| Jun 23, 2011
| 6:42 PM
Stretching stories around a number of already established songs from a single source isn't a particularly new approach. Over 50 years ago, Hollywood produced the Oscar-winning "An American in Paris" with all-George Gershwin music and created an enduring...
| Jun 25, 2011
| 5:07 PM
IRVINE — They've sold out two concerts in Europe. But that was probably the easiest part.
Now they've got to pack their suitcases and polish their instruments — not to mention print out those boarding passes to fly to the shows.
| Jul 7, 2011
| 8:13 PM
A supercalifragilisticexpialidocious Broadway show is about to open in Costa Mesa.
The beloved 1964 Disney film "Mary Poppins" has been remade into a wildly successful musical, and features all of the same characters: disobedient Jane and Michael Banks;...
| Jul 22, 2011
| 11:27 PM
COSTA MESA — James Zillman had every right to dance in the afternoon heat Friday at the Costa Mesa Tennis Center.
He had just won back-to-back tournament titles for the first time. But Zillman, 15, walked off the court and posed for a photo with...
| Jul 27, 2011
| 8:19 PM
COSTA MESA — Seated at a grand piano, Mary Leist played the oversized instrument as she taught three students the basics of music. They sang and laughed along.
"So a piano starts with a 'C' and ends with a 'C,'" Leist explained to high school...
| Jul 30, 2011
| 10:06 PM
The Speak Up Newport Board of Directors presented the 2011 Dorothy Hardcastle Scholarship Awards to two students at its July meeting.
Corona del Mar High School's Abigail McBean and Newport Harbor High School's Alex Jolly both won the $1,500...
| Aug 25, 2011
| 7:59 PM
The San Francisco Ballet, one of the country's oldest and most esteemed professional ballet companies, will return to the Segerstrom Center for the Arts in September for the first time in three years.
The company will perform Sept. 27 to 28 and Sept....
| Aug 25, 2011
| 8:40 PM
COSTA MESA — Bonnie Hall was there when the cultural ground in Orange County shifted to the rousing sounds of Beethoven's Ninth Symphony.
On opening night, Sept. 29, 1986, the soprano and other members of the Pacific Chorale sang the vocal climax...
| Aug 25, 2011
| 8:41 PM
The Daily Pilot does a decent job of covering fine arts.
I think we can do better.
The newspaper of record in the "City of the Arts" caters to a sophisticated bunch of readers who enjoy everything from the Segerstrom Center to South Coast Repertory....
| Sep 1, 2011
| 8:36 PM
Newport Beach-born actor Kyle Harris wasn't a fan of "West Side Story" while growing up in Orange County, but the musical has since touched his life again and again.
He was selected for the leading role of Tony in the show's touring Broadway production...
| Oct 7, 2011
| 9:55 PM
NEWPORT BEACH — Some see beauty pageants as demeaning to women.
But not Heather Shields, 20. She finds the experience empowering.
"I figured if I could get on stage in front of lots of people in a bathing suit, I could do just about anything," she...
| Oct 8, 2011
| 6:29 PM
IRVINE — In the 1960s when the rock 'n' roll craze was sweeping the nation, 17-year-old Fred Mlakar responded by taking up the accordion and forming a polka band called the Mlakar Brothers.
"In my culture, the accordion was a real macho thing,"...