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  • Starring on Broadway and Hollywood, fighting Ebola, helping Google and more…This week from Israel

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    November 17, 2014 | 8:20 am

    The Israeli in the next blockbuster biblical film

    It's official: Israeli actress Ayelet Zurer is joining Paramount and MGM's remake of "Ben-Hur" and is set to play the role of Naomi, the mother of the Jewish prince who is betrayed into slavery and fights his way to freedom,...

  • From Broadway to cantor, Mike Stein competes on NBC’s ‘The Voice’

    September 17, 2014 | 11:22 am

    Chazzan Mike Stein never really considered himself a singer, but rather, he said, an instrumentalist who sings. But when an agent called and invited him to audition for the upcoming seventh season of NBC’s TV hit singing competition “The Voice,” something within him that had lain...

  • Will Larry David’s Broadway show add to his Jewish file?

    August 12, 2014 | 3:36 pm

    In Larry David’s fake real-life world on the HBO sitcom “Curb Your Enthusiasm,” he is tapped by Mel Brooks to take over the Zero Mostel-Nathan Lane role of Max Bialystock in the megahit Broadway adaptation of “The Producers.”

    Just as Max and accountant Leo Bloom set out to make...

  • The Shout! Factory releases “The Marx Brothers TV Collection”

    By Tom Teicholz

    August 6, 2014 | 11:14 am

    The Shout! Factory release of “The Marx Brothers TV Collection,” an omnibus of the Brothers Marx’s post-film career TV appearances, is occasion enough to celebrate once more the irrepressible talents of Groucho, Chico and Harpo Marx. 

    I suppose there may be some readers who have...

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  • Theodore Bikel’s 90th birthday celebration

    By Avishay Artsy

    June 25, 2014 | 11:10 am

    How do you celebrate the 90th birthday of a man who has had a major impact on American film, television, theater, music and social activism?

    By putting on a concert and inviting legends of folk music to perform, of course.

    Theodore Bikel has turned 90, and as actor and the...

  • His gentle, Jewish humor is again Crystal clear in ‘700 Sundays’

    April 16, 2014 | 4:34 pm

    After two sellout runs on Broadway — nine years apart — as well as a book and a successful world tour, actor and comic Billy Crystal brings his one-man, autobiographical play, “700 Sundays,” to television via HBO on April 19. The show was taped before an audience earlier this year,...

  • You can’t take it with you?

    January 23, 2014 | 1:34 pm

    After a successful eight-and-a-half month run off-Broadway in 2009, “Don’t Leave It All to Your Children,” a musical-comedy revue aimed at encouraging the older generation to live life to the fullest, has recently opened at the Whitefire Theatre in Sherman Oaks. The mix of...

  • Calendar Dec 14-20

    By Laura Donney

    December 11, 2013 | 12:32 pm

    SAT | DEC 14

    “RE-EMERGING: THE JEWS OF NIGERIA”

    Shmuel Tikvah, a young Nigerian, heard time and time again about the Igbo people, who claim descent from ancient Israelites. Research at an Internet cafe leads him on a quest to find this Nigerian Jewish community, which keeps...

  • ‘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. 

    ...
  • Saving the Arts – Broadway Style

    By Ilana Angel

    November 29, 2012 | 11:32 am

    When I was young I took piano lessons.  I hated them.  I begged my mother to let me stop and she said I would regret it if I quit.  I told her if I was not allowed to stop I was going to lock myself in my room and never come out.  I quit piano.  My mother was right, I regret...

  • Nov. 22-29, 2012

    By Ryan Torok

    November 21, 2012 | 1:08 pm

    [Pick of the WeekWed., Nov. 28]

    “Other Desert Cities”

    Pulitzer Prize finalist Jon Robin Baitz’s first Broadway play unfolds in Palm Springs on Erev Christmas. High drama, serious laughter and repartee ensue as Brooke presents her Reagan-adjacent parents with a tell-all...

  • Henry Jaglom discusses ‘Just 45 Minutes from Broadway’ [VIDEO]

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    September 10, 2012 | 5:00 pm

    Q:  What was the impetus for the story?

    A:  I’ve always been fascinated by theater people, and by the fact of my being Jewish, and those two things together led me to explore something that I’d never had any personal experience with, which is the Yiddish theater.

    Not only do I...

  • ‘Modigliani’ paints moving portrait of tormented artist

    April 25, 2012 | 11:29 am

    An artist’s angst over personal demons and the vicissitudes of the marketplace is depicted with a mixture of humor and pathos in the upcoming revival of “Modigliani” at the Open Fist Theatre in Hollywood. The story, set in the Montparnasse area of Paris in 1916, covers three...

  • Could Katy Perry play Marilyn Monroe?

    By Lauren Bottner

    November 30, 2011 | 12:02 pm

    Harvey Weinstein wants to turn his new film “My Week with Marilyn” into a Broadway musical starring the bubblegum-songstress Katy Perry.

    According to Perez Hilton, Weinstein reportedly said:

    “If the movie works, I would try to make it a musical and I would go to Katy first. I think she can play Marilyn on the Broadway stage. I think she would be amazing. Katy posted about [the movie] on her Twitter and Facebook and the next thing you know 250,000 people have downloaded the trailer in an hour.”

     

  • 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...

  • Dancing With The Stars – Broadway Week - UPDATE

    By Ilana Angel

    October 25, 2011 | 11:00 am

    I love this show.  Truly love it. It is because I love it so much that I am annoyed that Brooke Burke Charvet is ruining it.  Her voice is annoying, her questions are ridiculous, and she does not need to be there.  Tom could totally do this show by himself.  The contestants can get...

