Israeli producer-director Uri Paster has four movie and theater projects planned this year
When Dallet Norris signed on to direct Tim Rice and Andrew Lloyd Webber's "Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat" for the fourth time in his career, he decided that the classic Bible tale turned classic musical needed some updating. So, for the new touring production, which opens at the Pantages Theater on June 20, he cast an "American Idol" finalist (Amy Adams from Season Three) as the narrator, gave the characters computers and turned hedonistic Egypt into a South-Beach style party town replete with a sun-glasses-clad Sphinx backdrop -- and the brothers use cell phones to call their father, Jacob, and to deliver the news of Joseph's fake demise.
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."
A few weeks ago, the Getty Playhouse showcased a memorable special event: "Here's to Life," Kitty Carlisle Hart's cabaret-style one-woman show, accompanied by her musical director, David Lewis.
Hart, 94, performed for a little over an hour, reminiscing and singing songs from some of her late friends such as Jerome Kern, George Gershwin, Richard Rogers, Oscar Hammerstein II and Cole Porter, presenting in one evening a short history of the American musical theater.
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