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October 23, 2010 Arts and Entertainment

Nine Explodes On CSULB Stage

Musical explores the complexity of human relationships

Long Beach, CA -
Cal State Long Beach University Players present Nine, the renowned musical by Arthur Kopit, with music and lyrics by Maury Yeston. Directed by theatre department chair Joanne Gordon, Nine is inspired by Federico Fellini's semi-autobiographical 8 1/2, and follows an aging Italian filmmaker as he is haunted, tormented, agitated, aroused, inspired, and invigorated by hoards of flirtatious and potent women.

Gordon believes that the time is right for presenting the stage production after the 2009 feature film, starring Daniel Day Lewis, received lukewarm responses. "It is one of the most exquisite scores ever written," says Gordon. "The book is smart and sophisticated, yet underappreciated." And while the production is centered around a man, Gordon strongly believes in the message of female empowerment. "It's a celebration of women and their diversity, complexity, luscious sensuality, neurotic needs, and powerful integrity...It is a recognition of man's need for woman."

The CSULB production takes an unusual approach by performing Nine with nearly double the number of cast members for which the score was originally intended. Gordon's substantial cast creates a staggering explosion of sound. "[It is about the] absolute deep and profound joy of a rich diet of sound, sight, and emotion." Nine promises to be "a parfait of sensual delights" for its audiences.

Nine will run for eleven performances from Friday, October 29th through Saturday, November 7th, with a preview on October 28th. Performances are Tuesday through Sunday at 8 pm, with matinees at 2 pm on October 30th and November 6th. There will also be two 6 pm performances on October 31st and November 7th. Nine will take place in the Studio Theatre on the CSULB South Campus, accessible via West Campus Drive. Tickets are $15 for general admission and $12 for seniors and students (with valid ID). For tickets and information, please call (562) 985-5526 or visit www.csulb.edu/depts/theatre.

Dates: October 29 through November 7, 2010, Tues through Sun; preview October 28.

Time: 8:00 p.m., 2:00 p.m. matinee Sat, October 30 and November 6. 6 p.m. twilights Sun, October 31 and November 7.

Location: Studio Theatre, CSULB South Campus
1250 Bellflower Blvd. Long Beach, CA 90840-2701

Admission/Fee: $15 for general admission, $12 for seniors and students (with valid ID) 

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