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  • One Israeli creation for the weekend

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    December 6, 2013 | 12:23 pm

    In Israel, there’s no Broadway, and the staged Musicals are considered a small, uncommon genre. That is, until Hanukkah. Once a year, for about a month around the time of Hanukkah, the Israeli public rushes to the theaters for the most musical time of the year. Every year, the...

  • Autism musical sells out

    May 15, 2013 | 3:06 pm

    Normally, a two-day run is nothing to boast about — but no one who saw the new musical “A Chorus Line of Another Kind” at the Highways Performance space in Santa Monica would say it was anything but a resounding success.

    Both “A Chorus Line of Another Kind” and “On Our Own,”...

  • The ‘light’-er side of Temple Israel of Hollywood

    May 8, 2013 | 1:20 pm

    Temple Israel of Hollywood (TIOH) lived up to its name on April 28 when it threw a free biblically themed matinee musical, “Let There Be Light,” on Lag B’Omer featuring numerous celebrities.

    The Sunday afternoon performance at the Hollywood Boulevard synagogue included such...

  • Temple Israel to hold star-studded musical gala

    April 10, 2013 | 6:21 am

    With a little help from his friends — and “Friends” — Danny Maseng is working to reinvent Temple Israel of Hollywood’s (TIOH) annual gala.

    Sure, the wine, dinner and honorees will be at the Hollywood Boulevard synagogue on the evening of April 27. But so will a number of...

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  • ‘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...

  • Fall Preview 2012: Calendar

    By Ryan Torok

    September 10, 2012 | 3:06 pm

    FRI SEPT 14

    “THE BOOK OF MORMON”

    The Broadway debut of “South Park” creators Trey Parker and Matt Stone satirizes organized religion in lewd, crude — and musical — fashion. The story of two mismatched Mormon missionaries who are sent to Africa to proselytize pagans was deemed...

  • Why I won’t see The Book of Mormon

    By Mark Paredes

    September 9, 2012 | 9:30 pm

    Woe unto them that call evil good, and good evil; that put darkness for light, and light for darkness; that put bitter for sweet, and sweet for bitter! – Isaiah 5:20, 2 Nephi 15:20 (Book of Mormon)

    AY! My name is Joseph Smith, and I’m going to f*** this baby! – verse from the...

  • Actor feeds off ‘Mormon’s’ racy humor

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    September 5, 2012 | 11:22 am

    "My favorite kind of comedy is so wrong that it's right," actor Jared Gertner said.

    So it's fitting that he's starring in the blessedly twisted megahit musical "The Book of Mormon," which after scoring nine Tony Awards and a reputation for almost impossible-to-snag tickets has...

  • To Kaplan brothers, ‘Silence’ is golden

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    August 29, 2012 | 3:42 pm

    Remember Jonathan Demme’s 1991 classic horror flick “Silence of the Lambs,” where rookie FBI agent Clarice Starling (Jodie Foster) turns to incarcerated serial killer Hannibal Lecter (Anthony Hopkins) to help her catch another killer, this one named Buffalo Bill? Bill, as you may...

  • Adam Shankman melds worry with chutzpah in ‘Rock of Ages’

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    June 13, 2012 | 1:35 pm

    Five years ago, at Sadie Sandler’s first birthday party, at the estate of her father, Adam Sandler, filmmaker Adam Shankman was sitting in a plastic toddler’s chair when he was startled by another guest who sat down beside him.

    “He said, ‘Hi, I’m Tom Cruise,’ and I freaked out,”...

  • ‘American Idiot’ a very smart idea for Kitt and Green Day

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    March 15, 2012 | 2:54 pm

    Tom Kitt remembers well the first time members of the iconic punk-pop band Green Day arrived, several years ago, to hear a reading of “American Idiot,” the musical based on the group’s Grammy-winning 2004 album of the same name.  “Green Day were heroes of mine growing up,”...

  • 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.”

     

  • Chanukah: The musical

    By Ryan E. Smith

    November 18, 2011 | 1:20 pm

    There are many ways to tell the story of Chanukah. Tap dancing is not usually one of them.

    “I don’t know of any other congregation on the planet where both rabbis and their cantor are doing a tap number together,” said Cantor David Shukiar of Temple Adat Elohim in Thousand...

  • 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...

  • Mormon musical from ‘South Park’ creators ‘surprisingly sweet’

    By Brad A. Greenberg

    March 21, 2011 | 4:40 pm

    The Book of Mormon” opens in three days. It’s from the creators of “South Park,” two writers who have definitely had fun at the expense of the Mormon religion.

    The Broadway play has been getting good reviews. It doesn’t pull punches, but it’s also “surprisingly sweets,” writes...

  • Justin Bieber’s Jewish father figure, Scooter Braun

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    February 8, 2011 | 3:24 pm

    Just before his sold-out Madison Square Garden concert in the new 3D documentary “Justin Bieber:  Never Say Never,” the munificently-coiffed teen crooner does something unexpected of the object of millions of girl-crushes around the globe:  He recites the “Shema.”

