| Mar 1, 2013
| 2:39 PM
Costa Mesa High School's drama students will soon lift the curtain on a musical that revels in the backstage drama of beauty pageants, and on Thursday they researched the real thing.
Angela Perez-Baraquio, who Miss America 2001 and the first Asian...
| 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-...
| Jan 19, 2012
| 9:12 PM
Having enjoyed feline companionship for the past two decades, I always get a kick out of Andrew Lloyd Webber's megahit musical "Cats" each time it stops by the Segerstrom Center for the Arts.
It's back again — for the eighth time, albeit for an...
| Jan 26, 2012
| 8:46 PM
At age 9, I watched with wide eyes as"American Idol"debuted on national television in 2002.
I never imagined that 10 years later I would receive my very own golden ticket to Hollywood.
After my debut appearance in the Season 11 premiere, which showed...
| Sep 25, 2012
| 10:33 PM
Lee Childress, a fixture of the arts community who nurtured generations of high school students, died Friday at Mission Hospital in Mission Viejo, near her home in Laguna Woods. She was 95.
Remembered as warm, giving and "a bit of a diva," Childress co-...
| May 17, 2012
| 8:16 PM
"It's not over 'till you're underground
It's not over before it's too late
This city's burnin'
It's not my burden
It's not over before it's too late"
— Green Day, "Letterbomb"
Punk band Green Day skyrocketed to fame in the 1990s, but is...
| May 24, 2012
| 9:23 PM
3-D Theatricals' production of "A Chorus Line" celebrates the unsung heroes of the ensemble by breathing new life into a singular sensation that transcends time.
The show is playing through Sunday at Fullerton's Plummer Auditorium.
"A Chorus Line" was...
| May 31, 2012
| 7:47 PM
If Broadway shows were rated in terms of volume alone, Green Day's "American Idiot," now on stage at the Segerstrom Center for the Arts, would win every Tony award in sight.
Strident, confrontational and ear-splittingly raucous, this story of three young...
| Jun 7, 2012
| 7:28 PM
This Sunday, there will be a concert in Newport Beach with the Montage Civic Orchestra that includes a performance of Mahler's Third Symphony.
The 8 p.m. show at St. Andrew's Presbyterian Church also features two community ensembles: the All-American...
| Jun 7, 2012
| 7:21 PM
Shawna Hamic "dreamed a dream in time gone by," but unlike the destitute young mother Fantine who sings those words each night in the new Broadway tour of"Les Miserables,"Hamic has lived to see hers realized at a very young age.
Hamic, who plays the...
| Jun 7, 2012
| 7:27 PM
The popularity of musical theater in the middle part of the past century brought with it a few gentle spoofs of the genre — "Little Mary Sunshine" and "Dames at Sea" among the most notable.
The satirical art also flowered in England, where...
| Jul 3, 2012
| 2:34 PM
The Costa Mesa Playhouse explores sexuality, creativity and what it means to find one's "other half" in its latest production, "Hedwig and the Angry Inch."
In the cult musical style of "The Rocky Horror Picture Show," "Hedwig and the Angry Inch"...