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June 8, 2002
Young Chang Director Michael Ross told the board of the Newport Theatre Arts Center last year that he'd stage the musical "Sweet Charity" on the condition that Kerri Vickers be cast in the title role. Board members mulled over the idea because pre-casting roles isn't normally done. They agreed. "Charity is a tour-de-force role that offers whatever actress playing her to show off not only her singing and dancing skills, but her acting range," Ross said.
ENTERTAINMENT
By TOM TITUS | November 24, 2006
Molly Ringwald made her debut into the world just two years after "Sweet Charity" hit the Broadway stage 40 years ago, and both are aging not only gracefully but gloriously. Ringwald is the latest actress to don the abbreviated red costume of dance hall hostess Charity Hope Valentine and she's kicking up a storm with it at the Orange County Performing Arts Center. The show itself has an impressive pedigree — created by Bob Fosse with music by Cy Coleman and Dorothy Fields with a book by Neil Simon.
ENTERTAINMENT
By Amanda Pennington | November 25, 2006
Most people know her from 1980s hits like "Sixteen Candles" and "The Breakfast Club," but on Tuesday night in Costa Mesa, Molly Ringwald was having fun returning to her roots on the stage. Molly Ringwald stars as Charity Hope Valentine, the leading lady of the Bob Fosse-Neil Simon hit "Sweet Charity" at Orange County Performing Arts Center's Segerstrom Hall through Dec. 3. Before her opening night performance Tuesday, Ringwald talked about breaking out of the mold she created in the 1980s, being a mother on the road and performing in musical theater.
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By By Elia Powers | January 13, 2006
So much for sticking to shows that play to a teenage audience and cast. For its winter show, the Musical Theatre Academy of Orange County is presenting "Sweet Charity," a Bob Fosse production about a female dance hall hostess in the 1960s who is in search of love. The main character's naivete is repeatedly taken advantage of by the men she encounters in New York. The tale of Charity Hope Valentine is described by some in the 21-person cast as "seductive." One actress called the story "PG-13," which is apropos for this group of 12- to 17-year-old aspiring stage performers, about one-third of whom are Newport-Mesa residents.
NEWS
June 6, 2002
Tom Titus In the beginning, there was Gwen Verdon. Then came Shirley MacLaine to amplify the role for movie audiences. Around this part of the world, in the 1970s and '80s, if you were discussing "Sweet Charity," you were talking about Roberta Kay. Today the torch has been passed to the illustrious Kerri Vickers, who's kicking up her heels with a vengeance in the title role of the rarely revived paean to the 1960s,...
ENTERTAINMENT
By TOM TITUS | March 23, 2007
It's been a half a century since Chita Rivera broke out of the chorus and into history as Anita in the original Broadway production of "West Side Story," but you couldn't tell it by looking at the lady herself. Rivera, who headlines the musically autobiographical show "Chita Rivera: The Dancer's Life" at the Orange County Performing Arts Center, can kick up her heels and belt out a show-stopping number with the best of them — no matter that she once suffered a devastating leg injury in an automobile accident and that she turned 74 two months ago. Her life, it seems, would make a good musical with all the appropriate highs and lows — from the "Dancing on the Kitchen Table" days with her large Latino family in the nation's capital through the first ballet class, her "gypsy" days in early 1950s musicals and into the biggies like "West Side Story," "Bye Bye Birdie," "Sweet Charity" and "Chicago."
NEWS
December 26, 2002
Tom Titus Saying it with music paid dividends for local community theater groups in 2002. All three local community playhouses -- four if you count the newborn Newport Beach Theater Company -- put their best feet forward to a dancing beat this year, with the result that all placed their musical entries at the top of this column's retrospective list. The area's senior theater group at 37 years, the Costa Mesa Civic Playhouse, occupies the top perch among local nonprofessional theater companies with its high-stepping production of "A Chorus Line," directed by Damien Lorton.
NEWS
June 1, 2002
A listing of special events to entertain you through the weekend and beyond. TODAY Listen to stories. "Some Enchanted Evening: A Concert of Stories on Laughter, Love and Life" will be presented at Orange Coast Unitarian Universalist Church at 7:30 p.m. The concert will feature storytellers Debra Olson Tolar, Dinae F. Wyzga and Linda King Pruitt. The church is at 1259 Victoria St., Costa Mesa. $10-$15. (949) 646-4652. SUNDAY Give it up for Charity.
ENTERTAINMENT
By TOM TITUS | January 5, 2007
The Orange County Performing Arts Center, it seems, is caught up in a 1970s time warp. Its season opened with "Sweet Charity," down the road a few weeks is "Annie" and the current production — this week only — is "Pippin." For those with short memories (or age spans), "Pippin" was composerlyricist Stephen Schwartz's 1972 follow-up to his more notable "Godspell," plucking a tale from the history books and retelling it in more contemporary terms. Like "Charity," the original also featured choreography by Bob Fosse.
