July 3, 2007 |
South Korean pop superstar Rain blamed local concert promoter V2B Global for technical difficulties that resulted in the cancellation of his performance Saturday night at Staples Center -- the last in a string of planned U.S. shows in the singer-dancer-actor's "Rain's Coming" world tour that failed to go on as scheduled. But viewed another way, the show's last-minute cancellation can be partially attributed to a breakdown of the K-pop phenom's celebrity industrial complex.
June 30, 2007 |
GIVEN the brain-numbing consistency with which the two performers are compared, South Korean pop superstar Rain is pretty gracious about being referred to as "the Justin Timberlake of Asia." To a point. The Seoul-born heartthrob R&B singer-dancer-actor, who has sold millions of records around the globe and whose every public appearance is greeted with messianic enthusiasm by legions of super-fans from Kuala Lumpur to Taipei, is willing to accept being likened to Mr.
March 17, 2009 |
It's hardly the triumphant return to the United States that South Korean pop superstar Rain had hoped for. The popular singer-actor, dubbed the "Justin Timberlake of Asia," arrived in Hawaii on Monday facing two lawsuits stemming from the cancellation of dates on his 2006-07 North American Rain's Coming tour. Rain's legal troubles follow his attempts to break into the U.S. market and build the kind of loyal fan base here that has eluded other Asian performers.
August 1, 1991 |
Taper Season Grows: "The Kentucky Cycle," a nine-play historical saga presented in two parts, has been added to the Mark Taper Forum 1991-92 season. Written by Robert Schenkkan of Van Nuys, the production will take the season's Feb. 2-March 29 slot. Also joining the schedule is "Fire in the Rain . . . Singer in the Storm," an autobiographical docudrama by folk singer Holly Near scheduled for Aug. 13-Sept. 27, 1992. The rest of the lineup, officially announced Wednesday: George C.
August 17, 1992 |
The Scene: Thursday's opening-night party for "Fire in the Rain, Singer in the Storm," Holly Near's one-woman stage autobiography of her career as a singer and activist. The show, the last of the Mark Taper Forum's 25th anniversary season, runs through Sept. 27. (There was a long line of people hoping for standby tickets Thursday night.) After the first-night performance there was a reception at the nearby restaurant Stepps.
August 14, 1992 |
You would have to have a heart of flint and the disposition of an ogre not to be charmed by singer-songwriter, gay and political activist Holly Near. Near's solo outing, "Fire in the Rain . . . Singer in the Storm" at the Mark Taper Forum, is a loving and cajoling bit of unconventional autobiography that traipses lightly through the more positive aspects of the '60s, '70s and even '80s. Seen at a press preview Wednesday, this show puts a different spin on the term family values .