MUSE’s City of Angels is the type of show you can’t help falling in love with. With its sultry, jazzy score, formidable chorus and multi-talented cast, it is a true homage to the film noir genre.
First and foremost, it is a technically difficult show, as there are two interweaving plots to deal with: one takes place in the “real” world of Stine (Liam Ferguson), an indecisive novelist at odds with a Hollywood producer; the other in the “reel” world of Stone (Curtis Goding), the well-loved protagonist of Stine’s most successful detective novel.
Both the production team and the cast do a stellar job of navigating these plots. The use of colour is particularly effective in differentiating the two worlds; the “real” world exists in vibrant colour, while the “reel” world exists in black-and-white (in true film noir style).