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Jazzy Hollywood Musical Closes Stamford's Kweskin Theatre Season

Seen here in rehearsal for City of Angels at the Kweskin Theatre, Stamford, are Sarah Giggar as nightclub singer, Bobbi, and Phil Hahn, the detective, Stone.
Seen here in rehearsal for City of Angels at the Kweskin Theatre, Stamford, are Sarah Giggar as nightclub singer, Bobbi, and Phil Hahn, the detective, Stone. Photo Credit: Contributed

STAMFORD, CONN., -- How do you close out a special anniversary season? If you're Curtain Call, you put up a Tony Award-winning musical comedy hit and cast it with a team of performers well-known to area audiences.

From June 3 thru 25, the first area production of City of Angels will play in The Kweskin Theatre featuring a cast that includes many veteran Curtain Call performers as well as several "newbies."

Directed by Stamford resident, Joel Fenster, City of Angels is swinging, sexy, smart, and funny. It's an ingenious spoof of 1940s Hollywood and whodunit films with side-by-side stories about the "real" world of a detective fiction writer and the "reel" world of his fictional gumshoe hero. One balances romance and rewrites, while the other slinks through a film noir netherworld of thugs and femmes fatales.

Written by Larry Gelbart (who wrote most of the early seasons of M*A*S*H on TV) and including a fabulously jazzy, Broadway-style score by Cy Coleman, this is your chance to see the show that won the 1990 Tony Awards for Best Musical, Best Original Score and Best Book of a Musical. It's a witty detective thriller with a jazzy score that really kills...and is two shows in one.

"City of Angels has been on my bucket list of shows to produce for many years," said Lou Ursone, Curtain Call executive director, who also has a supporting role in the production. "The original Broadway production wowed me with its phenomenal score and brilliantly witty book and lyrics," Ursone added, "and I'm thrilled to be presenting it and performing in it."

Leading the cast as the novelist (Stine) trying his hand at Hollywood, is long-time Curtain Call director and actor, Ben Frimmer (Weston). Frimmer was last seen on stage as Patsy in Spamalot, but, most recently, directed this 25th season opener, Mary Poppins. Both he and Ursone noted their excitement and pleasure of sharing the stage together for the first time.

Playing Stone, Stine's fictional detective, is Stamford resident, Philip Hahn. The most important women in the lives of Stine and Stone are played by Laura Blackwell (Ridgefield), Sarah Giggar (Bridgeport) and Katie Imholt (Stratford). Except for the actors who play Stine and Stone, all other performers play dual roles, adding to the fun of this great production.

Others in the cast include, from Stamford: Ian Barto, Eric Hu, Tommy DeSalvo, Rob Nichols and Martha Dombroski; from Norwalk: Nicole Monahan, Jeff Bianco, Scott Ferrara, from Trumbull: Lucas Cafero, Tracey Marble; from Bridgeport: John Vento; from Fairfield: Jim Hisey, Eric Regan; from New Canaan; Ashley Pacelli; from Shelton: Bobby Henry; from Newtown: Sarah Peterson; from New Rochelle, NY: Chris Nardi; from Rye, NY: Bob Praid; from Bronx, NY: Miguel Acevedo.

City of Angles will play in The Kweskin Theatre from June 3 through 25, Thursday, Friday and Saturday evenings at 8:00pm and Sunday afternoons at 2:00pm. Regular prices are $32 for adults, $24 for senior citizens and $16 for students and children. Thrifty Thursday pricing – all seats $22. Box Office: 203-461-6358 or online at www.curtaincallinc.com.

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