July 25, 2003 |
"Camp" wears its heart on its sleeve and every other available surface. A fresh-air "Fame" about a summer camp for talented teenagers who are hooked on musical theater, it plugs into the energy, skill and unapologetic joy of its young performers and doesn't look back. As written and directed by Todd Graff, "Camp" has a good deal of the appeal, and the drawbacks, of a high school play.
January 4, 2007
Young teenagers in Indiana cope with budding adolescent angst and middle school survival -- especially one newcomer who's trying to figure out a way to get all the cool kids to come to his bar mitzvah -- in "13," a world premiere musical comedy by Jason Robert Brown and Dan Elish, directed by Todd Graff. The cast and band are made up entirely of young teens. "13," Mark Taper Forum, 135 N. Grand Ave., L.A. Opens 2:30 p.m. Sunday (no evening performance). $55 and $65. (213) 628-2772; www.
November 22, 1992
Ryan Murphy's Film Clips item on "Used People" (Nov. 8) was a sad illustration of word-of-mouth, unresearched reporting. He mentions the channeled entity Lazaris without even getting the name spelled correctly. I have studied the Lazaris material for more than 12 years and found it to be unparalleled in metaphysics. Lazaris is not "a centuries-old entity," as Murphy reports, but a non-physical consciousness that exists outside of time and space--there is no chronology involved.
January 7, 2007 |
AS the all-kid cast prepared for last month's opening of "13," a new musical that follows the attempts of a newcomer to get the "cool kids" to come to his bar mitzvah, there were lots of expectations. "To say I was excited would be an understatement," said Ricky Ashley, 17, who flew out from New York to join the 13-member cast of the play, written by Jason Robert Brown and directed by Todd Graff, at the Mark Taper Forum. "I love high-pressure situations.
May 9, 2003
Casting: The one-time-only performance of "My Fair Lady" at the Hollywood Bowl on Aug. 3 will star John Lithgow as Professor Henry Higgins, Melissa Errico as Eliza Doolittle and, as Eliza's hard-drinking dad, Roger Daltrey, lead singer of the Who. * Film fest: Lions Gate Films' "The Cooler," starring William H.
June 23, 2003 |
The ninth edition of the IFP/Los Angeles Film Festival ended Saturday with an awards luncheon and a closing-night gala featuring "Camp," Todd Graff's ode to a summer camp for the performing arts. Paxton Winters received the Target Filmmaker award for best narrative feature, which carries an unrestricted cash prize of $50,000, for "Crude," a satire about two U.S. backpackers making their way through Europe and getting into trouble in Turkey.