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The GOING DARK Series - The Stories behind the COVID-19 Impact on the Performing Arts Interview The GOING DARK Series - The Stories behind the COVID-19 Impact on the Performing Arts
by Adrienne Proctor - March 18, 2020, Costa Mesa

The GOING DARK Series continues with three more UCO performing arts students. Their take on the impact of COVID-19 and the response of theatres around the world to postpone and cancel all shows for the foreseeable future is here in an honest and unfiltered interview. These are the human stories behi...
Scott Coulter Helms The Latest Iteration Of Michael Childers' One Night Only Interview Scott Coulter Helms The Latest Iteration Of Michael Childers' One Night Only
by David Green - February 10, 2020, Costa Mesa

Michael Childers' presents One Night Only benefitting the Barbara Sinatra Children's Center. a?oeThe Way We Were: Songs of the '70'sa?? features the best of Broadway and pop music from that era, for one performance only on April 22 at 6:30 pm, at The McCallum Theatre. With Direction & Choreography b...
A Conversation with Matt Walker and Beth Kennedy, the King and Queen of Troubie Land Interview A Conversation with Matt Walker and Beth Kennedy, the King and Queen of Troubie Land
by Ellen Dostal - May 02, 2019, Costa Mesa

When it comes to developing a loyal fan base, Troubadour Theater Company has found the secret: do outstanding work, stay true to your aesthetic, and give the people what they want - a great time at the theater. Artistic Director Matt Walker started the troupe and, with the help of longtime friend an...
RENT'S Joanne, Lencia Kebede, Talks The 20th Anniversary Tour At The McCallum Theatre Interview RENT'S Joanne, Lencia Kebede, Talks The 20th Anniversary Tour At The McCallum Theatre and More
by David Green - February 06, 2019, Costa Mesa

The McCallum Theatre presents the 20th Anniversary Tour of Rent for five performances, Friday, February 8, through Sunday, February 10. In 1996, an original rock musical by a little-known composer opened on Broadway and forever changed the landscape of American theatre. Two decades later, Jonathan L...
BWW Interview: The King Of The Forest! Nick Pearson Opens Up About Playing The Cowar Interview BWW Interview: The King Of The Forest! Nick Pearson Opens Up About Playing The Cowardly Lion In THE WIZARD OF OZ At The McCallum
by David Green - January 10, 2019, Costa Mesa

The greatest family musical of all time, The Wizard of Oz, travels over the rainbow to Palm Desert for five performances at the McCallum Theatre. Performances are Friday, January 25, at 8:00pm; Saturday, January 26, at 2:00pm and 8:00pm, and Sunday, January 27, at 2:00pm and 7:30pm. This magical pro...
Michael Childers Brings A Star-Studded Tribute To Andrew Lloyd Webber To Palm Springs Interview Michael Childers Brings A Star-Studded Tribute To Andrew Lloyd Webber To Palm Springs in April
by David Green - December 13, 2018, Costa Mesa

Celebrated Producer Michael Childers will bring his latest edition of One Night Only to The McCallum Theatre on April 24, 2019 with a star-studded cast including Christine Andreas, John Barrowman, Liz Calloway and more. This season's ONO is a tribute to Andrew Lloyd Webber and proceeds will benefit ...
Pasquale Esposito Opens Up About His Incredible Career, PBS Specials And His Upcoming Interview Pasquale Esposito Opens Up About His Incredible Career, PBS Specials And His Upcoming Concert At The Annenberg
by David Green - November 29, 2018, Costa Mesa

Italian Tenor Pasquale Esposito returns to The Annenberg Theatre, located at The Palm Springs Arts Museum, for his fifth appearance on December 7 at 8:00 pm. The concert celebrates Italian Piazzas and is the live version of his newest PBS special. I had the opportunity to catch up with Mr. Esposito ...
NOT THAT JEWISH! A Chat With Comic Monica Piper As She Prepares For Her One Woman Sho Interview NOT THAT JEWISH! A Chat With Comic Monica Piper As She Prepares For Her One Woman Show In Palm Springs
by David Green - November 07, 2018, Costa Mesa

JFS Desert is proud to present an incredible afternoon with Emmy® Award winning comedy writer and stand-up comic Monica Piper for one performance only. This dynamic comedian who has written for Roseanne, Mad About You, Veronica's Closet and was the head writer of the #1 children's animated series Ru...
Catching Up With Dezart Performs' Artistic Director Michael Shaw As He Prepares To Ki Interview Catching Up With Dezart Performs' Artistic Director Michael Shaw As He Prepares To Kick Off Eleventh Season With CHURCH AND STATE
by David Green - November 06, 2018, Costa Mesa

