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Musical Theater

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Top Musical Theater Articles

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  • 'Priscilla' takes a cultural ride

    'Priscilla' takes a cultural ride
    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...
  • 'Beauty and the Beast' proves its staying power

    'Beauty and the Beast' proves its staying power
    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...
  • Estancia staging 'High School Musical'

    Estancia staging 'High School Musical'
    When Pauline Maranian brought up "High School Musical" as an option for Estancia High School's annual production, one of her students burst into tears. Alarmed, the drama teacher rushed to ask what was wrong, only to be reassured that the waterworks...
  • Concert Review: Paul Williams makes dreams come true

    Concert Review: Paul Williams makes dreams come true
    Van Morrison, the famously moody singer-songwriter, once grew annoyed with an interviewer's questions about his craft. "Nobody asks a bricklayer about laying bricks," he protested. "Why ask me about writing songs? There's no difference." Perhaps there...
  • Carnett: Even our best achievements are seldom timeless

    I'm a longtime fan of American musical theater. Several weeks ago, I eschewed watching the Olympics to view an antiquated Broadway chestnut on television: Meredith Willson's "The Music Man." It's been a favorite of mine for decades. A lyricist,...
  • Dr. Jazz has a soft side

     Dr. Jazz has a soft side
    As the seconds pass before Wynton Marsalis picks up the phone in his Portland, Ore., hotel room, the mind sends a decree to the body: Be on guard. And have the recorder running too, because a few choice quotes are bound to be in the offing. Marsalis,...
  • Segerstrom Center's 2014-15 season to feature new dance stagings

    Segerstrom Center's 2014-15 season to feature new dance stagings
    What if the story of Eva Peron were told by Argentine dancers and musicians performing traditional tangos from Argentina instead of a Broadway score by Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice? Will Southern California audiences, who apparently never have...
  • The secret life of Mr. Engelhardt

    The secret life of Mr. Engelhardt
    By all rights, this interview shouldn't be that interesting. The subject teaches biology and environmental sciences at Irvine Valley College, and he plans to parlay his side passion — acoustic guitar — into a concert on campus to raise money...
  • This little 'Light' of hers

    This little 'Light' of hers
    If you ever watched Disney's 1998 romantic comedy "The Parent Trap," then you most likely saw Erin Mackey — but you would have had no way of knowing that it was her. Such is the life of an acting and photo double. Only the back of her head or...
  • Philharmonic Society announces 2014-15 season

    Philharmonic Society announces 2014-15 season
    The Philharmonic Society of Orange County will offer a hat-trick of sorts in the 2014-15 season it announced Monday: Audiences can hear programs led by the music directors of three of California’s top orchestras. Gustavo Dudamel will conduct the...
  • On the town for the holidays

    South Coast Repertory in Costa Mesa will present its annual production of Charles Dickens' "A Christmas Carol" until Dec. 26. Jerry Path's adaptation of one man's redemption and new lease on life stars Hal Landon Jr. as Ebenezer Scrooge for the 34th...
  • Special Report: 60th party cost nearly $400,000, documents show

    Costa Mesa's 60th anniversary celebration has so far cost close to $400,000, significantly more than the initial $315,000 estimate to produce the event, according to a year's worth of public records reviewed by the Daily Pilot. The total cost —...