The jazz-inflected, 1989 Tony Award-winning show with music by Cy Coleman, lyrics by David Zippel and book by Larry Gelbart will play Goodspeed Opera House in East Haddam, CT, Sept. 23-Nov. 27. Opening night is Oct. 19.
City of Angels will be directed by Darko Tresnjak, the new artistic director of Hartford Stage. Tresnjak returns to Goodspeed where he directed Carnival!, Amour and A Little Night Music.
Worlds collide side by side as we see fiction writer Stine (played by Bonds, of Broadway's The Phantom of the Opera and Les Misérables) trying to adapt his book for a Hollywood screenplay, and private eye Stone (played by Moses, of Broadway's The Frogs and Beauty and the Beast) trying to solve a crime in the story within the story.
Laurie Wells (Broadway's Mamma Mia!) will play Bobbi and Gabby; Liz Pearce (Broadway's Billy Elliot) will play Alaura Kingsley and Carla Haywood; Nancy Anderson (Broadway's Wonderful Town, A Class Act) will play Donna and Oolie; Jay Russell (who appeared in The Play What I Wrote on Broadway) will play Buddy Fidler and Irwin Irving; Jeffrey David Sears will play Jimmy Powers; Gregor Paslawsky will play Luther Kingsley and Werner Krieger; Danny Bolero (of Broadway's In the Heights) will play Lt. Muñoz and Pancho Vargas; Allen E. Read will play Peter Kinglsey and Gerald Pierce; Kathleen Rooney will play Mallory Kinglsey and Avril Reins; Michael Keyloun will play Dr. Mandril and Gilbert; Jerry Gallagher will play Big Six; Spencer Rowe will play Sonny; Josh Powell will play Officer Pasco, Del Dacosta and Gene. Robert J. Townsend will play Mahoney. Christina Morrell will play Margaret and Anna.
The "Angel City 4" — a harmonic vocal group — will be 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 vocal group, Marquee Five. The swings will be Becca Pesce and Adam Bastien. The creative team also includes choreographer Jennifer Paulson Lee; scenic designer David P. Gordon; costume designer Tracy Christensen; lighting designer John Lasiter; projection designer Shawn Boyle; sound designer Jay Hilton; music director Michael O'Flaherty, assistant music director William J. Thomas; and orchestrator Dan DeLange.
City of Angels is produced for Goodspeed Musicals by Michael P. Price.
For tickets and information about the two-time Tony Award-winning Goodspeed Musicals, call (860) 873-8668 or visit goodspeed.org.
Show Boat is currently running at Goodspeed Opera House.