City is filled with Angels in North Hollywood.
HOLLYWOOD, CA - The Chromolume Theatre Company serves up an
entertaining production of City of Angels, a musical that swept
the Tony Awards in 1990 winning top prize in Best Musical, Best Book,
and Best Score.
a throwback to the private eye movies of the 1940s, where a fledgling
screenwriter named Stine is adapting his detective novel into a film
for an egomaniacal producer. While the author struggles to transform
his words from page to screen, the action moves back and forth between
these two worlds: Stine’s real world of a post World War II
Hollywood populated with overbearing producers, saucy secretaries, and
self-serving starlets, and the secluded imaginative world of the City
of Angels, a film noir that stars Stine’s alter ego, a sardonic
Private Investigator named Stone.
is reason enough to catch a performance. Theater buffs will recognize
the composer Cy Coleman, whose popular Broadway credits include Sweet
Charity and The Life. The music is jazzy and pleasurable to
the ears. With lyrics by David Zippel and book by Larry Gelbart, one
cannot deny the entertainment due, especially if the performed by a
talented theater group. Thankfully, the fates have presented such a
group with the direction of Steven Benson, who gets an impressed
‘thumbs up’ for taking on this vehicle.
and Paul Clausen give strong performances as Stine and Stone. Kendra
Munger brings the dual roles of Clara and Alaura beauty and glamour.
Fleur Phillips is wonderful juggling her dual roles of troubled Bobbi
and Gabi making someone who doesn’t receive a program believe that
there are two different actresses performing on stage. Another strong
character actress is Amy Tolsky, who delights as secretaries Donna and
Oolie. The ensemble work well together and look great, which makes
this production fun to watch.
music direction of Gary Mattison, vocals are on key with this
production. Phillips and Tolsky give a brilliant rendition of “What
You Don’t Know About Women”. Phillips and Tolsky also toss out
audience pleasing performances in “It Needs Work”, and “You Can
Always Count On Me” respectively. The Angel City quartet, comprised
of Alex Camp, Ellen Dostal, Megan Olson, and Paul Wong, who open the
show are an endearing bunch of singers, especially in Act two during
their reactions to an obnoxious singer.
design by Shon LeBlanc is on target bringing the feel of the1940s into
effect. The scenic design by Matt Scarpino looks great on paper and
translates daring in appearance. However, it was somewhat distracting
seeing stagehands in black run on and off stage helping with scene
changes. Craig Housenick’s lighting design looks wonderful and well
a wonderful production to watch. The actors give an intelligent
interpretation that is faithful and loveable to the original Broadway
Go buy a
ticket and catch a performance! - Adrian Rennie Printable
by the Chromolume Theater Company, City of Angels performs at
the Noho Arts Center, located at 11136 Magnolia Boulevard in North
Hollywood, CA. Running through November 6th, performances are Fridays
and Saturdays at 8pm, and with 2pm Matinee performances on Saturday
and Sundays. General admission is $25.00, with discounts for seniors,
students, and groups.
reservations and info, please call 310-315-3537.
- Info on Cy Coleman
– original ‘City of Angels’ on the IBDB
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