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June 11, 2004
Tom Titus Put down your knitting, your book and your broom, and come to "Cabaret" at the Costa Mesa Civic Playhouse. But be advised, this isn't your father's "Cabaret." The John Kander-Fred Ebb musical, tracing the Nazis' rise to power in Berlin through the viewpoint of an American writer caught up in its hedonistic seediness, has been reformed and refocused to incorporate much of the movie's decadent attitude. Local audiences got a glimpse of this grimmer, grittier version a few seasons ago when the professional touring production played the Orange County Performing Arts Center.
ENTERTAINMENT
By Michael Miller | December 14, 2012
"Cabaret," the title number from Liza Minnelli's greatest screen musical, is a fight song as much as a showstopper. Midway through its celebration of a carefree life, the lyrics describe a girlfriend of the narrator who died of "too much pills and liquor," but who looked content laid out in her coffin. "I made my mind up back in Chelsea," the narrator resolves at the end of the bridge, "when I go, I'm going like Elsie. " It's a defiant tune, and sometimes it shows up in settings that render its message of against-the-odds cheer even more poignant.
NEWS
November 19, 2004
Tim Titus "Cabaret" is a problematic musical. At its best, "Cabaret" is sharp and chillingly political. It searingly depicts the dangers of cowering behind hedonistic blinders as the world crashes down around you. At its worst, it is pure glitz, little more than sequin-studded sugar that asks you to ignore the swastikas flying in the background in favor of a smiley evening of sing-along. Seeing "Cabaret" is like going to a potluck. Upon entering, eager audiences scan the program in a quick attempt to ascertain whether their favorite numbers will be performed.
NEWS
February 15, 2002
Young Chang All the world's a stage, and the people in it, women. At least that's the case for the Orange County Performing Arts Center's 2002-03 Cabaret Series, which starts in the summer. The lineup includes seven leading ladies of song and a production of "Forbidden Hollywood." The Tony Award-winning Audra McDonald will open the season with a bonus performance in June. "Forbidden Hollywood" will follow as another bonus in September. Emmy Award winner Polly Bergen will officially open the six-show season in October, Tony Award winner Donna Murphy will take the stage in November, gold record artist Maureen McGovern will perform in December and Tony Award winner Christine Ebersole will sing in 2003 in January.
NEWS
August 12, 2000
Tom Titus If you think you've seen the musical "Cabaret" -- and since it's been around for nearly 35 years with generous local exposure, you probably have -- you still haven't witnessed a production quite like the version now being presented at the Orange County Performing Arts Center. It's almost inaccurate to refer to this touring show as a "revival," since director Sam Mendes (an Oscar winner for "American Beauty") and codirector and choreographer Rob Marshall have injected a visceral sensation of in-your-face power and brilliance into the John Kander/Fred Ebb musical, which had done pretty well on its own back in the 1960s.
NEWS
March 24, 2000
Alex Coolman "It was a sad day yesterday in Ireland," said Noel Ginnity, one of the performers in "Stars of the Irish Cabaret." He was talking on a cellular phone from a bus taking him to the airport for a flight to Las Vegas. "Yes, they buried the Irish national hokeypokey champion," Ginnity said. "It took hours to get him in the ground. "Every time they put the right leg in, he put the right leg out." Ginnity, the cabaret's comedian, has a tendency to slip into slightly fanciful anecdotes.
NEWS
October 26, 2001
Jennifer K Mahal Jason Graae is a cheeky fellow. Or maybe spritely would be a better word for the twinkle-eyed performer whose saucy humor infuses his conversations. "I'm trying to be well behaved in this show," the former "Forbidden Broadway" performer said of his cabaret act at the Orange County Performing Arts Center this weekend. Not too well behaved, one hopes. Graae (pronounced Graw) has earned kudos for his performances in "Ragtime," "Forbidden Broadway Y2K LA," "Falsettos" and more.
NEWS
April 20, 2003
Cindy Benson starred on Broadway as the comedy lead in "Les Miserables," and was a tap dancing cat in "Cats." The New York Times has referred to her as another Lucille Ball. And she is just one of a selected few who have national and international claim that are being chosen to entertain the audiences in "Cabaret 2003" a new cabaret series that started in Costa Mesa in March. "Cabaret 2003" is the brainchild of producers Richard and Elaine Lombardi, the twice-monthly show at their well-known eatery Mama Rose Restaurant.
ENTERTAINMENT
By Candice Baker | October 18, 2012
Teatro ZinZanni, a tented dinner event that is equal parts Moulin Rouge, Cirque du Soleil and epicurean adventure, is making Costa Mesa its home for the holidays. "It's an evening of cabaret, circus and dinner, all orchestrated together and full of comedy and spectacle and acrobatics and delicious sights and sounds and a wonderful meal and beverages," tour producer Reenie Duff said. "Everything has a lushness about it - from the venue to the food to the performances. It's really a workout for the senses.
FEATURES
By B.W. COOK | January 24, 2008
He entered from the back of the theater as the lights dimmed. Lorenzo Lamas , the tall and handsome star of the former television drama Falcon’s Crest (which he refers to as “Dallas with grapes”), meandered through the full house in the Samueli Theater at the Orange County Performing Artscenter singing “Amore.” The spotlight chased him as he made a serpentine swash through the audience shaking gentlemen’s hands and kissing a pretty lady or two on the way to his stage.
