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2008-09-28 00:00:16

Andy Kaufman lives -- sort of. One of the more controversial characters played by the famously off-the-wall comedian, who died in 1984, was Tony Clifton, a foul- mouthed, pompadored lounge singer who dressed in appalling '70s- style outfits and treated his audiences like dirt. He's back -- and he's the real thing. How can that be? Well, Kaufman had a writer and chum, Bob Zmuda, who would sometimes disguise himself as Tony Clifton and appear in Kaufman's stead, most famously on an...

2008-08-07 03:00:21

By Alice T. Carter, The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review Aug. 7--Pittsburgh Civic Light Opera saved the best for last. "West Side Story," the final production of its 2008 summer season, took the company out on a soaring and emotional high. The well-polished and stylish production owes much to its ensemble of youthful performers portraying the Jets, Sharks and -- pardon the dated expression -- their girls. It's their show as they glide, leap and tumble through Mark Esposito's choreography,...

2008-08-03 15:00:15

By Patti Conley, Beaver County Times, Pa. Aug. 3--PITTSBURGH -- Ali Ewoldt is a just-in-case kind of a girl. Because talent, passion and a spectacular singing voice aren't assurances for a successful performing career, the 1999 valedictorian of Pleasantville High School in Westchester County, New York opted for academics. Smart girl. She went to Yale and majored in psychology. Smart move. Yale's plentiful resources offered students with theatrical yearnings the opportunity to put...

2008-08-03 03:00:17

By Alice T. Carter, The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review Aug. 3--For Van Kaplan, Pittsburgh Civic Light Opera executive producer, putting "West Side Story" on this season's schedule had a particular urgency. Each year, when the company asks its audiences which musicals it would most like to see "West Side Story" consistently places among the top four or five, says Kaplan. Pittsburgh Civic Light Opera first performed the musical in 1965, eight years after its Broadway debut. It has been...

2008-07-18 03:00:32

By Alice T. Carter, The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review Jul. 18--The 2009 winners of the Gene Kelly Awards for best actress and actor will have a chance to perform at the Palace Theatre on Broadway. Pittsburgh Civic Light Opera has partnered with Nederlander Presentations Inc. to create The National High School Musical Theater Awards. "The opportunity to 'play the Palace' will be a dream come true for students who participate in this national event," says Van Kaplan, Pittsburgh Civic Light...

2008-07-17 03:00:25

By Alice T. Carter, The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review Jul. 17--As Matt Ashford sees it, sharpshooter Frank Butler and "Days of Our Lives" character Jack Devereaux have a lot in common. Both are little boys at heart. "With Jack Devereaux, no matter how sophisticated I would make him, there's a part of him that's a petulant little boy, and that gets him into trouble," Ashford says. Similarly, he describes Frank Butler, the Wild West show performer who falls for Annie Oakley in "Annie Get...

2008-07-13 15:00:19

By Patti Conley, Beaver County Times, Pa. Jul. 13--PITTSBURGH -- The neon lights will be bright at the Benedum Center on Tuesday. There'll be magic in the air when the Pittsburgh Civic Light Opera's production of "Smokey Joe's Cafe" rocks this once smoky city with the songs of Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller. Whose songs? Leiber's the lyricist. Stoller's writes the music. Together in the '50s and the '60s, the Rock and Roll Hall of Famers authored tunes that millions can name in just...


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conjunto
  • A style of popular dance music originating along the border between Texas and Mexico, characterized by the use of accordion, drums, and 12-string bass guitar and traditionally based on polka, waltz, and bolero rhythms.
The word 'conjunto' comes through Spanish, from Latin coniūnctus, past participle of coniungere, to join together; see conjoin