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 Posted:   May 9, 2014 - 2:33 PM   
 By:   Morricone   (Member)

I'd thought I would give everyone a heads-up that Bruce Kimmel, whose labels Bay Cities and Kritzerland have delivered many a quality soundtrack release over the years, is realizing a dream project he has had since his youth. The young Bruce saw the Paramount film version of LIL ABNER and was smitten. He has been imagining doing a production ever since and now he is doing so at Los Angeles City College Theater Arts Department (pretty impressive alumni including James Coburn, Robert Vaughn and other "magnificent" actors) from May 20th to the 24th, including some matinees. If I had my druthers, I'd druther have a production that understood all the nuance and innuendo of this popular satire. Having been to Kritzerland shows before, I'd say LIL ABNER is in the very best of hands!


https://www.facebook.com/events/1434673603455338/permalink/1435233356732696/


https://www.vendini.com/ticketLine/ITL/?m=a9f87634dd099db37ca017770a089e87&t=tix

 
 Posted:   May 9, 2014 - 4:46 PM   
 By:   Krakatoa   (Member)

So great to see some new love for this wonderful song score by Gene De Paul (and Johnny Mercer lyrics).

 
 
 Posted:   May 9, 2014 - 7:22 PM   
 By:   haineshisway   (Member)

I'll definitely be there! smile We are having a blast. Pros and student actors all doing a grand job.

 
 
 Posted:   May 22, 2014 - 11:17 PM   
 By:   Morricone   (Member)

Having seen this tonight I feel even more confident pushing this on this side of the board since Bruce modeled this production after the movie more than the play. The result is more relevant today than when it came out. The satire is sharper. The innuendoes bawdier. As I mentioned above Bruce has been thinking about this musical (his favorite) for some 30 years and he has every little moment working like clockwork, the laughs hardly stop. This is a ridiculously successful production. For the uninitiated the music was by Gene DePaul (SEVEN BRIDES FOR SEVEN BROTHERS), lyrics by Johnny Mercer (Henry Mancini's, Harold Arlen's and Hoagy Carmichael's lyricist among many others) written by Panama and Frank (THE COURT JESTER, THE ROAD TO HONG KONG) and all adhering to Al Capp's original cartoon and world of outrageous characters. This cast is mainly from the college but all the leads are pros, especially John Massey who has the impossible task of filling Stubby Kaye's shoes as Marryin' Sam and does it nicely nicely, thank you. If I keep going someone will think Bruce paid me so I will simply put it this way. If you do not have a ton of FUN at this show then see a doctor, you probably don't have a pulse.

Till Saturday:
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 Posted:   May 23, 2014 - 7:54 AM   
 By:   Eugene Iemola   (Member)

I'd have loved to been able to see this run but previous engagements precluded my wife and I from going. Tell me, did Bruce update some of the jokes or is it set firmly in the 50's?

 
 
 Posted:   May 23, 2014 - 5:29 PM   
 By:   haineshisway   (Member)

I'd have loved to been able to see this run but previous engagements precluded my wife and I from going. Tell me, did Bruce update some of the jokes or is it set firmly in the 50's?

We set it in the year the film came out - 1959. As Henry said, what I did was cut all of the dated name references from the play and replaced many of them with the much superior and more general jokes from the film - it came out better than I could have imagined.

 
 
 Posted:   May 23, 2014 - 5:49 PM   
 By:   TheFamousEccles   (Member)

If I didn't live on the other side of the country (Dogpatch is about the halfway mark between where I am and LA), I would be there with cowbells on. I absolutely love the score (though one of my favorite songs from it, "It's a Nuisance Having You Around" was cut at some point in its development), and am an enormous fan of the comic strip, so it's great to see the show and material in such good and simpatico hands.

If you're able to go see this production (or any production of this show, but namely this one), you should go, and you'll leave exclaiming: "Oh, happy day!"

 
 
 Posted:   May 23, 2014 - 6:09 PM   
 By:   haineshisway   (Member)

If I didn't live on the other side of the country (Dogpatch is about the halfway mark between where I am and LA), I would be there with cowbells on. I absolutely love the score (though one of my favorite songs from it, "It's a Nuisance Having You Around" was cut at some point in its development), and am an enormous fan of the comic strip, so it's great to see the show and material in such good and simpatico hands.

If you're able to go see this production (or any production of this show, but namely this one), you should go, and you'll leave exclaiming: "Oh, happy day!"


They won't exclaim Oh Happy Day in this production - we cut the song. Abner, the musical, runs two hours and forty minutes, as opposed to the film, which runs 105 minutes. I brought our running time down to two hours exactly, which helps the proceedings immeasurably. I've always felt that Oh Happy Day is dated in a way that nothing else in the show is, song-wise, and it's also the top of act two at a time when we want to get back to the story. It's sung by characters that we don't see before or after and it frankly gives away one of the funniest gags in the show, the reveal of the husbands a muscle-men. That's the only song we cut, though.

 
 
 Posted:   May 23, 2014 - 9:12 PM   
 By:   Morricone   (Member)

I see my exuberance ain't just shared by only the few that were around me.

http://www.newsfromme.com/2014/05/23/druthers/

http://www.broadwayworld.com/los-angeles/article/BWW-Reviews-Bruce-Kimmels-Dynomite-LIL-ABNER-Lights-Up-LACC-Stage-Through-Tomorrow-Only-20140523#.U4AbLU1OU6a

Which reminds me I am shocked I didn't give special notice to the choreography by Kay Cole and Bruce. I repeat a ridiculously successful production that should have a greater run than it has.

Mundo congrats Bruce!

 
 
 Posted:   May 24, 2014 - 9:53 AM   
 By:   Morricone   (Member)

 
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