Venue Details

27 Star Starred
The Matrix Theatre
between N Spaulding and N Stanley 7657 Melrose Ave. Los Angeles, CA 90046
323-852-1445
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Member Tips

Elizabeth S.
Parking is a little tricky, so give yourself some extra time
info Dec 01 2008 star this tip starred
Bobbie
Arrive early, park on a side street; read the parking signs carefully.
info Dec 05 2008 star this tip starred
Bobbie
It's open seating, arrive early & get in line immediately for prime center seating
info Dec 05 2008 star this tip starred
Goldstar Member
Very casual
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Goldstar Member
Burger place next door. Discount if you are going to the theatre.
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Goldstar Member
Parking at night is real problem. Allow extra time.
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Reviews & Ratings

143 ratings
4.7 average rating
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34 events
22 reviews
9 stars
attended Sep 21 2008

Great performers. Equity-waiver venue makes you feel like you are in someone's living room with a 6-piece band and two singers just for you. Storyline is very interesting,... continued

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46 reviews
6 stars
attended Sep 21 2008

Filled me in on details that I was unaware of in their lives.. Fantastic energy throughout the show.

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38 events
17 reviews
7 stars
attended Oct 12 2008

"Did I enjoy the event" is an understatement. The changes since the shows first performances at "Sacred Fools" might appear slight to the unobservant, but the nuances... continued

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Website

http://www.louiskeelyshow.com

Quotes & Highlights

Read feedback about the show from Goldstar customers.
“This is musical theater at its most rousing and entertaining. Go twice.” —Los Angeles Times
“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.” —LA Weekly

Description

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)