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November 1, 2011
'Romeo and Juliet' Where: Los Angeles Opera, Dorothy Chandler Pavilion, downtown L.A. When: 2 p.m. Nov. 6, 20 and 26; 7:30 p.m. Nov. 9, 12 and 17 Tickets: $20 to $270 Information: (213) 972-8001 or http://www.laopera.com Running time: 3 hours
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April 11, 2014 | Diana Wagman
Reading is such an improbable idea -- a miracle, really. Yet simple squiggles on a page, arranged just so, can convey ideas that change the way we think or introduce to us characters we love for a lifetime. In celebration of reading -- and of this weekend's Los Angeles Times Festival of Books -- we asked four readers (who also happen to be writers) to celebrate books that mattered in their lives. In 1975, when I was young, I went to hear James Baldwin speak. Afterward, I waited in a long line and finally got to stand before him. I told him that his book "Giovanni's Room" had made me want to be a writer.
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September 20, 2013 | By Sherry Stern and David Ng
"Romeo and Juliet," Shakesepeare's most enduring tragic love story, has found its way back to Broadway after nearly three decades. Orlando Bloom and Condola Rashad are this year's star-crossed lovers, (following in many footsteps, most notably those of Laurence Olivier and Vivien Leigh in 1940). It's the Broadway debut for Bloom, the "Pirates of the Caribbean" and "Lord of the Rings" actor who was Romeo for the Los Angeles Philharmonic in 2011. Rashad, last seen in the Broadway revival of "A Trip to Bountiful," is the daughter of director-actress Phylicia Rashad and her ex-husband, Ahmad, the football-player-turned-sports-commentator.
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February 17, 2014 | By Robert Lloyd, Los Angeles Times Television Critic
No one can accuse the people at the CW of not giving its audience what they think it wants. "Star-Crossed," which premieres Monday and might easily be reverse-engineered from its title alone - it's "Romeo and Juliet," with aliens - adds another story of cross-cultural, interspecies romance to the network of "Beauty and the Beast" and "The Vampire Diaries" (and "Hart of Dixie," for that matter). For a certain sort of moony viewer, there is no love so true as the impossible love that is meant to be. Created by Meredith Averill (formerly a story editor at "The Good Wife")
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May 11, 2012 | By Sheri Linden, Special to the Los Angeles Times
Brooklyn's infighting Hasidim meet the Bard in "Romeo and Juliet in Yiddish," Eve Annenberg's exuberant new feature. Openhearted and kvetching, the comedy filters a very particular slice of contemporary New York through Shakespeare's star-crossed tale and a bit of kabbalistic magic. One joy of the gawky-lovely film is that it probably represents the most extensive use of Yiddish on the big screen in decades. Annenberg ("Dogs: The Rise and Fall of an All-Girl Bookie Joint")
NEWS
October 3, 2012 | By Susan Carpenter
William Shakespeare once wrote: "A fool thinks himself to be wise, but a wise man knows himself to be a fool. " That seems to be the guiding philosophy behind a new line of Shakespeare e-books from Sourcebooks that seeks to demystify the playwright's work. Called the Shakesperience and available through iTunes' iBookstore for $9.99 per title, the e-books use audio readings, a glossary, photos from notable performances and other tools to help student readers better understand Shakespeare's famously challenging texts.
OPINION
February 14, 2010 | By Andrew Trees
What if Shakespeare had it wrong about love in "Romeo and Juliet"? In fact, what if all of us have it wrong and our ideals of love and romance are hopelessly awry? Although we are supposed to be celebrating our love for that special someone on Valentine's Day, perhaps the time has come to reconsider the concept of romantic love, at least as it has been conceived in Western societies. As we busily track down red roses, the best chocolates and the finest champagnes, we need to ask whether, in the pursuit of the perfect romance, we haven't declared war on true love.
ENTERTAINMENT
November 1, 2011 | By James C. Taylor, Special to the Los Angeles Times
Nino Machaidze, the 28-year-old soprano from Tbilisi, Georgia, has only been singing professionally for a little more than four years, but the origin of her latest turn in L.A. stretches to 2005 and includes a few twists of fate. In January of that year, Los Angeles Opera's production of Gounod's "Romeo and Juliet" helped catapult into operatic superstardom young singers Anna Netrebko and Rolando Villazón. Soon these two were headlining at major houses and in 2008 were set to re-create their L.A. roles with a highly anticipated new production at the Salzburg Festival — until Netrebko dropped out due to a much publicized pregnancy.
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February 13, 2014 | By David Ng
If you missed Orlando Bloom and Condola Rashad in their Broadway outing last year in "Romeo and Juliet," and you won't be able to catch the upcoming, timed-for-Valentine's-Day broadcasts of the same stage production to cinemas across the nation, here's a third opportunity to catch the comely actors playing Shakespeare's tragic lovers. Bloom and Rashad will join Robert Sean Leonard in a concert with the Simón Bolívar Symphony Orchestra at Walt Disney Concert Hall that will include selections from Shakespeare plays that inspired Tchaikovsky.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 16, 1998 | TOM BECKER
You go, girl. A phrase that would probably be as foreign to William Shakespeare as some of his might be to students today. And yet, on Friday, as a professional troupe performed acts of "Romeo and Juliet" for students at Van Nuys Middle School, Shakespeare's lines more than once gave rise to an emphatic "You go, girl!," from the audience. Not to mention the students who felt Juliet's father should "step off" and Tybalt, killer of Romeo's cousin, was "the bomb."
