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The pleasant, populist program that opened the 34th annual Chicago Jazz Festival on Thursday night certainly had a great deal going for it. Three top Chicago vocalists. The splendid Chicago Jazz Orchestra. And the Pritzker Pavilion in Millennium Park,...
Fifty-one years ago, Orange Coast College staged its summer musical production, "Li'l Abner." The show was performed before packed houses in OCC's 1,200-seat auditorium in August of 1961. The college's theater department was the only game in town that...
Tags: John Ford, Education, Arts and Culture, Music, Theater
Lehigh Valley Music"Star Trek" star William Shatner, the 50th anniversary of Peter, Paul and Mary, country duo Montgomery Gentry, Bill Cosby and former presidential candidate Steve Forbes are among the highlights of the State Theatre's new 50-performance season. The 2012-'...
The Winter Park Playhouse will continue its tradition of offering lighthearted musical theater in its upcoming 10th-anniversary season. And, as a thank-you to series subscribers, season tickets will be offered at the original 2002 prices. There's one...
Tags: Animals, Music, Arts and Culture, Irving Berlin, Theater
"I've always been a writer. My songs are the door to every dream I've ever had and every success I've ever achieved," says Dolly Parton of her incredible career, which has spanned nearly five decades and is showing no signs of slowing down. An...
"The All Night Strut!" is really more of a stroll. The revue of 1930s and 1940s standards playing through April 29 at Stage Door Theatre in Coral Springs just doesn't have the gait of a strut. At times, it even slows down to a promenade. This isn't to...
Fall getaways Check out these great getaways for the fall, including a mouthwatering weekend at the NYC Food Film Festival and a "Dirty Dancing" themed stay at Mountain Lake Hotel. Harpoon Octoberfest If you can't afford the trip to Munich to toss...
Tony Bennett may have left his heart in San Francisco a half-century ago, but the rest of him is still going strong as he approaches his 85th birthday next month. The man famously labeled Frank Sinatra's favorite singer isn't in evidence at the Laguna...
Tags: Irving Berlin, Theater, Grapes, Cole Porter, Duke Ellington
Tribune criticThe studio of Charles Strouse is decorated with posters from his half-century of Broadway shows and movie scores: the likes of "Bye Bye Birdie," "Golden Boy," "Applause," "Rags," "Nick & Nora," "Bonnie and Clyde," and, of course, "Annie." Except that...
Tags: Theater, Jay-Z, Broadway Theater, Human Interest, Music Theater
Lehigh Valley MusicThe ArtsQuest Center in Bethlehem has a café – its headline Musikfest Café venue. Now, it will have a cabaret. Actress and singer Lynnie Godfrey will perform tunes from the Great American Songbook in a new monthly series, “An Evening......
The Theater Loop“Applause! Applause! A Celebration of Charles Strouse” is 8 p.m. Saturday, Pick-Staiger Concert Hall, 50 Arts Circle Drive, Evanston, $40; 847-491-7282 or www.tic.northwestern.edu NEW YORK — The studio of Charles Strouse is decorated...
This year's bountyof new holiday releases offers thoughts of the season from a slew of musicians, including a pair of singers who've officially "Got Talent," an "American Idol" alumnus, a neo-rockabilly hipster, a former member of an influential British...
Tags: Television, Music, Theater, Bing Crosby, Holiday Music (genre)
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