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Friday, August 12, 2016

The Wooster Group to bring 'Town Bloody Hall' adaptation to L.A., with Maura Tierney by David Ng

Having married its far-out avant-garde aesthetic to numerous classic dramas over the decades, the Wooster Group will attempt to adapt a documentary film for the stage when it debuts its new…

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Sunday, July 10, 2016

Los Angeles Opera says ticket sales jump in its anniversary season by David Ng

Los Angeles Opera said unaudited figures for its recently ended 30th anniversary season show a 19.9% increase in the number of tickets sold and a 27.6% rise in ticket revenue compared with …

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'Toruk,' the Cirque du Soleil show inspired by 'Avatar,' is coming to L.A. by David Ng

“Toruk,” the traveling Cirque du Soleil show inspired by the 2009 James Cameron movie “Avatar,” will land in Los Angeles this fall for a brief stay.  Cirque said that “Toruk – t…

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Friday, July 1, 2016

Why play Big Edie in the 'Grey Gardens' musical? Betty Buckley loves 'raw, naturalistic' characters by David Ng

"Cats" — and cats — seem to follow Betty Buckley wherever she goes. As Grizabella, the raggedly forlorn Jellicle from the blockbuster Andrew Lloyd Webber musical, the actress delivered a…

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Wednesday, June 29, 2016

East West Players names Snehal Desai as new artistic director by David Ng

East West Players has found its new artistic director from within its own ranks and will announce on Wednesday that Snehal Desai will succeed outgoing producing artistic director Tim Dang,…

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Tuesday, June 21, 2016

'Amelie' musical coming to L.A., then Broadway, with a 'Hamilton' star by David Ng

Audrey Tautou charmed movie audiences in the title role of “Amélie,” the 2001 Jean-Pierre Jeunet movie about a Parisian waitress who embarks on a series of whimsical adventures. For the…

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Thursday, June 16, 2016

Danny Feldman to succeed Sheldon Epps as leader of Pasadena Playhouse by David Ng

Danny Feldman will succeed Sheldon Epps at the helm of the Pasadena Playhouse, the company announced on Thursday. Feldman will take on the dual roles of artistic and executive director at th…

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Tuesday, June 14, 2016

L.A. Dance Project lands three-year residency in Arles, France by David Ng

How will Benjamin Millepied spend his time after he leaves the Paris Opera Ballet in July? The popular dancer-choreographer, who abruptly announced his resignation from the storied company …

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Monday, June 13, 2016

'The Perfect American,' controversial opera about Walt Disney, to get U.S. premiere at Long Beach by David Ng

"The Perfect American," the controversial Philip Glass opera that recounts the final months in the life of Walt Disney, will get its U.S. premiere next year — not by a major institution li…

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Friday, June 10, 2016

'Harry Potter and the Cursed Child' in London discontinues use of live owls by David Ng

They were supposed to be a secret, but when word leaked that the new "Harry Potter and the Cursed Child" in London was using real owls during performances, fans of the saga went wild on soci…

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Wednesday, June 8, 2016

'Spring Awakening' will appear on Tony Awards thanks to successful Kickstarter campaign by David Ng

Nothing is free in this world. And nothing is free when it comes to the Tony Awards, either. Just ask the team behind the recent revival of "Spring Awakening." The annual award show — Bro…

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Tuesday, June 7, 2016

'Hamilton' star Lin-Manuel Miranda joins James Corden for 'Carpool Karaoke' by David Ng

As Broadway prepares for the Tony Awards on Sunday, CBS has kicked into promotional high gear, with comedian James Corden cross-pollinating his role as host of the network's "The Late Late S…

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Meryl Streep lampoons Donald Trump - but has she already mocked Hillary? by David Ng

Meryl Streep won her third Academy Award in 2012 for portraying former British prime minister Margaret Thatcher. This week, the actress channeled another conservative poltician, dressing up …

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Meryl Streep lampoons Donald Trump -- but has she already mocked Hillary? by David Ng

Meryl Streep won her third Academy Award in 2012 for portraying former British prime minister Margaret Thatcher. On Monday, the actress channeled another conservative poltician, dressing up …

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Monday, June 6, 2016

Peter Shaffer, 'Amadeus' and 'Equus' playwright and Oscar winner, dies at 90 by David Ng

Peter Shaffer, the Academy Award-winning British playwright whose stage dramas "Amadeus" and "Equus" were turned into acclaimed movies, has died. He was 90. Shaffer died early Monday at the …

