Pace School of Performing Arts
About the Production
I served as Assistant Musical Director to Randi Ellen Rudolph (Regional: Newsies, Caroline or Change) for Pace University’s City of Angels, directed by Sara Brians (Broadway: The Terms of My Surrender, Matilda, Billy Elliot, White Christmas), which was presented from December 2–10, 2017, at the Schaberle Studios, 41 Park Row, 10th Floor, New York.
City of Angels is the rarest of musical comedies; one that is not only loaded with music and written in the contemporary jazz idiom but also filled with sidesplitting comedy. 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 a screenplay for movie producer/director, Buddy Fidler. Every movie scene that Stine writes is acted out onstage by a group of characters whose costumes are limited to various shades of black and white. The same is true of the sets in which they appear and the props that they use. With music scored in the genre, we are, in fact, treated to a live version of a 1940’s private eye film. It is a tale of decadence and homicide with a liberal sprinkling of femmes fatale.
Featuring Eric Schell, Zack Zaromatidis (Regional: Ring of Fire), Jake Vielbig, Rebecca Murillo (Regional: West Side Story), Bethany Tesarck (Broadway: Bye Bye Birdie), Kelsey Fowler (Broadway: Grey Gardens, Sunday in the Park with George, Bonnie & Clyde), Kayla Saunders, Jamie Murray, Emma Lord, Catherine Ariale, Tim Webb (Broadway: Kristin Chenoweth: My Love Letter to Broadway), Ryan Hotes, Ari Raskin, Joey Ledonio, Michael Shofi, Max Chlumecky, and Alisa Melendez (Broadway: Kristin Chenoweth: My Love Letter to Broadway).