Music by Richard Rodgers
Lyrics by Lorenz Hart
Book by Mark Saltzman
Directed by Jim Fall
The Colony Theatre’s final production of its 2012-2013 season is the thoroughly entertaining FALLING FOR MAKE BELIEVE, the story of the brilliant and tormented Lorenz Hart, one-half of the legendary team partnering with Richard Rodgers creating some of the most memorable, and beautiful classic Broadway musical numbers. With amazing songs like “My Funny Valentine”, “Bewitched, Bothered and Bewildered”, “I’ll Take Manhattan”, “Falling in Love With Love”, and “Blue Moon” to name only a few, the dynamic team of Rodgers and Hart fills the evening with beautiful music, as well as the insightful story of a man whose legendary talent was thwarted by his alcoholism, frequent dalliances, and his distrust of those closest to him.
Richard Rodgers (Brett Ryback) met Lorenz “Larry” Hart (Ben D. Goldberg) when they went to Columbia together beginning a partnership that lasted from 1927 to 1943. Rodgers was the composer and Hart the lyricist, but when Hart’s social life began to infiltrate into the business relationship, Rodgers became more and more frustrated with Hart’s lack of focus or concern for pending deadlines. Now, this is 1930’s/1940’s New York, and when prohibition was lifted, the now legal bars restricted gay patrons, who now retreated to intimate bars so small that they were referred to as “closets”. Here they could be themselves, and did not have to restrict their lifestyle. To keep the façade up in public, Hart was linked romantically to friend Vivian Ross (Rebecca Ann Johnson) a talented chanteuse.
Early on, coached for his big audition by Peggy (Megan Moran), we meet Fletcher Mecklin (Tyler Milliron), an ambitious, mid-western wide-eyed and ready-to-be-a-star chorus boy who meets Rodgers and Hart hoping for his big break. Fletcher is introduced to Hart’s agent, Doc Bender (Jeffrey Landman). Doc is exactly what we expect an agent to be…ruthless, calculating and predatory. And so he is, setting his sights on Hart, and contributing to, and turning a blinds eye to Hart’s social/business downfall.
Each of the excellent actors/performers brings the story to life with golden voices and makes this show “sing”. With wonderful direction by Jim Fall, Choreography by Lisa Hopkins, Musical Direction by Keith Harrison, Scenic Design by Jeff McLaughlin, Costume Design by Dianne K. Graebner, Lighting Design by Sohail e. Najafi, Sound Design by Drew Dalzell, this is a new musical that must be seen.
The Colony Theatre in the Burbank Town Center Mall has a winner in this production of FALLING FOR MAKE BELIEVE. It is a welcome addition to Los Angeles theatre and a MUST SEE.
Cast: Ben D. Goldberg, Rebecca Ann Johnson, Jeffrey Landman, Tyler Milliron, Megan Moran, and Brett Ryback
Director: Jim Fall
Music by: Richard Rodgers
Lyrics by: Lorenz Hart
Book by: Mark Saltzman
Musical Direction: Keith Harrison
Choreography: Lisa Hopkins
Costume Design: Dianne K. Graebner
Scenic Design: Jeff McLaughlin
Lighting Design: Sohail e. Najafi
Sound Design: Drew Dalzell
Properties Design & Set Dressing: MacAndME
Production Stage Manager: Leesa Freed
Assistant Stage Manager: Brian Cordoba
The Colony Theatre Company
555 North Third Street (at Cypress); adjacent to the Burbank Town Center Mall
Tickets: Box Office: 818/558-1754
Performances: April 27th through May 19th, 2013
Thursdays and Fridays at 8:00pm;
Saturdays at 3:00pm & 8:00pm;
Sundays at 2:00pm
Question/Answer Talkbacks after Performances on Friday, May 3rd & Thursday, May 16th
Tickets: $20.00 - $42.00 (student, senior and group discounts are available)
Parking: Burbank Town Center Mall