Award-winning Dezart Performs opens it's eleventh season in the desert with the 'serious comedy' CHURCH AND STATE on November 9 at The Pearl McManus Theatre in donwtown Palm Springs. Production notes state: 'Three days before his bid for reelection, a Republican U.S. senator makes an off-the-cuff co...
Julie Makerov and the Fine Art of Balancing Music and Life Interview Julie Makerov and the Fine Art of Balancing Music and Life
by Ellen Dostal - November 05, 2018, Costa Mesa

How does a busy soprano balance career, family, motherhood, and art? If that soprano is Julie Makerov, it's all about scheduling and planning ahead of time. Makerov, who will be appearing as one of four soloists with LA's Verdi Chorus this weekend at First United Methodist Church in Santa Monica, sa...
Theatre in Historic Places: NIGHTWALK IN THE CHINESE GARDEN at The Huntington Interview Theatre in Historic Places: NIGHTWALK IN THE CHINESE GARDEN at The Huntington
by Ellen Dostal - September 12, 2018, Costa Mesa

When writer/director Stan Lai has an idea for a new play, people take notice. He is the most celebrated Chinese language playwright and director in the world and his body of work - which to date includes 35 original plays - has redefined how we think about the art form itself. With such well-known w...
Pageant Of The Masters Artistic Director Diane Challis Davy Shares Her Vision Of An I Interview Pageant Of The Masters Artistic Director Diane Challis Davy Shares Her Vision Of An Incredible Summer UNDER THE SUN
by David Green - August 17, 2018, Costa Mesa

The world-famous Pageant Of The Masters, a theatrical celebration of great art recreated in tableaux vivants, and celebrating its' 85th anniversary of 'living pictures' as part of Laguna Beach's Festival of Arts, is in full bloom in Laguna Beach, with performances nightly through September 1. This s...
TENOR James Chiao Making His Mannequins Work BY NIGHT Interview TENOR James Chiao Making His Mannequins Work BY NIGHT
by Gil Kaan - August 09, 2018, Costa Mesa

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 s...
CHICO'S ANGELS Turn The Heat Up At Oscars Cafe And Bar In Palm Springs Interview CHICO'S ANGELS Turn The Heat Up At Oscars Cafe And Bar In Palm Springs
by David Green - June 12, 2018, Costa Mesa

The south of the border hotties, Chico's Angels, will make their Palm Springs debut with their hour-long variety show VIVA LAS CHICAS!: Chico's Angels Variety Hour. The show stars the heavenly trio Kay Sedia, Frieda Laye, Chita Parol & Bossman. VIVA LAS CHICAS opens tonight, June 12, and runs for th...
Grammy Winner Melissa Manchester Is LIVE AT THE MCCALLUM With The Coachella Valley Sy Interview Grammy Winner Melissa Manchester Is LIVE AT THE MCCALLUM With The Coachella Valley Symphony
by David Green - May 03, 2018, Costa Mesa

Grammy Winner Melissa Manchester Joins The Coachella Valley Symphony for a very special 'one night only' concert that will feature her greatest hits and more on Saturday, May 12 at 7:00 pm at The McCallum Theatre in Palm Desert. Ms. Manchester may be best known for her hits 'Midnight Blue', 'Wheneve...
The McCallum's President/CEO Mitch Gershenfeld Talks Upcoming 2018-19 Season And More Interview The McCallum's President/CEO Mitch Gershenfeld Talks Upcoming 2018-19 Season And More
by David Green - April 10, 2018, Costa Mesa

The McCallum Theatre recently announced its new lineup as it begins its fourth decade of presenting world-class artists and entertainers for Coachella Valley audiences. The new season includes McCallum debuts, iconic superstars, family-friendly entertainment, holiday sensations, and an outstanding r...
Producer/Director Chad Hilligus Talks Upcoming WEST SIDE STORY IN CONCERT And More Interview Producer/Director Chad Hilligus Talks Upcoming WEST SIDE STORY IN CONCERT And More
by David Green - March 02, 2018, Costa Mesa

The McCallum Theatre presents WEST SIDE STORY: IN CONCERT for five performances Friday, March 9 through Sunday, March 11. This classic musical is being exclusively produced by the McCallum Theatre as part of its Leonard Bernstein Centennial Celebration. Produced and directed by Chad Hilligus, the li...
At Home at the Garry Marshall Theatre with Joseph Leo Bwarie Interview At Home at the Garry Marshall Theatre with Joseph Leo Bwarie
by Ellen Dostal - November 08, 2017, Costa Mesa

Theatres have a way of becoming an artist's second home. It doesn't matter if you are a director, designer, actor, or volunteer the countless hours you invest and the close proximity in which you do your work often create friendships that last a lifetime. And each time you step back through those ...
In-Depth with Michael Michetti, Man of the Hour Interview In-Depth with Michael Michetti, Man of the Hour
by Ellen Dostal - October 19, 2017, Costa Mesa

