| Oct 11, 2014
| 4:29 PM
Five years ago, Susan Boyle took to the microphone on the TV show "Britain's Got Talent" and regaled the crowd with a soulful — and, judging from many on-camera reactions, startling — rendition of "I Dreamed a Dream," the lament of an ill-...
| Dec 12, 2014
| 2:57 PM
Sometimes I feel like I'm on a strange reality show, only mine is in print, as I intertwine with the stories I write about.
Like a few months ago when I got a call asking if I'd be willing to be photographed in a pair of thigh-high, red, patent-leather,...
| Dec 26, 2014
Kyle Taylor Parker's confidence is rising to new heights.
The performer is stepping into sturdy stilettos to star as Lola in the Tony-winning musical "Kinky Boots" at Segerstrom Center for the Arts from Dec. 30 to Jan. 11.
Parker, who has been in...
| Dec 22, 2014
| 1:26 PM
As the clock nears midnight on Dec. 31, Orange County residents have plenty of options to make the countdown to 2015 fun.
Tickets are on sale for XL NYE, a block party at the Triangle in Costa Mesa. The event, hosted by Newport Beach-based Identity...
| Jan 9, 2015
These Rolling Stones imitators wear college sweaters and Converse shoes and like to comb their hair.
But while they dress more conservatively than Keith, Mick and the gang, they nonetheless are likely to get the same sort of satisfaction when they...
| Jan 22, 2015
| 2:27 PM
The director listened to the six women rehearse a song on the stage at the No Square Theatre and buried his face in his hands.
"I'm hearing pretty singing that's lacking testosterone," said director Joe Lauderdale, who sits on the Laguna Beach theater's...
| Nov 7, 2014
| 2:18 PM
Into the woods,
And who can tell
What's waiting on the journey?
—Prologue, "Into the Woods"
A steady stream of props and memories is flowing into Costa Mesa in advance of a Broadway reunion of unprecedented scope.
Composer and lyricist...
| Feb 5, 2015
| 6:43 PM
It's been 28 years since Johnny Castle uttered, "Nobody puts Baby in a corner," and yet the line from the beloved 1987 movie is still enduringly popular.
"Dirty Dancing," the film that thrilled audiences with its daring dance moves, will again return to...
| Nov 26, 2014
| 7:22 PM
Chapman University's American Celebration has become over its 15-year run Orange County's premiere charitable gala focused on higher education. The black-tie crowd approaching 1,000 patrons in number represents a legitimate "who's who" of the business and...
| Sep 22, 2014
| 5:25 PM
The venerable Lido Theatre and Smokey Robinson are nearly the same age — 75 and 74, respectively — yet the legendary Motown singer proved to be a lively, engaging and still seductive swain for what Robinson referred to as the venue's "virgin...
| Sep 11, 2014
| 5:33 PM
"Fred's Dead" may be alive somewhere.
Seth Siegel doesn't have on hand a copy of the script he co-wrote with a pair of Newport Harbor High School classmates in the late 1970s. The show's program eludes him too. He surmises that if he kept digging...
| 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...