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Musical Theater

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  • 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 —...
  • Every day they write the 'Book of Mormon'

    Every day they write the 'Book of Mormon'
    Cody Jamison Strand was agog when he earned a spot in the cast of "The Book of Mormon." And then, the nerves crept in. The 24-year-old realized he'd struck comic gold with the role of Elder Arnold Cunningham — whom he describes as happy, over-...
  • Reel Critics: 'Dragon' still on fire in sequel

    Director and screenwriter Dean DeBlois has thoughtfully entertained our children with animated adventures. Among his credits are the Disney hits "Mulan" and "Lilo & Stitch." But his contribution to "How to Train Your Dragon" for DreamWorks in 2010 took...
  • Mailbag: 'Book of Mormon' is crass and a bore

    Re. "Commentary: Close the book on `Book of Mormon,'" (June 21): Finally, a review of the "Book of Mormon" that hits the nail on the head. James P. Gray's commentary in the Daily Pilot was spot-on. I have been amazed at the praise for the "Book of...
  • 'Jersey' is hot this season

    'Jersey' is hot this season
    As "Jersey Boys" prepares to return to the Segerstrom Center for the Arts next week, Terry Dwyer remembers the moment he got an endorsement from the most famous Jersey Boy of all. Ten years ago, the musical about the rise and tumultuous career of the...
  • On Theater: Younger stars shine in '45 Minutes'

    Summer is the time for younger performers — teenagers and pre-teens — to stretch their theatrical muscles. Two weeks ago, South Coast Repertory's Young Conservatory Players took an impressive trip "Into the Woods" and now the Newport Theater...
  • On Theater: New theater season off and running

    No sooner does September check in than local stage productions flood in. The honor of kicking off the 2011-12 season goes to the Costa Mesa Playhouse. This weekend it revives Noel Coward's ghostly comedy "Blithe Spirit." That's the antique chuckler about...
  • Actor goes from 'Web Site Story' to 'West Side Story'

    Actor goes from 'Web Site Story' to 'West Side Story'
    Newport Beach-born actor Kyle Harris wasn't a fan of "West Side Story" while growing up in Orange County, but the musical has since touched his life again and again. He was selected for the leading role of Tony in the show's touring Broadway production...
  • Youmans: 'West Side Story' revival is some of the 'best theater'

    Youmans: 'West Side Story' revival is some of the 'best theater'
    "West Side Story" was credited with changing the course of American musical theater when the Sharks and the Jets burst onto Broadway 55 years ago. A national touring revival of the Broadway hit is coming to Orange County from Tuesday through Sept. 18...
  • Sondheim honored for his achievements

    "Writing" seems an inadequate word to describe what Stephen Sondheim has done, yet it is the breadth, impact and influence of his writing that have won him the 2011 Chicago Tribune Literary Prize for lifetime achievement. The 81-year-old composer and...