Thursday, December 17, 2009
Wednesday, November 25, 2009
Our next Kid's Night on Broadway is during the Wizard of Oz. Be sure to check it out. It is a great, inexpensive way to expose children to Arts and Broadway. Call 901-525-7800 for more information.
Here are some pictures of Kid's Night during Cirque.
Friday, November 20, 2009
In order to keep people thinking positively about the Holiday weather, the Orpheum had Cirque Dreams Holidaze come to Memphis! I personally saw the show last night and met some of the wonderfully, talented cast members. The show was a success. The talent, flexibility and amazement of the acrobats in the show made for an awesome performance! If you have not seen it yet you should go. The tightrope act was my personal favorite and I found myself holding my breath the entire time!
Friday, October 23, 2009
Kerry Crawford, Memphis CVB, I Love Memphis
And of course Pat Halloran from the Orpheum
Now the best part was when the Star, Felecia, said "On my way to the Orpheum" in the show! Even though this was not a sporting event, all the Memphians wildly cheered. I mean what a honor!
For anyone who is making a trip to New York or is thinking about taking the trip, I highly recommend going to see this show. Having not seen it myself, I can only speak about what I have heard and quite frankly, it has all been good. I heard the energy is amazing, the story line is heart wrenching, and the songs and voices are inspiring and astonishingly wonderful.
Have you seen Memphis or heard anything about the show?
Wednesday, October 14, 2009
Listed below are all the facts I have posted on Twitter and Facebook plus more! Want to know a fact or have a question? Well than ask it and I can answer it!
The Orpheum has brought CATS to Memphis over 13 times and people still ask for it to come back!
The Orpheum Theatre was originally The Grand Opera House and was built in 1890!
The Orpheum was renovated in 1996 to expand the stage so we could bring in big shows like Phantom, Wicked, Lion King etc.
It can cost far more than $600,000 to bring a Broadway Show to Memphis! Thanks to our donors we are able to bring Broadway to Beale
During our Vaudeville days, we hosted stars such as Harry Houdini, George Burns, Madame Sarah Bernhardt and Helen Keller
The Orpheum has over 400 Volunteers that help with Ushering Shows and daily operations. Wow 400! How would we operate without our Volunteer Ushers!?
In 1940, M.A. Lightman, bought the Theatre and made it the flagship of Malco Movie Chain.
The Orpheum contributes over $500,000 each year in Sales Tax to the city, county, and state!
The Orpheum Theatre is a 501c3 and provides over 17 Arts Education Programs to the Mid South, including Star Search this Saturday!
It cost over $700,000 a year to maintain The Orpheum and keep it true to its history! Thanks to all our donors, The Orpheum continues to be a beautiful historical landmark!
The Orpheum Theatre actually loses over $1 Million each year due to the expenses of mataining the Theatre and bringing in shows. Thanks to donations we are able to recoup this loss and stay a premier Theatre.
Friday, October 9, 2009
This competition is dare I say better than your weekly SEC football battles because it only happens once a year not every week, the students are truly talented, and this year you, the audience, will get to vote for the People's Choice Award. I mean you do not get to vote which Football team wins each week. So be sure to come on out and vote because you do not want to let your school down. Come on out UT graduates, for you do not want Alabama beating you. Ole Miss, do not let UT cream you because the people did not vote for your talented schoolmate.
Here are the contestants for this year's show:
Daniel Ashmore (Ole Miss)
Suzanne Chapman (Harding Acad)
Alex Goldman (Lamar HS)
Henry Lui (Madison Academic Magnet HS)
James Curtis Mays (Bartlett HS)
Melodie Moore (GCS)
Rakeem Sprinkle (Bolton)
Melanie Stanek (UofM)
Kristian Alexius Thomas (UofM)
Amanda Tittle (UT)
Ashley Wieronski (U. of Alabama)
So be sure to come on out and support your school and favorite performer. The talent is sure to impress you. Check out the contestants by clicking the link below. Orpheum Star Search is next Friday, October 17 at 8:00PM. Tickets are on sale now.
Tuesday, October 6, 2009
The On Sale Events begin at 8:00AM this Friday at both the Orpheum and David Kidd Bookseller.
Below is an interview from on of the actresses in Jersey Boys!
Though her roots are technically Philadelphian, all those summers spent at the Jersey Shore while growing up helped Alayna Gallo get in character for the role of Lorraine in Jersey Boys. While strutting her stuff on stage in Chicago, Gallo can be found post-show sipping a glass of rose at the Wit or chowing down on boneless chicken wings at Bull & Bear. Dying to approach this starlet but can’t find an opening line? Ask her about her past gigs singing at events/weddings for Donald Trump, Clive Davis and Jerry Jones. Or just get her talking about her favorite guilty pleasure: MTV’s “The Hills.” It works every time.
