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May 23, 2008 | From the Associated Press
"I Love You, You're Perfect" -- now close. The long-running off-Broadway revue "I Love You, You're Perfect, Now Change" will fold July 27 after a 12-year run at the Westside Theatre. Only the original production of "The Fantasticks," which clocked in at nearly 42 years, has had a longer run off-Broadway. The revue has played more than 500 cities worldwide and grossed more than $200 million.
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March 17, 2014 | By David Ng
Janis Joplin - the musical, that is - lives on, thanks to Live Nation. After a tour that took it to Southern California and other venues, and a run on Broadway that closed in February, "A Night With Janis Joplin" will transfer off-Broadway to the Gramercy Theatre in New York, with the opening set for April 10. The new engagement is in partnership with concert promoter Live Nation and is expected to be a new staging to fit the concert-like venue...
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February 26, 2008 | From the Associated Press
OK, so you've won the Academy Award for best picture of the year and two more for writing and directing. What do you do for an encore? Go off-Broadway for an extended commercial run of your acclaimed trio of one-act plays. Ethan Coen, an Oscar winner (along with brother Joel) for "No Country for Old Men," will see his "Almost an Evening" resume performances March 20 at the Bleecker Street Theatre in New York. The three short plays -- together, they run less than 90 minutes -- were a critical and popular hit for the Atlantic Theater Company this year at its tiny Stage 2. Now the off-kilter comedies, directed by Neil Pepe, are back for a limited run through June 1. Casting has not been announced.
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July 22, 2013 | By David Ng
Bruce Norris, the Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award-winning playwright of "Clybourne Park," opened his metaphysical drama "A Parallelogram" at the Mark Taper Forum on Sunday. The busy New York writer already has his eye on his next play, the politically themed "Domesticated," which begins performances at Lincoln Center in October. Producers of "Domesticated" announced on Sunday that Jeff Goldblum will star alongside the previously announced Laurie Metcalf. The play follows a political couple whose relationship is tested in the wake of a scandal.
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May 4, 2010 | By Rob Weinert-Kendt, Special to the Los Angeles Times
If the dysfunctional, self-medicating characters that populate so much 20th-century drama were to check into rehab or get therapy, would they still be stage-worthy? Eugene O'Neill didn't write "Long Day's Journey Into Recovery" or Tennessee Williams "A Streetcar Named Wellness." But professional help seems the only recourse for Claire, the mother grieving for a dead child in Beth Henley's "Family Week," opening Tuesday at off-Broadway's Lucille Lortel Theatre. The play is set at an isolated recovery center called Pastures, and in Henley fashion it is a comedy about grief, addiction, domestic violence and the specter of suicide.
ENTERTAINMENT
December 19, 1999
Re "Mad About the Man?" (by Patrick Pacheco, Dec. 12): This past summer's off-Broadway revue of Coward tunes starring Harry Groener and Twiggy was titled "If Love Were All," not "Noel and Gertie." TOM OGDEN Hollywood
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January 19, 1992
Re Randy Cohen's Dec. 1 review of "Completely Mad," as a professional indexer and musical comedy aficionado, I am pretty sure there is a typo in either the index to "Completely Mad" or in the review itself. Actress Linda Lavin was in the 1965 off-Broadway review, "The Mad Show." I suspect she is the person listed in the index next to lawsuits, not the fictitious Laven, Linda. DEE MICHEL, LOS ANGELES
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February 26, 2009 | From Times staff and wire reports
Eric Blau, 87, who helped bring the work of Belgian songwriter Jacques Brel to U.S. audiences through the musical revue "Jacques Brel Is Alive and Well and Living in Paris," died Feb. 17 in New York City of pneumonia after a stroke. Working with composer Mort Shuman, Blau translated a number of Brel's songs into English and fashioned a theatrical evening of his melancholy, sarcastic, sentimental and severely comic numbers. The production opened at the Village Gate in Manhattan in 1968 and was still going strong more than four years later.
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March 12, 2009 | Lisa Fung
"Nightmare Alley," the original musical by Jonathan Brielle that had been slated to open at Westwood's Geffen Playhouse in June, is off -- at least for now. The project, based on the William Lindsay Gresham novel and subsequent 1947 film about con artists, clairvoyants and carnies, has fallen victim to the tanking economy. Geffen Producing Director Gilbert Cates said it was "too expensive for us to do this year. So we're postponing it until next year -- when we have more money and we can do it right."
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March 22, 2008 | From the Associated Press
"Shrek the Musical" has found its Shrek. Brian d'Arcy James will portray the green ogre in the stage adaptation of the popular DreamWorks film and the book by William Steig. The show opens Dec. 14 on Broadway. The actor was most recently seen this season in the off-Broadway musical "Next to Normal," playing a husband confronting his wife's mental illness. He has also been on Broadway in such musicals as the 2006 revival of "The Apple Tree," "Sweet Smell of Success" and "Titanic."
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June 18, 2013 | By Jamie Wetherbe
Maggie Gyllenhaal will return to the stage next spring as a pregnant wife who tries to pedal off her libido in “The Village Bike," producers announced Tuesday. MCC Theater's off-Broadway production will begin performances May 21 and open June 9 at the Lucille Lortel Theatre in New York. Obie winner Sam Gold will direct. Gyllenhaal will play a woman whose conflicting sexual desires and need for stability lead her on a bike tour across the countryside.
