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SF Playhouse Presents: City of Angels

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- San Francisco Chronicle

“There are Plenty of musicals with clever lyrics. Some offer clever books. A handful even manage clever melodies. But City of Angels, which won six Tonys in 1990, is the rarity that has all three”.
- New York Times

City of Angels now on stage through September 17San Francisco Playhouse. Music by Cy Coleman, Lyrics by David Zippel, Book by Larry Gelbart.

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City of Angels Olivier Awards Winner

City of Angels 3139734b City of Angels Olivier Awards WinnerBravo! London’s Donmar Warehouse and its’ all-star cast nabbed Best Musical Revival and Best Lighting Design at the Olivier Awards last night at the Royal Opera House. Director Josie Rourke and company set the new bar with their stylish production of Larry Gelbart, Cy Coleman, and David Zippel‘s film noir-inspired musical, City of Angels.

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City of Angels (1993 Original London Cast) – All You Have to Do is Wait

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“If there are angels up there, please answer my prayers and ensure this transfers.” – Daily Telegraph

“Extraordinarily sophisticated musical theatre…Rourke pulls it off in breathtaking style”. – The Arts Desk

“This cast is something else…Hadley Fraser is great as the self loathing Stine; Tam Mutu is so good as noble screw-up Stone that you wanna give him his own detective show.” – Time Out London

The London revival of City of Angels at Donmar Warehouse has taken off like gangbusters! The original production of the musical comedy by Tony winners Larry Gelbart (book) Cy Coleman (music), and David Zippel (lyrics) was described by Jack Kroll of Newsweek as “a miracle on Broadway – an American musical, with American jazz rhythms, American wisecracks, and an original American script”.

The show is a loving & funny tribute to Film Noir and the glitzy Hollywood studio system of the 1940s, none of which is lost on Donmar’s musical director, Josie Rourke. You can read a great piece about Josie’s love for ‘that old noir magic’ HERE.

This week’s Top Tune comes from 1993′s Original London Cast Recording, sung by David Schofield as LAPD Lt. Munoz. Munoz has never forgiven his former-partner Stone for “getting away” with murder…

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Contact & Licensing Info
“All You Have To Do Is Wait” – is published by Notable Music Co. Contact: Damon Booth / info@notablemusic.net
Administered by Downtown Music Publishing
Contact: Sean McGraw / seanmcgraw@dmpgroup.com
Master controlled by Sony / http://hub.sonymusic.com/licensing/contact/

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City of Angels (1990 Original B’way Cast) – Double Talk Walk

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On Friday December 5th, London’s Award-winning outfit Donmar Warehouse will revive Cy Coleman, David Zippel, and Larry Gelbart’s six time Tony-award winning musical City of Angels. The production will run through February 7, 2015 and features a star-studded cast including: Rosalie Craig (Ragtime, Lord of the Rings), Hadley Fraser (The Phantom of the Opera, Les Miserables) and Samantha Barks (I’d Do Anything, Les Miserables), with direction by Josie Rourke. For fix & info click HERE.

The critics called the show “brilliantly original”, “chills-up-your-spine inventive” (Joel Siegel/ABC TV), and “the funniest musical since Bye Bye Birdie” (Frank Rich/NY Times,) when it opened at the Virginia Theatre on December 11, 1989 and closed two years later after playing 878 performances. Using as its template the film noirs in which Humphrey Bogart played a hard-boiled gumshoe, City of Angels won Tony Awards for Best Musical, Best Book and Best Score among others. The book is by Larry Gelbart (Oh, God!, M*A*S*H, Tootsie), with lyrics by David Zippel (The Goodbye Girl, Princesses), and an amazing jazz score by Cy Coleman (Little Me, Sweet Charity, On the Twentieth Century),

Set in Hollywood in the 1940s with two stories occurring simultaneously, the cast featured James Naughton and Gregg Edelman with Randy Graff, Dee Hoty and Kay McCelland as their love interests and Rene Auberjonois as the Hollywood mogul. The musical later opened in London’s West End at the Prince of Wales Theatre in March 1993 and ran through November ( winning the Laurence Olivier Award for Best New Musical) with the accomplished Michael Blakemore again as director. The show’s big musical numbers include “You Can Always Count on Me”, “The Tennis Song”, and the stunning ballad, “With Every Breath I Take”. This week we focus on Double Talk Walk which highlights one of Coleman’s many unique contributions to musical theater; a truly original jazz score.

Catch it if you can!

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Contact & Licensing Info
“Double Talk Walk” – Published by Notable Music Co. Contact: Damon Booth / info@notablemusic.net
Administered by Downtown Music Publishing
Contact: Sean McGraw / seanmcgraw@dmpgroup.com
Master controlled by Sony / http://hub.sonymusic.com/licensing/contact/

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