‘Hamilton’ brings the revolution to LA: Here’s our review |Aug 17, 2017

Anyone in the vicinity of the Pantages Theatre on Wednesday afternoon got the message, big time: the “Hamilton” juggernaut has hit Southern California. Hours before the monster-hit musical’s official local debut, its creator and Broadway leading man, Lin-Manuel Miranda, sang for a huge, excited crowd in front of the venue in what’s called #Ham4Ham, a ticket lottery and impromptu performance that’s been a regular feature of the show.

Here’s who won $10 ‘Hamilton’ tickets at today’s #Ham4Ham event |Aug 16, 2017

Daisy Aparicio couldn’t believe her luck. The 18-year-old Whittier teen, who wore a red heart that read “I Love LMM” on her left cheek, not only got to meet Lin-Manuel Miranda outside the Hollywood Pantages Theatre before Wednesday’s “Hamilton” ticket lottery and surprise performance, but she was the first name pulled in the $10 front-row seat lottery sale.

Watch Lin-Manuel Miranda and the cast of ‘Hamilton’ perform outside the Pantages in Hollywood |Aug 16, 2017

The musical juggernaut, “Hamilton,” is hosting its opening night tonight at the Pantages in Hollywood and creator Lin-Manuel Miranda stopped by Los Angeles for an iconic Ham4Ham. Cast and other guests joined Lin-Manuel onstage before they announced the Ham4Ham lottery ticket winners.

‘Shout Sister Shout’ is not much to scream about at the Pasadena Playhouse |Aug 16, 2017

If you love classic rock ’n’ roll and have never heard of Sister Rosetta Tharpe, shame on you. Raised in gospel, this woman was a superstar in the 1930s and ’40s, playing the Apollo Theater and Carnegie Hall and inventing a stage presence and guitar style that inspired the likes of Little Richard, Johnny Cash, Chuck Berry, Jerry Lee Lewis and even Elvis.

‘Hamilton’ creator Lin-Manuel Miranda will host a live #Ham4Ham ticket lottery outside the Pantages |Aug 15, 2017

Lin-Manuel Miranda won’t be onstage at the Hollywood Pantages for the opening day of the LA run of his musical “Hamilton,” but he’ll be on the sidewalk selling the show (

How to get ‘Hamilton’ tickets for only $10 each |Aug 11, 2017

A digital lottery for “Hamilton” tickets will begin today in conjunction with the Los Angeles dates of the touring production of the Broadway mega-hit. For each performance through the end of the show’s run at the Pantages Theatre, 40 tickets have been set aside to be sold by lottery for $10 each.

Here’s how to score ‘Hamilton’ tickets — for $10 |Aug 11, 2017

“Hamilton” is in LA, and tickets are going for $10. Seriously. But the prized ducats are that price only for winners of a lottery, details of which were announced this morning by the Pantages Theatre.

Theater review: 3-D Theatricals’ ‘Spamalot’ hits the spot — a lot |Aug 11, 2017

King Arthur was said to have defended Britain against foreign invasions in the late fifth and early sixth centuries A.D. He also said he promptly revived the economy and swiftly fixed health care. Except he didn’t have a Twitter account, so we can’t be sure.

Antaeus Theatre’s ‘As You Like It’ isn’t the way we like it |Aug 11, 2017

It’s remarkable that theatermakers have kept Shakespeare’s works alive for some 400 years. It’s as remarkable that his works can still feel fresh and relevant, done the right way.

‘Hamilton’ stars and creative team reveal the musical’s secrets before Pantages opening |Aug 11, 2017

“Hamilton” is one of those rare shows that don’t need an introduction. No matter where it goes, “Hamilton’s” producers don’t have to worry about trying to sell it.

‘Trouble in Mind’ gets a thinking-person’s revival at Will Geer’s Theatricum Botanicum |Aug 10, 2017

Alice Childress’ “Trouble in Mind,” originally produced off-Broadway in 1955, centers on an integrated theater troupe in rehearsal for an anti-lynching drama. The play within a play, titled “Chaos in Belleville,” however, is written by, directed and produced by white men.

‘Curious Incident’ at L.A.’s Ahmanson shines a unique light on all of us |Aug 10, 2017

The character at the center of “The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time” is “on the spectrum,” probably labeled high-functioning autistic. But this Simon Stephens play is not about autism, nor indeed about any particular psychophysical condition.

