version in the mid-'50s for a Capitol LP, now out of print. ALAN EICHLER Hollywood
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June 15, 1998 | STEVE HOCHMAN, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Was that a midlife crisis Bonnie Raitt was having onstage at the Pantages Theatre on Friday, repeatedly dredging up references to her youth? No--Raitt worked through that rite of passage in 1989 with her "Nick of Time" album, the one that connected with her fellow baby boomers as they hit 40, elevating her from respected artist to full-fledged pop star. This was more of a post-midlife kick in the pants.
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