October 9, 1998 |
Despite a smooth rendering by director David Galligan, "Falsettos" at the St. Genesius demonstrates how quickly a piece of contemporary theater can show its age. Actually a combination of two separate musicals, "Falsettos," with music and lyrics by William Finn, book by Finn and James Lapine, is a 1992 Tony winner (for best score and book) that ran for more than a year on Broadway.
September 12, 2001 |
People say things like, "C'mon, it isn't brain surgery," but some things are brain surgery. Riding high on the success of "Falsettos," in which he amalgamated two of his three "Marvin" musicals, profusely talented composer and lyricist William Finn suffered what was misdiagnosed initially as an inoperable brain tumor. The good news: Finn survived the surgery and then wrote about it.
March 2, 2011 |
William Finn and James Lapine count themselves among the millions of fans of the 2006 movie "Little Miss Sunshine. " But when they decided to adapt the story of the hapless Hoover family ? on the road from their unhappy Albuquerque home to a Redondo Beach junior beauty pageant ? for the musical stage, they had no intention of writing a carbon copy with a few songs thrown in. "What's the point of that?" ask Finn and Lapine ? at the same time. When the world premiere of "Little Miss Sunshine" opens Friday at the La Jolla Playhouse, the audience will see what Lapine calls "a very free adaptation.
July 18, 2004 |
Did the hit documentary "Spellbound" make you want to get up on a stage and spell? Well, theatergoers in western Massachusetts this summer have an opportunity to do that. "25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee," a new musical that opened Thursday at the Barrington Stage Company, casts some audience members alongside six actors playing adolescent contestants in the titular event.
April 7, 1990
I watched the sabotage of Limbaugh in disgust. Apparently satire is supposed to be the exclusive province of the left, to be dished out to the sacred cows of conservatives with glee, but never to be taken in kind. I have enjoyed the right-bashing comedy of the Smothers Brothers, Norman Lear and "Saturday Night Live" over the years, but it is refreshing to finally hear the volley returned--not by some Wally George pinhead but by an articulate wag with an ironic sense of pompous self-parody.
August 30, 2001
* Madonna kicks off the first of four sold-out L.A. shows on Sept. 9 as her "Drowned World" tour arrives at the Staples Center, 1111 S. Figueroa St., L.A. Other dates are Sept. 11, 13 and 14. $45 to $250. (213) 742-7340.* The Fountain Theatre presents Maria Bermudez in "Sonidos Gitanos/Gypsy Flamenco" on Sept. 7, 8 and 9 at the John Anson Ford Amphitheatre, 2580 Cahuenga Blvd. East, Hollywood. $30. (323) 461-3673.