Live Music and Theater Riff on Black Dahlia Murder Theory
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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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Would've been nice if it was a little longer. I didn't care for the smoking in the play since I do have asthma. Wish they would've disclosed that here. Maybe they should switch to those smokeless battery operated cigarettes instead to take in consideration those with asthma, copd. There were 2-3 songs that were WAY TOO LOUD and my ears were hurting big time! The lead actress was GREAT and she can sing too!
The play overall was good but it was too short.
From LA Stage Times:
Interspersing scenes of a police interrogation, David J’s newer multi-media and multi-discipline play features some instrumental music as well as a song cycle that is poetically and thematically related to form a unified work. In this theatrical staging, the music works as a framework around which another related story is interwoven, that of torch singer Madi Comfort.
The genesis of this play is the Black Dahlia song cycle that David J originally composed, in collaboration with musician Ego Plum, for an independent feature film, The Devil’s Muse, in 2007. Explains the artist, “I was approached by the director of that film, Ramzi Abed, who wanted me to write some new music for an experimental movie. He said his was a very surreal treatment of the Black Dahlia mystery. I was familiar with that murder case, but not overly so. When I started to research it, it really caught fire and I started writing these songs, one after the other, just tumbling out of my subconscious. I became obsessed with it. I wrote all the music without seeing the film.”
Read the full interview with David J here.