City of Angels

Donmar Warehouse

City of Angels

05 Dec 2014 - 07 Feb 2015

£9.00 - £43.00

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Two decades after its London premier, Donmar artistic director Josie Rourke revives one of the acknowledged greats of twentieth century musical theatre.
Hollywood comes calling for a New York novelist. The offer is too good to refuse: adapt the private detective protagonist of his books into a big-screen hero. The siren song of Los Angeles is a dangerous temptation and while his movie plays out in black and white, his new life is all-too colourful.
With a sensational jazz score by Cy Coleman, sizzling lyrics from David Zippel and book by acclaimed comic screenwriter Larry Gelbart (M*A*S*H, Tootsie), CITY OF ANGELS, is a witty and glorious celebration of film noir.


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“The joy of City of Angels – given a stupendous revival at the Donmar by Josie Rourke 21 years after its West End premiere – is t”

Dominic Cavendish (The Telegraph)

“ Crisp, complex and stylish musical is given the Donmar five-star treatment”

The Stage (Other reviewers)

“Lavish entertainment from the musical portrait of Forties Tinseltown”

Arts Desk (other reviewers)

“The show hits on an ace conceit and develops it brilliantly. We're in Hollywood in the late 1940s and Stine (Hadley Fraser), an ”

Paul Taylor (The Independent)

“After he was sacked from the Dustin Hoffman comedy Tootsie, Larry Gelbart had this to say about being a writer in Hollywood:”

Dominic Maxwell (The Times)

“This is the first time Josie Rourke has directed a musical, and her swaggering yet elegant revival is packed with classy perform”

Henry Hitchings (Evening Standard)

“This clever show about the travails of a crime writer – and his fictional shamus – ripples with wit and is immaculately presente”

Michael Billington (The Guardian)

“This revived 1989 musical is a smart blend of past and present, fact and fiction”

Ian Shuttleworth (Financial Times)

“Josie Rourke’s first musical at the Donmar is a sexy, jazzy homage to noir”

Susannah Clapp (The Observer)

“Their stories are squeezed like toothpaste through a libretto by Larry Gelbart in which a Chandleresque screen-writer Stine (Had”

Michael Coveney (What's on Stage, The Stage, Independent)

“City of Angels is an exceedingly – excessively – clever 1989 musical co-created by Larry Gelbart. ”

Quentin Letts (Daily Mail)

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