“LA Now and Then” – NoHo Arts District
A NoHo Arts theater review of The Group Rep’s musical review, “LA Now and Then” music review at The Group Rep, conducted by Bruce Kimmel, musical direction by Richard Allen, orchestrations by Lanny Meyers and produced by Kathleen Delaney and Doug Haverty.
You can always count on the inventive people of The group representative to create the right production at the right time. As we gratefully return to the theaters, we all need a jolt of pleasure, a reward from the familiar, and a cheerful reminder that LA is our home.
“LA Now and Then” is a magnificent tribute to a city full of contradictions, magic and memories.
With a huge cast of 13 enthusiastic singers and dancers, we’re taken on a journey through the years of Old Hollywood, vintage kids’ TV shows, iconic LA restaurants, music, landmarks, legends and everything. what you can imagine that makes LA unique. it’s.
I especially loved the song about terrible LA traffic and love someone enough to pick it up at LAX on a Friday at 6pm…not sure I’d love someone enough to do that! There is also a brilliant and very funny song on NOHO, sung with great love. However, there is so much more and sketch after sketch, dance routine after dance routine.
There’s definitely no chance of getting bored, and the songs are really great. “LA Now and Then” is full of very beautiful anecdotes, very moving in places, and absolutely hilarious in others. The performers are wonderful, all working together to remind us how lucky we are to live in a city so diverse and full of talent and fantasy.
If it’s time for you to dust off your theatrical attire and venture out into the world, then rest assured that the band rep has put in place every precaution and a theater that has been sanitized well beyond regulations. They take great care of you and the theater is spacious and very well ventilated. That aside, it really feels like “LA Now and Then” was chosen to help us all heal a bit from the past two years — with uplifting and inspiring music and dance, and a band of charming actors who are clearly thrilled to share such a great show with the world.
Maybe I’m sentimental…actually I know I am, but sitting in a theater watching a show full of hardworking actors and a Bowl-worthy live band performing music written to honor contributions LA’s culturally significant and important to the world, along with its quirks and history, was thrilling and filled me with joy. Well done!!
The show runs until May 8, so you have some time, but don’t delay, the place was packed! Let’s support our NoHo cinemas!
Composers and writers:
Music and lyrics by Michele Brourman, Grant Geissman, Karen Gottlieb, Bruce Kimmel, Shelly Markham, Amanda McBroom, Lanny Meyers, Wayne Moore, Adryan Russ, Richard M. Sherman and The Sherman Brothers (Academy Award winner Richard M. Sherman contributed his song, “The Whimsey Works,” a touching and beautiful tribute to Walt Disney and his studio when Mr. Sherman worked there with his brother Robert.). Sketches and monologues are by Bill Fitzhugh, Doug Haverty, Bruce Kimmel and David Wechter.
The cast includes Lottie Arnold, Lisa Dyson, Harrison Fahn, Liz Grannis, Haruna Kajino, Marcel Licera, Danika Masi, Hisato Masuyama, Alariza Nevarez, Alec Reusch, Jeffrey Rockwell, Margaret Staedler and Tamir Yardenne.
The band is under the musical direction of Richard Allen who is also on keyboard, with Ken Zambello on bass, Ed Smith on drums, Matt Hevesh on guitar, Brandon Wilkins on reeds and Bob O’Donnell on trumpet.
The manufacturing team:
Bruce Kimmel (director), Kathleen Delaney (assistant director), Richard Allen (music director), Lanny Meyers (orchestrations), Cheryl Baxter (choreographer), Tesshi Nakagawa and Pawena Sriha (scenography), Michael Mullen (costumes) , Sammy Strittmatter (sound design), Tesshi Nakagawa and Doug Haverty (projections), Bita Arefnia (stage manager), Doug Haverty (graphic design), Kristin Stancato (online marketing) and Kathleen Delaney and Doug Haverty (producers).
April 1 – May 8
Friday & Saturday at 8 p.m., Sunday at 2 p.m.
The group representative
Lonny Chapman Theater
10900 Burbank Blvd.
North Hollywood, CA 91601