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BWW Interview: American Idol Finalist David Hernandez Kicks Off The Copa Palm Springs Starry Cabaret SeasonAmerican Idol Finalist David Hernandez At The Cope Palm Springs
Posted: Sep. 8, 2015


BWW Review: Dezart Performs Delivers A Highly Moving and Heartfelt THE OUTGOING TIDE At The Pearl McManus TheatreBWW Review: Dezart Performs Delivers A Highly Moving and Heartfelt THE OUTGOING TIDE At The Pearl McManus Theatre
May 4, 2016

The Coachella Valley is quickly becoming a mecca for exceptional theatre. And Dezart Performs' THE OUTGOING TIDE is no exception. Under Michael Shaw's skilled and measured direction the three actors bring tremendous honesty and poignancy to dialogue that could have easily waded into "made for television movie" territory. But the high level of craft, and the artistic collaboration between actors and director insure an evening that is profoundly moving, highly emotional and deeply thought provoking.
BWW Review: Coyote Stageworks' AGNES OF GOD - An Emotional Powerhouse at the AnnenbergBWW Review: Coyote Stageworks' AGNES OF GOD - An Emotional Powerhouse at the Annenberg
April 25, 2016

AGNES OF GOD is challenging theatre at every level. It demands a lot of its audience. It demands its audience be engaged and active at every turn. It is both emotionally and intellectually stimulating and provocative. It is ninety-plus minutes of thought provoking dialogue with minimal action. One must listen. It asks a lot of questions and delivers few answers. It requires three exceptional actors with the dexterity to bounce effortlessly and honestly between strength and pathos and vulnerability, over and over again - to bring believability and life to an arduous load of complex dialogue. It requires the deft hand of a skilled director to delicately weave these three divergent character arcs into a seamless singular story arc, where the story's quieter moments are equally as riveting as the more chaotic ones. Fortunately for desert audiences, Coyote Stageworks delivers on all counts. This AGNES OF GOD is well crafted, expertly acted and is cerebrally, spiritually, psychologically and emotionally fulfilling.
Lucie Arnaz Helmed SONDHEIM IN LOVE Debuts Tonight At The McCallum TheatreLucie Arnaz Helmed SONDHEIM IN LOVE Debuts Tonight At The McCallum Theatre
April 20, 2016

Michael Childers' ninth annual One Night Only benefit concert, which is entitled Sondheim in Love, will be presented tonight at 6:30 PM at The McCallum Theatre in Palm Desert. Directed by Lucie Arnaz, the evening will feature musical direction by John McDaniel. The show will feature Sondheim's most romantic songs sung by a starry line-up of Broadway's most prolific musical storytellers.
Dezart Performs Closes Season With Bruce Graham's Deeply Moving OUTGOING TIDEDezart Performs Closes Season With Bruce Graham's Deeply Moving OUTGOING TIDE
April 20, 2016

Desert's theater-lovers will get a special bonus this month when innovative performing arts company Dezart Performs adds a fourth full production to its season. The award-winning work to be presented is "The Outgoing Tide," written by Philadelphia playwright Bruce Graham. World premiered in Chicago in 2011 and performed in New York the following year, the deeply moving drama has not previously been seen in Los Angeles or the Coachella Valley. "The Outgoing Tide" opens Friday, April 22, 2016, and runs for three weekends, closing on Sunday, May 8.
Dezart Performs Will Close 2015-16 Season With Bruce Graham's THE OUTGOING TIDEDezart Performs Will Close 2015-16 Season With Bruce Graham's THE OUTGOING TIDE
April 4, 2016

The desert's theater-lovers will get a special bonus this month when innovative performing arts company Dezart Performs adds a fourth full production to its season. The award-winning work to be presented is "The Outgoing Tide," written by Philadelphia playwright Bruce Graham. World premiered in Chicago in 2011 and performed in New York the following year, the deeply moving drama has not previously been seen in Los Angeles or the Coachella Valley.
McCallum Theatre Announces Star-Studded 2016-17 SeasonMcCallum Theatre Announces Star-Studded 2016-17 Season
April 4, 2016

