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Musical Theater

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  • Boz Scaggs reclaims his roots

    Boz Scaggs reclaims his roots
    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"...
  • Lobby group wants to entertain

    Lobby group wants to entertain
    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...
  • Flashback to 1968: 'Theatricality Mars Newport Pop Festival'

    Flashback to 1968: 'Theatricality Mars Newport Pop Festival'
    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...
  • On Theater: With a tip of the 'Hat,' the year begins

    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...
  • Carnett: We dream of 'Les Miz'

    Carnett: We dream of 'Les Miz'
    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." Talk about...
  • Songstress Lea Salonga to take Segerstrom stage

    Songstress Lea Salonga to take Segerstrom stage
    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." "My...
  • Say, they can sing!

    Say, they can sing!
    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...
  • On Theater: Comedy is 'Stiff' in name only

    On Theater: Comedy is 'Stiff' in name only
    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...
  • Something 'Wicked' this way returns

    Something 'Wicked' this way returns
    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...
  • Inside Miss America's head

    Inside Miss America's head
    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...
  • Estancia's 'Guys & Dolls' take the stage

    Estancia's 'Guys & Dolls' take the stage
    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-...
  • Liza sings for 'freedom' in Costa Mesa

    Liza sings for 'freedom' in Costa Mesa
    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...