| May 13, 2013
| 4:40 PM
Daniel Schnyder spends nearly every day walking in Duke Ellington's footsteps. Literally.
The Pacific Symphony's composer-in-residence, who will perform Thursday through Sunday at the Segerstrom Center for the Arts, recently moved his family to Harlem...
| May 20, 2013
| 3:23 PM
There has always been something magical about "The Fantasticks," the Tom Jones-Harvey Schmidt musical that opened in New York in 1960 and ran until 2002, then sparked a 2006 revival that's still running.
At South Coast Repertory — which rarely...
| Oct 1, 2013
| 7:10 PM
Costa Mesa made a slim profit from food and alcohol sales at its 60th anniversary celebration this summer, according to documents obtained by the Daily Pilot, but the overall cost of the event remains a mystery.
City officials have declined to provide...
| Oct 8, 2013
| 2:05 PM
Bernadette Peters' skills lie in hygiene — or so an aptitude test indicated when she was 16.
What could she have done with that? she mused.
Become a nurse? A dental hygienist, perhaps?
But theater lovers everywhere owe Peters' mother a debt of...
| Oct 15, 2013
| 10:41 AM
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...
| 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,...
| 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...
| 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...
| 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...
| Mar 5, 2011
| 3:26 PM
'The Mystery of Edwin Drood'
The Vanguard University theater department presents "The Mystery of Edwin Drood," an interactive musical with the audience voting on the mystery's culprit. For showtimes and tickets, visit http://www....
| Mar 8, 2011
| 7:52 PM
The Costa Mesa institution now known as the Segerstrom Center for the Arts held its first performance in September 1986.
Nearly 25 years later, the largest performing arts venue in Orange County is planning a robust lineup for its silver anniversary...