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October 20, 2006 | Charles McNulty, Times Staff Writer
Those of you with a shrieking Caruso at home have no doubt learned to accept those off-key dips and slides. Florence Foster Jenkins, a real life society matron from the first half of the 20th century, tested the tolerance of her listeners in ways that went beyond even the most horrendous of shower serenades. When this diva opened her mouth, all the cliches seemingly came true -- mirrors cracked, babies wailed and dogs howled.
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March 22, 2008
I have to add to your reviewer's passionate bravas for Judy Kaye in the touring production of "Sweeney Todd" now at the Ahmanson Theatre ["Tuneful Barbarism," by Charles McNulty, March 14]. She gives a performance that is really out of this world. I've seen many productions of "Sweeney," including the Broadway original, but I've never seen a Mrs. Lovett this complex. I cannot overstate how moved I was -- as was all of the upper mezzanine, including a restless bunch of high schoolers.
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October 8, 2006 | David Ng, Special to The Times
LISTENING to a Broadway star show off her vocal goods, you'd expect to hear a lot of flowing arpeggios, pitch-perfect high notes and frilly vibrato. Not so with Judy Kaye. In a New York rehearsal studio one recent afternoon, the opera-trained musical theater veteran is demonstrating just how badly she can mangle an aria from "Die Fledermaus." And she's succeeding admirably. The grace notes that Johann Strauss intended as coquettish laughter sound like yelps of pain.
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October 20, 2006 | Charles McNulty, Times Staff Writer
Those of you with a shrieking Caruso at home have no doubt learned to accept those off-key dips and slides. Florence Foster Jenkins, a real life society matron from the first half of the 20th century, tested the tolerance of her listeners in ways that went beyond even the most horrendous of shower serenades. When this diva opened her mouth, all the cliches seemingly came true -- mirrors cracked, babies wailed and dogs howled.
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May 16, 1989 | ALEENE MacMINN, Arts and entertainment reports from The Times, national and international news services and the nation's press
President and Mrs. Bush will become the third presidential couple to host a series of "In Performance at the White House" musicales on PBS. The series of three programs will be tied to holidays, starting with Independence Day. The first, due to be taped June 18 at the White House for airing July 5, will feature opera star Simon Estes, Tony Award-winning singer-actress Judy Kaye and ragtime pianist Joshua Rifkin. Other concerts are tentatively planned around Columbus Day and Thanksgiving.
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March 22, 2008
I have to add to your reviewer's passionate bravas for Judy Kaye in the touring production of "Sweeney Todd" now at the Ahmanson Theatre ["Tuneful Barbarism," by Charles McNulty, March 14]. She gives a performance that is really out of this world. I've seen many productions of "Sweeney," including the Broadway original, but I've never seen a Mrs. Lovett this complex. I cannot overstate how moved I was -- as was all of the upper mezzanine, including a restless bunch of high schoolers.
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September 5, 1992 | SUSAN KING
Judy Kaye's calling card should read: "Have Voice Will Travel." A Tony Award winner for "The Phantom of the Opera," Kaye has sung in musical comedies and operas here, there and everywhere. This Tuesday, she reprises her role as the egotistical opera diva Carlotta in "Phantom" at the Ahmanson. Kaye, who attended UCLA, got her Equity card while still in college by doing a season of musicals at the old Melodyland Theatre in Anaheim and appearing in TV series.
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July 28, 1992 | ALEENE MacMINN, Arts and entertainment reports from The Times, national and international news services and the nation's press
Revolving Divas: Judy Kaye, who won a Tony Award as the original Carlotta in the Broadway production of "Phantom of the Opera," will be playing the role at the Ahmanson Theatre for six weeks starting Sept. 7. She will take over for Leigh Munro, who has been performing Carlotta, the operatic diva, since "Phantom" opened at the Ahmanson in 1989. Munro is going on leave to return to her home company, the New York City Opera, to star in an opera version of "The Little Foxes."
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November 4, 1987 | Arts and entertainment reports from The Times, national and international news services and the nation's press
A theatrical concert version of "Magdalena" by Heitor Villa-Lobos, not performed since its short Los Angeles run in 1948, will be presented Nov. 23 in New York at Lincoln Center's Alice Tully Hall. The light opera by the Brazilian composer was first performed by the Los Angeles Civic Light Opera on July 26, 1948. The revival will star Judy Kaye, George Rose, Faith Esham, Kevin Gray and John Raitt (who was in the original cast).
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October 8, 2006 | David Ng, Special to The Times
LISTENING to a Broadway star show off her vocal goods, you'd expect to hear a lot of flowing arpeggios, pitch-perfect high notes and frilly vibrato. Not so with Judy Kaye. In a New York rehearsal studio one recent afternoon, the opera-trained musical theater veteran is demonstrating just how badly she can mangle an aria from "Die Fledermaus." And she's succeeding admirably. The grace notes that Johann Strauss intended as coquettish laughter sound like yelps of pain.
ENTERTAINMENT
September 5, 1992 | SUSAN KING
Judy Kaye's calling card should read: "Have Voice Will Travel." A Tony Award winner for "The Phantom of the Opera," Kaye has sung in musical comedies and operas here, there and everywhere. This Tuesday, she reprises her role as the egotistical opera diva Carlotta in "Phantom" at the Ahmanson. Kaye, who attended UCLA, got her Equity card while still in college by doing a season of musicals at the old Melodyland Theatre in Anaheim and appearing in TV series.
ENTERTAINMENT
May 16, 1989 | ALEENE MacMINN, Arts and entertainment reports from The Times, national and international news services and the nation's press
President and Mrs. Bush will become the third presidential couple to host a series of "In Performance at the White House" musicales on PBS. The series of three programs will be tied to holidays, starting with Independence Day. The first, due to be taped June 18 at the White House for airing July 5, will feature opera star Simon Estes, Tony Award-winning singer-actress Judy Kaye and ragtime pianist Joshua Rifkin. Other concerts are tentatively planned around Columbus Day and Thanksgiving.
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June 10, 2012 | By David Ng
Alan Menken, the multiple Oscar-winning composer of multiple Disney animated movies, took home his first Tony Award for another Disney property - the musical "Newsies. " Based on the 1992 movie of the same name, "Newsies" is a family-friendly extravaganza about newspaper boys who decide to go on strike. Menken shared the awards with lyricist Jack Feldman. It has been a mixed season for Menken. While "Newsies" has proven to be popular with ticket buyers, the musical "Leap of Faith," for which Menken also wrote the score, flopped and closed after less than a month of performances.
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September 7, 1990 | JAN HERMAN
Judy Collins has been signed for a solo show at the Irvine Barclay Theatre on Oct. 9, a theater spokesperson said Thursday, which will make her the first nationally known performer to appear there. The $17.6-million theater is to be launched with speeches by local dignitaries and a brief ceremony Sept. 30, after which the 750-seat auditorium will be thrown open to the public for inspection. The facility is owned by the city of Irvine, UC Irvine and the theater's nonprofit operating company.
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