“Louis & Keely: Live at the Sahara” is one of the most entertaining musicals I’ve seen. The performers are top notch and include Tony Award winning Anthony Crivello as Louis and the co-author of the play, Vanessa Claire Stewart, as Keely. These two belt out classic tunes and ballads over a 2+ hour performance. The live music is very well performed and the play has a captivating storyline, even for those unfamiliar with Louis Prima or Keely Smith. I found myself Googling Louis and Keely at intermission and searching for more of their music on iTunes.
You can catch the show now through January 17, 2016 at The Geffen Playhouse in Westwood Village. The Geffen is an intimate theatre, so there is not a bad seat in the house.
Make an afternoon of it and stop at The Hammer Museum to see their collection of art, including Van Gogh, Monet, Bonnard, John Singer Sargent, and Alfred Stevens. The museum gift store has unique offerings such as spices, cookbooks, pottery, and an array of fine art books.
Westwood is primarily a college town, so north of Wilshire Boulevard the dining options range from fast food to casual. The Boiling Crab is a popular spot. Reasonably priced fresh seafood is brought to you in a bag with customized sauces, the beer list contains a fine selection of compatible brews, and the service is friendly and attentive. All-in-all, a good casual pre- or post- theatre dining experience.