CITY OF ANGELS TRAILER
Lt. Munoz and Ben George as Stine
Tamara Martinsek as Donna, Ben George as Stine, Stone & Stine
David Ferrie as Buddy Fidler
Marty McNamee as Stone, Laura Monagle as Bobbi
The finale of Windfall Theatre’s 2014-2015 22nd season of bringing Fearless theatre to Milwaukee audiences opens Friday, May 1 with the Milwaukee premiere of the multiple Tony Award Winning musical CITY OF ANGELS with lyrics by David Zippel, music by Cy Coleman and book by Larry Gelbart. CITY OF ANGELS eight show run is staged in Windfall Theatre’s intimate performance space located at Village Church Arts, 130 East Juneau Avenue, in the heart of Milwaukee’s downtown theater district.
About the Musical:
Hitting Broadway in 1989 and running for 800+ performances, with major productions in London’s West End in 1993 and 2014 CITY OF ANGELS is a winner of 6 Tony Awards, 8 Drama Desk Awards, 3 Olivier Awards and an Edgar Allan Poe best play award for Larry Gelbart’s book. CITY OF ANGELS is a musical comedy homage to 1940’s film noir private eye movies told in two simultaneous plots, the “real” world of a writer turning his book into a screenplay and the “reel” world of his characters in the fictional film. Through this convention it deals with the writer’s integrity and freedom of expression vs. crass commercialism and content censorship. It’s a saavy and sassy send up of the pretensions of Hollywood that resonate today.
...an evening in which even a throwaway wisecrack spreads laughter like wildfire…
Wonderfully wry…the stuff that dreams are made of.”
~ The New York Times
About the Writers:
CITY OF ANGELS team of writers is comprised of two legends Cy Coleman, music and Larry Gelbart, book and a talented up and coming lyricist David Zippel. CITY OF ANGELS was Zippel’s first full length musical. Growing up in Easton, PA he wrote parody lyrics to pop tunes making fun of his high school teachers. He attended Harvard Law School to become a theatrical lawyer, but was side tracked by meeting Barbara Cook’s accompanist Wally Harper who was looking for a songwriting partner to create music for Ms. Cook’s Carnegie Hall show. Among Zippel’s many honors are Tony and Drama Desk Awards (City of Angels) and Academy Awards and Golden Globe Awards (Disney’s Hercules and Mulan and The Swan Princess). He has worked with many composers including Marvin Hamlisch (The Goodbye Girl), Phil Collins (Tarzan), Alan Menken (Hercules), and Andrew Lloyd Webber (The Woman in White).
Composer Cy Coleman (1929 – 2004) was born Seymour Kaufman, in New York City to Eastern European Jewish parents, and was raised in the Bronx. Coleman was a child prodigy who gave piano recitals at Carnegie Hall between the ages of six and nine. His fabled Broadway career includes Wildcat, Little Me, Sweet Charity, I Love My Wife, On the Twentieth Century, and The Will Rogers Follies. Among his film scores are Father Goose, The Art of Love, Garbo Talks, Power and Family Business. He wrote the acclaimed television specials If My Friends Could See Me Now and Gypsy in My Soul for Shirley MacLaine.
Larry Gelbart (1928-2009) a prolific playwright, screenwriter and television writer is most well known as a creator and producer for the record breaking hit TV Show M*A*S*H. He began his career as a writer at age 16 for Danny Thomas’s radio show after Gelbart’s father who was Thomas’s barber showed him some jokes his son had written. During the 1940’s he wrote for Jack Paar and Bob Hope; in the 50’s he wrote for Red Buttons, Sid Caesar and Celeste Holm. He collaborated with Neil Simon, Mel Brooks, Carl Reiner and Woody Allen. He received Oscar nomination for Tootsie and Oh, God! In addition to the long running Broadway hit CITY OF ANGELS, he co-wrote with Stephen Sondheim the long running Broadway smash A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum. In 2002, he was inducted into the American Theatre Hall of Fame and in 2008 he was inducted into the Television Hall of Fame.
About the Ensemble:
Windfall has assembled a cavalcade of Milwaukee musical theater talent, directed by Carol Zippel with music direction by Paula Foley Tillen, to take audiences into CITY OF ANGELS’ film noir, Hollywood studio system world of the late 1940’s. The cast of 17 features Ben George as Stine the novelist turned would be screenwriter; Marty McNamee as Stone the film noir detective; Laura Monagle in the dual roles of Bobbi/Gabby Stone’s film noir love and Stine’s wife; Tamara Martinsek in the dual roles of Donna/Oolie the “Girl Friday” with a heart of cold in the movie and the real world; Amber Smith in the dual roles of Alaura Kingsley/Carla the lethal film noir femme fatale and the movie mogul Buddy Fidler’s wife; David Ferrie as Buddy Fidler cut throat movie mogul and star maker and Irwin S. Irving his film noir alter ego; Shayne Steliga as Lt. Munoz Stone’s nemesis and Pancho Vargas actor and Hollywood playboy; Alison Pogorelc as the film noir bad girl Mallory Kingsley and vapid starlet Avril Raines. Filling the mean streets of LA in the film and Hollywood studio worlds by playing multiple roles and bringing to life the intricate Jazz harmonies of CITY OF ANGELS evocative score are Cleary Breunig, Doug Clemons, Mohammad ElBsat, Marcee Doherty-Elst, Christopher Elst, Leslie Fitzwater, Thom Gravelle, Amanda J. Hull and Matt Zeman.
The creative team features choreography by Alicia Rice; costume design by Kathleen Smith; lighting design by Kevin Czarnota, set design by Carol Zippel and Thom Gravelle, violence design by Christopher Elst, sound design by Mohammad ElBsat and stage management by Veronica Zahn.
Windfall Theatre presents
CITY OF ANGELS
Lyrics by David Zippel, Music by Cy Coleman, Book by Larry Gelbart
(5/1, 5/2, 5/8, 5/9, 5/11, 5/14, 5/15, 5/16)
All Windfall Theatre performances are at 8pm
At Village Church Arts, 130 E. Juneau
Box Office: 414-332-3963
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