Thursday, April 22, 2021

Hugh Jackman says 'Music Man' team is 'rebuilding' after Scott Rudin's departure by Christie D'zurilla

In a much-anticipated statement, 'The Music Man' star Hugh Jackman addresses the Scott Rudin fallout. Not everyone is happy with the actor's response.

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Wednesday, April 21, 2021

COVID pushed Cirque du Soleil into bankruptcy protection. Now for a Vegas comeback by Lisa Fung

The company announces that it's emerging from the pandemic with a focus not on touring shows but on Las Vegas. SoCal visitors are key.

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Monday, April 19, 2021

Commentary: Is Scott Rudin's apology enough? A new era demands more by Charles McNulty

Scott Rudin apologized after allegations of abusive workplace behavior, but he's not the only one. Broadway, it's time to straighten up your act.

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Friday, April 16, 2021

Stephen Sondheim & John Weidman's 'Assassins' gathers a killer roster of performers by Charles McNulty

A doc illuminates the dark hold of Sondheim's 'Assassins' in a Classic Stage Company benefit reminding us why theater has been such a pandemic loss.

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Gustavo Dudamel is Paris Opera's next music director. What does this mean for L.A.? by Mark Swed

The L.A. Phil's artistic leader has been appointed music director in Paris, where he will join one of the most celebrated opera companies in the world.

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Wednesday, April 14, 2021

The Broad Stage touts projects with Kidjo, Shorter, Spalding and Gehry by Jessica Gelt

Angélique Kidjo, Wayne Shorter, Esperanza Spalding and Frank Gehry power artistic partnerships shaping a new direction, the Santa Monica company says.

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With Josh O'Connor and Lupita Nyong'o, 'Romeo and Juliet' speaks to our fractured society by Charles McNulty

Two new versions — a National Theatre film coming to PBS and a Public Theater podcast out now — bring new life to Shakespeare's romantic tragedy.

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Tuesday, April 13, 2021

L.A.'s Ahmanson Theatre pushes reopening to Nov. 30; 'Jamie' joins the lineup by Jessica Gelt

Center Theatre Group will reopen after 20 months of pandemic closure. The lineup includes 'Dear Evan Hansen,' 'Hadestown,' 'Everybody's Talking About Jamie.'

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Thursday, April 8, 2021

L.A.'s Music Center plans in-person shows for May, the first since COVID-19 hit by Jessica Gelt

What will the first shows at the Music Center look like? Imagine family pods, outdoors, with masks. Lineup includes ABT, Paul Taylor and Alonzo King.

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Tickets on sale for 'The Normal Heart' with Laverne Cox and Sterling K. Brown by Deborah Vankin

BIPOC and LGBTQ actors including Jeremy Pope and Guillermo Diaz will read the Larry Kramer play in an event organized by USC's ONE Archives.

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Wednesday, April 7, 2021

L.A. Opera receives $5-million gift to jump-start pandemic recovery by Jessica Gelt

The gift from Terri and Jerry Kohl will help L.A. Opera stage its first major production since the pandemic began: an outdoor show coming in summer.

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California theaters and concert halls can reopen June 15. With good news comes whiplash by Jessica Gelt

Long-shuttered theater companies, music groups and others were shocked Tuesday by plans for full reopening by mid-June. How realistic is the timeline?

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County supervisors make April 'Arts Month' and call for expansion of grant program by Deborah Vankin

L.A. County supervisors support continuation of community arts grants for nonprofits serving youth and other underserved communities.

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Tuesday, April 6, 2021

L.A. Stage Alliance shuts down in fallout from treatment of an Asian actor by Jessica Gelt

The 46-year-old theater association collapses after more than 50 members pull out. Critics say Ovation Awards mistakes reflect long-standing problems.

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Saturday, April 3, 2021

Indoor events can return in California later this month as COVID-19 conditions improve by Luke Money

Indoor live events and performances can resume in California this month with limitations amid declining COVID-19 rates and continuing vaccinations.

