| 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...
| Nov 6, 2014
| 3:47 PM
Sabrina Harper comes off as such a nice and friendly person.
And yet the actress is playing the manipulative Fastrada in the national touring production of "Pippin the Musical" at the Segerstrom Center for the Arts. Fastrada is queen, a scheming wife to...
| Oct 1, 2014
| 1:17 PM
The Costa Mesa Playhouse will be 50 years old in June. I can testify to the authenticity of that observance since I started my 40-year community theater career in that first Costa Mesa production "Send Me No Flowers."
Back then, it was known as the...
| Aug 20, 2014
| 1:35 PM
“Once” is a Broadway musical that dares to be different. Not only dares but demands. Stridently. At the top of its voice.
This multi-award-winning show from 2013, now on stage at the Segerstrom Center for the Arts, goes out of its way to...
| Sep 25, 2013
| 1:04 PM
The Cole Porter musical "Anything Goes" may become an octogenarian next year, but it can kick up its heels with the best of them, as is currently being evidenced at the Segerstrom Center for the Arts.
This vintage piece of artistic fluff, bolstered by...
| Jan 7, 2014
| 5:30 AM
Stage and screen credits abound in Zoe Kazan's family — her parents are the screenwriters Nicholas Kazan and Robin Swicord and her grandfather is the pioneering director Elia Kazan ("A Streetcar Named Desire"). But the 30-year-old actress and...
| Sep 18, 2011
Being artistic director of a major regional stage company means you get to give everyone "notes" — theater lingo for putting in your two cents while a play is being readied. Being Marc Masterson, newly arrived as South Coast Repertory's artistic...
| Nov 30, 2011
| 2:46 PM
An audience from around Orange County and beyond congregated inside a circus tent pitched at the Irvine Barclay Theatre's Cheng Hall for a one-hour extravaganza featuring one man.
Surprisingly, there was never a dull moment.
| Mar 23, 2013
| 2:00 PM
“The Book of Mormon” and “Once,” Broadway musicals that dominated the two most recent Tony Awards, will come to Segerstrom Center for the Arts in Costa Mesa during the three-venue complex’s 2013-14 season.
| May 31, 2012
| 1:05 PM
The Laguna Beach High School production of "Into the Woods" and one of its stars won top honors Sunday at the 42nd annual Childress M.A.C.Y. Awards, held for the first time at Segerstrom Hall in Costa Mesa.
"Into the Woods" was honored with the...
| Nov 20, 2012
| 5:23 PM
One can just imagine Neil Simon, 30 years ago, mulling over possible themes for his next Broadway play, his eyes fixing on a Bible and saying to himself, "Hey, how about the Book of Job? That would be a real knee-slapper."
Thus was begat "God's Favorite,...