- Levi! (2017) [Stage Musical]
|1.||The Streets Are Paved With Gold / Opportunity / Welcome to the U.S. of A.|
|2.||Business Is Business|
|3.||Seven Beautiful Children|
|5.||We Know Why|
|6.||Like a Man|
|10.||Great American Friend|
|12.||Like a Man (Reprise)|
|13.||The Dream I Must Not Dream|
|14.||Business Is Business (Reprise)|
|15.||So Many Empty Rooms|
|16.||Look How It Adds Up|
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From the Manufacturer
It would seem nigh unto impossible to produce a new Sherman Brothers musical in the year 2017 but sometimes nigh unto impossible things happen and dreams come true. The musical was and is called Levi!/ It was written in the very late 1970s but never produced. Not only did it have a score by one of the most legendary songwriting teams in history, it had a book by the cult screenwriter/director, Larry Cohen (and then-wife, Janelle Webb Cohen), who had, a few years earlier, unleashed the world's first mutant killer baby movie, It's Alive. The show was about the life of Levi Strauss, the man who gave the world Levi pants. From his coming to America as a penniless immigrant to finding the greatest success imaginable and truly achieving the American Dream.
The 1980s were difficult for the Sherman Brothers and the heartbreak of Levi! sitting unproduced was, yes, heartbreaking. But now, at long last, that wrong has been righted. The show, with a revised book and some additional material, opened on November 17, 2017 in the Camino Theatre on the campus of Los Angeles City College. The audiences loved the show – there were laughs and tears and cheering and standing ovations at every performance. The production had a great set, fun choreography, beautiful costumes, terrific orchestrations, wonderful lighting and sound – and a great performance by leading man, Marc Ginsburg, who was simply born to play Levi Strauss.
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