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Musical Theater

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  • Alex Theatre has an uplifting story to tell

    Alex Theatre has an uplifting story to tell
    The survival of the Alex Theatre in Glendale was in serious doubt when the landmark venue nearly lost vital funding with the state’s elimination of local redevelopment agencies in 2012. Its prospects look considerably rosier now. “We’...
  • Late conductor remembered for his achievements

    Late conductor remembered for his achievements
    Norman Mamey, former conductor of the Glendale Symphony Orchestra and founder of the new Premiere Orchestra, is being remembered not just for his musical talent but his drive to achieve goals before his death at the age of 66 Thursday following a battle...
  • Orchestra leader Norman Mamey dies

    Orchestra leader Norman Mamey dies
    Norman Mamey, former conductor of the Glendale Symphony Orchestra and founder of the new Premiere Orchestra, has died following a battle with pancreatic cancer. A conductor, producer and musical director, his accomplishments include a Grammy for an...
  • Music stores likely to take a hit due to Fender's move to direct customer sales

    Music stores likely to take a hit due to Fender's move to direct customer sales
    Fender's curvy Stratocasters, Telecasters and Jazz Basses have been must-have features of guitar shop walls for decades. Music retailers, including mom-and-pop shops like Grayson's Tune Town in Montrose and big national chains such as Guitar Center,...
  • Old friends to meet again on the jazz stage

    Old friends to meet again on the jazz stage
    In the early 1980s, a group of hot young players from around the country made names for themselves in New York. They weren’t free-jazz avant-gardists, neo-beboppers, electronic funksters or a part of Wynton Marsalis’ “young men in suits&...
  • Theater Review: Playful panto at the Playhouse

    Theater Review: Playful panto at the Playhouse
    Take a familiar, happily-ever-after fairy tale, throw in slapstick, topical humor, pop songs, ample buffoonery, audience participation throughout and a guy in a dress and you’ve got “Sleeping Beauty and Her Winter Knight,” a dandy...
  • Venerable musicians to play out the old

    Venerable musicians to play out the old
    We have no shortage of New Year’s Eve entertainment options — from the Disney in downtown L. A. to Disneyland itself. A couple of closer-to-home attractions, though, promise a mix of both musical excitement and heritage. Trombonist Steve...
  • Celebrities convene for holiday event at the Alex Theatre

    Celebrities convene for holiday event at the Alex Theatre
    It’s not often that an artist is as involved with civic concerns as Norman Mamey. The conductor, producer and musical director has a C.V. a mile long, which includes a Grammy (for an album with the Seattle Symphony Orchestra), movie, stage and TV...
  • Laying down the tracks with Van Dyke Parks

    Laying down the tracks with Van Dyke Parks
    The train was decidedly not bound for glory. It was only going to Hollywood. Pasadena, actually. But that three-day journey — taken in 1955 by 12-year-old Van Dyke Parks, aboard the ultra plush Super Chief from Princeton Junction —...
  • Community: Orchestra's first benefit pulls huge support

    Community: Orchestra's first benefit pulls huge support
    Artistic director/conductor Norman Mamey is a giant step closer to his dream of starting a new orchestra. His 35-member board of governors coordinated the first fundraiser for the Los Angeles Premiere Orchestra earlier this month at Lakeside Golf Club....
  • Making 'music out of glass'

    Making 'music out of glass'
    Many people can name a list of musical instruments ranging from flute to piano, but few have encountered a glass armonica. Not only has William Zeitler heard of the unique period instrument — he plays it. Zeitler, a composer and trained pianist,...
  • Stage Review: Cast adds new luster to Cole Porter classic

    Stage Review: Cast adds new luster to Cole Porter classic
      “Another Op’nin’, Another Show….” But not just any show. This is Cole Porter’s 1948 masterwork, “Kiss Me, Kate,” and it fairly zings with exuberance at the Pasadena Playhouse. Taking his inspiration...