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April 27, 2002
Young Chang Actor Eileen Boyd suggests sitting your kids down with a grandparent or older adult before watching "The Music Man" for a quick lesson on life in the early 20th century. They could learn, for example, that back then cracker barrels were huge barrels containing crackers in grocery stores. Pickle barrels contained pickles. Salesmen traveled via train, and towns actually gathered during occasions such as the Fourth of July because it was neighborly.
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June 20, 2003
Tom Titus Going out with a bang -- or at least out of the Robert Wentz Auditorium, which will be torn down and rebuilt later this year -- Newport Harbor High School's drama department picked up 27 awards at this year's Music and Art Commendation for Youth ceremonies. "The Music Man" and "Into the Woods" reaped an impressive share of the MACY hardware at the 33rd annual presentations, capturing the Masterpiece and Spotlight trophies for exceptional achievement.
NEWS
By Jim Carnett | March 10, 2014
I'm a longtime fan of American musical theater. Several weeks ago, I eschewed watching the Olympics to view an antiquated Broadway chestnut on television: Meredith Willson's "The Music Man. " It's been a favorite of mine for decades. A lyricist, composer and playwright, Willson once described "The Music Man" as his valentine to his home state of Iowa. And a quixotic valentine it is. The story is set 100 years ago in the quaint burg of River City. A tonic for harried 21st century denizens, it takes us back to the innocence of a simpler time.
NEWS
June 14, 2005
Michael Miller In "The Music Man," Meredith Willson and Franklin Lacey's Broadway classic, musical- instrument salesman Harold Hill has to start a small-town band from scratch. June Elsten, the drama advisor at Eastbluff Elementary School, had a similar task in assembling her school's annual spring musical. Granted, her intention was never to swindle the town, as Hill attempts to do in the play before conscience and authorities intervene. But she did have a mere four weeks to transform a class full of modern sixth-graders into the inhabitants of River City, Iowa, circa 1912.
NEWS
May 4, 2002
You get a sense of how long "The Music Man" has been a staple of America's theatrical diet when you consider that the little kid who played Winthrop in the movie version (Ron Howard) just walked off with a best director Oscar -- capping a long and distinguished career. Yes, the Meredith Willson musical has been around for 4 1/2 decades, but if you think that makes it musty, take a gander at the high-voltage touring production now onstage at the Orange County Performing Arts Center.
ENTERTAINMENT
By TOM TITUS | May 17, 2007
They're bursting at the seams in Vanguard University's Lyceum Theater, so much so that an ambitious expansion project is on the drawing boards, allowing playgoers and actors a good deal more elbow room. Meanwhile, the theater department staff is busy making plans for the 2007-08 season at the Costa Mesa college, a slate of productions that touches the comedy, drama and musical genres. The new season will get under way in September with "America's Broadway," a collection of Broadway musical favorites with an emphasis on Americana.
ENTERTAINMENT
By Rhea Mahbubani | April 11, 2013
Broadway luminary Barbara Cook is in for a treat. During her one-night-only performance at the Renée and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall on Saturday, she will be presented with a birthday card. Yes, birthday cards are common, but not ones filled with best wishes submitted by fans nationwide. Since Saturday's performance is to celebrate the year of Cook's 85th birthday, the Segerstrom Center for the Arts created a way for fans to wish her well via Twitter and Facebook. (Her actual birthday is Oct. 25.)
NEWS
By Jim Carnett | August 8, 2011
On a sweltering East Coast evening last week I took in a community production of Meredith Wilson's classic 1957 Broadway musical, "Music Man. " The performance was a delight, and brought back many wonderful memories. I first saw the show in the summer of 1963 at Orange Coast College. Directed by John Ford, the production featured Newport Beach's Pete Ostling as Professor Harold Hill. I may be biased, but Pete's performance was every bit as compelling as Robert Preston's Tony Award-winning turn on Broadway.
NEWS
September 29, 2000
Jennifer K Mahal For Barbara Cook, life has become filled with cabaret. The 72-year-old soprano, known for her Tony award-winning turn asMarian the Librarian in "The Music Man," has not performed in theater since 1987. Instead, Cook has brought her melodious voice and patter to concert venues and intimate places around the world. This weekend she opens the Orange County Performing Arts Center's 2000-01 Cabaret Season in Founder's Hall. "In a sense, I have a second career," Cook said.
NEWS
August 19, 2007
Vanguard University's theater department is in full swing, planning and rehearsing for its 2007-08 season. This fall's lineup includes "America's Broadway," "Twelfth Night" and "It's a Wonderful Life." "This line-up of shows is our most audience-friendly and the most challenging season to date. We have always produced shows that push the envelope artistically, but this is definitely going to be an adventure ride," said Sue Berkompas, Vanguard University theater department chairwoman.
