Ed Rampell: Jacques Offenbach’s four-hour The Tales of Hoffmann is simply one of the greatest operatic extravaganzas I’ve ever had the pleasure of experiencing, from opera houses at Manhattan’s Metropolitan to Zurich to Croatia to the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion.
Ed Rampell: By plunging a 21st century context into the opening, A Noise Withing opens the door to referencing our own times, as Cervantes/Quixote not only faces a trial by his fellow inmates but also judgment by the Inquisition.
Ed Rampell: This naughty, bawdy brew blends circus acrobatics, commedia dell’arte, standup comedy, vaudeville, cabaret, the Rat Pack, cross-dressing, striptease, (taped) rock music and live singing.
Ed Rampell: Set circa 1530 in Italy, The Actors’ Gang’s Harlequino: On to Freedom takes place when commedia dell’arte emerged as an important form of theater.
Robin Menken: The national tour of Broadway’s “An American in Paris”, which opened at the Hollywood Pantages on Thursday, March 23, turns the 1951 Vincent Minelli/Gene Kelly directed Oscar winning film into a sprightly Broadway musical.