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Josh Getlin
Josh Getlin has worked at the LA Times in New York since 1990, and has been the NY bureau chief for the Los Angeles Times since 2001. He covers a wide variety of stories--hard news, politics, publishing, entertainment, business occasionally, you name it. He was born in New York but grew up in LA; got a master's degree from Columbia University School of Journalism, and broke into newspaper journalism in 1979.

Entries by Josh Getlin

Gaby FeBland Brings 'The Lilliput Troupe' to the Page -- and the New York Stage

(0) Comments | Posted November 25, 2015 | 2:50 PM

As a transport train pulled into the Auschwitz-Birkenau concentration camp, just past midnight on May 14, 1944, a group of SS troopers patrolling the platform were stunned when they pulled open one of the boxcar doors: There, packed in with a mass of humanity, stood a family of seven little...

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Rising Stars Take Aim at Broadway

(0) Comments | Posted July 17, 2015 | 5:11 PM

Toward the end of this year's "Rising Stars" performance at Manhattan's Town Hall--a national showcase for graduates of America's top musical theatre schools--impresario Scott Siegel reflected on the difficulties of starting out as a Broadway performer. Launching a career in musical theatre, he told the audience, "is like climbing a...

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A Musical! -- "Something Rotten's" Tony-Nominated Brad Oscar Brings Down the House at the St. James Theatre

(0) Comments | Posted May 30, 2015 | 1:03 PM


The term "showstopper" has come to mean something special in the annals of musical theatre. While there have been plenty of powerful, high-wattage songs that erupt onstage and define the shows they're in, the showstopper literally halts a musical in mid-performance--sometimes for minutes...

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Merrily He Rolls Along -- Northwestern's Gifted Young Director, Aaron Simon Gross, Is Opening Doors to Sondheim Musical

(1) Comments | Posted May 4, 2015 | 9:15 AM


When New York Times drama critic Frank Rich reviewed Stephen Sondheim's "Merrily We Roll Along" in 1981, he famously wrote: "To be a Stephen Sondheim fan is to have one's heart broken at regular intervals... Mr. Sondheim has given this evening...

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George Moscone's Living Legacy

(1) Comments | Posted March 25, 2015 | 6:57 PM

Forty years ago, San Francisco was transformed by a political event that -- more than any other -- laid the foundation for the modern City we know today. The robust diversity in local government, the respect for civil rights and an overriding sense that the City by the Bay is...

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Patriotic Betrayal in the 1960s -- When the CIA Turned Students Into Spies

(0) Comments | Posted March 5, 2015 | 12:51 PM

Amid the furor over government surveillance and invasion of privacy in recent years, it's instructive to remember that such behavior is hardly new. And there is no better example than Patriotic Betrayal, a remarkable work of investigative history by Karen M. Paget that shows us how deeply-rooted such policies are...

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Carole J. Bufford Brings 'Body and Soul' Cabaret to Long Beach

(0) Comments | Posted January 15, 2015 | 5:02 PM

For a young cabaret star on the rise, the review that Carole J. Bufford got from the New York Times after a 2013 cabaret appearance was the stuff dreams -- and careers -- are made of. Bowled over by her performance, the critic described Bufford as "an earthier, more acerbic...

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Hey, L.A., They're Coming Your Way

(0) Comments | Posted December 15, 2014 | 9:19 AM


When you think of Beverly Hills after dark, quiet and serene, you don't picture Broadway belters, noisy crowds and cabaret ingénues packing a club for one of America's most exciting -- and unpredictable -- nights on the town.

That's all about to...

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Breathing New Life -- and Variety -- Into Primetime TV

(0) Comments | Posted October 29, 2014 | 1:06 PM

He's been called the Ambassador of the Great American Songbook, but Michael Feinstein--an internationally acclaimed performing and recording artist, archivist and historian--now has a new title: Television Pioneer.

Which is another way of saying that if you tune in to PBS this Friday and see a live, multi-generational parade of...