We’re meeting the cast of Hamilton at the Pantages Theater. Here’s how to follow along live |Aug 10, 2017

“And there’s a million things I haven’t done but just you wait, just you wait…” We did wait and the wait is finally over! “Hamilton” has finally landed in Los Angeles.

Hear six opera singers, San Bernardino Symphony perform opera music Aug. 11 at Redlands Bowl |Aug 9, 2017

The Redlands Bowl Summer Music Festival will present “Opera Under the Stars,” a concert of music from some of the world’s most popular operas, at 8 p.m. Friday at the Redlands Bowl.

What made ‘Hamilton’ such a monster hit? |Aug 5, 2017

“Hamilton” was nobody’s idea of a box-office bonanza. When you consider the elevator pitch, it’s lucky to have been staged at all: Imagine a musical based on a wordy biography about one of America’s less well-known founding fathers, an immigrant whose career high was serving as Treasury secretary.

Hip-hop to ‘Hamilton’: Lin-Manuel Miranda’s cultural juggernaut lands in Los Angeles |Aug 4, 2017

Do you have the “Hamilton” blues because you can’t get a ticket? Don’t worry, you’ll have time before the smash musical is turned into a movie. “Right now, I’m just trying to get as many people in the room as possible,” says Lin-Manuel Miranda who created the Broadway hit, which is making its Southern California debut at the Pantages Theatre in Hollywood.

Funny ‘Rainbow Bridge’ doesn’t fully connect at Ruskin Group Theatre in Santa Monica |Aug 4, 2017

When the audience enters Ruskin Group Theatre at Santa Monica Airport, onstage is an examining table bearing a Jack Russell terrier snuggled in a soft little towel. Oh, dear. Are we going to be laughing or crying? There’s cause for both throughout “The Rainbow Bridge” by Ron Nelson, who filled his play with funny lines — and there’s quite a bit of life’s truths in there.

‘Sequence’ is a complex exploration of belief, science at Theatre 40 in Beverly Hills |Jul 30, 2017

Imagine writing a play in the hopes of creating as complex a double helix as a strand of DNA. That appears to be the intent of Arun Lakra, whose “Sequence” is at Theatre 40 in Beverly Hills.

Silence is golden in ‘Cigarettes & Chocolate,’ ‘Hang Up’ at Pacific Resident Theatre in Venice |Jul 30, 2017

In their West Coast premieres, two one-act radio plays by Anthony Minghella grace the smaller stage at Pacific Resident Theatre. Though the two are produced as radio plays, the actors speaking from music stands, Michael Peretzian directs with enough subtext and reactions to start the audience’s imagination moving and filling in any blanks.

‘Tarzan’ opens at the Redlands Bowl Thursday night |Jul 26, 2017

REDLANDS >> Explore Disney’s take on “Tarzan” at the Redlands Bowl as the show opens tonight.

How a gift store find led to the creation of ‘Shout Sister Shout!’ at Pasadena Playhouse |Jul 24, 2017

Sister Rosetta Tharpe was fierce. A singer and guitarist, Tharpe blended her gospel roots with jazz, blues and R&B, creating her own style, and is credited with helping create rock ’n’ roll.

‘Rhinoceros’ makes its point at Pacific Resident Theatre in Venice |Jul 23, 2017

How can people be rhinoceroses? Ask that in the literal and figurative senses and you have Eugene Ionesco’s 1959 landmark play, “Rhinoceros.” The Romanian-French playwright wrote it in response to politics in his native Romania, where he watched Fascism and Nazism lure friends and neighbors into despicable thoughts at best, sickeningly inhuman behavior at worst.

‘King of the Yees’ reigns as a funny, insightful family history exploration at LA’s Kirk Douglas Theatre |Jul 23, 2017

There is a moment toward the end of a favorite documentary where people who grew up in the then-segregated African-American neighborhood around Central and Slauson in L.A. talked about the loss of that neighborhood with regret.

Junior University’s “Peter Pan” to land at Perris Hill Park |Jul 20, 2017

Are you looking for some magical “high flying” entertainment for the whole family? First, you’ll need to get a seat at Junior University’s musical theater experience under the stars at Roosevelt Bowl in San Bernardino’s Perris Hill Park.

‘The Marriage Zone’ divorces itself from compelling theater |Jul 19, 2017

Perhaps the two greatest dangers in producing an original work of theater is either directing your own performance or directing your own play. In either case, the absolutely necessary second opinion — the critique needed to make sure the thing is the best it can be — is lacking.

