City of Angels

City of Angels is a deliciously funny musical spoof of 1940s film noir and hard-boiled detective fiction. A double story alternating between real life and ‘reel’ life that plays out in parallel on stage. One portrays the battle of Stine, a successful crime writer, struggling to prevent his screenplay-in-progress from being mutilated by a tyrannical movie mogul, Buddy Fiddler.

The other depicts the unfolding of the screenplay itself, in which Stine’s alter ego, the detective Stone, sidles through a Hollywood netherworld of vicious thugs and femmes fatales. Based on a book by Larry Gelbart (M*A*S*H), and with lyrics by David Zippel and music by Cy Coleman (‘Sweet Charity’, ‘Barnum’), ‘City of Angels’ was the first hit Broadway musical to have a full blown jazz score and in 1990 won Tony Awards for Best Musical, Best Score, and Best Book.

Cast & Creative

Cast List

Character Actor
Stine Tom Cane
Stone Nick Moorhead
Gabby/Bobbie Rhian Roberts
Donna/Oolie Heather Stockwell
Buddy Fiddler/Irwin S Irving Marc Batten
Carla Haywood/Alura Kingsley Tracy Sorgiovanni
Pancho Vargas/Lt Munoz Diego Avila
Jimmy Powers Guy Chaperlin
Avril Raines/Mallory Kingsley Aggie Holland
Gene/Officer Pasco Tim Parish
Studio Employee/Big 6 Darren Moss
Studio Employee/Del Da Costa/County Coroner/Reporter Damian Peckham
Angel City Dancer Jennifer Moorhead
Angel City Dancer Helen Shore
Angel City Dancer Louise Vinter
Angel City Dancer Juliet Manners
Angel City 1 Louise Turnbull
Angel City 2 Hannah-May Lucas
Angel City 3 Kerry Magee
Angel City 4 Julie Thomas

Creative Team

Role Name
Director Deb McDowell
Musical Director Janet Simpson
Choreographer Karen Swift
Stage Manager Sian Walters
Technical advisor Wesley Henderson Roe

Reviews & Awards

SWAN Awards

  • Nominated SWAN Award Best Musical
  • Winner SWAN Award Best Female Performer in a Musical – Heather Stockwell
  • Winner SWAN Award Best Supporting Female Performer – Tracy Siorgiovanni
  • Nominated SWAN Award Best Male Performer in a Musical – Tom Cane
  • Nominated SWAN Award Best Male Performer in a Musical – Nick Moorhead

Show Date: February 2014

Venue: Hampton Hill Theatre

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