L.A. Hit Louis & Keely Extended for Fifth Time

News   L.A. Hit Louis & Keely Extended for Fifth Time
Louis & Keely: Live at the Sahara, the bio musical about showbiz couple Louis Prima and Keely Smith, has been extended for a fifth time at the Geffen Playhouse's Audrey Skirball Kenis Theater, now through Sept. 27.

The show opened at the Geffen Playhouse in March. Sales have been brisk, and an audio CD featuring the music of Louis & Keely: Live at the Sahara was recently released. Created by Jake Broder and Vanessa Claire Smith, who also star as Louis and Keely, respectively, Louis & Keely: Live at the Sahara follows the life and love of Las Vegas’ infamous onstage couple. Helmed by acclaimed Hollywood director Taylor Hackford, the current production is a revamped version of Broder and Smith's show that was seen in 2008.

The cast also includes Nick Cagle and Erin Matthews, playing various other characters in the couple's story. A seven-piece jazz band is part of the experience, standing in for Prima's Vegas band known as The Witnesses.

It won Best Musical at the Ovation Awards, Best Production at the Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle Awards, Best Production at the Garland Awards and Musical of the Year at the LA Weekly Theater Awards.

CD art for Louis & Keely: Live at the Sahara

Originally developed by Broder and Smith at the Sacred Fools Theatre Company in June 2008, Louis & Keely has been substantially reworked for its current production at the Geffen. Hackford, who guided the revision process, estimates about 40 percent of the script is different from the original production. This includes the addition of several new songs: "I Wish You Love," "Hey Boy, Hey Girl," "What is this Thing Called Love," "Night Train," "Ai, Ai, Ai" and "I Can't Believe that You're in Love with Me," as well as new characters. Crystal Keith and Michael Lanahan are understudies.

For more information visit geffenplayhouse.com.

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