Double Duty: Lex Liang Designs the Costumes and Sets for Emma

It seems that Lex Liang does everything: Not only the costumes and sets for Kate Hamill’s adaptation of Emma, but through his company, LDC Design, environments for theater, restaurants, boutiques and special events. “I don’t know about everything,” Liang says from his home in New York. “I would not put me on an organized sports […]

Stephen Sondheim leaning over the back of a chair, smirking at the camera

Stephen Sondheim Timeline: An Overview of the Musical Legend

Ahead of the Broadway National tour of Company, it might be helpful to refresh your memory on the musical legend, Stephen Sondheim. The timeline below covers major events, from Sondheim’s Broadway debut, to the publication of his popular memoirs late in life. For even more information on Sondheim and his legacy, visit The Stephen Sondheim […]

Today’s “Ladies Who Lunch”

It’s the pinnacle of the day – lunchtime. Some sip a smoothie en route to the office after a workout. Some eat at their desks, lest they lose a single moment of productivity. Some see lunch as social time, catching up on the latest with friends and frenemies. But many others use the mid-day break […]

The Lehman Brothers

In 2008 the prominent Wall Street bank Lehman Brothers had 25,000 employees around the world. It carried $639 million in assets, and was the fourth largest investment bank in the United States — and one of the oldest. But when its massive portfolio of mortgage-backed securities lost value and the nation’s over-inflated housing bubble burst, […]

A Frozen Journey: From Screen to the Stages of North America

Disney’s Frozen, the animated film inspired by Hans Christian Andersen’s The Snow Queen, opened in the United States on November 19, 2013. An overnight, global phenomenon, the tale of two sisters driven apart by magic and reunited by love quickly became the highest-grossing animated film of all time, a distinction it held until Frozen 2 […]

A Trip to El Salvador

Playwright Brian Quijada’s parents immigrated to the United States from El Salvador in the 1970s during a tumultuous period that eventually led to the country’s 13-year civil war (1979-1992). When I first visited the country in 1995, you could still see the aftereffects of war. Large buildings with blown out windows. Police officers and military […]

Company Revival Finds New Depth

In his 2010 memoir and lyric collection, Finishing the Hat, Stephen Sondheim wrote of his surprise at the reception of Company in 1970: “I had no idea Company would be so unsettling to public and critics alike.” He was “stunned by the polarized reactions of fervent admiration and ferocious rejection” when the somewhat experimental production […]

Artistic Director Chris Coleman Discusses Where Did We Sit on the Bus?

Nine-year-old Bee Quijada sits in a suburban classroom. During a history lesson on Rosa Parks, she asks, “Where did Latinos sit on the bus?” What follows is a theatrical mixtape of Bee’s life. It’s a one-person show that immerses the audience in elaborate, layered soundscapes by fusing Latin rhythms, hip-hop, and spoken word poetry. And […]

The One. The Only. Cher

The Cher Show is 35 smash hits, six decades of stardom, two rock-star husbands, a Grammy, an Oscar, an Emmy and enough Tony-winning Bob Mackie gowns to cause a sequin shortage. The Cher Show is so much Cher that it takes three actresses to recount one legendary career. Spread out over six decades, the totality […]

Colorado’s Old Bank Vaults

Back when Denver was first establishing itself as a real city, not just a frontier stopover, companies invested in building elaborate banks (perhaps to become the bankers for those lucky miners up in the mountains!). These banks would have each have a substantial vault to keep all of the money safe. As many a movie […]