Theatre Scrapbook - City of Angels
City of Angels Plays to Packed House at SUNY Plattsburgh
Playing to packed houses during a recent weekend in the Hartman Theater in the John Myers Fine Arts Building, students in the Music and Theatre Departments at SUNY Plattsburgh strutted their stuff in the spring production of the musical, City of Angels.
Hailed by Jack Kroll of Newsweek as "a miracle on Broadway, an American musical that's smart, swinging, sexy and funny," City of Angels is based on two unmistakably American creations: jazz and the film literature of the Hollywood private eye.
Combining Classic Americana with Innovative Production Twists
The play is essentially two shows with two interwoven plots. One is the writing of a screenplay in the legendary Hollywood of the '40s; the other is the enactment of that screenplay.
Because of this double feature quality, the show was "color coded." All costumes and sets for scenes from the movie within the show were presented in black and white while the show's real life scenes were all played out in glorious Technicolor.
In addition, almost every actor appeared in two roles - one in the black and white fantasy, the other in the show's colorful reality.
Finally, City of Angels boasts two musical scores: one to help reveal emotions and celebrate particular moments and the other to emulate pure movie soundtrack music, 1940s vintage.
Following each show, the audience rewarded the cast and crew with a standing ovation. According to one theater-goer, it was one of the best student productions ever to appear on stage at Plattsburgh State.
Liz Smith of The New York Daily News named City of Angels, "One of the most innovative, brilliant, perfect, breathtaking, entertaining pieces of theater" to ever grace Broadway, and now Plattsburgh State.
Questions, Comments, Suggestions?
If you would like more information about the Theatre program at Plattsburgh State, please contact
Kim Hartshorn, Chairperson
Office: Myers Fine Arts 124A
Phone: (518) 564-2478