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: Colin Bates Maturing Most Gracefully from BILLY ELLIOTT to DORIAN GRAYBWW Interview: Colin Bates Maturing Most Gracefully from BILLY ELLIOTT to DORIAN GRAY
Posted: Sep. 28, 2018


BWW Review: Ambitious BLOOD ROCK: THE MUSICAL Really SingsBWW Review: Ambitious BLOOD ROCK: THE MUSICAL Really Sings
Posted: Sep. 29, 2018


BWW Review: Intense, Involving BABY EYES Will Open Yours - WideBWW Review: Intense, Involving BABY EYES Will Open Yours - Wide
Posted: Oct. 15, 2018


BWW Interview: Susan Albert Loewenberg Taking Us Behind the Scenes of L.A. Theatre WorksBWW Interview: Susan Albert Loewenberg Taking Us Behind the Scenes of L.A. Theatre Works
Posted: Sep. 28, 2018


BWW Review: GROUNDLINGS HALLOWEEN SHOW - Full of Hysterical Tricks & Hilarious Treats For Your Funny BonesBWW Review: GROUNDLINGS HALLOWEEN SHOW - Full of Hysterical Tricks & Hilarious Treats For Your Funny Bones
Posted: Oct. 6, 2018


BWW Review: See GLORIA, She's UnforgettableBWW Review: See GLORIA, She's Unforgettable
Posted: Sep. 25, 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 Interview: DEAR EVAN HANSEN's Ben Levi Ross & Jessica Phillips Connecting TruthfullyBWW Interview: DEAR EVAN HANSEN's Ben Levi Ross & Jessica Phillips Connecting Truthfully
October 18, 2018

DEAR EVAN HANSEN, the winner of six Tony Awards (including Best Musical) makes its second stop of its 23-city national tour at the Ahmanson Theatre with opening night set for October 19, 2018. I had the opportunity to sit down with two of the leads of DEAR EVAN HANSEN. I joined Ben Levi Ross (Evan Hansen) and Jessica Phillips (Heidi Hansen) in the expansive Founders' Room of the Ahmanson Theatre for a private interview.

BWW Interview: Paul Rodriguez Transitions Easily From Playing Comedy Clubs to Playing GodBWW Interview: Paul Rodriguez Transitions Easily From Playing Comedy Clubs to Playing God
October 16, 2018

Stand-up comedy stalwart Paul Rodriguez will be taking on the role of God in the revival of Bruce Jay Friedman's cult-classic STEAMBATH opening October 20, 2018 at the Odyssey Theatre. I had the chance to illicit a few serious answers from this funny man amongst his very comical responses.

BWW Review: Intense, Involving BABY EYES Will Open Yours - WideBWW Review: Intense, Involving BABY EYES Will Open Yours - Wide
October 15, 2018

The Playwrights' Arena's world premiere of playwright Donald Jolly's BABY EYES presents a volatile, in-your-face telling of Gio, a diminutive teenage boy surviving bullies and homophobia in 1950's Baltimore. Jon Lawrence Rivera expertly directs his talented cast at a fast, smooth pace. Rudy Martinez totally inhabits the pivotal role of the elfin Gio who spends his days at school running from a gang of bullies and his evenings avoiding his demanding racist father Sal (a commanding Ted Monte).

BWW Review: GROUNDLINGS HALLOWEEN SHOW - Full of Hysterical Tricks & Hilarious Treats For Your Funny BonesBWW Review: GROUNDLINGS HALLOWEEN SHOW - Full of Hysterical Tricks & Hilarious Treats For Your Funny Bones
October 6, 2018

The Groundlings kill it again with their current laugh-packed Friday & Saturday night show GROUNDLINGS HALLOWEEN SHOW, mining chuckles and guffaws with their seriously funny (and sometimes funny serious) sketches written and performed by a cast at the top of their comedy game. Deanna Oliver most deftly directs her talented troupe bringing out their comic timing, some dramatic readings, a little well-hoofed group choreography and even a gymnastic rocker performance.

BWW Review: Bess Wohl's Dissin' Franchise AMERICAN HERO Served UpBWW Review: Bess Wohl's Dissin' Franchise AMERICAN HERO Served Up
October 1, 2018

The L.A. premiere of Bess Wohl's AMERICAN HERO doles out a steady stream of screaming conflicts, yet leaves you hungry for more satisfactory resolutions. James Eckhouse ably directs his committed cast of four in a fast-paced torrent of workplace disagreements. Rodney To totally steals the show with three of his four characters.

