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City of Angels closed on September 27, 2015. Thank you for a fabulous run!

“A deliciously funny celebration and spoof.” – NY Times

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City of Angels

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Book by Larry Gelbart
Music by Cy Coleman
Lyrics by David Zippel

Music direction by Mary Chun
Stage direction by Nathan Cummings


$9  for junior-high and high-school students (Sep 4 only)
$25  for youth 21 and under
$35  for adults
Seniors:  subscribe for a huge discount!

Winner of six Tony Awards, Coleman’s masterpiece is loaded with swinging jazz tunes music and side splitting comedy.

Set in the glamorous, seductive Hollywood of the ’40s, a world of flamboyant egos, casting couches and flimsy negligees, the show chronicles the hilarious misadventures of Stine, a young novelist attempting a screenplay for movie mogul Buddy Fidler (who’s read a synopsis of every book he’s ever written) while sparring with a character of his own creation, a hard-boiled gumshoe named Stone.

Generously underwritten by Larry Russo:

Larry Russo was born at the City of Angels Hospital in LA during the forties. He thinks he remembers Stone's gurney and the orderlies chatting about the

Larry Russo was born at the City of Angels Hospital in LA during the forties.  He thinks he remembers Stone’s gurney and the orderlies chatting about the “private dick” on it.  He, for sure, remembers the cigarette smoke…

Read the Article about our production in the Argus Courier.

Title Sponsor:Larry Russo

Cast & Band


Domonic Tracy


James Pfeiffer


Kelly Britt


Cary Ann Rosko

Buddy Fidler

Spencer Dodd


Maria Mikheyenko


Krista Joy Serpa

Pancho/Lt. Munoz

Miguel Evangelista

Jimmy Powers

Benjamin DeShazo-Couchot

The Angel City Four

Anna Joham, Michelle Pagano, Jacob Thompson, Stephen Walsh

Big Six/ Mahoney/ Studio Cop

Quest Meyer

Sonny/Yamato/ Studio Cop

Jorge Covarrubias

Shoeshine/Luther Kingsley/Werner

Warren Theuret


Doug Delaney


Daniel Gianola-Norris


Rod Verette, Paul Coker


John Shebalin


Kevin Neuhoff, Tommy Kesecker, Ben Paysen


Marja Mutru, Ken Brill


Stage Manager

Ross Tiffany-Brown

Assistant Stage Manager

Maya Babow

Scenic Designer

Wayne Hovey

Costume Designer

Lisa Claybaugh

Sound Designer

Jared Emerson-Johnson


Bridget Codoni

Fight Choreographer

Barton Smith

Ken Brill

Ken Brill (pianist)

Ken’s Bay Area credits include MD/pianist for BBB’s Forever Plaid, PAP pit keyboards for productions of Rent, Nunsense, Altar Boyz, Sunset Boulevard, Legally Blonde, Miss Saigon, pianist/singer at The Bracebridge Dinner in Yosemite, 2nd Piano for SF Playhouse’s production of Company, as well as onstage in Ray of Light’s Sweeney Todd as Judge Turpin, Old Soldier/Judge Roan in Parade at PAP, and Sir Lionel in SF Playhouse’s Camelot.

Kelly Britt

Kelly Britt (Gabby/Bobbi)

returns after recently gracing the Cinnabar stage in The Marriage of Figaro (Susanna), Carmen (Micaëla), 110 in the Shade (Lizzie), and Don Giovanni (Donna Anna). Other theatre credits include The Sound of Music (Maria), The Music Man (Marian), Guys and Dolls (Sarah Brown), It’s a Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play (Mary) and TheatreWorks’ reading of Maria/Maria! (Sister Catherine, and various works at their Writers’ Retreat). Her operatic resume is equally as formidable, including productions of Rossini’s Il Signor Bruschino (Sofia), Hansel and Gretel (Gretel), and Giulio Cesare (Cleopatra)

Mary Chun

Mary Chun (music director, conductor)

“One cannot resist the charm, energy, and allégresse that was displayed on the podium by Mary Chun.” 
– Le Figaro, Paris. A fierce advocate of new work and equally passionate about reviving classics by the masters, mary chun (music director) conducts opera and musical theater in the Bay Area and beyond. In 2014 she made her Chinese debut as Music Director for the premiere of Avenue Q in Beijing where the two-month run was met with sold-out success and won the distinction of Best Musical Production in the Large Theater Category. Invited to return earlier this year for the Chinese premiere of How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying, Mary music directed both the Beijing and Shanghai productions of this Pulitzer-prize winning musical. Concluding her 5th season as resident music director at Cinnabar and 15th season as principal conductor for Earplay, Mary has conducted operas new and old in Europe and the US and worked with notable composers such as John Adams, Libby Larsen, and Tan Dun, to name a few. Nominated by the Bay Area Theater Critics Circle for her work with recent Cinnabar productions Fiddler and The Marriage of Figaro, Mary received the Best Music Direction Award in Small Theater Category for The Marriage of Figaro. Mary’s most recent Cinnabar direction was Falstaff in June.

