Saturday, January 16, 2021

How a $970,000 award represents hope and change for a Black L.A. dance company by Makeda Easter

The Mellon Foundation grants nearly $1 million to Lula Washington Dance Theatre, part of an effort to correct systemic inequality in arts funding.

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Thursday, January 14, 2021

Commentary: Times are bad, so keep your uplift. Give me 'Crime and Punishment' and 'The Godfather' by Charles McNulty

The nation's overlapping crises have sparked the notion that audiences want to be uplifted, more than anything else. I disagree.

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Wednesday, January 13, 2021

A dance pioneer, a TV icon and music stars: Here are the 2021 Kennedy Center honorees by Nardine Saad

The 2021 Kennedy Center honorees Debbie Allen, Joan Baez, Garth Brooks, Dick Van Dyke and Midori will be honored with a scaled-down gala in May.

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Bold British stage version of '1984' being developed as a limited TV series by Christie D'zurilla

The 2013 multimedia stage version of George Orwell's novel "1984," which has been adapted many times, is being developed as a five-part limited series.

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Not a drive-in: An L.A. theater gets city approval for an outdoor stage by Jessica Gelt

The Fountain in East Hollywood gets city permission to turn its parking lot into an outdoor theater with distanced seating for up to 84 people.

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Tuesday, January 12, 2021

'Ratatouille: The TikTok Musical' served up $2 million for COVID-19 relief by Christi Carras

The TikTok musical based on Pixar's "Ratatouille" film generated millions for relief efforts launched by the Actors Fund amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Monday, January 11, 2021

Review: Searching for the spirit behind 'Hello, Dolly!' and 'La Cage aux Folles' by Charles McNulty

Pasadena Playhouse streams "You I Like: A Musical Celebration of Jerry Herman," in which paying tribute to the Broadway composer proves harder than it might seem.

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Saturday, December 12, 2020

Commentary: 'The Prom' is an ode to musical theater. But Hollywood often shuts out stage actors by Ashley Lee

Netflix's star-studded spin on the Broadway musical underscores a major shortcoming of the landmark 2019 profit-sharing agreement between producers and actors.

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The ultimate holiday shows list: 81 'Christmas Carols,' 'Nutcrackers' and more by Matt Cooper

What to watch while celebrating Hanukkah, Christmas, Kwanzaa and New Year's Eve? Our mega-list hits all the favorites, plus some wildcards.

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In a year of losses, something gained: Theater, artfully filmed by Charles McNulty

This was the year that streaming versions of "Hamilton," "What the Constitution Means to Me" and "Ma Rainey" proved stage stories can shine on-screen.

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In Netflix's 'The Prom,' Andrew Rannells asks evangelicals to love thy gay neighbor by Ashley Lee

Rannells, Ryan Murphy and the creative team share how the movie's "white guy gospel song" came to life at the Northridge mall.

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Friday, June 5, 2020
Tuesday, September 17, 2019

The Odyssey's 'In Circles' stylishly revives a '60s Gertrude Stein musical experiment by Charles McNulty

"In Circles," Al Carmines' musical adaptation of Gertrude Stein's "A Circular Play," gets a topnotch revival at the Odyssey Theatre.

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Friday, September 13, 2019

Idina Menzel lights up the sexy-neurotic comedy 'Skintight' at the Geffen Playhouse by Charles McNulty

Playwright Joshua Harmon's family comedy has its West Coast premiere.

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Wednesday, September 11, 2019

The best theater to see in L.A. this fall by Charles McNulty

Fall theater season highlight for Los Angeles include a musical version of 'Almost Famous,' Bill Irwin in "On Beckett," a revival of August Wilson's "Jitney" and a new standup show by comic …

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Monday, September 9, 2019

For John Leguizamo, class is back in session. 'Latin History for Morons' hits L.A. by Charles McNulty

John Leguizamo's one-man show, now at the Ahmanson, delves into the Latino history missing from his son’s textbooks. It's a funny, dizzying journey.

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Friday, September 6, 2019

At the Getty Villa, Sophocles gets wounded in Aaron Posner's revamp of 'Philoctetes' by Charles McNulty

The annual outdoor production of classic Greek theater is Sophocles reimagined by Aaron Posner, known for adapting Chekhov into "Stupid ... Bird."