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By Michael Miller | December 14, 2012
"Cabaret," the title number from Liza Minnelli's greatest screen musical, is a fight song as much as a showstopper. Midway through its celebration of a carefree life, the lyrics describe a girlfriend of the narrator who died of "too much pills and liquor," but who looked content laid out in her coffin. "I made my mind up back in Chelsea," the narrator resolves at the end of the bridge, "when I go, I'm going like Elsie. " It's a defiant tune, and sometimes it shows up in settings that render its message of against-the-odds cheer even more poignant.
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ENTERTAINMENT
By Candice Baker | October 18, 2012
Teatro ZinZanni, a tented dinner event that is equal parts Moulin Rouge, Cirque du Soleil and epicurean adventure, is making Costa Mesa its home for the holidays. "It's an evening of cabaret, circus and dinner, all orchestrated together and full of comedy and spectacle and acrobatics and delicious sights and sounds and a wonderful meal and beverages," tour producer Reenie Duff said. "Everything has a lushness about it - from the venue to the food to the performances. It's really a workout for the senses.
FEATURES
By B.W. COOK | January 24, 2008
He entered from the back of the theater as the lights dimmed. Lorenzo Lamas , the tall and handsome star of the former television drama Falcon’s Crest (which he refers to as “Dallas with grapes”), meandered through the full house in the Samueli Theater at the Orange County Performing Artscenter singing “Amore.” The spotlight chased him as he made a serpentine swash through the audience shaking gentlemen’s hands and kissing a pretty lady or two on the way to his stage.
ENTERTAINMENT
By By Elia Powers | January 20, 2006
It's another busy weekend in South Coast Metro's art corridor. A sweetsinging musical star performs cabaret. And literary characters, some dead, come to life again.The Broadway stage has been home to Christine Andreas for the majority of her career -- thus her nickname, Broadway Baby. Right out of high school, Andreas was performing on Broadway in musical revivals. She played Eliza Doolittle in the 20th anniversary production of "My Fair Lady" and received two Tony nominations for her performance as Laurey in "Oklahoma!"
NEWS
November 19, 2004
Tim Titus "Cabaret" is a problematic musical. At its best, "Cabaret" is sharp and chillingly political. It searingly depicts the dangers of cowering behind hedonistic blinders as the world crashes down around you. At its worst, it is pure glitz, little more than sequin-studded sugar that asks you to ignore the swastikas flying in the background in favor of a smiley evening of sing-along. Seeing "Cabaret" is like going to a potluck. Upon entering, eager audiences scan the program in a quick attempt to ascertain whether their favorite numbers will be performed.
NEWS
June 11, 2004
Tom Titus Put down your knitting, your book and your broom, and come to "Cabaret" at the Costa Mesa Civic Playhouse. But be advised, this isn't your father's "Cabaret." The John Kander-Fred Ebb musical, tracing the Nazis' rise to power in Berlin through the viewpoint of an American writer caught up in its hedonistic seediness, has been reformed and refocused to incorporate much of the movie's decadent attitude. Local audiences got a glimpse of this grimmer, grittier version a few seasons ago when the professional touring production played the Orange County Performing Arts Center.
NEWS
April 20, 2003
Cindy Benson starred on Broadway as the comedy lead in "Les Miserables," and was a tap dancing cat in "Cats." The New York Times has referred to her as another Lucille Ball. And she is just one of a selected few who have national and international claim that are being chosen to entertain the audiences in "Cabaret 2003" a new cabaret series that started in Costa Mesa in March. "Cabaret 2003" is the brainchild of producers Richard and Elaine Lombardi, the twice-monthly show at their well-known eatery Mama Rose Restaurant.
NEWS
February 15, 2002
Young Chang All the world's a stage, and the people in it, women. At least that's the case for the Orange County Performing Arts Center's 2002-03 Cabaret Series, which starts in the summer. The lineup includes seven leading ladies of song and a production of "Forbidden Hollywood." The Tony Award-winning Audra McDonald will open the season with a bonus performance in June. "Forbidden Hollywood" will follow as another bonus in September. Emmy Award winner Polly Bergen will officially open the six-show season in October, Tony Award winner Donna Murphy will take the stage in November, gold record artist Maureen McGovern will perform in December and Tony Award winner Christine Ebersole will sing in 2003 in January.
NEWS
October 26, 2001
Jennifer K Mahal Jason Graae is a cheeky fellow. Or maybe spritely would be a better word for the twinkle-eyed performer whose saucy humor infuses his conversations. "I'm trying to be well behaved in this show," the former "Forbidden Broadway" performer said of his cabaret act at the Orange County Performing Arts Center this weekend. Not too well behaved, one hopes. Graae (pronounced Graw) has earned kudos for his performances in "Ragtime," "Forbidden Broadway Y2K LA," "Falsettos" and more.
NEWS
August 12, 2000
Tom Titus If you think you've seen the musical "Cabaret" -- and since it's been around for nearly 35 years with generous local exposure, you probably have -- you still haven't witnessed a production quite like the version now being presented at the Orange County Performing Arts Center. It's almost inaccurate to refer to this touring show as a "revival," since director Sam Mendes (an Oscar winner for "American Beauty") and codirector and choreographer Rob Marshall have injected a visceral sensation of in-your-face power and brilliance into the John Kander/Fred Ebb musical, which had done pretty well on its own back in the 1960s.
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