Tag archives: The Granada

Taking a Gander of the Stage
By Richard Mineards   |   May 14, 2024

After 9/11 the small town of Gander, Newfoundland, with a population of 10,000 residents, was overrun with nearly 7,000 stranded passengers after the FAA shut down airspace nationwide, forcing all planes to land at nearby airports. A total of 38 planes, carrying 6,579 passengers and crew, landed in Gander as part of Operation Yellow Ribbon, […]

Theater Is Thriving 
By Steven Libowitz   |   April 23, 2024

I only managed to catch the first act of Jesus Christ Superstar at Center Stage last weekend, but even 45 minutes of Out of the Box’s local star-studded production was enough to rock my world. The all-female/non-binary cast put a somewhat provocative perspective on the sensational rock opera full of indelible songs by future Broadway […]

‘Little Women’ Takes the Stage
By Richard Mineards   |   April 23, 2024

Little Women, the American Theatre Guild’s musical version of Louisa May Alcott’s popular novel at the Granada, was an absolute delight. Based on Alcott’s life, the production follows the lives of sisters Jo, Meg, Beth, and Amy March, each determined to lead their lives on their own terms. The timeless, captivating tale – set at […]

Centennial Celebration
By Steven A. Blum   |   April 9, 2024

Yesterday, Today, Tomorrow worked well as a title for a 1990s greatest hits album by Santa Barbara’s still thriving singer-songwriter Kenny Loggins, and no reason why it shouldn’t serve superbly as a way to celebrate the Granada Theater’s big anniversary over a single weekend April 12-14. Looking back at the iconic venue’s history, pausing to […]

Alcott Musical’s ‘Little’ Pleasures 
By Steven Libowitz   |   April 9, 2024

The musical adaptation of Louisa May Alcott’s most famous novel comes to downtown’s grandest theater when Broadway at the Granada presents Little Women – The Musical on April 10–11. The theatrical work, based on Alcott’s 1868–69 semi-autobiographical book follows the adventures of sisters Jo, Meg, Beth, and Amy March, each with divergent personalities yet determined […]

Granada Theatre
By Steven Libowitz   |   April 2, 2024

Are you wondering why there’s a whole lot of hoopla about the Granada Theatre 100th birthday beyond merely marking a major milestone? First, perhaps, pivot over to Hattie Beresford’s comprehensive column The Way It Was (page 22) in this issue. That piece traces the history of the grand old theater – from its vaudeville days […]

The Granada Theatre Celebrates 100 Years
By Hattie Beresford   |   April 2, 2024

In December 1922, Edward A. Johnson, president of the California Theater Company that owned most of the movie houses in Santa Barbara, announced plans to build a theater and eight-story office building on State Street. Despite touches of Spanish design, many felt the tall rectangular structure did not suit Santa Barbara’s emerging Mediterranean style. Nevertheless, […]

The Granada Theatre
By Steven Libowitz   |   August 15, 2023

There’s no doubt that the Granada Theatre is one of the crown jewels in Santa Barbara’s enviable and outsized arts scene, one that after undergoing a mega-millions upgrade has become home to nearly all of the South County’s major presenting arts organizations. What’s more, the nonprofit continues to upgrade on a regular basis, most recently […]

Theater Talk: Anya Arrives in Town 
By Steven Libowitz   |   April 25, 2023

Anastasia – the Broadway musical inspired by the 1997 animated film and the 1956 live-action movie that ran in New York from 2017-2020 and has been performed more than 2,500 times worldwide – has its Santa Barbara debut at The Granada Theatre on April 25-26 as part of The American Theatre Guild’s Broadway in Santa […]

Onstage at the G
By Richard Mineards   |   April 4, 2023

Granada Theatre benefactors Roger and Sarah Chrisman hosted the first of a three-part series, Onstage at the G, with 85 guests dining at the cavernous locale with scrumptious food from the Catering Connection. Previously the theater hosted Upstairs at the G in the McCune Founder Room, but the capacity was limited to 40, with the […]

The Lewis, the Max, and the Granada
By Richard Mineards   |   April 4, 2023

Award-winning actor Max McLean, 69, was a true tour de force performing the Chronicles of Narnia author C.S. Lewis in an entertaining one-man show at the Granada. McLean is known for his adaptations of books by the Irish author who died in 1963 at the age of 64. C.S. Lewis is memorialized in Poet’s Corner […]