Gil Kaan

Gil Kaan

      Gil Kaan, a former Managing Editor of the now-defunct Genre magazine, has had the privilege of photographing and interviewing some major divas of film, television, and stage in his career; including Ann-Margret, Diana Ross, Faye Dunaway, Carol Channing, Shirley MacLaine, Catherine Deneuve, Liza Minnelli, Sandra Bernhard, Glenn Close, Anna Nicole Smith, Margaret Cho, and three Catwomen—Eartha Kitt, Lee Meriwether and Julie Newmar.  He had the fortuitous opportunity to conduct Lily Tomlin’s coming out interview.  Gil has since reviewed movies and theatre for a number of local Los Angeles and national outlets. Check out his video interviews with the talented participants of S.T.A.G.E. @ http://apla.convio.net/site/PageServer?pagename=STAGE_Video
 




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BWW Interview: Nasty Woman Margaret Cho - A Powerful Force That ToursBWW Interview: Nasty Woman Margaret Cho - A Powerful Force That Tours
Posted: Aug. 23, 2017


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BWW Interview: Nasty Woman Margaret Cho - A Powerful Force That ToursBWW Interview: Nasty Woman Margaret Cho - A Powerful Force That Tours
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BWW Review: WALKING TO BUCHENWALD - A Walk Definitely Worth TakingBWW Review: WALKING TO BUCHENWALD - A Walk Definitely Worth Taking
September 16, 2017

The world premiere of playwright Tom Jacobson's WALKING TO BUCHENWALD receives a sturdy outing from Open Fist with the ensemble's strong performances of his three-dimensional characters steered firm-handedly by Roderick Menzies.

BWW Interview: Aaron Lazar Singing & Producing His Way FROM BROADWAY TO HOLLYWOODBWW Interview: Aaron Lazar Singing & Producing His Way FROM BROADWAY TO HOLLYWOOD
September 13, 2017

One of Broadway's consistently working leading men, Aaron Lazar will be showing off his not-oft-seen comic side along with his much lauded dulcet vocal tones in AN EVENING WITH AARON LAZAR: FROM BROADWAY TO HOLLYWOOD. Teaming up with writers Bruce Vilanch and Scott Mauro, Aaron will present his cabaret at Rockwell Table & Stage Sept. 25. We grabbed the chance to pick Aaron's brain on just what the audience can expect in AN EVENING WITH AARON LAZAR.

BWW Interview: Playwright/Actress Halley Feiffer on Her Long Titles, Collaborations, & Growing Up FunnyBWW Interview: Playwright/Actress Halley Feiffer on Her Long Titles, Collaborations, & Growing Up Funny
September 8, 2017

Halley Feiffer's no stranger to the stage with her latest A FUNNY THING HAPPENED ON THE WAY TO THE GYNECOLOGIC ONCOLOGY UNIT AT SLOAN-KETTERING MEMORIAL CANCER CENTER OF NEW YORK CITY already in previews this first week of September at The Geffen Playhouse. A FUNNY THING..., however, will mark Halley's first time performing in her own work, after her self-described, humbling acting role in the theatre legends-studded THE FRONT PAGE earlier this year on Broadway.

BWW Interview: THE MUPPETS TAKE THE BOWL - & Take Over My Interview!BWW Interview: THE MUPPETS TAKE THE BOWL - & Take Over My Interview!
August 30, 2017

The Muppets will be performing their first-ever, full-length, live show at the Hollywood Bowl September 8th through 10th in their appropriately titled THE MUPPETS TAKE THE BOWL. I managed to corral a few of Muppet troupe before rehearsals for a sit-down, er, stand-up interview. Miss Piggy, Kermit and Crazy Harry, with Dr. Teeth and The Electric Mayhem arrived with only a minor, initial commotion.

BWW Review: ARSENIC AND OLD LACE - A Most Potent Showcase for Sheelagh Cullen And Jacque Lynn ColtonBWW Review: ARSENIC AND OLD LACE - A Most Potent Showcase for Sheelagh Cullen And Jacque Lynn Colton
August 28, 2017

The 1941 ARSENIC AND OLD LACE gets a dusting off from the Odyssey Theatre Ensemble providing a wonderfully expressive vehicle for the acting talents of Sheelagh Cullen and Jacque Lynn Colton as Abby and Martha Brewster, the seemingly harmless and most delightful murderers of their single unattached male boarders. Cullen and Colton totally charm while dithering on ever so casually describing their deadly deeds as calmly as sharing a recipe of elderberry pie.

