THAT LOVIN’ FEELIN’
Written by James A. Zimmerman
Directed by Jules Aaron
A-MAZ-INGGGGG!!! That is THAT LOVIN’ FEELIN’ at the Group Rep at the Lonny Chapman Theatre in North Hollywood. Written by James A. Zimmerman and directed by Jules Aaron, the story of the Righteous Brothers is given to us as a gift on a silver platter. This is a show not to be missed.
They were just a couple of Orange County boys who got together at a high school dance, and went on to become music icons.
With their story told in a series of flashbacks, Older Bill Medley, performed by the fantastic Paul Cady, has decided to give an interview to reporter Ali (Sarah Karpeles). She is bound and determined to get the “real” story behind the Righteous Brothers numerous break-ups and reunions. With each memory, Young Bill Medley and Young Bobby Hatfield treat us to outstanding performances. (by the talented Morgan Lauff and Brenden MacDonald, respectively) recounting each stage of their tumultuous partnering. All three of these performers, Paul Cady, Morgan Lauff and Brenden MacDonald bring out the essence and incredible voices of the Righteous Brothers. Each and every song, with Backup Singers (Nicole Renee Chapman, Amanda Dawn Harrison and Brooke Van Grinsven), and live band (and what a band it is) with Richard Levinson on Keyboard/Bandleader, Lance Crow on Drums, Bill Scott on Guitar, Michael Teoli, Guitar Sub, and Robert Axelrod on Bass, is spectacular. Yes SPECTACULAR. Each song is a classic and memorable.
Of course, there were agents and managers who decided the music for the duo. We have Phil Specter and David Cohen, (both roles performed by the wonderful Patrick Burke), Dusty Hanvey and John Wimber (both roles performed by Robert Axelrod), and Ray Maxwell and Jerry Perenchio (performed by J. Christopher Sloan).
Each actor plays numerous roles with perfection. Oh, and a young Cher makes an appearance.
Putting this all together is James A. Zimmerman’s terrific writing, and the phenomenal direction by Jules Aaron.
The show design with sets by Chris Winfield, lighting by J. Kent Inasy, costumes by Angela M. Eads, sound by Steve Shaw, and Makeup/hair/wigs by Judi Lewin makes it complete. (Angela, I must have one of the back-up singer’s sparkle dresses.) This is the history and musical story of the Righteous Brothers. They were amazing, and this show is amazing.
Run, run…..did I say run? Yes, I said run to see THAT LOVIN’ FEELIN’. It is the kind of show you will remember and want to see again. As you can guess from this review, I LOVED IT!!!
Cast: Robert Axelrod, Patrick Burke, Paul Cady, Nicole Chapman, Timm Damiano, Amanda Harrison, Sarah Karpeles, Morgan Lauff, Brenden MacDonald, J. Christopher Sloan and Brooke Van Grinsven.
Director: Jules Aaron
Producers for the Group Rep: Larry Eisenberg and Doug Haverty
Musical Advisor: Richard Levinson
Choreographer & Assistant Director: Michele Bernath
Set Design: Chris Winfield
Lighting Design: J. Kent Inasy
Costume Design: Angela M. Eads
Sound Design: Steve Shaw
Make-up/Hair/Wigs: Judi Lewin
Assistant State Manager: Timm Damiano
Live Music Sponsors: F. Murray Abraham and Kate Abraham
Public Relations: Nora Feldman
Graphic Design: Doug Haverty + Art & Soul Design
Program: Drina Durazo
The Lonny Chapman Theatre
10900 Burbank Blvd
North Hollywood, CA 91601
Buy Tickets/Information: www.thegrouprep.com or 818-763-5990
Plays: December 11, 2015 – February 21, 2016
Friday and Saturday Evenings at 8:00 pm
Sunday Matinees at 2:00 pm
Talk-Back Q & A after Sunday Matinees: Dec 20th and Jan 17th
General Admission: $25; Students/Seniors with ID: $20; Groups of 10+: $15
Box Office opens one hour prior to curtain.
Free street parking on Burbank Blvd and on Cleon Ave. Please allow at least 15 minutes to park.
Main stage theatre wheelchair accessible.