L.A. Now and Then is a valentine to Los Angeles past and present

Mar 19, 2022
L.A. Now and Then at Group Repertory Theatre

The Group Rep presents L.A. Now and Then, a new musical revue that celebrates the City of Angels past and present. Directed by Bruce Kimmel with Richard Allen as musical director, it was produced by Kathleen Delaney and Doug Haverty for the Group Rep.

In 2016, L.A. Now and Then was presented at the Los Angeles City College Theatre Academy as a workshop production. The show has been reworked and refined for a full production at the Group Rep.

The current production of L.A. Now and Then at the Lonny Chapman Theatre features all new songs written by L.A. based composers and writers, with sketches, dances, a cast of 15 performers, and a live four-piece band, set against a backdrop of projections in a love letter to L.A. celebrating the city in a way that's never been experienced before.

Composers and writers include music and lyrics by Michele Brourman, Grant Geissman, Paul Gordon, Bruce Kimmel, Shelly Markham, Amanda McBroom, Wayne Moore, Adryan Russ, Richard M. Sherman, and The Sherman Brothers (Academy Award-winner Richard M. Sherman contributed his song, "The Whimsey Works," a touching and beautiful tribute to Walt Disney and his studio at the time when Mr. Sherman worked there with brother Robert.). Sketches and monologues are by Bill Fitzhugh, Doug Haverty, Bruce Kimmel, Bruce Vilanch and David Wechter.

Although the musical review is focused on Los Angeles, it will resonate with anyone no matter where they are from. The details and cities may be different, but the shared experiences of the show are universal.

L.A. Now and Then is a valentine to Los Angeles past and present. So, whether you're a native, a transplant, or a visitor, hop onboard for a wonderful ride through a most unique city.