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Things to do – online and in-person – in the San Fernando Valley, LA area, Jan. 21-28

    A Megalodon is on display during the Jurassic Quest Drive Thru experience at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, CA. The show features over 70 life-like dinosaurs and can be viewed with tickets purchased in advance online through January 31, 2021. (Photo by Andy Holzman)     Take a chance on cultural experiences, Jan. 21-28.   EVENTS   Holiday in the Park Drive-thru Experience at Six Flags Magic Mountain: A thrill of a different kind for the holiday season with lights choreographed to festi...
Tags: Art, Facebook, Books, Comedy, Movies, California, Trees, Jerusalem, America, Los Angeles, Events, Sport, Nasa, Dance, Richard Louv, Birds


This Very Minute Has History In It

So often I realize how powerfully theatre songs relate to real events. Did you notice that the amazing young poet Amanda Gorman quoted Hamilton in her inaugural poem?So often we'll work on a show that debuted years ago, even decades ago, and discover its surprisingly strong connection to current events. So often I've written press releases for shows, that start, "Even more relevant now than when it first debuted..."Maybe that's because the greatest works of art are genuinely timeless and univer...
Tags: Theatre, Broadway, Theater, Biden, Hamilton, Scott Miller, Musical Theatre, Rock Musicals, Pandemic, Jerry Herman, 2021, Amanda Gorman, COVID


Choose your own adventure down the LA River with this interactive theater performance

The L.A. River has a lot stories it wants to tell, and those who decide to go along for the ride can choose their own adventure as they weave through its banks and waters while hearing tales of the iconic waterway. The nonprofit River L.A., an organization dedicated to revitalizing river, has teamed up with experiential artist Mikhael Tara Garver to create a new journey through the river called “Rio Records.” The interactive online experience launched Jan. 11 and runs through Feb. 7. It mixes li...
Tags: Sport, LA River, Things To Do, Soccer, Streaming, Theater, Vincent, Namm, Holly, Nancy Wilson, Central Avenue, Garver, Top Stories LADN, Krisztina, Mikhael Tara Garver, Rio Records


This art exhibit uses envelopes to deliver hope online and in Long Beach

Envelopes become canvases in a new art exhibition opening in Long Beach, and they’re used to deliver messages of hope. “Couriers of Hope,” which opens Jan.19 and runs through Feb. 28 both online and in a window of a historic Long Beach building, includes work by more than 90 artists who created more than 120 pieces of art by using new and used envelopes. “It’s very uplifting what these artists were able to do,” said Julia Y.C. Huang, founder of Creative Class Collective, the co-organizer of the ...
Tags: Sport, Visual Arts, Things To Do, Soccer, Broadway, Long Beach, Streaming, Theater, Huang, PLAYA VISTA, Jovanovski, Long Beach Museum of Art, Top Stories LBPT, Long Beach Unified School District, Brittany Murray Press, Brittany Murray Press Telegram


How the Parsis Shaped Theatre in Colonial Bombay

Flops, frauds or community disapproval did not prove obstacles to the growth of the theatre enterprise. Elphinstone Circle in Bombay in the 1870s. Photo: Lee-Warner Collection/Wikimedia Commons, CC BY-SA When one thinks of Horniman Circle – the ring of elegant old buildings in south Mumbai – today, several associations spring to mind: the glossy storefronts of Starbucks and Hermes – the temples of neoliberal globalism; men snoozing on the garden’s shaded benches – a respite from...
Tags: Life, China, Wikipedia, India, Turkey, Iran, Starbucks, Victoria, Theater, Hermès, Mumbai, Hyderabad, Bangalore, Bombay, Madras, Town Hall


David Bowie musical, Lazarus, to be streamed on his birthday

On January 8th (David Bowie's birthday), the play Lazarus, written by David and Enda Walsh, will be streamed (for the low, low price of US$21.50). The stream is a recording of the King's Cross London production of the play.In this Guardian piece, they speak with theater producer Robert Fox about the play and working with Bowie. — Read the rest
Tags: Post, London, News, US, David, David Bowie, Theater, Enda Walsh, Bowie, Lazarus, Musical Theater, Robert Fox


