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December 26, 2003 | David C. Nichols; Philip Brandes; Rob Kendt
The 20th century phenomenon of concept album-turned-pop opera (or "popera") arguably peaked at "Chess." Conceived by lyricist Tim Rice with ABBA tunesmiths Benny Andersson and Bjorn Ulvaeus, the 1984 recording was a worldwide sensation, producing chart-toppers in "One Night in Bangkok" and "I Know Him So Well." Yet, the 1986 London stage extravaganza, inherited by Trevor Nunn from an ailing Michael Bennett, ended its three-year run in the red.
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February 23, 2002 | LYNN SMITH, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The volunteer teacher at the Ruskin School of Acting in Santa Monica contemplated two acting students doing their first perfunctory performance of a scene from "Macbeth." As soon as they finished, he jumped in with his distinctive Welsh baritone: aristocratic, playful, intense and kind. "Let's try this Two dozen tries later, David DeSimone was huddled in a chair, howling at the pain of existence; April Beyer was smiling malevolently, a woman obsessed. "This is great.
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May 16, 2008 | Lynn Smith, Times Staff Writer
In the summer of 2003, Austin Highsmith, a young actress from North Carolina, packed a suitcase and drove cross-country in pursuit of the Hollywood dream. Years followed, as they do, of waiting tables and auditions, until February when the 27-year-old finally landed her first big break as a guest star on CBS' "Ghost Whisperer." But as luck had it, her episode aired the same week the writers strike began. Hardly any Hollywood honchos saw it.
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