BY ARIEL HERNANDEZ
Known for combining theater, charity and community into all of its musical shows, the Blue Hill Troupe will perform “City of Angels” next month at Manhattan’s El Teatro of El Museo del Barrio. The troupe’s performance will include three cast members who live in Astoria.
All proceeds from the performance will go toward Rocking the Boat, a youth empowerment program located in the South Bronx.
“City of Angels” takes place in the 1940s in Hollywood, focusing on the film industry of that era. The play tells the story of a young novelist named Stine, who is attempting to write a screenplay based on one of his detective novels, which comes to life on stage in the form of his hardboiled detective alter-ago, who happens to go by the name Stone.
As Stone’s life in the film’s plot gets more complicated, so does Stine’s personal and professional life, until the point at which the two plots collide. Both the movie and the play conclude with a happy ending, the troupe’s president said.
“‘City of Angels’ is a show people really love, but it doesn’t get produced very often because it requires considerable production values,” said Blue Hill Troupe President Jennifer Dorre. “We’re fortunate that we have those capabilities and are very excited to give New Yorkers a chance to see this rarely performed gem.”
Among the play’s cast are three Astoria residents— Michael Moss, who plays the dual roles of Pancho Vargas and Detective Manny Munoz; Brady Lynch, who plays the dual roles of Oolie and Donna; and Jen Gelber, who appears in the ensemble.
Moss, who is a software developer, and Lynch, an executive assistant at Media Assembly, both got involved as volunteers with the Blue Hill Troupe last fall. This is the first year that Gelber has volunteered with the troupe.
“City of Angels” will be performed on April 21, 28 and 29 at 7:30 p.m., on April 22 and 29 at 2 p.m. and on April 23 at 3 p.m. at El Teatro of El Museo del Barrio, which is located at 1230 Fifth Avenue at 104th Street. Tickets are on sale now and range from $30 to $110. To purchase tickets, visit http://bht.org/events/city-of-angels/. And for more information on the Blue Hill Troupe, drop by the group’s website at www.bht.org.
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