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By Jessie Brunner | September 6, 2007
In the summer of 1964, a college-age Teri Ralston was living in a house with a band of ambitious theater majors from San Francisco State University, preparing for her role as an old woman in a production of Brendan Behan’s “The Hostage” at the Off-Broadway Theatre in Long Beach. Forty-three years later, she is playing another old lady, the matriarchal Madame Armfeldt, for the same theater group, now known as South Coast Repertory, as it opens the 2007-08 season Friday with “A Little Night Music.
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By Candice Baker, Special to the Pilot | October 13, 2011
One of the most reclusive legends in modern American history will make a rare appearance in Costa Mesa on Oct. 29. Prolific Broadway composer and lyricist Stephen Sondheim will speak with American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers head Michael Kerker at the one-night-only affair, which also will feature the vocal stylings of fellow musical legends Christine Ebersole and Brian Stokes Mitchell. The duo will perform many of Sondheim's best-loved songs. Sondheim has brought some of Broadway's most beloved characters to the stage - from Tony and Maria in "West Side Story" to the eponymous "Sweeney Todd," and from the passive-aggressive Cinderella of "Into the Woods" to the "decrepit Desiree" of "A Little Night Music," made famous by Judi Dench's unforgettable performance.
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By Heather Youmans | November 3, 2011
COSTA MESA — The Renée and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall in Costa Mesa on Saturday was filled for "Stephen Sondheim: In Conversation. " There was only one problem — Sondheim wasn't there. The Broadway legend was unable to travel to Orange County due to snow storms in the New York area. As a result, ticket holders were given a free, bonus concert starring Tony award-winning performers Christine Ebersole and Brian Stokes Mitchell. Both singers agreed to perform the Sondheim songs previously planned for the evening along with additional songs from Broadway and the Great American Songbook.
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May 17, 2001
In the realm of musical theater there are simple shows, there are difficult shows and there are Sondheim shows. The Stephen Sondheim songbook is recommended for the more advanced musical companies. Among the many musicals fashioned by America's premier composer/lyricist, "Into the Woods" ranks among his finest -- and most difficult. The path through the woods of fairy tale legend is circuitous, with characters crisscrossing one another and interacting in ways their original creators never conceived, and vocal excellence is demanded on many fronts.
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By Heather Youmans | July 19, 2012
Musical theater connoisseurs who had hoped to see "Stephen Sondheim: In Conversation" last October filled the Renée and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall in Costa Mesa on July 13 for the rescheduled event. Previously, the legendary Broadway composer and lyricist was unable to travel to Orange County because of a snow storm in the New York area. This time around, he arrived hassle-free. Throughout the evening, Michael Kerker lent his expertise as director of musical theater at ASCAP (American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers)
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By TOM TITUS | September 29, 2006
If any theater were to present a true Stephen Sondheim retrospective highlighting the Broadway composer's first 50 years (which will come to fruition in 2007), audiences would have to bring their midnight snacks — and breakfast. Failing that, we still have "Side by Side by Sondheim," a musical revue that celebrates approximately the first half of his career, before such shows as "Sweeney Todd," "Into the Woods" or "Assassins." But there's still plenty of material from which to draw.
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By Tom Titus | July 1, 2013
When you've been reviewing theatrical productions for a few years (and in my case, quite a few), you develop a certain fondness for particular shows that only turn up once in a blue moon on a local stage. Two of my personal favorites in that category are included in the 2013-14 lineup announced by the Costa Mesa Playhouse, and they're scheduled back to back — "Greater Tuna" and "Assassins. " "Greater Tuna" is a two-person exercise with the actors portraying more than 20 of the quirky residents of Tuna, Texas — the state's third-smallest town.
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By TOM TITUS | May 10, 2007
Both Stephen Sondheim and Woody Allen have used Ingmar Bergman's movie "Smiles of a Summer Night" to enrich their own repertoires. Allen's take on the story, you may recall, resulted in "A Midsummer Night's Sex Comedy." But it's the Sondheim version we're concerned with here. Long absent from local stages, "A Little Night Music" not only is the current attraction at the Costa Mesa Civic Playhouse, it'll lead off South Coast Repertory's next season in September. Set, as was its predecessor, in Sweden at the turn of the 20th century, "Night Music" is a delightful — if somewhat overly detailed — piece of romantic fluff intended to demonstrate what fools we mortals are when the heart is involved.
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.
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By the Vanguard office of marketing and communications | September 19, 2006
As the school year begins, the students, faculty and guest performers of Vanguard's theater department are hard at work planning, organizing and rehearsing three productions for this fall's lineup: "Side By Side By Sondheim," "Saint Joan" and "Othello." Susan Berkompas, theater arts department chair and artistic producing director, said everyone works together and practices extensively for each production. "It's all about the team when we're getting ready for a show," Berkompas said.
