Louis & Keely: Live at the Sahara -- A Musical Based on the Vegas Lounge Act
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They don't look like Louis and Keely; they don't sound that much like Louis and Keely, but Jake and Vanessa inhabit their spirit and the show finds its heart, and I was swept along for the 90 minute ride. The seven piece "Las Vegas" band fills the theatre, and by the time the show ends, the entire audience is on its feet. I plan to go back and see it again.
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- "This is musical theater at its most rousing and entertaining. Go twice." --<em>Los Angeles Times</em>
- "I walked out of the theater wrenched by a depth of emotion that seemed to make no sense, coming from a musical about the quaint saga of an almost forgotten lounge act. That's when I realized I'd been punched in the gut and didn't even know it." --<em>LA Weekly</em>
Louis & Keely: Live at the Sahara is an original musical inspired by the ill-fated love story of two musicians at the height of the Vegas lounge act in the 1950s and '60s. Based on true events, the play begins at the end of Louis’s life. After an unsuccessful brain surgery, this once-dynamic stage personality is left in a conscious coma—and his life’s hopes and regrets inevitably come calling. The play focuses on Louis’s inner turmoil as he struggles to come to terms with the most difficult decision he ever had to make: choosing music over his only chance at true love. The story jumps back to the day he met Keely, and follows the evolution of the act, the relationship between the partners-turned-lovers, their success and their eventual divorce, as well as the dissolution of what became the most popular act in a Las Vegas casino. Louis & Keely: Live at the Sahara examines the hardship of every artist that sacrifices a normal existence for their life’s passion, but also celebrates the music and the fun that made Louis and Keely a hard act to follow. Popular standards in the show include “That Old Black Magic,” “Come Rain or Come Shine” and “Just a Gigolo.”
By Vanessa Claire Smith and Jake Broder
Directed by Jeremy Aldridge
Musical direction by Dennis Kaye
Starring Jake Broder as Louis and Vanessa Claire Smith as Keely
With live music from Colin Kupka (tenor sax), Richard Levinson (piano), Brian Wallis (trombone), Dennis Kaye (tenor & baritone sax), Jeff Markgraf (bass), Michael J. Solomon (drums) and "Hollywood" Paul Litteral (trumpet)