Surfside Players, Cocoa Beach, is proud to announce its spring musical, CITY OF ANGELS, Winner of the 1990 Tony Award for Best Musical, with music by Cy Coleman (Sweet Charity), lyrics by David Zippel (The Goodbye Girl), and book by Larry Gelbart (M*A*S*H).
In a black-and-white world of shadows and streetlights, hardboiled detective Stone is approached by a wealthy socialite begging him to track down the men who kidnapped her stepdaughter. In the course of his investigation, he is beaten up by thugs and framed for murder, and his past returns to haunt him. This is the grim tale that mystery novelist Stine is adapting into a screenplay in the late 1940s, but egotistical producer-director Buddy Fidler constantly demands rewrites. The stress overwhelms Stine and causes him to seek comfort in an extramarital affair, and as the rewrites destroy the integrity of his work, Stone steps out of the "reel" world to confront Stine. The grittiness of Raymond Chandler-esque detective fiction and film noir alternates with the glitz and glamour of the Golden Age of Hollywood, while swinging jazz numbers and heartbreaking love songs celebrate the Big Band era.
Performance dates for City of Angels are March 25 - April 10, 2011 (three weekends), Fridays and Saturdays 8:00 p.m. and Sundays 2:00 p.m. There will be an Opening Night Reception with hors-d'oeuvres on Friday March 25 at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $20 for adults, $18 for seniors and active military, and $15 for students. Call the Box Office at (321) 783-3127 for reservations, and to inquire about group discounts. CAUTION: Contains strong language.
Directed by MichaEl Thompson. Musical Direction by Spencer Crosswell. Choreography by Rachel Cooke. Presented by special arrangement with Tams-Witmark Music Library, Inc. To get to Surfside, take Highway A1A into Cocoa Beach, and turn west on Fifth Street South. Call (321) 783-3127 or go to www.surfsideplayers.com for more info.