PHOTO EXCLUSIVE: "This Job Is Not to Be Believed!" Behind the Scenes at Goodspeed's City of Angels

Photos   PHOTO EXCLUSIVE: "This Job Is Not to Be Believed!" Behind the Scenes at Goodspeed's City of Angels
Cast member Robert J. Townsend is a man of many hats in Goodspeed's new production of the film noir musical comedy City of Angels. With help from castmates Michael Keyloun, Laurie Wells and Kathleen Rooney, he offers an exclusive look backstage at the production.

Meet the cast and crew, get a glimpse of the intricate technical setup, and see how everyone got through the freak October Snowstorm of 2011.

The jazz-inflected, 1989 Tony Award-winning show with music by Cy Coleman, lyrics by David Zippel and book by Larry Gelbart plays Goodspeed Opera House to Nov. 27. Previews began Sept. 23.

City of Angels is directed by Darko Tresnjak, the new artistic director of Hartford Stage. Tresnjak returns to Goodspeed where he directed Carnival!, Amour and A Little Night Music.

Worlds collide side by side as we see fiction writer Stine (played by D.B. Bonds, of Broadway's The Phantom of the Opera and Les Misérables) trying to adapt his book for a Hollywood screenplay, and private eye Stone (played by Burke Moses, of Broadway's The Frogs and Beauty and the Beast) trying to solve a crime in the story within the story. Laurie Wells (Broadway's Mamma Mia!) plays Bobbi and Gabby; Liz Pearce (Broadway's Billy Elliot) plays Alaura Kingsley and Carla Haywood; Nancy Anderson (Broadway's Wonderful Town, A Class Act) plays Girl Fridays Donna and Oolie; Jay Russell (who appeared in The Play What I Wrote on Broadway) plays Buddy Fidler and Irwin Irving; Jeffrey David Sears plays Jimmy Powers; Gregor Paslawsky plays Luther Kingsley and Werner Krieger; Danny Bolero (of Broadway's In the Heights) plays Lt. Muñoz and Pancho Vargas; Allen E. Read plays Peter Kinglsey and Gerald Pierce; Kathleen Rooney plays Mallory Kinglsey and Avril Reins; Michael Keyloun plays Dr. Mandril and Gilbert; Jerry Gallagher plays Big Six; Spencer Rowe plays Sonny; Josh Powell plays Officer Pasco, Del Dacosta and Gene. Robert J. Townsend plays Mahoney. Christina Morrell plays Margaret and Anna.

The "Angel City 4" — a harmonic vocal group — is played by Mick Bleyer, Vanessa Parvin, Sierra Rein and Adam West Hemming. All four actors are members of the 2010 Manhattan Association of Cabarets and Clubs (MAC) award-winning vocal group, Marquee Five. The swings are Becca Pesce and Adam Bastien.

The creative team also includes choreographer Jennifer Paulson Lee; scenic designer David P. Gordon; costume designer Tracy Christensen; lighting designer John Lasiter; projection designer Shawn Boyle; sound designer Jay Hilton; music director Michael O'Flaherty, assistant music director William J. Thomas; and orchestrator Dan DeLange.

City of Angels is produced for Goodspeed Musicals by Michael P. Price.

For tickets and information about the two-time Tony Award-winning Goodspeed Musicals, call (860) 873-8668 or visit

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