ENTERTAINMENT
February 13, 2014 | By David Ng
If you missed Orlando Bloom and Condola Rashad in their Broadway outing last year in "Romeo and Juliet," and you won't be able to catch the upcoming, timed-for-Valentine's-Day broadcasts of the same stage production to cinemas across the nation, here's a third opportunity to catch the comely actors playing Shakespeare's tragic lovers. Bloom and Rashad will join Robert Sean Leonard in a concert with the Simón Bolívar Symphony Orchestra at Walt Disney Concert Hall that will include selections from Shakespeare plays that inspired Tchaikovsky.
SPORTS
January 21, 2014 | By Helene Elliott
Figure skater Ashley Wagner has changed the music and choreography of the long program she will perform at the Sochi Olympics after a mediocre performance that nearly cost her a berth in the Winter Games. Wagner finished fourth at the recent U.S. championships after skating to “Romeo and Juliet” in her long program. She made the Olympic team only because the committee in charge of selecting the three-woman delegation chose her over third-place finisher Mirai Nagasu of Arcadia on the strength of her body of work.
SPORTS
January 21, 2014 | By Helene Elliott
Figure skater Ashley Wagner has revived the core of her old "Samson and Delilah" long program for the Sochi Olympics, responding to her heart and to a mediocre performance that nearly cost her a spot on the U.S. team. Wagner fell twice during her "Romeo and Juliet" long program at the U.S. championships and finished fourth. She made the Olympic team when the selection committee skipped over third-place finisher Mirai Nagasu of Arcadia to choose Wagner, who has won two national titles and earned top-five finishes at the last two world championships.
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October 30, 2013 | By Mikael Wood
Ariana Grande puts her well-established love of princess dresses to work in a new music video for her song "Right There. " The clip, which also stars Patrick "Son of the Governator" Schwarzenegger, features the two youngsters in a modern-day telling of "Romeo and Juliet," with Big Sean (who contributes a guest verse) in the role of the priest. Does this mean we see Grande gazing wistfully down from a balcony while wearing said princess dress? Oh, yes. PHOTOS: Celebrities by The Times The concept also gives the bubblegum-soul singer an opportunity to bat her eyes behind a bejeweled hand fan and to dive into a swimming pool as a small crew of synchronized swimmers makes elaborate shapes in the water.
ENTERTAINMENT
October 10, 2013 | By David Ng
Casting age-appropriate actors for Shakespeare's "Romeo and Juliet" was never practically possible. The roles of the tragic lovers have traditionally been played by actors older than the adolescent characters. A look back at some notable movie and stage versions shows that "older" is a term that can vary substantially. The latest movie version of "Romeo and Juliet" is to open in theaters Friday, with a cast that includes Hailee Steinfeld and Douglas Booth. The play has been newly adapted for the screen by "Downton Abbey" creator Julian Fellowes.
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October 8, 2013 | By Charles McNulty, Los Angeles Times Theater Critic
Shakespeare and contemporary popular music might seem like strange bedfellows, but his plays have a way of coalescing with whatever musical style is thrown their way. A rock version of "Two Gentlemen of Verona" won the Tony for best musical in 1972, proving that not even the zaniest combination is off the table. A curious experiment is underway at the Old Globe Theatre pairing Shakespeare's "Romeo and Juliet" with the moody songs of singer-songwriter Jeff Buckley, who died in a drowning accident in 1997 at age 30 but managed to leave a rich musical legacy that has spoken across generations.
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May 7, 1987 | LEWIS SEGAL, Times Dance Writer
Considering the big risk the Joffrey Ballet took less than three years ago when it first ventured John Cranko's full-length "Romeo and Juliet," it's amazing how comfortable the company now looks in the ballet--how successfully the dancers manage the unorthodox caractere -flavored dance style, the vigorous but scarcely veristic narrative pantomime, the florid ensemble acting.
ENTERTAINMENT
September 28, 2013 | By Steven Zeitchik
NEW YORK - When Condola Rashad was a little girl, her mother would often take her to work. The youngster would sit and play or watch curiously as the woman she called Mom scurried about her job. It was similar to the experience of many children, with one difference: Rashad's mother is Phylicia Rashad, who played mom Clair Huxtable on "The Cosby Show. " "She'd be super busy at rehearsal and I would be in her dressing room or somewhere backstage," Rashad said. "From as far back as I can remember, I would just sit right there and watch the process, not the red carpets and the glitz like some kids do but the work itself.
ENTERTAINMENT
September 26, 2013 | By Nardine Saad
Hailee Steinfeld and Taylor Swift are besties? Apparently! And it turns out "The Amazing Spider-Man" star Emma Stone introduced them.  "We met, oh my gosh, like three years ago through our mutual friend Emma Stone," Steinfeld  told E! on Wednesday at the Los Angeles premiere of her latest film, "Romeo and Juliet," at the Arclight Cinemas, where she was joined by the Grammy-winning singer.  Away from the spotlight, the celebrities are normal girls who " just love to kick back, listen to music, watch TV, bake, watch movies and all of that kind of stuff," Steinfeld previously told the site.  And, boy talk is like totally  required.
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