May 23, 2013 |
The "Little Miss Sunshine" minibus is fueling up to head cross-country again, this time from the West Coast to New York. The stage musical based on the Oscar-winning 2006 movie will reportedly open at the off-Broadway Second Stage Theatre in New York next season, with previews expected to begin in October. A spokesman for the company didn't respond to a request to confirm the news, which was first reported Wednesday by the New York Times. Laura DiLorenzo, director of marketing and communications at Second Stage, said she was unable to comment on the matter. PHOTOS: Hollywood stars on stage "Little Miss Sunshine" debuted in 2011 at the La Jolla Playhouse.
December 13, 2012 |
The recent stage adaptation of the bestselling novel "Sideways" that debuted in May in Santa Monica is moving up in the world. The La Jolla Playhouse said it will produce the play starting in July, with former artistic director Des McAnuff at the helm. Rex Pickett adapted his own novel for the stage. The plot follows two middle-aged male friends as they make their way through California wine country and meet two women who become possible romantic interests. The 2004 movie version of the novel, directed by Alexander Payne, was a critical and commercial success.
December 5, 2012 |
What do David Mamet and Kathie Lee Gifford have in common? Both have flops on Broadway this season. Mamet's new play "The Anarchist," which just opened on Sunday at the John Golden Theatre in New York, announced late Tuesday that it will close on Dec. 16. The play, starring Patti LuPone and Debra Winger, received lukewarm to negative reviews. Many critics noted that the play's structure -- an extended philosophical conversation lasting a little more than one hour -- would be rough going for audiences.
November 19, 2012 |
LA JOLLA - Futuristic theatrical effects are deployed like a hypnotist's pocket watch in "Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robots. " But the real mesmerizing aspect of this new musical at La Jolla Playhouse, inspired by the music of the psychedelic rock band the Flaming Lips, is the way it sounds. Our ears are delighted at a higher level than our eyes - or our minds, for that matter. The show's sophistication lies in the floating lyricism of its score, which can be categorized in that Tower Records-era indie catch-all known as "alternative rock.
October 23, 2012 |
David Mamet's political satire, "November," may be getting mixed reviews in L.A, but his Broadway revival of "Glengarry Glen Ross" is raking it in in previews. Starring Al Pacino and Bobby Cannavale, the play's first four preview performances at New York's Schoenfeld Theatre last week brought in $703,775, or a gross of about $176,000 for each performance, according to the trade association Broadway League. One reason: Producers of the show have not been shy in pricing tickets.
October 8, 2012 |
Leaders from some of the largest theater companies in Southern California are scheduled to take part in a forum this month to discuss the issue of racial diversity and the inclusion (or lack thereof) of Asian Americans in stage productions. The forum is to be held at the David Henry Hwang Theater in downtown L.A. on Oct. 22 at 2 p.m. The forum, which is invitation-only, is to include participation by Michael Ritchie, the artistic director of Center Theatre Group; Christopher Ashley, artistic director of the La Jolla Playhouse; Sheldon Epps, artistic director of the Pasadena Playhouse; and Marc Masterson, artistic director of South Coast Repertory.