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June 3, 2013 | By David Ng
A new musical version of the 2002 movie "Far From Heaven" has descended on Playwrights Horizons in New York. Starring Kelli O'Hara in the role originated by Julianne Moore, the musical traces the inner life of a suburban Connecticut housewife circa 1957. The central creative team of the new musical -- composer Scott Frankel, lyricist Michael Korie and director Michael Greif -- previously turned the 1975 documentary "Grey Gardens" into a successful stage musical. "Grey Gardens" also played at Playwrights Horizons, before transferring to Broadway in 2006.
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May 23, 2013 | By David Ng
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.
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May 1, 2013 | By Charles McNulty, Los Angeles Times Theater Critic
The Tony nominations were announced Tuesday, but before we plunge into the big race between "Kinky Boots" and "Matilda the Musical," one obvious question should be addressed before any other: Given the crassly commercial direction of Broadway, why do we continue to make such a fuss about these awards? Because, like it or not, Broadway is still the highest aspiration for many of the theater's most talented artists and because it continues to have such an influence on the American repertory, as Center Theatre Group and its fellow nonprofit giants keep reminding us. This season, off-Broadway supplied a better musical ("Here Lies Love," the David Byrne-Fatboy Slim show about Imelda Marcos at the Public Theater)
BUSINESS
February 9, 2013 | By Lauren Beale, Los Angeles Times
Debra Messing, who stars on "Smash" as Broadway lyricist Julia Houston, has listed her showstopper in Bel-Air for $11.995 million. The traditional-style house, designed by architect Paul R. Williams and built in 1937, features bay windows, updated interiors, a den, a bar, a gym, four fireplaces, six bedrooms and eight bathrooms in 6,400 square feet. The more than half-acre gated property, sheltered by tall hedges, includes a swimming pool, a cabana and a brick driveway. Homes by Williams, who was popular among celebrities and designed homes for entertainers such as Frank Sinatra, Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz, still attract big names.
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January 5, 2013 | By Chris Jones
"If the whole universe had no meaning," C.S. Lewis once wrote, "we should never have found out that it had no meaning. " Pithy observations like that - rooted in logical argument - have made the writer one Christian whom many agnostics and atheists accept and enjoy. "Religion is comparable to a childhood neurosis," Sigmund Freud once wrote. "Mankind will surmount this neurotic phase, just as so many children grow out of their similar neurosis. " A pithy observation like that is one reason many people are stimulated by Freud's writing, even if they regard his psychology as dated, oversexualized nonsense.
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January 20, 2000
Off-Broadway--The musical "Little Shop of Horrors" will open tonight at 8 at the Madrid Theatre in Canoga Park. Based on the classic low-budget film made in 1960 by Roger Corman, the musical first opened off-Broadway in 1982 with a score by Howard Ashman and Alan Menken. A film version of the musical dark comedy, starring Rick Moranis, Ellen Greene and Steve Martin and featuring the voice of Levi Stubbs as Audrey II, was released in 1986. The theater is at 21622 Sherman Way. Regular schedule: Friday-Saturday, 8 p.m., and a matinee Jan. 29, 2 p.m. $16-$21.
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May 1, 2013 | By Charles McNulty, Los Angeles Times Theater Critic
The Tony nominations were announced Tuesday, but before we plunge into the big race between "Kinky Boots" and "Matilda the Musical," one obvious question should be addressed before any other: Given the crassly commercial direction of Broadway, why do we continue to make such a fuss about these awards? Because, like it or not, Broadway is still the highest aspiration for many of the theater's most talented artists and because it continues to have such an influence on the American repertory, as Center Theatre Group and its fellow nonprofit giants keep reminding us. This season, off-Broadway supplied a better musical ("Here Lies Love," the David Byrne-Fatboy Slim show about Imelda Marcos at the Public Theater)
ENTERTAINMENT
January 2, 2013 | By David Ng
"Peter and the Starcatcher," the family-friendly Broadway play from Disney Theatricals that is an informal prequel to "Peter Pan," has had several theatrical lives. The drama had developmental runs at the Williamstown Theater Festival and the La Jolla Playhouse. It eventually made its way to the New York Theatre Workshop in 2011 before transferring to Broadway in 2012. The show's next stop will be off-Broadway's New World Stages, after its scheduled close at the Brooks Atkinson Theatre on Jan. 20. The New World Stages feature a handful of modestly sized theaters and is currently the home of "Avenue Q," which also moved there after its Broadway run. "Peter" has not set an opening date or cast for New World Stages.
SPORTS
September 8, 2012 | Sam Farmer
The New York Jets have the potential to be a dumpster fire. Tim Tebow is an exciting player, but trading for him - and further destabilizing Mark Sanchez - was a blatant attention grab that won't pay off in the end. Two-quarterback systems don't work over the long haul, and the psyche of the Jets is so fragile in the first place that bringing in Tebow only deepens the locker-room fissures that formed last season. Football-wise, there's an argument for Tebow. He's a better backup than 41-year-old Mark Brunell, last year's No. 2, and, as we saw in Denver last season, Tebow can win games with his feet.
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