BWW Review: Hysterical CHICO'S ANGELS 4: CHICAS ARE 4EVER Should Run Forever, Forever, Forever...BWW Review: Hysterical CHICO'S ANGELS 4: CHICAS ARE 4EVER Should Run Forever, Forever, Forever...
August 26, 2017

Chico's Angels, the comedy drag troupe celebrating their 14th year performing in the bowels of Silver Lake's Casita Del Campo, delivers once again with their latest laugh-filled riot CHICO'S ANGELS 4: CHICAS ARE 4EVER. Think 70's TV classic Charlie's Angels re-envisioned as Latina drag queens at their best (and sometimes tackiest). The Angels have some of the consistently best comic timing seen from any well-oiled, well-coiffed group.

BWW Interview: Nasty Woman Margaret Cho - A Powerful Force That ToursBWW Interview: Nasty Woman Margaret Cho - A Powerful Force That Tours
August 23, 2017

The very unique, very outrageous, very out-spoken, and always very funny Margaret Cho has begun her new tour FRESH OFF THE BLOAT, with European dates following the U.S. stops. Named this year by Rolling Stone magazine as one of the '50 Best Stand-Up Comics of All Times,' Margaret will be tackling current topics in the news as only she can. We grabbed a few moments of Margaret's down time to pepper her with a few queries.

BWW Review: Tom Lenk IS Tilda Swinton in Byron Lane's Hysterical TILDA SWINTON ANSWERS AN AD ON CRAIGSLISTBWW Review: Tom Lenk IS Tilda Swinton in Byron Lane's Hysterical TILDA SWINTON ANSWERS AN AD ON CRAIGSLIST
August 18, 2017

Byron Lane has written a brilliant tour de force for Tom Lenk as Oscar-winner Tilda Swinton. As cleverly written by Lane, sharply directed by Tom DeTrinis, and played to perfection by Lenk; the heightened reality of Tilda Swinton graces the Celebration Theatre (landing from her home Jupiter) to research for her upcoming role that's sure to win Tilda her next Oscar.

BWW Review: THE UMPO BRIDESMAIDS Totally Sings You Up the Musical Aisle to HilarityBWW Review: THE UMPO BRIDESMAIDS Totally Sings You Up the Musical Aisle to Hilarity
August 13, 2017

With UMPO BRIDESMAIDS, executive producer Kate Pazakis continues her unbroken string of audience-pleasing musical parodies of pop culture flicks. Tony winner Marissa Jaret Winokur ably takes the directorial reins with Christopher Youngsman leading the triple-threat talents through a fast pace, high-energy, side-splitting experience of incredible vocals, comic gems and clever choreography.

BWW Review: BALL YARDS FumblesBWW Review: BALL YARDS Fumbles
July 31, 2017

Playwright Chuck Faerber should be applauded for including the many current day issues that he squeezes into this 90-minute BALL YARDS, a collection of semi-related sketches, some succeeding more than others. This world premiere comedy directed by Richard Kuhlman tackles: anti-Semitism, the Ku Klux Klan, transgender transitioning, marketing spin at its most transparent desperation, drug trafficking, feminism.

BWW Review: Hysterical GARBAGE PAIL GROUNDLINGS - So Much Tasty Laughter You Need a Doggy BagBWW Review: Hysterical GARBAGE PAIL GROUNDLINGS - So Much Tasty Laughter You Need a Doggy Bag
July 30, 2017

The Groundlings' latest laugh-packed Friday & Saturday night show GARBAGE PAIL GROUNDLINGS offers a bountiful buffet of tasty guffaws and hearty chortles in the course of fourteen hilarious treats served by seven comic impresarios. Deanna Oliver smartly directs her outrageously talented cast at a pace with sufficient enough pause to hear the next line after all the audience's laughing.

BWW Interview: Adam Shankman's Ever Stepping Up His Dizzy Feet to Share His Love For DanceBWW Interview: Adam Shankman's Ever Stepping Up His Dizzy Feet to Share His Love For Dance
July 27, 2017

Dizzy Feet Foundation (DFF), co-founded in 2010 by Nigel Lythgoe and Adam Shankman, will again host their annual National Dance Day (NDD) at The Music Center in Los Angeles and The Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C. this Saturday July 29, 2017. BroadwayWorld and I had the chance to quiz Adam on the importance of dance for him, and for countless others.

BWW Review: Ruskin Group Constructs A Sturdy RAINBOW BRIDGE On The Road to HilarityBWW Review: Ruskin Group Constructs A Sturdy RAINBOW BRIDGE On The Road to Hilarity
July 22, 2017

In Ruskin Group Theatre's world premiere of Ron Nelson's THE RAINBOW BRIDGE, Michael Myers briskly directs a concise 75 minutes of snappy dialogue led by the high-energy, powerhouse performance of Paul Schackman as the conflicted, haunted lawyer Jerry. Schackman nails Nelson's machine gun-spouting dialogue, full of witty angst and genuine emotions, with lots of laughs along the way.

