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Tuesday, May 21, 2019

MOCA receives a $10-million gift to make admission free by Deborah Vankin

The Museum of Contemporary Art has announced that it will make admission free — a switch made possible by $10-million gift from MOCA Board of Trustees President Carolyn Powers. Powers made…

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Monday, April 15, 2019

Pulitzer for music goes to Ellen Reid for her first opera, ‘prism’ by Deborah Vankin

Ellen Reid, the Los Angeles composer whose debut opera centered on a young woman’s agonizing struggle with the psychological effects of sexual assault, has won the Pulitzer Prize for music…

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Tuesday, April 9, 2019

LACMA’s $650 million new building wins approval from county supervisors by Deborah Vankin

With Brad Pitt and Diane Keaton as its cheering section, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art won unanimous approval Tuesday from the county Board of Supervisors for a $650-million new home …

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Thursday, September 27, 2018

Dissident artist Ai Weiwei lands in L.A. with 3 new exhibitions — but one work nearly didn't make the journey by Deborah Vankin

Ai Weiwei is weary from travel. The Chinese artist and human rights activist shuffles into the Marciano Art Foundation’s cavernous Theater Gallery — he arrived in L.A. from Berlin just l…

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Monday, June 18, 2018

'The Band's Visit' sees big uptick on music streaming sites since the Tony Awards by Deborah Vankin

“The Band’s Visit” may have claimed 10 trophies at the Tony Awards last week, but it also scored a big win offstage as well: a bump in music streaming. Since the June 10 ceremony, stre…

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Sunday, June 10, 2018

Bruce Springsteen gets his Tony Award: 'one of the most exciting things I’ve ever experienced' by Deborah Vankin

Bruce Springsteen may have been born to run, but Sunday evening, after an introduction by his buddy Billy Joel, the Boss casually made his way up to the Radio City Music Hall stage to accept…

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Friday, June 1, 2018

Eclectic Company Theatre must close its doors, but not before the 'Family Schmamily' festival by Deborah Vankin

There’s a thing or two to kvetch about at Eclectic Company Theatre in Valley Village. For one, parking is limited. And the building is old and idiosyncratic: Company members have to reach …

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Friday, May 11, 2018

'Hamilton' tickets aren't so impossible for the musical's Segerstrom run in Costa Mesa by Deborah Vankin

The national tour that left Hollywood at the end of last year has circled back and landed in Orange County, where tickets are still available for $200 to $300 for many dates. The $10 ticket …

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'Hamilton' tickets aren't so impossible for the musical's Segerstrom run in Costa Mesa by Deborah Vankin

“Hamilton” ticket-buying frenzies may be legendary: the swiftly sold-out shows, the unwieldy lines, the digital ticket lotteries, the third-party ticket prices that soar into the thousan…

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Tuesday, February 27, 2018

Paula Vogel's 'Indecent' will come to L.A. as part of the Ahmanson's next season by Deborah Vankin

Paula Vogel's "Indecent" and Matthew Bourne's "Cinderella" have been added to the Center Theatre Group's 2018-19 season at the Ahmanson Theatre.

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Saturday, February 24, 2018

'Letters Live' makes its U.S. public debut at Theatre at Ace Hotel by Deborah Vankin

The letter was more than 1,000 years old. In 1900, a Daoist monk named Wang Yuanlu unearthed an ancient Buddhist cave library near the town of Dunhuang in western China. When he pried open t…

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Wednesday, February 21, 2018

Hollywood Bowl 2018: Gustavo, 'Annie,' Diana Ross, the Go-Go's and 'Goblet of Fire' by Deborah Vankin

Here's an exclusive early look at the Hollywood Bowl's summer lineup, which features more dance (including Savion Glover and Lil Buck), some big classical names (Thomas Adès) and throwback …

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Hollywood Bowl 2018: Gustavo, 'Annie,' Diana Ross, the Go-Go's and 'Goblet of Fire' by Deborah Vankin

With a 24/7 news cycle delivering one stress-inducing headline after another, it may feel like a hard-knock life. But when the Hollywood Bowl announces its 2018 lineup Wednesday, the summer …

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Wednesday, October 11, 2017

MacArthur fellows for 2017: a tragicomic novelist, an 'Afropolitan' painter and more by Deborah Vankin

The 2017 MacArthur fellows have been revealed, and among the honorees are an experimental opera director, a freewheeling novelist exploring the moral complexities of the Vietnam War, a Niger…

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Thursday, September 14, 2017

Marc Masterson to depart as artistic director at South Coast Repertory by Deborah Vankin

Marc Masterson, artistic director of South Coast Repertory in Costa Mesa, will leave his post when his contract expires at the end of the current season, the theater announced Thursday eveni…

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Monday, September 11, 2017

Hotter than 'Hamilton'? Kusama 'Infinity Mirrors' frenzy prompts the Broad to offer 40,000 more tickets by Deborah Vankin

