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Musical Theater

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  • Martin Short: No shortage of comedy cred

    Martin Short: No shortage of comedy cred
    Martin Short is a Tony and Emmy Award-winning actor with dozens of films behind him and a small crowd of bizarre characters that follow him everywhere. The "completely mental" Ed Grimley — with slippery cowlick and pants pulled up to his chest...
  • The Glendale Pops roars back into action at the Alex

    The Glendale Pops roars back into action at the Alex
    Part of the collateral damage of the Alex Theatre's ambitious physical face-lift has been the suspension of the Glendale Pops series. Saturday night, after a year's absence, director Matt Catingub gave a decisive demonstration of why this remains one of...
  • An unlikely pair gets ready to swing

    An unlikely pair gets ready to swing
    When swing revivalists Big Bad Voodoo Daddy formed in 1993, they were a severe anomaly, one that seemed destined to be overshadowed by the Nirvanas, Tupacs and Whitney Houstons who ruled the pop charts. Twenty years later, the brassy septet has outlived...
  • Gene Kelly: the dancer and the bookworm

    Gene Kelly: the dancer and the bookworm
    Ask a 20-something if they know who Gene Kelly was and most likely the response will be a blank stare. Start singing the lyrics to “Singing in the Rain,” and immediately his or her face will light up with recognition of one the most famous,...
  • Rebel to expose 'gorgeous' Baroque music at Cal Tech

    Rebel to expose 'gorgeous' Baroque music at Cal Tech
    The world of Baroque chamber music usually isn't the place to look for rebellious ways to present and interpret that style of musical expression. After all, it's a genre of the 17th and 18th centuries, and one might think that the last word has been heard...
  • Spotlight on the holidays: Local stages are filled with holiday cheer

    Spotlight on the holidays: Local stages are filled with holiday cheer
    It's that time of year when, once again, local stages light up with holiday-themed treats for audiences of varying ages. The festive offerings range from the soulful (a symphonic concert) to the intentionally ridiculous (anarchic clowning, a British-style...
  • McNalley plays past the musical standard

    McNalley plays past the musical standard
    If at first you don't relate what 31-year-old Tom McNalley plays to what you know of the guitar, don't be put off. He's not approaching either the instrument or his music in a conventional way. Distorted effects, clean picking, ferocious fusillades,...
  • Van Bloem Singers ensemble does it 'for love'

    Van Bloem Singers ensemble does it 'for love'
    Amid the carolers and choruses who will volunteer in local holiday performances this month, one longtime group offers what they hope will be something a little different. The Van Bloem Singers plan to entertain with relatively modern Christmas music...
  • Glendale theater troupe gets a glorious donation

    Glendale theater troupe gets a glorious donation
    This post has been corrected. See details below.  When the stage lights come up on the Stepping Stone Players’ production of “Oliver!” Friday night, the show will have benefited from a $2,000 donation from the Walt Disney Co., after...
  • Presenting the 2013 Les Fleurettes

    Presenting the 2013 Les Fleurettes
    Seventeen young women will be presented to society on Saturday when the La Cañada Thursday Club holds its annual Bal Blanc de Noel at the Omni Hotel in Los Angeles. The honorees are Tracey Hill Andrews, Galey Kathryn Caverly, Jessica Anne Davidson,...
  • Take a nostalgic seat at 'Smokey Joe's Café'

    Take a nostalgic seat at 'Smokey Joe's Café'
    Jeffrey Polk, director of the new Pasadena Playhouse production of “Smokey Joe's Café: The Songs of Leiber and Stoller,” knows why the show has been successful since it bowed in 1994. “The strength,” he declares, “is in the...
  • A woman's place is in the band

    A woman's place is in the band
    It's rare for a symphony conductor to be passionate about bringing jazz to young people. But Rachael Worby is a rarity just for being a female conductor. She is artistic director of Mus/ique, a live series that stages music in unlikely settings. True to...