Life Could Be A Dream

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SH-BOOM! Meet fledgling doo-wop singing group Denny and the Dreamers as they prepare to enter the Big Whopper Radio contest and realize their dreams of making it to the big time. The '60s doo-wop songs in this award-winning jukebox musical say it all: “Fools Fall in Love,” “Tears on My Pillow,” “Runaround Sue,” “Earth Angel,” “Stay,” “Unchained Melody,” “Lonely Teardrops” and “The Glory of Love.” Runs Feb .21 through March 10, Thursdays, Fridays and, Saturdays at 8 p.m., and Sundays at 2 p.m. International City Theatre in the Long Beach Performing Arts Center, 330 E. Seaside Way, Long Beach, CA 90802. For tickets and info call (562) 436-4610 or go to InternationalCityTheatre.org.

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Reviews

"Directed and choreographed by Jamie Torcelli, with upbeat musical direction by Bill Wolfe (on the piano) backed by Adolfo Kushelevish (guitar) and Juan Garcia (percussion) - "Life Could Be a Dream" is loaded with nostalgia and a "Happy Days" - like good cheer."

sweet - Ben Miles - Beachcomber - ...read full review


"Bill Wolfe's musical direction is spot-on, adding to the success of the many vocals in the show... This is a crowd-pleaser, certainly for those in the audience who listened to the originals growing up. For a younger generation, it's an introduction to the '50s and '60s doo-wop phenomenon first-hand."

sweet - Melinda Schupmann - Arts in LA - ...read full review


"Jamie Torcellini directs and choreographs the onstage silliness and does so with precision and live wire pacing. In addition, he guides the technical team successfully in service to his vision."

sweet - Bill Reese - Table to Stage - ...read full review


"Theater goers of all ages will enjoy the outstanding musical renditions, comedy, acting, and choreography by the entire cast. Roger Beans' award-winning jukebox musical is in a class of its own. I guarantee you will leave the theater in high spirits. FIVE STARS!!!"

sweet - Wilfred M. Phillips Jr. - Long Beach Times - ...read full review


Patrick Chavis
"Life Could Be A Dream at the International City Theatre is a throwback for those people who like throwbacks with good classic music."

sweet-sour - Patrick Chavis - LA Theatre Bites - ...read full review


"Fortunately, under music direction by Bill Wolfe, the singing voices keep the audience happy: They blend nicely, harmonies are clean, and the three-piece band supports but never overwhelms the singers. Torcellini's choreography lets the lads grow, from their first inept steps to professionally smooth dancing."

sweet - Dany Margolies - Press Telegram - ...read full review


"The cast is solid vocally and takes on the simple plot with speed and camp... "Life Could Be a Dream" takes you back, if back there is where you came from. So, if you happen to have lived in the day and long for a moment to return to the idealized world of the Kennedy era, you will find it here. "

sweet - Sean McMullen - The Grunion - ...read full review


"There is plenty of comedy with just enough paper-thin plot to support the singing, which is phenomenal. Whether in tight harmony or solo lines with backup, the loveable cast delivers with extraordinary verve, as they dance in the tightly choreographed movement served up by director/choreographer Jamie Torcellini. It is a kick and a half!"

sweet - Paul Myrvold - Theatre Notes - ...read full review


Steven Stanley
"What Roger Bean's The Marvelous Wonderettes did for late-‘50s girl groups, Life Could Be A Dream does just as marvelously and wonderfully for the boys. It may well end up being the most nostalgic fun you'll have all year."

sweet - Steven Stanley - StageSceneLA - ...read full review


"Directed and choreographed by Jamie Torcelli, with upbeat musical direction by Bill Wolfe (on the piano) backed by Adolfo Kushelevish (guitar) and Juan Garcia (percussion) - "Life Could Be a Dream" is loaded with nostalgia and a "Happy Days" - like good cheer."

sweet - Ben Miles - Beachcomber - ...read full review


"Bill Wolfe's musical direction is spot-on, adding to the success of the many vocals in the show... This is a crowd-pleaser, certainly for those in the audience who listened to the originals growing up. For a younger generation, it's an introduction to the '50s and '60s doo-wop phenomenon first-hand."

sweet - Melinda Schupmann - Arts in LA - ...read full review


"Jamie Torcellini directs and choreographs the onstage silliness and does so with precision and live wire pacing. In addition, he guides the technical team successfully in service to his vision."

sweet - Bill Reese - Table to Stage - ...read full review


"Theater goers of all ages will enjoy the outstanding musical renditions, comedy, acting, and choreography by the entire cast. Roger Beans' award-winning jukebox musical is in a class of its own. I guarantee you will leave the theater in high spirits. FIVE STARS!!!"

sweet - Wilfred M. Phillips Jr. - Long Beach Times - ...read full review


Patrick Chavis
"Life Could Be A Dream at the International City Theatre is a throwback for those people who like throwbacks with good classic music."

sweet-sour - Patrick Chavis - LA Theatre Bites - ...read full review


"Fortunately, under music direction by Bill Wolfe, the singing voices keep the audience happy: They blend nicely, harmonies are clean, and the three-piece band supports but never overwhelms the singers. Torcellini's choreography lets the lads grow, from their first inept steps to professionally smooth dancing."

sweet - Dany Margolies - Press Telegram - ...read full review


"The cast is solid vocally and takes on the simple plot with speed and camp... "Life Could Be a Dream" takes you back, if back there is where you came from. So, if you happen to have lived in the day and long for a moment to return to the idealized world of the Kennedy era, you will find it here. "

sweet - Sean McMullen - The Grunion - ...read full review


"There is plenty of comedy with just enough paper-thin plot to support the singing, which is phenomenal. Whether in tight harmony or solo lines with backup, the loveable cast delivers with extraordinary verve, as they dance in the tightly choreographed movement served up by director/choreographer Jamie Torcellini. It is a kick and a half!"

sweet - Paul Myrvold - Theatre Notes - ...read full review


Steven Stanley
"What Roger Bean's The Marvelous Wonderettes did for late-‘50s girl groups, Life Could Be A Dream does just as marvelously and wonderfully for the boys. It may well end up being the most nostalgic fun you'll have all year."

sweet - Steven Stanley - StageSceneLA - ...read full review