| 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...
| Sep 19, 2013
| 5:48 PM
Now that Rachel York is a parent, the days when anything goes are coming to an end.
The reason? Her daughter, Olivia, has reached preschool age.
York has picked up rave reviews for her portrayal of Reno Sweeney in Roundabout Theatre Company's...
| Jul 15, 2013
| 3:12 PM
It's becoming a banner year for musical theater creators Tom Jones and Harvey Schmidt. First, their signature show "The Fantasticks" was "magically" revived at South Coast Repertory, and now the Laguna Playhouse is turning its spotlight, quite...
| Jul 22, 2013
| 2:00 PM
Twenty summers ago Orange Coast College reopened its remodeled Robert B. Moore Theatre with a rousing production of the beloved Broadway musical "South Pacific."
The campus theater originally opened in 1955.
The iconic 1949 Richard Rodgers/Oscar...
| 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...
| 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...
| Aug 13, 2013
| 6:21 PM
The Segerstrom Center for the Arts' upcoming season doesn't feature a musical based on the songs of Billy Joel. But if it did, a couple of lines from "Piano Man" might summarize a good deal of the schedule: "Son, can you play me a memory? / I'm not really...
| Jul 1, 2013
| 4:49 PM
When you've been reviewing theatrical productions for a few years (and in my case, quite a few), you develop a certain fondness for particular shows that only turn up once in a blue moon on a local stage.
Two of my personal favorites in that category are...
| 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...