| 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-...
| Jun 21, 2012
| 7:54 PM
The pop music of the 1980s was full of Rock 'n' Roll anthems void of any deep meaning or political activism. Bands like Journey, Foreigner, Bon Jovi and the Scorpions filled arenas with loud but melodic hit songs. Most were about partying too hard, but...
| 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...
| Nov 1, 2012
| 8:43 PM
When it comes to community spirit there is arguably no more dedicated confederation of folks than the ardent and steadfast supporters of Pacific Chorale.
Recently in Newport Beach they came together, as they have done year after year, for an underwriting...
| 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...
| Apr 11, 2013
| 8:44 PM
Broadway luminary Barbara Cook is in for a treat.
During her one-night-only performance at the Renée and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall on Saturday, she will be presented with a birthday card.
Yes, birthday cards are common, but not ones filled with...
| Apr 24, 2013
| 2:28 PM
When Doug Hamilton premiered his film "Broadway Idiot" this year in Austin, Texas, he had a particularly tough crowd to please. Hundreds of hardcore Green Day fans lined up outside the theater on Main Street, waiting to see the 80-minute documentary....
| Feb 10, 2011
| 8:33 PM
A "deaf, dumb and blind" boy who goes on to become a "Pinball Wizard" and an iconic spiritual guru is set to weave his magic in Costa Mesa.
Anaheim's Chance Theater has brought its acclaimed revival of seminal rock opera "The Who's Tommy," to the...
| Feb 15, 2011
| 12:09 PM
It seems that this is the role he was born to play.
For "American Idol" finalist Constantine Maroulis, portraying a would-be rock star has meant critical acclaim, a Tony nomination and … unbearably freezing temperatures.
Hopefully that last...
| Feb 18, 2011
| 6:46 PM
The spring social season will honor two of the region's most philanthropic couples on behalf of very serious causes.
The Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF) challenges concerned citizens to "Imagine a World Without Diabetes." The JDRF "Dream...
| Sep 9, 2010
| 9:08 PM
For Cory English, life's a roll in ze hay.
English has taken his portrayal of Igor of "Young Frankenstein" musical fame from Broadway to the road — and he and the rest of the cast are set to make their debut at the Orange County Performing Arts...