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Tuesday, February 5, 2019

‘Frozen,’ ‘Mean Girls,’ ‘SpongeBob’ on Tap for Pantages, Dolby by Shalini Dore

“Frozen,” “Mean Girls,” a Donna Summer musical and a “SpongeBob SquarePants” tuner are among the shows lined up for Hollywood in the 2019-20 season. And f…

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Thursday, December 6, 2018

Bill Duke Remembers the Theater Training That Helped Him by Shalini Dore

Since Bill Duke the Sundance Special Jury-prize winning film “The Killing Floor” (1984), the multi-hyphenate talent has rarely been out of sight on screens big and small. In the ’90s, …

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Tuesday, November 27, 2018

Quincy Jones to Leave Hands and Feet Imprint at Chinese Theatre by Shalini Dore

You’ve got to believe Quincy Jones was willing to die for his music. His biggest health scare came in in 1974 when he suffered a brain aneurysm. The blame fell to his workload — scoring …

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Thursday, February 22, 2018

‘Baby Driver’ Director, Crew Prepped to the ‘Millisecond’ Before Production Began by Shalini Dore

“ ‘Baby Driver,’ is not just an action film. It’s more like an action musical,” says its writer-director Edgar Wright. “The key is actually not that it is edited to the music, bu…

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Saturday, October 21, 2017

Steve Martin and Edie Brickell’s ‘Bright Star’ Rises at the Ahmanson by Shalini Dore

Steve Martin and Edie Brickell were excited to bring their musical, “Bright Star,” back to the West Coast years after it opened at San Diego’s Old Globe Playhouse. At Friday’s openi…

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Thursday, August 10, 2017

‘Hamilton’ Director and Set Designer on Musical’s Origins, Adapting for L.A., Initial Ideas That Were Tossed Out by Shalini Dore

Pegged as a conversation about the scenery behind hit musical “Hamilton,” talk really turned to the show’s birth Wednesday at NeueHouse in Hollywood. Opening night is Aug. 16 at th…

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Sunday, May 21, 2017

Center Theatre Group Celebrates 50th Anniversary in Style by Shalini Dore

A host of marquee actors, singers, Hollywood execs, and Los Angeles dignitaries turned out to celebrate the 50th anniversary of Center Theatre Group on Saturday in downtown L.A. The event st…

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Monday, May 8, 2017

‘Archduke’ World Premieres at Mark Taper Forum by Shalini Dore

While Hollywood hosts any number of film premieres, legit world premieres are more rare. On Sunday, Center Theatre Group’s Mark Taper Forum hosted the opening of Rajiv Joseph‘s &…

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Sunday, April 30, 2017

John Legend Wows Crowd at Moca Gala for Jeff Koons by Shalini Dore

John Legend’s electric performance capped Saturday evening’s Moca Gala at the Geffen Contemporary in downtown Los Angeles. Guests rushed the stage to have a front row spot, takin…

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Thursday, February 9, 2017

Will Musicals See a ‘La La Land’ Boost? by Shalini Dore

The rap on musicals used to be “audiences don’t want to see people breaking into song.” Now that “La La Land” has charmed audiences by doing just that, what does it mean for the fu…

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Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Gordon Davidson’s Life in Theater Celebrated at Ahmanson by Shalini Dore

At the Center Theatre Group’s celebration of Gordon Davidson’s life Monday at the Ahmanson there were testimonials, poems and songs sung to honor the man who built up regional theater on…

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Wednesday, November 30, 2016

L.A. Theater Review: ‘Icebergs’ by Shalini Dore

Set in hip Silverlake, “Icebergs,” now making its world premiere at the Geffen Playhouse, offers plenty of laughs with witty dialogue and a knowing scenario about a showbiz couple, an in…

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Wednesday, September 28, 2016

L.A. Philharmonic’s Opening Night Salutes Gershwin, Raises Education Funds by Shalini Dore

In keeping with the playful George Gershwin tunes performed at the LA Philharmonic’s opening night gala on Tuesday, Broadway star Brian Stokes Mitchell sang, danced, and got the audience t…

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Monday, September 12, 2016

‘Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom’ Opens at Taper to Starry Crowd by Shalini Dore

The opening-night crowd at the Mark Taper Forum’s opening of “Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom” showed the esteem with which director Phylicia Rashad is held in Los Angeles. The gues…

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Tuesday, January 26, 2016

‘Hamilton’ Comes to L.A. as Centerpiece of Pantages New Season by Shalini Dore

“Hamilton,” Lin-Manuel Mirada’s smash hip-hop tuner about America’s founding fathers, will anchor the Pantages’ 2016-17 season, running there Aug. 11-Dec. 30, 2…

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Friday, January 15, 2016

Legit Review: ‘Thom Pain (based on nothing)’ by Shalini Dore

Rainn Wilson brings Will Eno’s one-man show “Thom Pain (based on nothing)” to the Geffen Playhouse 10 years after it was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize for Drama. First playing at t…

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Thursday, January 7, 2016

‘Dog Day Afternoon’ Headed to Broadway by Shalini Dore

Warner Bros. Theatre Ventures, which is currently repped on Broadway by “Misery” and “The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time,” is developing a stage versio…

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Friday, November 20, 2015

L.A. Theater Review: ‘Outside Mullingar’ by Shalini Dore

John Patrick Shanley’s “Outside Mullingar” makes its way to Los Angeles’ Geffen Playhouse without the starry presence of Debra Messing, who played one of the leads on…

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Sunday, January 4, 2015

Steve Carell, Chris Rock, Rob Marshall Honored at Variety Brunch by Shalini Dore

Variety feted Steve Carell, Chris Rock and Rob Marshall along with its 2015 class of 10 Directors to Watch at a brunch Sunday at the Palm Springs Film Festival. Coming the day after the dese…

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Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Kirk Douglas Helps Celebrate 10th Birthday of Kirk Douglas Theatre by Shalini Dore

Kirk Douglas gave career tips to up-and-coming actors at Tuesday’s celebration of the 10th anniversary of his eponymous theater in Culver City. When Douglas was starting out in his car…

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Sunday, June 22, 2014

Kristin Chenoweth, Pink Martini, the Go-Go’s Inducted Into Hollywood Bowl Hall of Fame by Shalini Dore

An L.A. tradition kicked off on the first day of summer with the Hollywood Bowl’s opening on Saturday with a raucous concert that saw the induction of Pink Martini, the Go-Go’s and Krist…

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Thursday, October 3, 2013

‘Sunshine Boys’ Brings ‘Sunny’ Crowd by Shalini Dore

The Ahmanson opening of Neil Simon‘s “The Sunshine Boys” brought out Danny DeVito‘s castmates of “Taxi” and “It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia…

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Wednesday, March 13, 2013

‘Sunshine Boys’ to Open Ahmanson Season by Shalini Dore

Three Blighty hits and a couple of Broadway shows are on the bill for the Ahmanson’s next season.

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