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 Review: Michael Leoni's FAMOUS Stunningly Depicts the Dark Side of FameBWW Review: Michael Leoni's FAMOUS Stunningly Depicts the Dark Side of Fame
Posted: Jul. 30, 2018


BWW Interview: Lea Salonga - A Tony's First Comes Full-Circle in Hollywood Bowl's ANNIEBWW Interview: Lea Salonga - A Tony's First Comes Full-Circle in Hollywood Bowl's ANNIE
Posted: Jul. 24, 2018


BWW Review: YELLOW FACE - A Strong FACE to Be Reckoned WithBWW Review: YELLOW FACE - A Strong FACE to Be Reckoned With
Posted: Aug. 11, 2018


BWW Review: WEST BOLLYWOOD - An Energizing Show That'll Make You Wanna DanceBWW Review: WEST BOLLYWOOD - An Energizing Show That'll Make You Wanna Dance
Posted: Jul. 30, 2018


BWW Interview: Choreographer Janet Roston Makes MOVES Everybody Wants To Dance ToBWW Interview: Choreographer Janet Roston Makes MOVES Everybody Wants To Dance To
Posted: Jul. 18, 2018


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BWW Interview: John Mauceri Conducting His Life Anywhere He Wants To BeBWW Interview: John Mauceri Conducting His Life Anywhere He Wants To Be
Posted: Nov. 9, 2017


BWW Review: Ingersoll's Garland Reincarnated in An Excruciatingly Raw END OF THE RAINBOWBWW Review: Ingersoll's Garland Reincarnated in An Excruciatingly Raw END OF THE RAINBOW
August 14, 2018

Playwright Peter Quilter's END OF THE RAINBOW packs a powerful punch in the gut under director Michael Matthews sure-handed guidance of his talented cast. Two moments of RAINBOW rate as the must, MUST-see moments for any Judy Garland aficionados - when the astonishing Angela Ingersoll totally morphs into Judy Garland singing 'The Man That Got Away' and, when Ingersoll channels Judy Garland in 'Over the Rainbow.' Ingersoll has Judy Garland down pat.

BWW Review: YELLOW FACE - A Strong FACE to Be Reckoned WithBWW Review: YELLOW FACE - A Strong FACE to Be Reckoned With
August 11, 2018

Playwright David Henry Hwang's YELLOW FACE receives a most sturdy mounting from co-producers Firescape Theatre and Yolk Productions in association with the Beverly Hills Playhouse. Director Robert Zimmerman guides his talented cast of seven with a sure hand, mining the maximum laughs and feels from Hwang's very clever script, with Hwang as the pivotal character.

BWW Interview: TENOR James Chiao Making His Mannequins Work BY NIGHTBWW Interview: TENOR James Chiao Making His Mannequins Work BY NIGHT
August 9, 2018

A mannequin manufacturer by day, James Chiao will be fulfilling his dream with the world premiere of his musical TENOR BY NIGHT September 22, 2018 at the El Portal Theatre in North Hollywood (with preview performances at the Rose Center Theater in Westminster, August 17 through 26). James took two subjects he's most familiar with (mannequins and singing) and mashed them together.

BWW Interview: Mark Lonow Expertly Improvs on All Matters Laughing & SCREWINGBWW Interview: Mark Lonow Expertly Improvs on All Matters Laughing & SCREWING
August 6, 2018

A man who surely knows a thing or two about comedy, Mark Lonow, the co-owner of the legendary Improv chain, will world premiere his latest play (co-written with his wife Jo Anne Astrow) JEWS, CHRISTIANS AND SCREWING STALIN at the Matrix Theatre beginning August 16, 2018. Taking his childhood dramas and traumas, Mark repurposes his familial distress to make you cry, not from its heavy seriousness, but from all the laughing so hard.

BWW Review: WEST BOLLYWOOD - An Energizing Show That'll Make You Wanna DanceBWW Review: WEST BOLLYWOOD - An Energizing Show That'll Make You Wanna Dance
July 30, 2018

World Premiere of playwright Aruna Harjani's WEST BOLLYWOOD received an earnest mounting at The Matrix Theatre. The outstanding, high-energy choreography by Danish Bhandara greatly complemented this mash-up (or clash) of West Hollywood gay life and the more traditional Indian culture. All involved executed the intricate Bollywood and contemporary dance steps with enthusiasm and nimble footwork.

BWW Review: Michael Leoni's FAMOUS Stunningly Depicts the Dark Side of FameBWW Review: Michael Leoni's FAMOUS Stunningly Depicts the Dark Side of Fame
July 30, 2018

The world premiere of Michael Leoni's FAMOUS receives a phenomenal, all-encompassing mounting from An 11:11 Experience in their new venue, The 11:11, in the heart of West Hollywood. Director Leoni drives his all-around talented cast at a neck-breaking speed like an expert racecar driver lapping his racetrack.

