City of Angels – In Tinseltown, what's real and what isn't?
A private eye detective in Los Angeles tries to solve a case. At the same time a screenwriter frantically types away at his latest movie. But nothing is what it seems, especially when there's a dame in the mix. And things are only made even more difficult because nobody follows the script in this town.
We're thrilled that The Donmar Warehouse's epic production of City of Angels will be on stage at the West End's Garrick Theatre in 2020.
Welcome to the dazzling musical by Cy Coleman, David Zippel and Larry Gelbart, which premiered on Broadway in 1989 and has been on and off the stage ever since. It tells the story of a writer attempting to transform his book into a screenplay, plus another plot than runs neatly alongside it that tells the fictional story of the film itself.
In 2015 the brilliant Josie Rourke's production was nominated for five Olivier Awards, winning Best Musical Revival and Best Lighting Design. The choreography also comes from an Olivier Award winner, namely Stephen Mear. The lighting comes from Howard Harrison, the amazing set and costumes by Rob Jones, and the sound is by Nick Lidster and Terry Jardine for Autograph.
The orchestrations are by Larry Blank and the musical supervision by Gareth Valentine. There's video content by Duncan McLean. And the West End revival stars the awesome Hadley Fraser, who wowed us with his role in Young Frankenstein, as Stine. Rebecca Trehearn, who was fantastic in Showboat, plays Donna and Oolie and Rosalie Craig plays both Gabby and Bobbi, fresh from a critically acclaimed role in Stephen Sondheim's play, Company, at the Gielgud theatre. And last but far from least, the Tony Award-nominee Vanessa Williams plays Carla and Alaura in her West End debut.
There's more in the shape of a host of top class acting talent: Marc Elliott as Panchos and Munoz, Nick Cavaliere as Sonny, Adam Fogarty as Big Six and Mark Penfold as Luther Kingsley, each of whom are reprising their roles. Rob Houchen plays Jimmy and Dr Mandril, Joshua St Clair is Peter Kingsley and Cindy Bellot, Sadie-Jean Shirley, Manuel Pacific and Ryan Reid beautifully portray the brilliant Angel City 4.
As the Director, Josie Rourke sees City of Angels as a 'landmark experience' at the Donmar. We can't help agreeing. Everyone's been super-keen to hear Cy Coleman's classic score again, and see the incredible design on a larger stage.
Expect a classic production and you won't be disappointed, with the real life story told in vivid colour and the film's plot acted out in black and white. Magical!