Writer: Gil Kaan

Gil Kaan, a former Managing Editor of the now-defunct Genre magazine, has had the privilege of photographing and interviewing some major divas in his career, including Ann-Margret, Diana Ross, Faye Dunaway, Carol Channing, Shirley MacLaine, Catherine Deneuve, Liza Minnelli, Sandra Bernhard, Anna Nicole Smith, Margaret Cho, and three Catwomen—Eartha Kitt, Lee Meriwether and Julie Newmar. He had the fortuitous opportunity to conduct Lily Tomlin’s coming out interview. Gil has since reviewed movies and theatre for a number of local and national outlets. A photo montage of Gil’s Halloween Carnavale photos through the last decade was recently included in the WeHo@ 25 juried exhibition.

Nike Doukas Accenting Her Way From The Cockney Streets To The Royal Court

Actress Nike Doukas will be doing double duty in Pasadena Playhouse's latest production of KING CHARLES III, previewing on November 8, 2017. Besides taking on the character of ‘Ghost,' Nike's accent coaching expertise will be utilized to achieve maximum British effect of the various British characters. Nike was most gracious to take the time to … Continue reading Nike Doukas Accenting Her Way From The Cockney Streets To The Royal Court


Dot-Marie Jones Wrestling From A Glee-ful Beiste Into an OUR TOWN Gossip

Dot-Marie Jones has been acting professionally since 1992, but it's her five-year stint as Coach Beiste in the Fox hit series Glee that propelled her into instant street recognition. Dot's latest acting gig has her portraying the character of Mrs. Soames in Thornton Wilder's OUR TOWN, a co-production of the Pasadena Playhouse and Deaf West … Continue reading Dot-Marie Jones Wrestling From A Glee-ful Beiste Into an OUR TOWN Gossip


Michael-Leon Wooley & Friends Again Singing for Suppers in the October 14th BTTR Benefit

Actor/singer/activist Michael-Leon Wooley will be gathering his Broadway cohorts and presenting their collective musical theatre talents in his fourth benefit for Hope of the Valley - BROADWAY TO THE RESCUE: A BENEFIT FOR THE HOMELESS.  This one-night event October 14, 2017 at the Montalban Theater will feature multi-credited Broadway and Los Angeles performers, including Tony Award-winner Lillias White, … Continue reading Michael-Leon Wooley & Friends Again Singing for Suppers in the October 14th BTTR Benefit


Bryan Rasmussen On His Visions for His Whitefire Theatre - The SHORTS & the Long-Reaching

Whitefire Theatre will be presenting their latest edition of their SHORTS series, FALL SHORTS, opening September 26, 2017. Whitefire Theatre has been a reliable San Fernando Valley fixture providing countless entertaining theatre pieces and workshops. Whitefire Theatre's artistic director Bryan Rasmussen took some moments from his creative multi-tasking to chat with us. Thank you for … Continue reading Bryan Rasmussen On His Visions for His Whitefire Theatre - The SHORTS & the Long-Reaching


The Diva-licious Carolyn Hennesy On Inhabiting Callas, Holding Oscar, & Meeting Garry Marshall

A soap opera femme fatale/force-to-be-reckoned-with since 2006,  Carolyn Hennesy will be taking one of her many side trips to the Los Angeles boards in the commanding role of opera legend Maria Callas in MASTER CLASS, the first production of the newly-annointed Garry Marshall Theatre (formerly the Falcon Theatre), beginning September 20, 2017. We managed to catch … Continue reading The Diva-licious Carolyn Hennesy On Inhabiting Callas, Holding Oscar, & Meeting Garry Marshall


HONKY TONK LAUNDRY's Bets Malone & Misty Cotton Just Shootin' The Breeze

Roger Bean, creator of the popular THE MARVELOUS WONDERETTES and its subsequent sequels, will be directing the Los Angeles premiere of his HONKY TONK LAUNDRY, beginning August 5 at the Hudson Mainstage Theatre. We had the fine opportunity to chat with the two lovely ladies starring in Roger's latest -  Bets Malone and Misty Cotton. … Continue reading HONKY TONK LAUNDRY's Bets Malone & Misty Cotton Just Shootin' The Breeze