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Monday, August 19, 2019

Korean family drama 'Hannah and the Dread Gazebo' casts too many spells by Charles McNulty

Jiehae Park's "Hannah and the Dread Gazebo," presented by the Fountain Theatre and East West Players, follows a New York woman to the DMZ as she unravels the mysterious death of her grandmot…

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Tuesday, August 13, 2019

Under-performed feminist masterpiece 'Fefu and Her Friends' is reborn at the Odyssey by Charles McNulty

'Fefu and her Friends,' María Irene Fornés' feminist classic, is reborn at the Odyssey Theatre

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Wednesday, July 31, 2019

From 'Cabaret' to 'Phantom of the Opera,' Hal Prince made the musical modern by Charles McNulty

Hal Prince redefined the musical and Broadway in the second half of the 20th century.

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Sunday, July 28, 2019

A new vibrant era in African American playwriting seen in Geraldine Inoa and Dionna M. Daniel's latest by Charles McNulty

Geraldine Inoa's "Scraps" and Dionna M. Daniel's "Gunshot Medley: Part 1" explore pain in the fight for control over black bodies in America and demonstrate exciting new directions in Africa…

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'Into the Woods' and stars align in magical night at the Hollywood Bowl by Charles McNulty

"Into the Woods," Stephen Sondheim and James Lapine's musical deconstruction of classic fairy tales, gets a starry, al fresco revival at the Hollywood Bowl with Sierra Boggess, Sutton Foste…

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Tuesday, July 23, 2019

Review: 'Apple Season' suggests you can always go home again, but should you? by Charles McNulty

Rob Nagle, Lisa Fernandez and Justin Huen star in E.L. Lewis' latest play, 'Apple Season' at Atwater Village Theatre

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Sunday, July 21, 2019

Hugh Jackman sings, dances and charms, delivering a grand time at the Hollywood Bowl by Charles McNulty

"X-Men" superstar and Broadway triple-threat Hugh Jackman performs his concert show, "Hugh Jackman: The Man. The Music. The Show," at the Hollywood Bowl.

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Friday, July 12, 2019

Review: How funny is ‘The Play That Goes Wrong’? Depends on your appetite for pranks and pratfalls by Charles McNulty

Olivier-winning British comedy "The Play That Goes Wrong" arrives at the Ahmanson Theatre as a comedy of blunders with a fringe-theater soul.

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Monday, July 1, 2019

Review: Kavanaugh hearings lend a new lens for Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa’s ‘Good Boys’ by Charles McNulty

Betsy Brandt stars in a new Pasadena Playhouse version of "Riverdale" creator Aguirre-Sacasa's 2008 work, which centers on a prep-school sex scandal.

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Thursday, June 13, 2019

Review: PBS documentary of playwright Terrence McNally celebrates a master of connection by Charles McNulty

PBS’ ‘American Masters’ explores the path-breaking gay writer Terrence McNally through interviews with Billy Porter, Nathan Lane, Rita Moreno and others.

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Wednesday, June 12, 2019

Essential Arts: Time to place bets on the Tony Awards. Hint — we’re into ‘Hadestown’ by Carolina A. Miranda

It’s the end of another week, and the end of my supply of Japanese gummy candies. I’m Carolina A. Miranda, staff writer at the Los Angeles Times, with the week’s essential culture news…

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Tony Awards’ top races: A theater critic’s opinionated guide by Charles McNulty

Of the many cliffhangers the Tony Awards will resolve on Sunday, the story line that has me on the edge of my seat is whether “Hadestown” will be crowned best musical. Anaïs Mitchell is…

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Reactions to Ali Stroker's historic Tony Awards win will make your heart soar by Jessica Gelt

When Ali Stroker rolled onstage in her wheelchair to accept the Tony Award for featured actress in a musical, audiences at home went bananas. As Ado Annie in director Daniel Fish’s revival…

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André De Shields just won his first Tony at 73. Here are 5 facts on his epic career by Makeda Easter

André De Shields capped a 50-year acting career by scoring his first Tony Award on Sunday, winning best featured actor in a musical for his role as Hermes in “Hadestown.” It’s been a …

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