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In Laguna, ‘Aladdin’ weaves magic for kids and adults alike

Most Christmas holiday theater productions operate at one level – a basic G-rated approach everyone in the family can relate to and enjoy.

Lythgoe Family Panto’s shows, though, aren’t like their peers.

The British entertainment form of panto works at two levels – one for kids, the other for the rest of us.

“Aladdin and His Winter Wish,” the Los Angeles-based troupe’s latest new show to visit Laguna Playhouse, is no different in that respect from past LFP shows.

The story, characters and songs will appeal to kids of all ages. The double-entendres of Kris Lythgoe’s script, meanwhile, tickle adult funny bones while

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Date: 1513176709

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Kira Kosarin from Nickelodeon’s ‘The Thundermans’ joins local talent and Broadway actors in ‘Aladdin and His Winter Wish’ at Laguna Playhouse

Since filming the last episode of Nickelodeon’s “The Thundermans” this past summer, the sitcom’s leading lady, Kira Kosarin, 20, said she has been going to a lot of auditions and working on new music for an album she hopes to release in the near future.

Kosarin has also been rehearsing to play the part of Princess Jasmine in “Aladdin and His Winter Wish” at the Laguna Playhouse on Dec. 7-31. She will star alongside fellow T.V. actor Jason Earles of Disney’s “Hannah Montana” and “Kickin’ It” and several Broadway performers including Jason Gotay of “Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark” who

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Date: 1512654476

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In Long Beach, ‘Timing’ is everything it should be

Barclay to host a night of Broadway music

Gene Curty (right) is one of the original writers of the Broadway production of “The New Lieutenant,” a “Hair”-like rock musical about the Mai Lai Massacre in Vietnam. Songs from the play will be featured  on Saturday at The Barclay Theater.

The Barclay Theater will feature songs from “The Lieutenant” during a night of Broadway music and storytelling at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 26, at 4242 Campus Dr, Irvine. Tustin resident Rachael Cianfrani is working to revive the Vietnam-era, Tony-nominated play – in which her father performed as lead guitarist.

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Original Article: http://www.ocregister.com/2017/08/23/barclay-to-host-a-night-of-broadway-music/
Date: 1503518634

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Broadway legend Barbara Cook dies at 89

Barbara Cook, whose shimmering soprano made her one of Broadway’s leading ingenues and later a major cabaret and concert interpreter of popular American song, has died. She was 89. Cook died early Tuesday of respiratory failure at her home in Manhattan, surrounded by family and friends, according to publicist Amanda Kaus.

  • File – Singer Barbara Cook in “The Gay Life” Jan. 11, 1962. Cook, whose shimmering soprano made her one of Broadway’s leading ingenues and later a major cabaret and concert interpreter of popular American song, has died. She was 89. (AP Photo)

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Date: 1502213606

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Adam Carolla to teach a master class on doing podcasts in Irvine

Adam Carolla is a man of many talents. But his ability to juggle multiple projects – standup comedy, radio hosting and podcasting, writing best-selling books, producing films and documentaries – and succeed in each of them could be his most impressive.

Even during a recent phone interview, Carolla was discussing his new podcast master class he will be teaching at the Irvine Improv on Saturday, Aug. 5 in one breath, and instructing a carpenter who was measuring a door in Carolla’s house in another: “That’s your threshold, man, take your last piece and add a quarter inch to it,” said

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Original Article: http://www.ocregister.com/2017/07/28/adam-carolla-to-teach-a-master-class-on-doing-podcasts-in-irvine/
Date: 1501256195

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Italy’s Teatro alla Scala to perform ‘Giselle’ at Segerstrom Center for the Arts

HGTV’s Scott Brothers throw ‘House Party’ in Costa Mesa

Somewhere in between filming a new season of their HGTV show “Brother vs. Brother,” writing a new book and launching an indoor furniture line, twin brothers Jonathan and Drew Scott have prepared a new platform to display their multiple talents for their first live theatrical show “The Scott Brothers House Party.”

The entrepreneurial duo – best known for their Emmy Award-nominated television show “Property Brothers” – will perform a variety show that will present everything from magic tricks (yes, Jonathan is a magician) to providing room consultations for audience members with their real estate agent and contractor eyes.  The

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Date: 1500038124

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‘Hairspray’ opens Laguna Playhouse’s 98th season

Artist of the Week: Malia Blackmun