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: Ever Just As Sure BEAUTY AND THE BEAST - LIVE IN CONCERT - They Can Sing, They Can Dance!BWW Review: Ever Just As Sure BEAUTY AND THE BEAST - LIVE IN CONCERT - They Can Sing, They Can Dance!
Posted: May. 27, 2018


BWW Review: A Gripping, Tension-Packed HOSTAGE Completely CaptivatesBWW Review: A Gripping, Tension-Packed HOSTAGE Completely Captivates
Posted: May. 29, 2018


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
Posted: Jun. 7, 2018


BWW Interview: Playwright Dominique Morisseau Shameless-ly TOO PROUD of Her DETROIT CREWBWW Interview: Playwright Dominique Morisseau Shameless-ly TOO PROUD of Her DETROIT CREW
Posted: May. 29, 2018


BWW Interview: Brenda Strong's Latest Role - A Woke LysistrataBWW Interview: Brenda Strong's Latest Role - A Woke Lysistrata
Posted: Jun. 5, 2018


LAST 365 DAYS

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 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.

BWW Review: Erin Sullivan's Strong Vocals Bolster WITH LOVE, MARILYNBWW Review: Erin Sullivan's Strong Vocals Bolster WITH LOVE, MARILYN
June 5, 2018

Erin Sullivan has created (with help from co-writer Stephanie Rosenberg and co-conceiver Robin Milling) WITH LOVE, MARILYN, her one-woman homage to Marilyn Monroe. Sullivan nails Monroe's breathy line deliveries and body language, especially in recreating Monroe songs 'My Heart Belongs to Daddy' and her signature 'Diamonds Are A Girl's Best Friend.'

BWW Interview: Brenda Strong's Latest Role - A Woke LysistrataBWW Interview: Brenda Strong's Latest Role - A Woke Lysistrata
June 5, 2018

LYSISTRATA UNBOUND, a new take on Aristophanes' LYSISTRATA by Eduardo Machado will world premiere June 9, 2018 in an Odyssey Theatre/Not Man Apart collaboration, with John Farmanesh-Bocca directing his wife Brenda Strong in the title role. We had the chance to ask a few questions of the always working Brenda.

BWW Interview Maestra Diane Rodriguez Clashing Cultures & Contributing to CTG & NEABWW Interview Maestra Diane Rodriguez Clashing Cultures & Contributing to CTG & NEA
June 4, 2018

Already in previews, the latest Culture Clash project BORDERTOWN NOW runs through June 24, 2018 at the Pasadena Playhouse. We had the chance to query director Diane Rodriguez on her history with the nation's premier Chicano/Latino performance trio, as well as, on some of the projects she's currently involved with - Center Theatre Group, the NEA and BORDERTOWN NOW.

BWW Review: HER PORTMANTEAU - Inexplicably Serious Baggage to CarryBWW Review: HER PORTMANTEAU - Inexplicably Serious Baggage to Carry
June 4, 2018

The west coast premiere of playwright Mfoniso Udofia's HER PORTMANTEAU receives a most reverential mounting at Boston Court Pasadena. Omoze Idehenre energetically supplies the needed jolt of energy and enthusiasm as Adiaha, Abasiama's loving daughter with the desire to please her mother's every whim. Joyce Guy grounds HER PORTMANTEAU as Abasiama, the maternal loving heart of this piece.

BWW Interview: Playwright Dominique Morisseau Shameless-ly TOO PROUD of Her DETROIT CREWBWW Interview: Playwright Dominique Morisseau Shameless-ly TOO PROUD of Her DETROIT CREW
May 29, 2018

Prolific playwright Dominique Morisseau's SKELETON CREW begins June 5, 2018 as the next Geffen Playhouse production. SKELETON CREW, the final play in Dominique's three-play cycle THE DETROIT PROJECT, focuses on four co-workers of an auto factory about to go under, circa 2008. We had the chance to catch Dominique in between her multi-tasking of writing on her multitude of projects, including Showtime's Shameless and the upcoming AIN'T TOO PROUD scheduled for a Broadway run.

