August 14th, 2024
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Prima! (2021)

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High-octane…Joyous…Exuberant A musical tribute to Louis Prima!

Carolyn Dorfman’s PRIMA! celebrates the 5-decade career and range of the inimitable Louis Prima. Through the use of full songs including the iconic “Sing Sing Sing” and “Jump Jive and Wail” and musical collage, Dorfman explores the full, driving, and buoyant sound of Louis Prima and his band.  Dorfman, too, features the powerful, virtuosic, and expressive voices of Prima’s female lead singers, Gia Maione Prima and Keely Smith in such delights as  “I Want You To Be My Baby,” “Undecided,”and “I’ve Got You Under My Skin.”  It is the strength, nuance, and playful, yet firm, dialogue and banter of these women with Prima that inspires Dorfman most. PRIMA! will take you on a joyous ride through time, love, relationship, and connection.

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Choreography by Carolyn Dorfman

Music by Louis Prima, featuring Gia Maione Prima and Keely Smith

Costume Design by Anna-Alisa Belous

Lighting Design by Stephanie Byrnes Harrell

Creation Cast: Katlyn Baskin, Samantha Altenau, Jarred Bosch, Nina Chong-Jimenez, Caroline Dietz, Lara Friedman-Kats, Quinton Guthier, Brandon Jones, and Kaila Moses