Review: ‘The Hollywood Hills’

Pithy parodies and gifted voices create a colorful cabaret lampoon of the movie-biz buzz in "The Hollywood Hills."

Pithy parodies and gifted voices create a colorful cabaret lampoon of the movie-biz buzz in “The Hollywood Hills.”

This humorous musical revue offers more than 30 songs lampooning those in the know for Hollywood insiders. (And since movie grosses are now part of the evening news, everyone these days is a Hollywood insider.)

Songs like “When You Dish Upon A Star,””How Lucky to Be a Teamster” and “Somewhere Ovitz The Rainbow” examine the daily life of those in the film business. Many upwardly-moving movie moguls may be interested to see who is targeted, including studios and their execs, agents, actors and alleged madams; from the mailroom to the boardroom, all rungs of entertainment are spoofed.

Lyricist/producer David Bruskin is a gifted wordsmith with musical satire. His tunes are catchy and comical (and are updated periodically to keep pace with current events).

The five-person cast of singer-actors are proof of the overflow of talent in this town. Celeste Russi is outstanding, and Greg Bechtel has a mercurial gift for mimicry, especially as Sting in “Every Breast You Take” (an ode to cosmetic surgery) and as Garth in one of the show’s snappier songs, a tribute to “Wayne’s World 2.”

Musical director Laura Hall provides perfect piano accompaniment. Costume designer Danielle Hand adds humor and color, especially in the “Aladdin” finale, “Prince Jeffrey.”

The Hollywood Hills

(665 N. Robertson, W. Hollywood; 99 capacity; $ 10 cover , 2 drink min.)

Production

The Lorie/Agate Entertainment Group in association with EJB Communications presents a one-act cabaret show written and produced by David Bruskin; directed and

Crew

Choreographed by T. Michael; musical director Laura Hall. Opened Sept. 27, reviewed Nov. 15; runs Mondays indefinitely.

Cast

Cast: Greg Bechtel, Jordan Jacobson, Mark S. Larson, Celeste Russi, Daniella Sando.
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