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“Wicked” Humor and “Anything Goes” Parody Both Hit and Miss in Desert Rose’s DIRTY LITTLE SHOWTUNES
by BWW News Desk - Nov 3, 2012

To quote Jeff Marx and Bobby Lopez - "There's A Fine, Fine Line". Between what's funny and what's not. Between what's tasteful and what's not. Let's just say that DIRTY LITTLE SHOWTUNES crossed the line on both accounts on multiple occasions throughout the evening. The premise - the Broadway "show tune" melodies we can all sing by heart accompanied by very clever lyrics that lampoon the unique idiosyncrasies of the gay lifestyle. The problem - it ends up being a one joke show that wears out its welcome - better served if it was condensed to a one act revue that didn't keep repeating itself and trying to top itself. I would have a similar complaint about a show that is quite similar in formula- Forbidden Broadway - that starts out with great comic momentum but has trouble finding its way back after intermission.

“Wicked” Humor and “Anything Goes” Parody Both Hit and Miss in Desert Rose’s DIRTY LITTLE SHOWTUNES
by David Green - Oct 2, 2012

To quote Jeff Marx and Bobby Lopez - "There's A Fine, Fine Line". Between what's funny and what's not. Between what's tasteful and what's not. Let's just say that DIRTY LITTLE SHOWTUNES crossed the line on both accounts on multiple occasions throughout the evening. The premise - the Broadway "show tune" melodies we can all sing by heart accompanied by very clever lyrics that lampoon the unique idiosyncrasies of the gay lifestyle. The problem - it ends up being a one joke show that wears out its welcome - better served if it was condensed to a one act revue that didn't keep repeating itself and trying to top itself. I would have a similar complaint about a show that is quite similar in formula- Forbidden Broadway - that starts out with great comic momentum but has trouble finding its way back after intermission.

Photo Flash: Stars Come Out for WHEN YOU BELIEVE Stephen Schwartz Tribute
by BWW News Desk - May 26, 2012

Academy Award winner Stephen Schwartz was honored and presented with with Desert Ensemble Theatre Company's inaugural Melpomai Award at When You Believe: A Conversation With and Tribute To Stephen Schwartz on May 19 in Palm Springs. The event was held in the Annenberg Theater at the Palm Springs Art Museum, and featured a conversation with Schwartz as well as performances of his stage and movie musical hits. Directed and moderated by Scott Logsdon (Les Miserables), the evening included performances from Tony nominee Andrea McArdle (Annie), Hunter Parrish (Broadway's Godspell revival and Showtime's 'Weeds'), Kate Flannery (NBC's 'The Office'), Pamla Vale Abramson, Melissa Batalles, Garrett Hoy, Ben Reece, Haviland Stillwell (Les Miserables and Fiddler on the Roof) and Laura L.Thomas. Joel Baker was the musical director and accompanist. See photos of the stars performing on stage below!

WHEN YOU BELIEVE: A Conversation With and Tribute To Stephen Schwartz Plays Tonight, 5/19, Palm Springs
by BWW News Desk - May 19, 2012

Academy Award winner Stephen Schwartz will be honored with Desert Ensemble Theatre Company's inaugural Melpomai Award at When You Believe: A Conversation With and Tribute To Stephen Schwartz tonight, May 19 in Palm Springs.

Palm Springs Mayor Steve Pougnet Declares Today, May 19, 'Stephen Schwartz Day'
by BWW News Desk - May 19, 2012

Desert Theatre Ensemble Company today announced that Palm Springs Mayor Steve Pougnet has declared today, May 19 to be recognized as 'Stephen Schwartz Day'.

Stephen Schwartz and Andrea McArdle Headline Palm Springs Tribute Tonight, 5/19
by BWW News Desk - May 18, 2012

Stephen Schwartz, the three-time Academy Award-winning Broadway legend and composer, and Broadway icon Andrea McArdle will appear in Palm Springs tonight, May 19 in "When You Believe: A Conversation With and Tribute To Stephen Schwartz" at the Annenberg Theater at the Palm Springs Art Museum.

GODSPELL's Hunter Parrish Joins Annenberg Theater's 'WHEN YOU BELIEVE' Stephen Schwartz Tribute Tonight, 5/19
by BWW News Desk - May 18, 2012

Hunter Parrish, who previously starred in the Broadway revival of GODSPELL, joins the starry talent lineup of When You Believe: A Conversation With and Tribute To Stephen Schwartz tonight, May 19 in Palm Springs.

