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Musical Theater

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  • 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...
  • On Theater: A dynamic 'West Side Story' revival

    To successfully revive a modern classic musical such as "West Side Story" for the 21st century, you need more than melodic voices and inspired choreography. You need the elusive ingredient of attitude — an "us vs. them" mentality that pervades the...
  • It's A Gray Area: Musical shows we're 'Americans All'

    OK, I have a natural bias. But I am encouraging you to go see the musical revue "Americans All," which is the first show of the new season for the Lyceum Theater at Vanguard University. And take your children with you. What does Vanguard's brochure say...
  • Sunday's Calendar

    Sunday's Calendar
    TILL TODAY '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....
  • Arts center has a 'silver' lineup

    Arts center has a 'silver' lineup
    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...
  • A life of preparation for 'Wicked'

    A life of preparation for 'Wicked'
    For Lesley McKinnell, whose childhood was filled with the sights and sounds of the Orange County Performing Arts Center, being "Wicked" has paid off. Now in her early 20s, McKinnell has translated her experiences both on- and off-stage at the center,...
  • On Theater: Center lifts curtain on 2011-12 season

    Oldies, newcomers and the 25th anniversary revival of arguably the greatest musical of all time dot the calendar of the Segerstrom Center for the Arts for its upcoming 2011-12 season — which, coincidentally, also is the center's 25th season. The...
  • Can you feel the Force tonight?

    Can you feel the Force tonight?
    COSTA MESA — In a galaxy not so far, far away, Darth Vader and Luke Skywalker will overcome the dark side of the Force while singing and dancing this weekend in a musical parody of "Star Wars: Return of the Jedi." The children's play based on the...
  • Classically Trained: Young ensemble plays worldly music

    It's a group where you've got to keep your winds about you. The Pacific Symphony Youth Wind Ensemble performed a program Sunday titled "We the People: Folk Music From Around the World" in the Renée and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall. It included some...