'Twas a Year Full of New Line, 2020 Pandemic Edition

'Twas a year filled with New Line, well, okay, not "filled;"Our season chopped off at the knees, Covid killed. Our Urinetown canceled, and our Something Rotten,Such wonderful shows! May they not be forgotten! So here is my poem, because it's tradition,An annual event, like our annual audition,But this year, a shorter, Pandemic Edition.So last January -- remember pre-doom?When people could gather, all in the same room?We hosted a reading of my newest show,Called Bloody King Oedipus! (Wouldn't y...
Tags: Musicals, Theatre, Live, Performing Arts, Broadway, Theater, Scott Miller, New Musicals, Musical Comedy, Musical Theatre, Rock Musical


Vitello’s Italian Restaurant in Studio City want to keep the music playing

A lot of restaurants are up against hard times amid the novel coronavirus pandemic, but Vitello’s Italian Restaurant faces an additional challenge. It’s also a performance venue. Co-owner Brad Roen has set up a GoFundMe campaign to help save the eatery, which has been in Studio City since 1964. It is seeking $85,000 through crowdfunding to get through coming weeks. Related links Independent restaurants turn to crowdfunding for survival These struggling Southern California restaurants have ...
Tags: Restaurants, Sport, Things To Do, Soccer, Streaming, Theater, Frankie Valli, New Year's Eve, Southern California, Feinstein, Los Angeles County, Tony, Emma, Studio City, Sherman Oaks, John Lloyd Young


The 10 best socially-distanced Southern California events of 2020

This year has been challenging to say the least. As live events around the world were canceled or postponed due to the coronavirus pandemic, we hunkered down to slow the spread. While we missed crowding into mosh pits and singing at the top of our lungs at concerts, stuffing our faces with popcorn at movie theaters and slapping high fives and raising a plastic cup of beer to cheer at sporting events, event promoters in Southern California got creative. Various companies managed to produce numer...
Tags: Holidays, California, Los Angeles, Sport, Things To Do, Soccer, Streaming, Theater, Southern California, Ontario, Pomona, Mary, Anaheim, Westlake, Costa Mesa, Irvine


From Stage to Page: Pandemic Edition

I've written posts about cool musical theatre books, about cool videos, about cool theatre books not about musicals, and lots more. And it occurred to me that I've read a lot of good books since I wrote those posts, so I feel that you, Dear Reader, deserve a sequel. So here are some of the interesting books I've been reading lately...Flop Musicals of the Twenty-First Century, by Stephen Purdy. A really fun, quirky, slightly snarky tour through the carnage of Spider-Man, Lestat, Urban Cowboy, Th...
Tags: Amazon, Race, Theatre, Chicago, Stephen Sondheim, Performing Arts, James Lapine, Broadway, Theater, Oklahoma, Broadway Musicals, Harley Granville Barker, George, Joey, Rodgers, Hammerstein


'Tenet' director Christopher Nolan blasts Warner Bros. decision to debut movies on HBO Max, 'the worst streaming service'

Christopher Nolan (right) with John David Washington on the set of "Tenet." Warner Bros. Director Christopher Nolan has spoken out against Warner Bros.' decision to release all its 2021 movies on the HBO Max streaming platform alongside theaters, saying it makes "no economic sense." Nolan, who has an 18-year history with Warner Bros., also called HBO Max "the worst streaming service" in a statement to The Hollywood Reporter. As well as disappointing directors and movie stars, the move coul...
Tags: Hbo, Christopher Nolan, Hollywood, Movies, Entertainment, Disney, US, Trends, Netflix, Cinema, Roku, Theater, Warner, Nolan, Warner Bros, Warner Brothers


The actor-turned-real estate agent making his way in the Hamptons

Kyle Barisich had planned on embarking on a career in real estate someday, but he had no idea how quickly that day would come after theaters were shut down due to the pandemic.
Tags: New York City, Lifestyle, Social Media, Radio, Unemployment, Broadway, Teams, Agent, Theater, Vaccine, Compass, Long Island, Hamptons, The Hamptons, Zoom, Sag Harbor


It's Buffalo Bill Cody on horseback....

