Casting Complete for City of Angels at Brooklyn's Gallery Players

News   Casting Complete for City of Angels at Brooklyn's Gallery Players The Tony-winning musical City of Angels will make a New York City return May 1 when Brooklyn's Gallery Players stages the film noir-tinged work by Cy Coleman, David Zippel and Larry Gelbart.

Trey Compton will direct the 1990 musical about a screenwriter whose life merges with that of his protagonist. Performances continue through May 23. Jeffrey Campos will serve as musical director and Brian Swasey will choreograph.

The cast will feature Blair Alexis Brown, Tony Castellanos, Chris Cooke, Amanda Danskin, Lara Hayhurst, Greg Horton, Danny Rothman, James Ryan Sloan, Abby Stevens, Matt Malloy, Caitlin Mesiano, Brian Mulay, Jared Troilo, Kathleen Watson, J. Tyler Whitme and John Weigand.

City of Angels will have set design by Eli Kaplan-Wildmann, lighting design by John P. Woodey, costume design by Samantha Guinan and sound design by Julianne Merrill.

City of Angels features music by the late Coleman, lyrics by Zippel and a book by the late Gelbart. All three earned Tony Awards for their work. The production also took the Tony Award for Best Musical, Best Actor (James Naughton), Best Scenic Design and Best Featured Actress (Randy Graff).

According to the Gallery Players, "City of Angels is two shows in one. It is the interweaving of two plots, one dealing with the writing of a screenplay in the legendary Hollywood of the '40's; the other, the enactment of that screenplay. The movie scenes appear in shades of black and white, and the real life scenes are in Technicolor. The show boasts two musical scores. One provides the cast with numbers to help reveal certain emotions or to celebrate particular moments in the way that only music can. The 'other' score was written to emulate pure movie soundtrack music, 1940's vintage. It is entirely appropriate, then that the final curtain comes down on two happy endings." For tickets call (718) 595-0547 or visit galleryplayers.com.

The Gallery Players is located in Park Slope, Brooklyn, at 199 14th Street. Those in Manhattan can reach the theatre by taking the F train to 4th Avenue or the R train to 9th Street.

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