PASADENA, CA -- Blame It on the Movies , a musical revue consisting of more than 75 songs, song fragments and excerpts from soundtracks drawn from a four-decade period, will open March 22 at the Pasadena Playhouse and run through April 26, after beginning previews March 13. Compiled and conceived by Ron Abel, Billy Barnes and David Galligan, the show brings to life such tunes as "An Affair to Remember," "As Time Goes By" and "I Got a Gal in Kalamazoo," among others.
With some original music & lyrics by Barnes, original musical direction and arrangements by Abel, direction by Galligan, the revue has been seen previously in Los Angeles and New York, where it was hailed by Stephen Holden in the New York Times as "a perky new revue...that springs from a nearly sure-fire theatrical premise. Put seven singers and dancers on a set...hand them 40 years of mostly familiar film songs to perform, and somewhere along the way everyone will have at least one nostalgic button pushed."
Bill Hutton and Christine Kellogg, who appeared in the New York production, will reprise their roles in Pasadena, joined by Cindy Benson, Charlia R. Boyer, David Engel, Daniel Guzman and Tami Tappan.
The choreographer is Yehuda Hyman, the musical director Brad Ellis.
Ticket prices are $13.50-$42.50. Call Tele-charge at (800) 233- 3123. Performances are Tues.-Fri at 8 PM; Sat. at 5 PM & 9 PM; Sun. at 2 PM & 7 PM. There will be one 5 PM performance on opening night March 22. The Pasadena Playhouse is located at 39 S. El Molino Ave. For online information contact www.pasadenaplayhouse.com.
-- By Willard Manus
Southern California Correspondent