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June 13, 2012 | By David Ng
Bill Condon hit the Hollywood jackpot when he was hired to direct the final two installments of the "Twilight" franchise. Following his sojourn into teen-vampire territory -- the final installment opens in November -- Condon will head for the stage to direct a revival production of "Side Show" debuting at the La Jolla Playhouse next year. "Side Show" -- a musical about the real-life conjoined twins Violet and Daisy Hilton -- is set to open at the La Jolla Playhouse in the fall of 2013 and will then transfer to the Kennedy Center in Washington in June 2014.
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November 19, 2013 | By Charles McNulty, Los Angeles Times Theater Critic
- When "Side Show" first appeared on Broadway in 1997, the critics had plenty of nice things to say but audiences weren't rushing out in droves to see a musical about conjoined twins. The show closed after 91 performances. But this musical by Bill Russell (book and lyrics) and "Dreamgirls" composer Henry Krieger (music) has been haunted by its unrealized potential. A cult favorite that many musical theater aficionados feel deserves another crack at the big time, the show has just gotten a major overhaul at La Jolla Playhouse in a co-production with the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts.
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ENTERTAINMENT
August 2, 2013 | By Deborah Vankin
The previously announced La Jolla Playhouse-Kennedy Center production of the 1997 musical "Side Show" will open in La Jolla on Nov. 5 in a reimagined form that will be directed by screenwriter and director Bill Condon ("Dreamgirls"). “Side Show,” which is scheduled for a six-week run, is based on the lives of conjoined twins Daisy and Violet Hilton, who advance from a circus act to vaudeville headliners in the 1930s. Bill Russell wrote the book and lyrics; Henry Krieger wrote the music . The original Broadway production starred Alice Ripley ("Next to Normal")
ENTERTAINMENT
November 16, 2013 | By Gina McIntyre
SAN DIEGO - Strands of Christmas lights bathed the La Jolla Playhouse stage in a warm golden glow as singing, dancing sister act Violet and Daisy Hilton prepared to leave behind the companionship of friends. The Lizard Man and the Tattooed Lady, the Dog-Faced Boy and the Geek surrounded the conjoined twins in a show of support for the young women who were attempting to break out of the traveling circus to take a shot at real 1930s fame: vaudeville. It was the final day of rehearsals, and costumes still needed to be hemmed and musical arrangements tweaked.
ENTERTAINMENT
November 16, 2013 | By Gina McIntyre
SAN DIEGO - Strands of Christmas lights bathed the La Jolla Playhouse stage in a warm golden glow as singing, dancing sister act Violet and Daisy Hilton prepared to leave behind the companionship of friends. The Lizard Man and the Tattooed Lady, the Dog-Faced Boy and the Geek surrounded the conjoined twins in a show of support for the young women who were attempting to break out of the traveling circus to take a shot at real 1930s fame: vaudeville. It was the final day of rehearsals, and costumes still needed to be hemmed and musical arrangements tweaked.
ENTERTAINMENT
November 19, 2013 | By Charles McNulty, Los Angeles Times Theater Critic
- When "Side Show" first appeared on Broadway in 1997, the critics had plenty of nice things to say but audiences weren't rushing out in droves to see a musical about conjoined twins. The show closed after 91 performances. But this musical by Bill Russell (book and lyrics) and "Dreamgirls" composer Henry Krieger (music) has been haunted by its unrealized potential. A cult favorite that many musical theater aficionados feel deserves another crack at the big time, the show has just gotten a major overhaul at La Jolla Playhouse in a co-production with the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts.
ENTERTAINMENT
November 19, 1998 | T.H. McCULLOH, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Roger Freeman's "The God of the Odd," having its world premiere production at Stages in Anaheim, is itself odd. It's a charming reminder of the gothic curiosities that popped up on page, stage and screen in the '30s and early '40s, from Todd Browning's "Freaks" to William Lindsay Gresham's "Nightmare Alley." It takes place today in a carnival side show run by slimy Cranston Dollarhide--its indicative character names are another nod to the past.
ENTERTAINMENT
November 27, 2000 | DON SHIRLEY, TIMES THEATER WRITER
Did you hear the one about the ugly duckling? You will, if you see "Everything's Ducky," a very loose musical adaptation of Hans Christian Andersen's story at La Mirada Theatre. It's a bright, boisterous combination of jokes, shtick, ingeniously cartoonish design, digs at contemporary culture, a few excellent musical comedy songs . . . and a convoluted narrative that's a little too fuzzy around the edges.
FOOD
May 20, 1993 | ABBY MANDEL
When you're cooking for a crowd, there is almost always one dish that takes a lot of last-minute attention. With the arrival of barbecue season, you need as many low-maintenance dishes as possible. Grilled food may seem simple, but anyone who has ever burned a burger knows it takes a lot of tending. That's where these recipes come in. While we tend to think of casseroles as heavy winter food, these are relatively light and delicately flavored.
ENTERTAINMENT
October 31, 1992 | MIKE BOEHM, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Times readers browsing through concert schedules in advertisements for the Coach House and Rhythm Cafe in the Oct. 29-Nov. 4 edition of OC LIVE! might conclude that the Jim Rose Circus Side Show has a truly surprising trick up its sleeve: playing two competing Orange County clubs on the same night. Although ads for both the Coach House in San Juan Capistrano and the Rhythm Cafe in Santa Ana list the raunchy freak show as their Nov.