  • “Spiderman” spine-tingling for all the wrong reasons

    By Melanie Chartoff

    January 6, 2011 | 10:47 am

    As “Spiderman” the Spectacle careens toward its opening, despite costly delays, a cacophony of controversies, serious human and technical mishaps and injuries, it looks likely to be a critic proof hit, in terms of paying off its producers and insurance premiums. Perhaps the...

  • Laud the Life of Grauman, Hollywood’s Gold Standard

    By Tom Teicholz

    March 11, 2009 | 4:16 am

    Ever wonder how the movie industry went from five-cent nickelodeons in New York to the glamour of Hollywood with red carpet premieres and the highest of artistic aspirations? Or why a certain pagoda-like Hollywood movie theater in whose courtyard rest footprints of actors is one of...

  • ‘Chorus Line’ composer’s music still has a kick

    By Shoshana Lewin Fischer

    June 12, 2008 | 2:33 pm

    When the cast of "A Chorus Line" sings "What I Did for Love," an emotional piece about dancers' dedication to their craft, 16 actors stand on an empty stage singing from the heart. No helicopters or flying witches, no cats, puppets or falling chandeliers cascading through the...
  • Pilar Millhollen puts it all on the ‘Line’

    By Shoshana Lewin Fischer

    June 12, 2008 | 2:32 pm

    Of all the numbers in "A Chorus Line," Pilar Millhollen, who plays Bebe, said she always thought the trio song, "At the Ballet," "was the best."

    And it's not just because Millhollen is one of the three actresses who sings it nightly at the Ahmanson Theatre.

    "[During the song] the...

  • A Musical Odyssey, Comic Con at the Shrine, Two’s Company, Man Ray

    By Dikla Kadosh

    November 1, 2007 | 8:00 pm

    Saturday

    Pack a suitcase with excitement and wonder because tonight you will be embarking on "A Musical Odyssey." Your journey begins in the South Bay and takes you first to hear the symphonic sounds of Jewish klezmer and choral music performed by the Los Angeles Jewish Symphony....

  • ‘Hairspray’ style holds up

    By Shoshana Lewin-Fischer

    July 19, 2007 | 8:00 pm

    There must be something in the water. How else can Hollywood explain the screen-to-stage-to-screen adaptations of "The Producers," the recently announced "Footloose" and, hitting theaters July 20, "Hairspray"?

    The film is a big-screen version of the 2002 Tony Award-winning Broadway...

  • The ‘Show’ behind the show

    By Shoshana Lewin-Fischer

    May 24, 2007 | 8:00 pm

    Irving Berlin was right on the money when he wrote about life on Broadway: "
    Even with a turkey that you know will fold, you may be stranded out in the cold. Still you wouldn't trade it for a sack of gold."
    When the curtain rises on a new production, the audience sees only a...
  • Composer’s hit musical spells success ‘B-E-E’

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    May 24, 2007 | 8:00 pm

    William Finn, composer, lyricist and creator of the hit musical, "The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee," says his own surname is the result of a misspelling. "When my great-uncle came from Russia, he kept saying he was looking for someone named Fein, so the genius at Ellis...
  • Composer Draws Show Inspiration From Failure

    July 13, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    Jason Robert Brown began his musical, The Last Five Years, about a doomed relationship, while in the midst of his own messy divorce seven years ago. Back then, Brown, like the show's fictional husband, was a "young, ambitious Jewish kid from New York" with a non-Jewish actress wife,...

  • Tommywood - Crystal Clear

    By Tom Teicholz

    December 8, 2005 | 7:00 pm

    Billy Crystal has something he wants to share with you.

    Crystal has had a diverse and varied career, with plenty of ups and downs, as a stand-up comic, a TV performer and a movie actor. On the one hand, he starred in "When Harry Met Sally," a movie that convinced many non-Jewish...

  • Spectator - Movie for ‘Rent’

    By Keren Engelberg

    November 17, 2005 | 7:00 pm

    More people can afford "Rent" this month, thanks to Revolution Studios. The production company brings a film version of the Jonathan Larson rock opera to movie theaters this week, directed by Chris Columbus and starring most of the original Broadway cast.

    Set against the backdrop of...

  • Senior Moments - Proudly Jewish in ‘Sunset’

    By Ellie Kahn

    November 17, 2005 | 7:00 pm

    Within the first moments of the comedy/drama "Sunset Park," I wanted to get to know Sheila Oaks, who plays widowed mother

    Evelyn Horowitz two nights a week at the Zephyr Theatre. Something about Oaks' authentic, sensitive portrayal of a 70-something New York Jewish woman made me...

  • Hello Jacobowsky!

    By Susan Josephs

    November 3, 2005 | 7:00 pm

    Jerry Herman doesn't play favorites with his musicals. Ask him to rank "Mame," "Hello, Dolly!" or "La Cage aux Folles" and he'll tell you, "I love them all." But as for which character he most wants to emulate, he'll admit that it's the Jew who calls himself S.L. Jacobowsky.

    "I want...

  • 7 Days in the Arts

    By Keren Engelberg

    October 14, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    Saturday



    The Daniel Pearl Music Day continues on this week and into November. Those paying homage today include Kehillat Israel of the Pacific Palisades, which will honor Pearl's memory during its Shabbat service, and Madeline Felkin and Deanna France, who perform classical,...

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