February 4, 2014
This notice has just been posted by Whidbey Island Center for the Arts.
**Due to cast and crew illness we are postponing the opening of our Theatre Series: City of Angels. Please see the updated performance schedule below.
For those of you with tickets to City of Angels on the dates of 2/7, 2/8, and 2/9: Expect a call from our staff to make all necessary adjustments to your ticket purchases! We regret any inconvenience this may cause those of you having arranged plans for this coming weekend, and we are prepared to move your seats to whichever night you wish to attend. For more information see the WICA Facebook page****
“City of Angels,” an action-packed musical filled with sidesplitting comedy, will now open at Whidbey Island Center for the Arts in Langley on Friday, Feb. 13.
The winner of six Tony Awards – including best musical, score, and book – “City of Angels” weaves together two plots, while paying homage to the film-noir genre of 1940’s detective movies. The musical will run through Feb. 22.
“City of Angels” is the rarest of musical comedies, loaded with music written in a contemporary jazz idiom. Set in the glamorous, seductive Hollywood of the 40’s, the world of film studios and flimsy negligees, the show chronicles the misadventures of Stine, a young novelist, attempting to write a screenplay for movie producer/director, Buddy Fidler.
The play boasts two musical scores with clever lyrics. 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. The final curtain comes down on two happy endings.
“City of Angels” is directed by Elizabeth Herbert, musical direction is by Sheila Weidendorf, choreography by Chelsea Randall, and Dwight Zehm is the stage manager.
“’City of Angels’ is, hands down, the smartest musical I have ever encountered,” Weidendorf said.
“The book is clever, and the music even more so. This elegant nod to both Big Band Jazz and sultry film-noir stylings is deepened in its perfect union of verbal and musical wit. Composed with an instrumental sensibility, each vocal line is fully supported by completely intentional and juicy scoring…no “good enough” in this production. When offered the musical directorship for this production, there was simply no saying ‘No!’”
Performances are at 7:30 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays, and at 2 p.m. on Sundays.
Ticket prices are $15.50 for youths, $18.50 for seniors and $22.50 for adults. Sunday matinees are $15.50. (Service fee not included.) Tickets can be purchased at the WICA Box Office (360) 221- 8268 or (800) 638-7631 or get them at tickets.wicaonline.com.