What is your favorite thing about Chicago?
Lake Michigan!! A long run or walk along the beach rocks my world.
What songs do you like to listen to while getting ready for a show?
Haha...Love this one! Honestly, Jason Mraz, Stevie Wonder, Diana Ross, Neo, Black-Eyed Peas. Love, "Livin for the City," "Closer" and "I'm Yours."
Favorite scene in JB?
Ooooh...tough one!! There are too many. All of the scenes are brilliantly written along with having a gifted cast....hmm...too hard
The best part of my day is…
Is when my cat Orchard wakes me up in the morning. Even when it's too early, he's too cute to get mad at.
How do you stay in shape?
Harmony Yoga is my favorite! Hot Vinyasa rocks my world. When you're doing 8 shows a week, although it's its own workout, muscle memory kicks in. To stay in shape (physically and mentally) I do yoga at least 4-5 times a week. I also try to run 2x a week along the lake.
3 things you never leave home without…
keys, money, gloss!
Best vacation spot…
Secret guilty pleasure…
Well now if I told you, it wouldn't be a secret! Lol...Fine, I'll let you in on one... "The Hills" on MTV. Not sure I'll watch it now that LC is gone. Ssssshhhhh!!
Thursday, September 24, 2009
Well that is all for now. Does anyone have any thoughts on A Chorus Line if you have seen it? And what else is everyone doing this weekend?
Thursday, September 17, 2009
This year The Orpheum will be out there amongst all of the great booth selections! We are pairing up with Intercom Radio so be sure to stop by. Staff members are working the table and we do love it when we get to talk to people (I will be there from 1-3PM). At the table we will be giving away fans to cool yourself off with in the hot and currently muggy weather. We will also have Brew n Q tickets for sale! No need to go out of your way to buy your ticket to this event we will bring them to you!
Here is a link to everything the Cooper Young Fest is offering!
Wednesday, September 16, 2009
"I've come so far, but even so
It could be yes, it could be no"
How many times have we watched AI and your fave person was kicked off in what you felt was too soon. We feel their rejection pain with them. Well the same is true during 'A Chorus Line.' People finding themselves cheering on the actors on stage.
Or these lyrics:
Called the doctor for my appointment to buy...
I mean who does not love Plastic Surgery Shows like Dr. 90210. Not that you need plastic surgery by any means to be a Broadway dancer but in the interviews there were some dancers who felt this had to be done in order to become famous.
So basically what I am saying is that we can all thank 'A Chorus Line' for giving the Television Creators the idea of using real people and real life situations to make good TV.
Do not forget to see the Reality of being a Broadway Dancer at The Orpheum from September 22-27. 525-7800.
Tuesday, September 15, 2009
For those who are not sure as to why this discounted $20 ticket is such a steal I will let you know. A $20 ticket to this event gets you entrance into the Warehouse on Oct. 9th where you will get to chow down on all you can eat Corky's, where you will get all you can drink Boscos beer all while listening to great music by the Ernestine and Hazel's band as well as John Paul Keith and the One Four Fives! Last year's event was so much fun and I got to mingle and mix with so many wonderful people! Here are some pictures from last year's event.
And here is another link to give you more information about the Brews n Q event!
Wednesday, September 9, 2009
The Classic starts today and goes until September 13th, Sunday. This is a time when the city is out and about, people are attending every event and the roads are fairly congested. Since so many people will obviously be focusing on the Football Game, I am going to focus on some of the other surrounding events that The Orpheum is hosting. You know for the people that want other things to do...
Today, September 9th is the Classic Gospel Concert and it starts at 7:30PM. Now who does not like Gospel Music. It always has so much energy. So if you want to enhance your Hump Day stop on by the Orpheum tonight.
Tomorrow on Thursday, September 10th we have Erykah Badu. I know everyone is excited to see some amazing R&B! The concert starts at 8 PM.
The third event that will be taking place at the Orpheum is on Friday, September 11th. The Browns of Comedy will be on the main stage helping everyone laugh and as always just being hilarious. This show starts at 8 PM.
Now there are a lot of other events that are going to be going on this week/end. So let me know what they are and what you will be attending...
Also here is the link to the Classic's homepage for a listing of all the events and happenings.
Tuesday, September 8, 2009
First we had the girl's contest and there were so many women that came up they could barely fit on stage.... Check out our wonderful Emcee in all black and of course the variety of costumes. Note this is not even half of the people on stage.