  I'm reading about him this morning.  Here's something he said about his wife: "I often feel sorry for her. She is a strange woman but I don't mind her—remember she is my wife—and let it go at that. If she gets cranky, just laugh at it, she can't help it." He tried to divorce her after almost 40 years of marriage. He said that when he was away and she was at their ranch [in North Platte, Nebraska], she would "feed the men too much and talk violently about Cody and his alleged sweethearts ....
Tags: Books, New York, Movies, Law, Suicide, Animals, America, Nebraska, Native Americans, Theater, Platte River, Cody, Buffalo Bill, North Platte Nebraska, Ijeoma Oluo, Masculinity


12 Musicals I Will Do Before I Die

When we program a season for New Line Theatre, there are lots of considerations. Commercial potential is nowhere near the top of the list, but by necessity, it is on the list. After all, we have to keep New Line in operation, and you'd be amazed how expensive musicals are to produce.I would love to do a season of really weird, really obscure musicals, but New Line probably can't survive doing that. Having said that, we have produced some extremely weird shows over the years -- Floyd Collins, Ja...
Tags: Stephen King, Theatre, Broadway, Theater, Bucket List, Broadway Musicals, Times Square, Newman, Mack, Neil Simon, Scott Miller, Faust, Mack Sennett, Mabel, Shenandoah, Randy Newman


Things to do – online and in-person – in the San Fernando Valley, LA area, Nov. 26-Dec. 3

  Leon Keer’s “In Case of Lost Childhood,” acrylic on hand cut wood panel, is part of the “Nexus Three” online exhibit from Brand Library and Art Center in Glendale. (Photo courtesy of Leon Keer/Brand Library and Art Center)   Take a chance on cultural and educational experiences, Nov. 26-Dec. 3   EVENTS   Los Angeles Christmas Market: A pop-up shopping experience, opens 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Nov. 27. Check website on Covid-19 precautions. Photo with Santa Claus — in a sleigh with non-reflective...
Tags: Art, Facebook, Books, Music, Comedy, Movies, Abc, California, La, Israel, Christmas, America, Los Angeles, Events, Sport, Dance


‘All Arts Organizations Are Media Companies Now’: How the Pandemic Is Transforming Theater

A series of immersive audioplays performed and mixed live, using tech developed by theatrical sound designers and engineers. A summer festival’s entire season of new plays and classics released on Audible. A wild satire of gay identity politics, beamed to your computer in a high-gloss, multicamera broadcast from a theater space in Brooklyn. A playwright’s […]
Tags: News, Digital, Brooklyn, Broadway, Theater, Pandemic, Jeremy O. Harris


We Need Some Light

I often think about theatre songs in terms of categories, I Want songs, I Am songs, Eleven O'Clock Numbers, Act Two Openers, etc. But a while back, my friend Jennifer Ashley Tepper, Broadway producer, author, and artsy wonder woman, posted (seemingly randomly though you never know with Jen), this post:My favorite kinds of musical theatre songs, ranked:1. Song about being a cowboy, inventor, explorer, etc. that is secretly about being a musical theatre writer2. Large ensemble number with counter...
Tags: Musicals, Theatre, Broadway, Rob, Theater, George, Jen, Little Shop, Mushnik, Scott Miller, Jennifer Ashley Tepper, Broadway Musical, Lippa, Wild Party, Bukowsical, Man of La Mancha


The ABC's of Broadway Musicals: A Civilian's Guide

After thinking of myself as a director first, and a writer second, for my entire adult life (and that's quite a while, at this point), the Great Pandemic of 2020 has forced me to strike that and reverse it. For now -- for a while -- I'm a writer first, and a once and future director second.So I've been brainstorming writing projects to take up my time while I can't make theatre.If you're a regular reader of my blog, you know that I've already published my first two pandemic projects, my antholo...
Tags: New York, Abc, Theatre, Broadway, Theater, St Louis, Stephen, Broadway Musicals, Off Broadway, Lin-manuel Miranda, Sondheim, Scott Miller, Lin Manuel, Rodgers and Hammerstein, Inc St Louis Shakespeare


