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January 7, 1996 | Don Shirley
Gospel singer Larry Hart will enter the L.A. theater scene this year with what could be a very big splash. Michael Jackson is bankrolling Hart's "Sisterella," a musical dramatization of the Cinderella story set in turn-of-the-century New York, opening March 17 at Pasadena Playhouse. Hart wrote the show's book, music and lyrics. Hart has been in show business for 31 of his 33 years, first as a member of the Hart Family, with whom he recorded 26 gospel albums and two country albums that together sold more than 10 million copies.
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February 8, 2011 | By Don Heckman, Special to the Los Angeles Times
Mary Cleere Haran, a singer, actress and writer whose performances and recordings brought new perspectives to classic American popular songs, died Saturday in Deerfield Beach, Fla. She was 58. The Broward County coroner's office confirmed that she died of injuries suffered two days earlier when she was struck by a car while riding a bicycle. From the time she made her debut in New York's cabaret scene at the Ballroom in 1988, Haran quickly established herself as one of the sophisticated musical genre's most uniquely appealing stars.
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February 16, 1996 | DON HECKMAN
"A lot of people," said Mary Cleere Haran at the start of her Valentine's Day program at the Cinegrill Wednesday night, "have heard songs like 'Blue Moon,' 'Bewitched, Bothered and Bewildered' and 'My Funny Valentine.' But many of them don't know that the words were all written by Larry Hart. Which is why, boys and girls, we have cabaret." It was a fitting opening for an evening dedicated to the work of one of the most inventive lyricists in the history of American popular song.
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September 29, 1996 | Don Shirley, Don Shirley is a Times staff writer
Two of the Southland's few mid-sized theater companies canceled shows recently. While this often is an ominous sign for a young subscription company, leaders of both companies say the cancellations are merely temporary setbacks. The more established of the two companies, Santa Susana Repertory Company, canceled "Dark of the Moon," which had been scheduled to open its season, Sept. 28-Oct. 20, at the Forum Theatre of Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza.
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March 10, 1996 | Jan Breslauer, Jan Breslauer is a regular contributor to Calendar
The third-floor rehearsal studio of the Pasadena Playhouse is rockin'. Several rows of hip young dancers in street togs and workout wear jam to a heavy beat as they move across the crowded room. Heads jut forward and back, hands strike sharp-angled poses in the air, and legs strut in syncopated time as the booming sound drives them.
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June 11, 1989
Sullivan's review was one of his best. If "Phantom" had opened in 1939 while "Too Many Girls" was playing at the Imperial Theater, Larry Hart might have greeted it with something like this: Broadway's "Phantom" is baloney, With a book by Mrs. Glyn. Please don't give this show a Tony-- Give it back to the Indians! MARTIN E. MULLEN JR. South Pasadena
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March 19, 1996 | LAURIE WINER, TIMES THEATER CRITIC
Wow. Who spiked the punch at the Pasadena Playhouse? "Sisterella," the new gospel-flavored musical updating of "Cinderella" by Larry Hart (book, music, lyrics and a starring role), just about blew the roof off of the place on Sunday night, the show's official opening. This is a production whose bounty simply has to be seen--and heard. Funny, clever, rousing songs, tremendous voices, terrific dancers, exhilarating choreography: Yes, Virginia, money can buy a thrilling new musical.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 29, 1993
Some ideas about aging in Murray Kempton's article (Commentary, Nov. 18) on Frank Sinatra bothered me. He can't be "tender" or "mean." He has no more "illusions of anger and . . . romance." He is "cured . . . of achings for what (he) cannot have." These statements might be true for Kempton. How could he know how Sinatra feels? It sounds as though the author thinks Frank is not only breathless but lifeless as well. Sinatra's new "Duets" album is second on the billboard chart and has sold a million copies.
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April 21, 1996 | Don Shirley, Don Shirley is a Times staff writer
In the program for "Sisterella," the hit musical at the Pasadena Playhouse, David Simmons is listed as director. But ask anyone affiliated with the show about who directed it and the answer is likely to be Larry Hart, the show's writer and composer, who also plays a supporting role onstage. What gives? Simmons is a friend of Hart's who "worked with me in laying [the show] out conceptually and what it should be visually," Hart explained last week.
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September 29, 1996 | Don Shirley, Don Shirley is a Times staff writer
Two of the Southland's few mid-sized theater companies canceled shows recently. While this often is an ominous sign for a young subscription company, leaders of both companies say the cancellations are merely temporary setbacks. The more established of the two companies, Santa Susana Repertory Company, canceled "Dark of the Moon," which had been scheduled to open its season, Sept. 28-Oct. 20, at the Forum Theatre of Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza.