Just how high is the demand for the Broad’s upcoming “Yayoi Kusama: Infinity Mirrors” exhibition? After 50,000 tickets sold out in less than an hour earlier this month, the museum anno…

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Wednesday, August 23, 2017

Geffen Playhouse's former artistic director files age discrimination lawsuit by Deborah Vankin

Randall Arney, the former artistic director of the Geffen Playhouse in Los Angeles who was dismissed in February after 17 years at the theater, filed a lawsuit Tuesday accusing the Geffen of…

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Geffen Playhouse's former artistic director files age discrimination lawsuit by Deborah Vankin

Randall Arney, the former artistic director of the Geffen Playhouse in Los Angeles who was dismissed in February after 17 years at the theater, filed a lawsuit Tuesday accusing the Geffen of…

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Thursday, August 17, 2017

'Hamilton' opening night in Hollywood: Stars, song and some tears by Deborah Vankin

When the curtain finally rose and those first familiar notes of “Hamilton” rang out inside the Hollywood Pantages Theatre on opening night Wednesday, the audience erupted in applause so …

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Thursday, August 10, 2017

'Hamilton' hits L.A.: Behind the scenes of the landmark musical's arrival in Hollywood by Deborah Vankin

Hollywood Boulevard, 4:45 a.m. The sky is charcoal-colored and hazy, the nearly empty streets bathed in a blur of red, orange and green from a thicket of neon signage — the W Hollywood hot…

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A 'Hamilton' timeline: How a single song grew into a global musical juggernaut by Deborah Vankin

The musical's storied rise from a single 4-minute, 20-second song to mixtape to Off-Broadway project to Broadway hit and worldwide sensation. London, you're next.

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Friday, July 7, 2017

BeBe Winans on God's favorite song — and his musical, 'Born for This' by Deborah Vankin

Growing up in 1980s Detroit as part of the Winans gospel clan, music was a way of life for BeBe and CeCe Winans — and later it became a calling. After the teenage brother-sister duo joined…

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Hammer Museum gala to honor Ava DuVernay and Hilton Als by Deborah Vankin

The Hammer’s annual fundraising soiree will be especially smart this year: The museum announced on Friday that Oscar-nominated filmmaker Ava DuVernay and Pulitzer Prize-winning New Yorker …

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Wednesday, June 21, 2017

'That '70s Show's' Debra Jo Rupp on her new 'Cake' and breaking the rules — in baking and in life by Deborah Vankin

Debra Jo Rupp has had more than 300 TV and film roles, and she’s still best known as doting mom Kitty Forman in “That ’70s Show.” But the actress is most at home onstage, she says, w…

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Monday, June 12, 2017

Bette Midler wins her first acting Tony Award for 'Hello, Dolly!' by Deborah Vankin

“Well, hello, Tony!” That could have been Bette Midler’s mantra Sunday evening as she took the stage to accept her award for lead actress in a musical for “Hello, Dolly!” Throughou…

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Wednesday, June 7, 2017

Five-time Tony winner Susan Stroman to revive 'Crazy for You' in L.A. by Deborah Vankin

You could say Susan Stroman is crazy for the musical. In 1992 Stroman launched her career by choreographing the original Broadway production of “Crazy for You,” a Wall Street-boy-meets-M…

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Saturday, May 13, 2017

Ford Theatres announces new collaborations for summer 2017 season by Deborah Vankin

The Ford Theatres, the 97-year-old outdoor amphitheatre nestled in the Hollywood Hills, has finally completed its $72.2-million renovation, and the facility is promising a spirit of collabor…

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Tuesday, April 18, 2017

For a giant like the L.A. Phil, how does NEA funding factor into the big picture? by Deborah Vankin

The Los Angeles Philharmonic is hardly a shoestring operation, with its $255-million endowment and an annual budget of $120 million for the 2015-16 season. The 106-member orchestra led by Gu…

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Friday, March 31, 2017

Clearing up confusion over 'Hamilton' tickets for L.A.: What you need to know by Deborah Vankin

“Hamilton” may celebrate inclusion, but the frenzied quest for tickets to the musical’s Los Angeles run has left some ticket hopefuls confused or worried they will be left out. Perform…

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Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Wait for it: 'Hamilton' announces on-sale date for single tickets in L.A. by Deborah Vankin

Los Angeles “Hamilton” fans, take note: 10 a.m. April 30. That’s when individual tickets for the musical’s run at the Hollywood Pantages will go on sale, the theater announced Tuesda…

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Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Geffen Playhouse Artistic Director Randall Arney to step down by Deborah Vankin

Randall Arney is stepping down as artistic director of the Geffen Playhouse in Westwood, the company said Tuesday. After 17 years with the company, Arney will leave when his contract ends i…

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