December 11, 1987 |
"Sinatra" at the Las Palmas Theatre demonstrates the difference between an act and a show . Singer Nick Edenetti does sound something like Frank Sinatra. Put him in the right dark-blue light, and he could do a plausible 20-minute Sinatra medley. But he can't sustain the illusion for a whole evening. Particularly when he's talking. It's more like a visit with Sinatra's bodyguard than Sinatra. Edenetti should scrap the narration and concentrate on singing in tune.
December 9, 1995
The piece on Lennie Weinrib by Kevin Thomas (Nov. 24) was first-rate and warmly nostalgic. Before the Billy Barnes Revue was a long-running hit at the Las Palmas Theatre in Hollywood and a not-successful show off-Broadway (the square New Yorkers couldn't relate to the hip), Barnes, lyricist Bob Rodgers and the original cast performed in what was an upholstered basement on Sunset Boulevard east of Vermont known as Cabaret Concertheater. I recall with much pleasure sitting there for hours with a bottle of wine, cheese and crackers and being entertained by the likes of Joyce Jameson, Ken Barry, Bob Dishy and many others who went on to individual stardom.
February 3, 1990 |
Nick Edenetti will close his "Sinatra" show at the Las Palmas Theatre in Hollywood next Saturday in response to a request from theater owner Paolo Greco, who feared legal action against the theater from Frank Sinatra. Greco said he recently discovered a Dec. 5 letter to the theater from Sinatra attorney Robert Finkelstein, asking him to cease "unauthorized exploitation of Mr. Sinatra's name, likeness and voice."
September 21, 1989 |
Stages artistic director Paul Verdier has decided to expand the revolution. He is moving his production of Ariane Mnouchkine's "1789" to the Las Palmas Theatre--just around the corner from the much smaller Stages. The reasons are many: "Because of the size of the piece, the (October) weather, the complications of putting up a circus tent in the back yard at Stages," he said.
June 20, 1989 |
Amid the sweeping changes at the Grove Shakespeare Festival--which has dropped its associated Grove Theatre Company designation, and has adopted a unified, indoor-outdoor schedule running through December instead of dual, year-round programming--one of the things that remains unchanged is the theatrical collaboration with guest director Jules Aaron. When the festival launches its 11th annual Shakespeare season Friday with "Romeo and Juliet" under the stars at the 550-seat Festival Amphitheatre in Garden Grove, it will mark the third consecutive year that Aaron has directed the opening play.
May 10, 1993 |
Charity Parody: Comedienne Lily Tomlin will host the opening night of "Oliver! Twisted," a take-off of the hit Broadway musical "Oliver!" The show is the fourth production from the nonprofit Charity Parody Foundation, which adapts Broadway musicals to reflect current themes, trends and lifestyles of the West Hollywood community. The show opens June 11 at Hollywood's Las Palmas Theatre; previews begin June 7. Proceeds benefit the nonprofit group Aid for AIDS.