Tony, Tony, Tony!

Jun 07

Live (well, the West Coast version of live, which is actually three hours NOT live, but hey, we’re on the West Coast) 63rd Annual Tony Awards blogging! Please comment and join the conversation! Hit refresh for anything new. P.S. Comments will be shared (with your permission) in the main part of the post as they arrive. Warning: there’s liable to be a lot...

Read More

Dolly Awar, er, Tony Awards nominations

May 05

Tony nominations came out today, and there are a couple of things that make me happy. Dolly Parton is a Tony nominee! [title of show] was not completely shout out! Some favorite actors – Jessica Hynes, Jane Fonda, Angela Lansbury, Janet McTeer, Raul Esparza, Harriet Walter, Gavin Creel, Allison Janney, Alice Ripley – were recognized. Jerry Herman is...

Read More

Workin’! `9 to 5′ hits the stage

Sep 22

Megan Hilty (left), Allison Janney (center) and Stephanie J. Block in the world premiere of 9 to 5: The Musical at the Center Theatre Group/Ahmanson Theatre, Los Angeles Music Center. The show opened amid a set snafu and abundant celebrity sightings. Photo by Craig Schwartz What a way to make a livin’! Yes, Dolly Parton, one of the world’s supreme...

Read More

The brilliance, literally, of Dolly Parton

Aug 06

There’s no getting around the fact that for more than 40 years now, Dolly Parton has been a bright light of show business. She quickly transcended her beginnings on country radio and corny country TV shows to become a pop icon, movie star and savvy businesswoman. She’s one of the most recognizable women in the world, and the curious thing is that under...

Read More

Sucked into the `Idol’ maw

Apr 17

I knew there’d be a theater connection eventually so I could write about it here. A point of pride for me the last seven years or so was that I had never so much as seen an episode of “American Idol.” It was hard not to know every detail of the show, even without watching it, because it is treated as big news by every news outlet imaginable (except...

Read More

Broadway says hello, Dolly!

Nov 28

OK, I know this isn’t local, but I’m still excited about it. And it’s in our state and time zone, so technically it’s local. Center Theatre Group in Los Angeles recently announced that it will host the world premiere of 9 to 5, the Broadway-bound musical based on the 1980 movie starring Lily Tomlin, Jane Fonda and Dolly Parton. Here’s...

Read More