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Friday, April 2, 2021

An Asian actor got disrespected at L.A. theater awards. What happened next was swift and powerful by Jessica Gelt

Ovation Award organizers mistake nominee Jully Lee for a different Asian actor. In protest, the city's largest theaters pull out of the L.A. Stage Alliance.

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Thursday, April 1, 2021

17 culture picks: 'Broadway Backwards' with Jim Parsons, Cynthia Erivo, Glenn Close by Matt Cooper

Your weekend watch list also includes a profile of Twyla Tharp, a classic concert by Jessye Norman and an interactive murder mystery set in East L.A.

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Review: LACMA reopens with six shows that hint to what the future museum will be like by Christopher Knight

Shuttered for a year, LACMA reopens Thursday with COVID-19 protocols, a Yoshitomo Nara show and a new direction for exhibitions.

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Tuesday, March 30, 2021

Forget Union Station. The Oscars should be held at the Music Center by Carolina A. Miranda

Instead of choking up Union Station, the Academy Awards could have used the empty Music Center — and shown solidarity with L.A.'s performing arts

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New California guidelines clear the way for pop-up outdoor theater and music by Jessica Gelt

Newly issued guidelines make live theater and music possible in pop-up outdoor venues beginning April 1. Here's what that will look like.

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Dudamel conducts for an audience of 1,000 indoors. What reopening looks like in Spain by James C. Taylor

While Disney Hall remains dark in L.A., Gustavo Dudamel conducts the opera 'Otello' in Barcelona, where reopening is not what you might expect.

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Thursday, March 25, 2021

Live music and theater in L.A. will happen outdoors in summer. But it won't be easy by Jessica Gelt

Theaters and other arts groups big and small scramble to make COVID-safe plans, but in many cases the rules are still murky.

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Wednesday, March 24, 2021

Representation isn't just about visibility. Shootings remind us it's about life and death by Charles McNulty

What role can art play in opening eyes to the humanity of people different from ourselves? After the Atlanta-area shootings, the answer is urgent.

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Tuesday, March 23, 2021

Q&A: Her partner was killed. Now Julie Piñero explores her love and grief, live on Zoom by Christian Orozco

Julie Piñero wrote the one-person play "Delejos" after the killing of her partner, video game developer Jose Zambrano.

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Monday, March 22, 2021

How the tragedy in 'The Father' taught me a surprisingly hopeful lesson about my own by Ashley Lee

It is a unique experience to watch "The Father" alongside your own father. I did so twice — onstage and onscreen.

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Friday, March 19, 2021

18 culture picks: An operatic salute to RBG and a 'West Wing' reunion by Matt Cooper

Your weekend watch list includes Benjamin Millepied's L.A. Dance Project, the L.A. Phil with chef José Andrés and a Passover music celebration.

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Tuesday, March 16, 2021

Commentary: Museums and movie theaters are reopening, but you won't see me in one. Not until summer by Charles McNulty

COVID-19 restrictions are loosening for cultural institutions even though health experts urge caution. We've haven't yet won the fight.

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Monday, March 15, 2021

LACMA sets a reopening date. Six new shows are lined up after year of closure by Deborah Vankin

Los Angeles County of Museum of Art will reopen its galleries April 1. As of now, it's set to be the first major L.A. museum to welcome back guests.

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Saturday, March 13, 2021

Live theater was left out of California's COVID-19 plan. But now it gets guidelines by Jessica Gelt

Indoor theater will remain closed even as counties move from red to orange to yellow tier, and the state spells out capacity limits for outdoor stages.

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Friday, March 12, 2021

'Hamilton' cookie portraits? See how healthcare workers make art to cope with COVID-19 by Makeda Easter

We asked readers working in healthcare to send us art they've made in the pandemic. See their paintings, hyper-real dollhouse furniture, toast art, cookie decorating and more.

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Taylor Iman Jones queued up 'Hamilton' and 'Devil Wears Prada.' Then, the pandemic by Ashley Lee

Yes, Broadway shut down. But so did national tours. In one pandemic year, this California actress lost out on the possibilities of both.

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