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By Candice Baker | June 23, 2011
Thousands have moved to New York City with the proverbial stars in their eyes, only to spend a lifetime seeking a lead role in a Broadway-pedigree show. For Kaye Tuckerman, it took seven weeks. The affable Australian actress who stars as Donna Sheridan in the touring production of "Mamma Mia!" — the musical based on the songs of ABBA — never planned on a career in theater. In fact, the self-described surfer girl once scoffed at musicals. But serendipity has woven its way through her life, time and again.
NEWS
March 29, 2002
"The Full Monty," "Mamma Mia!" and "Les Miserables" are among the musicals that will fill the seats of the Orange County Performing Arts Center as part of the 2002-03 Bank of America Broadway Series. Coming to the Center for the first time are "The Full Monty," Sept. 3-15; "Seussical The Musical," Dec. 25 through Jan. 4; "Contact," Jan. 4 through Feb. 2; "42nd Street," June 11-22, 2003; Elton John's "Aida," July 2-13, 2003; and the ABBA-driven "Mamma Mia!"
NEWS
August 1, 2003
Tom Titus Building a musical comedy around the music of one particular composer or group isn't exactly a revolutionary idea. MGM and Gene Kelly pulled off that trick rather nicely more than a half century ago with a little Oscar-winning flick called "An American in Paris." But even Kelly would be smiling down from the Great Beyond today if he could see what the Swedish pop music group ABBA has done with its music to construct a whopping, all-stops-out singing and dancing extravaganza titled "Mamma Mia," now invigorating audiences at the Orange County Performing Arts Center.
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By Bradley Zint, bradley.zint@latimes.com | November 3, 2010
The Pacific Symphony fundraised $125,000 during its Oct. 30 fall gala, which celebrated the opening of the pops season. The funds will go toward the Costa Mesa-based orchestra's artistic and education programs. More than 200 guests attended the gala dinner and soirée at the Westin South Coast Plaza hotel. The themed party included a procession, cocktails, music, stilt walkers and jugglers. The evening also celebrated the 20-year tenure of principal pops conductor Richard Kaufman.
NEWS
By Alan Blank | June 8, 2009
Like many arts organizations, the Orange County Performing Arts Center has been struggling financially and scaling back lately, but President Terry Dwyer says he has not scaled back his commitment to a host of low-cost programs that he has instituted during his three-year tenure. In that time, Dwyer has launched an aggressive campaign to get a wider variety of people to Costa Mesa performance halls, especially younger crowds. To this effect, the center has heavily subsidized a number of expensive offerings so that it can remain affordable to those who attend.
NEWS
August 5, 2003
'Mamma mia!' that's quite a show Regarding Tom Titus's Review of "Mamma Mia" at the Orange County Performing Arts Center ("'Mamma Mia!' cooks up spicy show," Friday): Tutus' tribute to "Mamma Mia!" at the Center is well deserved. This is one of those rare instances where the show lives up to the bravo review. Those who have attended so far would probably agree that this spectacular performance equals anything seen on the Broadway stage. Combined with the remodeled South Coast Repertory and its now three theaters; the patron gets the feeling of a true "theater district."
ENTERTAINMENT
By Tom Titus | June 23, 2011
Stretching stories around a number of already established songs from a single source isn't a particularly new approach. Over 50 years ago, Hollywood produced the Oscar-winning "An American in Paris" with all-George Gershwin music and created an enduring classic with "White Christmas" from the Irving Berlin catalogue. The latter show, incidentally, will be on view this holiday season at the Segerstrom Center for the Arts but currently that venue is housing another in the aforementioned breed — the center's third staging of "Mamma Mia!
NEWS
August 2, 2003
It's time for Ferragosto. ChildHelp USA's Orange County chapter will team up with Tutto Mare Restaurant at Fashion Island to present the annual Italian midsummer festival Aug. 9. This is the summer alfresco party not to miss. Stefano Albano, general manager of Tutto Mare, creates the most delectable buffet dinner served on the California Riviera. As host of the evening, Albano will be joined by ChildHelp USA President Jana Shuller and evening co-chairs Pam Butler and Nanette Grant, with support from Julie Whittington, to create a summer evening to raise funds to help the children supported by ChildHelp USA. As in years past, major financial support for the evening comes from Mary Ellen and Anwar Soliman.
ENTERTAINMENT
By SUSANNE PEREZ and JOHN DEPKO | July 23, 2008
Mamma mia! “The Dark Knight” — how can I resist you? Sorry, ABBA fans, Batman doesn’t sing, but you’ll still feel giddy after seeing Christopher Nolan’s latest superhero epic. This movie totally lives up to its hype — a stunningly crafted adrenaline rush that showcases an excellent cast and the creepiest villain since Hannibal Lecter. Picking up where the 2005 film left off, Batman/Bruce Wayne (Christian Bale) appears to be keeping a lid on crime in Gotham City, yet he still can’t get no respect.
