poster Prologue

Stone's office

gurney in morgue

City of Angels
book by Larry Gelbart
music by Cy Coleman
lyrics by David Zippel
February 24-25 & February 29-March 4, 2012

Director
Cindy Gendrich

Vocal Director
Teresa Radomski

Scenic Designer -
Rob Eastman-Mullins

Costume Designer
Mary Wayne-Thomas

Assistant Director
Andrew Newton*

Music Director
David Hagy

Lighting Designer -
Jonathan Christman

Choreographer
Rodney Luck

Assistant Vocal Director
Alex Blake

Stage Manager
Chandalae Nyswonger*

Gabby & Oolie Oolie & Stine Stine, Buddy & Oolie

cast

Soprano Angel City 4.......................Troi Hicks
Alto Angel City 4.................Elizabeth Patterson*§
Tenor Angel City 4.............................Alex Blake
Bass Angel City 4................................Jeff Polidor
Stone ........................................................Charl Coetzee
Stine ...........................................................Jake Meyer*
Bobbi/Gabby ...........................................Re Brophy§
Oolie/Donna..................................Natalie Michaels*
Irwin/Buddy ..........................John Wesley Hughes*
Alaura/Carla..................................... Brooke Saba
Werner/Luther...............................Sam Robinson
Pasco/Dr. Mandril/
Del Dacosta
.............................................Tré Easton
Mallory/Avril .............................Mara McCaffray*
Munoz/Pancho ..............Chris Gonzalez La Corte*§
Jimmy Powers ...........................Mark Covington, Jr.
Peter/Man in Phone Booth/
Gerald
....................................................Taylor Hagely*
Butler/Coroner Yamato/
Gene
...............................................................T.J. Beeker
Guard/Shoeshine Boy/
Clapper Boy
.......................................Langdon Page*
Bartender/Studio Engineer/
Propman/Gaines
..............................J.B. Robards*
Big Six/Cop ......................................Taylor Williams*
Sonny/Cop/Girl ............................Celia Quillian*§
Orderly #1/Mahoney/Gilbert/
Cinematographer/Priest
.......Matt Dowell*
Orderly #2/Margie/Anna/
Hairdresser
...............................Emily Nedvidek*§
Woman with Camera/Bootsie/
Buddy’s Niece
.............................Hayden Newman*
Margaret/Standin ......................Alyssa Gera*§

*member of the Anthony Aston Players
§Presidential Scholar in Theatre

SETTING
Los Angeles, 1949

Stone's apartment

Blue Note

 

Irwin S Irving shot

Luther in iron lung

ORCHESTRA


First Violin ..........Cecilia Kucera♫, Brennan Wong♫ (Co-Concertmasters), Amanda Chou♫, Katherine Ririe♫, Elizabeth Ropp, Maggie Payne
Second Violin ..........Joe Swanson (Principal), Claire Sheridan, Pam Clough, Jennie Meier, Avalon French, Will Thompson, Amy Ballard
Viola .........Rae-Yao Lee (Principal), Evan Schwed, Elaine Dunavant, Daniel Powell, Erin Christensen
Cello ..................Evan Quinn, Ho Jin Cha (Co-Principals), Ryan Lawrence
Bass .........Jorge Mendez-Estrada♫
Guitar .......................................................John Kossler‡
Reed I ................................Harrison Grunwald♫ - alto sax Sara Spires – clarinet
Briony Scholtz - fluto & piccolo
Reed II ................ Jacob Eichhorn - alto sax, clarinet, flute
Reed III ...................David Van Wert - tenor sax, clarinet
Reed IV ............................Dario Calabro♫ - baritone sax; Curtis Bloomer♫ - bass clarinet
Trumpet ..........................Matthew Martin♫, Elliott Mee, Jay Meachum♦ (Co-Principals), Hana Choi
Trombone ...............................George Story (Principal), Alexander Metz - bass
Drums ..........................................................Seth Collie♫
Percussion ..............................................Ben Robb♫
Keyboard ........................Thomas Turnbull♦ (Principal), Yodeline Guerrier
Rehearsal Accompanist ....Thomas Turnbull♦, David Hagy♪

