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November 15, 2000
Lolita Harper BURBANK -- Becky, the self-proclaimed trailer park diva, was crushed to find out she was first runner-up for Queen of this year's Doo Dah Parade, Burbank resident Jason Ross said. "She demanded a count, recount, a hand count and threatened litigation," joked Ross, 39, who performs a comedy routine as Becky. The 24th annual Pasadena Doo Dah Parade, a spoof of the Rose Parade, will begin at 11:30 a.m. Sunday along Colorado Boulevard from Raymond to Pasadena avenues in Old Pasadena.
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By Mary Burkin | April 29, 2009
Burbank’s Colony Theatre has another superb L.A. premiere hit musical in its totally professional hands. If it wasn’t for the fact that the Colony easily outshines most Off-Broadway venues, it would be hard to believe that no other producers in the Los Angeles area were smart enough to nab “No Way to Treat a Lady” before now. Anyone who remembers the quirky 1968 movie with George Segal, Lee Remick and Rod Steiger knows...
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April 3, 2002
Paul Andersen, Enjoy! GLENDALE -- Operatic literature is rife with emotion and theatrical splendor, full of big-voiced heroines and some of the richest, most dramatic choral moments in all of music. In other words, opera represents an over-the-top gold mine for camp -- with a capital C. The middle concert of the current season by the Gay Men's Chorus of Los Angeles is titled "Divas' Revenge -- Opera Our Way II," and if you were to judge it merely from its title, one could expect a plethora of campy moments.
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December 11, 2012
This letter is to praise Burbank's Colony Theatre production of “The Morini Strad.” Willy Holtzman's play about Erica Morini, a Viennese violin diva who made her debut at the age of 12, focuses on Morini's final days as she painfully deals with the disposition of her beloved Stradivarius violin given to her by her father. Mariette Hartley plays the aging world-class musician who is difficult and demanding yet elicits the audience's sympathy. The violin music, played by 14-year-old Geneva Lewis of the Colburn School of Performing Arts, is itself worth the ticket price.
NEWS
June 4, 2003
Jackson Bell Donna Ricci is a model and actress, but not the kind featured in a Gap advertisement or guest starring as the all-American girl next door on such TV shows as "7th Heaven." Ricci owns Wicked Talent, an agency representing about 90 so-called "freaks" that work as extras in music videos featuring Marilyn Manson, episodes of TV shows like "Buffy the Vampire Slayer" and movies like "Queen of the Damned." "I help models get a chance to work in a field where they are normally cast out," she said.
NEWS
November 1, 2000
Mary Mallory, Enjoy! BURBANK -- One-person shows seem either to be stage documentaries revealing the lives of famous people, avant-garde slices of life, stand-up acts, or comedy revues focusing on a diverse slate of characters. Denise Moses follows the latter route, bringing an eclectic array of Southern eccentrics vibrantly alive in "Girly Americana," her one-woman show at the Burbank Little Theater in George Izay Park. A series of bawdy comedic monologues and riffs, the show entertainingly and touchingly documents such characters as a kindergarten teacher, country-western singer, cable talk show host, wrestler, drama coach, poetess and beauty pageant contestant.
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By JOYCE RUDOLPH | October 4, 2006
The new Minx restaurant and nightclub opened in Glendale last week with glittering fanfare. Waiters toted platters of hors d'oeuvres while heart-pounding dance music blared over the chit-chat of the guests decked out in their finest garb. Glendale's Zoning Administrator Edith Fuentes brought her friends Monet Lu, of Studio City; Diva Salano, of Glendale; Chary Dumon, of Los Angeles; Elinor Benitez, of Los Angeles; and Chris Lu, of North Hills.
NEWS
May 14, 2003
Jackson Bell Regina Merwin adores the bombastic singing, dazzling sets and elegant costumes of the opera. But what draws her and so many others to the musical performances is the melodrama. "People get into it for all of the sex and violence with revenge and blood," she said. "[The opera] is all about passion." Merwin, a self-described "opera zealot," was a stay-at-home Burbank mom whose obsession with the theater prompted her to start a related business.
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By: | October 1, 2005
Leaving the theater after watching "An Unfinished Life" (rated PG-13), I jokingly said to my wife, "The problem with that film is that it had no sex, gratuitous violence, car chases or special effects." So, if that kind of movie is what you enjoy, read no further and choose something else. However, if you're the type who wants to see a film that is well-written with superb acting, and has to survive on plot and character, this is one for you. Jean (Jennifer Lopez)
NEWS
October 25, 2003
Ryan Carter A local dance diva has set her eyes on a now-defunct nightclub space to expand her ballet studio and possibly create a new hub for a fledgling Burbank performing-arts community. Natasha Middleton, owner of Media Dance Art Center at 237 E. Palm Ave., wants to expand her 3,000-square-foot location by adding 5,000 square feet of space formerly occupied by the controversial Gitana nightclub at 260 E. Magnolia Blvd. The added space, Middleton said, would result in a home for Burbank's only ballet company -- the Media City Ballet of Burbank -- which she founded.
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By Mary Burkin | April 29, 2009
Burbank’s Colony Theatre has another superb L.A. premiere hit musical in its totally professional hands. If it wasn’t for the fact that the Colony easily outshines most Off-Broadway venues, it would be hard to believe that no other producers in the Los Angeles area were smart enough to nab “No Way to Treat a Lady” before now. Anyone who remembers the quirky 1968 movie with George Segal, Lee Remick and Rod Steiger knows...
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NEWS
April 3, 2002
Paul Andersen, Enjoy! GLENDALE -- Operatic literature is rife with emotion and theatrical splendor, full of big-voiced heroines and some of the richest, most dramatic choral moments in all of music. In other words, opera represents an over-the-top gold mine for camp -- with a capital C. The middle concert of the current season by the Gay Men's Chorus of Los Angeles is titled "Divas' Revenge -- Opera Our Way II," and if you were to judge it merely from its title, one could expect a plethora of campy moments.
NEWS
November 15, 2000
Lolita Harper BURBANK -- Becky, the self-proclaimed trailer park diva, was crushed to find out she was first runner-up for Queen of this year's Doo Dah Parade, Burbank resident Jason Ross said. "She demanded a count, recount, a hand count and threatened litigation," joked Ross, 39, who performs a comedy routine as Becky. The 24th annual Pasadena Doo Dah Parade, a spoof of the Rose Parade, will begin at 11:30 a.m. Sunday along Colorado Boulevard from Raymond to Pasadena avenues in Old Pasadena.
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