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By Rhea Mahbubani | October 8, 2013
Bernadette Peters' skills lie in hygiene - or so an aptitude test indicated when she was 16. What could she have done with that? she mused. Become a nurse? A dental hygienist, perhaps? But theater lovers everywhere owe Peters' mother a debt of gratitude for noticing her daughter's gift for entertaining and encouraging her to enter show business. "I think it was meant to be," the New York City-based performer said. "I used to sing and hum around the house too much to be anything else.
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By Tom Titus | July 1, 2013
When you've been reviewing theatrical productions for a few years (and in my case, quite a few), you develop a certain fondness for particular shows that only turn up once in a blue moon on a local stage. Two of my personal favorites in that category are included in the 2013-14 lineup announced by the Costa Mesa Playhouse, and they're scheduled back to back — "Greater Tuna" and "Assassins. " "Greater Tuna" is a two-person exercise with the actors portraying more than 20 of the quirky residents of Tuna, Texas — the state's third-smallest town.
ENTERTAINMENT
By Heather Youmans | July 19, 2012
Musical theater connoisseurs who had hoped to see "Stephen Sondheim: In Conversation" last October filled the Renée and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall in Costa Mesa on July 13 for the rescheduled event. Previously, the legendary Broadway composer and lyricist was unable to travel to Orange County because of a snow storm in the New York area. This time around, he arrived hassle-free. Throughout the evening, Michael Kerker lent his expertise as director of musical theater at ASCAP (American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers)
ENTERTAINMENT
By Heather Youmans | November 3, 2011
COSTA MESA — The Renée and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall in Costa Mesa on Saturday was filled for "Stephen Sondheim: In Conversation. " There was only one problem — Sondheim wasn't there. The Broadway legend was unable to travel to Orange County due to snow storms in the New York area. As a result, ticket holders were given a free, bonus concert starring Tony award-winning performers Christine Ebersole and Brian Stokes Mitchell. Both singers agreed to perform the Sondheim songs previously planned for the evening along with additional songs from Broadway and the Great American Songbook.
ENTERTAINMENT
By Candice Baker, Special to the Pilot | October 13, 2011
One of the most reclusive legends in modern American history will make a rare appearance in Costa Mesa on Oct. 29. Prolific Broadway composer and lyricist Stephen Sondheim will speak with American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers head Michael Kerker at the one-night-only affair, which also will feature the vocal stylings of fellow musical legends Christine Ebersole and Brian Stokes Mitchell. The duo will perform many of Sondheim's best-loved songs. Sondheim has brought some of Broadway's most beloved characters to the stage - from Tony and Maria in "West Side Story" to the eponymous "Sweeney Todd," and from the passive-aggressive Cinderella of "Into the Woods" to the "decrepit Desiree" of "A Little Night Music," made famous by Judi Dench's unforgettable performance.
ENTERTAINMENT
By Jessie Brunner | September 6, 2007
In the summer of 1964, a college-age Teri Ralston was living in a house with a band of ambitious theater majors from San Francisco State University, preparing for her role as an old woman in a production of Brendan Behan’s “The Hostage” at the Off-Broadway Theatre in Long Beach. Forty-three years later, she is playing another old lady, the matriarchal Madame Armfeldt, for the same theater group, now known as South Coast Repertory, as it opens the 2007-08 season Friday with “A Little Night Music.
ENTERTAINMENT
By TOM TITUS | May 10, 2007
Both Stephen Sondheim and Woody Allen have used Ingmar Bergman's movie "Smiles of a Summer Night" to enrich their own repertoires. Allen's take on the story, you may recall, resulted in "A Midsummer Night's Sex Comedy." But it's the Sondheim version we're concerned with here. Long absent from local stages, "A Little Night Music" not only is the current attraction at the Costa Mesa Civic Playhouse, it'll lead off South Coast Repertory's next season in September. Set, as was its predecessor, in Sweden at the turn of the 20th century, "Night Music" is a delightful — if somewhat overly detailed — piece of romantic fluff intended to demonstrate what fools we mortals are when the heart is involved.
ENTERTAINMENT
By TOM TITUS | September 29, 2006
If any theater were to present a true Stephen Sondheim retrospective highlighting the Broadway composer's first 50 years (which will come to fruition in 2007), audiences would have to bring their midnight snacks — and breakfast. Failing that, we still have "Side by Side by Sondheim," a musical revue that celebrates approximately the first half of his career, before such shows as "Sweeney Todd," "Into the Woods" or "Assassins." But there's still plenty of material from which to draw.
NEWS
By the Vanguard office of marketing and communications | September 19, 2006
As the school year begins, the students, faculty and guest performers of Vanguard's theater department are hard at work planning, organizing and rehearsing three productions for this fall's lineup: "Side By Side By Sondheim," "Saint Joan" and "Othello." Susan Berkompas, theater arts department chair and artistic producing director, said everyone works together and practices extensively for each production. "It's all about the team when we're getting ready for a show," Berkompas said.
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.
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