The Los Angeles City College (LACC) Theatre Academy and Kritzerland Entertainment will present the world premiere of Levi!, a new musical based on the life of Levi Strauss, November 16-December 2 at LACC’s Camino Theatre.
Levi! features a book by writer-director Larry Cohen and Janelle Webb Cohen and music and lyrics written by Oscar-winning Disney composers Richard M. Sherman and Robert B. Sherman (Mary Poppins, The Jungle Book, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang).
Bruce Kimmel will direct, with choreography by Kay Cole (A Chorus Line) and musical direction by Richard Allen.
Los Angeles musical theatre performer Marc Ginsburg, as previously reported, will star as Levi, a German immigrant who came to the United States to find the American Dream.
Ginsburg will be joined by the newly announced Charlton Brio, Kyle Brogmus, Justice McLean-Davis, Eugene Erlikh, Paola Fregoso, Rachel Frost, Bedjou Jean, Eliza Kim, Prisca Kim, Tristan Kim, Kole Martin, Christina McGrath, Shawna Merkely, Hadley Miller, Connor Pascale, Anastacia Perevozova, Savannah Rutledge, Brianna Saranchock, Trenton Tabak, Sabrina Torres, Jesse Trout, and Scotty Vibe.
“We’re at the beginning of a wonderful journey that actually began in the early 1980’s when the Shermans and Cohens wrote Levi!,” said Kimmel in an earlier statement. “Though it was optioned twice, the show was never produced, nor did it ever have a reading.”
Richard Sherman brought Kimmel the score and script a year ago and said it was the brothers’ greatest heartbreak that the show had never been produced.
“I met with the authors,” Kimmel added. “They agreed to do whatever changes were needed, and ultimately gave me their blessing to do a revision of the script. Levi! is more timely now than ever. It’s a story of grit and determination and believing in the anthem of the show: Opportunity. The story is infused with drama and comedy, romance and intrigue, and the characters are wonderfully rich.”
The production will also have lighting design by Derek Jones, sound design by Austin Quan, costumes by Morgan Gannes, and stage management by Maggie Marx.
Tickets, priced $10 and $15, are available here.
(Updated November 8, 2017)