November 11, 2013 |
Want to see Bette Midler's upcoming run at the Geffen Playhouse in her one-woman show, “I'll Eat You Last: A Chat With Sue Mengers?” It'll cost you. The best tickets for the 19-performance stand Dec. 3-21 were going for $397 on the Geffen's ticketing Web page Friday afternoon. Add a $9 "Internet convenience fee” and a $2 “facility fee,” and you've exceeded the magic $400 per ticket mark that has prevailed for more than a decade for the best seats to the hottest shows on Broadway in New York, but never had been breached, to our knowledge, for a regular performance in L.A. But it's Broadway wherever the Divine Miss M goes, one might say. The cheapest tickets to the John Logan play in which Midler stars as the late Hollywood agent Mengers, were priced at $87, not counting fees.
September 27, 2013 |
This post has been updated. See note below for details. As a rule, composers of musicals are happy about any productions anywhere of their work. But Mike Stoller, the surviving half of the fabled songwriting team of Leiber and Stoller, is particularly excited about the Pasadena Playhouse's impending revival of "Smokey Joe's Café," the jukebox musical built around more than three dozen of the signature hits he and longtime partner Jerry Leiber cranked out in the 1950s and 1960s.
September 26, 2013 |
A moment in the second act of the Pasadena Playhouse's revival of “Smokey Joe's Café: The Songs of Leiber and Stoller” took me back to my teenaged years, when my brother strictly forbade me to sing any song he liked. Merely hearing a song in my voice, with its corny musical-theater inflection, could drain all the coolness out of it for him. For the entire first act of this musical revue, which ran on Broadway from 1995 to 2000, I was happily tapping my toes to songs both deeply familiar (“Kansas City,” “Poison Ivy,” “On Broadway”)
September 25, 2013 |
It has been proven time and again that the schoolroom is a ripe milieu for drama. There's plenty of dramaturgical gold to be mined from memorable characters from the ideologically grandiose Jean Brodie in “The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie,” to the sexually repressed Hector in “The History Boys,” to the disastrously remote Andrew Crocker-Harris in “The Browning Version,” to name just a few. David West Read honors those predecessors in...
September 19, 2013 |
The late Hollywood talent agent Sue Mengers will rise again in Los Angeles when Bette Midler reprises her recent Broadway starring role in "I'll Eat You Last" at the Geffen Playhouse. The production is scheduled to run for three weeks at the Geffen with an opening set for Dec. 5. "I'll Eat You Last: A Chat with Sue Mengers," written by the prolific John Logan, is a solo show in which Midler incarnates the colorful Hollywood agent as she holds court in her Beverly Hills home. Mengers, who died in 2011, was an agent to some of the biggest movie stars of the 1970s, including Barbra Streisand, Steve McQueen, Ali MacGraw and Faye Dunaway. The play opened at the Booth Theatre in New York in late April and ran for two months.
August 6, 2013 |
Actor French Stewart, it seems, has double booked. The Pasadena Playhouse announced Tuesday it will postpone his show "Stoneface: The Rise and Fall and Rise of Buster Keaton" to accommodate the actor's new TV gig. Stewart is in the cast of the CBS sitcom "Mom," with Anna Faris, that premieres this fall. The playhouse will instead present the classic courtroom drama "Twelve Angry Men," which will run Nov. 5 to Dec. 1. Officials didn't give a new opening date for "Stoneface. " PHOTOS: Hollywood stars on stage “It is indeed our hope to produce 'Stoneface' at some point in the future," Playhouse artistic director Sheldon Epps said in a statement.