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December 9, 1989 | JOSEPH N. BELL
More than 30 years ago, I went to Philadelphia to talk with the editors of the Saturday Evening Post, for whom I was then working out of Chicago. At loose ends one evening, I checked the theater guide and found that a musical called "The Body Beautiful" was playing en route to a New York opening. So I went.
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September 12, 2008 | Philip Brandes, Special to The Times
Unabashedly awash in romantic froth, "She Loves Me" is one classic Broadway musical that needs no dark reenvisioning to remain resonant. Since its 1963 debut, a big part of this show's enduring appeal is precisely its invulnerability to cynicism. In sensible acknowledgment, director-choreographer Kirby Ward serves up a purist's delight with an emotionally and musically pitch-perfect revival for Ventura's Rubicon Theatre. Set in a fanciful 1930s Budapest, this charming romantic fable revolves around two feuding clerks in a cosmetics shop who unknowingly correspond as anonymous lonely-hearts pen pals.
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November 28, 1989 | JAN HERMAN
When Sheldon Harnick arrived in New York many years ago as a green kid from the Midwest, Ogden Nash gave him a job as his assistant. Harnick was so excited that he bought a volume of his illustrious employer's collected verse and asked him to sign it. Nash, whose writings are known for their burlesque rhymes, complied with a dedication couched in one of his typically clever couplets: To Sheldon Harnick / the one-man philharmonic.
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January 13, 2002 | BARBARA ISENBERG
On Sept. 22, 1964, at New York's swank Rainbow Room, producer Harold Prince read aloud to his opening-night guests from one of "Fiddler on the Roof's" less than inspiring reviews. "I can't resist reading this to you," he told them, "because it's so irrelevant." Nearly eight years and 3,300 performances later, "Fiddler" broke the record for longest-running musical, and Prince again pulled out those reviews.
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May 27, 1993 | ROBERT KOEHLER, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Even in an undernourished, half-hearted staging at the Newport Theatre Arts Center, "Fiddler on the Roof" has a new, bitter identity. Indeed, it really wouldn't matter where it was staged: the Joseph Stein book, combined with Sheldon Harnick's still-witty lyrics and Jerry Bock's deep-in-the-shtetl music, carries freshly dark resonance because of a tragedy everyone is now summing up in six-letter shorthand. Bosnia.
ENTERTAINMENT
September 12, 2008 | Philip Brandes, Special to The Times
Unabashedly awash in romantic froth, "She Loves Me" is one classic Broadway musical that needs no dark reenvisioning to remain resonant. Since its 1963 debut, a big part of this show's enduring appeal is precisely its invulnerability to cynicism. In sensible acknowledgment, director-choreographer Kirby Ward serves up a purist's delight with an emotionally and musically pitch-perfect revival for Ventura's Rubicon Theatre. Set in a fanciful 1930s Budapest, this charming romantic fable revolves around two feuding clerks in a cosmetics shop who unknowingly correspond as anonymous lonely-hearts pen pals.
ENTERTAINMENT
February 21, 1999 | DON SHIRLEY, Don Shirley is The Times' theater writer
S.T.A.G.E. (Southland Theatre Artists Goodwill Event), billed as the oldest annual AIDS benefit in the world, celebrates the work of a musical theater composer or composing team each year, with a long list of well-known singers contributing their services for the sake of the cause. This week, the 15th annual edition features a couple of new variations on the formula. Three composers, not associated with one another, are the recipients of this year's tribute, which is called "A.B.C.
ENTERTAINMENT
January 13, 2002 | BARBARA ISENBERG
On Sept. 22, 1964, at New York's swank Rainbow Room, producer Harold Prince read aloud to his opening-night guests from one of "Fiddler on the Roof's" less than inspiring reviews. "I can't resist reading this to you," he told them, "because it's so irrelevant." Nearly eight years and 3,300 performances later, "Fiddler" broke the record for longest-running musical, and Prince again pulled out those reviews.
ENTERTAINMENT
September 15, 2009 | Associated Press
They remembered with love -- and a lot of laughter -- the star of television's "Maude" and "The Golden Girls," a woman who also appeared in such hit musicals as "Fiddler on the Roof" and "Mame." Memories of Bea Arthur filled Broadway's Majestic Theatre on Monday as friends, family and costars recalled the tall, baritone-voiced and supremely funny actress who died in April of cancer at age 86. A large photo of Arthur dressed in a stylish black suit stared down during the lengthy celebration, which was hosted by Angela Lansbury, who first worked with Arthur in 1966 in "Mame," playing Mame Dennis opposite Arthur's tart-tongued Vera Charles.
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February 21, 1999 | DON SHIRLEY, Don Shirley is The Times' theater writer
S.T.A.G.E. (Southland Theatre Artists Goodwill Event), billed as the oldest annual AIDS benefit in the world, celebrates the work of a musical theater composer or composing team each year, with a long list of well-known singers contributing their services for the sake of the cause. This week, the 15th annual edition features a couple of new variations on the formula. Three composers, not associated with one another, are the recipients of this year's tribute, which is called "A.B.C.
ENTERTAINMENT
May 27, 1993 | ROBERT KOEHLER, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Even in an undernourished, half-hearted staging at the Newport Theatre Arts Center, "Fiddler on the Roof" has a new, bitter identity. Indeed, it really wouldn't matter where it was staged: the Joseph Stein book, combined with Sheldon Harnick's still-witty lyrics and Jerry Bock's deep-in-the-shtetl music, carries freshly dark resonance because of a tragedy everyone is now summing up in six-letter shorthand. Bosnia.
NEWS
December 9, 1989 | JOSEPH N. BELL
More than 30 years ago, I went to Philadelphia to talk with the editors of the Saturday Evening Post, for whom I was then working out of Chicago. At loose ends one evening, I checked the theater guide and found that a musical called "The Body Beautiful" was playing en route to a New York opening. So I went.
ENTERTAINMENT
November 28, 1989 | JAN HERMAN
When Sheldon Harnick arrived in New York many years ago as a green kid from the Midwest, Ogden Nash gave him a job as his assistant. Harnick was so excited that he bought a volume of his illustrious employer's collected verse and asked him to sign it. Nash, whose writings are known for their burlesque rhymes, complied with a dedication couched in one of his typically clever couplets: To Sheldon Harnick / the one-man philharmonic.
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September 19, 1997 | JACK MATHEWS, FOR THE TIMES
There aren't many animated movies made for so specific an ethnic audience as French filmmaker Albert Hanan Kaminski's "Aaron's Magic Village," and for his stick-to-it-iveness alone, he deserves credit. But even that audience, young Jewish children, may find this a drab piece of business. "Aaron's Magic Village" is loosely adapted from Isaac Bashevis Singer's "Stories for Children," which also provided the inspiration for Singer's play "Schlemiel the First."
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