BWW Interview: Lea Salonga - A Tony's First Comes Full-Circle in Hollywood Bowl's ANNIEBWW Interview: Lea Salonga - A Tony's First Comes Full-Circle in Hollywood Bowl's ANNIE
July 24, 2018

ANNIE, this year's Hollywood Bowl Summer Musical, will be performed by an all-star cast July 27, 28 and 29. Each year, a condensed version of a full-length Broadway musical corrals name performers from theatre, television and music with crazy, busy schedules that normally wouldn't be available for a full musical schedule commitment. We have the opportunity to chat with Tony Award winner Lea Salonga, who will be playing Grace Farrell in this production.

BWW Review: SIDE BY SIDE BY SONDHEIM - A Tasty Feast for Sondheim AficionadosBWW Review: SIDE BY SIDE BY SONDHEIM - A Tasty Feast for Sondheim Aficionados
July 23, 2018

Director Dan Fishbach returns to the Odyssey Theatre, following up his smartly-directed JACQUES BREL IS ALIVE AND WELL AND LIVING IN PARIS from last season, with his equally smartly-directed SIDE BY SIDE BY SONDHEIM. Strong vocals notwithstanding, Fishbach has managed to also feature the comedic underlyings of this Sondheim revue, resulting in laughs at the most delicious of moments.

BWW Interview: Choreographer Janet Roston Makes MOVES Everybody Wants To Dance ToBWW Interview: Choreographer Janet Roston Makes MOVES Everybody Wants To Dance To
July 18, 2018

Uber busy, much in-demand choreographer Janet Roston will have three separate theatre productions running this month of July. Already opened - CABARET at Celebration Theatre and MUTT HOUSE at Kirk Douglas - Janet's latest choreographic piece GATSBY REDUX will be world premiering July 24, 2018 as part of THE MUSIC CENTER'S MOVES AFTER DARK. We had the opportunity to catch Janet in a rare, spare moment between her shows to see how her choreographic mind works.

BWW Review: THREE DAYS IN THE COUNTRY - A Time Well-SpentBWW Review: THREE DAYS IN THE COUNTRY - A Time Well-Spent
July 15, 2018

The west coast premiere of Patrick Marber's THREE DAYS IN THE COUNTRY receives a sturdy mounting by the always dependable Antaeus Theatre Company. Marber's adaptation of Ivan Turgenev's classic A MONTH IN THE COUNTRY has been smartly condensed and updated from its original five-act length to a much more manageable (and most witty and enjoyable) two-and-a-half-hour running time.

BWW Review: And I'm Tellin' You - JENNIFER HUDSON Is Amazing!BWW Review: And I'm Tellin' You - JENNIFER HUDSON Is Amazing!
July 9, 2018

Jennifer Hudson made her self-proclaimed, long-awaited debut at the Hollywood Bowl July 6 and 7, where she sang her silvery-fringed, mini-skirted butt off, totally charming her appreciative audience. Jennifer's vocal prowess was certainly in superlative, peak form as her hellllldnotes and high, hiiiiiiiiiiigh notes blended well, both with the full intricate orchestrations of the Bowl Orchestra and the simple piano tinkering of her nimble-fingered pianist Dave Jackson.

BWW Interview: From Metamorphosis to a GROUNDLINGS' ROAD TRIP, Larry Treadwell's Ever Making Music to Rock the HouseBWW Interview: From Metamorphosis to a GROUNDLINGS' ROAD TRIP, Larry Treadwell's Ever Making Music to Rock the House
July 5, 2018

Attending The Groundlings shows on a Friday or Saturday night, you will sure to hear one of the most rocking bands in Los Angeles or anywhere smoking music is appreciated. The Groundlings Band consists of Larry Treadwell on guitar, Greg Kanaga on drums and musical director Matthew Loren Cohen on keyboards. I managed to lightly twist the arm of Larry to chat with me before rehearsing the next Friday/Saturday show GROUNDLINGS ROAD TRIP PARTY.

BWW Interview: Cassie Beck - An Original HUMAN After AllBWW Interview: Cassie Beck - An Original HUMAN After All
July 5, 2018

The U.S. tour of the multi-Tony Award-winning THE HUMANS completes its coast-to-coast trek landing at the Ahmanson Theatre, with the reunion of five of its original Broadway actors, including Reed Birney and Jayne Houdyshell reprising their Tony Award-winning roles of the patriarch and matriarch of the Blake clan. We had the opportune chance to chat with Cassie Beck, who originated the role of Aimee, the older sister in this loving, but dysfunctional Blake family, as they gather for a Thanksgiving meal at the new apartment of younger sis Brigid and her boyfriend Richard.

