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".
You see their boldface names and bald numb faces in the tabloids, and on all the glitzy infotainment shows (if you can bear to watch them). They are the nouveaux reachers, the celebutantes, the Cling-ons.