Fellow Oscar-Winner Dean Pitchford Joins Stephen Schwartz in WHEN YOU BELIEVE at Annenberg Theater, 5/19
by BWW News Desk - May 18, 2012

Academy Award winner Dean Pitchford will be participating in When You Believe: A Conversation With and Tribute To Stephen Schwartz May 19 in Palm Springs.

WHEN YOU BELIEVE: A Conversation With Stephen Schwartz At The Annenberg Theatre May 19
by BWW News Desk - May 18, 2012

Stephen Schwartz, the three-time Academy Award-winning Broadway legend and composer, and Broadway icon Andrea McArdle will appear in Palm Springs on May 19 in "When You Believe: A Conversation With and Tribute To Stephen Schwartz" at the Annenberg Theater at the Palm Springs Art Museum.

STAGE TUBE: Desert Ensemble Theatre Company Honors Stephen Schwartz
by Stage Tube - May 17, 2012

Academy Award winner Stephen Schwartz will be honored with Desert Ensemble Theatre Company's inaugural Melpomai Award at When You Believe: A Conversation With and Tribute To Stephen Schwartz May 19 in Palm Springs. The 8 PM event, which will be held in the Annenberg Theater at the Palm Springs Art Museum, will feature a conversation with Schwartz as well as performances of his stage and movie musical hits. Check out a preview of the event below!

WHEN YOU BELIEVE: A Conversation With and Tribute To Stephen Schwartz Set for 5/19, Palm Springs
by James T Harding - May 15, 2012

Academy Award winner Stephen Schwartz will be honored with Desert Ensemble Theatre Company's inaugural Melpomai Award at When You Believe: A Conversation With and Tribute To Stephen Schwartz May 19 in Palm Springs.

GODSPELL's Hunter Parrish Joins Annenberg Theater's 'WHEN YOU BELIEVE' Stephen Schwartz Tribute, 5/19
by BWW News Desk - May 6, 2012

Hunter Parrish, who previously starred in the Broadway revival of GODSPELL, has joined the starry talent lineup of When You Believe: A Conversation With and Tribute To Stephen Schwartz on May 19 in Palm Springs.

Palm Springs Mayor Steve Pougnet Declares May 19th 'Stephen Schwartz Day'
by Kelsey Denette - Apr 30, 2012

Desert Theatre Ensemble Company today announced that Palm Springs Mayor Steve Pougnet has declared May 19 to be recognized as 'Stephen Schwartz Day'.

Fellow Oscar-Winner Dean Pitchford Joins Stephen Schwartz in WHEN YOU BELIEVE at Annenberg Theater, 5/19
by BWW News Desk - Apr 28, 2012

Academy Award winner Dean Pitchford will be participating in When You Believe: A Conversation With and Tribute To Stephen Schwartz May 19 in Palm Springs.

THE OFFICE Star Kate Flannery Joins 'A Conversation With and Tribute To Stephen Schwartz' Cast
by Kelsey Denette - Apr 12, 2012

Kate Flannery from NBC's THE OFFICE and Off Broadway's LOVE, LOSS AND WHAT I WORE has joined the cast for "When You Believe: A Conversation With and Tribute To Stephen Schwartz" at the Annenberg Theater at the Palm Springs Art Museum in Palm Springs on May 19.

WHEN YOU BELIEVE: A Conversation With Stephen Schwartz At The Annenberg Theatre May 19
by David Green - Apr 2, 2012

Stephen Schwartz, the three-time Academy Award-winning Broadway legend and composer, and Broadway icon Andrea McArdle will appear in Palm Springs on May 19 in "When You Believe: A Conversation With and Tribute To Stephen Schwartz" at the Annenberg Theater at the Palm Springs Art Museum.

Stephen Schwartz and Andrea McArdle to Headline Palm Springs Tribute, 5/19
by BWW News Desk - Apr 2, 2012

Stephen Schwartz, the three-time Academy Award-winning Broadway legend and composer, and Broadway icon Andrea McArdle will appear in Palm Springs on May 19 in "When You Believe: A Conversation With and Tribute To Stephen Schwartz" at the Annenberg Theater at the Palm Springs Art Museum.

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