Coe theatre to stage the musical comedy "City of Angels"

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2014-03-12 14:02:10 - General

Coe students Tierre Henry '14 (Bobbi Edwards) and D.J. Erkenbrach '14 (Stone) are featured in the upcoming Coe theatre production of "City of Angels."

The Coe College Department of Theatre Arts will present the energetic, jazz-imbued musical comedy "City of Angels" on March 21-23 and 27-29 in Dows Theatre on the Coe campus. All performances begin at 7:30 p.m. with the exception of the Sunday, March 23 show, which starts at 2 p.m.

Tickets are $10 for general admission and $8 for students and seniors. They can be purchased at the door, or by calling the Coe College Box Office at 399-8600, Monday through Friday, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. In addition, the Coe Alumni Office is hosting a reception and dinner option before the March 29 show, beginning at 6 p.m. in Clark Alumni House. Those interested in attending the dinner prior to the performance should call 399-8561 to make reservations.

"City of Angels" is written by Larry Gelbart (creator of "M*A*S*H"), with music by Cy Coleman (composer of the music in "Sweet Charity") and lyrics by David Zippel. The musical is staged by Coe Associate Professor of Theatre Arts Dennis Barnett, with musical direction by Coe Associate Professor of Music Marc Falk and choreography by Carol Maxwell Rezabek.

In 1989, this jazzy, fast-paced musical took Broadway by storm. Today it remains one of the most unique and exciting examples of the musical form. This journey into the film noir, gumshoe world of the 1940s promises bountiful energy and lots of fun.

"'City of Angels' tells an unusually complex and ultimately silly story - well, two stories really," wrote Barnett in his director's notes. "One is typical noir of a Los Angeles 'Philip Marlowe-like' detective searching for a lost girl, and the other, set in 1948 in Hollywood, is about the man who has written the first story, and who is now engaged in adapting it for a film. Ultimately it is a fun exploration of how an author's life intersects with his or her creation and a condemnation of how Hollywood can abusively exploit original works for commercial gain. It's jazzy. It's loud. It's silly. And it's fun."

For more information, call 319-399-8600 or visit