Well after glorious rounds of the crowd cheering we were able to narrow it down to the top 5. I think the crowd did a good job of picking one of almost every cast character...
Well can you all guess who won? Yup, the young little twelve year old who came out with her parents! She received by far the most cheers as well as people bowing down to her. You gotta love the RHPS crowd!
Do not worry we are not done with the costumes. Next we had the male contest. Now some males did not dress up as characters but they looked just as good and had just as much fun!So as with the girls, we narrowed the males down to the top five and here they are...
The one boy dressed in all black--second from the left--we called him Beyonce. He was not dressed up like a character but he kept dancing for the audience similar to how Beyonce dances. He was pretty good....BUT, he did not win it. The winner of the Male Contest was....
Friday, September 4, 2009
Next we have CICADA, which is a new play by Voices of the South. I have heard many a good thing about Voices of the South and I am sure this one is no different. Now this is the last weekend that this show runs so do stop by and catch the show. http://www.artsmemphis.org/org/detail/2913
This glorious Labor Day weekend is also to be filled by the Memphis Music and Heritage Festival. Now I went last year and got $5 mojitos from Majestic Grille while listening to truly great music and an atmosphere that made me love Memphis even more. So basically you are enjoying yourself while supporting the Center for Southern Folklore a great organization that reminds everyone that Memphis' music is the best. The festival runs from 11AM to 11Pm on both the 5th and the 6th so make sure to go, get a poster and enjoy yourself.
Now I know there are many other great things to be done this weekend that I did not include. Do comment and let me know what else is going on in Memphis, on the corner of Main and Beale and beyond...
Friday, August 21, 2009
I'll start with that. The Orpheum Summer Institute was a wonderful time. The way our Education put it together and allowed all the teenagers to meet the Wicked cast as well as do other awesome workshops was so much fun to watch. I made new friends and will hopefully be working on it again next summer, who knows?
Friday, August 7, 2009
While David played the piano the two unique singers blew the house away with their voices. Chad's high range gave goose bumps to the audience members, while Montego left them in tears. I personally became an even bigger fan of the show after seeing them live. They came to The Orpheum Theatre to try and find more investors for the show, although it is opening on Broadway the show is still lacking $250,000.
This musical has been in the planning stage for almost three years, but has done really well in Seattle as well as California. Many say it is the biggest hit since they can last remember. Here is a backstage look at the taking of the photos for the posters!!
Tuesday, August 4, 2009
I am personally excited about its gastro pub feel and its great selection of beers. Having been there twice now I can tell you that liquor/beer/wine selection wall is amazing and basically reaches from the floor to the ceiling (well almost). The atmosphere is cool and laid back as people gather around the bar just hanging out and drinking and dining on some really delicious food options.
I recommend this restaurant to everyone! It is open late and is a great way to gather with friends and have an easy going but fun night.
Check them out on Twitter @southofbeale or check out their website a http://www.blogger.com/www.southofbeale.com
Friday, July 24, 2009
The Beale Street Flippers from Memphis impressed the judges last night on America’s Got Talent as they flipped and danced to Michael Jackson’s “Billie Jean”. Needless to say, the Beale Street Flippers are advancing to the next round of competition in Las Vegas. You can watch America’s Got Talent in Memphis on the NBC affiliate WMC-TV.
The Beale Street Flippers have been performing in Memphis for years, entertaining Beale Street patrons. According to Resource Entertainment Group, “They don’t sing or play an instrument, but they are the most popular act on Memphis’ legendary music mecca, Beale Street. While music blares from the clubs all around them, the Beale Street Flippers astonish the crowds with feats of acrobatic prowess that are, honestly, unbelievable.”
Monday, July 20, 2009
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Tickets are on-sale NOW. They are $100 each, and there will only be 1200 sold. Proceeds benefit The Orpheum's Education and Preservation programs. The drawing will be held November 14, 2009 at the 31st Annual Orpheum Auction.
But let's say you don't win the grand prize. There are great runner-up prizes as well.
Second prize: Orpheum Broadway Season Tickets
- Two Suite tickets and a parking pass to Cirque Dreams Holidaze, The Wizard of Oz, Jersey Boys, South Pacific and Chicago.
Third prize: An Evening with the Jersey Boys
- You and three guests will be swept away by a limo to enjoy a pre-theatre dinner, a suite for a performance of Jersey Boys and an invitation to the cast party (subject to availability)
Fourth prize: An Evening in Oz
- You and three guests will enjoy an imaginative evening in a suite for a performance of The Wizard of Oz and an invitation to the cast party (subject to availability)
Fifth prize (6): "Movie Madness" party for 20
- Twenty tickets to the 2010 Orpheum Movie Series, popcorn and soft drinks for you and your guests, your name in lights on the Orpheum Marquee over Main Street
Purchase tickets here
Wednesday, July 15, 2009
Some of the featured artists include:
And from 5:45 to 7pm, there will also be live music from violinist and fiddler Donna Wolf
Monday, June 29, 2009
Magic of 'Wicked' is not to be missed
By Jon W. Sparks
Friday, June 26, 2009
"Wicked" is an astonishing triumph, certainly one of the best productions ever to work its magic on the Orpheum stage.
