January 12, 2007
Director of Media Relations

AMHERST, Mass.—The Amherst College Department of Music will present the 1990 Broadway hit City of Angels at 8 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 1, Friday, Feb. 2 and Saturday, Feb. 3, in Buckley Recital Hall in the Arms Music Center at Amherst College. General admission tickets are $12, $7 and $4, but the show is free to Amherst College students. Reservations are recommended, and are available online at cityofangels@amherst.edu.

Written by Broadway legends Cy Coleman and Larry Gelbart, City of Angels, a musical comedy in the film noir style, features a stunning, jazz-inspired score. The plot follows Stone, a hard-boiled detective in the Sam Spade style, hot on the trail of an absent heiress. But the story turns on its head when we enter the world of Stine, a frazzled novelist trying to adapt his creation of Stone into a screenplay. The show is a visual feast that bounces between two glitzy worlds of intrigue: the black-and-white, 1940s detective-novel universe of Stone and the glamorous, colorized contemporary Hollywood of Stine, who struggles to maintain his artistic vision in the face of a conniving producer. Angels won six Tony Awards, including Best Musical in 1990, and continues to receive critical praise as what The New York Times calls a “tough period satire with stylistic perfection.”

The Interterm musical has become an annual tradition at Amherst College, with past performances of Candide (2006), La Cage aux Folles (2005) and A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum (2004). Mark Lane Swanson, director of instrumental music at Amherst, endorses the program’s commitment to putting on shows with artistic depth and a strong ethical message. “I want to choose shows that are an education,” Swanson says, and he hopes that City of Angels, with its focus on preserving one’s self respect and creative integrity, will hit a strong chord with college students.

The Five College student cast is directed by A. Scott Parry, with musical direction by Swanson. As in past years the Amherst College Orchestra will be in the “pit.” This production is funded by the Amherst College Department of Music and the Association of Amherst Students.