BWW Review: A Gripping, Tension-Packed HOSTAGE Completely CaptivatesBWW Review: A Gripping, Tension-Packed HOSTAGE Completely Captivates
May 29, 2018

The world premiere of playwright Michelle Kholos Brooks' HOSTAGE receives an absolutely stunning mounting by the Skylight Theatre Company. Tracie Lockwood gives a tour de force performance as Barbara, normally an inconspicuous, yet outspoken, mother like most in the Oak Creek, Wisconsin neighborhood; but a real pit bull when matters concern her hostaged son.

BWW Review: Ever Just As Sure BEAUTY AND THE BEAST - LIVE IN CONCERT - They Can Sing, They Can Dance!BWW Review: Ever Just As Sure BEAUTY AND THE BEAST - LIVE IN CONCERT - They Can Sing, They Can Dance!
May 27, 2018

This summer's LIVE IN CONCERT film choice Beauty & the Beast brought together a wonderful mix of theatre, television and film talents to sing live along with the live orchestra deftly led by musical director Michael Kosarin as the animated 1991 film Beauty & the Beast played on the accompanying big screens. Zooey Deschanel made for a perfect Belle with her innocence, vulnerability and her striking vocals. Kelsey Grammer IS Lumiere...

BWW Interview: Director Michael Matthews Vel-comes You To His CABARET & Much MoreBWW Interview: Director Michael Matthews Vel-comes You To His CABARET & Much More
May 24, 2018

The Celebration Theatre will be presenting their third and final show of their successful 2017-18 season - Kander & Ebb's CABARET, beginning previews on May 25 and opening on June 1. I managed to get Celebration Theatre's co-artistic director and CABARET's director Michael Matthews to take a short break from his uber-busy schedule to answer a few of our inquisitive queries.

BWW Interview: Renaissance Man James Morrison SPILLing on Choosing Roles That Feed His SoulBWW Interview: Renaissance Man James Morrison SPILLing on Choosing Roles That Feed His Soul
May 15, 2018

L.A. Theatre Works will be west coast premiering Leigh Fondakowski's SPILL May 17 through May 20, 2018. We had the opportunity to chat with an L.A. Theatre Works' frequent collaborator, actor James Morrison on his current and past involvement with L.A. Theatre Works.

BWW Review: An Involving FOREVER BOUND Rivets You to the Edge of Your SeatBWW Review: An Involving FOREVER BOUND Rivets You to the Edge of Your Seat
May 14, 2018

The world premiere of playwright Steve Apostolina's FOREVER BOUND artfully produces scores of suspenseful 'will he/won't he' moments performed by the talented cast of four. What starts out as a day in the life of a depressed book scout about to be evicted takes welcomed twists and turns to its very satisfying end. Director Ann Hearn Tobolowsky keeps a firm hand in guiding this intermission-less piece smoothly and efficiently to its conclusion.

BWW Review: OMG!!! UMPO CLUELESS Is Da Bomb, Y'All!!!BWW Review: OMG!!! UMPO CLUELESS Is Da Bomb, Y'All!!!
May 13, 2018

Kate Pazakis, executive producer of the UNAUTHORIZED MUSICAL PARODY OF series, continues to top herself and her uber-talented team of artists in their latest creation THE UNAUTHORIZED MUSICAL PARODY OF CLUELESS. Director Jimmy Smagula ever-so-smartly runs his triple-threat cast of eight through a rapid succession of recognizable pop songs tautly strung together with Pazakis' very clever spoofs of the film's taglines.

BWW Interview: Billy Porter Always Singing From His & Richard Rodgers' SOULsBWW Interview: Billy Porter Always Singing From His & Richard Rodgers' SOULs
May 10, 2018

A Broadway Baby for years in supporting and featured roles, Billy Porter won his Tony Award for 'Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in a Musical' in his first leading role on Broadway as Lola in Cyndi Lauper and Harvey Fierstein's KINKY BOOTS in 2013. Billy will be bringing his dulcet vocals and his razor-sharp wit to The Soraya June 2, 2018 in his THE SOUL OF RICHARD RODGERS. Billy managed to take a break from his non-stop schedule of creativity to chat with me.

