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City of Angels opens soon at Coastal Carolina University

February 11, 2004

Coastal Carolina University will present the musical comedy, City of Angels, Feb. 25 to 29 in Wheelwright Auditorium.

Performances will be at 7:30 p.m. each evening except Sunday with an additional 2 p.m. matinee on Saturday and a 3 p.m. show on Sunday. Tickets are $10 general admission, $5 for students 18 and younger, and free with Coastal ID..

Hailed by Newsweek as a miracle on Broadway, an American musical thats smart, swinging, sexy, and funny,City of Angels is based on two unmistakably American creations: jazz and the Hollywood private eye film..

Directed by Greg London, assistant professor in the Department of Performing Arts at Coastal, the 28-member cast stars Danny Garrity, Chris Bergamo, Diane Fabiano and Emily Bryant, all CCU students or graduates..

The play is essentially two shows with two interwoven plots. One is the writing of a screenplay in the legendary Hollywood of the 40s; the other is the enactment of that screenplay. Because of this double feature quality, the show is color coded. All costumes and sets for scenes from the movie within the show are presented in black and white while the shows real life scenes are all played out in Technicolor..

In addition, almost every actor appears in two roles one in the black and white fantasy, the other in the shows colorful reality. City of Angels even boasts two musical scores: one to help reveal emotions and celebrate particular moments and the other to emulate a vintage 1940s movie soundtrack..

The wickedly witty musical written by Larry Gelbart, creator of TVs M.A.S.H., opened on Broadway in 1989. With four-part harmonies by Cy Coleman and lyrics by David Zippel, City of Angels went on to win numerous honors in 1990, including the Tony, Outer Critics Circle and the New York Drama Critics Circle awards for best musical..

Call the Wheelwright Box Office at 349-2502 for more information or to purchase tickets.