| Aug 8, 2014
| 8:11 PM
Peter Pan never grows up — but the musical that bears his name is well into old age.
This year marks the 110th anniversary of the debut of J.M. Barrie's original play and the 60th anniversary of the award-winning Broadway musical.
And at South...
| Sep 11, 2014
| 5:33 PM
"Fred's Dead" may be alive somewhere.
Seth Siegel doesn't have on hand a copy of the script he co-wrote with a pair of Newport Harbor High School classmates in the late 1970s. The show's program eludes him too. He surmises that if he kept digging...
| Apr 30, 2014
| 9:21 PM
When Pauline Maranian brought up "High School Musical" as an option for Estancia High School's annual production, one of her students burst into tears.
Alarmed, the drama teacher rushed to ask what was wrong, only to be reassured that the waterworks...
| Mar 28, 2014
| 2:33 PM
Van Morrison, the famously moody singer-songwriter, once grew annoyed with an interviewer's questions about his craft.
"Nobody asks a bricklayer about laying bricks," he protested. "Why ask me about writing songs? There's no difference."
| Mar 10, 2014
| 2:27 PM
I'm a longtime fan of American musical theater.
Several weeks ago, I eschewed watching the Olympics to view an antiquated Broadway chestnut on television: Meredith Willson's "The Music Man." It's been a favorite of mine for decades.
| Mar 11, 2014
| 9:36 AM
As the seconds pass before Wynton Marsalis picks up the phone in his Portland, Ore., hotel room, the mind sends a decree to the body: Be on guard.
And have the recorder running too, because a few choice quotes are bound to be in the offing. Marsalis,...
| Feb 25, 2014
| 9:34 AM
What if the story of Eva Peron were told by Argentine dancers and musicians performing traditional tangos from Argentina instead of a Broadway score by Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice?
Will Southern California audiences, who apparently never have...
| Jun 26, 2014
| 7:36 PM
Director and screenwriter Dean DeBlois has thoughtfully entertained our children with animated adventures. Among his credits are the Disney hits "Mulan" and "Lilo & Stitch." But his contribution to "How to Train Your Dragon" for DreamWorks in 2010 took...
| Jun 27, 2014
| 4:11 PM
Re. "Commentary: Close the book on `Book of Mormon,'" (June 21): Finally, a review of the "Book of Mormon" that hits the nail on the head.
James P. Gray's commentary in the Daily Pilot was spot-on. I have been amazed at the praise for the "Book of...
| Jun 19, 2014
| 6:17 PM
As "Jersey Boys" prepares to return to the Segerstrom Center for the Arts next week, Terry Dwyer remembers the moment he got an endorsement from the most famous Jersey Boy of all.
Ten years ago, the musical about the rise and tumultuous career of the...
| May 8, 2014
| 1:20 PM
Cody Jamison Strand was agog when he earned a spot in the cast of "The Book of Mormon."
And then, the nerves crept in.
The 24-year-old realized he'd struck comic gold with the role of Elder Arnold Cunningham — whom he describes as happy, over-...
| Jun 13, 2013
| 7:26 PM
A Corona del Mar High School teacher under investigation by police said Thursday that a disgruntled student made false accusations against him.
Drama teacher Ronald Martin, who was placed on leave June 5 pending a police investigation, said he did...