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April 21, 1996 | Don Shirley, Don Shirley is a Times staff writer
In the program for "Sisterella," the hit musical at the Pasadena Playhouse, David Simmons is listed as director. But ask anyone affiliated with the show about who directed it and the answer is likely to be Larry Hart, the show's writer and composer, who also plays a supporting role onstage. What gives? Simmons is a friend of Hart's who "worked with me in laying [the show] out conceptually and what it should be visually," Hart explained last week.
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April 7, 1996 | Sean Mitchell, Sean Mitchell is an occasional contributor to Calendar
The new musical at the Pasadena Playhouse, "Sisterella," shouts and mugs its way relentlessly from curtain to curtain as though worried that a moment's relaxation will result in the audience's flipping the remote to another channel. It's a sign (or sound) of the times that this Michael Jackson-backed rewrite of the Cinderella story--said to be bound for Broadway a year hence--roars and preens like a Jackson music video stretched to two hours.
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March 19, 1996 | LAURIE WINER, TIMES THEATER CRITIC
Wow. Who spiked the punch at the Pasadena Playhouse? "Sisterella," the new gospel-flavored musical updating of "Cinderella" by Larry Hart (book, music, lyrics and a starring role), just about blew the roof off of the place on Sunday night, the show's official opening. This is a production whose bounty simply has to be seen--and heard. Funny, clever, rousing songs, tremendous voices, terrific dancers, exhilarating choreography: Yes, Virginia, money can buy a thrilling new musical.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 10, 1996 | Jan Breslauer, Jan Breslauer is a regular contributor to Calendar
The third-floor rehearsal studio of the Pasadena Playhouse is rockin'. Several rows of hip young dancers in street togs and workout wear jam to a heavy beat as they move across the crowded room. Heads jut forward and back, hands strike sharp-angled poses in the air, and legs strut in syncopated time as the booming sound drives them.
ENTERTAINMENT
February 16, 1996 | DON HECKMAN
"A lot of people," said Mary Cleere Haran at the start of her Valentine's Day program at the Cinegrill Wednesday night, "have heard songs like 'Blue Moon,' 'Bewitched, Bothered and Bewildered' and 'My Funny Valentine.' But many of them don't know that the words were all written by Larry Hart. Which is why, boys and girls, we have cabaret." It was a fitting opening for an evening dedicated to the work of one of the most inventive lyricists in the history of American popular song.
ENTERTAINMENT
January 7, 1996 | Don Shirley
Gospel singer Larry Hart will enter the L.A. theater scene this year with what could be a very big splash. Michael Jackson is bankrolling Hart's "Sisterella," a musical dramatization of the Cinderella story set in turn-of-the-century New York, opening March 17 at Pasadena Playhouse. Hart wrote the show's book, music and lyrics. Hart has been in show business for 31 of his 33 years, first as a member of the Hart Family, with whom he recorded 26 gospel albums and two country albums that together sold more than 10 million copies.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 8, 2011 | By Don Heckman, Special to the Los Angeles Times
Mary Cleere Haran, a singer, actress and writer whose performances and recordings brought new perspectives to classic American popular songs, died Saturday in Deerfield Beach, Fla. She was 58. The Broward County coroner's office confirmed that she died of injuries suffered two days earlier when she was struck by a car while riding a bicycle. From the time she made her debut in New York's cabaret scene at the Ballroom in 1988, Haran quickly established herself as one of the sophisticated musical genre's most uniquely appealing stars.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 7, 1996 | Sean Mitchell, Sean Mitchell is an occasional contributor to Calendar
The new musical at the Pasadena Playhouse, "Sisterella," shouts and mugs its way relentlessly from curtain to curtain as though worried that a moment's relaxation will result in the audience's flipping the remote to another channel. It's a sign (or sound) of the times that this Michael Jackson-backed rewrite of the Cinderella story--said to be bound for Broadway a year hence--roars and preens like a Jackson music video stretched to two hours.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 29, 1993
Some ideas about aging in Murray Kempton's article (Commentary, Nov. 18) on Frank Sinatra bothered me. He can't be "tender" or "mean." He has no more "illusions of anger and . . . romance." He is "cured . . . of achings for what (he) cannot have." These statements might be true for Kempton. How could he know how Sinatra feels? It sounds as though the author thinks Frank is not only breathless but lifeless as well. Sinatra's new "Duets" album is second on the billboard chart and has sold a million copies.
ENTERTAINMENT
June 11, 1989
Sullivan's review was one of his best. If "Phantom" had opened in 1939 while "Too Many Girls" was playing at the Imperial Theater, Larry Hart might have greeted it with something like this: Broadway's "Phantom" is baloney, With a book by Mrs. Glyn. Please don't give this show a Tony-- Give it back to the Indians! MARTIN E. MULLEN JR. South Pasadena
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