Whenever a show makes this big move it is a cause for celebration. It suggests that the producing theaters created something of value, something that for-profit producers believe will be of interest to a far wider audience than any single regional theater can reach.
Now a mother of three -- her daughter is nine, one son is seven and another is almost five -- Lauren Ward is back on Broadway at least through the summer in a role she has been playing since the first Matilda workshop.
Los Angeles, you are in for a treat. Follies, the 1971 landmark musical that collected seven Tony Awards, takes Los Angeles' Ahmanson Theatre by storm -- direct from Broadway, and bigger and better than ever.
When an arts organization has success with a high visibility project, more important artists are willing to collaborate on future projects. I am convinced that this will be one important legacy of Follies.
The revival of Follies is perfection. One of Stephen Sondheim's most moving scores, it features two remarkable stars -- Bernadette Peters and Jan Maxwell -- and an extraordinary musical meditation on longing and regret.
In a theater-going era when anything with assumed marquee value is trussed up for consumer consumption, it's a treat to recall something that -- for the abundance of high-quality theater craft it contains -- truly deserves enthusiastic applause.
"_____ comes but once a year. Var." Can you solve this devilish holiday-season crossword puzzle clue? Hint: The correct nine-letter answer starts with a "C" and ends with an "s" -- and it's not "Christmas".