Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts in Beverly Hills Announces 2016/17 Season

Musical Theatre: The Wallis and Cody Lassen production of Merrily We Roll Along Music and Lyrics by Stephen Sondheim Book by George Furth Directed by Michael Arden November 22 – December 18, 2016 Michael Arden directs this rarely staged Stephen Sondheim musical. Merrily We Roll Along travels backwards in time to navigate the bumpy history… Read More Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts in Beverly Hills Announces 2016/17 Season

I Only Have Eyes for You: The Life and Lyrics of Al Dubin at the Montalban Theatre, Hollywood

By Jane Rosenberg Al Dubin, the lyricist who, along with Harry Warren, brought us such memorable songs as “We’re in the Money,” “42nd Street,” “You’re Getting to Be a Habit With Me,” “Lullaby of Broadway,” and “September in the Rain,” is the subject of the new musical, I Only Have Eyes for You, currently running… Read More I Only Have Eyes for You: The Life and Lyrics of Al Dubin at the Montalban Theatre, Hollywood

LA Opera’s Madame Butterfly at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion

By Jane Rosenberg In LA Opera’s riveting Madame Butterfly, which penetratingly explored the effects of imperialism in early twentieth century Japan, we have a Butterfly that transcended the domestic and became epic in scope. Ana Maria Martinez as Cio-Cio-San from Madame Butterfly. Photo by Ken Howard for LA Opera Everything in this new production, created… Read More LA Opera’s Madame Butterfly at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion

Notes From the Left Coast: Judy Wexler at Vitello’s E Spot Lounge

By Don Heckman It was a real pleasure to return to Vitello’s Saturday night, after spending more than a year in Oregon, away from one of our favorite music rooms. Since our return, the E Spot Lounge is a considerably remodeled version of the original venue. But no problem there. Although the stage has been… Read More Notes From the Left Coast: Judy Wexler at Vitello’s E Spot Lounge

Notes From the Left Coast: Nancy Dussault at The Gardenia

By Don Heckman The Gardenia, Tom Rolla’s cozy Hollywood cabaret club can always be counted on to provide a captivating evening of music. And Nancy Dussault’s performance Friday night did all that and a lot more. The versatile, Tony Award-nominated Dussault’s far-ranging musical theatre career reaches from The Sound of Music and Do Re Mi… Read More Notes From the Left Coast: Nancy Dussault at The Gardenia

Hello Again: The Songs of Allan Sherman by Linden Waddell at the Gardenia

By Don Heckman The Gardenia Restaurant and Lounge, Hollywood’s cozy and amiable cabaret room, has long been one of the great cabarets in L.A., as well as the nation. Under the thoughtful direction of owner Tom Rolla, a former Broadway dancer, the room has continued to provide an engaging schedule of appearances by world class… Read More Hello Again: The Songs of Allan Sherman by Linden Waddell at the Gardenia