December 11 marks the 30th anniversary of City of Angels, the musical comedy with music by Cy Coleman, lyrics by David Zippel, and a book by Larry Gilbert. The production, which opened on Broadway in 1989, is an homage to the film noir genre and follows two interlocking plots: that of an author attempting to adapt his book into a screenplay, and the plot of the film he is trying to write.
Directed by Michael Blakemore, City of Angels starred James Naughton, René Auberjonois, Shawn Elliott, Randy Graff, Dee Hoty, Kay McClelland, Rachel York, James Cahill, and Carolee Carmello. The production ran for 24 previews and 879 performances at the Virginia Theatre (now the August Wilson) before closing on January 19, 1992. It won the Tony Award for Best Musical, as well as Best Book and Best Score.