June 2, 1996 |
'Mary Poppins Hoppin' Mad!" cried the New York Post. Julie Andrews spurned the Tony nomination when she felt that the nominators spurned her show, the depressingly mediocre "Victor/Victoria." Because the Tonys are both an award and a national commercial, a sense of entitlement seems to cling to the annual event. Both Jackie Mason and David Merrick have tried to sue the folks who administer the Tony Awards. I can't remember anyone suing the Pulitzer committee.
April 14, 2008 |
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.
March 18, 1997 |
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.
August 7, 1998 |
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.
May 7, 1996 |
"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."
January 25, 1999 |
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.
April 21, 1997 |
"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.
January 8, 1997
More or fewer than five nominations in a category is a result of ties. General Categories Record of the Year: "Give Me One Reason," Tracy Chapman (Chapman and Don Gehman, producers); "Change the World," Eric Clapton (Babyface, producer); "Because You Loved Me (Theme From 'Up Close and Personal')," Celine Dion (David Foster, producer); "Ironic," Alanis Morissette (Glen Ballard, producer); "1979," the Smashing Pumpkins (Billy Corgan, Flood and Alan Moulder, producers).
January 21, 1999
8 pm: Dance India's percussion master Zakir Hussain collaborates with Bay Area classical choreographer Alonzo King in "Who Dressed You Like a Foreigner?" (1998), to be given its local premiere by King's Lines Contemporary Ballet at UCLA. Hussain, who composed the score, will perform it here. The award-winning 14-member ensemble is also scheduled to dance the local premiere of "Three Stops on the Way Home" (1997) to music composed by jazz great Pharoah Sanders.
June 25, 1998 |
ENTERTAINMENT Bello Out of 'ER': There will be one less doctor in the "ER" next season. Maria Bello (Anna Del Amico) is leaving the NBC show to pursue a burgeoning movie career (her upcoming releases include "Payback" with Mel Gibson and "Permanent Midnight" with Ben Stiller). Producers have not yet determined how her character's departure will be handled. Lovitz 'NewsRadio' Bound?: Jon Lovitz has been asked to join the cast of "NewsRadio," filling the void left by the death of Phil Hartman.