Toluca Lake Players Present Original Play About Judy Garland and Patsy Cline


Alice Blue, played by Cali T. Rossen, presents her daughter, Gabrielle Cheldin, with Judy Garland’s famous Carnegie Hall album.

The Toluca Lake Players, which presented last summer’s original comedy The Middle Ages, is opening Nov. 2 with its second offering Judy and Patsy on a Blue Day. The original play with music, written and directed by Dean Scott Schulman, tells the story of the two iconic singers who form a friendship “up above” and try to spin some Heavenly magic for a couple of their fans who are going through some challenging times back on Earth.

The play is ultimately a comic piece, according to writer/director Schulman, but there are some touching and “deeper” themes involved.

Set during the early 1970s on a military base, a mother and her daughter pass the time while waiting for her husband to return home from the Vietnam War by listening to the music of Garland and Cline. Concurrent with the scenes on the base are the “Heavenly” scenes with Garland and Cline and even a very organized angel who is speaking for one greater than all of them!

Both making their first time Los Angeles stage debuts are Theresa Falco-Callari, from the East Coast, as Judy Garland, and Yvette Nii, who hails from Hawaii, as Patsy Cline. Cali T. Rossen and Gabrielle Cheldin play the mother and daughter duo of Alice and April Blue and Allan Anderson takes on the role of the Heavenly messenger or angel. The material of the show, though with a metaphysical theme, is totally appropriate for all ages and even a welcome respite from today’s troubled economy and difficult times.

Tickets for the show are only fifteen dollars and reservations can be made by calling the box-office at (323) 653-3498. Space is limited in the intimate Taber Hall at the Toluca Lake Methodist Church, so it is recommended to put your name in early.

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