In live performance "West Side Story" asserts its primacy as a living masterwork, not a mere historical stepping-stone for subsequent serious tuners.
Pulitzer Prize-winning pharmacological tuner "Next to Normal" kicks off its national tour at the Ahmanson with its intensity, design scheme and Tony-honored leading lady intact.
Whodunits are so rare these days as to render the small potatoes of "Cold Lang Syne" almost as satisfying as a full meal.
"Harps and Angels," Center Theater Group's celebration of local lyrical laureate Randy Newman, is a sure cure for wintertime blues.
When the Academy expanded its best picture nominations to a round 10, observers thought that the spotlight might fall on the Globes' comedy/musical nominees from 2009, helping to fill out the other…
When the industry sees a forthcoming pic as weighed down with baggage, it can take marketing savvy -- and a little luck -- to overcome those lowered expectations and stay competitive at year's end.
In contrast to 2009's heavily American lineup, most of this year's contenders for the Golden Globe's drama pic exude a distinctly international air.
The creators of worldwide phenomenon "Stomp" have taken a load off their feet in coming up with "Pandemonium."
UK-based historical pageants have dazzled the Academy from 1933's best picture "Cavalcade" through 1998's "Shakespeare in Love" and 2006's "The Queen," marking "The King's Speech" as tailor-made, if…
The script is persuasive on its protagonist's art, less so on the personal life.
His portraits have run the gamut from Latin American dictators to Cambodian warlords, but the Brooklyn boy has always maintained his affinity for the types of his old neighborhood.