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November 1, 2002
Jennifer K Mahal She's got Cole Porter under her skin. For the past few months, Andrea Marcovicci has immersed herself in the sophisticated songwriter, preparing for "So In Love," a one-woman show of his love songs that will debut Sunday at the Irvine Barclay Theatre as part of the Eclectic Orange Festival. "Obviously, we're a great fit, he and I," the 55-year-old cabaret star said on the phone from her L.A. home. "We're a great match." Marcovicci, called "The Callas of Cabaret" by the Philadelphia Inquirer, is best known for her programs featuring the works of Kurt Weill, Irving Berlin and Noel Coward.
NEWS
August 31, 1999
Hay Langenheim was a longtime civic leader in Newport-Mesa and former executive secretary of the Newport Harbor Area Chamber of Commerce. He was responsible for securing the location of the chamber's late-1960s offices on Pacific Coast Highway and for developing the Western Sprint Rowing Championships, a race of college crew teams that took place in Newport Harbor. He was a commodore of the Balboa Power Squadron and the Lido Isle Yacht Club. Langenheim was educated at Yale University, where he became a friend of Cole Porter's.
NEWS
April 12, 2002
Jennifer K Mahal Tom Wopat is an unlikely cabaret singer. The 50-year-old is most famous for his role as Luke Duke in "The Dukes of Hazzard." Four of his five albums have been country music, spawning five top-20 singles. But listen to the standards on "The Still of the Night," released by Angel Records in 2000, and you know this man can seduce and break hearts with his voice. It's a talent that Wopat will put on display through Sunday at the Orange County Performing Arts Center as part of the Center's Cabaret Series.
NEWS
By: Tom Titus | August 26, 2005
Anton Chekhov, Georges Feydeau, Thornton Wilder, Dylan Thomas, Cole Porter and Tennessee Williams are among the creative artists whose works will be entertaining audiences at UC Irvine's theater venues during the 2005-06 season. UCI has announced a lineup of eight productions, only two or three of which might be familiar to most audience members. But if the titles don't ring a bell, the creators certainly will. Leading off the new season will be Chekhov's renowned drama "The Seagull," in a translation by noted playwright Tom Stoppard.
NEWS
January 10, 2005
Andrew Edwards As rain poured outside, more than 50 novice and experienced performers gathered Sunday at The Sutton Place Hotel in Newport Beach to bust their moves in hopes of snagging a role in the ninth annual CHOC Follies. Since its inception, the fundraising musical that benefits Children's Hospital of Orange County has raised about $2.5 million for the hospital's foundation, executive producer Gloria Zigner said. The show raises money for the foundation through ticket sales and sponsorships, and every performer is required to raise at least $500 through those methods.
ENTERTAINMENT
By Tom Titus | May 12, 2006
He may have held audiences in thrall for over 2,000 performances as the murderous Phantom of the Opera, but in his visit to the Orange County Performing Arts Center this week, Davis Gaines is in the mood for love. Gaines, who holds forth in the center's Founders Hall through Saturday, places the emphasis on romance in his 90-minute set. He offers a goodly number of old favorites, a few unfamiliar tunes and some variations on the overall love theme. Above all, Gaines projects a boyish charm that seems at odds with his tremendous voice.
NEWS
May 5, 2001
Fewer and fewer musicals are being written for Broadway consumption, financial considerations and risk factors being what they are. Thus, the oldies are being revived at a rapidly accelerating pace. This situation extends to the provinces as well, with those communities fortunate enough to house a venue such as the Orange County Performing Arts Center. Next season, the Center's Broadway series will offer a revival-heavy slate of oldies-but-goodies along with a pair of newcomers in its nine-show lineup.
NEWS
October 31, 2003
Tim Titus Susan Egan's love for the Broadway musical is obvious. In the intimate setting of the Orange County Performing Arts Center's Founders Hall, Egan's powerful voice and charming personality beautifully combine Broadway classics with insightful new music by some wonderful up-and-coming composers. While her voice is impressive, it turns out to be only a supporting character. There are frustrated singers all over the country with fantastic voices.
ENTERTAINMENT
By TOM TITUS | March 17, 2006
Legend has it that Cole Porter really didn't want to write the music and lyrics for "Kiss Me, Kate" ? he had to be coerced into the project by playwright Bella Spewack, who created the 1948 musical with the nominal help of her estranged husband, Sam. With apologies to "Anything Goes," however, it's "Kiss Me, Kate" for which most will remember Porter, and rightly so. Nearly six decades later, it's still a tuneful, snappy and comical show....
NEWS
November 9, 2002
Jennifer K Mahal Steve Tyrell is a purist when it comes to singing standards. Though the singer-songwriter-producer has written a chart-topping song -- "How Do You Talk to an Angel?" -- he has no intention of mixing originals with the works of Ira and George Gershwin, Hoagy Carmichael or Cole Porter. "I feel like you're either doing the standards or you're not. You don't mix them together," said Tyrell, who will perform today and Saturday at the Orange County Performing Arts Center.