‘Mary Poppins’: Music, skillful performances lift Musical Theatre West production |Jul 19, 2017

If there’s one thing avid theater fans might wish for, it’s that Mary Poppins could swoop down on the 2004 stage musical that bears her name and use her magic to repair all that’s convoluted and contradictory in Julian Fellowes’ script.

How to see Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Bluegrass Band July 21 at the Redlands Bowl |Jul 19, 2017

Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Bluegrass Band will perform new and innovative takes on Beatles songs such as “Back in the U.S.S.R.” “Come Together,” “Blackbird,” “Here Comes the Sun” and “Eleanor Rigby” when they appear at the Redlands Bowl 8 p.

‘Other Desert Cities’ blooms at Theatricum Botanicum in Topanga |Jul 17, 2017

What happens in other people’s homes behind closed doors? That’s the stuff of so much Great American Theater. Jon Robin Baitz’s “Other Desert Cities” will likely join the pantheon of those works, despite a few already dated references.

Villalobos Brothers perform sounds of Mexico Tuesday at the Redlands Bowl |Jul 17, 2017

REDLANDS >> Sounds from Mexico will fill the Redlands Bowl Tuesday when the Villalobos Brothers take the stage as part of the 94th annual Summer Music Festival. The group plans to perform a set list of original compositions which are blended with the “richness” of Mexican folk sound.

‘Heisenberg’ pairing is fascinating theater at LA’s Mark Taper Forum |Jul 16, 2017

The uncertainty principle of German scientist Werner Heisenberg states that the position and velocity of any object cannot both be measured exactly at the same time. In Simon Stephens’ much-celebrated play, “Heisenberg,” that theory is applied to people: two impressively dissimilar adults who meet awkwardly in a London train station and then begin a process of individual change, a change filled with immeasurables.

How ‘Heisenberg’s’ Mary-Louise Parker feels about performing in the round |Jul 14, 2017

In Simon Stephens’s “Heisenberg” — a weirdly sweet or a sweetly weird play, depending on your view — Mary-Louise Parker’s Georgie Burns is about as predictable as a live wire sending sparks into the air.

Vocal quartet The Modern Gentlemen performs Friday at the Redlands Bowl |Jul 13, 2017

REDLANDS >> After spending more than a decade singing backup for Frankie Valli, the Modern Gentlemen take center stage Friday night at the Redlands Bowl. The 8 p.m. performance is part of the 94th Summer Music Festival at the Bowl, 25 Grant St.

Redlands Bowl crowns flutist Brendan Dooley winner of Young Artists Concerto Competition |Jul 12, 2017

REDLANDS >> Flutist Brendan Dooley claimed the top prize Tuesday in the Redlands Bowl’s annual Young Artists Concerto Competition.

Here’s what the Redlands Theatre Festival has lined up for its 45th season |Jul 6, 2017

REDLANDS >> Nearly half a century ago, Cliff Cabanilla had “a crazy idea” for an outdoor theater in Redlands. This summer, the Redlands Theatre Festival he founded celebrates its 45th season in Prospect Park with a lineup of “best of the fest” plays.

‘Wizard of Oz’ book-to-film-to-stage musical translates well at Claremont dinner theater |Jul 2, 2017

You’d have to come from another planet, or be under the age of 5, to not know anything about “The Wizard of Oz.” For those of us who were not born in the earliest parts of the last century, it is the film we think of.

Curtain lifted on 94th season of Summer Music Festival |Jun 30, 2017

REDLANDS >> The San Bernardino Symphony helped lift the curtain on the 94th season of the Redlands Bowl Summer Music Festival. The Friday night concert, “76 Trombones and More,” featured conductor Frank Fetta leading musicians — including soloists Ian Bousfield, James Markey, Michael Mulchay, and duo Attema-Harin — through a rousing set featuring music by Arban, “The Music Man” and the West Coast premiere of Carl Vine’s “Five Hallucinations.

In ‘Constellations’ at the Geffen, not all the stars shine brightly |Jun 29, 2017

If only we had said one thing instead of another, done something differently, gone somewhere else on a particular day. Yes, this is a universal form of self-doubt, and mentally mending our mistakes or pondering possibilities can be quite exciting.