    Bieber...

  • Tilson Thomas’ Yiddishe bubbe and zayde are back on stage

    December 10, 2008 | 10:42 pm

    North Hollywood in the 1950s was dotted with orange groves and squat, modern apartment buildings.

    But for Michael Tilson Thomas -- now music director of the San Francisco Symphony -- the North Hollywood apartment of his grandmother Bessie was a window onto a vanished world: the world...

  • Arts in L.A. Quarterly Calendar: Cultural events through Feb. 2009

    By Dikla Kadosh and Lilly Fowler

    December 10, 2008 | 3:04 pm

    ALTTEXT

    Robert Dowd -- Pop Art Money -- See Jan.17 listing

    DECEMBER

    Fri., Dec. 12
    "Laemmle Through the Decades: 1938-2008, 70 Years in 7 Days." It must have been an extraordinarily difficult task to select only seven films to represent the rich and diverse history of the Laemmle Theatres...

  • Emily Stern—Howard Stern’s daughter—on stage and off

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    September 29, 2008 | 12:30 am


    Emily Stern is 6 feet tall and resembles her father, radio icon Howard Stern, but she does not aspire to a career in radio.

    She says her interests lie in her spiritual and artistic endeavors: attending the Romemu (Jewish Renewal) synagogue and its Red Tent women's group in...

  • Women plot revenge against a sexist ‘70s boss in ‘9 to 5: The Musical’ (what a way to make a livin’)

    By Shoshana Lewin Fischer

    September 11, 2008 | 3:35 am

    It's 8:59 a.m. You are half asleep. Traffic couldn't have been worse. You spilled coffee on your shirt racing for the elevator. You get to your desk only to hear your "sexist, egotistical, lying, hypocritical bigot" of a boss shouting at you that the stapler is broken, you need to...
  • Arts in L.A. Quarterly Calendar: Cultural events through November 2008

    By Dikla Kadosh and Danielle Berrin

    September 11, 2008 | 3:22 am

    SEPTEMBER

    Fri., Sept. 12
    "A Blessing to One Another: Pope John Paul II and the Jewish People." Angelenos can explore the legacy of one of the Catholic Church's most beloved popes in a new Skirball Cultural Center exhibition. Through artifacts, photographs and audiovisual recordings...
  • ‘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...

  • Theater: ‘Immigrant’ sings the story of the ‘Only Jew in Town’

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    April 17, 2008 | 6:00 pm

    In 1909, an impoverished Jewish immigrant arrived in Hamilton, Texas, hawking 1-cent bananas from his pushcart.

    Haskell Harelik had fled Russia to escape pogroms, docking not in Ellis Island but in Galveston, Texas, via a plan to route Eastern European Jews to the West. He spoke no...

  • Einstein’s allure is more than theory on stage

    By Tom Tugend

    April 10, 2008 | 6:00 pm

    We think of Albert Einstein, and we conjure up the image of a frail, unkempt and absent-minded old man, but a visit to the Einstein archives at Caltech provides quite another picture.

    The man who radically transformed our understanding of the universe was adored by women, at 23...

  • Theater: A generation’s history, one life at time

    By Laurel Ollstein

    April 3, 2008 | 6:00 pm

    "Showing Our Age" is a play about stories, and the fact that everyone has one. It's a project that I started more than 10 years ago, though not specifically as an idea for a play. I was a participant in a community outreach program in which we interviewed senior citizens, used their...
  • Mideast allegory becomes roommate musical

    By Tom Tugend

    March 13, 2008 | 6:00 pm

    The Israeli-Palestinian conflict has stymied generations of statesmen and commentators, so why not try a witty song-and-dance musical?

    Such was the thought of playwright Oren Safdie and composer-lyricist Ronnie Cohen, and the result of their collaboration is "West Bank, UK," which...

  • Who says you can’t go home?

    By Mrs. Shoshana F

    March 13, 2008 | 1:24 pm


    If anyone had told me 16 years ago that I would be sitting in my high school auditorium with my husband, my bubbe, my father and my father’s girlfriend—I would have said they were crazy.
    But isn’t it funny how life can change?

    The first time I sat in that auditorium I was...

  • Musicals: UCLA goes to Dogpatch, USA

    By Tom Tugend

    February 7, 2008 | 7:00 pm

    Senior and middle-aged Angelenos who grew up on the wonderfully satirical "Li'l Abner" comic strip can get their nostalgia fix as the denizens of Dogpatch USA cavort on the stage of UCLA's Freud Playhouse through Feb. 17.

    For youngsters, "L'il Abner," one of the most widely produced...

  • The Calendar Girls: Picks, kicks and plugs

    By Dikla Kadosh

    January 24, 2008 | 7:00 pm

    SAT | JANUARY 26

    (KIDS)
    pickIt's a Musical Pajama Party With Stephen Michael Schwartz, and the whole family is invited! Don your jammies to sing old and new tunes with the guy from Parachute Express who created music for Gymboree classes and the PBS series "Jay Jay the Jetplane." Pizza,...
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