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LA Phil's World Premiere of Frank Zappa's 200 MOTELS Set for Tonight

LA Phil's World Premiere of Frank Zappa's 200 MOTELS Set for Tonight

The LA Phil marks the 10th anniversary date of the opening of Walt Disney Concert Hall with a speciAl Green Umbrella program presenting the world premiere of 200 Motels by L.A.'s groundbreaking iconoclast composer Frank Zappa. Conductor Laureate Esa-Pekka Salonen leads the LA Phil, and is joined by L.A.-based director James Darrah and the Los Angeles Master Chorale. Also joining Salonen and the LA Phil is a cast of renowned soloists and a band that includes Ian Underwood of Zappa's The Mothers of Invention, Scott Thunes, who also played with Frank Zappa, Zappa Family Trust "Vaultmeister" Joe Travers, and Jamie Kime of Zappa Plays Zappa.

Jeff Taylor, Larry the Dwarf

Michael Des Barres, Rance

Matt Marks, Mark

Zach Villa, Howard

Rich Fulcher, Cowboy Burt

Hila Plitmann, Soprano Solo

Morris Robinson, Bass Solo

Joel David Moore, Frank

Joe Fria, Jeff

Ann Cusack, Donovan/Good Conscience

Alan Ruck, Ginger/Bad Conscience

Diva Zappa, Janet

Sheila Vand, Lucy

Production team:

James Darrah, director

Emily Anne MacDonald, scenic and properties designer

Cameron Jaye Mock, scenic and lighting designer

Chrisi Karvonides-Dushenko, costume designer

Adeline Newmann, video designer

Vanessa Dionne, wig designer

John Garofalo, associate lighting designer

Rebecca Guzzi, assistant costume designer


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