Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Only the Best for Orange County's Own

Marin Mazzie and Jason Danieley
Much of Opera News magazine August edition is dedicated to Broadway. On the cover is a stunning Marin Mazzie, called “Broadway’s Brightest Light” by Opera News Features Editor and author Brian Kellow. In the story titled “What Mazzie Knows” by Kellow, he writes, “On September 26, 2005, in a one-night staged concert performance to benefit the Actors Fund of America, Marin Mazzie gave the greatest single performance I have experienced in the musical theater.“ For those who remember and are in the musical theater know, Mazzie and her also-star-quality husband Jason Danieley were sensations in the Center’s 2012 – 2013 Cabaret Series. They performed a special Valentine’s Day program. In addition to their performances in Samueli Theater, the celebrated couple conducted a master class for promising young Orange County artists who have their eyes on the Great White Way. 

Marin Mazzie and Jason Danieley teach a master class in Samueli Theater.
Photo by Xuong Do.
The Center's Cabaret Series is a veritable constellation of vocal luminaries, Broadway and musical theater stars, including this year’s line-up of Tony Award® winners Brian Stokes Mitchell and Laura Benanti, Tony nominee and 14-time award winner from The Manhattan Association of Cabarets and Clubs, singer-songwriter Ann Hampton Callaway, and Grammy Award® winners and recording legends Johnny Mathis and Judy Collins. 

Only the best for the Center’s audiences and stars-to-be!

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Friday, August 8, 2014

Misty Copeland Recalls Center Triumph in New Autobiography

Misty Copeland and Roman Zhurbin in The Firebird.
Photo by 
Gene Schiavone.

Misty Copeland, soloist with American Ballet Theatre and one of the brightest young stars in the dance world, recently released her autobiography. Copeland was raised and studied dance in San Pedro. On page 242, she writes, “Before kicking off our season at the Metropolitan Opera in New York, we debuted The Firebird on the road. Our first performances were at Segerstrom Center for the Arts in Orange County, California. It was a homecoming....” The chapter goes on to quote Jean Lenihan’s LA Times blogged review: ”Ratmansky’s revised storyline and forward-backward movement idiom finally emerged clearly with second cast leads Misty Copeland and Herman Cornejo, a hypnotizing pair.... With them, the audience’s standing ovation was absolutely spontaneous.” 

Misty Copeland and Herman Cornejo in The Firebird.
Photo by 
Gene Schiavone.
The book is titled Life in Motion: An Unlikely Ballerina, and was written with Charisse Jones. 

The Center will present another ABT world premiere March 3 – 8, 2015. This will be the company’s new production of The Sleeping Beauty. And for the 2015 holidays, the Center will present ABT’s The Nutcracker for the first time outside of New York. 

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Monday, August 4, 2014

Once is Never Enough at Leatherby's Café Rouge!

Another of Executive Chef Ross Pangilinan’s blockbuster Broadway-themed menus will be available at Leatherby’s Café Rouge in the Renée and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall during the run of ONCE, the eight-time Tony Award®-winning show, including Best Musical, with its Grammy®, Tony, Olivier and Academy Award®-winning music. The hit production comes to the Center August 19 – 31. 

AUGUST 19 - 31

Patina's tuna tower, soya onions, tomato confit,
yuzu granité, grilled scallions

If You Want Me
Modern beef and Guinness stew, New York steak, short rib,
fingerling potatoes, peas, carrots, celery

The Moon
Moon-shaped New York cheesecake, local fresh strawberries

45 per person 3 course menu
64 with wine pairing


Executive Chef Ross Pangilinan
Menu subject to change

Enjoy a critically acclaimed dinner before attending ONCE right across the Arts Plaza in Segerstrom Hall. Click here for more information about ONCE, to purchase tickets and to make your dinner reservations at Leatherby’s Café Rouge.

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