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  • ‘Gershwins’ Porgy and Bess’ bringing plenty of updates to L.A.

    April 17, 2014 | 2:40 pm

    Springtime, and the music is changing at the Ahmanson. This month will see the departure of Barry Manilow’s lushly scored and heavily Jewish “Harmony” from the Center Theatre Group’s biggest venue, and the arrival of a decidedly more classic production, “The Gershwins’ Porgy and...

  • Neil Simon’s ‘Sunshine Boys’: Can he still make us laugh?

    By Tom Tugend

    September 6, 2013 | 2:31 pm

    Neil Simon is a close runner-up to William Shakespeare when counting the number of plays turned into movies. But can the works by the Jewish lad from the Bronx prove as durable as the prolific output of the Bard of Avon?

    Since, even with a lengthening lifespan, none of us is...

  • ‘The Scottsboro Boys’ recalls a miscarriage of justice in the segregated South

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    May 29, 2013 | 11:46 am

    At 86, legendary Broadway composer John Kander still remembers how, as a small boy in an assimilated Jewish home in Kansas City, Mo., he first heard the searing story of the Scottsboro Boys: nine African-American teenagers who had been falsely accused of rape in 1930s Alabama. 

    ...
  • ‘Anything Goes’ is high jinks on the high seas

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    November 21, 2012 | 1:44 pm

    Erich Bergen identifies easily with the brash, impetuous character of Billy Crocker, the romantic lead Bergen plays in Cole Porter’s insouciant 1934 musical “Anything Goes,” which opens at the Ahmanson Theatre on Nov. 28.  

    “I’m horrible at waiting for auditions,” the 26-year-old...

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  • No laughs for ‘Funny Girl’

    By  Tom Tugend

    November 4, 2011 | 2:22 pm

    That old trooper Fanny Brice would have blown her top at the news that the revival of “Funny Girl,” based on her life, has been cancelled.

    Previews of the show were scheduled to start Jan. 15 at the Ahmanson Theatre, followed by a Broadway run in April.

    New York producers of...

  • Chair dancing with the ‘Jersey Boys,’ Mikey Weinstein blocks prosyletizing Pentagon video game

    By Danielle Berrin

    September 8, 2007 | 8:00 pm

    Stars of a Different Stripe

    Theirs was a classic rags-to-riches story, Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons, representing the truest incarnation of the American dream: the crooked kids from the other side of town getting a break and making it big.

    Big enough in fact, that my closest...
  • Theater: ‘A’ is for ‘angst’ when you’re the creators of ‘Avenue Q’

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    September 8, 2007 | 8:00 pm

    Jeff Marx, co-creator of the hit puppet musical, "Avenue Q," was fired from his internship at "Sesame Street" in 1998. Back then he was an attorney, but he had taken the position in order to segue way into songwriting for kids. "Instead, I was cleaning tables, taking out the garbage,...
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