Lisa Claybaugh

Lisa Claybaugh (costume designer)

has 18 years of experience as a costumer. She holds degrees in Dance and German Translation from Rutgers University. Her work has been seen on theater, opera and dance companies nationally. Lisa is the Resident Costume Designer at Coastal Repertory Theatre in Half Moon Bay (where she has worked on more than a dozen productions), at Notre Dame de Namur Music Department, and is the Resident Designer and a founding member of Half Moon Bay Shakespeare Company. She also stays busy as a freelance arts administrator, dancer, choreographer, and mother.

Bridget Codoni

Bridget Codoni (choreographer)

has been performing musical theatre her entire life and started teaching at age 16. Even from the start her passion was choreography. Codoni has choreographed for many shows such as, SRJC Spring Dance for three years running, assistant for Beauty and the Beast and Footloose, and Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat at Music to My Ears. She was thrilled to work on City of Angels and hopes you’re moved by the performance.

Nathan Cummings

Nathan Cummings (stage director)

has made Petaluma his home for the past five years. Prior to moving here, he was performing and directing throughout Asia, extensively in China and South Korea. Nathan has lived in New York City, Austin, St. Louis, and San Jose. He has performed and directed with many theater companies, both small and extremely small. His recent performance credits include The Pavilion, The Full Monty, 110 in the Shade, Crimes of the Heart, and We Won’t Pay! We Won’t Pay! Nathan has spent the past 12 years immersed in the world of theater for youth. He has directed large-scale youth productions, been a tour coordinator, and taught theater across the US.

Doug Delaney (reeds)

plays professionally in many venues in the San Francisco Bay Area in including symphony orchestras, theaters and recording studios. Currently performing in two classical trios, three big jazz bands, and two saxophone quartets. Doug graduated from San Francisco Start where he studied with members of the San Francisco Symphony.

Robin DeLuca

Robin DeLuca (lighting design)

is a graduate of the SSU technical theater program, emphasis on lighting design. She divides her time between freelance lighting for schools and community theatre and Local 16 stagehand work. She is in residence with the Raven Players and designs for Sonoma Academy, San Domenico School, Cardinal Newman High Drama and Dance, and for the occasional Sonoma show (most recently “Jake’s Women”.

Benjamin DeShazo-Couchot

Benjamin DeShazo-Couchot (Jimmy Powers)

is a Santa Rosa native. A vocalist and composer, he completed his BA in Music at Sonoma State University, and currently studies his MA in Church Music and Liturgy (Conducting) at Saint Joseph’s College, Indiana. He has taught K-8 Music and Voice in the East Bay concurrently, and has served as Principal Baritone with the Saint Edward parish schola. Recent roles include the Herald in Brian Wilson’s Agamemon, and “Vocalist” in Hugh Livingston’s improvisatory River Opera.

Spencer Dodd

Spencer Dodd (Buddy Fidler)

has the unusual distinction of being both an opera singer and a motorcyclist. Recently he sang the title role in Don Giovanni with Waffle Opera, Sid in Albert Herring at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music, and Dolabella in the modern world premier of the 350 year old opera La Cleoptra with Ars Minerva. When not on stage he takes any opportunity he can get to escape to the hills with his motorcycle.

Jared Emerson-Johnson

Jared Emerson-Johnson (sound design)

is a composer, sound designer, and voice director. His work is primarily featured in video games. Jared’s score to The Walking Dead received a B.A.F.T.A. nomination for best game score of 2013. He is currently scoring Tales from the Borderlands, and Game of Thrones. Jared has also worked as a music instructor in Cinnabar’s Young Rep. Jared holds a B.A. summa cum laude in music, with distinction in all subjects, from Cornell University.

