August 19, 2013 |
Lee Meriwether never had any intention of becoming a beauty queen. But thanks to a fraternity at the City College of San Francisco, she became not only Miss San Francisco, but later Miss California and finally Miss America in 1955. Meriwether was a sorority sister and a radio and TV/theater arts major at the college when she learned she'd been nominated to be a contestant in the Miss San Francisco beauty pageant. The nomination had been anonymous; it took Meriwether seven years to learn it was the African American fraternity that had suggested her for the beauty pageant.
May 28, 2013 |
“What else is there for a woman but l'amour ?” wistfully muses a character in Clare Boothe Luce's “The Women,” in a good-humored revival at Theatre West. “Well, there's a little corn whiskey left,” retorts another. Luce's waspish dialogue, which relentlessly punctures the self-delusions of her delightfully and variously odious women, may account for the perpetual popularity of her 1936 play (and the 1939 George Cukor film based on it, which stars a Who's Who of 1930s actresses: Joan Crawford, Norma Shearer, Paulette Goddard - you name her, she's in it)
November 12, 2012 |
Southern California's biggest theater company was the biggest winner at the 2012 Ovation Awards, which were handed out Monday evening at a ceremony at the Los Angeles Theatre in downtown. Center Theatre Group scooped 13 trophies for its productions of "Waiting for Godot," "The Convert" and "War Horse. " The company also received the evening's biggest honor as having the best season. The Ovations, organized by the L.A. Stage Alliance, honor excellence in stage productions throughout the L.A. area.
September 10, 2012 |
Beau Bridges will receive a lifetime achievement award from Theatre West at its 50th anniversary gala celebration this week in Hollywood. Bridges will receive the inaugural Betty Garrett Lifetime Achievement Award on Thursday at the Taglyan Cultural Complex. The actor is expected to receive tributes from his "Norma Rae" costar Sally Field and from TV producer Norman Lear. The award is named after the late actress who helped to found the theater company. Bridges appeared in a number of Theatre West productions, including 2010's "Acting -- The First Six Lessons," in which he costarred alongside his daughter, Emily.
November 22, 2009
Kids' Stuff Compiled by Jason Gelt Dr. Seuss' How the Grinch Stole Christmas! The L.A. premiere of the hit holiday musical fable stars John Larroquette as Old Max and Stefan Karl as the Grinch. See www.ticketmaster.com for schedule exceptions. Pantages Theatre, 6233 Hollywood Blvd., Hollywood. Today, 11 a.m., 2 and 5 p.m.; Tue.-Wed., 7:30 p.m.; Fri., 2, 5 and 8 p.m.; Sat., 11 a.m., 2, 5 and 8 p.m.; next Sun., 11 a.m., 2 p.m. $23-$90. (323) 468-1770. (213) 480-3232.
October 11, 2009
'Cinderella' ballet: A dance listing last Sunday incorrectly said that "Cinderella -- A Rock 'n' Romance Ballet" is being produced at Theatre West. It is being staged at El Portal Theatre, 5269 Lankershim Blvd., in North Hollywood; (818) 508-4200.