Singer-songwriter Randy Newman will be recognized up and down the California coast on July 8 at 8 PM. Newman will present a live concert on July 8 just south of Los Angeles in Redondo Beach at the Redondo Beach Performing Arts Center. Simultaneously, just a bit further down the coast at the South Coast Repertory theatre, Newman will be represented on stage by his new musical, The Education of Randy Newman, which runs through July 9. Newman's songs include L.A.'s unofficial theme song, "I Love L.A.," "I Think It's Going to Rain Today" and "When Somebody Loved Me" (from "Toy Story II") and the hit "Short People." His film compositions include "Ragtime," "The Natural," "A Bug's Life" and the original "Toy Story." Tickets for the Redondo Beach concert range from $38.50 - $45. The Redondo Beach Performing Arts Center is located at 1935 Manhattan Blvd. in Redondo Beach. For tickets call Sandblast Concerts (310) 406-8838 or visit www.sandblastconcerts.com. Tickets for the musical, The Education of Randy Newman range from $23-$52. South Coast Rep is located at 655 Town Center Drive in Costa Mesa, one block east of the South Coast Plaza at the Bristol Street exit of the San Diego (405) Fwy. For tickets call (714) 708-5555.
-- By Murdoch McBride