The Gallery Players Presents CITY OF ANGELS, Runs 5/1-23
The Gallery Players marks the final show of its 43rd main stage season in Black and White and Technicolor with the first NYC revival of the six-time Tony Award winner, City of Angels. Directed by Trey Compton (Mrs. Bob Cratchit's Wild Christmas Binge, The Gallery Players), City of Angels runs May 1-23, 2010.
City of Angels is two shows in one. It is the interweaving of two plots, one dealing with the writing of a screenplay in the legendary Hollywood of the '40's; the other, the enactment of that screenplay. The movie scenes appear in shades of black and white, and the real life scenes are in Technicolor. The show boasts two musical scores. One provides the cast with numbers to help reveal certain emotions or to celebrate particular moments in the way that only music can. The "other" score was written to emulate pure movie soundtrack music, 1940's vintage. It is entirely appropriate, then that the final curtain comes down on two happy endings. City of Angels' Jazz score is by Cy Coleman with Lyrics by David Zippel, Book by Larry Gelbart. City of Angels' originally ran on Broadway for 878 performances, and is the winner of 6 1989 Tony Awards, including Best Musical.
City of Angels features a cast that frequents The Gallery Players and National Tours: Blair Alexis Brown, Tony Castellanos, Chris Cooke*, Amanda Danskin*, Lara Hayhurst (The Light In The Piazza, CDC Theater; Bye Bye Birdie, National Tour), Greg Horton* (Top of the Heap, The Gallery Players), Danny Rothman* (Ace, Signature Theatre; Ragtime, Portland Center Stage), James Ryan Sloan, Abby Stevens* (Passion, Live at Lincoln Center; Annie, National Tour), Matt Malloy, Caitlin Mesiano, Brian Mulay (Yank! A new Musical, The Gallery Players), Jared Troilo* (Jerry Springer, The Opera; Speakeasy Stage), Kathleen Watson, J. Tyler Whitmer* and John Weigand* (Caroline, or Change, The Gallery Players) *performing courtesy of Actor's Equity Association.
The Producer of City of Angels is Becca Goland-Van Ryn for The Gallery Players, the Director is Trey Compton (Mrs. Bob Cratchit's Wild Christmas Binge, The Gallery Players), and the Music Director is Jeffrey Campos (Like You Like It, The Gallery Players; Annie, National Tour). City of Angels is choreographed by Brian Swasey (The Wild Party, The Gallery Players), set design is by Eli Kaplan-Wildmann (Lila Cante, Ted Bardy Studio), lighting design is by John P. Woodey, costume design is by Samantha Guinan, sound design is by Julianne Merrill. The Production Stage Manager is Kyle Atkins* (Riverside Theatre).
City of Angels opens Saturday, May 1, 2010 and runs Thursdays, Fridays at 8pm, Saturdays at 2pm & 8pm and Sundays at 3pm through May 23, 2010.
Tickets to City of Angels are $18 for adults, $14 for Seniors & Children 12 and under. Individual tickets can be purchased by calling TheaterMania at (212) 352-3101, or online at www.galleryplayers.com. The Gallery Players is located at 199 14th St., between 4th and 5th Aves. in Park Slope, Brooklyn. Take the F Train to 4th Ave. or the R Train to 9th Street. By car: BQE to Hamilton Avenue to 14th Street.
A New York institution since 1967, The Gallery Players has served actors and audiences alike for more than 4 decades by showcasing burgeoning new talent and offering a home base for theater professionals. Its eclectic programming of intimate revivals and ambitious new work in inventive productions has earned it the reputation of "New York's Best Kept Secret." The Gallery Players is the recipient of the Off-Off Broadway Review's 2000 Award for Lifetime Achievement and is the three-time recipient of New York Innovative Theatre Award for Outstanding Production of a Musical in 2007, 2008 and 2009 for their productions of Urinetown! The musical, Yank! A New Musical, (now slated for a Broadway run) and Like You Like It. Among its famous alumni are founding member Harvey Fierstein; Broadway regulars Nancy Anderson, Jeffry Denman and Diedre Goodwin; New York theater personality Seth Rudetsky and many others.
The Gallery Players' summer season begins June 3, with The 13th Annual Black Box New Play Festival, running June 3-27, 2010 and continues with Hamlet, July 21 - August 8, 2010. The Peanut Gallery, a summer musical theatre camp for kids, runs July 5 - 20, 2010. For more information on The Gallery Players' 43rd season, visit www.galleryplayers.com.