| Sep 2, 2008
"Once on This Island," a tale of love and redemption in the Caribbean, marks a new beginning for L.A.'s leading presenter of old musicals.
"Island," which opens Wednesday at UCLA's Freud Playhouse, is the first show of Reprise Theatre Company's first...
| Apr 20, 2008
"Most of what follows is true."
That's the opening of "Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid," the 1969 movie about two bandits born as the sun was setting over the mesas and buttes of the old Wild West.
Morally ambiguous, the movie struck a chord with...
| Sep 23, 2007
With apologizes to Jackie DeShannon, Burt Bacharach and Hal David, what the world needs now is not love, sweet love. It needs buyers, sweet buyers. At least the housing world does.
There are plenty of homes for sale, a record number nationally and...
| Jan 19, 2008
Song Man: A Melodic Adventure, or, My Single-Minded Approach to Songwriting
By Will Hodgkinson
Da Capo, 290 pages, $16.95 paper
'Stay uncommercial. There's a lot of money in it," said Jerome Kern, who did OK by himself when he added "Ol' Man River,"...
| Aug 27, 2009
Ellie Greenwich, the New York songwriter behind a string of 1960s hits that gave effervescent voice to unbridled teen romance including "Da Doo Ron Ron," "Chapel of Love" and "Be My Baby," many of them in collaboration with producer Phil Spector, died...
| Mar 30, 2009
| 11:27 AM
TÊTE-à-TÊTE: Who programs Air Force One? Why, L.A.s own Tena Clark
She's a rarity in the music industry. Tena Clark has written and produced hits for the likes of Patti LaBelle, LeAnn Rimes, Dionne Warwick and Aretha Franklin; composed music for...