Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Great Scott! Rocky Horror Is Back

"I would like, if I may, to take you on a strange journey.”

How long has it been since you had an ULTIMATE movie going experience? Maybe it’s time you turned back to a classic if you need something a little more...tantalizing. The Rocky Horror Picture Show will conclude the Summer Movie Series this Friday, September 2nd at 8:00 PM and The Orpheum invites everyone to do the time warp again and take part in a tradition that only gets better, and even younger, with age.

The Rocky Horror Picture Show is the 1975 film adaptation of the British rock musical stageplay. Directed by Jim Sharman, this cult classic is a fast-paced potpourri of camp, sci-fi and rock 'n' roll, among other things that tracks the exploits of naïve couple Brad (Barry Bostwick) and Janet (Susan Sarandon) after they stumble upon the lair of transvestite Dr. Frank-N-Furter (Tim Curry). 

Cast members also include Richard O'Brien (one of the film's writers) and rock-n-roller Meat Loaf.
"I'm just a sweet transvestite from Transexual, Transylvania"
This year’s screening will come complete with the famous prop bags for only $5 and, of course, the fabulous on-stage costume contests before the show.   Guest judges from Mid-South Pride for The Orpheum's RHPS costume contest include
  • Stephanie Wilbanks-Manager, Club Spectrum
  • Kamaya Inma-Miss Mid-South Pride Emeritus
  • Bill Zachary-Promoter, Miss Gay Tennessee USA
  • Mystie Watson-Magenta and Cast Director for the Memphis Rocky Horror Shadowcast, Absent Friend
Movie starts at 8 and doors open at 7:00 p.m. Fans are encouraged to snap on their rubber gloves, toss up toilet paper, and not to be late—“the master doesn’t like to be kept waiting.”

Don’t forget to bring your sense of humor. And some tights.  For more information, visit The Orpheum Theatre's website at  

"It's not easy having a good time! Even smiling makes my face ache!"


Thursday, August 18, 2011

Orpheum's 17th Annual Art Auction: Spotlighting Memphis Artists

Looking for something to do this weekend? Let us make a suggestion. Come downtown for a fun-filled afternoon of art perusing and purchasing at The Orpheum Theatre's 17th Annual Art Auction this Sunday, August 21st.  This event is free admission.
The Orpheum Theatre’s Annual Art Auction celebrates and promotes local Memphis artists who, each year, contribute a wide variety of media and an even broader array of styles. 
 75% of each sale goes directly to the artists while the remaining 25% fund The Orpheum’s Education programs. This year’s selection numbers over 150 pieces of art from local artists in the community.

This year’s featured lineup of artists includes
  • Donna Blackard
  • Michael P. Maness
  • Betsy Bird
  • and more!

The event will begin at 2:00 p.m. with a viewing of the art and a silent auction. The live auction will begin at 3:00 p.m.

Visit The Orpheum Theatre's Facebook page for a sneak peek of year's collection.


Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Orpheum Pays Tribute to Elizabeth Taylor: Hollywood’s Last Major Movie Star

On Thursday evening, August 18th The Orpheum’s Summer Movie Series will pay tribute to Elizabeth Taylor by screening Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, the 1958 American drama directed by Richard Brooks based on the Pulitzer Prize-winning play by Tennessee Williams.

Even with a stellar cast of Hollywood legends including Burl Ives and Paul Newman, it is Elizabeth Taylor who smokes up the big screen with her unforgettable and sultry portrayal of the desirable “Maggie the Cat."

To many, Elizabeth Taylor is considered one of the last, if not the last major movie star, to have come out of old Hollywood. Even at a young age and as a rising young actress in a not-so friendly studio controlled film industry, Elizabeth commanded the screen in family favorites such as National Velvet with fellow child actor Mickey Rooney and Father of the Bride with Hollywood heavy-hitter, Spencer Tracy.

Of course, Elizabeth’s star would continue to shine as she transitioned into more mature roles. With a name synonymous with beauty and a résumé nearly unparalleled by her contemporaries, Elizabeth cemented her iconic status by starring in films like Giant alongside James Dean, Cat on Hot Tin Roof with Paul Newman, and A Place in the Sun. Both Butterfield 8 and Who’s Afraid of Virginia Wolfe won her an Oscar. The 1963 mega drama Cleopatra would even pair Taylor with future husband and fellow screen legend, Richard Burton.

All husbands aside, Elizabeth Taylor was and will always be the matriarch of Hollywood.

So join The Orpheum Theatre in celebrating the illustrious Liz Taylor. Wear your White Diamonds, purchase a Maggie the Cat (our vodka and Lemonade drink special), and toast to the mesmerizing woman with violet eyes whose life story often mirrored the passionate and compelling nature of her on screen personas.

 Cat on Hot Tin Roof starts at 7:15. Doors open at 6:15 for pre-movie fun.

Monday, August 15, 2011

MEMPHIS and Dewey Phillips

MEMPHIS, the musical, is launching its international tour on The Orpheum stage in October 2011.  The inspiration for this 2010 "Best Musical" Tony award-winner is local Memphis, Tennessee DJ and rock 'n' roll pioneer, Dewey Phillips.  This video  tells his story and offers a sneak peek at scenes from MEMPHIS, the musical, performed by the original Broadway cast.