Live Opera: Bizet’s “Carmen” at the Los Angeles Opera

By Jane Rosenberg One of the most iconic characters in opera is the fiercely independent and willful Carmen, drawn from the pages of Prosper Mérimée’s nineteenth century novel. Prizing freedom above all else, she’s willing to die to preserve that freedom. A modern woman in every sense, Carmen loves as she pleases with the kind… Read More Live Opera: Bizet’s “Carmen” at the Los Angeles Opera

Live Music: “ModRock” at the El Portal Theater

By Mike Finkelstein ModRock had its official opening Sunday evening at the El Portal Theatre in North Hollywood.   It’s an entertaining, feel good, romp through some very important times in popular culture. In the mid ‘60s London was ground zero for popular culture.   Long lasting fashion trends like the miniskirt came out of the London… Read More Live Music: “ModRock” at the El Portal Theater

Ballet: Hubbard Street Dance Chicago and Alonzo King Lines Ballet at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion

By Jane Rosenberg On Friday evening, the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion stage was awash with undulating, quivering bodies at the West coast premiere of Alonzo King’s Scheherazade and his latest choreographic venture, Azimuth, in collaboration with Hubbard Street Dance.  Drawing on diverse dance idioms, from Western Classical to Persian, Indian, and African, to name a few,… Read More Ballet: Hubbard Street Dance Chicago and Alonzo King Lines Ballet at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion

Live Opera: Puccini’s “Tosca” performed by the LA Opera conducted by Placido Domingo

By Jane Rosenberg Los Angeles.  Opera is the exquisite melding of art forms: music, drama, and visual art.  The ultimate success of an opera production lies in the perfect balance of all three.  On Wednesday evening, June 5, at the Music Center, mid-run through LA Opera’s Tosca by Giacomo Puccini, the music was a success,… Read More Live Opera: Puccini’s “Tosca” performed by the LA Opera conducted by Placido Domingo

Live Musical Theatre: “One Night With Janis Joplin” at the Pasadena Playhouse

By Don Heckman Pasadena, CA.  The Janis Joplin legend surfaces once again in the powerful music and dramatic story telling of One Night With Janis Joplin at the Pasadena Playhouse. It’s shown up earlier in the film, The Rose, and the theatre piece, Love, Janis.  But never before with such convincing musical and historical authenticity.… Read More Live Musical Theatre: “One Night With Janis Joplin” at the Pasadena Playhouse

Live Musical Theatre: “Anything Goes” at the Ahmanson Theatre

By Jane Rosenberg Los Angeles, CA.  Tired of the annual parade of Nutcrackers and Messiahs?  Looking for musical entertainment that’s sophisticated, witty, and wall-to-wall fun?  Then pack your steamer trunk and hop on board Cole Porter’s cruise ship sailing for nineteen more performances (including matinees) at the Ahmanson Theatre in Los Angeles.  It’s the Roundabout… Read More Live Musical Theatre: “Anything Goes” at the Ahmanson Theatre