Jeff Marlow (c) and members of the cast of "Hollywood"
All photos by Jim Carmody
The just-opened world premiere noir musical thriller “Hollywood”, again written by Di Pietro and helmed by Ashley, is looking to pull off a Tony Award-winning ‘Daily Double’ coup, as the punters say at nearby Del Mar Racetrack. In this critic’s opinion “Hollywood” has excellent odds to encore the feat in the 2017 Broadway season.
How could it miss? It’s a perfect fit! There is no love lost between the movie and TV industry 'Titans of Hollywood' and the guardians of the legitimate stage theatres of New York The Broadway Theatre League.
Broadway regularly disses all things Hollywood, especially actor/movie stars trying to burnish his or her acting chops by doing a turn on the Broadway stage. Perhaps it’s a form of payback for the flight of their beloved Brooklyn Dodgers who bolted for the Shangri-La weather of Southern California back in 1956. Who knows? But, I digress.
|Scott Drummond (William Desmond Taylor|
and Talene Monohon (Mary Miles Minter)
|Jeff Marlow as D.A. Woodwine and|
Patrick Kerr as Will Hays
|Harriet Harris as Charlotte Shelby and|
Talene Monohon as Mary Miles Minter
The production stars Tony Award-winner Harriet Harris as a strong Charlotte Shelby, one of many suspects along with her daughter Mary Miles Minter played by Talene Monohon, Taylor’s youthful leading lady.
The cast also includes Maththew Amendt, Jacob Bruce, Shaun T. Evans, Katherine Ko, Martin Meccouri, Kate Rockwell, Lee Sellars, Caroline Siewert and Terrance White.
|Martin Meccouri and Harriet Harris|
“Audiences are in for a fantastic night at the Playhouse with Joe’s smart and sexy new play. Though set in the Golden Age of movies, “Hollywood” depicts a time and territory that is uncannily like our own, both politically and culturally,” said Ashley in an earlier press statement and he ought to know. He’s one of the most savvy and inventive directors working today. I still remember his inspired direction of “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” at the Playhouse several seasons back.
|Talene Monohon as Mary Miles Minter |
and KateRockwell as Mabel Normand
|Kate Rockwell as Mabel Norman and Scott Drummond |
as William Desmond Taylor in "Hollywood"
Naturally, there will be pruning, tightening, crafting and shaping the production to fit the Broadway profile.There will no doubt be rewrites, even new songs and numbers either added or deleted. But when the production opens, I believe both coasts will be pleased on opening night. I’ve already transferred this production to Broadway.
“Hollywood” performs at the La Jolla Playhouse’s Mandell Weiss Theatre and runs through June 12, 2016.