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By TOM TITUS | March 23, 2007
It's been a half a century since Chita Rivera broke out of the chorus and into history as Anita in the original Broadway production of "West Side Story," but you couldn't tell it by looking at the lady herself. Rivera, who headlines the musically autobiographical show "Chita Rivera: The Dancer's Life" at the Orange County Performing Arts Center, can kick up her heels and belt out a show-stopping number with the best of them — no matter that she once suffered a devastating leg injury in an automobile accident and that she turned 74 two months ago. Her life, it seems, would make a good musical with all the appropriate highs and lows — from the "Dancing on the Kitchen Table" days with her large Latino family in the nation's capital through the first ballet class, her "gypsy" days in early 1950s musicals and into the biggies like "West Side Story," "Bye Bye Birdie," "Sweet Charity" and "Chicago."
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ENTERTAINMENT
By TOM TITUS | January 5, 2007
The Orange County Performing Arts Center, it seems, is caught up in a 1970s time warp. Its season opened with "Sweet Charity," down the road a few weeks is "Annie" and the current production — this week only — is "Pippin." For those with short memories (or age spans), "Pippin" was composerlyricist Stephen Schwartz's 1972 follow-up to his more notable "Godspell," plucking a tale from the history books and retelling it in more contemporary terms. Like "Charity," the original also featured choreography by Bob Fosse.
ENTERTAINMENT
By Amanda Pennington | November 25, 2006
Most people know her from 1980s hits like "Sixteen Candles" and "The Breakfast Club," but on Tuesday night in Costa Mesa, Molly Ringwald was having fun returning to her roots on the stage. Molly Ringwald stars as Charity Hope Valentine, the leading lady of the Bob Fosse-Neil Simon hit "Sweet Charity" at Orange County Performing Arts Center's Segerstrom Hall through Dec. 3. Before her opening night performance Tuesday, Ringwald talked about breaking out of the mold she created in the 1980s, being a mother on the road and performing in musical theater.
ENTERTAINMENT
By TOM TITUS | November 24, 2006
Molly Ringwald made her debut into the world just two years after "Sweet Charity" hit the Broadway stage 40 years ago, and both are aging not only gracefully but gloriously. Ringwald is the latest actress to don the abbreviated red costume of dance hall hostess Charity Hope Valentine and she's kicking up a storm with it at the Orange County Performing Arts Center. The show itself has an impressive pedigree — created by Bob Fosse with music by Cy Coleman and Dorothy Fields with a book by Neil Simon.
ENTERTAINMENT
By By Elia Powers | January 13, 2006
So much for sticking to shows that play to a teenage audience and cast. For its winter show, the Musical Theatre Academy of Orange County is presenting "Sweet Charity," a Bob Fosse production about a female dance hall hostess in the 1960s who is in search of love. The main character's naivete is repeatedly taken advantage of by the men she encounters in New York. The tale of Charity Hope Valentine is described by some in the 21-person cast as "seductive." One actress called the story "PG-13," which is apropos for this group of 12- to 17-year-old aspiring stage performers, about one-third of whom are Newport-Mesa residents.
NEWS
December 26, 2002
Tom Titus Saying it with music paid dividends for local community theater groups in 2002. All three local community playhouses -- four if you count the newborn Newport Beach Theater Company -- put their best feet forward to a dancing beat this year, with the result that all placed their musical entries at the top of this column's retrospective list. The area's senior theater group at 37 years, the Costa Mesa Civic Playhouse, occupies the top perch among local nonprofessional theater companies with its high-stepping production of "A Chorus Line," directed by Damien Lorton.
NEWS
June 8, 2002
Young Chang Director Michael Ross told the board of the Newport Theatre Arts Center last year that he'd stage the musical "Sweet Charity" on the condition that Kerri Vickers be cast in the title role. Board members mulled over the idea because pre-casting roles isn't normally done. They agreed. "Charity is a tour-de-force role that offers whatever actress playing her to show off not only her singing and dancing skills, but her acting range," Ross said.
NEWS
June 6, 2002
Tom Titus In the beginning, there was Gwen Verdon. Then came Shirley MacLaine to amplify the role for movie audiences. Around this part of the world, in the 1970s and '80s, if you were discussing "Sweet Charity," you were talking about Roberta Kay. Today the torch has been passed to the illustrious Kerri Vickers, who's kicking up her heels with a vengeance in the title role of the rarely revived paean to the 1960s,...
NEWS
June 1, 2002
A listing of special events to entertain you through the weekend and beyond. TODAY Listen to stories. "Some Enchanted Evening: A Concert of Stories on Laughter, Love and Life" will be presented at Orange Coast Unitarian Universalist Church at 7:30 p.m. The concert will feature storytellers Debra Olson Tolar, Dinae F. Wyzga and Linda King Pruitt. The church is at 1259 Victoria St., Costa Mesa. $10-$15. (949) 646-4652. SUNDAY Give it up for Charity.
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