Hit Musical Louis & Keely Live at the Sahara at the Geffen Playhouse
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The last date listed for Louis & Keely Live at the Sahara was Sunday November 8, 2009 / 7:00pm.
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This thoroughly cool, at times comical, and completely creepy show comes from the bordering-on-sick minds of Penn & Teller's Teller and performer-host Todd Robbins. This interactive theatrical experience opens in pitch blackness, where the ethereal sights, sounds -- and touches -- are all the more effective, achieved via the combination of wickedly clever ghost stories and eerie stage illusions. And you know you're in for a fun and terrifying time when the advisories include strobe effects, theatrical haze, interactive elements, adult themes -- and nudity. The show ran off-Broadway in 2010 to acclaim from The New York Times among others, which said "this wild, wicked show is not just a screamfest after all; it's a pretty good piece of theater." Learn More
Reviews & Ratings
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Vegas Man Vegas
In a word the above summarizes all the good and bad features of the show. If those words sound like your idea of a great play you will be pleased. If not, then you may react as I did.
I tend to offer lengthy comments only when my reaction is fundamentally different than the crowd's and I suspect people may be misled. This show is almost universally praised on this site and similarly in the press. That is very puzzling to this reviewer. It has its good features of course. It is a really nice recreation of a 50s/60s Vegas style act. There are some nice songs though they are almost all fragments. The back up band is tight. The leads have good voices. It is fairly entertaining.
It is also cliche riddled. The paper thin plot of a show biz couple falling apart is so familiar you should be able to jot it down before you go. You have seen this movie. You have also seen this act and heard these songs. There is nothing about the human spirit you will learn in this 90 minutes. You may even feel manipulated by all the requests for applause. Is it a play or a lounge act?
The writing does not make up for the obvious plot. A bit of humor but not too much. No real wit. No soliloquies. You get song after song belted out in give 'em a show fashion. Hip, cool, slick.
And when it comes to the obvious climax, and Keely sings the song you knew she would for 80 minutes, you might notice that it does not affect you much just as nothing else has. Even this song is Vegas - cold , empty and show biz.
I can't be the only one who thought sleaze ball and did not buy the innocence of love in Louie for the 16 year old he put on stage and took on the road. It did not pass the smell test given his track record.
The rat pack would understand this show. The amoral world of the night, of Dino, Samy and Frank. Frank is even in this show and to show how odd the hype has been, I do not believe any commentator has mentioned that while using this iconic figure, doing his iconic seduction thing, there is absolutely no vocal or manner resemblance between Cagle and old blue eyes...nada. That matters simply because there could have been and otherwise why throw the star into the mix? He was not I read in the original and he does not add anything good to this version.
I found the show entertaining in a performance sort of way. It was not as a play. As a musical it does not compare to several including Divorce and several recent plays that had music. And it was one of the most costly.
It is nothing as a play but as an entertainment...it's Vegas Baby.
Quotes & Highlights
- Named Best Musical of 2008 by LA Weekly, the Ovation Awards, and the L.A. Drama Critics Circle
- "I found myself swaying from beginning to end in my seat, unable to sit still as the terrific seven-piece band, front-loaded with fabulous horns, kept the room aloft." --Los Angeles Times
- "A rush of musical adrenaline." --The Hollywood Reporter
- "A near transcendent musical and comedic re-creation of the legendary Lous & Keely lounge act." --Variety
Directed by Taylor Hackford
Written & Performed by Vanessa Claire Smith & Jake Broder with Nick Cagle & Erin Matthews
Inspired by the birth of Las Vegas and the lounge acts that made the Strip a legendary breeding ground for entertainers, Louis & Keely is a vintage love story set to the beat of jazz. Based on true events, Louis & Keely Live at the Sahara examines the hard-won career of 20th Century music icon Louis Prima and how he turned 16 year old Keely Smith into a star.
Nominated for 14 Los Angeles theater awards, Louis & Keely Live at the Sahara has become one of LA's most popular original musicals with both critics and audiences alike.
The show has added a new director, Academy Award winner Taylor Hackford, a new book, and several additional characters (including Frank Sinatra in a major supporting role) since its Hollywood run. With a live jazz band on stage every night, popular standards such as "That Old Black Magic," "Hey Boy, Hey Girl," "Just a Gigolo", "I Wish You Love" and "Embraceable You" will keep your toes tapping all night long.