March 15, 2008 |
First it was serialized in a San Francisco newspaper. Then came a parade of bestselling novels, followed by a popular television miniseries -- and now a Broadway musical, with music by members of the glam pop band Scissor Sisters. "Tales of the City," based on the Armistead Maupin novel, will open on Broadway during the 2009-10 season, producers Robyn Goodman, Kevin McCollum and Jeffrey Seller announced Friday. The story focuses on a young woman from the Midwest who moves to San Francisco in the 1970s and meets an unusual collection of characters while living at 28 Barbary Lane.
March 5, 2008 |
MINNEAPOLIS -- The world of Laura Ingalls Wilder's popular "Little House on the Prairie" books will come to life this summer at the Guthrie Theater. A musical based on the books about Wilder's pioneering Midwest family will have its world premiere Aug. 15. Previews start July 26. Performances run through Oct. 5. "If ever there was a subject matter that suited our region, it is Laura Ingalls Wilder's books," Guthrie director Joe Dowling said at a "Little House" sneak peek Tuesday.
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August 2, 2010 |
Mitch Miller, who helped shape musical tastes in the 1950s and early '60s as the head of the popular music division at Columbia Records and hosted the hit "Sing Along With Mitch" TV show in the early '60s while becoming one of the era's most commercially successful recording artists, has died. He was 99. Miller died Saturday after a short illness at Lenox Hill Hospital in New York City, said his daughter, Margaret Miller Reuther. A top oboist and English horn player who joined the CBS Symphony Orchestra in the 1930s and later recorded with legendary conductor Leopold Stokowski, Miller wound up his more than seven-decade musical career guest conducting symphony orchestras around the world.
April 10, 1999
I am the founder of "Music Bridges ATW" and creator of the recent historic songwriting/concert event to Cuba featured in several L.A. Times articles written by Alisa Valdes-Rodriguez on March 23, 27, 29, and, most noticeably, a very unflattering and in my opinion very unkind portrayal of Woody Harrelson and the Cuban people on March 30th. My father taught me that it is a person's mission in life to first and foremost try to make a difference in the world while you're here. I passionately believe that to be true, and therefore my personal goal in the events I have created has been to build a musical bridge between nations in conflict by showing the power of music as a communication tool; that people to people and particularly artist to artist through the art of songwriting we can transcend for a moment the strife around us and show a glimpse of the goodness and harmony that is possible in these troubled times.
September 17, 2006
I was listening to "West of the West" when I opened my Sunday Times to find the brief interview with Dave Alvin by Barbara Isenberg ("'West of the West,'" Aug. 27). On every record, Alvin brilliantly captures not only what's been lost in California, but also the great beauty that remains. He elicits thoughtful reflection and pure rock 'n' roll joy. I count him among my musical heroes. That he is a native Californian only reinforces the notion about how cool our state really is. Charlene Ahern Pacific Palisades
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December 3, 2009 |
It was a remarkable backyard there in Pacific Palisades, the kind that produces enduring memories -- of sloshing in the culvert under Sunset Boulevard, chewing watercress plucked from the spring-fed creek, tramping through tangled woods away from watchful eyes. It made for a childhood that was part Norman Rockwell, part Robinson Crusoe. For years, Thomas Newman, an admired composer of movie soundtracks, has collected ephemera from the places where he romped as a boy -- faded photos, vintage postcards, cartoons and other relics of the Uplifters, a spirited bunch of Los Angeles Athletic Club movers and shakers who bought land from the Methodists in the early 1900s and created a country compound in Rustic Canyon.
September 8, 2008 |
LA JOLLA -- The story of early rock 'n' roll is a truly American tale. The music probably wouldn't have been possible if not for the proximity of people from diverse backgrounds, overhearing each other and appropriating what they liked. Yet if America in the late 1940s and early '50s was beginning to come together in music, the country, in most other ways, remained deeply divided. "Memphis" -- a musical being given an exuberant, high-gloss staging at La Jolla Playhouse -- looks back on this time and finds a message at once chilling and full of hope.
January 18, 2008 |
"Shrek, the Musical" will launch Aug. 14 to Sept. 21 at Seattle's 5th Avenue Theatre before its Broadway debut in November -- date, venue and cast to be announced. Based on William Steig's book and DreamWorks' first "Shrek" film, the show features book and lyrics by Pulitzer Prize winner David Lindsay-Abaire ("Rabbit Hole") and music by Jeanine Tesori. "I'm very pleased with how it's coming along," says "Avenue Q's" Jason Moore, who will direct. And although critics panned Disney's "The Little Mermaid" after its Broadway bow last week, Moore doesn't think animation-based fare is losing appeal.
March 18, 2004
In response to Steve Hochman's article about the Silverlake Music Conservatory ["The Real School of Rock," March 11], I would like to say that the two public schools that educated Dean Tambling, the student featured in the article, have been unjustly described by Tambling as "run-of-the-mill." During a recent off-track session at North Hollywood High School, where Tambling is a student, my son was enrolled in daily classes for jazz band, marching band, concert band and orchestra, and practiced for the spring musical's orchestra -- at no cost to his parent.