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By Jim Carnett | March 10, 2014
I'm a longtime fan of American musical theater. Several weeks ago, I eschewed watching the Olympics to view an antiquated Broadway chestnut on television: Meredith Willson's "The Music Man. " It's been a favorite of mine for decades. A lyricist, composer and playwright, Willson once described "The Music Man" as his valentine to his home state of Iowa. And a quixotic valentine it is. The story is set 100 years ago in the quaint burg of River City. A tonic for harried 21st century denizens, it takes us back to the innocence of a simpler time.
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ENTERTAINMENT
By Rhea Mahbubani | April 11, 2013
Broadway luminary Barbara Cook is in for a treat. During her one-night-only performance at the Renée and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall on Saturday, she will be presented with a birthday card. Yes, birthday cards are common, but not ones filled with best wishes submitted by fans nationwide. Since Saturday's performance is to celebrate the year of Cook's 85th birthday, the Segerstrom Center for the Arts created a way for fans to wish her well via Twitter and Facebook. (Her actual birthday is Oct. 25.)
NEWS
By Jim Carnett | August 8, 2011
On a sweltering East Coast evening last week I took in a community production of Meredith Wilson's classic 1957 Broadway musical, "Music Man. " The performance was a delight, and brought back many wonderful memories. I first saw the show in the summer of 1963 at Orange Coast College. Directed by John Ford, the production featured Newport Beach's Pete Ostling as Professor Harold Hill. I may be biased, but Pete's performance was every bit as compelling as Robert Preston's Tony Award-winning turn on Broadway.
ENTERTAINMENT
By TOM TITUS | September 6, 2007
Most theater groups in the Costa Mesa-Newport Beach area will unveil their opening productions of the 2007-08 season this month — except for the Costa Mesa Civic Playhouse, which has already been there and done that. The playhouse stole a march on the rest of the field last month by lifting the curtain on its original sci-fi movie spoof “Earthlings Beware.” That show now has come and gone. As for the rest, two theaters will launch the new campaign next weekend. South Coast Repertory will take a rare musical turn with Stephen Sondheim’s “A Little Night Music,” while the Newport Theater Arts Center is set to revive John Guare’s black comedy “The House of Blue Leaves.
NEWS
August 19, 2007
Vanguard University's theater department is in full swing, planning and rehearsing for its 2007-08 season. This fall's lineup includes "America's Broadway," "Twelfth Night" and "It's a Wonderful Life." "This line-up of shows is our most audience-friendly and the most challenging season to date. We have always produced shows that push the envelope artistically, but this is definitely going to be an adventure ride," said Sue Berkompas, Vanguard University theater department chairwoman.
ENTERTAINMENT
By TOM TITUS | May 17, 2007
They're bursting at the seams in Vanguard University's Lyceum Theater, so much so that an ambitious expansion project is on the drawing boards, allowing playgoers and actors a good deal more elbow room. Meanwhile, the theater department staff is busy making plans for the 2007-08 season at the Costa Mesa college, a slate of productions that touches the comedy, drama and musical genres. The new season will get under way in September with "America's Broadway," a collection of Broadway musical favorites with an emphasis on Americana.
FEATURES
By Jessie Brunner | February 17, 2007
The majority of Mike Vaillancourt's professional colleagues may be half his age, but the Costa Mesa disc jockey uses maturity to his advantage. For the drummer and former dance instructor, being 65 means he has been amusing crowds twice as long as many other musicians. The talent behind Golden Mike Mobile DJ Entertainment entered the industry inadvertently 15 years ago. While hosting a high school program for his son, a guest was so impressed with his people skills, she asked him to entertain at her daughter's wedding.
NEWS
June 14, 2005
Michael Miller In "The Music Man," Meredith Willson and Franklin Lacey's Broadway classic, musical- instrument salesman Harold Hill has to start a small-town band from scratch. June Elsten, the drama advisor at Eastbluff Elementary School, had a similar task in assembling her school's annual spring musical. Granted, her intention was never to swindle the town, as Hill attempts to do in the play before conscience and authorities intervene. But she did have a mere four weeks to transform a class full of modern sixth-graders into the inhabitants of River City, Iowa, circa 1912.
NEWS
June 20, 2003
Tom Titus Going out with a bang -- or at least out of the Robert Wentz Auditorium, which will be torn down and rebuilt later this year -- Newport Harbor High School's drama department picked up 27 awards at this year's Music and Art Commendation for Youth ceremonies. "The Music Man" and "Into the Woods" reaped an impressive share of the MACY hardware at the 33rd annual presentations, capturing the Masterpiece and Spotlight trophies for exceptional achievement.
NEWS
May 4, 2002
You get a sense of how long "The Music Man" has been a staple of America's theatrical diet when you consider that the little kid who played Winthrop in the movie version (Ron Howard) just walked off with a best director Oscar -- capping a long and distinguished career. Yes, the Meredith Willson musical has been around for 4 1/2 decades, but if you think that makes it musty, take a gander at the high-voltage touring production now onstage at the Orange County Performing Arts Center.
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