| Sep 24, 2013
| 9:47 AM
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...
| Jul 2, 2013
| 1:17 PM
Renowned British actor Terence Stamp was initially hesitant to take on the role of a curmudgeonly pensioner in the touching new film, "Unfinished Song," opening this week at the Playhouse 7 in Pasadena.
"I don't know if I play ordinary that well,"...
| Jul 5, 2013
| 12:19 PM
History can be seen everywhere in Glendale's venerable Alex Theatre. It's in the classic terrazzo walkway before the front doors. It's in the neon of the one-hundred-foot high art deco tower, added to the building in 1946. It's in the deep carpet of the...
| Jul 18, 2013
| 5:16 PM
When Robert Wetzel met fellow classical guitarist Fred Benedetti in the master's degree program at San Diego State University, they found a musical kinship that would evolve into a long professional bond. Each had played in enough situations to know...
| Jul 31, 2013
| 9:21 PM
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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...
| Jun 1, 2013
| 3:10 PM
These days Broadway, film and TV star Mandy Patinkin may be best known for his role as CIA Division chief Saul Berenson in the hit show "Homeland," but his first love is singing on stage. "There is nothing better or more fun. It's the love of my life,"...
| Oct 5, 2012
| 12:11 PM
Glendale Pops subscribers probably don’t know the name or music of 30-year-old Miles Mosley, a bassist and composer who headlines Saturday with the Glendale Pops Orchestra at the Alex Theatre. The pairing is a departure for a series more likely to...
| Sep 28, 2012
| 12:20 PM
Carmine Sardo leads a double life much akin to that of a comic book superhero. By day, he's a mild-mannered merchant, tending to his La Crescenta auto and boat upholstery business. After dark, Sardo is transmogrified into a musical crusader, a player of...
| Feb 25, 2011
| 6:09 PM
With the thespian gods obviously smiling down on its efforts, Musical Theatre Guild recently presented the almost never produced Broadway musical “One Touch of Venus” at the Alex Theatre in Glendale.
Director Richard Israel and...
| Oct 27, 2010
When Sonny Fox and June August lost their husbands almost five years ago, little did they know that a chance meeting at a bereavement group would lead to a therapeutic collaboration on a musical about love, loss and recovery.
"Life Begins Again"...
| Nov 16, 2010
| 7:22 PM
For Glendale resident Douglas Rogers, life took an animated turn in 1998 when he was hired as art director for "Shrek."
"I had come to Los Angeles to do 'Othello' at the Shakespeare Festival. Jeffrey Katzenburg (producer of 'Shrek' and DreamWorks...
| Jul 8, 2011
| 4:08 PM
Haight-Ashbury, rock ’n’ roll and mind-altering drugs gave rise to an unusual burst of creativity that married type designs, images and explosive color on esoteric psychedelic posters. Artists embedded in the San Francisco hippie culture...