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4.7 / 5 Rated by 354 members
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Red Velvet 108 events 103 reviews

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.

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reviewed Aug 12 2009 report as inappropriate
Review from John Blau
19 events 17 reviews

Go for the tip-top vocals, go for the songs, go for the story, but whatever you do, go see Jake Broder's full-bore performance as Louis Prima and Vanessa Claire Smith's masterful turn as his foil, the ever-starstruck Keely Smith. The joint was...continued

reviewed Jul 12 2009 report as inappropriate
Review from Morgan St. James
4 events 2 reviews

Louis and Keely at the Sahara was ABSOLUTELY delightful. The acting was very entertaining, vocals were good with lots of familiar songs.

The show kept moving and my husband, who almost always falls asleep somewhere during a performance,...continued

reviewed Jul 04 2009 report as inappropriate
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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.

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