Devilish Theatrical Presents THE DEVIL YOU KNOW
Devilish Theatrical in association with Theatre of Arts has announced the world premiere of The Devil You Know-A Rhythm & Blues Story, a new musical with book by David Carey Foster & Larry Poindexter, and music & lyrics by Poindexter. Directed by Darin Anthony with musical direction by Brad Ellis, the cast will feature (in alphabetical order) Trevon Davis, Julia Harriman, Gildart Jackson, Harrison Killian-White, Alexis Krause, Braxton Molinaro, Larry Poindexter, Niles Rivers, Sasha Sloan, James Patrick Stuart, and Bill Watterson. Opening is set for Sunday, October 2 at 4pm and the strictly limited engagement will run through October 23 only.
Due to the sudden heat generated by an unreleased song's play in a commercial, the disbanded R&B group Devereaux has been approached by their former record label to complete the band's unfinished debut album. Whether the band's leader Bobby Alderman and the former lead singer (and Bobby's ex-wife) Rochelle Deveraux can overcome their differences to reunite the band and rekindle personal and professional dreams, is an open question. The scenic design is by David Offner, lighting design is by Brandon Baruch, costume design is by Angela Trivino, choreography is by Angela Lopez, the assistant director is Andrea Fiorentini, and casting is by Carol Kritzer at Ulrich/Dawson/Kritzer Casting. The stage managers are Juli Figueroa and Mercedes Aponte. The Devil You Know-A Rhythm & Blues Story is produced in association with Theatre of Arts and sponsored by Kinecta Federal Credit Union. The producers for Devilish Theatrical are Cate Cundiff and Max Oken.
David Carey Foster (Book Co-Writer) has worked as an actor in Zhivago, the Musical (La Jolla Playhouse), Inventing Van Gogh (PCPA) and Orson's Shadow (ART Portland), among others. Television credits include Grey's Anatomy, NCIS, The Mentalist, Dexter, and True Nightmares. Films include Get a Job, The Catcher, and Brix and the Bitch. For the stage, Foster has directed Sylvia, Good People (San Luis Obispo Little Theatre) and Unbeatable (Tower Theatre); he has produced My Children! My Africa!, Alfred Stieglitz Loves O'Keeffe, Voices of America, A Night at the Tonys (Central Coast Repertory Theatre), Einstein & the Polar Bear, and The Cocktail Hour (Colony Theatre). He is a vocalist with the R&B/Country trio Pepper Street.
Larry Poindexter (Book Co-Writer; Music & Lyrics) is an actor, producer, writer, and composer. His songs have been featured in numerous TV shows and films. In the film industry, he has served as a producer, second unit director, first assistant director, production coordinator, and casting director. His first job in the entertainment business was with Catalina Production Group where he was the production coordinator for the musical adaptation of The Wrong Box. Poindexter also produced the semi-improvised Thin Ice with Hank Azaria and a season at Theatre 40. Along with partner Flody Suarez and Jeffrey Sellers, he will be producing the authorized Cher bio-musical on Broadway in 2017.
Darin Anthony (Director) is the Artistic Director of Moving Arts, a company dedicated to adventurous new work by Los Angeles artists. He directed the West Coast premieres of The Kill-or-Dies, Viral, The Gun Show, Gidion's Knot, US Drag, Smudge, A Hole in the Dark, The Book of Liz, Bach at Leipzig, and the premiere of Nureyev's Eyes at American Stages. World premieres include The Good Boy, The Incident Report, S.O.E., The Antiquarian's Family, Street Angel Diaries, Before We Go Home, The Closeness of the Horizon, London's Scars, Sidhe, and HEADS. Anthony's film directing debut, Hitting the Cycle, was awarded Best Feature Film by the Manhattan Film Festival. He also directed and developed the web series Before We Go to Sleep.
Brad Ellis (Musical Director) is best known as Brad the Pianist on Fox TV's Glee. Other television credits include The Rocky Horror Picture Show (2016), Bunheads, The Gilmore Girls, The Girls Next Door, The Oprah Winfrey Show, The View, The Middle, The 2009 Academy Awards, and The Glee Project. Film: Chicago, De-Lovely, and Beauty and the Beast. Ellis has conducted and performed in over 6,000 performances of more than 400 different musicals in NY, LA, and internationally, and orchestrates for the LA Philharmonic, the Hollywood Bowl Orchestra, the New York Pops (Carnegie Hall), and the Philadelphia Orchestra. He has written for the off-Broadway shows Plaid Tidings and Tin Pan Alley Rag, and has been the leader on 35 albums for RCA, DRG, and Varese Sarabande. He has been profiled by CNN, NPR, The New York Times, and People Magazine.
There will be three preview performances of The Devil You Know-A Rhythm & Blues Story on Thursday, September 29, Friday, September 30, and Saturday, October 1 at 8pm, and the opening is set for Sunday, October 2 at 4pm. General seating admission is $30 and the running schedule is Thursday, Friday, and Saturday at 8pm and Sunday at 6pm through October 23 only. Tickets may be purchased online at www.thedevilyouknow.rocks or by calling (323) 546-4297.
Theatre of Arts/Arena Stage Theatre is located at 1625 Las Palmas Avenue in Hollywood, 90028.