| Jan 28, 2015
| 5:45 PM
Elementary school performers focused on their stage direction while belting out the words to "Ev'rybody Wants to be a Cat" on Tuesday as part of a new theater program sparked by a $100,000 grant.
A widespread decline in theater education among...
| Jan 22, 2015
| 2:27 PM
The director listened to the six women rehearse a song on the stage at the No Square Theatre and buried his face in his hands.
"I'm hearing pretty singing that's lacking testosterone," said director Joe Lauderdale, who sits on the Laguna Beach theater's...
| Dec 26, 2014
Kyle Taylor Parker's confidence is rising to new heights.
The performer is stepping into sturdy stilettos to star as Lola in the Tony-winning musical "Kinky Boots" at Segerstrom Center for the Arts from Dec. 30 to Jan. 11.
Parker, who has been in...
| Dec 22, 2014
| 1:26 PM
As the clock nears midnight on Dec. 31, Orange County residents have plenty of options to make the countdown to 2015 fun.
Tickets are on sale for XL NYE, a block party at the Triangle in Costa Mesa. The event, hosted by Newport Beach-based Identity...
| Aug 15, 2014
In portraying a Czech pixie pianist in the Broadway musical "Once," Dani de Waal has a hard task: playing piano onstage.
She has played the instrument for years but never in front of a live audience. Though she found the element particularly...
| Mar 10, 2014
| 2:27 PM
I'm a longtime fan of American musical theater.
Several weeks ago, I eschewed watching the Olympics to view an antiquated Broadway chestnut on television: Meredith Willson's "The Music Man." It's been a favorite of mine for decades.
| Jun 19, 2014
| 6:17 PM
As "Jersey Boys" prepares to return to the Segerstrom Center for the Arts next week, Terry Dwyer remembers the moment he got an endorsement from the most famous Jersey Boy of all.
Ten years ago, the musical about the rise and tumultuous career of the...
| Jun 22, 2013
| 12:32 PM
Lily Tomlin's stint in mime lasted all of three weeks.
It stands to reason — she likes words too much.
"With your words, you are trying to impact the audience and make them feel all kinds of things," said Tomlin, 73, who tried miming when she...
| Feb 13, 2013
| 3:07 PM
They've explored the world of history ("Ragtime") and fantasy ("Seussical"), but the creative team of Lynn Ahrens and Stephen Flaherty earlier elected to tackle two other genres — mystery and farce — in their offbeat musical comedy "Lucky...
| Feb 14, 2013
| 4:35 PM
Napoleon Gladney is no stranger to wearing several hats.
A tree, emotions, the wind, a prince, a vampire, and even music notes — these are just a few roles that the Los Angeles-based professional dancer has enacted.
Now, as part of the...
| Mar 6, 2013
| 4:22 PM
In those hectic days, hours and minutes before opening night, it's time to "either laugh or cry."
So says Pauline Maranian, director of Estancia High School's upcoming musical theater production of "Guys & Dolls," which opens Thursday for a three-...
| Aug 6, 2013
| 10:06 PM
The Costa Mesa City Council unanimously approved an engineering design contract Tuesday night that will look into traffic mitigation measures for East 19th Street.
The $93,995 agreement with CivilSource, an Irvine-based civil engineering firm, will...