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June 25, 2005 | Don Shirley
Pasadena Playhouse would be the pre-Broadway home of a new musical based on the movie "Sister Act" in the fall of 2006, if enough money is raised for the project, said Sheldon Epps, the playhouse's artistic director. The musical is slated to be co-produced and staged by Peter Schneider, the former Disney animation and theatricals president who last year staged "Grand Hotel" at the Colony Theatre in Burbank.
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November 5, 2006 | John Horn, Times Staff Writer
THE song was called "A Great Big Buncha Happy!" but none of the authors of "Sister Act: The Musical" seemed terribly cheerful. For a year and a half, the new musical's composer, lyricist, director and two writers had toiled to transform the 1992 Whoopi Goldberg comedy into a production worthy of Broadway.
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November 5, 2006 | John Horn, Times Staff Writer
THE song was called "A Great Big Buncha Happy!" but none of the authors of "Sister Act: The Musical" seemed terribly cheerful. For a year and a half, the new musical's composer, lyricist, director and two writers had toiled to transform the 1992 Whoopi Goldberg comedy into a production worthy of Broadway.
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June 25, 2005 | Don Shirley
Pasadena Playhouse would be the pre-Broadway home of a new musical based on the movie "Sister Act" in the fall of 2006, if enough money is raised for the project, said Sheldon Epps, the playhouse's artistic director. The musical is slated to be co-produced and staged by Peter Schneider, the former Disney animation and theatricals president who last year staged "Grand Hotel" at the Colony Theatre in Burbank.
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November 2, 2006
"Sister Act: the Musical," about a Philadelphia lounge singer who hides from her mobster boyfriend in a down on its luck convent, gives the 1992 movie a disco spin in its world premiere stage outing. Dawnn Lewis plays fugitive Deloris Van Cartier, and Elizabeth Ward Land is the convent's scandalized mother superior. Peter Schneider directs; Alan Menken ("Beauty and the Beast," "Little Shop of Horrors") wrote the music, with lyrics by Glenn Slater.
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July 17, 2007 | Mike Boehm
Citing the Pasadena Playhouse's strides in diversifying its audience without compromising quality or sacrificing box office success, the James Irvine Foundation on Monday named playhouse artistic director Sheldon Epps as a winner of one of its 2007 Leadership Awards. The $125,000 award recognizes California nonprofit leaders who are "successfully tackling pressing state issues that many considered intractable."
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November 6, 2006 | Charles McNulty, Times Staff Writer
HOLD off on the novenas for "Sister Act: The Musical." The show, which opened Friday at the Pasadena Playhouse, has Broadway blockbuster written all over it. But it's going to need a little divine intervention if it's to become more than just another generically manufactured hit. The whole project has an air of inevitability to it. Putting aside the clumsy lip-synching of its star, the 1992 Whoopi Goldberg movie most vividly came to life during the musical numbers.
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November 6, 2006 | By Charles McNulty, Los Angeles Times Staff Writer
HOLD off on the novenas for "Sister Act: The Musical. " The show, which opened Friday at the Pasadena Playhouse, has Broadway blockbuster written all over it. But it's going to need a little divine intervention if it's to become more than just another generically manufactured hit. The whole project has an air of inevitability to it. Putting aside the clumsy lip-synching of its star, the 1992 Whoopi Goldberg movie most vividly came to life during...
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June 8, 2011 | By Patrick Pacheco, Special to the Los Angeles Times
— In 1994, Stephen Sondheim's "Passion" beat Disney's Broadway musical version of "Beauty and the Beast," its closest competitor, in the race for the best musical Tony Award. "Beauty and the Beast" collected only one trophy — for best costumes. But in the days after the award telecast, Disney's Broadway musical brought in a record-breaking $1.6 million in sales while "Passion" managed a fraction of that and closed six months later. "It just goes to show you what a best costume Tony can do for you," one insider quipped.
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February 18, 2007 | Jan Breslauer, Special to The Times
ON a recent episode of ABC's "Brothers & Sisters," the siblings of a large, close-knit Los Angeles family must lure their mother out of the house before her surprise birthday party. The ruse they employ is to have one of the daughters take her to a matinee of "Wicked." Apparently, or so the plot went, the lawyer-brother used to date one of the flying monkeys in the show. At the least, that suggests that "Wicked" must have been playing in L.A.
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