Director Michael Michetti is the man of the hour. He has directed some of LA's most compelling productions and, for the past fifteen years, helped The Theatre @ Boston Court become one of the premier theatres for new and innovative work. He currently has a trio of shows on his directing calendar tha...
Robin S Opens Up About Her Music Career And Her Headlining Engagement At Halloween Pa Interview Robin S Opens Up About Her Music Career And Her Headlining Engagement At Halloween Palm Springs
by David Green - October 12, 2017, Costa Mesa

Robin S, one of the most prolific dance artists of our time and Billboard Dance Chart Topper known for her mega hits 'Show Me Love' and 'Luv 4 Luv' will headline Halloween Palm Springs on Arenas Road Tuesday, October 31 from 5:00-10:00p.m. I had the chance to catch up with Robin to talk about her u...
Theatre in Historic Places: Lummis House Doubles as Scottish Castle for MACBETH Interview Theatre in Historic Places: Lummis House Doubles as Scottish Castle for MACBETH
by Ellen Dostal - August 24, 2017, Costa Mesa

He walked from Cincinnati to Los Angeles in 1884 and then he built a castle in Highland Park with stones from the nearby arroyo. Charles F. Lummis, first editor of the LA Times, knew how to make an entrance. Now the historic site will get a starring role in one of Shakespeare's most dramatic plays, ...
BWW Feature: Strong Women Get Their Due on Stage in August Interview BWW Feature: Strong Women Get Their Due on Stage in August
by Ellen Dostal - August 11, 2017, Costa Mesa

If you were captivated by the film Hidden Figures and its story of the women known as 'human computers' who saved John Glenn's NASA space mission, get ready for Lauren Gunderson's play SILENT SKY, opening this month at the Long Beach Performing Arts Center....
Meet the Producers of A LITTLE NEW MUSIC
by Ellen Dostal - April 11, 2017, Costa Mesa

It takes a village to create a new musical. And it takes a village like A LITTLE NEW MUSIC to give musical theatre writers a place to showcase new material while their Broadway-hopeful shows are in development. Meet Peter Welkin, Christopher Maikish, Luke Klipp, Amy Francis Schott, and Kila Packett ...
OC's Segerstrom Center Welcomes Charles Busch in THE LADY AT THE MIC
by Michael L. Quintos - March 06, 2017, Costa Mesa

Making his Segerstrom Center for the Arts debut, Tony Award® nominee Charles Busch is bringing his unique and critically-acclaimed talents to the Samueli Theater March 9-11, 2017 as part of Segerstrom Center's Cabaret Series. Entitled THE LADY AT THE MIC, Busch will enchant audiences in this intimat...
Jason Graae and Company Bring JERRY HERMAN LEGACY CONCERT to Segerstrom Center
by Michael L. Quintos - January 16, 2017, Costa Mesa

Broadway vet and musical comedy genius Jason Graae will be one of several incredible performers that will be presenting JERRY HERMAN: THE BROADWAY LEGACY CONCERT at Orange County's Segerstrom Center for the Arts from January 19 - 21, 2017. For three performances at the Center's Samueli Theater---the...
Todd Lerew Offers Insight into AMERICA'S SHAKESPEARE: THE BARD GOES WEST
by Ellen Dostal - November 14, 2016, Costa Mesa

Something may be rotten in the state of Denmark but, in Los Angeles, Shakespeare lovers will find all the joy that they can wish when the Library Foundation of Los Angeles opens its newest exhibit: American's Shakespeare: The Bard Goes West on November 17 at the Central Library. The show is a partne...
Cavalia's Normand Latourelle on Captivating Audiences With ODYSSEO
by Gil Kaan - October 31, 2016, Costa Mesa

With a wide and varied background in the performing arts (including a five-year stint with Cirque du Soleil), Normand Latourelle founded and created Cavalia Inc. in 2003, to showcase the beautiful athleticism of the horse. Just before Cavalia's second production ODYSSEO makes its return engagement i...
Theatre in Historic Places: Unbound Productions Takes MYSTERY LIT to the Santa Anita Train Depot
by Ellen Dostal - October 26, 2016, Costa Mesa

Back in 2008, the creators of Unbound Productions - Jonathan Josephson, Paul Millet, and Jeff G. Rack - bet that audiences were ready for something different. That's when the trio began to explore adapting classical literature to create a new kind of immersive theatre no one had seen before. You kno...
Billboard Chart-Topping Artist Kristine W Headlines Halloween Palm Springs 2016
by David Green - September 23, 2016, Costa Mesa

The incomparable Kristine W will headline Halloween Palm Springs, Saturday, October 29 from 6:00-10:00 p.m. Kristine W has scored 16 potent #1 dance hits and a record-setting string of nine consecutive #1s on the Hot Dance Club Songs chart over the past 16 years, earning Kristine third place on Bill...