A Staged Reading of Sondheim's Anyone Can Whistle from Musical Theatre West
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Tarell Alvin McCraney's latest acclaimed play tracks the coming-of-age of a group of talented young African-American prep-school singers whose choral prowess is woven seamlessly into the story. Pharus, the undisputed superstar of the choir, is searching for the courage to let his true self shine through, in this work by MacArthur Fellowship-winner McCraney (The Brother/Sister Plays), who's been called "without question, the hottest young playwright in America" (Chicago Tribune). The West Coast premiere reunites director Trip Cullman, star Jeremy Pope and several other cast members from its 2013 New York run. Learn More
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Did I love the book? NO.
Did I love the score? Yes and No.
Did I love the performance? With a passion. Dan Calloway, Cynthia Ferrer, and Shannon Warne, burdened with scripts in hand, acted, sang, and cavorted around the stage as if they were...continued
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“A gorgeous Sondheim score”—Backstage
Musical Theatre West’s 2010-11 Reiner Reading Series concludes with Stephen Sondheim’s Anyone Can Whistle. A legendary cult show, thanks to the original cast album, Anyone Can Whistle premiered on Broadway on April 4, 1964 with Lee Remick and Angela Lansbury making their musical theatre debuts. This wacky, intelligent, highly unconventional musical satire points ahead to Stephen Sondheim’s groundbreaking work in the 1970s even as it keeps a foot firmly rooted in the musical theatre’s “golden age.” Originally running only nine performances, Anyone Can Whistle is the crown jewel of flop musicals, one that is worth revisiting largely due to its incredible score which includes “There Won’t Be Trumpets,” “Everybody Says Don’t” and the title song.
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About the Ticket Supplier: Musical Theatre West
Musical Theatre West is one of Southern California’s oldest and most respected regional musical theatre companies and draws more than 60,000 patrons to Long Beach’s Carpenter Performing Arts Center. Now in its 62nd season, Musical Theatre West is the fastest growing arts organization in Long Beach and is dedicated to preserving musical theatre as a unique American art form.