| 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...
| Jul 2, 2012
| 8:24 PM
I love Independence Day.
And what better way to wax nostalgic about the holiday than read — or better yet, view — American playwright Eugene O'Neill's classic work, "Ah, Wilderness."
To me, the play reflects the essence of the Fourth of...
| Jan 30, 2012
| 7:57 PM
In celebration of Groundhog Day, the Environmental Nature Center, 1601 16th St., Newport Beach, presents "Little Songbirds: The Groundhog's Forecast," a program led by Beth Syverson, artistic director of Con Brio Studios,...
| 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...
| Mar 1, 2012
| 8:43 PM
Sixty-three years ago, Donald McKayle had no idea that he would wind up in dance.
All that the kid from East Harlem needed was a spark to ignite a passion in him, which would enable McKayle to establish an ongoing legacy for years to come.
| 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...
| Sep 8, 2011
| 10:46 PM
"Writing" seems an inadequate word to describe what Stephen Sondheim has done, yet it is the breadth, impact and influence of his writing that have won him the 2011 Chicago Tribune Literary Prize for lifetime achievement.
The 81-year-old composer and...
| Apr 12, 2012
| 8:49 PM
Oldies frequently can be goodies.
"The Pajama Game," for instance, won a Tony as Broadway's best musical in 1954 and was revived in 2006, winning another Tony for best revival.
It hasn't been seen much locally, but Vanguard University has resurrected...