LA Philharmonic Association cancels remainder of Walt Disney Concert Hall season because of coronavirus

After canceling its summer seasons at the Hollywood Bowl and the Ford Amphitheater earlier this year due to the novel coronavirus pandemic, the Los Angeles Philharmonic Association has scrapped all of the remaining concerts scheduled for the 2020-21 season at Walt Disney Concert Hall through June 9, 2021. The LA Phil, which programs a variety of concerts and other performances at Walt Disney Concert Hall, the Hollywood Bowl, and the Ford, announced the latest cancelation in a press release Oct. ...
Tags: California, Sport, Things To Do, Soccer, Ford, Classical Music, Streaming, Theater, Pbs, Phil, Hollywood Bowl, LA Phil, Walt Disney Concert Hall, Gustavo Dudamel, Los Angeles Philharmonic Association, Dudamel


Out-of-work Broadway actors can eat now and pay later (or never) at 2 Manhattan restaurants

Walter McBride/Getty Images Manhattan restaurants Marseille and Nizza are offering an "eat now, pay later" scheme for out-of-work Broadway actors. Actors can enjoy a meal and pay their bill "as slowly or as quickly as possible, if at all," the restaurants said.  All Broadway shows have been suspended until May 30, 2021. "Your success has been our success," the restaurants told actors.  Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. Out-of-work Broadway actors can now eat at two New Y...
Tags: Food, Musicals, New York City, US, Actors, Trends, Restaurant, Marseille, Broadway, Retail, Manhattan, Theater, Broadway League, Nizza, Walter McBride Getty, Hell's Kitchen


Drive-in comedy series parks at the Magic Castle in Hollywood

Veteran comic Jamie Kennedy is used to hearing applause and laughs from the stage — and even some occasional jeers. But getting flashed by high-beams and hearing some weird noises paired with LED lights during his latest sets, well, that’s something new. The comedy club Kennedy’s currently playing? It’s a Hollywood parking lot. Kennedy’s been one of the regular performers at the “Magic Asphalt: Drive-In Comedy Under the Stars” series, which takes place two weekends a month in the Magic Castle’s ...
Tags: Comedy, Hollywood, Mexico, Los Angeles, Sport, Things To Do, Soccer, Theater, Kennedy, Malibu, Southern California, Anaheim, Larson, Doug Benson, Jamie Kennedy, Magic Castle


Invite horror home with ‘QuaranSCREAM,’ an interactive theater experience

Can you survive horror movie-style plots in your own home? With the pandemic shutting down in-person theater performances this haunting season, co-founders of the Los Angeles-based 88Twenty Group Nate Weber and Allison Fox created an interactive and virtual production dubbed “QuaranSCREAM” Live. The live, hour-and-a-half performances will take place starting at 7 p.m. Oct. 17, 24 and 30 and stars Zach Villa (“American Horror Story: 1984”), Riley Costello (“Hairspray Live!,” “Wicked”) and Alisha ...
Tags: Halloween, Movies, California, Los Angeles, Sport, Fox, Things To Do, Soccer, Theater, Weber, Bette, Wes Craven, Jamie Kennedy, Zach Villa, Allison Fox, Top Stories LADN


With GOP Senators testing positive for covid, "Will the Senate Have a Quorum to Confirm Judge Barrett?"

Asks Jonathan Adler (at Reason):There are 53 Republican Senators. As of this morning, three Republican Senators (Tillis, Lee, and Johnson) have tested positive. This means there are only 50 Republican Senators who can attend Senate proceedings. (The Vice President does not count for these purposes.) So if Senate Democrats boycott proceedings, they might be able to grind Senate business to a fault....To a fault? I'm guessing he meant to say "to a halt." Anyway... Adler observes the Judiciary Comm...
Tags: Law, Oregon, Senate, Gop, New York Times, William Shakespeare, Theater, Johnson, Shakespeare, Barrett, Jonathan Adler, Adler, Judiciary Committee, Packwood, Ben Jonson, Ann Althouse


