Annabella

musicals and operas · the sam and tony show · Ages 13+ · world premiere · United States of America

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GREGORY CRAFTS · June 07, 2015
I had the pleasure of meeting and working with Tony Gonzalez when he came on last-minute to take over music direction on POPE! An Epic Musical at Theatre Unleashed last year. When you first meet him, Tony comes off as soft-spoken and rather unassuming, but what I quickly witnessed firsthand while directing POPE! was that when you get him behind a piano, magic happens. What I found out even later was that when Tony opens his mouth to sing... MAGIC HAPPENS. I mean, DAMN! He's got a VOICE! And he puts it fully on display in Annabella, an original collaboration between Tony and the equally talented Sam Johindes. An epic fantasy about love, lust and betrayal featuring gorgeous, soaring and unforgettable music delivered by powerhouse voices, Annab... full review

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JENN SCUDERI CRAFTS · June 07, 2015
Annabella is a beautiful and tragic story told by some of the most talented musicians I’ve ever seen at Fringe, or in L.A. theatre in general. The story is nuanced and captivating and the music is simply spectacular. The voices are simply effortless from all the actors even when singing incredibly complicated harmonies every note was spot-on perfect. The music is so moving and haunting that I wish there was a soundtrack to download – I would listen to it over and over! There are many musicals at Fringe that rely on gimmicks or pop-culture references to get people into the seats. I’ve seen those kinds of shows in the past and they were fun and hilarious and some of my favorite Fringe shows! But Annabella is a legitimate tour-de-force th... full review

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KELLY D'ANGELO certified reviewer · June 07, 2015
tagged as: musical · brilliant
Moving, haunting, and mysterious, ANNABELLA grabs you and refuses to let you go. Sam & Tony have a brilliant talent at creating music that sends chills down your spine. The fantastical world created will do the same, doused with jealousy, love, and betrayal. This is especially complemented by the STELLAR performances by Kimberly Hessler and the impeccable Tony Gonzalez. If you're only going to see a few shows during the Fringe, you need to see this one, or else you won't know what you're missing.... full review

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SHAR WILSON certified reviewer · June 07, 2015
Annabella has such an amazing and beautifully written original score, along with a haunting storyline. This production is performed masterfully with power and passion by it's extraordinarily talented cast and these truly gifted composers!... full review

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MIKE DOWLING · June 22, 2015
I am an adult American male. I watch football, I like action movies. I don't normally seek out or watch much musical theater........Annabella made me cry. The watering in my eyes caught me by surprise during the first song and by the time the last song came around I just embraced my tears and realized I had just seen a special show. I was transfixed by the vocal prowess of the cast as they sang in happy, creepy, sober, and lustful tones. Creators Tony Gonzalez and Sam Johnides have made a beautiful and haunting musical that deserves to be extended beyond the Hollywood Fringe Festival. I look forward to seeing where they go from here. ... full review

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REY POZON certified reviewer · June 21, 2015
Sam Johnides and Tony Gonzalez have created an absolutely mesmerizing musical in "ANNABELLA". The story, the music, the cast - all come propitiously together to give a most magnificent, and breathtaking, experience that is PURE MAGIC! The original musical score and stage-play are truly well-crafted works of art. The story will make you laugh, cry, and rejoice - it will make you believe in the redemptive power of love ... the ending will surprise you! Kimberly Hessler's (Annabella) soaring lyrical prowess and Tony Gonzalez's (Lorenzo) vocal depth will tantalize and amaze; as well, the other cast members are wonderfully adept at skillfully taking us into a fabulous and exquisite journey. Go see it! ... full review

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GRAYDON SCHLICHTER · June 19, 2015
Annabella is a mystical Grimm-style fairy-tale operetta, which begins beautifully, journeys to emotional highs and lows, explores darkness true to its stylistic roots and then ends in the only way it could. Glorious vocal performances by the entire cast (I hesitate to single anyone out) supported by truly wonderful orchestrations played by co-creator Sam Johnides are enough reason to see this show. But layered onto this musical foundation are the wonderfully creepy Marionette Trio and the story within a story structure, all of which combine to create a compelling experience that must not be missed. Bring tissues!... full review

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BOBBY HUYNH certified reviewer · June 14, 2015
Sam & Tony are a dynamic duo not to be missed. This show has awesome vocals that alone will make your $10 ticket worthwhile. The musical compositions are fantastic and it's a great group of people! ... full review

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SASHA FEILER certified reviewer · June 13, 2015
Great story, power house performers and beautiful emotional music!... full review

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ROBERT KWAN certified reviewer · June 14, 2015
tagged as: Fantastic show
Wonderful lyrics and fantastic cast. Vocals are incredible. Highly recommend. Bobby L.... full review

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