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December 25, 1994
It's time for television producers to realize that an important ingredient has been missing from many shows--the theme songs. I enjoy such shows as "The Nanny" (CBS) and "Mad About You" (NBC) not only because they are good shows but because they have theme songs that I can hum along after the show ends. I understand the reasoning behind wanting to throw in some extra commercials, and not wanting people to turn the channel, but many of the new shows (without theme shows) are low in the ratings.
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ENTERTAINMENT
February 23, 2013 | By Josh Getlin
NEW YORK - In the annals of showbiz, the chance encounter between lyricist Marcy Heisler and composer Zina Goldrich 21 years ago may not rank with Rodgers and Hammerstein's first meeting or Lerner linking up with Loewe. But it could prove to be a memorable moment for American musical theater. It all began on a summer afternoon when the women spied each other across a crowded room at the BMI Musical Workshop in Manhattan. They were Broadway babies determined to write musicals, and their first conversation went something like this: Heisler: "I like your dress.
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ENTERTAINMENT
March 4, 1998 | DON HECKMAN, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Sarah Brightman's fans like to refer to her as the "Angel of Music," in part, no doubt, because of her bell-like soprano voice, in part because of her lovely, seraphic countenance. But the English singer--once married to composer Andrew Lloyd Webber and a principal in several of his musicals--sounds more cinematic than celestial in PBS' "Sarah Brightman in Concert at the Royal Albert Hall."
ENTERTAINMENT
June 17, 2012 | By James C. Taylor, Los Angeles Times Staff Writer
Despite playing the occasional flapper or showgirl, Sutton Foster is not considered a showbiz "bad girl," someone whose fame stems from tabloid breakups or behaving badly on a reality show. A Tony-winning musical comedy star, she made her name the old-fashioned way: though years of anonymous work interrupted by a fortuitous break. So when Foster says, "I'm trying to break every rule possible -- and I hope I do so," it sounds a little out of character. Foster is talking about cabaret, not the Kander-Ebb musical but rather the theatrical form -- and her instinctive suspicion of it. "Cabaret can have such a negative connotation," Foster says just before a rehearsal for the cabaret-style show she's bringing to the Kirk Douglas Theatre this week.
ENTERTAINMENT
December 1, 1987 | THOMAS K. ARNOLD
One night three years ago, William Lon Wright was performing his usual mix of recent pop hits and older standards in a quiet piano bar in the Westwood district of Los Angeles. As he was getting ready to leave, a man walked up and suggested Wright's vocal and piano-playing style was better suited for interpreting show tunes from Broadway musicals, particularly those of the 1920s, '30s and '40s.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 13, 2003 | Chris Pasles; Richard S. Ginell
"Renee & Bryn: Under the Stars" Renee Fleming, soprano. Bryn Terfel, bass-baritone. Orchestra of Welsh National Opera. Paul Gemignani, conductor. (Decca) ** Maybe if opera stars Fleming and Terfel had stuck to the original scorings, this crossover disc of show tunes would sound less exaggerated. But almost every one of the pieces has been arranged by different people into a big, soupy extravaganza.
ENTERTAINMENT
October 20, 1991 | DENNIS HUNT, Dennis Hunt is a Times staff writer. and
"Who do you think I am, Barbra Streisand?" Barry Manilow snickers playfully as he compares "Showstoppers," his new album of show tunes, to Streisand's celebrated 1986 collection, "The Broadway Album." "Don't expect that kind of singing from me," Manilow cautions. "I can't sing that good--not even half that good." At one time, Manilow might not have been so good-natured about his vocal limitations.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 15, 2000 | JUDITH MICHAELSON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
KGIL-AM (1260) is undergoing a major transformation that will see its name change to KJAZ later this month, and its format make the formal transition to all-jazz by April 1. Earlier this week, the station quietly dropped the show tunes that had provided its core programming block. Heading up the station's new team as program director and one of its new on-air personalities will be resonant-voiced Lawrence Tanter, who has spent 30 years in broadcasting, 28 of them in the Los Angeles market.
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March 19, 1997 | MAYRAV SAAR, TIMES STAFF WRITER
It's not about feeling the burn. In Beth Mirman's exercise class, it's about regaining control--and having fun. Experts have long touted the benefits of exercise for Parkinson's disease patients, citing studies suggesting that stretching limbs and strengthening muscles may slow the neuromuscular disorder's degenerative process. But it is doubtful that researchers have charted the effects of show tunes on patients. And few studies have likely delved into the healing powers of Bette Midler.
NEWS
February 28, 1991 | MICHAEL SZYMANSKI, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES; Szymanski is a regular contributor to Valley View.
They come to sing, and to hear singing, and to see who else is singing. Then, perhaps, they may find someone interesting and do their own duet. These singles sing-alongs have been going on at different residences in the San Fernando Valley for nine years, organized by free-lance journalist Rena Dictor Le Blanc, who was separated from her husband and was lonely. Now Dictor Le Blanc is back with her husband, Jerry, but the singles parties have continued.