Redlands Bowl kicks off music festival with ‘76 Trombones and More’ |Jun 29, 2017

REDLANDS >> James Markey is excited to perform at the Redlands Bowl. The trombonist is one of many helping open the 94th Summer Music Festival on Friday with the “76 Trombones and More” concert.

94th annual Summer Music Festival takes the stage |Jun 29, 2017

REDLANDS >> It’s here — the 94th season of the Redlands Bowl Summer Music Festival. The festival begins Friday with the San Bernardino Symphony’s “76 Trombones and More” showcase.

Here’s what’s playing at the Redlands Bowl 2017 Summer Music Festival |Jun 22, 2017

The Redlands Bowl 2017 Summer Music Festival begins June 30 with the San Bernardino Symphony and concludes Aug. 24 with the Redlands Symphony’s tribute to Debbie Reynolds and Carrie Fisher. All performances for the 94th music festival begin at 8 p.

Redlands Bowl Performing Arts hopes to grow its #BowlFamily with new season |Jun 22, 2017

REDLANDS >> What makes the Redlands Bowl possible? Its Bowl Family. The 2017 Summer Music Festival begins June 30, and those working behind the scenes on the Bowl’s 94th season give credit to all involved — from the volunteers who work at the festival to the patrons who fill the venue each performance.

There’s much to be proud of in ‘The Pride’ at the Wallis in Beverly Hills |Jun 22, 2017

Whether or not you’re struggling with the current political configuration, one thing is clear: Most homosexuals are more widely accepted today than in the 1950s. The secrecy and repression of previous centuries, the unhappy marriages for “show,” the lives lived less than truthfully are no longer a universal way of life — at least for now.

3–D Theatricals brings electrifying new life to ‘Oklahoma!’ |Jun 22, 2017

Will the farmer and the cowman ever be friends? Maybe only in the theater. The South Bay’s eminent musical theater production company 3–D Theatricals has been promising a “re-imagined” version of “Oklahoma!” First produced on Broadway in 1943, with music by Richard Rodgers, and book and lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II, the work long ago upended theater with its groundbreaking storytelling.

‘Conduct of Life,’ at LA’s Rosenthal Theater, shrewdly examines human cruelty |Jun 16, 2017

In days gone by, people made names for themselves by doing something useful for society. María Irene Fornés wrote plays that broke old rules, broke barriers and taught something, whether to other playwrights or to audiences.

La Mirada’s ‘Man of La Mancha’ revival is as emotionally potent as ever |Jun 15, 2017

“Man of La Mancha” sparked interest in author Miguel de Cervantes’ fabled character Don Quixote while giving birth to the immortal song “The Impossible Dream.” The 1965 musical originally starred Rex Harrison in the triple roles of Cervantes, Quixote and elderly squire Alonso Quijano — but the musical demands of Mitch Leigh’s score proved too heavy for the British star.

‘Annie’ coming to San Bernardino’s Sturges Center |Jun 14, 2017

SAN BERNARDINO >> Everyone’s favorite little redhead “Annie” is coming to the stage Saturday night at the Sturges Center for the Fine Arts. Gold Leaf Theatre’s team of actors from throughout the Inland Empire bring the story to life.

Where to get a taste of ‘Bob’s Burgers Live!’ in LA |Jun 14, 2017

“The Simpsons” have long been America’s animated sweethearts Sunday nights on Fox. But their neighbors, “

‘Book of Mormon’ star says cursing in front of his pastor dad is ‘a blast every time’ |Jun 14, 2017

Gabe Gibbs, 24, is starring onstage as the handsome, all-American missionary Elder Price in the national tour of “The Book of Mormon.

Stars of Tomorrow, Redlands Bowl partner to hold free children’s theater workshops |Jun 13, 2017

REDLANDS >> Dozens took a trip “Under the Sea” Tuesday with the Stars of Tomorrow Children’s Theater. Teaching the fundamentals of theater was the goal for organizers of the all-day workshop, held at the Redlands Community Center and hosted by the Redlands-based theater organization and Redlands Bowl Performing Arts, its sponsor.

‘Oslo,’ ‘Dear Evan Hansen’ top Tony Awards 2017 list of winners |Jun 11, 2017

The American Theatre Wing’s 71st Annual Tony Awards took place on Sunday, and here’s a list of winners for the Kevin Spacey hosted event at Radio City Music Hall: Best Musical: “Dear Evan Hansen.