| Feb 7, 2013
| 8:32 PM
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...
| Feb 13, 2013
| 3:07 PM
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...
| Feb 14, 2013
| 4:35 PM
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...
| Mar 1, 2013
| 2:39 PM
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...
| Aug 1, 2013
| 8:55 AM
The exercise wasn't on the schedule, but Bill Brawley had learned to read the eyes of kids and improvise when the moment required it.
Monday morning in a rehearsal room at the Renee and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall, 40 young vocalists were working on...
| Aug 1, 2013
| 2:31 PM
Jocelyn Cartwright has no desire to be onstage.
She's too shy to be comfortable under a spotlight. Plus, there's the question of training.
The Montello, Wisc., resident doesn't need to be on the front line hearing applause, though. As head of wardrobe...
| Aug 6, 2013
| 3:53 PM
Life on the road has been a hotbed of adventures for the Wanted.
Waking up in different time zones, digging through suitcases, eating potatoes for breakfast, squabbling and leaving smelly socks lying around have all contributed to the rapport shared...
| Aug 8, 2013
| 9:05 PM
Opening night is just a day away for South Coast Repertory Summer Players production of "Annie," which plays this weekend and next on the Julie Argyros Stage.
The show stars local youth in grades 5-12 who auditioned for their roles after completing...
| 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...
| Aug 13, 2013
| 6:21 PM
The Segerstrom Center for the Arts' upcoming season doesn't feature a musical based on the songs of Billy Joel. But if it did, a couple of lines from "Piano Man" might summarize a good deal of the schedule: "Son, can you play me a memory? / I'm not really...
| 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...