Friday, August 28, 2009

ICT Season to feature Ginger Rogers and Greta Garbo Musicals

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International City Theatre celebrates its 25th Anniversary Season with two new musicals featuring Hollywood legends – Backwards in High Heels: The Ginger Musical, a Los Angeles premiere musical biography of Ginger Rogers, and When Garbo Talks!, a world premiere musical about the mysterious Greta Garbo.

Backwards in High Heels opens the season (February 23 – March 28, 2010) and is conceived and developed by Lynnette Barkley and Christopher McGovern, with book, songs and arrangements by McGovern. The show combines original songs and vintage movie musical numbers with dance for a toe-tapping account of the public and private life of the woman who would eventually become Fred Astaire’s dance partner.

When Garbo Talks! will close ICT’season (October 12 – November 14, 2010). The musical is a comic, moving and tuneful look at the events leading to Greta Garbo's discovery and rise to stardom at the dawn of Hollywood's Golden Age. Book and lyrics are by Buddy Kaye and music is by Mort Garson.

The 25th Anniversary season will also include:

How The Other Half Loves by Alan Ayckbourn
April 27 – May 23, 2010
In the madcap world of How The Other Half Loves, life moves at twice its usual furious pace. Three couples, connected only by the husbands' jobs, get together for two dinner parties - which take place on stage at the same time. The comically ingenious action involves a pair of illicit lovers whose outrageous behavior and unfortunate blunders create a whirlwind of chaos, confusion and laughter.

A Shayna Maidel by Barbara Lebow
June 8 – July 11, 2010
In 1946, a Polish immigrant living in New York is reunited with her sister who remained in Poland and lived through the Holocaust. A Shayna Maidel is a powerful and emotionally charged tale of sustenance, hope, and the belief that from a broken and bitter past, a better future may be born.

The Clean House by Sarah Ruhl
August 24 – September 19
An unpredictable and sublime rumination on the importance of laughter and mess in our lives. Four markedly different, yet intimately connected women grapple with order, cleanliness, and the messy ambiguities of life in a quirky and unexpectedly moving comedy about love, loss, and the power of a good joke.

International City Theatre is located in the Long Beach Performing Arts Center, 300 East Ocean Blvd., Long Beach, CA 90802. For more information call (562) 436-4610 or go to
http://www.internationalcitytheatre.org/.
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