A Great Big Cloud of Smoke

If anyone from federal law enforcement is reading this, it's purely a work of fiction, and any resemblance to actual musical theatre artists, stoned or not, is purely coincidental. Now that I got that out of the way. If you're my Facebook friend, or if you've known me for longer than ten minutes, you know I smoke pot. And I'm very vocal about it. In a weird way, stoners are kind of like gay people thirty years ago (and in some cases, still today) -- in both cases, it's relatively easy to "...
Tags: Facebook, Musicals, Marijuana, John Lennon, Superman, Theatre, Paul Simon, America, Cannabis, Artists, Paul Mccartney, Pot, Theater, George W Bush, Yoda, Johnny


13 Tales of the Weird

I love musical theatre more than anything else in the world. But I also really love horror. New Line has brought the two together on several occasions, with Night of the Living Dead, Sweeney Todd, The Rocky Horror Show, In the Blood, Lizzie, and The Zombies of Penzance. Depending on your definition, I might include on that list Andrew Lippa's The Wild Party, Love Kills, Sweet Smell of Success, and Assassins.Even before the pandemic hit, but especially now, I'm always looking for new writing pro...
Tags: Musicals, Horror, Stephen King, Theatre, Broadway, Mystery, Terror, Theater, George Romero, Canterbury, King, Hamilton, Robert, Todd Haynes, Mary, Lizzie


How to be a guerrilla theatre activist

"Guerrilla theatre is a form of intervention where acts of spontaneous, surprise performance in unlikely public spaces rupture the boring-as-shit, day-to-day reality for an unsuspecting audience," writes artist/instigator/author Bill Posters (aka Barnaby Francis) in his new book The Street Art Manual. In a book excerpt at The Quietus, Posters gives a quick introduction to guerrilla theater and situationist performance and its use by activists to stir shit up and make a statement. Here's an excer...
Tags: Post, UK, News, Activism, US, Colombia, Frankfurt, Protests, New Zealand, Theater, Pranks, George W Bush, Billy, Dada, Tate, John Jordan


Halloween haunt Witches Brew LA mixing outdoor dining and scary experiences around Southern California

With so many major Halloween events canceled due to COVID-19, Witches Brew LA has decided to bring its themed events outdoors this haunting season for an all-new production dubbed Ghosts of the Past. Witches Brew LA will be partnering with various local historic — and reportedly haunted — locations throughout Southern California for a series of socially-distanced dinner experiences complete with dinner theatre and thematic haunt elements. “In a time where haunt experiences, expos and theme parks...
Tags: Halloween, La, Restaurants, Sport, Things To Do, Soccer, Theater, Dining, Orange County, Southern California, Top Stories LADN, Top Stories OCR, Top Stories PE, Top Stories IVDB, Top Stories RDF, Top Stories Sun


Things to do – online and in-person – in the San Fernando Valley, LA area, Aug. 27-Sept. 3

  Valley Relics Museum in Van Nuys is taking reservations for “An Open Air Museum Experience” this weekend and upcoming dates. The museum houses nostalgia from the San Fernando Valley’s past. (Photo by Sarah Reingewirtz, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)   Take a chance on new cultural and educational experiences, Aug. 27-Sept. 3   EVENTS   Los Angeles Tourism & Convention Board: The non-profit marketing tourism board has launched their “LA Love (heart)” campaign to interest local residents into p...
Tags: Art, Facebook, Books, Music, Politics, Comedy, New York, Movies, Minneapolis, America, Los Angeles, Events, Sport, Dance, Homelessness, Radio


Designing Doesn’t Stop, Even When Stage Shows Do

Staying creative during the pandemic means setting the scene for a cat, a baby, a garden … or an Instagram account that makes Mom and Dad into art stars.
Tags: Art, Design, News, Molly, Rob, Theater, James, Max, Scott C, Ortiz, Bissinger, Anita, La Scala, Dorey, Neale, Werle


7 Things to Do This Weekend

How can you get your cultural fix when many arts institutions remain closed? Our writers offer suggestions for what to listen to, read and watch.
Tags: Music, News, Dancing, Classical Music, Jazz, Evans, Theater, Opera, Richard, Steve, Michael, Miller, Mitski, Wagner, Roberts, Danny