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Friday, 25 March 2016 04:06

Review BACH AT LEIPZIG @ The Group Rep

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The Group Rep PRESENTS


Written by Itamar Moses
Directed by Calvin Remsberg

Funny, smart and fantastic!!! The Group Rep brings us another hit, BACH AT LEIPZIG, intelligently written by Itamar Moses, and gloriously directed by Calvin Remsberg.

It’s 1722, Leipzig, Germany, and the infamous organist, Johann Kuhnau of the Thomaskirche has died suddenly. With knickers, buckle shoes, lace, brocade, long wigs and lace hankies hanging from their wrists, 7 musicians are invited to audition for this coveted position, among them a young Johann Sebastian Bach. And there is nothing these musicians won’t do to win this most desired post, resorting to wit, shrewdness, cunning, and sword fights. Its fun and shenanigans running rampant.

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Larry Eisenberg TroyWhitaker

Farce, slapstick, and silliness, combined with blackmail and betrayal, and artful direction by Calvin Remsberg, bring together skillful performances by Todd Andrew Ball as Graupner, Larry Eisenberg as Schott, Mikel Parraga-Wills as Steindorff, Lloyd Pedersen as Kaufmann, Troy Whitaker as Lenck, Chris Winfield as Fasch, and Steve Terrell as The Greatest Organist in Germany. All this wonderfulness, and a 6-person fugue that will blow your mind. Each performance is full, lively and complete.

Fabulous costumes by the always spectacular A. Jeffrey Schoenberg. They truly are incredible. Amazing set and lighting (J. Kent Inasy), sound (Steve Shaw), Stage Manager (Steve Terrell), Fight Choreographer (Adam Conn), and glorious Wigs (Wig Rescue), round out a brilliant play.

BACH AT LEIPZIG is a MUST SEE. There is nothing stuffy about this play. It is fun, dazzling and just all around terrific.

The Group Rep is having an amazing season, and one that is not to be missed. Have fun and enjoy.


Cast: Todd Andrew Ball, Larry Eisenberg, Mikel Parraga-Wills, Lloyd Pedersen, Steve Terrell, Troy Whitaker, Chris Winfield
Director: Calvin Remsberg
Producer For the Group Rep: Suzy London
Assistant to the Director: Michele Bernath
Scenic and Lighting Design: J. Kent Inasy
Costume Design: A. Jeffrey Schoenberg
Sound Design: Steve Shaw
Fight Choreographer: Adam Conn
Wigs: Wig Rescue
Stage Manager: Steve Terrell
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:  or (818) 763-5990

Plays: March 18 – May 1, 2016
Friday and Saturday Evenings at 8:00 PM
Sunday Matinees at 2:00 PM
Talk-Back Q & A after Sunday matinees: April 3 and April 17

General Admission: $25. Students/Seniors with ID: $20. Groups at 10+: $15.

Appropriate for Ages 10+
Running Rime is approximately 120 minutes with one intermission
Free street parking on Burbank Blvd and on Cleon Ave.
Please allow at least 15 minutes to park.
Mainstage Theatre wheelchair accessible

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