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Gunmetal Blues 

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 THE COLONY THEATRE COMPANY PROUDLY PRESENTS 
A HOT BLONDE, A PRIVATE DICK, A JAZZY SCORE
AND A MURDER … 

   GUNMETAL
BLUES

  Book by Scott Wentworth
    Music and lyrics by 
           Craig Bohmler and Marion Adler

     Directed by ANDREW BARNICLE

    The killer musical opens October 18, 2003

“I thought you were supposed to be a detective…”
“Don’t let the trench coat fool you, I’m just expecting rain.”




September 19, 2003…Burbank, CA…The Colony Theatre Company proudly presents the Los Angeles premiere of a killer musical, GUNMETAL BLUES, with a book by Scott Wentworth, music and lyrics by Craig Bohmler & Marion Adler and direction by Andy Barnicle. GUNMETAL BLUES will open on Saturday, October 18th and continue through Sunday, November 16th at the Colony Theatre, 555 North Third Street (at Cypress) in the heart of the Burbank Media Center.

In GUNMETAL BLUES, Sam Galahad, a down-and-out private dick, has been hired to find Jennifer, the daughter of the recently deceased millionaire Adrian Wasp. When a mysterious dame waltzes into Sam’s office and shows him Jennifer Wasp’s photo, Sam’s heart does a drum solo…“Forget about ships, this face could launch a thousand rockets. She had hair the color of moonlight on topaz and a mouth that could send Shakespeare thumbing through a thesaurus.” As Sam starts digging deeper into Jennifer’s disappearance and the Wasp suicide case, he soon finds himself getting in too deep, but will he be able to solve the mystery that is at once elusive and right in front of his face or will his heart stand in the way?

GUNMETAL BLUES is a musical in the tradition of Dashiell Hammett and Raymond Chandler and is an homage to the art of theatrical storytelling. All of the characters are played by three actors who sing a score that the New Yorker raved is “sophisticated…sometimes rousing, sometimes sentimental, and always delicious. GUNMETAL BLUES is a thinking man’s CITY OF ANGELS.”

Barbara Beckley, Producing Director of the Colony Theatre comments, “We have a wonderful relationship underway with Andy Barnicle and the Laguna Playhouse. They are currently producing our production of THE LARAMIE PROJECT, and it is just wonderful that Andy is bringing to our audiences GUNMETAL BLUES, a show that he starred in when it had its Southern California premiere in Laguna. We think our subscribers and audiences are going to have a great time guessing whodunit, and we hope this is the beginning of many terrific collaborations with the great team at the Laguna Playhouse.”

Andrew Barnicle is the Artistic Director of the Laguna Playhouse, a position he has held since July of 1991. Since then, he has directed over twenty productions for the Playhouse including: Lovers at Versailles, Rounding Third, Stella by Starlight, Wonderful World, American Buffalo, the recent World Premiere of Sherwood Karaly’s Who’s Hot, Who’s Not, the U.S. premiere of Kevin’s Bed, Communicating Doors, Picasso at the Lapin Agile, The Woman in Black, Sylvia, Laughter on the 23rd Floor, Don’t Dress For Dinner, Othello, his world premiere adaptation of his wife Sara’s translation of Goldoni’s The Liar, the Southern California premiere of Inspecting Carol, the world premiere of John Twomey’s Teacher’s Lounge and Joe Orton’s What The Butler Saw. He also starred in the Laguna Playhouse production of GUNMETAL BLUES playing Sam Galahad and he can be heard on its cast recording. Andrew is also a member of the adjunct theater facility at the University of California Irvine. This is his directing debut at the Colony Theatre.

The cast of GUNMETAL BLUES includes Susan Wood who recently appeared as a series regular on WB's “The Jamie Foxx Show”. She also starred on Broadway as Sandy in the revival of GREASE with Rosie O'Donnell, and played Evelyn Nesbit in RAGTIME at the Los Angeles Shubert Theater, where she recieved an L.A. Ovation Award nomination. Other Broadway/National Tour productions include GRAND HOTEL, CHESS and FACE VALUE. She has appeared Off-Broadway in EATING RAOUL and in numerous regional theater productions throughout the country. Jeffrey Rockwell starred in the Laguna Playhouse production of GUNMETAL BLUES and can be heard singing on the cast album. He was last represented at the Colony when DANDELION WINE, the musical based on Ray Bradbury's novel for which Mr. Rockwell wrote the music and lyrics, was chosen to open the new Burbank home of the company. Before that, he was seen onstage at the original Colony theatre playing Bruce Granit in ON THE TWENTIETH CENTURY. His association with the Colony dates back to ROYAL HUNT OF THE SUN in 1976 and has included several stints onstage as well as the composition of original scores for a number of productions, including THE LAST METRO, for which he also wrote the lyrics. His most notable roles include Stone and Stine in the L.A. and National companies of CITY OF ANGELS. Kevin Symons most recently appeared on the Colony Theatre stage in THE NERD starring French Stewart and in the world premiere of BEA[U]TIFUL IN THE EXTREME. Kevin has also worked at the Laguna Playhouse where he starred in the critically acclaimed two character comedy ROUNDING THIRD directed by Andrew Barnicle and SPINNING INTO BUTTER among many other shows in the Los Angeles area.

Performances will be Fridays and Saturdays at 8:00pm, and Sundays at 2:00pm and 7:00pm. Additionally there will be added performances on Saturday, October 25th and Saturday, November 1st at 3:00pm; Thursday, November 6th and Thursday, November 13th at 8:00pm. Ticket prices are Thursday, Saturday matinee and Sunday evenings $29.00 ($26 for Students and Seniors); Friday evenings and Sunday matinees $32 ($29 for Students and Seniors); Saturday evenings all seats $35. Preview performances are Wednesday, October 15th; Thursday, October 16th and Friday, October 17th at 8:00pm - all tickets $20.00. Opening night gala (with reception) all tickets $50.00. Special TalkBack performances on Friday, October 24th and Thursday November 6th. For tickets, call the Box Office at 818/558-7000. 

Should you have any questions or need additional information, please feel free to contact David Elzer at (818) 508-1754 or by e-mail at ELZERD@aol.com
 

The Colony Theatre Company is a 28 year old organization dedicated to bringing the finest quality theatrical productions to Los Angeles. The theatre is located at 555 North Third Street, at the corner of Cypress, in the heart of the Burbank Media Center. For further information, call (818) 558-7000. Fax number: (818) 558-7110. E-mail: boxoffice@colonytheatre.org. Or visit our website at www.colonytheatre.org
 
 
CONTACTS:  David Elzer
Demand PR
(818) 508-1754

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