♦Guest Professional
‡Alumni
♪Faculty
♫Presidential Scholar in Music            

Angel City 4 & street Mallory Buddy's office

PRODUCTION STAFF

Assistant Stage Managers ..................... Molly Dunn, Hayley Greenstreet*
Sound Designer and Engineer .......... Isabella Curry
Properties Master .......................................Nick Reichert*
Assistant Properties Master .........Mike Dempsey*
Assistant Scenic Designers ..................Storm Ritter, Ryan McCarthy
Scenic Charge ...........................................Perry Ransbottom*
Projection Engineer ................................Asher Robinson
Projection Technician ..................................Mac Smith
Master Electrician .................Donald “Ducky” Davidson§
Electrician ..........................................................Alex Priore*§
Welders ...............Nathan Musgrove, Chris Garcia*, Alex Priore*§
Scenic Artist ...........................................................Ella Ruffel
Painters .................................Lindsey Davis*, Danielle Thorsen§*
Carpenters ...........................Chris Garcia*, Perry Ransbottom*, Mara McCaffray*, Alex Priore*§, Chandalae Nyswonger*, Danielle Thorsen§*, Alex Aceituno, Monty King, Nathan Musgrove, Mackenzie Finnegan*, Lindsey Davis*, Wes Hughes, Jake Meyer*, Taylor Williams*
Assistant Costume Designers ..........Sara Lindsey*, Ashley Singer*
Costume Assistants ...........Sara Lindsey, Lomar Osborne, Chakayla Taylor, Alyssa Gera*§
Wardrobe Supervisor/Hairstylist ..Lisa Weller
Wardrobe Assistants ...........Keaton Lee, Emily Mannon, Natalie Brashear*, Elizabeth Patterson*§
Hairstylist ...............................................Elizabeth Patterson*§
Costume/Prop Craftsperson ...............Alice Barsony
Grips .......Andy Belt*, Ben Hege*, Rebecca Speas*, Andrea Pappas
Light Board Operator ........Mackenzie Finnegan*, Emma Northcott* (opening night)
Sound Board Operator .............................Isabella Curry
sound technician............................................Cam Roberts
Properties Crew ........................Jill Anzalone, Hannah Bailey
Box Office Staff .........Dean D. Guerra*, Brandon Ferri, Jake Skillings, Hayden Newman, Emma Stockert, Emma Northcott*,
Ben Benzing

Front of House/Ushers - APO Fraternity

*member of the Anthony Aston Players
§Presidential Scholar in Theatre

thugs

Avril

Dance in morgue
Alaura's bedroom Buddy's party Boobi as prostitute
Gabby & Stine in New York Attempted murder of Luther
Movie scene Movie poster
Happy ending

SPECIAL THANKS

 

Norman Coates
Woody Hood
Jay Lawson
Evan Richey
Eric Rimes
Lillian Shelton
Susan Terry
Brent’s Shoe Repair
WFU Interdisciplinary PLACe
UNCSA Lighting Dept., Props Dept., and the School of Film

 

all photos by Bill Ray II

DIRECTOR’S NOTE

Los Angeles was not the only setting used by Raymond Chandler and Dashiell Hammett for the hard-boiled detective stories of the 1930s and '40s, but it certainly was a frequent and memorable one. Raymond Chandler, in particular, exploited both his own biography and the changing landscape of LA in his gritty, carefully observed Philip Marlowe stories. Cars, alcohol, infidelity, Santa Ana winds, wealth and poverty, con men and prostitutes, new minority faces, shimmering light, winding canyon roads, and the growing city itself: what more did a mystery writer need to charge his imagination?

Inspired, perhaps, by the same landscapes and their own experiences in Hollywood, Tony Award winning City of Angels writers Larry Gelbart (book) and David Zippel (lyrics) echo Chandler in character, theme, and writing style. They, along with composer Cy Coleman, also draw broadly from film noir and its own set of visual, aural, and stylistic inspirations, while almost magically melding them with jazz and musical theatre. A neat trick.

Beyond the snappy dialogue, cool surfaces, and iconic characters, nothing draws all this together better than ideas about conscience and ethics. In City of Angels, the morally ambiguous world of the noir film seems positively black and white compared to the "real" Hollywood of 1949 movie making, where sex, money, and fame run the show—and one can be "happy" if pesky scruples don't get in the way. 

In 2012, it seems not much has changed since the era of the hard-boiled detective. Good and bad are all tangled up; ambition doesn't always lead to ethical decisions; people lie and cheat and disappoint each other. We therefore recognize ourselves in film noir—though at a comfortable distance. Watching The Big Sleep, Double Indemnity, Impact, Criss Cross, Kiss Me Deadly, The Maltese Falcon, and other noir classics is still pulpy fun, but coming out of WWII ideas about selfishness and idealism bubble close to the surface. City of Angels asks us to think about these same things, in its own stylish (musical!) package. 

Following my own conscience, I can’t close these notes without thanks to the amazing people who made this big undertaking possible. Designers Rob Eastman-Mullins, Mary Wayne-Thomas, and Jon Christman, technical director Trevor Anderson, and costume shop couturiers Lisa Weller and Alice Barsony worked magic.  The actors were generous, happy collaborators from the first read-through.  Jay Lawson freely gave of his time to help with voice-overs. Guest artist Susan Terry inspired and focused us. The orchestra worked their nimble fingers off.  Nick Reichert and Bella Curry were terrific and detailed in their work on props and sound. Costume and scene shop workers, grips, board operators, dressers, hair & makeup, front of house and publicity staff all joined to pull things together. And my daily collaborators, Teresa Radomski, David Hagy, Rodney Luck, Tom Turnbull, Chandalae Nyswonger, Andrew Newton, and our amazing stage management crew kept standards high, made a difficult job pleasurable, and lightened the load at every turn. This show, in the words of Stine and Stone, would be nothing without them—and without you, the audience. Please enjoy.