The McCallum Theatre announced today its new lineup of world-class entertainment scheduled for the 2016-2017 season that includes Broadway hits Mamma Mia, The Sound Of Music and Chicago, concerts with Bernadette Peters and Kristin Chenoweth, family-friendly musicals and entertainment, holiday surprises, comedy legends and solid gold memories, all part of a very full and exciting roster. Subscriptions go on sale on Tuesday, April 5th at 8am for the Broadway Blockbuster Series, Broadway and Beyond Series, Fitz's Jazz Cafe at the McCallum Series, Keyboard Conversations with Jeffrey Siegel Series, as well as a Create-Your-Own Series which allows patrons to mix, match, and program one performance or a full season of entertainment tailored to their own individual tastes.
Be Our Guest! Disney's BEAUTY AND THE BEAST Returns To The McCallum TheatreBe Our Guest! Disney's BEAUTY AND THE BEAST Returns To The McCallum Theatre
February 29, 2016

Disney's Beauty and the Beast, the award-winning worldwide smash hit Broadway musical, is returning to Palm Desert. Produced by NETworks Presentations, this elaborate theatrical production will come to life on stage at the McCallum Theatre on Friday March 25, at 8:00pm, Saturday, March 26 at 2:00pm and 8:00pm, and Sunday, March 27, 2:00pm and 7:00pm. Disney's Beauty and the Beastfeatures the Academy Award-winning score with music by Alan Menken and lyrics by the late Howard Ashman, with additional songs composed by Alan Menken and lyrics by Tim Rice. The book is written by Linda Woolverton.
Shirley MacLaine Returns To The McCallum Theatre 3/7Shirley MacLaine Returns To The McCallum Theatre 3/7
February 8, 2016

The McCallum Theatre welcomes the return of Shirley MacLaine on Monday, March 7, at 8:00pm. Academy Award-winning actress, dancer and author Shirley MacLaine will share with the audience a montage of memorable film moments and private revelations about her extraordinary life, career and spiritual journey. Shirley MacLaine's illustrious career comprises more than 50 feature films highlighted by an Academy Award win and six nominations, six Emmy Award nominations, seven Golden Globe Awards - including the Cecil B. DeMille Lifetime Achievement Award - and the title of international best-selling author.
BWW Review: Dezart Performs Delivers A Polished and Poignant SUICIDE DOGS At The Pearl McManus TheatreBWW Review: Dezart Performs Delivers A Polished and Poignant SUICIDE DOGS At The Pearl McManus Theatre
January 26, 2016

Before I even begin my review of SUICIDE DOGS, which opened last Friday evening in Palm Springs for a limited two week run, I want to give Dezart Performs a standing ovation. Dezart Performs is dedicated to the development of new theatrical works, providing a safe haven for new plays and giving voice to burgeoning playwrights at all stages from table readings to staged readings and, for some, full blown productions. And that effort and commitment is to be applauded and rewarded. Rewarded, how? By getting into the theatre and supporting this vibrant theatre company as they showcase these new works, and providing the authors the vital next step in their process the critical eye of a live audience. I urge you to put Dezart Performs squarely on your radar both their mission and the professional quality of their work deserve an audience!!
Coyote Stageworks Brings Tony Winning Play ART To Palm SpringsCoyote Stageworks Brings Tony Winning Play ART To Palm Springs
January 19, 2016

Coyote StageWorks, the award-winning Actors' Equity professional theater company, will present eleven performances of "Art" by French playwright Yasmina Reza at the Annenberg Theater beginning March 25, 2016. A 1998 Tony Award winner for Best Play that has been packing in audiences worldwide ever since, "Art" raises questions about art and friendship. In an ironic twist of casting, the comedy will bring together on stage for the first time three original founding members of Coyote StageWorks: Founding Artistic Director Chuck Yates, as well as Larry Raben and David Engel, who are company members and serve on the board of the organization. They have been friends for more than 25 years and the Desert Theatre League has bestowed numerous Desert Star Awards on each.
BWW Interview: AMERICAN IDOL & THE VOICE Alum FRENCHIE DAVIS At The Copa 1/16-17BWW Interview: AMERICAN IDOL & THE VOICE Alum FRENCHIE DAVIS At The Copa 1/16-17
January 15, 2016