BWW Review: Ambitious BLOOD ROCK: THE MUSICAL Really SingsBWW Review: Ambitious BLOOD ROCK: THE MUSICAL Really Sings
September 29, 2018

More GREASE homage than a blood-sucking WEST SIDE STORY, BLOOD ROCK: THE MUSICAL pits two gangs of vampires against each other in a modern-day fight for survival. This entertaining, light romp receives its transfusion of wonderfulness from the amazing vocals and harmonies of the large talented cast singing the very credible lyrics of Michael Berns. Everyone has their moments to shine under Gary Thomas' able direction.

BWW Interview: Susan Albert Loewenberg Taking Us Behind the Scenes of L.A. Theatre WorksBWW Interview: Susan Albert Loewenberg Taking Us Behind the Scenes of L.A. Theatre Works
September 28, 2018

Well-ensconced on the UCLA campus, Los Angeles Theatre Works presents audio theatre, or as pre-millennials call it 'radio drama,' a throwback technique of decades-old entertainment enhanced by current day technology. I had the chance to delve into the inner workings of LATW from one of the co-founders herself, Susan Albert Loewenberg.

BWW Interview: Colin Bates Maturing Most Gracefully from BILLY ELLIOTT to DORIAN GRAYBWW Interview: Colin Bates Maturing Most Gracefully from BILLY ELLIOTT to DORIAN GRAY
September 28, 2018

Director Michael Michetti's adaptation of Oscar Wilde's classic novella A PICTURE OF DORIAN GRAY has already begun its run at A Noise Within, with opening night slated for September 29, 2018. Though immersed in rehearsals, Colin Bates (who plays the titular role of Dorian) graciously found some time to answer a few of my inquiries into his creative thought processes.

BWW Review: See GLORIA, She's UnforgettableBWW Review: See GLORIA, She's Unforgettable
September 25, 2018

The Echo Theater Company's west coast premiere of playwright Branden Jacobs-Jenkins' Pulitzer Prize-finalist GLORIA receives a sturdy mounting with a very capable cast handling the witty, words-heavy monologues. Plot centers on a group of lower-level publishing employees stuck (for various reasons) in their respective, non-upwardly mobile positions. GLORIA illustrates the various common office behaviors, such as back-stabbing, condescension, 'Mean Girl' insulting, and stressing out.

BWW Interview: Judging & Hosting's Such a FAB-ulous DRAG for Ross MathewsBWW Interview: Judging & Hosting's Such a FAB-ulous DRAG for Ross Mathews
September 21, 2018

Ross Mathews, a most busy multi-tasker (judge on RuPaul's Drag Race, host of 2018 Miss America Pageant; to name just a few) will be inaugurating his weekly DRAGTASTIC BUBBLE BRUNCH this Saturday, September 22, 2018 (his birthday!) at Rockwell Table & Stage. It's been a very busy week for Ross, first being awarded from GLAAD, their Davidson/Valentino Award; and then attending the Emmys as part of the Emmy-winning (four this year) RuPaul's Drag Race.

BWW Interview: Sarah Jones: BUY Herself, But Never Without Her Posse of CharactersBWW Interview: Sarah Jones: BUY Herself, But Never Without Her Posse of Characters
September 20, 2018

Tony Award-winner Sarah Jones will be encoring her one-womanmulti-character show SELLBUYDATE in Los Angeles, this time at the LGBT Center's Renberg Theatre, with previews beginning September 27, 2018. Having seen Sarah's show earlier this year at the Geffen, I jumped at the chance to dive into the back stories of Sarah and her multiple personalities she shares the stage with.

BWW Interview: Director Jennifer Chambers Shares Her Winning Recipe For THE CAKEBWW Interview: Director Jennifer Chambers Shares Her Winning Recipe For THE CAKE
September 14, 2018

Bekah Brunstetter's THE CAKE will once again be served on a Los Angeles stage. Helmed by its original world premiere director Jennifer Chambers, THE CAKE has already begun previews, with opening night September 20, 2018 at the Geffen Theatre. A topic still making headlines, a baker's refusal to bake a cake gets uncomfortably personal when the cake's for family. We had the chance to chat with Jennifer on the secret ingredients of Bekah's simply delicious concoction.

BWW Interview: A Talent in Her Own Right, Kiki Ebsen's Much More Than Just Her Father's DaughterBWW Interview: A Talent in Her Own Right, Kiki Ebsen's Much More Than Just Her Father's Daughter
September 12, 2018

In TO DAD WITH LOVE, A TRIBUTE TO BUDDY EBSEN; Kiki Ebsen pays tribute to her father in the best way she knows how - singing and story-telling. Kiki graciously walked me through some of her vivid memories of growing up the child of a famous father, a most popular figure of 1960s television, known to weekly TV viewers as Jed Clampett of The Beverly Hillbillies.

