October 14, 2008 |
Hemingway could provide the arts-and-finance headline out of Pasadena on Monday: "To Have and Have Not." The Pasadena Playhouse announced that an anonymous donor has stepped up with $3 million, the largest gift in its history. It rings down the curtain on a five-year capital campaign that raised $11 million, exceeding the goal by $2.5 million. Nearly $6 million has gone into an endowment for maintenance, administrative costs and education programs. The Pasadena Symphony, meanwhile, is canceling two shows while cutting its 2008-09 budget by $1 million.
September 11, 2010 |
As it gradually works its way back to solid financial ground, the Pasadena Playhouse has added two more productions to its lineup for the upcoming season. Ed Asner will star in the solo show "FDR" (Oct. 12 to Nov. 7), a drama that follows the life of President Franklin D. Roosevelt from inauguration to World War II. The production is based on Dore Schary's Tony-winning play "Sunrise at Campobello" that ran on Broadway in 1958 and was made into a film in 1960. "Uptown, Downtown" (Nov.
January 17, 1993 |
Where are the next outposts of the Pasadena Playhouse empire? Last year saw the creation of a touring circuit that brought Playhouse productions to the Poway Performing Arts Center in San Diego County and the Lobero Theatre in Santa Barbara. Now it looks likely that more venues will be added, possibly with a new set of programming for larger-capacity houses, by 1994. Though no deal has been signed yet, the Alex Theatre in downtown Glendale is one of the likeliest venues.
January 30, 1990 |
A new musical by Ray Bradbury and Jose Feliciano will play the Pasadena Playhouse next fall, and the theater's popular "Mail" will return next year. They're part of the theater's all-American 1990-91 mainstage season, announced Monday. The season will open July 6 with a revival of William Inge's "Bus Stop," directed by Warner Shook. It will be up through Aug. 19. Bradbury wrote the book and Feliciano the music and lyrics for "The Wonderful Ice Cream Suit," scheduled for Sept. 7-Oct. 21.
December 24, 1989 |
This traditionally slim week of theater openings gets a boost at Pasadena Playhouse with a program of family theater by writer/performer B. J. Turner. "They're based on the British pantos or pantomimes," he said. "But it's better not to say 'pantomime,' because people think of mime." A panto's musical score, he added, "can be taken from Gilbert & Sullivan, Broadway, or popular songs. There's also a rapport between the audience and performers . . .
September 21, 1989
An autograph party for the Friends of Pasadena Playhouse cookbook, "Tasty Productions," will be held on the Pasadena Playhouse patio, 39 S. El Molino Ave., Pasadena, Sunday from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. The event is free. The cookbook, which sells for $9, contains favorite recipes of casts, crews, staff, alumni and others. Recipes have been supplied by people who have appeared in recent Playhouse productions, including Ruth Buzzi, Tom Hatten, Dana Hill, Audra Lindley, Betsy Palmer and Barbara Rush.
November 8, 2001 |
A Los Angeles Bankruptcy Court judge on Wednesday approved the sale of the historic Pasadena Playhouse complex to a Burbank-based real estate developer. U.S. Bankruptcy Court Judge Thomas B. Donovan approved the plan for owner Pasadena Playhouse Associates to sell the Spanish colonial revival-style property to the Greg Varon Family Trust for an estimated $4.5 million.
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March 10, 1995 |
Pasadena-based Theatre Corp. of America, which has operated the Pasadena Playhouse since 1981, will file for Chapter 11 bankruptcy today, it was announced Thursday. Pasadena Playhouse programming will be unaffected, said Theatre Corp. president David Houk. "Breaking Legs" is still scheduled to open at the playhouse March 19. Playhouse revenues go to the nonprofit Pasadena Playhouse State Theatre of California, Inc., which hired the Theatre Corp. to operate the theater. The Theatre Corp.
November 12, 2007 |
"Vanities," a new musical by Jack Heifner based on his long-running 1976 off-Broadway play that follows three Texas women coming of age in the 1960s and '70s, will make its pre-Broadway bow at the Pasadena Playhouse next summer. Two-time Tony Award-winner Judith Ivey will direct the musical, which will play Aug. 29 to Sept. 28 in Pasadena before a planned fall opening on Broadway. Music and lyrics are by David Kirshenbaum, whose other shows include "Summer of '42" and "Party Come Here."
April 13, 1986 |
It is fortunate that the Pasadena Playhouse, opening Saturday almost 20 years after it closed, is in Pasadena, perhaps the most preservation-minded community in the Southland. It is equally fortunate that real estate developer David G.