Miguel Evangelista

Miguel Evangelista (Lt. Munoz/Pancho Vargas)

is a familiar face with Cinnabar Theater, having performed in numerous productions with the company since 2003. Needless to say he calls Cinnabar “home”. He was last seen as Dr. Caius in Falstaff in June and Jellaby in Arcadia in April. Miguel has been performing with opera and musical theatre companies in the Bay Area for over 18 years. Favorite roles Miguel has portrayed include Frederick (The Pirates of Penzance), Nanki Poo (The Mikado), Sancho Panza and The Padre (Man of La Mancha), Goro (Madama Butterfly), Herman (The Most Happy Fella), Beadle Bamford (Sweeney Todd) and Kaspar (Amahl and the Night Visitors). (It is with heavy hearts that we acknowledge the passing of our dear friend and colleague in March of 2016. Rest in Peace, Miguel)

Daniel Gianola-Norris

Daniel Gianola-Norris (trumpet and flute)

is active primarily as a trumpeter, performing with orchestras throughout the Bay Area. He also appears frequently as a soloist with local ensembles. He has performed regularly as a multi-instrumentalist and occasional juggler in Cinnabar productions since 2007. Daniel is trumpet instructor at SRJC and Music to My Ears, Cotati’s music education center. Daniel’s CD, Food of Love, is a semi-classical collaboration with his wife, vocalist Aja Gianola-Norris. It is available in the iTunes store and at

Anna L. Joham

Anna L. Joham (Angel City 4 soprano)

is excited to make her Cinnabar debut. Anna has her BA in Music from Oregon, her MM in Music Theater from Oklahoma City University and her GPD in Opera from Longy School of Music. Favorite roles include Kate Kiss Me Kate, Polly Crazy for You, Contessa Le nozze di Figaro, and Paquette Candide. Thanks to her friends who traveled up from Oakland/Eastbay and her mom who has made it to every single production she’s been in since the age of five.

Jacob Hughes (Peter Kingsley/Gaines/Nephew/2nd Orderly)

Jacob Hughes is excited to be making his professional debut at Cinnabar Theater! A native of Sebastopol California, he has been studying music since the age of 16, and will be receiving his Associates for transfer from the Santa Rosa Junior College this spring semester. He looks forward to future collaborations with the company.

Tommy Kesecker

Tommy Kesecker (percussion)

graduated from the San Francisco Conservatory of Music and Joined ‘Zakir Hussain and the Rhythm Experience’. Tommy has performed at the San Francisco Jazz Festival, The Monterey Jazz Festival with a diverse array of highly acclaimed musicians and bands. He has played many Musicals including ‘Spamalot’, ‘Young Frankenstein’, ‘The Full Monty’ and ‘Motown the Musical’. He has performed with Michael Feinstein, Diana Krall and The Johnny Nocturne Band. Currently Tommy co-leads the Klobas/Kesecker Ensemble where he plays vibes and marimba.

Quest Meyer

Quest Meyer (Big Six/Mahoney/Studio Cop)

made his stage debut as the front man for his high school rock band, “The Dehlingers,” at the Phoenix Theatre in Petaluma 8 years ago. Since then he has played guitar and sung in various bands and acts around Sonoma County and the Bay Area. He performed as Cowboy Bob in the SRJC production of Footloose, and is currently attending college for music and theatre.

Maria Mikheyenko

Maria Mikheyenko (Alaura Kingsley/Carla Haywood)

is thrilled to make her Cinnabar debut. Recent shows include Where’s Charley? (42nd Street Moon), The Lariat (world premiere opera by Lisa Prosek), Berlin to Broadway with Kurt Weill (Masquers Playhouse), and A Little Night Music (Hillbarn Theatre). Maria studied Commedia dell’Arte in Italy, and is a member of Her Rebel Highness, an elegant, edgy group producing original historical music theatre. This fall she returns to 42nd Street Moon for the West Coast premiere of Noël Coward’s Sail Away.

Marja Mutru

Marja Mutru (keyboards)

received her master’s degree in piano performance from the Sibelius Academy in her native Finland. After settling in the San Francisco Bay Area, Marja became the keyboard player for the Paul Dresher Ensemble and has since played with various local ensembles, including the San Francisco Contemporary Music Players, Earplay, California Symphony, and Ballet San Jose. She has also performed and recorded numerous new chamber operas and solo piano repertoire by various local composers

Kevin Neuhoff

Kevin Neuhoff, (percussion)

A versatile musician, Kevin brings out the best from renaissance to razzmatazz! A member of the Carmel Bach Festival, SF Opera Center, Marin, Berkeley, and Fremont Symphonies, he appears with or has recorded with Philharmonia Baroque, Earplay, Opera Parallele, Oakland, California, Santa Rosa, Silicon Valley, Lamplighters, and San Francisco Symphonies. He also records for electronic media with Skywalker Symphony. Oh…and his barbequed salmon is not to be missed!

Michelle Pagano

Michelle Pagano (Angel City 4 Alto)

has spent the past decade as a performing arts educator and is currently on the education staff here at Cinnabar’s Young Rep. Recent directing credits include; Wizard of Oz, Grease, and Beauty and the Beast. She has enjoyed performing in a variety of world music and vocal ensembles including ten years spent touring with a Los Angeles based Zimbabwean marimba band. Michelle is thrilled to step out from backstage and join the incredible cast of City of Angels!