Singer/Actress Frenchie Davis brings her brash wit and iconic vocal style to The Copa in Palm Springs for two intimate performances, January 16 and 17 at 8:00 pm. Davis auditioned for the second season of the groundbreaking FOX show "American Idol" and her tremendous success on the show launched a career that has taken her to Broadway (Rent, Dreamgirls and eventually becoming a Grammy-nominated artist for the revival of Ain't Misbehavin') and, perhaps, her highest profile gig as one of the top four finalists in the first season of The Voice. Her cover of 'When Love Takes Over' landed at #3 on the iTunes Dance Chart. I had the chance to chat with French as she was preparing for her Palm Springs engagement. Here are a few excerpts from the conversation:
Dezart Performs Presents World Premiere Of SUICIDE DOGS Beginning 1/22Dezart Performs Presents World Premiere Of SUICIDE DOGS Beginning 1/22
January 15, 2016

Dezart Performs presents the World Premiere of a new comedy. Suicide Dogs, for a limited run, January 22 through January 31, at The Pearl McManus Theater in Palm Springs. When then 22-year-old playwright Jess Honovich submitted her engaging drama-comedy, Suicide Dogs to Palm Springs-based performing arts company Dezart Performs for its 2015 Play Reading Festival, she had no idea whether it would be selected for a staged reading, but Suicide Dogs went on to win the Festival's top honor. As Audience Favorite, she learned, it would be fully produced during the 2015/2016 season.
BWW Reviews: A Definitive 'Morning Glow' Lingers After a Glorious PIPPIN at The McCallum TheatreBWW Reviews: A Definitive 'Morning Glow' Lingers After a Glorious PIPPIN at The McCallum Theatre
January 13, 2016

The National Tour of PIPPIN is, hands down, the finest touring production to land at The McCallum Theatre during my tenure in the desert cities. Passionate. Polished. Near Perfection! It is a glorious spectacle of sight, sound and immaculate storytelling that, despite its mesmerizing visual feast of circus spectacle, remains honest and intimate and, at every turn, very human.
BWW Interview: Everything Has a Season! Erik Altemus Talks His 'Season' of PIPPIN, at The McCallumBWW Interview: Everything Has a Season! Erik Altemus Talks His 'Season' of PIPPIN, at The McCallum
January 12, 2016

Pippin, Broadway's high-flying, death-defying hit musical drops in at The McCallum Theatre for a week long engagement, January 12-17. Full of extraordinary acrobatics, wondrous magical feats and soaring songs from the composer of Wicked, Pippin 'lifts you up and leaves you smiling', say press notes. Directed by Diane Paulus, the revival of Pippin won four 2013 Tony Awards including 'Best Musical Revival' and has been hailed as 'an eye-popping, jaw-dropping extravaganza' (NY1). Erik Altemus originated the role of Lewis in the Broadway revival and is now on the road, reprising his role, in this national touring iteration. I had the opportunity to chat with Erik about the production and 'all things Erik'. Here are a few excerpts from that conversation.
Mantegna, Sinatra, Dreesen and More Celebrate 100 YEARS OF SINATRA in Palm Springs TonightMantegna, Sinatra, Dreesen and More Celebrate 100 YEARS OF SINATRA in Palm Springs Tonight
December 12, 2015

The 28th Frank Sinatra Celebrity Invitational, February 18-20, 2016, will be a very special event honoring '100 Years of Sinatra' and the life of one of the most celebrated singers of this century. Frank Sinatra is known as an iconic entertainer who comes along once in a lifetime and on December 12 this year he would've been 100 years old.This year's memorable two-day celebrity-amateur golf tournament will be held at Eagle Falls Golf Course at the Fantasy Springs Resort Casino in Indio, California. Barbara Sinatra is the gracious hostess along with Joe Mantegna, current starof the CBS hit drama Criminal Minds. Barbara and Joe will be joined by celebrities such as: Tom Dreesen, Grant Fuhr, Beverly Johnson, William DeVane, Jim McMahon, Ann Meyers-Drysdale, Elke Sommer, Kevin Sorbo and many more to be announced at a later date.
WHITE CHRISTMAS - A PALM SPRINGS HOLIDAY SPECTACULAR to Bring a New Holiday Tradition to the Camelot Theatre, 12/11-13WHITE CHRISTMAS - A PALM SPRINGS HOLIDAY SPECTACULAR to Bring a New Holiday Tradition to the Camelot Theatre, 12/11-13
December 11, 2015

