'Hollywood Sings' of Love and a Little Silly Comedy

Ah, the sweeping, glorious feeling of being in love.

(Dim lights).

That heady, dizzy, heart-pounding feeling as you gaze across a room and see the face that will make your dreams come true.

(Cue violins).

It's just like an old movie musical, only this time in living color, because it's real people on stage singing those fabulous tunes by Irving Berlin, Cole Porter and Frank Loesser.

It's "Hollywood Sings" at the Haugh Performing Arts Center at Citrus College on Saturday night.

"Basically, it's a revue of the movie musicals from the '30s and '40s," said co-producer Dick Woody.

The program features six performers accompanied by Woody's partner, Gene Casey, who also put the show together and directs it.

"I start out with songs that I like, or with things that I think that audiences are going to like," Casey said. "I didn't want to make fun of any of the pretty songs of the era. Some of those are so pretty, you just do them the way they are written . . .."

Casey did not just use love songs in the revue, unless you consider an impersonation of Groucho Marx singing "Lydia, the Tattooed Lady" the height of romance.

He also included some comic goodies such as "I'm Getting Corns For My Country" or "Tiptoe Through the Tulips." Yes, that's the same ditty Tiny Tim made famous in the '60s, only Busby Berkeley used it first in one of his musicals.

But love does seem to be involved in most of the numbers in one way or another, from the out-and-out romantic "Love Walked In," by George and Ira Gershwin, to Porter's moody "Night and Day," to the pure bliss of Berlin's "Dancing Cheek to Cheek."

"I am pretty sentimental overall. I'm easily moved," Casey said.

The show starts at 8 p.m. at the center, 1000 W. Foothill Blvd., Glendora. Tickets are $19; $17 for students and senior citizens. Information: (818) 963-9411.

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