BWW Interview: SOFT POWER's Francis Jue On Representing David Henry Hwang & Fellow Asian-AmericansBWW Interview: SOFT POWER's Francis Jue On Representing David Henry Hwang & Fellow Asian-Americans
May 9, 2018

SOFT POWER, the first collective creation of Tony Award winners David Henry Hwang and Jeanine Tesori, will world premiere at the Ahmanson under the auspices of Center Theatre Group, in association with East West Players and the Curran, opening May 16, 2018. We had the wonderful opportunity to chat with a frequent collaborator of both David Henry Hwang and Jeanine Tesori, actor/singer Francis Jue who portrays DHH in SOFT POWER.

BWW Interview: Chelsea Sutton Muses on WOOD BOY, Garry Marshall & Going RogueBWW Interview: Chelsea Sutton Muses on WOOD BOY, Garry Marshall & Going Rogue
May 8, 2018

Rogue Artists Ensemble's 2015 world premiere of WOOD BOY DOG FISH, their unique retelling of The Adventures of Pinocchio, will be receiving a spiffy remounting at the Garry Marshall Theatre beginning May 12, 2018. We had the most opportune opportunity to talk some serious talk with the co-writer of both WOOD BOY DOG FISH editions - Chelsea Sutton, as she shared her histories with the Falcon Theatre, Rogue Artists Ensemble and the late Garry Marshall.

BWW Review: KNIFE TO THE HEART Hits A Bullseye!BWW Review: KNIFE TO THE HEART Hits A Bullseye!
May 7, 2018

The smart and witty script by Stan Zimmerman & Christian McLaughlin keeping the one-liners and puns steadily coming make for a fast-paced one-act. Easy to tell the writers really know their way around gay and Jewish life. Zimmerman most assuredly directs his talented cast of four in a quick stride, with real-time, heart-felt dramatic situations emerging out of the more comic set-ups.

BWW Review: SOLO MUST DIE: A MUSICAL PARODY - May the Force Be With ItBWW Review: SOLO MUST DIE: A MUSICAL PARODY - May the Force Be With It
May 5, 2018

Stidley Theatrical's world premiere of SOLO MUST DIE: A MUSICAL PARODY succeeds in presenting an intentionally cheesy production of a fan fiction written by Hugh, a nerdy Star Wars aficionado. All performers fully commit to their individual and collective antics as various Star Wars characters, as seen through the pen of geeky Hugh. The story plays out on stage as Hugh convinces his fellow fanboy and friend Colm to read his creation.

BWW Review: A Noise Within's So ON With their NOISES OFFBWW Review: A Noise Within's So ON With their NOISES OFF
April 29, 2018

A Noise Within most successfully revives their 2011 audience favorite, Michael Frayn's 1982 NOISES OFF. Co-directors Julia Rodriguez-Elliott and Geoff Elliott sure-handedly lead their comically gifted cast through a fast moving two-hour-forty-minute romp of the most expert props handling, laser sharp comic timing and funny, naturalistic, three-dimensional characters. Time just whizzes up with this guffaw-inducing cast oft times making their entrances and exits through the seated audience.

BWW Review: GROUNDLINGS ROYAL WEDDING - An Absolutely Regal Laugh FestBWW Review: GROUNDLINGS ROYAL WEDDING - An Absolutely Regal Laugh Fest
April 28, 2018

With their latest Friday and Saturday night show GROUNDLINGS ROYAL WEDDING, the vastly talented Groundlings troupe has done it again with much responding side-splitting laughter to their funny, funny in-house scripts, their comic timing and expert delivery. The comedically gifted cast of ten whip through a program of fifteen entertaining skits sharply directed by Deanna Oliver.



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