FUDGE Theatre Company to Present CITY OF ANGELS at the Arsenal, 7/11-19
Cy Colman (Music), David Zippel (Liyrics) and Larry Gelbart's (Book) CITY OF ANGELS opened on Broadway on December 11, 1989. It won almost every award in sight; an achievement repeated when the mega-hit opened in Los Angeles in June of 1991 and again in November of 1993 when it opened at the Prince of Wales Theatre on London's West End.
The seductive and stylish homage to artistic integrity and Hollywood film noir screenwriters of the 1940's will be revived by FUDGE Theatre Company's Founding Artistic Director, Joey DeMita, on FRIDAY, JULY 11 at the Arsenal Center for the Arts (321 Arsenal Street, Watertown, MA) where it will play through SATURDAY, JULY 19.
The PRESS OPENING will be on SATURDAY, JULY 12 at 8:00pm.
Directed by Mr. DeMita, CITY OF ANGELS' glorious score will be musically directed by award-winning Steven Bergman.
Scenery is by Jim Petty. Costumes are by Mr. DeMita. Lighting is by PJ Strachman. Props Design is by Emily Taborda-Monroe. Artwork is by Cristhian Mancinas-Garcia. Julie Murray will stage manage.
The musical's irresistible story presents the beleaguered "real world" of STINE, a 1940's novelist hired to adapt his acclaimed novel, CITY OF ANGELS, into a screenplay for one of Hollywood's most successful and dynamic movie moguls. During the course of this daunting assignment, STINE's wife announces that she has had enough of his womanizing, the mogul refuses to stop meddling in the artistic process while the film's characters, inhabiting his "reel world", stage a full-throttled revolt. The mogul assigns himself a lucrative co-writing credit, STINE quits on the sound stage the first day of principal photography while a "genius" re-write by his main character, STONE, saves his life and the day.
Fade to black. Roll credits. Leave for a holiday in the South of France.
The Hollywood hunks, and the women who love them will be played by: Jared Troilo, Kyle W. Carlson, AnneMarie Alvarez, Lori L'Italien, Katie Preisig, Molly Gervis, Ben Gold, Dan Goldstone, Rich Hoehn, Agatha Babbitt, Amy Oldenquist, Ryan Solero, Shawn Gelzleichter and Timothy McGuire.
THE PLAYING SCHEDULE
Friday, July 11 at 8:00pm; Saturday, July 12 at 8:00pm (Press Opening); Sunday, July 13 at 2:00pm; Thursday, July 17 at 8:00pm; Friday, July 18 at 8:00pm; Saturday, July 19 at 8:00pm
$26 Adults; $21 Students/Seniors
ABOUT JOEY DeMITA
Joey DeMita (Director/Choreographer) is the Founding Artistic Director of The FUDGE Theatre Company, Inc. Directing credits include Jake's Women (Stonehill Theatre Company), Company (Winthrop Playmakers), and the over twenty F.U.D.G.E. productions, including the premieres of I Sing!, I Love You Because, Half-Married (World Premiere), bare, Nevermore, Glory Days (IRNE Nomination: Best Director, Best Musical) and The Glorious Ones. Other notable directing credits with FUDGE include Carousel (IRNE Nomination: Best Chorography) and Spring Awakening (IRNE Nomination: Best Director, Best Musical). Joey has also served as the directing intern to Rob Ruggiero at TheatreWorks Hartford on productions of The Exonerated (featuring TV/Film star Kim Fields) and the world premiere musical Ella: Off the Record (starring Broadway's Tina Fabrique). In the Boston area, Joey served as the assistant director to Adam Zahler on the Lyric Stage's production of Talley's Folly. It is Joey's belief that any show can fit in any space, and he always looks forward to bringing un-expected shows to the intimate Black Box space at the Arsenal Center. Joey spent his summer teaching theatre to children through the Community Music Center of Boston and the Reagle Theatre Summer camp. During the year, Joey teaches elementary school music/drama and works with the 5th and 6th grade Extended Day program at the Runkle School in Brookline. Mr. DeMita most recently received across-the-board critical acclaim for his production of Parade at The Arsenal Center for the Arts, for his directorial work on the World Premiere of Chris Guin's Drawin' On The Walls and his brilliantly reviewed ASSASSINS. This season's sold-out productions of Jack The Ripper, The Whitechapel Musical and Macbeth were equally lauded by the Boston Press. Both he and the company have received multiple award nominations too numerous to name individually but nonetheless appreciated beyond description.
Photo Credit: Matt Phillipps