A Vegas Holiday!
Songs from "Live at the Sahara"
Tuesdays thru Saturdays at 8 pm
(no Shows Dec. 24 & 25)
Saturday & Sunday Matinees at 3 Pm
(no Matinee Dec 19)
Special New Years Eve Times, 4 Pm & 10 Pm
(with New Year's Party!)
Featuring the stars and music from "Louis & Keely: Live at the Sahara" winner of the highest honor at every major LA awards ceremony. El Portal Theatre, Weddington Street Productions and Pixie Dust Storm Productions proudly present the winner of the most awards for any show this season! But only for a limited time...
one final hurrah, before it heads to Broadway!
OVATION AWARD WINNER for
LA DRAMA CRITICS CIRCLE AWARD WINNER for
GARLAND AWARD WINNER for
LA WEEKLY THEATER AWARD WINNER for
MUSICAL OF THE YEAR!
LOUIS & KEELY MAKES SOME NOISE WITH RELEASE OF FIRST CD
Thrilling ....an evening of musical showstoppers| Broder and Smith are extraordinary - Jonas Schwartz, THEATERMANIA
I found myself swaying from beginning to end in my seat, unable to sit still as the terrific seven-piece band, front-loaded with fabulous horns, kept the room aloft. - Charles McNulty, L.A. TIMES
A near transcendent musical and comedic re-creation of the legendary Louis & Keely lounge act¦ Broder effortlessly channels Prima's over-the-top vocals ¦ Smith continues to grow into Keely's dramatic musical persona¦ and special kudos must go to the ultra-swinging onstage band - Julio Martinez, VARIETY
A rush of musical adrenaline ¦ Together with Hackford, [Smith and Broder] create an act so brilliant that ¦ it gives nothing away in entertainment value. - Laurence Vittes, HOLLYWOOD REPORTER
The scorching performance of Jake Broder as Prima and the cooler but equally vibrant performance of Vanessa Claire Smith as Keely are intact from the previous version ¦ but the new Louis & Keely is richer in its staging as well as in its script. - Don Shirley, L.A. CITYBEAT
The longest running show at the Geffen!ONE OF THE MOST CELEBRATED NEW MUSICALS OF 2008 RETURNS WITH A NEW PRODUCTION DIRECTED BY ACADEMY AWARD WINNER TAYLOR HACKFORD!
Inspired by the birth of Las Vegas and the lounge acts that made the Strip legendary, Louis & Keely is a swingin love story based on the hard-won career of real-life 20th Century music icons Louis Prima and Keely Smith.
Winner of the Ovation Award for Best Musical and nominated for 14 Los Angeles theater awards, Louis & Keely is now back on stage with even more verve a new script, a new director, new characters (including Frank Sinatra) and six new songs. With a live jazz band on stage every night, old standards like "That Old Black Magic," "Hey Boy, Hey Girl," "Just a Gigolo," and I Wish You Love" keep your toes-tapping all night long.
So grab your swingers and head to the Geffen for a vintage night in Vegas -- live band, the hippest stars and a love story that could only unfold onstage.
INTERVIEW with Vanessa Claire Smith, Jake Broder and Taylor Hackford
- Courtesy of BackStage West
On Wednesday, July 22, the Geffen Playhouse will host a CD release celebration following the evening’s performance, which all ticket holders to that evening’s performance are invited to attend. Guests to the evening’s festivities will have an opportunity to mix and mingle with the cast over cocktails as well as receive a 15% discount on all CD purchases. Each album also includes a “Share the Sahara” certificate for guests to pass along to their musically inclined friends for 20% off tickets to a future performance of Louis & Keely Live at the Sahara. The album, produced by Grammy Winner Gregg Field, is in limited release and can be purchased for $20 in person at the Geffen Playhouse before and after performances or anytime here on the website.
THE Keely Smith has attended Louis & Keely! [ Read the Story! ]
LOUIS & KEELY WINS A SLEW OF AWARDS!
The awards just keep coming. Louis & Keely has won
four Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle Awards in the following categories:
● Best Production
● Best Direction - Jeremy Aldridge
● Music Direction - Dennis Kaye
● Lead Performance - Jake Broder
...six Garland Awards in the following categories:
● Playwriting - Vanessa Claire Smith & Jake Broder
● Direction - Jeremy Aldridge
● Music Direction - Dennis Kaye
● Performance in a Musical Production - Vanessa Claire Smith
● Performance in a Musical Production - Jake Broder
...and two L.A. Weekly Awards in the following categories:
● Musical of the Year
● Musical Direction - Dennis Kaye
LOUIS & KEELY HAS WON AN OVATION AWARD!Louis & Keely Live at the Sahara has won an L.A. Stage Alliance Ovation Award, Los Angeles' highest-profile theater award - the Franklin R. Levy Award for Musical in an Intimate Theatre.
The show had also been nominated in the following categories:
● Lead Actress in a Musical - Vanessa Claire Smith
● Lead Actor in a Musical - Jake Broder
● Direction of a Musical - Jeremy Aldridge