Nine

Critics

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Reviews: 2

Audience

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Reviews: 1

Nine is the story of a celebrated film director Guido Contini and his attempts to come up with a plot for his next film as he is pursued by hordes of beautiful women, all clamoring to be loved by him and him alone. Flashbacks reveal the substance of his life which will become the material for his next film: a musical version of the Casanova story.

Based on Italian director Federico Felini's comic masterpiece of biographical filmmaking, 8 1/2. Maury Yeston's sultry and enchanting musical follows the life of this world famous film director as he prepares his latest picture and balances the numerous women in his life. Contino is also, after recent box office failures, drifting towards a nervous breakdown, from which he is held back only by the support of his wife, Luisa.  As his sanity disintegrates, he drifts into nostalgic reverie, eventually focusing on the formative sexual encounter of his life, which occurred at the age of nine.

A beautiful and decadent musical led by 24 of the strongest musical theater actresses in Southern California boasting a score that can only be brought to life by an onstage orchestra under the direction of Damien Lorton and starring Nicole Cassesso, Adriana Sanchez, Erika Baldwin, Beth Hansen and over 15 years of OMP's leading women!

Performances: April 25 – May 19 at The Gem Theatre. Thursdays, Fridays & Saturdays at 8 pm, Sundays at 2 pm. Opening Night Gala begins at 8 pm on April 27.  There are an additional two shows at 2 pm on Saturday, May 4 and May 11.

General admission tickets are $30 each, $28 for seniors (over 60 years old), and $28 for Children (12 years old and under).  In addition, $20 Student Rush Tickets are available for Thursday and Friday performances only at the box office.  Opening Gala Night Event Tickets, for Saturday, April 27, are $45 each and ticket holders receive an exclusive invitation to attend the post-show catered champagne Gala with the cast.

To purchase tickets:  www.onemoreproductions.com 714-741-9550 X 221.

 

Reviews

Thomas deMartino

One More Productions is celebrating its 15th year, and this showing features some of the finest actresses who have graced the Gem Theater stage in those years, coming together for a spectacle unlike any other: a story of ego and art; love and lust; of devotion, of obsession… of madness.

There's so much to unpack in this story, so many themes to leave the viewer mulling over at its conclusion: what women represent to men — their flesh-and-blood reality and needs, as opposed to the idealized pillar upon which they are frequently shackled; the nature of art, and the price of its creation upon its creator – the sacrifice the artist must make of themselves for it; how childhood events often shape… even concrete… our worldview for years to come, if not the entirety of our lives; and how culture can influence our perspective of sexuality and identity.

The 22-piece orchestra, in tandem with the stunning vocal prowess of the nearly two dozen women of the cast, create a haunting, yet energetic and breathtaking atmosphere. The opening number itself (“Overture”) sets the mood, with the entirety of the ladies singing in sonorous unison, as they surround the director, reflecting degrees of the real women of his life and his conception of them:
"I am not a child!” he stubbornly asserts, “I am a mature –” His protests are drowned out by the raucous laughter of the ensemble.

sweet - Thom deMartino - Orange County Tribune - ...read full review


Leo Buck

A complex, highly-stylized musical dramedy, style is precisely what the folks at “One More Productions” have given it in spades. Yeston's songs are some of the smartest and very best written for the musical stage in decades–each couching some pithy statement on the human condition as reflected through these fascinating, if fallible characters.

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I didn't know what this musical was about or what to expect. I was just blown away when I experienced the musical, Nine on opening night at The Gem Theatre. There are so many talented actresses in this show. Nicole Cassesso was amazing and so was Erika Baldwin with her beautiful soprano voice. But I really enjoyed the performance of Beth Hansen. The costumes (gowns) were beautiful and I liked the use of black in the actresses' costumes which were so appropriate for show. The set was amazing and I loved the use of the screens where the dancers silhouette can be seen through them.

The use of the lighting really enhanced the musical numbers. Just loved, loved, loved it. The theme is a for mature audience but I recommend it. Just fabulous!!!

sweet - Sandy H.


Thomas deMartino

One More Productions is celebrating its 15th year, and this showing features some of the finest actresses who have graced the Gem Theater stage in those years, coming together for a spectacle unlike any other: a story of ego and art; love and lust; of devotion, of obsession… of madness.

There's so much to unpack in this story, so many themes to leave the viewer mulling over at its conclusion: what women represent to men — their flesh-and-blood reality and needs, as opposed to the idealized pillar upon which they are frequently shackled; the nature of art, and the price of its creation upon its creator – the sacrifice the artist must make of themselves for it; how childhood events often shape… even concrete… our worldview for years to come, if not the entirety of our lives; and how culture can influence our perspective of sexuality and identity.

The 22-piece orchestra, in tandem with the stunning vocal prowess of the nearly two dozen women of the cast, create a haunting, yet energetic and breathtaking atmosphere. The opening number itself (“Overture”) sets the mood, with the entirety of the ladies singing in sonorous unison, as they surround the director, reflecting degrees of the real women of his life and his conception of them:
"I am not a child!” he stubbornly asserts, “I am a mature –” His protests are drowned out by the raucous laughter of the ensemble.

sweet - Thom deMartino - Orange County Tribune - ...read full review


Leo Buck

A complex, highly-stylized musical dramedy, style is precisely what the folks at “One More Productions” have given it in spades. Yeston's songs are some of the smartest and very best written for the musical stage in decades–each couching some pithy statement on the human condition as reflected through these fascinating, if fallible characters.

sweet - Leo Buck - Bucking Trends - ...read full review


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I didn't know what this musical was about or what to expect. I was just blown away when I experienced the musical, Nine on opening night at The Gem Theatre. There are so many talented actresses in this show. Nicole Cassesso was amazing and so was Erika Baldwin with her beautiful soprano voice. But I really enjoyed the performance of Beth Hansen. The costumes (gowns) were beautiful and I liked the use of black in the actresses' costumes which were so appropriate for show. The set was amazing and I loved the use of the screens where the dancers silhouette can be seen through them.

The use of the lighting really enhanced the musical numbers. Just loved, loved, loved it. The theme is a for mature audience but I recommend it. Just fabulous!!!

sweet - Sandy H.