By the Way, Meet Vera Stark: West Coast Premiere of Award-Winning Comedy at the Geffen
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After dazzling audiences in New York and Boston -- and winning the 2013 Tony Award for Best Musical revival -- this exciting new staging of Pippin comes to the Pantages. This updated version of the Broadway classic infuses the production with amazing acrobatics and wondrous magical feats, along with the music and lyrics of Stephen Schwartz, award-winning composer of Wicked and Godspell. With classic songs "Corner of the Sky," "No Time at All," "Magic to Do" and "Extraordinary," and recreated versions of Bob Fosse's original choreography, this sexy and sophisticated version of Pippin tells the story of the son of Charlemagne, leader of the Holy Roman Empire, who goes on a death-defying journey to find meaning in life. He encounters love, sex, war and politics, and must ultimately choose between a life that's ordinary or a flash of singular glory. Learn More
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Featured review from BellaJ2000Red Velvet
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This play is well written, directed and acted. Wonderful staging as well. At once witty and humorous and thought-provoking. The commentary on black actors playing sterotypical roles is every bit as much an issue now as it was in the 30's, which is the time period for the first half of the play.
I really enjoyed it and highly recommend it!
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Play depicts the struggle of black actors to break into film and to leave the stereotypical roles behind. It's a light-weight comedy, spoofing Hollywood, the press, and would-be authors of historical interpretations. The way the different scenes...continued
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For more information on the life and times of Vera Stark, check out this biographical website (and sly theatrical companion), Rediscovering Vera Stark.
Check out a short pseudo-documentary on the elusive Ms. Stark, “A Leading Lady in a Maid’s Uniform.”
It’s Hollywood’s heyday and the streets of Los Angeles are filled with glitz, glamour and the chance at stardom — that is as long as you have the “right” look. But when former maid Vera Stark lands a groundbreaking role in a new Southern epic, she turns Hollywood on its head and paves the way for future generations of black actresses. More than five decades later, Vera’s influence on race, film and feminism has seeped its way into pop culture. But who is the real Vera Stark? Part comedy and part commentary, Pulitzer Prize winner Lynn Nottage’s West Coast premiere uses today’s fascination with celebrity and controversy to get to the truth behind the legend.
The running time for this play is 2 hours 15 minutes, including a 15 minute intermission.