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August 29, 1990 | LYNNE HEFFLEY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The Los Angeles Civic Light Opera announced Tuesday that it will offer fully professional children's theater productions, beginning with its 1990-91 season, at the Wilshire Theatre in Beverly Hills and the Pantages Theatre in Hollywood. That news came just a month after the Coronet Theatre, a midsize Equity house in West Hollywood, said it is becoming a year-round children's theater.
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May 19, 1994 | MYRNA OLIVER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Len Bedsow, the controversial first executive director of the Orange County Performing Arts Center and former general manager of the Los Angeles Civic Light Opera Assn., has died. He was 76. Bedsow died Saturday in Port St. Lucie, Fla., of complications from a stroke, his friend and former light opera association publicist Tim Choy said in Los Angeles on Tuesday.
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May 9, 1991 | ALEENE MacMINN, Arts and entertainment from The Times, national and international news services and the nations's press
'Babies' In: "Sugar Babies II," with Jerry Lewis and Rip Taylor, will replace "Meet Me in St. Louis" in the Los Angeles Civic Light Opera season. It's a reworking of the high-profile burlesque show that starred Mickey Rooney several seasons back. Previews are scheduled to begin July 30 at the Pantages Theatre in Hollywood.
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May 18, 1993 | SUSAN KING, Arts and entertainment reports from The Times, national and international news services and the nation's press
Theater Notes: The Cole Porter revue "Cole!" (opening Oct. 12 at the Henry Fonda Theatre), the national company of "Guys and Dolls" (Nov. 10 at the Pantages) and Robert Goulet in "Camelot" (first preview on Dec. 14 at the Pantages) will make up the next Los Angeles Civic Light Opera season. . . . The national company of "The Secret Garden," a big hit at the Shubert Theatre and Orange County Performing Arts Center last year, will appear at Pasadena Civic Auditorium for an Aug. 10-15 run.
NEWS
May 19, 1994 | MYRNA OLIVER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Len Bedsow, the controversial first executive director of the Orange County Performing Arts Center and former general manager of the Los Angeles Civic Light Opera Assn., has died. He was 76. Bedsow died Saturday in Port St. Lucie, Fla., of complications from a stroke, his friend and former light opera association publicist Tim Choy said in Los Angeles on Tuesday.
ENTERTAINMENT
August 29, 1990 | LYNNE HEFFLEY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The 1990s' children's entertainment phenomenon has already seen Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, the 'toon boom, stunning growth of the children's recording industry and children's concerts at such mainline venues as the Universal Amphitheatre. And now children's theater may finally be shedding its poor-orphan status.
ENTERTAINMENT
July 12, 1990 | DON SHIRLEY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Los Angeles Civic Light Opera may be about to take the first two words of its name seriously. Martin Wiviott and Keith Stava, the recently resigned producers of the Long Beach Civic Light Opera, will become the producers of Los Angeles Civic Light Opera next month--and they pledge to begin producing musicals in Los Angeles, for Los Angeles. Most of LACLO's shows in recent years have been imported.
ENTERTAINMENT
July 13, 1989 | DON SHIRLEY
Another Phantom is lurking in the wings. This one is Ken Hill's musical comedy, "The Phantom of the Opera," which helped inspire the Andrew Lloyd Webber version. It will play the 2,198-seat Wiltern Theatre Nov. 20-Dec. 3, as part of a national tour that will also play a previously announced engagement in San Diego Dec. 18-Jan. 1. Hill's "Phantom" was first staged in Newcastle, England, in 1976, then in London in 1984, two years before Lloyd Webber's. A St.
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March 29, 1990 | CHARLES CHAMPLIN, TIMES ARTS EDITOR
Longevity seems to smile fondly on those in the arts. Despite the stresses and strains of creativity, and quite possibly because of the way the challenges keep the blood pumping, the men and women of the lively arts have a way of staying lively. Hal Roach, who teamed Laurel and Hardy and launched the "Our Gang" comedies, recently celebrated his 98th birthday and remains feisty as ever.
ENTERTAINMENT
November 4, 1990 | SYLVIE DRAKE
Our local civic light opera companies have been playing musical chairs, or at least musical theaters. Last August, Martin Wiviott, the artistic director of the Long Beach Civic Light Opera, and his associate, Keith Stava, moved over to the Los Angeles Civic Light Opera, which has had no artistic director or much direction since 1981. Replacing him at Long Beach is New York producer Barry Brown. If change is salutary, it would seem to come at the right time for the men and the organizations.
ENTERTAINMENT
November 4, 1990 | SYLVIE DRAKE
Our local civic light opera companies have been playing musical chairs, or at least musical theaters. Last August, Martin Wiviott, the artistic director of the Long Beach Civic Light Opera, and his associate, Keith Stava, moved over to the Los Angeles Civic Light Opera, which has had no artistic director or much direction since 1981. Replacing him at Long Beach is New York producer Barry Brown. If change is salutary, it would seem to come at the right time for the men and the organizations.
ENTERTAINMENT
August 29, 1990 | LYNNE HEFFLEY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The 1990s' children's entertainment phenomenon has already seen Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, the 'toon boom, stunning growth of the children's recording industry and children's concerts at such mainline venues as the Universal Amphitheatre. And now children's theater may finally be shedding its poor-orphan status.
ENTERTAINMENT
August 29, 1990 | LYNNE HEFFLEY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The Los Angeles Civic Light Opera announced Tuesday that it will offer fully professional children's theater productions, beginning with its 1990-91 season, at the Wilshire Theatre in Beverly Hills and the Pantages Theatre in Hollywood. That news came just a month after the Coronet Theatre, a midsize Equity house in West Hollywood, said it is becoming a year-round children's theater.
ENTERTAINMENT
July 12, 1990 | DON SHIRLEY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Los Angeles Civic Light Opera may be about to take the first two words of its name seriously. Martin Wiviott and Keith Stava, the recently resigned producers of the Long Beach Civic Light Opera, will become the producers of Los Angeles Civic Light Opera next month--and they pledge to begin producing musicals in Los Angeles, for Los Angeles. Most of LACLO's shows in recent years have been imported.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 29, 1990 | CHARLES CHAMPLIN, TIMES ARTS EDITOR
Longevity seems to smile fondly on those in the arts. Despite the stresses and strains of creativity, and quite possibly because of the way the challenges keep the blood pumping, the men and women of the lively arts have a way of staying lively. Hal Roach, who teamed Laurel and Hardy and launched the "Our Gang" comedies, recently celebrated his 98th birthday and remains feisty as ever.
ENTERTAINMENT
July 13, 1989 | DON SHIRLEY
Another Phantom is lurking in the wings. This one is Ken Hill's musical comedy, "The Phantom of the Opera," which helped inspire the Andrew Lloyd Webber version. It will play the 2,198-seat Wiltern Theatre Nov. 20-Dec. 3, as part of a national tour that will also play a previously announced engagement in San Diego Dec. 18-Jan. 1. Hill's "Phantom" was first staged in Newcastle, England, in 1976, then in London in 1984, two years before Lloyd Webber's. A St.
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