SPORTS
November 15, 2013 | Broderick Turner
Free-agent forward Lamar Odom was at the Clippers' practice facility on Friday afternoon, said NBA executives who were not authorized to speak publicly on the matter. No deal was imminent between Odom and the Clippers, the executives said, but there is interest on both sides if Odom has gotten his personal life in order. Odom didn't work out for the team, the executives said. Odom talked with Clippers Coach Doc Rivers and some of his former teammates after the team's practice, the executives said.
ENTERTAINMENT
August 2, 2013 | By Deborah Vankin
The previously announced La Jolla Playhouse-Kennedy Center production of the 1997 musical "Side Show" will open in La Jolla on Nov. 5 in a reimagined form that will be directed by screenwriter and director Bill Condon ("Dreamgirls"). “Side Show,” which is scheduled for a six-week run, is based on the lives of conjoined twins Daisy and Violet Hilton, who advance from a circus act to vaudeville headliners in the 1930s. Bill Russell wrote the book and lyrics; Henry Krieger wrote the music . The original Broadway production starred Alice Ripley ("Next to Normal")
NATIONAL
September 14, 2012 | By Bridget Doyle, Jennifer Delgado and Joel Hood
Chicago Tribune CHICAGO - Teachers and school officials negotiated late into the night Thursday after beginning the day optimistic that Chicago schools could reopen Monday. Before talks began on the fourth day of the teachers strike in the nation's third-largest district, Chicago Teachers Union President Karen Lewis rated her confidence "a 9" on a scale of 1 to 10. Her words buoyed teachers, but optimism was tempered with caution. "We're most optimistic that the union leadership will make sure our demands are met," said Michelle Gunderson, a fourth-grade teacher.
ENTERTAINMENT
June 13, 2012 | By David Ng
Bill Condon hit the Hollywood jackpot when he was hired to direct the final two installments of the "Twilight" franchise. Following his sojourn into teen-vampire territory -- the final installment opens in November -- Condon will head for the stage to direct a revival production of "Side Show" debuting at the La Jolla Playhouse next year. "Side Show" -- a musical about the real-life conjoined twins Violet and Daisy Hilton -- is set to open at the La Jolla Playhouse in the fall of 2013 and will then transfer to the Kennedy Center in Washington in June 2014.
SPORTS
July 6, 2011 | By Bill Shaikin
Dodgers owner Frank McCourt is not entitled to a wide range of Major League Baseball documents that would enable him to turn a bankruptcy court hearing into "a multi-ringed side show of mini-trials on his personal disputes" with the league, attorneys for MLB argued in a court filing Wednesday. The league also alleged in the court filing that McCourt tried to take $20 million out of the Dodgers in late April, amid the team's payroll crisis. The league previously has cited divorce court filings that show McCourt and his ex-wife, Jamie, used more than $100 million of team revenues for personal purposes.
TRAVEL
August 22, 2010 | Chris Erskine
Grumpy, glorious Paris — where does a first-timer start? Well, I'm here to tell you that they mold a nice cornice, these people, and perform near-miracles with duck fat. Every block has an open-air cafe, chairs facing the street where young women in cotton dresses ride by on bikes, like beautiful little parachutes. If you enjoy such things, you'll probably love Paris. The museums? Worth a look. But honestly, I couldn't get out of the Louvre fast enough. It was so packed that the only way to get to the Venus de Milo was to crowd surf across the heads and Nikons of a thousand tourists.
ENTERTAINMENT
May 27, 2001 | DON SHIRLEY, Don Shirley is The Times' theater writer
Colony Theatre Company in Burbank will present the local premiere of "Side Show," the 1997 Broadway musical about a pair of Siamese twins, in the slot that had previously been allocated to "Into the Woods," Feb. 2 through March 24.
SPORTS
January 26, 1986 | DEREK RASER, Times Staff Writer
It was possibly the only time in Jeff Fisher's career as a punt-return specialist for the Chicago Bears that he left a football field untouched. "We had a press conference today," said Fisher from his New Orleans hotel Friday. "There were about 3,000 reporters. They had us all out on the field, lined up at tables by position. The quarterbacks were on the 50-yard line, the running backs were on the 40-yard line. . . . The media came over and started interviewing players.
NEWS
September 14, 2006 | Matea Gold, Times Staff Writer
Sitting behind a gleaming new white desk, scores of "Today" fans waving through the windows behind her, Meredith Vieira looked positively giddy Wednesday as she started her first day on the job. The new co-anchor of NBC's top-rated morning show drummed her fingers on the desk and giggled nervously as Matt Lauer welcomed her "to our family and to our team." "I feel like it's the first day of school and I'm sitting next to the cutest guy, you know?" she gushed, clasping his hands with hers.
NATIONAL
July 4, 2006 | Ellen Barry, Times Staff Writer
Insectavora was running late, but the rest of the freaks, wonders and human curiosities took their seats on the bleachers at the Coney Island Circus Sideshow. Dick Zigun, known by many as "the mayor of Coney Island," stood in front of the Chinese execution box and assumed a tone of grave sincerity. Every year, as July 4 approaches, he gives the same preparatory speech to his cast: Do not mistake Coney Island for a totally domesticated place.
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