IRVINE, CA — The University of California at Irvine — presented The musical “Sweet Smell of Success” at the Claire Trevor School of the Arts from 5/30/2015 to 6/7/2015.
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Sweet Smell of Success (Music by the late Marvin Hamlisch, Lyrics by Craig Carnelia, Book by John Guare, 2002).
“In celebration of the life of the late American music theater composer Marvin Hamlisch, Sweet Smell of Success begins thus: Good Evening, Mr. and Mrs. America. It’s New York, 1952.”
Welcome to Broadway, the glamour capital of the universe. The show is based on the 1957 movie of the same name, which tells the story of a powerful newspaper columnist named J.J. Hunsecker (a dramatic interpretation of New York columnist Walter Winchell) who uses his power and connections to ruin his sister’s relationship with a man he deems inappropriate.
Set against a backdrop of the elegant and glamorous 1950’s New York, various geometric love situations are served up sumptuously in a glorious jazz score that serves to underpin both the longing, the desperation, the deceit and the sweet lovemaking and death for which New York High Society is infamous.
Sweet Smell of Success — all undergraduate musical
Music by Marvin Hamlisch
Lyrics by Craig Carnelia
Book by John Guare
Directed by Myrona DeLaney
Choreographed by Andrew Palermo
Daniel Gary Busby, Music Director/Conductor
Listen to short segments of this musical: