February 21, 2005 |
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 |
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.
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.
September 30, 1999 |
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?'
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.
December 21, 1998 |
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.