Sweet Smell of Success

Film noir was on the outs by 1957, but you can still see the genre's aesthetic impact on Alexander Mackendrick's black & white-lustered masterpiece Sweet Smell of Success. It was first written as a play and adapted for film starring Burt Lancaster as J.J. Hunsecker, an intimidating and influential newspaper columnist out to break up his sister's romance with a young jazz guitarist. It has since become a Broadway musical, starring John Lithgow as Hunsecker, and went on to win numerous Tony award nominations (winning one for Lithgow). Claire Trevor Theatre brings this singing and dancing smash to life in honor of late musical composer Marvin Hamlisch, rekindling the lost New York of 1952, the glorious golden age of jazz, and all the drama and intrigue that made the original a classic.

Sat., May 30, 8 p.m.; Sun., May 31, 2 p.m.; June 4-6, 8 p.m., 2015

Aimee Murillo

Aimee Murillo is calendar editor and frequently covers film, arts, and Latino culture, and previously contributed to the OCW’s long-running fashion column, Trendzilla. Raised in Santa Ana, she loves weird movies, raising her plants, antiquing, and smoking weed on a rainy night. This bio might be copied/pasted from her Bumble bio.

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