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Musical Theater

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  • Seth Siegel's alive and well

    Seth Siegel's alive and well
    "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...
  • Smash hits coming to Segerstrom Center

    Smash hits coming to Segerstrom Center
    Previewing a theater season at Segerstrom Center for the Arts is like walking into a shoe retailer and eyeing a variety of styles created by the best designers. There is the classic, the vintage and the contemporary. And red patent-leather high-heel...
  • What's on the menu? Jam

    What's on the menu? Jam
    Elizabeth An rushed past an elevated glass platform, carrying floral arrangements to tables lined in white linen at AnQi Gourmet Bistro & Noodle Bar at South Coast Plaza. The high-end restaurant An operates is known as a venue for fashion shows, charity...
  • An unusual musical cherished more than 'Once'

    An unusual musical cherished more than 'Once'
    In portraying a Czech pixie pianist in the Broadway musical "Once," Dani de Waal has a hard task: playing piano onstage. She has played the instrument for years but never in front of a live audience. Though she found the element particularly...
  • Kids grow up with 'Peter Pan'

    Kids grow up with 'Peter Pan'
    Peter Pan never grows up — but the musical that bears his name is well into old age. This year marks the 110th anniversary of the debut of J.M. Barrie's original play and the 60th anniversary of the award-winning Broadway musical. And at South...
  • 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...
  • 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-...
  • Estancia staging 'High School Musical'

    Estancia staging 'High School Musical'
    When Pauline Maranian brought up "High School Musical" as an option for Estancia High School's annual production, one of her students burst into tears. Alarmed, the drama teacher rushed to ask what was wrong, only to be reassured that the waterworks...
  • Concert Review: Paul Williams makes dreams come true

    Concert Review: Paul Williams makes dreams come true
    Van Morrison, the famously moody singer-songwriter, once grew annoyed with an interviewer's questions about his craft. "Nobody asks a bricklayer about laying bricks," he protested. "Why ask me about writing songs? There's no difference." Perhaps there...
  • This little 'Light' of hers

    This little 'Light' of hers
    If you ever watched Disney's 1998 romantic comedy "The Parent Trap," then you most likely saw Erin Mackey — but you would have had no way of knowing that it was her. Such is the life of an acting and photo double. Only the back of her head or...