| Jul 19, 2012
| 8:30 PM
Musical theater connoisseurs who had hoped to see "Stephen Sondheim: In Conversation" last October filled the Renée and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall in Costa Mesa on July 13 for the rescheduled event.
Previously, the legendary Broadway composer and...
| Aug 10, 2012
| 6:57 PM
For all of us who enjoy the summer concerts of the Pasadena Pops, the news Tuesday of the death of Marvin Hamlisch, its music director and conductor, was stunning. Even though it was apparent at his first two concerts this season that Hamlisch was not...
| Aug 18, 2012
| 5:35 PM
Shakespeare, Molière, musical romps, contemporary classics, comedies of all Jordi Galcerán's descriptions, cutting-edge new work — theater in Southern California is varied, plentiful and far-flung, from the Old Globe Theatre in San Diego and...
| Aug 21, 2012
| 7:30 AM
Apparently confronted by a plethora of riches in the past season of Chicago theater, the Joseph Jefferson Awards Committee offered up not the traditional four or five nominees one finds at the Tony Awards, for instance, but a bevy of nominees for its...
| Feb 21, 2013
| 12:59 PM
Al Jolson can still pack them in the theater, 86 years after ushering in "the talkies" and 63 years after his death.
At least that's the idea with the tribute by The Broward County Film Society (also called FLiFF) to the man billed as "The World’s...
| Feb 7, 2013
| 9:17 AM
Cole Porter died nearly half a century ago – in 1964 at age 73 – yet his songs remain as ubiquitous today as they were then.
Which helps explain why one of Chicago's top cabaret singers, Joan Curto, this week is launching an evening-length...
| Jan 25, 2013
| 9:08 PM
The Winter Park Playhouse has made musical-revue tributes rather a specialty of late with shows honoring Fred Astaire, Cole Porter and Irving Berlin. Its most recent honoree is crooner Frank Sinatra, whose music is celebrated in "My Way."
With this type...
| Jan 15, 2013
| 3:05 PM
Out on the dance floor, young couples are throwing off dance steps right out of the Roaring Twenties: the Charleston, the fox trot, the shimmy.
Just inches away, up on the bandstand, youthful musicians you'd sooner expect to find covering Radiohead or...
| Dec 30, 2012
| 12:10 PM
Sir Richard Rodney Bennett, a prolific British composer, arranger and pianist whose film scores were nominated three times for Academy Awards, has died in New York City. He was 76.
Bennett died Dec. 24 after a brief illness, his publisher Novello & Co...
| Nov 21, 2012
| 8:08 PM
ALISO VIEJO — There was likely only one big traffic jam in this town Sunday, and it happened to be for a rush to hear the music.
Cars were backed up along Wood Canyon Drive in the minutes before the Pacific Symphony's first-ever "Sundays at Soka"...
| Nov 23, 2012
| 7:52 AM
I'm pretty sure we can account for three of the best-male-actor nominees when the Academy Awards lists come out on Jan. 10.
I've just seen a trio of excellent performances: Denzel Washington in "Flight," Daniel Day-Lewis in "Lincoln" and John Hawkes in...
| Nov 23, 2012
| 1:05 AM
The shape of a lamp once was determined by its power source. A candle required a holder that kept the candle upright, caught drippings and was not damaged if the candle burned too low. Most early candlesticks were made of metal, and many had drip pans and...