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By Bradley Zint, bradley.zint@latimes.com | February 14, 2011
LAGUNA BEACH — When Mike McCaffrey tells the audience he's got the world on a string, he's got you under his skin and that you're unforgettable — and pretty incredible, too — he can't go wrong. That's because he's a pianist, singer and performer for the "people will want to hear the 'good ol' songs.'" You probably know those. They're the ones "not like they write today. " And they were done by guys like Frank Sinatra. Or Nat "King" Cole. George Gershwin.
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ENTERTAINMENT
By Tom Titus | May 12, 2006
He may have held audiences in thrall for over 2,000 performances as the murderous Phantom of the Opera, but in his visit to the Orange County Performing Arts Center this week, Davis Gaines is in the mood for love. Gaines, who holds forth in the center's Founders Hall through Saturday, places the emphasis on romance in his 90-minute set. He offers a goodly number of old favorites, a few unfamiliar tunes and some variations on the overall love theme. Above all, Gaines projects a boyish charm that seems at odds with his tremendous voice.
ENTERTAINMENT
By TOM TITUS | March 17, 2006
Legend has it that Cole Porter really didn't want to write the music and lyrics for "Kiss Me, Kate" ? he had to be coerced into the project by playwright Bella Spewack, who created the 1948 musical with the nominal help of her estranged husband, Sam. With apologies to "Anything Goes," however, it's "Kiss Me, Kate" for which most will remember Porter, and rightly so. Nearly six decades later, it's still a tuneful, snappy and comical show....
NEWS
By: Tom Titus | August 26, 2005
Anton Chekhov, Georges Feydeau, Thornton Wilder, Dylan Thomas, Cole Porter and Tennessee Williams are among the creative artists whose works will be entertaining audiences at UC Irvine's theater venues during the 2005-06 season. UCI has announced a lineup of eight productions, only two or three of which might be familiar to most audience members. But if the titles don't ring a bell, the creators certainly will. Leading off the new season will be Chekhov's renowned drama "The Seagull," in a translation by noted playwright Tom Stoppard.
NEWS
January 10, 2005
Andrew Edwards As rain poured outside, more than 50 novice and experienced performers gathered Sunday at The Sutton Place Hotel in Newport Beach to bust their moves in hopes of snagging a role in the ninth annual CHOC Follies. Since its inception, the fundraising musical that benefits Children's Hospital of Orange County has raised about $2.5 million for the hospital's foundation, executive producer Gloria Zigner said. The show raises money for the foundation through ticket sales and sponsorships, and every performer is required to raise at least $500 through those methods.
NEWS
September 10, 2004
Tom Titus If America were a monarchy, Stephen Sondheim would have had a "Sir" attached to his name long ago, despite the alliteration involved. After all, he's the reigning king of Broadway whose tenure is approaching half a century. Unlike that British knight, Andrew Lloyd Webber, who composes brilliantly but leaves the lyrics to others, Sondheim writes both words and music, and has been doing so since "A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum" some 42 years ago. The only problem with a show like "Side by Side by Sondheim," now in residence at the Orange County Performing Arts Center's Founders Hall through Sept.
NEWS
October 31, 2003
Tim Titus Susan Egan's love for the Broadway musical is obvious. In the intimate setting of the Orange County Performing Arts Center's Founders Hall, Egan's powerful voice and charming personality beautifully combine Broadway classics with insightful new music by some wonderful up-and-coming composers. While her voice is impressive, it turns out to be only a supporting character. There are frustrated singers all over the country with fantastic voices.
NEWS
November 9, 2002
Jennifer K Mahal Steve Tyrell is a purist when it comes to singing standards. Though the singer-songwriter-producer has written a chart-topping song -- "How Do You Talk to an Angel?" -- he has no intention of mixing originals with the works of Ira and George Gershwin, Hoagy Carmichael or Cole Porter. "I feel like you're either doing the standards or you're not. You don't mix them together," said Tyrell, who will perform today and Saturday at the Orange County Performing Arts Center.
NEWS
November 1, 2002
Jennifer K Mahal She's got Cole Porter under her skin. For the past few months, Andrea Marcovicci has immersed herself in the sophisticated songwriter, preparing for "So In Love," a one-woman show of his love songs that will debut Sunday at the Irvine Barclay Theatre as part of the Eclectic Orange Festival. "Obviously, we're a great fit, he and I," the 55-year-old cabaret star said on the phone from her L.A. home. "We're a great match." Marcovicci, called "The Callas of Cabaret" by the Philadelphia Inquirer, is best known for her programs featuring the works of Kurt Weill, Irving Berlin and Noel Coward.
NEWS
April 12, 2002
Jennifer K Mahal Tom Wopat is an unlikely cabaret singer. The 50-year-old is most famous for his role as Luke Duke in "The Dukes of Hazzard." Four of his five albums have been country music, spawning five top-20 singles. But listen to the standards on "The Still of the Night," released by Angel Records in 2000, and you know this man can seduce and break hearts with his voice. It's a talent that Wopat will put on display through Sunday at the Orange County Performing Arts Center as part of the Center's Cabaret Series.
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