BWW Review: A Thrilling Ride On A Well-Mounted RHINOCEROSBWW Review: A Thrilling Ride On A Well-Mounted RHINOCEROS
July 21, 2017

Director Guillermo Cienfuegos expertly guides his talented RHINOCEROS cast with tight, sturdy reins in a truly full-length play (three acts, spanning close to three hours) now at the Pacific Resident Theatre. Eugene Ionesco originally wrote RHINOCEROS in 1959 as his commentary on the state of the political atmosphere then. So, ironically funny (and sad) that various lines of dialogue throughout Ionesco's comedy resonate in its timely relevance today.

BWW Review: Swear to God! THE DEVIL'S WIFE's Wickedly Good!BWW Review: Swear to God! THE DEVIL'S WIFE's Wickedly Good!
July 17, 2017

The Skylight Theatre Company's world premiere of THE DEVIL'S WIFEscores high on all fronts - Tom Jacobson's witty script (with a message), spot-on delivery by its talented cast of four, smooth direction by Eric Hoff, all complemented by Skylight Theatre team's first-rate technical elements. THE DEVIL'S WIFE's certainly one of the more successfulOriginal (capital 'O' emphasized) theatre pieces I've seen over the years.

BWW Review: JACQUES BREL IS ALIVE AND WELL AND LIVING IN PARIS  Is Revived & Well At The OdysseyBWW Review: JACQUES BREL IS ALIVE AND WELL AND LIVING IN PARIS Is Revived & Well At The Odyssey
July 10, 2017

JACQUES BREL IS ALIVE AND WELL AND LIVING IN PARIS receives a first-rate mounting with a cast of powerful singer/actors, backed by a nimble four-piece musical ensemble, and directed and staged with ingenuity of movement that complement the Jacques Brel tales being performed. These Jacques Brel songs serve as little nuggets, little gems of short stories. Dan Fishbach ably directs this revival of Eric Blau and Mort Shuman, stringing these 24 gems so nicely together.

BWW Review: THE CAKE - A Well-Executed, Tasty, Bittersweet Baked Food for Savoring ThoughtBWW Review: THE CAKE - A Well-Executed, Tasty, Bittersweet Baked Food for Savoring Thought
July 5, 2017

The Echo Theater Company's world premiere of playwright Bekah Brunstetter's THE CAKE brilliantly demonstrates the success of following a winning recipe for a memorable theatre production. Start with Brunstetter's witty, relationship-focused script on very timely, hot-button issues of today; generously add a talented cast of actors (led by the most delicious Debra Jo Rupp); mix well with Jennifer Chambers' sure-handed direction; and top off with perfectly synchronized and fitting technical elements; and you have a very well-executed THE CAKE.

BWW Interview: James Hadley Marvels at Directing Spider-Man (A Childhood Super Hero) & His CohortsBWW Interview: James Hadley Marvels at Directing Spider-Man (A Childhood Super Hero) & His Cohorts
June 23, 2017

The national tour of MARVEL UNIVERSE LIVE! AGE OF HEROES lands in Southern California beginning July 7 at STAPLES Center. Enhancing the tale of the Super Heroes' recovery of the Wand of Watoomb from the clutches of Loki and his crew of fellow villains will be massive video projections, advanced special effects, and stunts from aerialists, acrobats and motorcycle riders. We had the chance to catch director James Hadley during a break from his New Orleans rehearsal.

BWW Interview: Barry Marder - The Comic Genius (Behind Many) Stands Up On Stage Himself (Sort of)BWW Interview: Barry Marder - The Comic Genius (Behind Many) Stands Up On Stage Himself (Sort of)
June 21, 2017

The talented man wearing many hats (with a few noms de plume) - book author, late night talk show monologue scriber, stand-up comedian, and Jerry Seinfeld's maid (just kidding!); Barry Marder will mount the Audrey Stage of The Geffen Playhouse June 23 in LETTERS FROM A NUT BY TED L. NANCY, based on his book and produced by Jerry Seinfeld.

BWW Review: HOLD THESE TRUTHS - An Exquisite Master Class in Story-TellingBWW Review: HOLD THESE TRUTHS - An Exquisite Master Class in Story-Telling
June 19, 2017

The expert artistry of words, direction, acting and tech marvelously converge into the current Pasadena Playhouse production of HOLD THESE TRUTHS. Ryun Yu, alone on stage, stunningly and authentically pulls off Jeanne Sakata's detailed depiction of American-born Japanese Gordon Hirabayashi's real-life incidents of standing up against the Executive Order 9066 of being sent to an internment camp in wartime 1942.



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