HOBOKEN TO HOLLYWOOD: A Journey Through the Great American Songbook: A Theatrical Review
A superior theatrical program that is guaranteed to enthuse, enthrall, and enlighten every audience who experiences it, Hoboken to Hollywood: A Journey Through the Great American Songbook is a magnificent program that is truly not to be missed.
If you have never been to the video taping of a television show, you have missed out on all the behind the scenes antics that makes every one of these television programs real. It is one thing to watch a program on your television set, it quite another to be apart of the magic, mayhem, and mystery that is the real world of creating a television program. This wonderful theatrical production takes the mentality of filming a television show in front of a live studio audience circa 1965. It comes complete with commercials, re-takes, and of course the show itself. Luca Ellis stars as a Frank Sinatra style crooner with a voice that is without out a doubt superior. His strong masculine looks (a young George Clooney in resemblance) and nonchalant demeanor steals the hearts of every woman in attendance. The music selected is something that will thrill the heats and minds of every attendee, regardless of age, race, or gender, as was the case the night this critic attended the production.
The full Paul Litteral Orchestra is pure musical perfection; the old Hollywood set is marvelous; Luca Ellis’ voice is magnificent (this coming from a professional vocalist myself), and the extra cast members only make the whole production superior. Directed by Jeremy Aldridge and produced by Peach Reasoner, this is a prevailing production indeed.
On the other side of the musical production, the side that ties the entirety of this theatrical production together are the actors, each of which plays their part in making this production wonderful. Pat Towne plays the role of Andy, the production manager of the television show who finds that he has everything it takes to be a man of success himself. He even offers a few notes of musical power himself. Al Bernstein, dawning a young Al Pacino look plays the total jerk Dwight, who is the director of the program. Add an attractive young lady, Franci Montgomery, an announcer for the commercial spots, Chandler Hill, and of course the delightful Jeff Markgraff who portrays the orchestra leader and you have a production of wonderful performers.
Currently playing at the Edgemar Center for the Arts at 2437 Main Street in Santa Monica, CA 90405 through December 12, 2010; Hoboken to Hollywood plays Fridays and Saturdays at 8:00 PM and Sundays at 3:00 PM. Admission is $34.75 per person, but well worth the cost, and reservations can be made by contacting (310) 392-7327 or logging on at www.edgemarcenter.org.
Song selections include greats such as Route 66, Swinging on a Star, I’ve Got My Love to Keep Me Warm, Old Black Magic, That’s Life, Stardust, Blue Moon, Fly Me to the Moon, New York, and I Did It My Way, just to name a few, this is a production that will be enjoyed by every age range. Great music, fantastic orchestra, comedic and fun acting antics, and a more than pleasant facility all spell out a true success in production. Hoboken to Hollywood: A Journey Through the Great American Songbook is a show all my readers are going to want to see. Enjoy!
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