It is dawn on Dec. 31, 1958, and Ike Evans has a loving young wife, a former showgirl, in bed next to him,
A union strike, mobster troubles and news of Castro's march toward Havana are threatening Ike's precarious financial hold on the hotel, and he needs to get things fixed by the time Sinatra goes on for that night's New Year's Eveperformance, a make-or-break event for the
That is the setup laid out in Friday night's premiere episode of the Starz network's filmed-in-Miami
The series was created by writer-director Mitch Glazer ("Scrooged," "The Recruit"), who grew up in late '50s Miami Beach with a father who designed the lighting for hotels such as the Fontainebleau and Eden Roc. So it is not surprising that "Magic City" radiates with a rich visual authenticity, from the hotel lobby and tail-finned cars down to the cigarette lighters and the lingerie.
The clock is ticking, the union pickets in front of the hotel are national news, and he has "a warehouse full of booze sitting in
Dominoes fall in ways that, of course, will have consequences far into the future.
Ike's promiscuous son Stevie (
Level-headed Danny (Christian Cooke), Ike's other son, is wooing one of the housekeepers (Dominik Garcia-Lorido, daughter of actor
"Magic City" is not shy about nudity and sex, and makes precise use of fashion, design and music to give this era a stylish glow, inviting facile comparisons to shows such as
Stars: Jeffrey Dean Morgan, Olga Kurylenko, Steven Strait, Christian Cooke, Danny Huston, Jessica Marais, Dominik Garcia-Lorido