| 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...
| Jan 10, 2013
| 5:39 PM
The new year is upon us, and three local theater companies will be getting it off to a rousing start this weekend.
South Coast Repertory is opening a play with the unprintable title of "The [Expletive] With the Hat." It's described as a comedy about the...
| Jan 15, 2013
| 7:49 PM
I went on a date the other evening with my eldest and youngest daughters.
I escorted the two thirtysomethings –- I'm not so dumb as to divulge their actual ages — to see director Tom Hooper's dazzling new film, "Les Miserables."
| Jan 16, 2013
| 9:15 PM
When asked about her ardor for music, Lea Salonga replies, "Why not music?"
Having grown up needing little to no encouragement to take on an audience, the Tony- and Olivier Award-winning Filipina singer calls her career choice a "no-brainer."
| 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-...
| Dec 11, 2012
| 9:13 PM
It's a label Liza Minnelli cherishes, and one she's never fully understood.
"Gay icon." Ask her to explain it, and she'll come up empty.
On Google, Minnelli's name alongside that two-word phrase cues up 117,000 results. When she performed back east...