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ENTERTAINMENT
May 29, 1996 | LYNNE HEFFLEY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
How to get from here to there? "Away We Go," a zippy children's musical, has the answer, if you happen to be in New York. Written by the late Jonathan Larson--whose hot pop opera "Rent," now playing on Broadway, received the Pulitzer Prize for drama--and by songwriting veteran Bob Golden ("Sesame Street" and "Lamb Chop's Play-Along"), the fast-paced, live-action film follows two children, with notable simplicity, on their homeward-bound journey through New York.
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ENTERTAINMENT
December 24, 2000
Movies The 1962 Cuban missile crisis unfolds through the eyes of Kennedy confidant Kenny O'Donnell in "13 Days." Roger Donaldson directs Steven Culp, above, as Robert F. Kennedy, Bruce Greenwood as John F. Kennedy and Kevin Costner as their trusted advisor. Opens Christmas Day in selected theaters. * Steven Soderbergh directs a large ensemble cast in "Traffic," a multilayered exploration of the U.S. war on drugs.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 18, 1997 | DON SHIRLEY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Touring productions of two of Broadway's biggest current hits, "Bring in 'Da Noise, Bring in 'Da Funk" and "Chicago," have been added to the Ahmanson Theatre's 1997-98 season, artistic director-producer Gordon Davidson announced Monday. Together with the previously announced "Rent," the three make up a chain of hot Broadway musicals. The fourth show in the season, yet to be named and scheduled for the summer of 1998, will be a non-musical play, Davidson said.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 14, 2008 | Lynne Heffley
When it comes to stage shows, why are some things sung, not spoken? 24th Street Theatre investigates that question in its 10th annual Saturday Explorer Series, a festival of quirky family works.
ENTERTAINMENT
August 7, 1998 | DARYL H. MILLER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
It's human nature that the more something is hyped, the more people tend to sit back, fold their arms and skeptically await it to live up to the hoopla. So it's no surprise that by the time "Rent" reached Southern California last summer, nearly 1 1/2 years after its dramatic emergence off-Broadway, got mixed reactions.
ENTERTAINMENT
May 7, 1996 | DON SHIRLEY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
"Rent" and "Bring In 'Da Noise, Bring In 'Da Funk" top the list of shows nominated for Broadway's Tony Awards announced Monday, with 10 nods for "Rent" and nine for "Noise." "Seven Guitars," a Center Theatre Group co-production that played the Ahmanson Theatre earlier this year, garnered eight Tony nominations--more than any other nonmusical play. Also snagging eight was the recent revival of "The King and I."
ENTERTAINMENT
January 25, 1999 | DARYL H. MILLER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Loud, defiant and deliberately shocking, the rock musical "Rent" will do whatever it takes to jolt its audiences into the realization that life is rented for just a little while. Don't waste time, it all but begs; get out there and live to the fullest. To put this across, the show needs a company unafraid to perform with emotional abandon.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 21, 1997 | JAN HERMAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
"Rent" and the latest revival of "Chicago," two hit musicals going on tour for the first time, have been scheduled for the 1997-98 Broadway Series at the Orange County Performing Arts Center. Rounding out the subscription series of six musicals, to be announced today, will be revivals of two very different chestnuts--"The King and I" and "Annie"--as well as a road version of "Big," which earned the dubious reputation last year as one of the biggest flops in Broadway history.
ENTERTAINMENT
October 20, 2010 | By Evelyn McDonnell, Special to the Los Angeles Times
On a recent weekday afternoon, Raúl Esparza is in his dressing room at the Ahmanson Theatre showing a visitor two boxes of flaky goodies filled with guava, dulce de leche and shredded meat. His hands shake. The actor of Cuban heritage has just discovered Porto's, the well-known local bakery that sells empanadas and rellenitos. A little later, he's waxing rhapsodic about Virginia Woolf's original manuscripts. "Her handwriting starts really small, but by the end, she's writing in these big strokes," he says, then quotes "The Waves," miming an expansive scrawl: "'Against you I will fling myself, unvanquished and unyielding, O Death!
MAGAZINE
July 16, 2000 | KERRY MADDEN
My name is Annabelle Hunter, and I am a rather kind, outgoing and expressive beautician," 11-year-old Katya Hammerstein recites, "but the thought of helping was pushed to the back of my mind, because I was frozen on the spot."
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