The Palm Springs Cultural Center and Musical Theatre University (MTU) are teaming up this year to create a brand new holiday show - White Christmas - A Palm Springs Holiday Spectacular.'This is a perfect way to celebrate the holidays with the whole family,' said David Green, Founder of Musical Theatre University. 'We plan to screen the holiday classic, White Christmas, at the Camelot Theatres, and combine the screening with a live thirty minute fully staged holiday production featuring the kids from Musical Theatre University.' This is the first time any theatre in The Inland Empire has combined a live theatrical event with a motion picture screening. And as an added treat -- it will actually SNOW in the theatre!
BWW Interview: Grammy Nominated Singer-Songwriter LISA LOEB Appears at the Copa Palm Springs, 12/11BWW Interview: Grammy Nominated Singer-Songwriter LISA LOEB Appears at the Copa Palm Springs, 12/11
December 9, 2015

Grammy Nominated Singer-Songwriter Lisa Loeb brings her signature vocal stylings to The Copa Palm Springs for one special performance, December 11 at 8:00 pm. Loeb is a touring artist, author and philanthropist who started her career with the platinum-selling Number 1 hit song "Stay (I Missed You)" from the filmReality Bites.A trailblazing independent artist, Lisa was the first pop musician to have a Number 1 single while not signed to a recording contract. She followed that remarkable feat with the hit singles 'Do You Sleep,' 'I Do' and 'Let's Forget about It " and the albumsCake and PieandNo Fairy Tale, among others. I had the chance to catch up with Lisa as she was preparing for her upcoming Copa Concert. Here are a few excerpts from that conversation;
WHITE CHRISTMAS - A PALM SPRINGS HOLIDAY SPECTACULAR to Bring a New Holiday Tradition to the Camelot Theatre, 12/11-13WHITE CHRISTMAS - A PALM SPRINGS HOLIDAY SPECTACULAR to Bring a New Holiday Tradition to the Camelot Theatre, 12/11-13
November 30, 2015

The Palm Springs Cultural Center and Musical Theatre University (MTU) are teaming up this year to create a brand new holiday show - White Christmas - A Palm Springs Holiday Spectacular.'This is a perfect way to celebrate the holidays with the whole family,' said David Green, Founder of Musical Theatre University. 'We plan to screen the holiday classic, White Christmas, at the Camelot Theatres, and combine the screening with a live thirty minute fully staged holiday production featuring the kids from Musical Theatre University.' This is the first time any theatre in The Inland Empire has combined a live theatrical event with a motion picture screening. And as an added treat -- it will actually SNOW in the theatre!
BWW Review: Coyote Stageworks' Zippel-Directed BEING EARNEST IN NEW YORK a Triumph at the AnnenbergBWW Review: Coyote Stageworks' Zippel-Directed BEING EARNEST IN NEW YORK a Triumph at the Annenberg
November 25, 2015

For one 'wonderfully entertaining' night only, Coyote Stageworks brought to the stage an all-star cast in a tremendously engaging staged-reading of Oscar Wilde's THE IMPORTANCE OF BEING EARNEST -- with a twist! Helmed, and created, by Tony Winner David Zippel, this EARNEST was set in modern day Manhattan and The Hamptons and was a (mostly) very satisfying adaptation. This special benefit performance marked the start of Coyote Stageworks' seventh season in the desert and their highly anticipated return to their home at The Annemberg Theatre in Palm Springs. As my readers know, I have long hailed Coyote Stageworks as the benchmark for professional theatre in the Coachella Valley and this stellar production gave no exception to that rule.
Come and Meet Those Dancing Feet! 42ND STREET Taps Its Way to The McCallum This WeekCome and Meet Those Dancing Feet! 42ND STREET Taps Its Way to The McCallum This Week
November 24, 2015

The quintessential backstage musical comedy classic 42nd STREET comes to the McCallum Theatre with a sparkling new production for seven performances tonight, November 24, through Sunday, November 29.


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