NEWS
June 14, 2002
The Newport Beach Theater Co. will hold auditions for "The Wizard of Oz" from 6 to 9 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday at Lincoln Elementary School, 3101 Pacific View Drive, Corona del Mar. The show will be staged Aug. 23 through Sept. 8. Call backs will be made June 21. Information: (949) 759-1046 Pick a seat, any seat at The Center The Orange County Performing Arts Center will present its Broadway Series Seat Sale from noon to 3 p.m. July 13. Center patrons will get to walk through Segerstrom Hall and choose the seats they'd like for their Bank of America Broadway Series season tickets.
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By Candice Baker | June 23, 2011
Thousands have moved to New York City with the proverbial stars in their eyes, only to spend a lifetime seeking a lead role in a Broadway-pedigree show. For Kaye Tuckerman, it took seven weeks. The affable Australian actress who stars as Donna Sheridan in the touring production of "Mamma Mia!" — the musical based on the songs of ABBA — never planned on a career in theater. In fact, the self-described surfer girl once scoffed at musicals. But serendipity has woven its way through her life, time and again.
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ENTERTAINMENT
By Tom Titus | June 23, 2011
Stretching stories around a number of already established songs from a single source isn't a particularly new approach. Over 50 years ago, Hollywood produced the Oscar-winning "An American in Paris" with all-George Gershwin music and created an enduring classic with "White Christmas" from the Irving Berlin catalogue. The latter show, incidentally, will be on view this holiday season at the Segerstrom Center for the Arts but currently that venue is housing another in the aforementioned breed — the center's third staging of "Mamma Mia!
ENTERTAINMENT
By Bradley Zint, bradley.zint@latimes.com | November 3, 2010
The Pacific Symphony fundraised $125,000 during its Oct. 30 fall gala, which celebrated the opening of the pops season. The funds will go toward the Costa Mesa-based orchestra's artistic and education programs. More than 200 guests attended the gala dinner and soirée at the Westin South Coast Plaza hotel. The themed party included a procession, cocktails, music, stilt walkers and jugglers. The evening also celebrated the 20-year tenure of principal pops conductor Richard Kaufman.
ENTERTAINMENT
By JOHN DEPKO | June 11, 2009
This movie is outrageous, hilarious and confusing as any alcoholic blackout in Las Vegas could ever be. “The Hangover” careens across the screen like a drunk driver on a screaming wild ride into unknown territory. Advancing the raucous themes of “Old School,” director Todd Phillips brings the art of inspired nonsense to a new level. Four B-List actors play an unusual group of buddies. They go to Vegas for a bachelor fling before one of them gets married.
NEWS
By Alan Blank | June 8, 2009
Like many arts organizations, the Orange County Performing Arts Center has been struggling financially and scaling back lately, but President Terry Dwyer says he has not scaled back his commitment to a host of low-cost programs that he has instituted during his three-year tenure. In that time, Dwyer has launched an aggressive campaign to get a wider variety of people to Costa Mesa performance halls, especially younger crowds. To this effect, the center has heavily subsidized a number of expensive offerings so that it can remain affordable to those who attend.
NEWS
By Joseph Serna | December 4, 2007
Shannon Hahne’s sixth grade class at Andersen Elementary had some unique visitors Friday, including a car salesman, an auctioneer, some grandparents, a baby girl and even the president of the United States. It’s all part of Hahne’s playwright unit, when students learn the elements of a play, from introduction and setting to character, conflict and climax. When Hahne wants her students to understand the elements of a character, they act out a range of personalities.
ENTERTAINMENT
By Jessie Brunner | December 29, 2006
When "Pippin" was just beginning its national tour in Cincinnati, a problem with the set forced actor André Ward, who stars as the Leading Player, to temporarily break character. Always the entertainer, Ward — who performed in "The Producers" and "Saturday Night Fever" on Broadway — was asked to keep spectators amused for almost a half an hour while the set was being fixed. And amuse he did, reciting various TV show monologues and performing audience-requested songs until the show could resume.
ENTERTAINMENT
By Dave Brooks | March 23, 2006
The Orange County Performing Arts Center has announced its 2006-07 season, highlighting new and returning performances just months away from the center's grand opening of its two newest venues. To commemorate the center's opening of Renee and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall in October will be a residency of the Russian Kirov Ballet and its American premier of the highly acclaimed Ring Cycle. The 200-year-old troupe is one of the most respected forces in ballet and will be performing two of its most famous pieces ?
NEWS
August 5, 2003
'Mamma mia!' that's quite a show Regarding Tom Titus's Review of "Mamma Mia" at the Orange County Performing Arts Center ("'Mamma Mia!' cooks up spicy show," Friday): Tutus' tribute to "Mamma Mia!" at the Center is well deserved. This is one of those rare instances where the show lives up to the bravo review. Those who have attended so far would probably agree that this spectacular performance equals anything seen on the Broadway stage. Combined with the remodeled South Coast Repertory and its now three theaters; the patron gets the feeling of a true "theater district."
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