| Aug 15, 2014
In portraying a Czech pixie pianist in the Broadway musical "Once," Dani de Waal has a hard task: playing piano onstage.
She has played the instrument for years but never in front of a live audience. Though she found the element particularly...
| Aug 15, 2014
| 1:10 PM
Elizabeth An rushed past an elevated glass platform, carrying floral arrangements to tables lined in white linen at AnQi Gourmet Bistro & Noodle Bar at South Coast Plaza. The high-end restaurant An operates is known as a venue for fashion shows, charity...
| 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...
| 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...
| 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...
| Aug 27, 2014
| 4:10 PM
Previewing a theater season at Segerstrom Center for the Arts is like walking into a shoe retailer and eyeing a variety of styles created by the best designers.
There is the classic, the vintage and the contemporary.
And red patent-leather high-heel...
| Aug 8, 2013
| 9:05 PM
Opening night is just a day away for South Coast Repertory Summer Players production of "Annie," which plays this weekend and next on the Julie Argyros Stage.
The show stars local youth in grades 5-12 who auditioned for their roles after completing...
| Oct 1, 2013
| 7:10 PM
Costa Mesa made a slim profit from food and alcohol sales at its 60th anniversary celebration this summer, according to documents obtained by the Daily Pilot, but the overall cost of the event remains a mystery.
City officials have declined to provide...
| Oct 8, 2013
| 2:05 PM
Bernadette Peters' skills lie in hygiene — or so an aptitude test indicated when she was 16.
What could she have done with that? she mused.
Become a nurse? A dental hygienist, perhaps?
But theater lovers everywhere owe Peters' mother a debt of...
| Oct 15, 2013
| 10:41 AM
Starring in "Priscilla Queen of the Desert: The Musical" hasn't only given Bre Jackson a stronger vocal range and frequent flier miles.
She's also primed to offer encouragement and advice.
Take, for example, the concertgoer who met her after the...