Friday, November 4, 2011

La Muerte Viva Written by Tony Dominguez

By Joe Straw


La Muerte Viva written and directed by Tony Dominguez playing at the beautiful Million Dollar Theatre at 307 South Broadway is a lot of fun.

After tomorrow the dead will disappear until next year.  If you want to go, go tomorrow on Saturday November 5, 2011. Parking is nearby and relatively inexpensive.

There are lovely ladies to greet you at the door and they will make you feel right at home.  In fact everyone will make you feel at home.

When you walk into the beautiful Million Dollar Theatre you realize at one time or another people, lots of people, came here to watch movies.  On this particular night the venue was set for another type of extravaganza.  

Billed as “Where Rock Opera Meets Cabaret” starring the band El Gavachillo (featuring Wil-Dog of Ozomatli) y su Banda, The Wise Guys, and Santos de Los Angeles & his Player Saint Orchestra.  And if you love brass (and I do) you’ll love the music in this show.

And to liven things up a bit Rudy Champagne also brought us a bit of burlesque.

The best thing I can describe about this production is, it is a production of controlled chaos. Things are not always perfect, but things do get done.

The first thing you notice when entering the orchestra section are the Tony Dominguez’s wonderful paper mache puppets on stage, the second the music, and the third a little bit of acting.  Just a little bit mind you.

And just as a small critique Dominguez needs to keep the action moving on stage to keep it livelier.  I’m sure things will be tightened for tomorrow night.  And one hopes the sound problems (the microphones) will be fixed.

Overall, this was a lot of fun.

L to R Hiedi Bear, Norma Jean and Don Phill
You will hear some of the finest brass players in showgirls costume on the planet, Hiedi Bear and Norma Jean!

L to R Hiedi Bear and Norma Jean

Support the arts and have a great time.  


  1. Thanks for the compliment! i was one of the horn players :)thanks for the support too!!

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  2. Wow!

    The pleasure was mine. And yours, if you like.

    Thank you.

    Joe Straw

  3. yes thank you for the article its perfect.. pleasure is mine!!!!!!!!! :)

    Norma Jean
    Santos de los angeles