L.A. Weekly



With nearly 100 years of theatrical excitement between them, husband and wife Albert Hague and Renee Orin light up the room with sparkling, youthful energy. Bursting with hilarious anecdote of Broadway legends and Hollywood scoundrels, Hague and Orin entertain audience with a wondrously personal touch as they share their vast experiences. Hague is one of the theater's most renowned composers, as he reminds us with medleys from his mid-'50s Broadway hits Redhead and Plain and Fancy, expertly sung by Orin. But he happily acquiesces to the fact that he is best known by modern audiences for his seven year starring on the TV series Fame and for his most famous composition: the musical score for Dr. Seuss' How the Grinch Stole Christmas, with its signature song, "You're a Mean One, Mr. Grinch." Hague delights with some humorous piano tricks, including a masterful and funny retooling of "The Beer Barrel Polka," in the manner of important classical composers. And when Orin takes the spotlight, she soars as a singer and as an actor through several famous numbers and a few created by her by Hague. This fine evening of nonstop entertainment will undoubtedly be of particular interest to lovers and students of musical theater. Cinegrill, Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel, 7000 Hollywood Blvd.; Tues.-Sat., Jan. 27-31, 8 p.m. (213) 446-7000