Shows often take a while to transfer from the original venue to the West End, but Josie Rourke’s acclaimed revival of the musical about a crime novelist trying to write a Hollywood movie about a Chandleresque private eye must set some sort of record. It was first seen at the Donmar in 2014 and scooped the 2015 Olivier for best musical but only now finds itself a berth in the West End. The show had its first West End outing in 2003 and it remains a deliciously dark and grown-up confection for those who like their musicals intelligent, smoky and complex. A great cast too with Rosalie Craig, Hadley Fraser and Jonathan Slinger all on board, a sure sign of quality.
Josie Rourke, the last Artistic Director of the Donmar Warehouse, is bringing her production back to London six years after it played in the West End to enormous success. Set in LA in the 40s, it bites at the treacherous culture of Hollywood.
A screenwriter with a movie to finish. A private eye with a case to crack. But nothing’s black and white when a dame is involved. And does anyone stick to the script in this city? This is Tinseltown. You gotta ask yourself: what’s real… and what’s reel… Josie Rourke’s “ingenious, stupendous revival” (The Telegraph) premiered in 2014, when it was hailed as “a blissful evening” (The Stage) that’s “smart, seductive and very funny” (Evening Standard). With a swinging score by Cy Coleman and David Zippel and a brilliantly witty book by Larry Gelbart, CITY OF ANGELS is a musical love letter to the glamorous world of old Hollywood and film noir. The West End production will star Hadley Fraser, Rosalie Craig, Rebecca Trehearn and, making her West End debut, Vanessa Williams. Age Recommendation: 10+