The Lenoir-Rhyne University Playmakers, in partnership with the Lenoir-Rhyne Music Program, will continue their 2015-16 season with a main stage production of the award-winning musical comedy, City of Angels.
The play will be performed at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday, February 24 – 27, and 2:30 p.m. on Sunday, February 28 in P.E. Monroe Auditorium.
City of Angels is a jazzy homage to the beloved film noir genre of classic Hollywood movies. The play weaves together two stories: in one plot, a 1940s writer tries to turn his detective novel into a screenplay; the other plot is the fictional movie he’s creating.
City of Angels debuted on Broadway in 1989 to critical and popular acclaim. The play, with music by Cy Coleman, lyrics by David Zippel, and book by Larry Gelbart, went on to win six Tony awards in 1990, including best musical, best book of a musical, and best original score.
The Playmakers’ production of City of Angels, directed by Assistant Professor of Theatre Joshua Yoder, features a cast of Lenoir-Rhyne students as well as actors from the greater Hickory community. Serving as music director for the performance is Dr. Chris Nigrelli, Professor of Music at LRU. He will conduct a full orchestra, comprised of LRU students as well as musicians from the community, at each performance.
Tickets are $10 for adults, $5 for senior citizens and non-LR students and can be purchased at the door. Admission is free for Lenoir-Rhyne Students with valid student identification. Tickets for University faculty and staff are buy one, get one free.