STAGE TUBE: First Look at Highlights of CITY OF ANGELS at the Marriott Theatre
The Marriott Theatre, 10 Marriott Drive, Lincolnshire, presents the six-time Tony Award-winning classic, CITY OF ANGELS, winner of Best Musical, Best Original Score by David Zippel and Cy Coleman, and Best Book by Larry Gelbart, opening tomorrow, June 17th, and running through August 2. BroadwayWorld has a first look at the cast in action below!
Five-time Jeff Award-winning Director Nick Bowling brings his exceptional talent to the hilarious and ingenious musical comedy with choreography by Jeff Award-winner Tommy Rapley. Music Director, and Jeff Award-nominee, Ryan T. Nelson enlivens the sensational score, featuring a rich mélange of jazz and bebop styles. CITY OF ANGELS is the rarest of musical comedies; one that is not only loaded with music and written in the contemporary jazz idiom, but also filled with sidesplitting comedy, set in the glamorous, seductive Hollywood of the 40′s - the world of film studios and flimsy negligees.
CITY OF ANGELS is the deliciously funny celebration of the decade's film noir genre and dark detective fiction, with a liberal touch of femme fatale, weaving together two plots unfolding at once. The double feature follows the "real" world of young New York writer, Stine (Jeff Award-winner Rod Thomas: LES MISERABLES at Paramount Theatre; The King and I and Mary Poppins at The Marriott Theatre), and his fictional alter-ego in the "reel" world, "Stone" (Jeff Award-winner Kevin Earley: Broadway: A Tale of Two Cities, Thoroughly Modern Millie; Broadway and National Touring companies of LES MISERABLES; The Pirates of Penzance at The Marriott Theatre). Stine arrives in Los Angeles with the hopes of turning his crime novel into a Hollywood blockbuster, and while his movie plays out in black and white, Stine's new life is all-too colorful as he struggles to balance his relationship with his wife, Gabby (Jeff Award-winnerDanni Smith: Passion and Pump Boys and Dinettes at Theo Ubique; See What I Wanna See at Bailiwick) and his overbearing producer Buddy Fidler (Jeff Award-winner Gene Weygandt: National Tour of Wicked and Big: The Musical; Anything Goes, La Cage aux Folles at The Marriott Theatre). Each movie scene that Stine writes comes to life in the split-stage show, bringing double the laughter and intrigue to the audience.
CITY OF ANGELS also stars Meghan Murphy as "Donna/Oolie" (The Who's Tommy and Rent at Paramount Theatre), Jeff Award-winner Summer Naomi Smart as "Carla Haywood/Alaura Kingsley" (National tour of Wicked; The Light in the Piazza, Mary Poppins at The Marriott Theatre), Devin DeSantis (LES MISERABLES and Tommy at Paramount Theatre; Godspell at The Marriott Theatre) as "Jimmy Powers", Erin McGrath as "Mallory Kingsley/Avril Raines" (White Noise at the Royal George Theatre), and Gabriel Ruiz as "Vargas/Munoz" (World Premieres of The Upstairs Concierge at Goodman Theatre, The Way West at Steppenwolf Theatre, and White Tie Ball at Victory Gardens). WithBrian Bohr, Dara Cameron, Patrick Lane, Elizabeth Lanza, David Lively, Michael Mahler, Zoe Nadal, Jason Richards,Lorenzo Rush Jr., Kyle Sherman, Peter Sipla, Cassie Slater and Jarrod Zimmerman.
Andy Hite heads the CITY OF ANGELS production team as Lead Artistic Director. Hite is joined by Director Nick Bowling, Choreographer/Fight Director Tommy Rapley and Musical Director Dr. Ryan T. Nelson. Set Design is by Tom Ryan, Costume Design by Nancy Missimi, Lighting Design by Jesse Klug, Sound Design by Robert E. Gilmartin and Properties Design by Sally Weiss.
Ticket prices range from $50 to $55, including tax and handling fees. Free parking is available at all performances. To reserve tickets, call The Marriott Theatre Box Office at 847.634.0200. Visit www.MarriottTheatre.com for more information.