James Pfeiffer

James Pfeiffer (Stine)

has been playing with Cinnabar for the last fourteen years. His roles range from small to nearly featured, and he has always enjoyed himself immensely. He is very grateful for the opportunity and hopes to play a grandpa or curmudgeon one day. If he can remember his lines. You saw him last as the constable in Fiddler on the Roof.

Cary Ann Rosko

Cary Ann Rosko (Donnie/Oolie)

is delighted to appear once again on the Cinnabar stage! Previous roles with the company include Cherubino (Marriage of Figaro), Ilona Ritter (She Loves Me), Aunt Hannah (Emmeline), Dionisia (La Curandera), Lola (Cavalleria Rusticana), Vera Boronel (The Consul) and Cleo (The Most Happy Fella). Other favorite roles include Fricka (Die Walküre), Tisbe (La Cenerentola), Siebel (Faust), Olga (Eugene Onegin), Dargelos/Agathe (Les Enfants Terribles), Katisha (The Mikado), and Julie (Show Boat).

Krista Joy Serpa

Krista Joy Serpa (Mallory/Avril)

is delighted to make her Cinnabar debut! A Modesto native, she made her Bay Area debut early this year in “Bonnie & Clyde” with 6th Street Playhouse & Lucky Penny Productions. Since then she’s been seen as Hope in “Urinetown” at Los Altos Stage Company, where you can also see her this December as Aldonza in “Man of La Mancha.” Other favorites include Maria in “The Sound of Music” and Stella in “A Streetcar Named Desire.” Catch her next as Little Red in “Into The Woods” at Novato Theatre Company!

John Shebalin

John Shebalin (drums)

holds a BA in Music (UCSC 2008) and MFA in Jazz Performance (CalArts 2010) mentored by George Marsh and Joe LaBarbera respectively. John has recorded with several ensembles: Radio Mystery, A Perfect Alibi; James Brandon Lewis, Moments; the Brian Havey Trio, Residence. He has also worked as a studio musician for Prarie Sun Records and for independent labels, recording everything from Indie Rock to Industrial Percussion. He currently teaches drum set, piano and music theory at Music to My Ears in Cotati.

Warren Theuret

Warren Theuret (shoeshine/Luther Kingsley/Werner )

has had the pleasure of performing with Cinnabar since 2013. He has appeared in Carmen, Marriage of Figaro, Falstaff and Fiddler on the roof, and also sings bass with the Cinnabar.

Ross Tiffany-Brown (stage manager)

has been working at Cinnabar for the past 5 years. He has spent countless hours as a Stage Manager for The Professional Plays and Musicals, as well as running all the Sunday Concert Series and Stage Rental performances. He also enjoys helping with the lights, sound, sets, props, and costumes. In addition to his efforts at Cinnabar, he also does the same glorious work for Sonoma State University and Spreckels Performing Arts Center in Rohnert Park.

Domonic Tracy

Domonic Tracy (Stine)

is elated to be making his professional debut at the Cinnabar Theater. A Pittsburg native, he recently received his B.A. in Theater Arts from the University of California, Santa Cruz. His previous work includes playing Roger in UCSC’s production of Rent and touring with the University’s traveling Shakes-to-Go production of As You Like It. Domonic would like to thank everyone that got him here, and looks forward to a long career in the arts.

Rod Verette

Rod Verette (bass)

first played bass for Camelot in 1976, and he’s been hooked on musical theater ever since. He’s also performed with many classical, jazz, pop, opera and ballet companies during his over 40 years as a musician.
Currently, Rod plays with the Vallejo and Solano symphonies, as well as the Symphony Orchestra for Northern California plus several other groups from big dance bands to string quartets.
Rod lives in Brentwood with his wife, Joyce.

Stephen Walsh

Stephen Walsh (Angel City 4 baritone)

has performed at Cinnabar in several productions including Fiddler on the Roof, (Tevye), La Cage aux Folles, (Georges), 110 in the Shade, (H.C.) and The Most Happy Fella, (Tony). He has been singing professionally since 1970 and has been the principal cantor at St. Mary’s Cathedral since 1993. For 20 year he was in a quartet very similar to the Angel City 4, The Gala Singers. Thanks for being here and supporting live theater.

Photo by Eric Chazankin

Photo by Eric Chazankin

Photo by Eric Chazankin

The Angel City Four: Jacob Thompson, Stephen Walsh, Anna Joham and Michelle Pagano

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Maria Mikheyenko as Alaura Kingsley

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James Pfeiffer as Stone, Maria Mikheyenko as Alaura Kingsley

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Kelly Britt as Bobbi

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Domonic Tracy as Stine

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Banner photo Photo by Eric Chazankin