City of Angels

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About City of Angels

“City of Angels” is a musical comedy written by Larry Gelbert with music by Cy Coleman and lyrics by David Zippel. The musical is an homage to the 1940s film noir genre. Weaving together two plots, the musical is presented in a “color coded” style, with two musical scores. The story line of the screenwriter is shown in Technicolor, as real life. The other, the fictional film, is shown in shades of blacks and whites. Most of the actors are portraying characters in the movie and in real life.

This musical comedy revolves around a novelist’s desire to turn his detective novel in to a movie and the life of the fictional movie detective. The novelist tries to impress a Hollywood director/producer, but only to see his marriage fall apart. The detective is charismatic and has a way with women, but is haunted by the one who got away.

“City of Angels” opened on Broadway on December 11, 1989 and ran for 878 performances. While on Broadway, the musical opened in June of 1991 in Los Angeles and ran for 6 months. It was then revamped and the musical took a national tour in 1992. The musical ran for 8 months on the West End in 1993... read more about City of Angels

City of Angels Facts

The musical won six Tony Awards, eight Drama Desk Awards, and the Edgar Allan Poe Award for Best Play in 1990.

Barry Williams (of the Brady Bunch), played Stone in the original national tour.

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