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Vox Lumiere’s ‘The Phantom of the Opera’

Kevin Saunders Hayes, a composer and songwriter, came up with the idea for Vox Lumiere nearly 15 years ago when he picked up some old silent movie DVDs in a dollar store bargain bin. The films were interesting on their own, but could they, he wondered, be made more entertaining for today’s audiences? Hayes applied [...]

Review: Pacific Opera Project Presents ‘Tosca’

Pacific Opera Project, known for their “POP-up” operas that take place in diverse spaces around town, has just popped up again with Tosca, their first effort of the fall season. In a stroke of supreme savvy, Director Josh Shaw found a venue that is perfectly tailored to the subject and settings of Puccini’s 1900 opera: [...]

Nadia P. Manzoor’s ‘Burq Off!’ in Los Angeles and San Francisco

The best entertainments take you places — places where you likely have never been — and offer you a grandstand seat to explore that world. “Burq Off!,” a one-woman show by Nadia Parvez Manzoor, would certainly qualify for most Americans. It receives its West Coast premiere in Los Angeles (July 17-19) at the Elephant Stages [...]

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CD Review: Kansas City Symphony’s ‘Miraculous Metamorphoses’

When one thinks of great American orchestras, the New York and Los Angeles Philharmonics, and the Boston, Chicago and Cleveland Symphony orchestras come to mind. Even the St. Louis, San Francisco and Dallas Symphony orchestras may be mentioned. But the Kansas City Symphony?
A recent CD on Reference Recordings featuring the Kansas City Symphony (KCS) conducted [...]

Review: ‘The Goat, or Who Is Sylvia?’

Edward Albee’s “The Goat, or Who Is Sylvia?” receives a stunning mounting at the L.A. LGBT Center. Ken Sawyer directs his talented cast with precision at a breakneck pace for a very sleek, efficient 90 minutes. Albee, renowned for his deep dramas of troubled real people, actually allows some very funny exchanges in this extremely [...]

LA Opera’s ‘La Traviata’ in Roaring Twenties Style

When the name Domingo is mentioned in relation to Los Angeles Opera, the first thought is naturally about its director, maestro Plácido. And in this production of La Traviata, the big draw — the ne plus ultra —is Plácido singing the part of père Germont. The roars of approval after every snatch of song by [...]

Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra Pairs Intimate Salon Performances with International Cuisine

“LACO à la carte,” five intimate, elegant fundraising events presented by the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra, pair exclusive musical performances with delectable international cuisine in the spectacular private homes of the Consuls General of Australia, Austria, Finland, France and Germany. Providing a decidedly cosmopolitan flair to LACO’s wide ranging musical offerings, each unique evening features [...]

Live Arts Exchange at the Bootleg

In its second year of presenting new cross-genre performance work created by our very own Los Angeles Performance Practice, the Bootleg Theater and Show Box L.A. are bringing two strong and innovative voices front and center in the 2014 Live Arts Exchange Festival (LAX). Drawing from the performing arts of dance, music, theater, video and [...]

Olympic Dance in Hollywood With Daniel Ezralow

Los Angeles-based choreographer/director Daniel Ezralow is launching his new company, Ezralow Dance, and bringing his Olympic-scale choreography to his home base this Saturday, Sept. 13, at 8 p.m. at the outdoor Ford Amphitheater in Hollywood.
Though he began as a rough and tumble modern dancer in the prestigious companies of Paul Taylor, Pilobolus, Lar Lubavitch, ISO [...]

The Music Center’s Free Spotlight Program for High School Students

The Music Center invites Southern California high school students in the performing and visual arts to apply to The Music Center’s Spotlight program. Now in its 27th year, Spotlight is one of the nation’s premier arts education and scholarship programs for teens, providing arts training by professional artists and awarding over $100,000 in scholarships.
The Music [...]

Program 2 at REDCAT’s 11th New Original Works Festival

REDCAT’s 11th annual New Original Works Festival continues in its downtown space with the second of three boundary-bending dance, music, multimedia and theater creations. Selected from an army of LA-based performing art makers, Program 2 includes tabletop puppetry by Marsian de Lellis, a sound and movement exploration by d. Sabela grimes and new work by [...]

Review: Inkwell Theatre Presents ‘Luigi’

The Inkwell Theatre presents a talented cast in its world premiere of Louise Munson’s “Luigi,” a two-and-a-half-hour tale of a family’s (most likely last) get-together with their patriarch in the winter of his years. There seems to be no real story to be told here. (Warning: If not fluent in Italian, a percentage of the [...]

Review: ‘The Manor’ at the Greystone Mansion

Theatre 40 successfully mounts its 200th-plus performance (in 12 years) of Kathrine Bates’ “The Manor.” Playwright Bates has fashioned an intriguing three-hour tale based on the wealthy Doheny Family during the 1920s (Act I) and 1930s (Act II). The audience actually follows the action, moving from room to room in Doheny’s mansion, the Greystone Mansion in Beverly Hills.
The strong cast [...]