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Tim F
The parking garage is kind of tucked away, so definitely pay close attention to your GPS directions. At $10, parking's a little pricey, but you're right across the plaza from the theatre entrance.
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Bette Harris
We parked in a General Parking lot very close to the Greek Restaurant. It was only $3 for the day on Sunday.
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3 reviews
2 stars
attended Oct 28 2010

Not only does Garbo talk..she sings & dances. Sadly, in this new production about the screen legend none of these things are done well.The book, music, and choreography is third rate. Watching this vehicle I wondered if the director ever took the...continued

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-75 stars
attended Oct 28 2010

One of my favorite musicals of 2010.

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2 reviews
8 stars
attended Nov 05 2010

WE THOUGHT IT WAS VERY SLOW. THE SECOND ACT PICKED UP BUT ALL IN ALL WE DID NOT LIKE IT THAT MUCH, AND WOULD NOT RECOMMEND IT.

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Quotes & Highlights

“…plenty of charm.” --Los Angeles Times
“…makes audiences want to return again and again.” --StageSceneLA
“…compelling…strong vocals and great range.” —Press-Telegram
“…a first-rate cast…mesmerizing…” —Gazette Newspapers
“…beautifully poignant…” —BroadwayWorld
“…a beautiful job…a fine performance…” —Culver City Observer

Description

Greta Garbo’s beautiful, glamorous, Sphinx-like image – carefully cultivated by MGM – captivated American and European viewers of both the silent screen of the ‘20s and sound films of the ’30s. Garbo’s personal decision to leave her film career in 1941 and maintain a notoriously private, reclusive lifestyle has only further enhanced her mystique.

“This new play shows us a Garbo that many of her fans may not recognize – the young actress just starting out,” explains director Jules Aaron. “It shows the humor and the passions of the woman who would later develop into an iconic figure. Garbo was really the first modern woman in film. She demanded – and received – treatment and pay equal to that of her male counterparts.”

When Garbo Talks! begins when 17-year-old acting student Greta Gustafsson is discovered by Sweden’s genius film director, Mauritz Stiller. Stiller uses her talent to angle his way into Hollywood, but MGM’s Louis B. Mayer has plans of his own. Hearts break and careers plummet when the emboldened 24-year-old Greta Garbo challenges Mayer and the Hollywood establishment to become MGM’s highest paid actress and most reluctant international star.

Buddy Kaye was a songwriter and lyricist whose career spanned six decades. His most popular songs included “Till The End Of Time” (Perry Como), “Full Moon and Empty Arms” (Frank Sinatra), “A-You’re Adorable” (Perry Como), “I’ll Close My Eyes” (Sarah Vaughn, Dinah Washington), “Quiet Nights” (Tony Bennett, Diana Krall), “Speedy Gonzales” (Pat Boone), “The Old Songs” (Barry Manilow), “The Next Time” (Cliff Richard) and “Little By Little” (Dusty Springfield). Buddy was also co-writer of the classic “I Dream Of Jeannie” television theme (in network/syndication since 1966). Buddy produced and directed the Grammy Award-winning Best Children’s Recording “The Little Prince,” narrated by Richard Burton. As an author his works were published by Simon & Schuster, Bantam Books, St. Martins Press and Candlewick Press. Buddy also taught Method Songwriting at UCLA. and College of the Desert.

Mort Garson attended the Julliard School of Music on a scholarship where he was a composition major. During his varied career, he conducted the London Symphony Orchestra and the Los Angeles Philharmonic, arranged for The Lettermen on Capitol Records, and accompanied Doris Day on two albums, Mel Tormé on his Right Now! album, Glenn Yarborough on his highly successful album The Lonely Things, and Glen Campbell on “By the Time I Get to Phoenix.” With lyricist Bob Hilliard, he wrote one of the great lounge hits of the 1960s, “Our Day Will Come,” a hit for Ruby & The Romantics and more recently covered by k.d. lang and Take 6 for the soundtrack of the movie Shag. He was a pioneer in the field of electronic music and one of the first to make use of the Moog synthesizer. Highly prized among collectors and exotica fans are Garson’s electronic albums from the mid- to late 1960s, including the Grammy-nominated The Zodiac: Cosmic Sounds. Mort created and composed the music for the Grammy Award-winning Best Children’s Recording “The Little Prince,” narrated by Richard Burton, on a Moog synthesizer in 1974. Garson also worked in television and film, scoring a wide variety of music for many different movies and TV shows. He composed the score for the 1983 West End musical about Marilyn Monroe, Marilyn! The Musical.

About the Ticket Supplier: International City Theatre

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