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'Louis & Keely "Live" at the Sahara' revisits the Geffen, with some changes

'Louis & Keely "Live" at the Sahara' revisits the Geffen, with some changes

"Louis & Keely 'Live' at the Sahara," a musical homage to the 1950s Vegas act and stormy marriage of Louis Prima and Keely Smith, opens Wednesday at the Geffen Playhouse. If the scenario sounds oddly familiar, it's not just you.

The show opened at the Geffen Playhouse once before, in 2009. After premiering at the 99-seat Sacred Fools Theater in Hollywood, it ran at the Geffen for a record-breaking eight months and swept the local stage awards. It remains a touchstone for L.A.'s small-theater community: the little musical that made good.

Costar Vanessa Claire Stewart describes it as a Cinderella story: In summer 2008, the filmmaker Taylor Hackford ("An...

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