‘Down On Your Knees and Up To The Moon’ an original musical

It really all begins before curtain as the audience is treated to the magical music of Louis B. Armstrong and Arty Shaw and other star performers from 1939; the year for Act One.  It is the year of the New York World’s Fair and the location is in one of New York’s swankiest hotels.  A troupe of lovely dancing girls help set the mood as buttoned down management mingles with inventors, celebrities and criminals.  There are love stories and passion often told in song and backed by beautiful harmony from a vibrant cast. 

Billy Budinich & Kelly Musslewhite Photo credit: Mathew Caine - Digitrope Studios

Act two takes you to 1964 with another pre curtain musical immersion, this time mostly with the Beatles. You are taken back to the same swank hotel and this time it is the New York World’s Fair redux.  The chorus line has shrunken but the characters are larger than life and contain the same mix of inventors, celebrities and criminals.  It is an exquisite display of the notion that no matter how much things seem to change the basics remain the same; oh so true in life and love. 

Dylan George & Kelly Musslewhite Photo credit: Mathew Caine - Digitrope Studios

The entire cast performs beautifully with often superb vocal skills clearly evident.  The set design was once again a work of magic given the intimate atmosphere of the theatre.  “Down On Your Knees and Up To The Moon” is a unique show, a juke box musical.  It does for the most part lack the stereotypical structure of beginning, middle and resolution in the end, but it is always the journey that matters most.

Keturah Hamilton & Chad Dereck Photo credit: Mathew Caine - Digitrope Studios

Directed by Gloria Gifford, “Down On Your Knees and Up To The Moon” runs now through April 30th at T. U. Studios, 10943 Camarillo Street, North Hollywood, CA. Show times are Saturdays at 8:00 p.m. and Sundays at 7:30 p.m.  For information call 310-366-5505310-366-5505 and go to: www.tix.com for tickets.

Yvette DeVito, Heather Compton, Maya Moore & Chad Dereck Photo credit: Mathew Caine - Digitrope Studios

 

 

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