| Nov 21, 2013
| 8:30 PM
The remarkable transformation of Chapman University from a small-town college of little reputation to a serious university with a growing national pedigree is testament to the vitality and the commitment of the Orange County citizenry. It is also the...
| 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.
| Jan 31, 2014
| 9:11 AM
Welcome to the Year of the Horse. The Lunar New Year debuts Friday. Last week in the O.C., the Consul General of the People's Republic of China in Los Angeles, Ambassador Liu Jian, traveled to Costa Mesa to cut a ribbonand front opening ceremonies for the...
| May 5, 2011
| 8:46 PM
Ever have the feeling that if you just got your boss out of the picture, you could run the company the way it ought to be run?
These ladies did, with a ball-gag and a lot of forged signatures.
The Broadway musical version of "9 to 5" will land at the...
| Dec 8, 2011
| 8:36 PM
Dreaming of a white Christmas in sunny Southern California?
To see snow really fall in Costa Mesa, just buy a ticket for one of the holiday season's hottest tickets: the Broadway musical version of Irving Berlin's "White Christmas" at the Segerstrom...
| Dec 15, 2011
| 9:37 PM
Over his prolific century on this planet, Irving Berlin composed many memorable songs, including the best-selling record in history.
That would be "White Christmas," introduced by Bing Crosby in the 1942 movie "Holiday Inn" and identified with the...
| Jun 21, 2011
"A fool and his money are soon parted," goes the old saw.
Gullible describes me as a 19-year-old U.S. Army private in 1964, stationed just outside of New York City.
On weekends, my buddies and I would take the New Haven Railroad from New Rochelle, N.Y.,...
| Jul 25, 2011
| 8:49 PM
The Segerstrom Center for the Arts has reported a modest rise in attendance and revenue for the 2010-11 season that recently ended. The center in Costa Mesa said the increases were due largely to blockbuster-type shows such as the visiting high-tech...
| Aug 8, 2011
| 12:45 PM
On a sweltering East Coast evening last week I took in a community production of Meredith Wilson's classic 1957 Broadway musical, "Music Man."
The performance was a delight, and brought back many wonderful memories.
I first saw the show in the summer of...
| Aug 10, 2011
| 10:21 AM
Bette Dobrott passed away peacefully on August 2, 2011 at her home in Newport Beach with her husband Jim, children and grandchildren by her side.
Bette was born Bette Porter in Los Angeles, and grew up in the Fairfax district of LA. She...
| 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...
| Sep 1, 2011
| 8:33 PM
"West Side Story" was credited with changing the course of American musical theater when the Sharks and the Jets burst onto Broadway 55 years ago.
A national touring revival of the Broadway hit is coming to Orange County from Tuesday through Sept. 18...