BWW Interview: Joe Tippett On His Upward HIGHWAY From WAITRESSing to Coaching CARLINBWW Interview: Joe Tippett On His Upward HIGHWAY From WAITRESSing to Coaching CARLIN
July 3, 2018

Amanda Peet's sophomore playwrighting effort OUR VERY OWN CARLIN McCULLOUGH has already been garnering rave reviews in its current world premiere at the Geffen Playhouse. Focusing on a ten-year-old tennis phenom and her close relationships with her tennis coach and single mom, kudos has been generously spread around the cast and the creatives. We had the opportunity to verbally volley with Joe Tippett, who completely embodies the role of Carlin's coach Jay.

BWW Interview: MUTT HOUSE's Ryan McCartan Goes to the DogsBWW Interview: MUTT HOUSE's Ryan McCartan Goes to the Dogs
June 29, 2018

As one of the human characters in the world premiere of playwright Tony Cookson's MUTT HOUSE; Ryan McCartan sings, leads and reacts with a zany pack of canine creatures. Featuring original songs from Cookson, John Daniel, Robb Curtis Brown and David O, MUTT HOUSE begins previews July 10, 2018 at the Kirk Dougas Theatre. We managed to sniff out some answers from Ryan in between his rehearsals.

BWW Interview: Gregg Oppenheimer Continuing His Father's Legacy Loving LucyBWW Interview: Gregg Oppenheimer Continuing His Father's Legacy Loving Lucy
June 25, 2018

A member of television comedy royalty, Gregg Oppenheimer grew up visiting the live set of his father Jess Oppenheimer's creation I Love Lucy. Today, an expert historian on all matters Lucy, Gregg's latest theatrical venture I LOVE LUCY: A FUNNY THING HAPPENED ON THE WAY TO THE SITCOM will be having its world premiere July 12, 2018 at L.A. Theatre Works venue on the UCLA campus, the James Bridges Theater.

BWW Interview: HENRY IV's Versatile Harry Groener Muses on the Mechanics and Love of TheatreBWW Interview: HENRY IV's Versatile Harry Groener Muses on the Mechanics and Love of Theatre
June 22, 2018

The Shakespeare Center of Los Angeles (SCLA) currently presents their new distinct take on Shakespeare's classic HENRY IV. Helmed by Tony Award-winning director Daniel Sullivan, SCLA has combined PART I and PART II into a single sitting of theatre, featuring the Los Angeles stage debut of Tom Hanks as Falstaff. We had the opportunity to chat with one of HENRY IV's most talented co-conspirators, actor Harry Groener who plays Northumberland and Justice Shallow.

BWW Review: DIANA ROSS - The Diva Delivers A Spectacular Hollywood Bowl Opening!BWW Review: DIANA ROSS - The Diva Delivers A Spectacular Hollywood Bowl Opening!
June 18, 2018

Motown legend Diana Ross kiiiiiicked off the Hollywood Bowl's 2018 summer season with polish, pizzazz, and professionalism. Performing for approximately an hour post-intermission, Ms. Ross had the Hollywood Bowl audience in her very capable hands; and, more frequently than not, dancing in their seats. With 50+ years performing in the public eye, Ms. Ross effortlessly commands the stage with her wit, her charm, her flowing costumes, and very vibrant vocal pipes.

BWW Interview: Marcia Seligson Responsibly Reviving REPRISEBWW Interview: Marcia Seligson Responsibly Reviving REPRISE
June 12, 2018

Los Angeles theatre lovers will see the welcomed return of the singularly entertaining Reprise productions, rebooted appropriately as REPRISE 2.0. Headed, as before, by producing artistic director Marcia Seligson, REPRISE 2.0 has already announced their first season, beginning June 20, 2018 with SWEET CHARITY, VICTOR, VICTORIA and GRAND HOTEL. Marcia availed herself from her multi-tasking REPRISE 2.0 duties to chat with me.

BWW Review: A Well-Produced AS WE BABBLE ON Deserves A 'Heart' Emoji & Many 'Thumbs Up' EmojisBWW Review: A Well-Produced AS WE BABBLE ON Deserves A 'Heart' Emoji & Many 'Thumbs Up' Emojis
June 7, 2018

East West Players, in association with the Los Angeles LGBT Center, has another entertaining hit on their hands with the world premiere of playwright Nathan Ramos' AS WE BABBLE ON. Ramos' very clever, contemporary script (lots of screen grabs of texting and emojis) weaves a sometimes funny, sometimes heart-warming, always real tale of Benji, a gay Asian-American comic book artist and his close family of friends.



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