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Special to The TimesPart of writing a play is letting it go. It's both exhilarating and a bit frightening when you turn your script over to the director and actors who will try to make it live. It's a risk--you hope you'll get lucky. With "Proof," I did. But when I let...
There are no sure things on Broadway, but when Hairspray opens in New York tonight, 1960s Baltimore could join the ranks of singing cats, an opera-obsessed phantom, African lion cubs and even a pair of crooked producers who mount a musical comedy about...
Tribune criticWith its gorgeous balcony overlooking tall ships, promenading visitors to Navy Pier and a shimmering Lake Michigan, the neatly arranged office of the artistic director of the Chicago Shakespeare Theater is probably the nicest such digs of any theater in...
Sun Theater CriticThe new theater season marks milestone anniversaries for two Baltimore theaters. Center Stage turns 40, and Arena Players, billed as "the nation's oldest continuously operating African-American theater," turns 50. The fare at both is eclectic, and,...
Special to The TimesSo here I am, deep in Oregon's Willamette forest, darkness falling, the rain getting heavier, my unsuitable shoes leaking copiously and the map provided by Cascadia Forest Defenders turning to papier-mache in my hands. I am searching for a group of tree-...
Tribune theater criticA good time for Monty Python obsessives as well as the Python-indifferent, "Monty Python's Spamalot" shares much in common with Hormel's mysterious canned product, the one packed with chopped pork shoulder meat and a few other things. You're not...
Tags: England, David Hyde Pierce, Judaism, Entertainment, Mike Nichols
Special to The TimesCharlotte von Mahlsdorf scoops the last of her strawberry yogurt from its plastic cup. With a satisfying smack, she downs the last dollop. It's Feb. 2, 1993, and tonight I've been interviewing her for more than four hours. One day, I hope to forge a...
Times Staff WriterRobert Wright, a Tony Award-winning composer and lyricist whose songwriting collaboration with George "Chet" Forrest included the hit Broadway musicals "Song of Norway," "Kismet" and "Grand Hotel," has died. He was 90. Wright, a three-time Oscar nominee,...
Special to The TimesHAVING written the musical "Avenue Q" with the songwriting team of Robert Lopez and Jeff Marx, I'm glad none of us knew what lay ahead once we were done. If we had known, we might have frozen in terror and never been able to finish. Blissfully unaware of...
Sun Theater CriticTicket sales for the 14-week run of The Lion King that ended Sunday at the Hippodrome Theatre totaled more than $15 million, and the show was seen by nearly 230,000 people, according to figures released yesterday by the Hippodrome Foundation and Clear...
Tags: Tickets, Entertainment, Birmingham , Social Issues, Disasters
Second of a two-part look at Tony nominations. With Broadway showing renewed energy this year, thanks to a surge of quality across the boards, upcoming nominations for the 60th Tony Awards figure to generate plenty of conversation — and not just...
Times Staff Writer"The Drowsy Chaperone," a zany tribute to the rollicking musicals of the 1920s, received 13 Tony nominations Tuesday, including one for best musical, making it the surprise leader in the race for Broadway's top honors. The Oprah Winfrey-produced musical...
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