The story of Oz before the disruptive arrival of Dorothy and Toto (mere pawns in a conspiracy!) brilliantly plays off our childhood love of the enduring "Wizard of Oz" film.
You immersed yourself in the cinematic adventures in and around the Emerald City; likewise, you will soak up the stage musical that is deliciously cinematic in its own way.
The clever tale shaped by composer Stephen Schwartz (and a winner of three Tony Awards) begins after Dorothy's fateful visit. Glinda the Good explains how Elphaba Thropp -- better known as the Wicked Witch of the West -- came to have such a poor reputation and met her liquid end.
The sheer energy of the show starts at the get-go, with Glinda descending among bubbles. Heléne Yorke is the frothy sorceress, a blend of Britney and "Clueless" who has a gorgeous voice and terrific comic timing.
As the eternally popular one at school, she becomes roomies with Elphaba, who is green skinned, studious and gifted with magical abilities, and who repulses all who see her, even Munchkins. Marcie Dodd pulls off this role with an exquisite voice and compelling presence. You will not soon forget her ascension in "Defying Gravity" at the end of the first act, rising on the stage and stunningly lit.
That lighting effect is merely one example of the brilliant design of the production that is meticulously arranged to not only wow the audience, but also lure us further into the story.
The sets are storybook Victorian expressions of a culture not so foreign to us. The lighting transports us, whether to places of darkness or to the Emerald City. Costumes look like they came from a Bizarro Christmas Carol, vivid and melding into the choreography. The busyness on stage is enhanced by a fascination with wheeled vehicles that frequently appear.
Everywhere you look or listen, there are more delights. Note the nods throughout to Harry Potter, "Beauty and the Beast," "Evita," "High School Musical" and "Chicago," which just add to the fun.
Orpheum president Pat Halloran announced before the show that 55,000 tickets had been sold out of 57,000 available.
You'll be disappointed if you miss the magic.
The show continues through July 12 at the Orpheum, 203 S. Main. Shows are 7:30 p.m. Tuesdays-Thursdays, 8 p.m. Fridays, 2 and 8 p.m. Saturdays and 1:30 and 7 p.m. Sundays. Tickets are $38-$138. Call 525-3000.
A day-of-performance lottery for a limited number of orchestra seats will be held daily, about 21/2 hours prior to show for people present at the box office. Names will be drawn for a limited number of orchestra seats at $25 each, cash only, with a limit of two tickets per person.
Thursday, June 18, 2009
This event benefits local artists and art in our schools. What could be better?
This year's Art Auction will feature a Live and Silent Auction. 75% of the selling price goes to the artist and 25% benefits the Orpheum's Education and Community programs department.
And the best part -- The artist sets the minimum on their piece.
If you are interested contact Kate Hackett at firstname.lastname@example.org for more info and an art submission contract.
Tuesday, June 16, 2009
Who has the Best Pizza in town? Any glaring omissions here?
Yes, it is a personal preference, but who would you say? I'm a fan of the BBQ pizza which is partly why I've selected Boscos #1. Here are my rankings:
1. Boscos -- Germantown Purist(pictured above). I could easily eat two everytime.
2. Movie & Pizza Co.; Very fresh- generous with chicken
3. Camy's -- love all the combinations you can make and the veggie selections
4. Memphis Pizza Cafe- BBQ chicken
5. Carrabba's-- I know it's a chain but the Margherita Pizza is delicious.
I know some people really like Coletta's, Garibaldi's, ExLines, and Fox Ridge Pizza. Maybe I need to go back to re-evaluate those places. Victoria also puts in a vote for Old Venice.
Also, still have to try Johnny Brusco's, Fire N Stone Pizzeria,... and
RED ROOSTER! I'm going to walk over after Animal House and get the $12 pizza/pitcher special with my ticket stub from Animal House.
I'm trying to decide between The Delta King(BBQ piled high with pork, cheese, and signature sauce) or The Male Hale (chunks of ham, bacon, and pineapple piled high with tomatoes). Looking forward to trying it out. Maybe I'll sample both. Please feel free to pass along any other suggestions.
Just a preview of the awesomeness that will take place at the Orpheum this Friday.