April 18, 1996 |
Long Beach Civic Light Opera, a 47-year-old institution that grew from modest community roots into the most prominent musical theater company in Southern California, is going out of business. With the decline of Los Angeles Civic Light Opera as a producing organization in the '80s and '90s, the Long Beach company had generated the area's most high-profile revivals of musical classics and had also ventured occasionally into new or unfamiliar musicals and non-musical plays.
May 20, 2013 |
For all the razzle-dazzle of costumes worn by Michael Douglas in his uncanny incarnation as Liberace in the HBO film “Behind the Candelabra” - the crystals! the sequins! the furs! - the revelation for design fans will be lavish sets that sparkle with late '70s and early '80s style. It's a look that, for better or for worse, is experiencing a revival among contemporary designers just in time for the movie's premiere Sunday. “There was a lot of glamour in the '70s that really has not been repeated since,” Los Angeles designer Kelly Wearstler said, citing Pierre Cardin interiors as particularly noteworthy during that transitional era. PHOTOS: The over-the-top homes of "Behind the Candelabra" Wearstler, who was not involved in “Behind the Candelabra,” gave many reasons why elements of the look are coming back.
December 4, 1989 |
Sally Struthers never misses a charity event benefiting kids. "I'm still a bleeding-heart liberal," Struthers insisted on Saturday night at the Black and White Ball, a benefit for Camp Ronald McDonald for Good Times. "Also. . . ." Struthers took off her very high heels. "I'm very short." Indeed, Struthers was not a whole lot taller than some of the kids from the camp, who were having a good time in the Grand Ballroom of the Regent Beverly Wilshire Hotel.
September 16, 1988 |
A jury today found that Lorimar Productions wrongfully fired Valerie Harper and her husband-producer from the NBC series "Valerie" and awarded the couple a total of $1.85 million, plus 12.5% of the show's adjusted gross profits for two years. Following four days of deliberations, the jury awarded Harper $1.63 million and her husband, Tony Cacciotti, $220,000. The couple also were awarded 12.
February 10, 1989 |
Ron Field, a Tony and Emmy award-winning director and choreographer who developed routines for dancers ranging from Fred Astaire to Michael Jackson to the thousands of dancers at the 1984 Olympics, has died at age 55. Field died Monday at St. Vincent's Hospital of neurological impairment caused by brain lesions. The creator of dances for "Cabaret" and many other Broadway shows had lived in Manhattan.
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September 25, 2012 |
Billy Barnes, a composer and lyricist whose music and devilishly funny lyrics were displayed on "Rowan & Martin's Laugh-In" in the 1960s and '70s and in his earlier series of satirical music revues in Hollywood that launched the careers of performers such as Ken Berry, Bert Convy and Jo Anne Worley, has died. He was 85. Barnes died Tuesday at his home in Los Angeles of complications from Alzheimer's disease, said his longtime partner, Richard T. Jordan. A Los Angeles native and UCLA theater arts graduate, Barnes earned a reputation as "The Revue Master of Hollywood" after hitting his stride in 1958 with "The Billy Barnes Revue" at the Las Palmas Theater.
July 12, 2002 |
With "Never Again" New York independent filmmaker Eric Schaeffer successfully teams Jeffrey Tambor and Jill Clayburgh in a middle-aged romance between a pair of wary divorces, only to shoot them down with some of the most tasteless dialogue ever spoken in a mainstream movie. Since Schaeffer has among his credits the effective offbeat romantic comedies "Wirey Spindell" and "Fall," one has to wonder what he was thinking.
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October 11, 1985 |
General Lee's restaurant, a Chinatown institution dating from 1878, is scheduled to close its doors next month, a victim of changing times in Chinatown and new interests by its third- and fourth-generation owners. David Lee, 65, and his nephew, Curtis Lee, 37, said Thursday that the decision to give up the business was prompted largely by a drop in patronage among its mostly Anglo clientele.
June 2, 1990 |
There will be some changes made when they give out the Tony Awards this year if Joseph Cates has his way. He wants to take out the glitzy variety numbers and all those boring thank-you speeches. Cates, who has a couple of Emmys on his shelf for past musical programs, is likely to prevail since he's the executive producer of "The 44th Annual Tony Awards" special to air on CBS Sunday at 9 p.m.