ENTERTAINMENT
May 8, 2012 | By Chris Barton
It seems a career path has emerged for rockers looking to transition gracefully into musical maturity once the amplifiers have stopped buzzing in their ears. With Rod Stewart and and even Iggy Pop having lent their voice to the exploration of pop standards in recent years -- Stewart seems particularly enamored with the transition, given his seemingly endless "Great American Songbook" series -- why wouldn't a one-time shock-rocker like Dee Snider follow suit? Released Tuesday, "Dee Does Broadway" finds the one-time frontman for Twisted Sister leaping into the Great White Way's songbook with both feet, albeit with his taste for metal intact with  arrangements that recall theater-ready rock operas.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 4, 2012 | By Yvonne Villarreal, Los Angeles Times
The great promise of "Smash" was that it offered a glossy insider's look at Broadway. The equally great challenge was to create original yet authentic show tunes for the musical about Marilyn Monroe embedded inside this NBC drama. "Our job is to make it feel authentic to the theater," said Scott Wittman, who composed the original songs with Marc Shaiman. The Tony- and Grammy-winning duo, whose list of credits include Broadway's adaptations of "Hairspray" and "Catch Me If You Can," had months to compose songs for the pilot.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 18, 2011
Carol Channing, Robert Morse, Rita Moreno and Tyne Daly are among the Broadway veterans who'll be belting out show tunes in "Original Cast 2," a benefit on April 2 to raise money for AIDS Project Los Angeles. Others who'll be reprising numbers from such productions as "Company," "Hello Dolly," "Showboat," "Three Penny Opera" and "Miss Saigon" include Philip Casnoff, Constance Towers, Patrick Cassidy, Jonelle Allen, Carole Cook, Charlotte Rae, Vicki Lewis and Bill Hutton. The 27th annual Southland Theatre Artists Goodwill Event will be held at 7:30 p.m. at the Luckman Fine Arts Complex at Cal State Los Angeles.
SPORTS
December 30, 2010 | Chris Erskine
There is much to celebrate this New Year. Natalie Portman is pregnant. Hugh Hefner is engaged. Alanis Morissette is a new mom. Notice how important news usually happens in triplicate? And out of New York, usually so ignored by the American media, we have reports that Jets Coach Rex Ryan has an above-average fondness for feet. Evidently, they don't call it football for nothing. Ryan, the most folksy and likable coach in the game, is not denying the foot fetish reports, nor is he commenting much.
ENTERTAINMENT
December 18, 2010
FAMILY Elephants of Asia The animal habitat is finally open, featuring three pachyderm transplants from the San Diego Zoo: Tina, Jewel and 25-year-old Billy. The six-acre exhibit features bathing pools, sandy hills and varied topography, all devoted to exploring the connection between elephants and the cultures of Thailand, India, China and Cambodia. L.A. Zoo, 5333 Zoo Drive, Griffith Park. Open daily 10 a.m.-5 p.m. except Dec. 25. Adults, $14; seniors, $11; children 2-12, $9; children younger than 2, free.
ENTERTAINMENT
December 17, 2010
FAMILY Las Posadas The merchants of Olvera Street in downtown L.A. commemorate the nine nights leading up to Christmas with Las Posadas, a reenactment of Mary and Joseph's journey into Bethlehem to find shelter. The annual tradition features a procession, hymns sung in Spanish and English, entertainment, the breaking of a piñata, and complimentary pan dulce and hot chocolate. Avila Adobe, 10 Olvera St., L.A. Activities begin at 6 p.m., procession at 7 p.m. Ends Dec. 24. Free.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 18, 2011
Carol Channing, Robert Morse, Rita Moreno and Tyne Daly are among the Broadway veterans who'll be belting out show tunes in "Original Cast 2," a benefit on April 2 to raise money for AIDS Project Los Angeles. Others who'll be reprising numbers from such productions as "Company," "Hello Dolly," "Showboat," "Three Penny Opera" and "Miss Saigon" include Philip Casnoff, Constance Towers, Patrick Cassidy, Jonelle Allen, Carole Cook, Charlotte Rae, Vicki Lewis and Bill Hutton. The 27th annual Southland Theatre Artists Goodwill Event will be held at 7:30 p.m. at the Luckman Fine Arts Complex at Cal State Los Angeles.
ENTERTAINMENT
November 19, 2000 | MICHAEL PHILLIPS, Michael Phillips is The Times' theater critic
We make American history--momentous, racist, imperfect, loaded with opportunities for show tunes. We remake that history as musical theater. And then we remake the musicals. At the moment, Southern California is playing host to a couple of familiar-sounding titles. Both refashion existing material--encoded, to varying degrees, with the prejudices of their time--for a new audience.
ENTERTAINMENT
December 16, 2010
True to its name, the musical revue "Broadway Holiday" celebrates show tunes and seasonal cheer. Musical director Neil Berg will be joined by a three-piece band and a talented lineup of Broadway alumni to perform favorite songs from "My Fair Lady," "West Side Story," "Wicked" and others, as well as a selection of holiday tunes. Geffen Playhouse, 10886 Le Conte Ave., Westwood. 8 p.m. Fri., 3 and 8 p.m. Sat., 2 and 7 p.m. Sun. $65 to $75. (310) 208-5454. http://www.geffenplayhouse.
ENTERTAINMENT
May 22, 2010 | By Mikael Wood, Special to the Los Angeles Times
On the hit series "Glee," Lea Michele plays Rachel Berry, a plucky high-school sophomore whose Broadway-caliber singing voice affords her little protection from the dismissive eyes of her cool-kid classmates. Not unlike a pimply-faced Dungeons & Dragons master, Rachel's prestige within McKinley High's glee club works in inverse proportion to her popularity at school. Thursday night at the Gibson Amphitheatre, where the cast of the music-heavy "Glee" performed the first of four live concerts there, Michele needed guarding just like her fictional alter ego. But as the actress strolled through the audience belting out "Don't Rain on My Parade," it wasn't bullies and bimbos her security retinue was keeping at arm's length; rather, it was frenzied "Glee" fans desperate for a close-up glimpse of this rising star.
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