Goodspeed Musicals delves into the sultry and shadowy world of 1940s film noir with their clever production of CITY OF ANGELS. Promising lots of laughs and plenty of jazzy tunes, this witty musical comedy will run fthrough November 27 at the Goodspeed Opera House in East Haddam, Conn. City of Angels is sponsored by Liberty Bank and Connecticut Light & Power.
City of Angels features Music by Cy Coleman, Lyrics by David Zippel, and Book by Larry Gelbart.
The killer cast is led by D.B. Bonds who will play Stine. Bonds appeared in Broadway's The Phantom of the Opera and Les Misérables. Stone will be played by Burke Moses of Broadway's The Frogs; Kiss Me, Kate; Beauty and the Beast and Guys and Dolls and Goodspeed's Seven Brides for Seven Brothers. The roles of Bobbi and Gabby will be played by Laurie Wells who appeared in Broadway's Mamma Mia! and Goodspeed's 42nd Street. Liz Pearce will play Alaura Kingsley and Carla Haywood. Ms. Pearce was seen in Broadway's Billy Elliot: The Musical and Goodspeed's Seven Brides for Seven Brothers and George M!.
Donna and Oolie are played by Nancy Anderson whose credits include Broadway's Wonderful Town and A Class Act, the Goodspeed's Sweeney Todd as well as Fanny Hill, Dorian and By Jeeves at The Norma Terris Theatre. Buddy Fidler and Irwin Irving are played by Jay Russell who appeared in The Play What I Wrote on Broadway. Jeffrey David Sears will play Jimmy Powers. Gregor Paslawsky will play Luther Kingsley and Werner Krieger.
Lt. Muñoz and Pancho Vargas will be played by Danny Bolero of Broadway's In the Heights and Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat. Allen E. Read will play Peter Kinglsey and Gerald Pierce. Kathleen Rooney will play Mallory Kinglsey and Avril Reins.
Dr. Mandril and Gilbert are played by Michael Keyloun. Big Six are played by Jerry Gallagher. Spencer Rowe plays Sonny. Josh Powell plays Officer Pasco, Del Dacosta, and Gene. Robert J. Townsend plays Mahoney. Christina Morrell plays Margaret and Anna.
The Angel City 4 are played by Mick Bleyer, Vanessa Parvin, Sierra Rein, and Adam West Hemming. All four actors are members of the 2010 Manhattan Association of Cabarets and Clubs (MAC) award-winning a capella group, Marquee Five which has been described as "top-notch," with a spunky intelligent flair and tight harmonies. The swings will be Becca Pesce and Adam Bastien.
City of Angels is directed by Darko Tresnjak who was recently named the new Artistic Director for Hartford Stage. Mr. Tresnjak returns to Goodspeed where he previously directed Carnival!, Amour, and A Little Night Music. Choreographer for this production is Jennifer Paulson Lee. Ms. Lee's Goodspeed Opera House credits include A Tree Grows in Brooklyn, Finian's Rainbow and Houdini in addition to Dear World and Just So at The Norma Terris Theatre.
Scenic design is by David P. Gordon of Goodspeed's Carnival!, Amour, and A Little Night Music. Costumes will be designed by Tracy Christensen. Ms. Christensen's numerous Broadway Credits include Costume Designer for Souvenir and Associate Costume Designer for A Little Night Music, Shrek The Musical, The Little Mermaid, Fiddler on the Roof, and Beauty and the Beast. Lighting design will be by John Lasiter who served as Lighting Designer for Goodspeed's Show Boat, Irving Berlin's Annie Get Your Gun, Camelot, Big River, and 1776 as well as Broadway's High and A Grand Night for Singing. Projection design is by Shawn Boyle who was Associate Projection Designer for Broadway's The People in the Picture and Impressionism. Sound design is by Jay Hilton who is in his 26th season at Goodspeed.