BWW Interview: Ricardo Chavira's TRANSLATABLE SECRETS of His Life in the TheatreBWW Interview: Ricardo Chavira's TRANSLATABLE SECRETS of His Life in the Theatre
September 8, 2018

The prolific playwright Jose Rivera's THE UNTRANSLATABLE SECRETS OF NIKKI CORONA world premieres at the Geffen Playhouse. With previews already begun, opening night's set for September 12, 2018. When Nikki's twin sister Abril dies, Nikki wishes she had communicated all she should have said to her. Ricardo Chavira plays the pivotal role of Orlando, Nikki's conduit to Abril. We had the opportunity to unveil some various SECRETS of Ricardo's theatrical career.

BWW Interview: Portia's No SWEAT on Strong Roles, Nottage & RashadBWW Interview: Portia's No SWEAT on Strong Roles, Nottage & Rashad
September 7, 2018

Playwright Lynn Nottage's 2017 Pulitzer Prize-winning SWEAT, her raw take on the intertwining issues affecting a close-knit group of Reading, Pennsylvania townsfolk, has just opened at the Mark Taper Forum. Portraying Cynthia, the inescapable lightning rod in SWEAT's volatile scenario, Nottage stalwart Portia brings a human face to a multiple of 'faceless' generalized preconceptions. Portia gave us her thoughts on working with Lynn Nottage, Phylicia Rashad and the late Philip Seymour Hoffman.

BWW Interview: Michael J. Feldman Making FAIRY TALEs Out Of A Lemon DateBWW Interview: Michael J. Feldman Making FAIRY TALEs Out Of A Lemon Date
September 6, 2018

Writer/performer Michael J. Feldman world premieres his long-incubated FAIRY TALE THEATRE 18 & OVER at The Pico, opening September 14, 2018. We had a chance to query Michael on how he turned a bad date experience into a full-length stage musical.

BWW Interview: Multi-faceted Tony Tanner GIVEs ME THE SUNny & Dark Sides of Making Theatre For YearsBWW Interview: Multi-faceted Tony Tanner GIVEs ME THE SUNny & Dark Sides of Making Theatre For Years
September 5, 2018

Theatre veteran Tony Tanner's latest directorial project GIVE ME THE SUN, his adaptation of Ibsen's GHOSTS, world premieres September 15, 2018 at the Lounge Theatre. The actor/writer/director, having worked with a Who's Who of theatrical talents, allowed me to pick his brain on his extensive theatrical history.

BWW Interview: Bruce Davison's Dramatic & Funny in All His NATIVE NomenclaturesBWW Interview: Bruce Davison's Dramatic & Funny in All His NATIVE Nomenclatures
August 29, 2018

Known to generations of theatre aficionados, film enthusiasts and television devotees, Bruce Davison will be appearing at The Pasadena Playhouse beginning September 5, 2018 in playwright Karen Zacarias' NATIVE GARDENS. Directed by Seinfeld's Jason Alexander, this surprisingly topical tale of neighbors fighting over their shared fence features Frances Fisher as Virginia Butley (wife to Bruce's Frank Butley), with Christian Barillas and Jessica Meraz as Pablo and Tania Del Valle, the newbie couple on the block.

BWW Review: Kay Sedia Steals the Show in A WHOLE LOTTA KAY! A ONE-WOMAN SHOW?BWW Review: Kay Sedia Steals the Show in A WHOLE LOTTA KAY! A ONE-WOMAN SHOW?
August 28, 2018

Kay Sedia, a seasoned performer of 15 years as the 'prettiest' of the three Chico's Angels, runs away (as quickly as one can in cha-cha pumps) with her latest one-woman show A WHOLE LOTTA KAY! A ONE-WOMAN SHOW. In this hour-long cabaret piece, night club manager J.T. has apparently double-booked two one-woman shows for the same night - Kay Sedia's and Lotta Slots'. These two big-coiffed divas duel it out in much hilarity for the benefit of the most responsive audience.

BWW Interview: Valerie Perri Loves Making The Theatre WORLD GO 'ROUNDBWW Interview: Valerie Perri Loves Making The Theatre WORLD GO 'ROUND
August 28, 2018

Following Reprise's successful re-launch (as the newly christened REPRISE 2.0) with a crowd-pleasing SWEET CHARITY, REPRISE 2.0 mounts THE WORLD GOES 'ROUND on the Freud Playhouse boards beginning September 5, 2018. We had the chance to chat with one of WORLD's talented cast members, theatre vet Valerie Perri on being back with Reprise, while hitting highlights of her extensive theatrical career.



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