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50 Star Starred
The Matrix Theatre
Between N. Spaulding and N. Stanley 7657 Melrose Ave. Los Angeles, CA 90046
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4.7 / 5 Rated by 143 members
Review from Kevin Norte
44 events 19 reviews

"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 carry a lot of imact. The expansion of the role of a secondary character...continued

reviewed Oct 12 2008 report as inappropriate
Review from Libby Sklamberg
77 events 7 reviews

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...continued

reviewed Sep 21 2008 report as inappropriate
Review from radls
43 events 24 reviews

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, and the two main actors do a great job. This has re-opened after a run...continued

reviewed Sep 21 2008 report as inappropriate
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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


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)

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