MAMMA MIA! Conductor David Holcenberg's A Super Trouper Who Really Knows the Name of the Game

This year's Hollywood Bowl's annual staged Broadway musical - the enduring, ever popular MAMMA MIA! - will be performed on July 28, 29 and 30. First premiered on Broadway in 1991, MAMMA MIA! (chock-full of classic ABBA songs) has been produced countless times, and in countries all over the world. We were most lucky to … Continue reading MAMMA MIA! Conductor David Holcenberg's A Super Trouper Who Really Knows the Name of the Game


Shakespeare Authority Rob Clare On Teaching & Directing His Shakespearean Passions

Currently in previews, Antaeus Theatre Company will be presenting Shakespeare's AS YOU LIKE IT with openings on July 27 and 28. As in the Antaeus tradition, this production also incorporates partner-casting, hence, the dual opening dates. We had the opportunity to catch director Rob Clare for a few spare moments during previews for an insight … Continue reading Shakespeare Authority Rob Clare On Teaching & Directing His Shakespearean Passions


Choreographer/Director Keith Young On Working W/The Best & Sharing His Craft W/The Masses

SHOUT SISTER SHOUT! will be opening July 26 at The Pasadena Playhouse under the slick choreographic vision of Keith Young. Amidst running his SHOUT cast through his distinctive dance routines, Keith managed to find a spare moment to answer a few of our questions. Thank you for taking the time for this interview, Keith! Sister … Continue reading Choreographer/Director Keith Young On Working W/The Best & Sharing His Craft W/The Masses


Claybourne Elder Enthuses On His Multiple Collaborations With Stephen Sondheim & Moisés Kaufman

The Hollywood Bowl will be producing a one-night-only event of SONDHEIM ON SONDHEIM to benefit the LA Phil's flagship program, Youth Orchestra Los Angeles (YOLA), and other LA Phil educational initiatives. Partaking in this Sondheim songfest on July 23rd will be (in alphabetical order): Lewis Cleale, Sarah Uriarte Berry, Phillip Boykin, Carmen Cusack, Claybourne Elder, … Continue reading Claybourne Elder Enthuses On His Multiple Collaborations With Stephen Sondheim & Moisés Kaufman


James Eckhouse & Richard Schiff Wax Trippingly On Their Tongues On Joint Directing Triptych's NOCTURNE

With full committed schedules and a lucky twist of fate, veteran actor/directors James Eckhouse (Beverly Hills, 90210) and Richard Schiff (The West Wing) have come together as co-directors for Triptych Theatre Company's production of Adam Rapp's NOCTURNE, a solo show featuring Jamie Wollrab, Triptych Theatre's artistic director. We had the chance to question these two … Continue reading James Eckhouse & Richard Schiff Wax Trippingly On Their Tongues On Joint Directing Triptych's NOCTURNE


Director Michael Peretzian on Anthony Minghella, Changing Careers & Helming CIGARETTES & CHOCOLATE/HANG UP

Oscar-winning director Anthony Minghella's early radio plays CIGARETTES & CHOCOLATE and HANG UP will receive their West Coast premiere at the Pacific Resident Theatre beginning July 15, 2017. Friend and former talent agent of Anthony Minghella, Michael Peretzian will be directing this edition. We jumped at the chance to delve into Michael's thoughts on forsaking … Continue reading Director Michael Peretzian on Anthony Minghella, Changing Careers & Helming CIGARETTES & CHOCOLATE/HANG UP


Joe Mantegna Speaks His Mind on Theatre 68, Directing, & the Infamous Comic Mind of Lenny Bruce

Theatre 68's world premieres I AM NOT A COMEDIAN…I'M LENNY BRUCE, opening June 23, 2017. With the blessings of Lenny's daughter Kitty Bruce and the Lenny Bruce Foundation, Theatre 68's artistic director Ronnie Marmo has written this solo show reprising his previous 2010 role as Lenny from LENNY BRUCE IS BACK (AND BOY IS HE … Continue reading Joe Mantegna Speaks His Mind on Theatre 68, Directing, & the Infamous Comic Mind of Lenny Bruce

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