| Oct 23, 2013
| 2:10 PM
It's just six years and a couple of months until the '20s — the 2020s, that is — which may inspire a reflection or two from jazz aficionados.
Nearly 100 years ago, the musical form so dominated society that it became a euphemism for an...
| May 31, 2013
| 10:41 AM
Local high school theater students performed and were honored last week at this year's Childress MACY Awards ceremony — the first since beloved co-founder Lee Childress died in September.
The MACYs, or the Music and Arts Commendations for Youth,...
| Nov 1, 2013
| 1:49 PM
A musical celebration takes place at Newport Harbor Lutheran Church & School (NHLCS) at 9:15 a.m. every Sunday thanks to the Rev. William Wells. He marked his 25th anniversary as its minister of music and organist during a ceremony Sunday.
"For me, every...
| 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...
| 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...
| 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 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...
| 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 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...