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Here's Looking at You, Kids

(1) Comments | Posted May 2, 2014 | 4:29 PM

Even under the best of circumstances, creating an original musical is tough sledding. But the writers of children's musicals face a special artistic challenge: To build an audience, they need to mount a production that will entertain the under-14 set and, hopefully, the parents who brought them to the show....

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Let Her Entertain You: Laura Benanti Does It All

(0) Comments | Posted April 24, 2014 | 1:06 PM

She's a Tony-winning Broadway star with a powerhouse belt, a gifted TV actress more than ready for her close up--and a lovable lunatic who wanders through Times Square dressed as Fosca from Stephen Sondheim's Passion, posing for photos and schmoozing with bewildered tourists.

Good luck finding a thread in the...

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Tucker Murray: Pop Star Rising

(0) Comments | Posted March 24, 2014 | 2:37 PM


By the time Tucker Murray tore into the final bars of "Everyone Says" near the end of a recent set at the Cutting Room, the crowd was on its feet. And it wasn't just because the song's rousing pop hook seemed to levitate...

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Great Marley's Ghost! "A Christmas Carol: The Concert" Enchants and Breaks New Ground

(0) Comments | Posted December 11, 2013 | 5:30 PM

Bah humbug, indeed.

Nobody would blame you for grumbling that movie, television, stage and radio adaptations of Charles Dickens' "A Christmas Carol" have been done to death over the years -- like a holiday goose cooked in the oven too long. By a conservative estimate, there have been at least...

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Lady Day Lives

(0) Comments | Posted October 2, 2013 | 3:34 PM

When Dee Dee Bridgewater launched the London run of Lady Day, her 1987 musical drama about Billie Holiday's bid for a late-career comeback, she got an audience reaction both gratifying and surreal: Fans flooded her dressing room with letters addressed to Holiday, one of the greatest jazz vocalists of the...

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Sherie Rene Scott Sizzles With Piece of Meat at 54 Below

(0) Comments | Posted June 20, 2013 | 9:43 AM

The first inkling that Sherie Rene Scott's show at 54 Below might not be a night of conventional cabaret comes when a waitress stops by our table, which stretches from the back of the room to the narrow stage, and says matter-of-factly, before the lights dim: "She's going to walk...

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Bringing the Weimar Republic to Life

(1) Comments | Posted May 28, 2013 | 6:11 PM

Eighty years ago this month, thousands of German university students held torchlight parades and rallies that culminated in one of the 20th century's most shocking events: Egged on by the Nazi thugs who had just seized power in Berlin, they broke into libraries and burned more than 40,000 books by...

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The Man Who Keeps Broadway History Alive

(1) Comments | Posted April 25, 2013 | 3:57 PM

As an epic snowstorm brought New York City to its knees on the night of February 17, 2003, the metropolis shut down. Only a handful of pedestrians braved blizzard-force winds and the mayor urged people to stay home. Many entertainment venues -- including Broadway shows -- cancelled their performances.

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Debby Boone Lights Up Cafe Carlyle

(0) Comments | Posted March 27, 2013 | 12:57 PM

As a child, Debby Boone remembers walking through the lobbies of Las Vegas hotels with her father, singer Pat Boone, as he got ready to headline another show. It was the desert town's golden era -- a time when Frank, Sammy, Dino and other Rat Packers ruled the roost --...

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Callaway Channels Streisand at LA's Disney Hall

(1) Comments | Posted February 8, 2013 | 10:29 AM

It's an unwritten rule in the cabaret, jazz and Broadway worlds: If you're performing a solo show, think twice about singing classic songs associated with Barbra Streisand. Approach Liza with caution, and beware of Judy. Nobody expects you to surpass the originals, and you could embarrass yourself trying.

But some...

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Up to You: A Message From the Past That Means Even More Today

(0) Comments | Posted May 11, 2012 | 11:51 AM

It had to happen. With all the attention focused on bullying -- in books, newspaper and magazine stories, in a documentary film and television specials -- it was inevitable that a New York musical on the subject would also appear. But what's unusual about Up to You by Eric Rockwell...

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