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

Live Music: “Tchaikovsky Spectacular” at the Hollywood Bowl

By Don Heckman It was Tchaikovsky Spectacular night at the Hollywood Bowl on Saturday.  “Tchaikovsky” because the program consisted, in its entirety, of selections from The Nutcracker, Swan Lake and 1812 Overture  And “Spectacular” because of, first, the music, and second the fiery display of pyrotechnics during the 1812 Overture. All of this was performed… Read More Live Music: “Tchaikovsky Spectacular” at the Hollywood Bowl

Live: Cirque Du Soleil’s “Iris” at the Kodak Theatre

By Don Heckman There’s not much doubt about what to expect from a Cirque du Soleil performance.  The formula of extraordinary physical feats, exotic sets and atmospheric music has been well established.  And most people leave a presentation by the gifted Canadian troupe with a sense of sheer wonder at the magical events they’ve just… Read More Live: Cirque Du Soleil’s “Iris” at the Kodak Theatre