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Wednesday, May 11, 2016

Wallis 2016-17 season to feature Simon McBurney, Peter Brook, plus 'Merrily We Roll Along' by David Ng

The 2016-17 season at the Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts will boast a prestigious international lineup, with recent productions by Simon McBurney and Peter Brook making stop…

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Tuesday, May 3, 2016

'Spring Awakening' and Deaf West's unlikely road to three Tony nominations by David Ng

From its humble start in a small theater space in downtown Los Angeles to its three Tony Award nominations on Tuesday, including a nod for musical revival, Deaf West's production of "Spring …

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Thursday, April 21, 2016

David Geffen gives $100 million to MoMA but says he's still committed to L.A. by David Ng

A year after he surprised the arts world by giving $100 million to Lincoln Center, David Geffen is dropping another cool hundred million on a second New York institution, the Museum of Mo…

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Wednesday, April 20, 2016

John Anson Ford Theatres will reopen in July, with historic outdoor venue refurbished by David Ng

After nearly four years of renovations at a cost of close to $66 million, the historic John Anson Ford Theatres complex in the hills of the Cahuenga Pass will be taking its bow, with a publi…

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Tuesday, April 19, 2016

'Hamilton' musical wins Pulitzer Prize for drama by David Ng

The victory lap for "Hamilton" received an awards boost on Monday when the hit show won the Pulitzer Prize for drama, making it one of a handful musicals to have nabbed the honor.  Lin-Man…

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Saturday, April 16, 2016

Cirque du Soleil joins boycott of North Carolina over transgender bathroom law by David Ng

Cirque du Soleil has joined Bruce Springsteen, Ringo Starr, Bryan Adams and others in boycotting North Carolina over the state's controversial "bathroom" law that would affect transgender pe…

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Thursday, April 14, 2016

Lincoln Center, Metropolitan Opera announce top resignations on same day by David Ng

The timing was undeniably strange, given how closely the two organizations work. The speculation has already started flying. Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts and the Metropolitan Opera…

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Friday, April 8, 2016

'The Little Mermaid' at Hollywood Bowl adds second performance by David Ng

In the immortal words of Ursula the sea witch, "life's full of tough choices, innit?" Fans of Disney's animated feature "The Little Mermaid" now have another opportunity to catch the upcomi…

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Wednesday, April 6, 2016

Executive director Wiley Hausam exits Broad Stage, Jane Deknatel has interim post by David Ng

In more than seven years since it opened to great fanfare, the Eli and Edythe Broad Stage in Santa Monica has presented theatrical, dance and musical artists of the highest international cal…

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Disney's 'The Little Mermaid' coming to Hollywood Bowl with live orchestra by David Ng

The phenomenon of screening popular movies with a live orchestra is heading under the sea with "The Little Mermaid" -- the 1989 Disney animated favorite -- which will come to the Hollywoo…

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Thursday, March 31, 2016

'Hamilton' musical runs into trouble over 'non-white' casting notice by David Ng

The producers of the hip-hop historical musical "Hamilton" have run into trouble over a recent open casting notice seeking "non-white" singers for Broadway and upcoming touring versions of t…

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Tuesday, March 22, 2016

Geffen Playhouse season to include 'Constellations,' 'Barbecue' by David Ng

"Constellations," the drama by Nick Payne that's had successful runs in London and New York, and "Barbecue," a two-family comedy from Robert O'Hara, will be part of the Geffen Playhouse's up…

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'A View From the Bridge,' directed by Ivo van Hove, coming to Los Angeles by David Ng

The acclaimed Young Vic production of Arthur Miller's "A View From the Bridge," directed by the in-demand Ivo van Hove, is coming to Los Angeles, following recent runs in London and Broadwa…

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Saturday, March 19, 2016

Meet the philanthropic couple behind the Musco Center for the Arts by David Ng

A millionaire many times over who pulled himself up from modest means, Sebastian Paul Musco has simple advice for those want to get ahead in life: Work hard. As recounted during a recent int…

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Sunday, March 13, 2016

World premiere of opera 'Fallujah' in Long Beach may be among former Marine's most difficult missions by David Ng

During his tour of duty as a gunner in Iraq, former Marine Sgt. Christian Ellis experienced his share of trauma — the battles, the killings, an assault that left him with a spinal injury. …

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'Frozen' show at California Adventure sets its opening date: May 27 by David Ng

Elsa and Anna have set a move-in date for their new home at Disney California Adventure: "Frozen," the new live show adapted from the hit 2013 movie, will officially begin performances Ma…

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