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.
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.
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.
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.
April 20, 2010 |
A photographer is trying to figure out how best to shoot David Babani when the 32-year-old British producer of the Broadway revivals of "La Cage Aux Folles" and "A Little Night Music" puckishly offers a suggestion. "Can't you strap me into a harness and suspend me between the two theaters?" he says, sitting in the lobby of the Longacre Theatre — where "La Cage" opened Sunday to strong reviews — directly opposite the Walter Kerr, home of "A Little Night Music." "You could Photoshop it out later.
March 2, 2009 |
That striped scarf is back, along with those peroxide blond boys. "Rent," Jonathan Larson's ground-shaking rock musical, is now very, very live at Pantages Theatre, and this Broadway tour features two original cast members, bespectacled Anthony Rapp as filmmaker Mark and Adam Pascal as HIV-positive songwriter Roger. It's been only a dozen years since this amplified update of Puccini's "La Boheme" knocked Gotham on its ear, showcasing the diverse talents of Taye Diggs, Jesse L.