| Dec 14, 2012
| 11:32 AM
"Cabaret," the title number from Liza Minnelli's greatest screen musical, is a fight song as much as a showstopper. Midway through its celebration of a carefree life, the lyrics describe a girlfriend of the narrator who died of "too much pills and liquor,...
| Nov 29, 2012
| 9:36 AM
When Madeleine Barker's fellow cast members handed her the Oscar in the Claire Trevor Theatre, she felt excited for herself and a little sad for Judy Garland.
Barker, who plays Garland in UC Irvine's upcoming musical "Tinseltown Christmas," had been...
| Dec 11, 2012
| 9:13 PM
It's a label Liza Minnelli cherishes, and one she's never fully understood.
"Gay icon." Ask her to explain it, and she'll come up empty.
On Google, Minnelli's name alongside that two-word phrase cues up 117,000 results. When she performed back east...
| Oct 10, 2012
| 1:13 PM
Mario Cantone brings his comedy act – a twisted romp through pop culture and song parody – to Hard Rock Live at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Hollywood Thursday, Oct. 11 night at 8.
The star of the Tony-nominated one-man show...
| Jul 9, 2011
Former First Lady Betty Ford, who captivated the nation with her unabashed candor and forthright discussion of her personal battles with breast cancer, prescription drug addiction and alcoholism, has died. She was 93.
Ford died Friday at the Eisenhower...
| Aug 8, 2012
When Marvin Hamlisch auditioned for the Juilliard School of Music, he played not Chopin or Mozart but the American folk standard "Goodnight, Irene," a choice that could have had lamentable results for any other prospective student.
But Hamlisch quickly...
| Jan 31, 2012
| 5:34 AM
George C. White, founder and former executive director of the Eugene O’Neill Theater Center in Waterford called it a “family affair.”
Repeated references to the theater community as “family” and “home” marked the...
| Nov 23, 2011
Playwright wrote 'A Taste of Honey'
Playwright Shelagh Delaney, 71, best known for her 1958 play "A Taste of Honey," died of cancer Sunday at her daughter's home in England, said her agent, Jane Villiers.
Born Nov. 25, 1939, in England,...
| Feb 16, 2012
Although she was an Oscar-nominated songwriter, Dory Previn was better known for ballads that spoke to wounded souls. A gifted lyricist, she mined her traumatic childhood and later mental illness to write confessional songs that found an audience —...
| Apr 29, 2012
VIENNA — The Hotel Sacher will never be mistaken for a hip hotel. The elaborate gilt trim in public rooms, the old-school celebrity photos that adorn the walls and the tourists in line to sample Sacher torte — all evidence that guests are...
| Apr 6, 2011
| 10:00 PM
*** (out of four)
Entitled, alcoholic mega-millionaire Arthur (Russell Brand) may entertain himself by crashing the Batmobile and sparring with Evander Holyfield, but he’s got principles when it comes to love. That leaves Arthur trapped between...
| Jul 17, 2011
Some babies have all the luck. The recent birth of Skyler Morrison Berman, for example, inspired a series of baby gifts that could have been lifted from the pages of Vogue: a custom-made sweater the size of a tea cozy from Angela Missoni, a child-size...