Gallery Players Revives City of Angels Beginning May 1 in Brooklyn

News   Gallery Players Revives City of Angels Beginning May 1 in Brooklyn
City of Angels, the Tony Award-winning film noir-tinged musical by Cy Coleman, David Zippel and Larry Gelbart, begins performances May 1 at the Gallery Players in Brooklyn.

Trey Compton directs the 1990 musical about a screenwriter whose life merges with that of his protagonist. Performances continue through May 23. Jeffrey Campos is musical director, and Brian Swasey is choreographer.

The cast features Blair Alexis Brown, Tony Castellanos, Chris Cooke, Amanda Danskin, Lara Hayhurst, Greg Horton, Danny Rothman, James Ryan Sloan, Abby Stevens, Matt Malloy, Caitlin Mesiano, Brian Mulay, Jared Troilo, Kathleen Watson, J. Tyler Whitme and John Weigand.

City of Angels has set design by Eli Kaplan-Wildmann, lighting design by John P. Woodey, costume design by Samantha Guinan and sound design by Julianne Merrill.

City of Angels features music by the late Coleman, lyrics by Zippel and a book by the late Gelbart. All three earned Tony Awards for their work. The production also took the Tony Award for Best Musical, Best Actor (James Naughton), Best Scenic Design and Best Featured Actress (Randy Graff).

According to the Gallery Players, "City of Angels is two shows in one. It is the interweaving of two plots, one dealing with the writing of a screenplay in the legendary Hollywood of the '40's; the other, the enactment of that screenplay. The movie scenes appear in shades of black and white, and the real life scenes are in Technicolor. The show boasts two musical scores. One provides the cast with numbers to help reveal certain emotions or to celebrate particular moments in the way that only music can. The 'other' score was written to emulate pure movie soundtrack music, 1940's vintage. It is entirely appropriate, then that the final curtain comes down on two happy endings." For tickets call (718) 595-0547 or visit

The Gallery Players is located in Park Slope, Brooklyn, at 199 14th Street. Those in Manhattan can reach the theatre by taking the F train to 4th Avenue or the R train to 9th Street.

John Weigand, Kathleen Watson, and Danny Rothman in <i>City of Angels.</i>
John Weigand, Kathleen Watson, and Danny Rothman in City of Angels. Photo by Bella Muccari
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