August 2, 2022 at 7:50 am #1205032484
The first slate of casting has been announced for the Kennedy Center’s upcoming production of Guys & Dolls. Starring in it will be James Monroe Iglehart as Nathan Detroit, Jessie Mueller as Adelaide, Steven Pasquale as Sky Masterson, and Phillipa Soo as Sarah Brown.
Iglehart is definitely an interesting choice for Nathan as he seems more likely a Nicely-Nicely Johnson to me. Mueller has mentioned before that she’d love to play Adelaide again as she previously did it at a regional theatre in Chicago opposite her sister, Abby, as Sarah. It’s really nice that a real-life married couple like Steven & Phillipa are gonna be playing a couple together.August 2, 2022 at 9:56 am #1205032663
Just subscribed to Ensemble Theatre Cincinnati’s 22-23 season and it starts with Lynn Nottage’s Sweat! Super excitedAugust 2, 2022 at 5:31 pm #1205033018
Ana Nicolle Chavez and Miles Fowler will star in the Pasadena Playhouse production of Sanctuary City, which will run from September 14-October 9. https://www.playbill.com/article/ana-nicolle-chavez-and-miles-fowler-to-lead-martyna-majoks-sanctuary-city-at-pasadena-playhouseAugust 4, 2022 at 1:21 pm #1205035013August 5, 2022 at 7:41 am #1205035703
Last night, I attended Theatre Raleigh’s production of City of Angels. Today, I give my review.
Beforehand, I was mainly familiar with this musical through the original Broadway cast recording. So this was my first time seeing the show itself. I must say that hearing all the songs in context of the plot is really fascinating. The score by Cy Coleman & David Zippel captures the era of Hollywood in the 1940s very well. However, the MVP of the material to me is Larry Gelbart’s book. I heard that when you read it on the page, the plot can be hard to follow. Although when it’s presented on the stage, it’s not as confusing. The book is so impressive in how it balances out the main storylines in both the real world where Stine is writing his screenplay and the fictional movie world he’s envisioning in his head.
Traditionally, City of Angels provides a design choice where Stine’s world is in full color while Stone’s appears in black and white. The actual physical set designed by Chris Bernier for this production is all white, but the projections by Charlie Rachske add more scenery to both worlds. Gordon F. Olson’s lighting and Kahei Shum McRae’s costumes also brilliantly go back and forth between. This whole visual aesthetic is brought to life by director/choreographer Lauren Kennedy’s clever staging. Not to mention that some scenes set in the movie world rewind a bit whenever Stine rewrites his script, which is quite astonishing to behold.
Adam Halpin makes for a charismatic leading man as Stine, the author who’s adapting his own novel into a screenplay. He’s especially strong with his big 11 o’clock number, ‘Funny’. Adam Monley is perfectly boiled as Stone, the former police cop turned private eye who’s the main protagonist in Stone’s story. Everyone else in the cast doubles as characters in the real world and their fictive counterparts. Some of whom in the latter happen to be inspired by people Stine knows in the former. Amber Nicole Guest plays Stine’s wife, Gabby, and Stone’s ex-girlfriend, nightclub singer Bobbi. She pulls off both roles well. Happy Mahaney is great as fast talking film producer, Buddy Fidler, who keeps changing the integrity of Stine’s novel as well as Irwin S. Irving, a Hollywood mogul in Stone’s world. Megan McGinnis provides a spunky personality as both of her characters. She plays Buddy’s secretary, Donna, who has a brief affair with Stine. Which is interesting to watch because McGinnis happens to be married to Adam Halpin in real life. She also plays Oolie, who is unrequitedly in love with Stone and gos to great lengths to protect and aid him. McGinnis’ big solo in Act II, ‘You Can Always Count On Me’, is a standout. It begins with her as Oolie in the movie world, then it transitions into the real world with her as Donna continuing the song. Not to mention that McGinnis absolutely nails the number with her killing vocals.
If you’re into film noir, you’re definitely gonna get a kick out of how this musical pays homage to that genre. Though on the whole, Theatre Raleigh’s production (taking place inside their newly opened mainstage) is really good. City of Angels rarely gets produced anywhere nowadays, so try to see it if you can. A genius book with a great score that is brought to life by a great cast and imaginative staging.August 8, 2022 at 2:33 pm #1205039257
Casting has been announced for the Alliance Theatre’s production of Brandon Jacobs-Jenkins’ play Everybody, which will run from September 2-October 2. https://www.playbill.com/article/cast-set-for-alliance-theatre-production-of-branden-jacobs-jenkins-everybodyAugust 8, 2022 at 2:39 pm #1205039262
Casting has been announced for Ethan Lipton’s play No Place To Go, which will run at the Signature Theatre from August 30-October 16. https://www.playbill.com/article/cast-and-creative-team-announced-for-signatures-season-opener-no-place-to-goAugust 9, 2022 at 1:15 pm #1205040225August 9, 2022 at 1:52 pm #1205040252
Elizabeth McGovern will star in her own play Ava: The Secret Conversations, which will play at the Geffen Playhouse from April 4-May 7. https://www.playbill.com/article/elizabeth-mcgoverns-ava-the-secret-conversations-to-make-u-s-premiere-at-geffen-playhouseAugust 10, 2022 at 5:11 am #1205040942August 11, 2022 at 2:13 pm #1205042658August 11, 2022 at 3:38 pm #1205042728August 15, 2022 at 9:03 am #1205046332Not now
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