February 8, 1998 |
When composer David Shire and his co-authors were asked if they wanted to rework their 1996 musical "Big" for a touring production, he recalls, "We had two impulses: Yes, we'd like to change a great deal. And second, we'd rather have root canals for a straight week." After all, he, lyricist Richard Maltby Jr.
March 5, 1989 |
The adage that "the show must go on" has acquired special meaning at the Orange County Performing Arts Center: Its heavily subscribed series of Broadway musicals is about to begin 4 months late. Ever since Center management was forced to cancel a bus-and-truck revival of "Camelot" last November because star Richard Harris called in sick, the Broadway Series has been little more than a subscriber's wish list. "In our first 2 years, we ran nine musicals in a row and never lost a one," says Center President Thomas R. Kendrick.
October 30, 1992 |
Broadway Bound: Des McAnuff's staging of Pete Townshend's "Tommy," which had an extended and sold-out run at the La Jolla Playhouse after its premiere there in August, is headed for Broadway. It will open next April, followed by a national tour that will probably return the show in 1994 to Southern California. Casting is not yet set. The New York version will be at the St. James Theatre and will be produced by PACE Theatrical Group and Dodger Productions.
May 30, 1987
Five Broadway musicals, including "Cats," "South Pacific" and "Me and My Girl," have been booked for the Orange County Performing Arts Center's 1987-1988 season, officials for the Costa Mesa facility have announced. The other two musicals are "My One and Only" (Oct. 21-25) with Tommy Tune and Stephanie Zimbalist, and Cole Porter's "Can-Can" (July 26-31), featuring Radio City Music Hall's Rockettes. Robert Goulet will star in "South Pacific" (Jan. 5-10).
July 18, 1996 |
The Pace Theatrical Group, which produces the Broadway series at the Orange County Performing Arts Center in Costa Mesa, will be producing a similar series of nationally touring shows at the Long Beach Convention & Entertainment Center. Except for "Deathtrap," a nonmusical that would not fit OCPAC's Broadway agenda--all of the shows set for Long Beach have been presented in Costa Mesa, some several times and two as recently as last season.