"There's no place like Hollywood; there's no place like Hollywood," naive farm girl Dorothy Higgins repeats as an earthquake leaves her at the gates of Mann's Chinese Theatre. Her song-and-dance adventures in Golden Era movieland fill There's No Place Like Hollywood, opening June 1 at the Stella Adler Theatre in Hollywood. Classic film stars from Mae West, Tarzan, Jimmy Stewart and James Dean to Whoopi Goldberg and Cher appear to teach Kansas film fanatic Dorothy on the world of motion pictures. Marilyn Monroe and Dean advise to "Be Careful What You Wish For;" Elvis Presley shows her how to "Bump" and Hattie McDaniel of "Gone With the Wind" demands "You Better Listen to Mammy." Music and lyrics are by cabaret performer Wayne Moore with a book by Shirley Hillard and Dan Berkowitz (A...My Name Is Still Alice).
Heidi Godt stars as Dorothy. Playing the mulitude of movie stars past and present are Clay Adkins (Beach Blanket Babylon), Stephanie Anderson, David Barnathan, Melissa Brandzel, Amy Collett, Scott Davidson, Patti Diamon and Jeff Griggs ("Days of Our Lives").
Rick Sparks directs. He recently helmed two L.A. hits - They Shoot Horses, Don't They? and Down South.
Tickets are $22.50-$25. The Stella Adler Theatre is located at 6773 Hollywood Boulevard. For reservations, call (323) 930-9304.
— By Christine Ehren