| Jun 19, 2013
| 4:36 PM
When Boz Scaggs was a boy, Memphis meant a few simple things: a visit to his grandmother's house, his father's family history, that catchy Chuck Berry tune that sometimes came on the radio.
Years later, as he honed his musical tastes, the "Lowdown"...
| Jun 22, 2013
| 3:20 PM
Nearly half a century ago, Frank W. Abagnale Jr. became one of the world's most skilled impostors, using charm and false paperwork to weasel his way into prestigious careers.
Starting Tuesday at the Segerstrom Center for the Arts, attendees at the...
| Jun 26, 2013
| 4:27 PM
Editor's note: The 1968 Newport Pop Festival didn't go over very well with many Costa Mesa residents — nor with Los Angeles Times critic Digby Diehl, who wrote the following review. Eric Burdon and the Animals will be among the performers this...
| Feb 7, 2013
| 8:32 PM
They came with music in their hearts and lyrics on their lips.
An audition pool of nearly 50 hopefuls from across Orange and Los Angeles counties and the Inland Empire has now been whittled to four.
The finalists of the Pacific Symphony production "OC...
| Feb 13, 2013
| 3:07 PM
They've explored the world of history ("Ragtime") and fantasy ("Seussical"), but the creative team of Lynn Ahrens and Stephen Flaherty earlier elected to tackle two other genres — mystery and farce — in their offbeat musical comedy "Lucky...
| Feb 14, 2013
| 4:35 PM
Napoleon Gladney is no stranger to wearing several hats.
A tree, emotions, the wind, a prince, a vampire, and even music notes — these are just a few roles that the Los Angeles-based professional dancer has enacted.
Now, as part of the...
| 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 9, 2014
| 5:23 PM
Twenty years ago, an experimental show by a team with minimal Broadway experience made the trek to New York after a trial run in Houston.
Pundits expressed doubt about whether the risk would pay off, and when the show finally opened, it got a drubbing...
| Aug 1, 2013
| 8:55 AM
The exercise wasn't on the schedule, but Bill Brawley had learned to read the eyes of kids and improvise when the moment required it.
Monday morning in a rehearsal room at the Renee and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall, 40 young vocalists were working on...
| Aug 1, 2013
| 2:31 PM
Jocelyn Cartwright has no desire to be onstage.
She's too shy to be comfortable under a spotlight. Plus, there's the question of training.
The Montello, Wisc., resident doesn't need to be on the front line hearing applause, though. As head of wardrobe...
| Aug 6, 2013
| 3:53 PM
Life on the road has been a hotbed of adventures for the Wanted.
Waking up in different time zones, digging through suitcases, eating potatoes for breakfast, squabbling and leaving smelly socks lying around have all contributed to the rapport shared...