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Musical Theater

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  • Still jazzing it up at 99

    Still jazzing it up at 99
    Anyone who watched entertainment reels in the 1930s and '40s might know Viola Smith. A musical pioneer, she was one of the first female professional drummers, gaining popularity during World War II. On Friday, her past performances played in black and...
  • Spending a 'White Christmas' in O.C.

    Spending a 'White Christmas' in O.C.
    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...
  • On Theater: 'Plaid,' 'Sons,' 'Godot' top local theater

    Local stage productions on both the community theater and collegiate levels proved impressive during 2011, with an imaginative musical and a pair of modern classic dramas leading the way. At the Costa Mesa Playhouse, the 1950s flavored musical "Forever...
  • Corona del Mar Today: Retiring music teacher honored at holiday assembly

    Harbor View Elementary School's longtime music teacher, Linda Messenger, was honored with a standing ovation at the recent holiday program — her last school-wide musical assembly before she retires in June. "Harbor View has always been proud of our...
  • Mesa Musings: Trusting New Yorkers is a sucker's bet

    "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.,...
  • Classically Trained: Man with the golden baton leads Bond concerts

    As patrons sipped their chilled martinis — shaken, not stirred — fortunes of funny money were won and lost. Red or black, odd or even, all was good fun at the roulette tables set up Thursday night for the Pacific Symphony's "The Music of...
  • Youmans: Heading to Hollywood

    Youmans: Heading to Hollywood
    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...
  • Newport Harbor High raises 'Curtains' on winter musical

    Newport Harbor High School's theater arts department will debut its winter musical "Curtains" at 7 p.m. Thursday in the campus' Robert B. Wentz Theatre in the Norman Loats Performing Arts Center, 600 Irvine Ave. The show is a comedy whodunit put on by...
  • Classically Trained: Gluzman provides spellbinding performance

    Vadim Gluzman kept the audience's attention with all the zeal of someone about to divulge the secrets of the universe. Our sensibilities were rapt by his virtuosity, our eyes transfixed by his technique. It really was that stunning. You just couldn't...
  • Bringing opera to younger audiences

    There are few things as satisfying as seeing the Wicked Witch get what she deserves. An audience of youngsters — in ruffled dresses and clip-on ties — erupted into cheers and laughter Saturday morning during the climatic last acts of the...
  • The Crowd: Bond brings out the music lovers

    The Pacific Symphony's pops series producers billed the evening, "The Music of Bond. James Bond." Led by celebrated guest conductor Carl Davis, the symphony performed theme songs from the movies based on the thrillers Ian Fleming penned as part of a...
  • Love of dance leads to Bert

      Love of dance leads to Bert
    A supercalifragilisticexpialidocious Broadway show is about to open in Costa Mesa. The beloved 1964 Disney film "Mary Poppins" has been remade into a wildly successful musical, and features all of the same characters: disobedient Jane and Michael Banks;...