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Review: Audiences in love with Felder!

Review: Audiences in love with Felder!

The Wallis Annenberg Center present Hershey Felder: A Paris Love Story – due to popular demand already extended through Jun 16. This production is the latest work in Felder’s critically acclaimed “Great Composer Series” of one-man shows. The last one I saw was Ludwig van Beethoven and he was brilliant! Felder is a great actor, musician− an aficionado of the classic composers bringing them alive to audiences worldwide. Felder asks, “This idea−where do things come from and how they actually […]

Review: The Royal Ballet present Romeo and Juliet

Review: The Royal Ballet present Romeo and Juliet

  (This video short documentary on MacMillian’s “Romeo and Juliet” brings much apposite historical information. Knowing this will enhance the viewer’s appreciation of this ballet). Watch Here Review: The Royal Ballet present Romeo and Juliet, Kenneth MacMillian’s masterpiece. There is no better place to see the classic Romeo & Juliet than in Shakespeare’s own birth country –England. On my recent trip to London, I caught […]

Royal Opera’s Faust with Fabiano is fabulous!

Royal Opera’s Faust with Fabiano is fabulous!

A scene from Faust by Gounod @ Royal Opera House. Directed by David McVicar. Conductor, Dan Ettinger. (Opening 11-04-19) WATCH TRAILER   London audiences on fire! Spring is a great time to travel with nice weather and less tourists than summer. London is an amazing getaway (although it was a bit freezing in early May) […]

Review: The Geffen Playhouse – The Niceties

Review: The Geffen Playhouse – The Niceties

The west coast premiere of THE NICETIES at Geffen Playhouse is excruciatingly intellectual ── an apotheosis of the American political divide. It is a mesmeric scrutiny of two opposing perspectives on matters of race and inequality in America ── a searing truth that makes us take notice at what happens when we don’t listen to each other. It forces you to examine yourself and those from different walks of life with new eyes and ears. Playwright, Eleanor Burgess delves into murky water with these two strong invincible female leads. Written with the pen strokes of […]

Callas in Concert: The Hologram Tour

Callas in Concert: The Hologram Tour

The opera-actor-fashion icon diva resurrected on stage was unbelievably real! If you have never seen a Hologram concert, it is a must see “bucket list.” I attended the Callas in Concert: The Hologram Tour presented for one night only in association with the Los Angeles Times Festival of Books and it was phenomenal. Your mind […]

Malpaso Dance Company at the Wallis Annenberg

Malpaso Dance Company at the Wallis Annenberg

On Friday, March 29th, I attended the performance of the Malpaso Dance Company at the Wallis Annenberg in Beverly Hills. One of Cuba’s hottest dance companies, this is the second time the dance company has appeared in Los Angeles, following its debut in 2017. I expected the Cuban musical sounds we Americans have come to […]

Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra’s “Kahane on Mozart”

Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra’s “Kahane on Mozart”

I attended the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra’s “Kahane on Mozart” with the commission of James Newton Howard’s Cello Concerto at Royce Hall on the UCLA campus in Westwood, California. It was a dynamic and exciting musical evening led by conductor  laureate Jeffrey Kahane. Kahane opens the evening with Mozart’s Piano Concerto No. 14. Superbly conducting from the piano, Kahane plays the […]

Review: LA Phil — Yuja Wang plays the hell out of the piano.

Review: LA Phil — Yuja Wang plays the hell out of the piano.

  John Adam’s “Must the Devil Have All the Good Tunes?” his third piano concerto, was composed for Yuja Wang and the Los Angeles Philharmonic. Led by maestro Gustav Dudamel it was a star studded evening  — Adams, Dudamel, Wang, Mahler and oh yes, Frank Gehry was acknowledged in the audience. The concerto is in one continuous movement, about thirty minutes long and the three seamlessly connected sections follow the traditional fast-slow-fast format, with the piano soloist active throughout. The piano and orchestra begin in the bass register, […]

LA Opera’s “The Clemency of Titus” is another terrific production!

LA Opera’s “The Clemency of Titus” is another terrific production!

Plácido Domingo has announced the latest details about LA Opera’s company premiere of Mozart’s The Clemency of Titus. Opening Night was a spectacular presentation of Mozart’s last opera about forgiveness. Mattie Ullrich produced rich and beautiful costumes. Director/Scenery Designer by Thaddeus Strassberger was gorgeous! Of course maestro James Conlon with his deep understanding of the music […]

Video: “Cats” at Hollywood Pantages Theatre – Thrives after many lives!

Video: “Cats” at Hollywood Pantages Theatre – Thrives after many lives!

  The Hollywood Pantages production of “Cats” brings the gorgeous music of Andrew Lloyd Webber to a new generation. Ever since that first performance in May 1981, Cats has been enthralling audiences around the world and has become one of the most successful shows ever written. In 1983, “Cats” won a Tony Award in several […]

Geffen’s Got A Hit –  Lights Out: Nat “King” Cole is phenomenal! 

Geffen’s Got A Hit – Lights Out: Nat “King” Cole is phenomenal! 

  Review: An outrageous amount of exorbitant talent — it’s the best show in town! Written brilliantly by Colman Domingo & Patricia McGregor the story shows us what must have been the inner-life of Nat King Cole as he trail-blazed a historical path for other minorities that would follow. He was the first African American to […]

By February 16, 2019 0 Comments Read More →
​Review: “Julia Sweeney Older & Wider” Geffen Playhouse

​Review: “Julia Sweeney Older & Wider” Geffen Playhouse

You may or may not remember Julia Sweeney from her days as a cast member on Saturday Night Live from 1990 to 1994. The actress, author, housemom is back in Hollywood after a long hiatus from LA LA Land. Where did she go? Well, if you attend her one-woman show you will find out – […]

By February 13, 2019 0 Comments Read More →
Review:  LA Phil brings Accademia Bizantina

Review: LA Phil brings Accademia Bizantina

Accademia Bizantina is a marvelous orchestra group from Ravena. Their intention of “making music like a large quartet” was an unquestionable success. They graced the audience with a beautiful Vivaldi concert. A standing ovation by an inveterate audience of music lovers was well deserved. The evening of three encores and a smiling Alessandro Tampieri, the […]

By February 12, 2019 0 Comments Read More →
Review: “Witness Uganda” – Wallis Annenberg

Review: “Witness Uganda” – Wallis Annenberg

Opening Night Review 2/8/19 – Lovelace Studio Theater – – Wallis Center For the Performing Arts The Wallis Center For the Performing Arts Complex in Beverly Hills has several venues. “Witness Uganda” billed as a ‘documentary musical’ is being showcased in the Lovelace Studio theater. A relatively small arena. Instead of theatre in the round […]

By February 11, 2019 0 Comments Read More →
WICKED – Hollywood Pantages

WICKED – Hollywood Pantages

(Photo Credit:Joan Marcus) Watch Video WICKED, the Broadway sensation, looks at what happened in the Land of Oz…but from a different angle. Long before Dorothy arrives, there is another young woman, born with emerald-green skin—smart, fiery, misunderstood, and possessing an extraordinary talent. When she meets a bubbly blonde who is exceptionally popular, their initial rivalry […]

By December 20, 2018 0 Comments Read More →