Friday, May 25, 2012

Pat's Notes from Broadway

I just returned from New York where Broadway is the most important street in the city. I saw five productions in four days and was pleasantly surprised that I enjoyed everything I saw.  As a TONY award voter they expect us to see everything and without a doubt all that are nominated for an award.

Here are my notes about what I saw recently:

JESUS CHRIST SUPERSTAR – The music is the show and has always great. The story isn’t bad either but it always ends the same way, not good.  This production takes on a new high tech staging with a Wall Street ticker tape addition letting you know that you are Jerusalem on Wednesday as the story unfolds and on Thursday you are in the garden of Gethsemane. A novel approach but pushing the point.  And all of the bad guys are wearing long black leather coats and are sporting dreadlocks.

PETER AND THE STARCATCHER was the highlight of the five shows.  Had no idea what it was about and was blown away by the acting especially that of Christian Borle, from the TV show Smash, was fabulous.  Show moved so fast and dialog came at the audience at mach speed. I must see it again.

NEWSIES is a Disney musical and was much better than I thought it would be, since the movie was a flop.  I wasn’t expecting much but thought it far exceeded my pre-show bias. 

NICE WORK IF YOU CAN GET IT was excellent. Take Gershwin Brothers, insert a funny story with a fabulous female lead, Kelli OHara, add Mathew Broderick and it’s an enjoyable night at the theater.

Last but far from the least was GHOST, the musical adaptation of the movie with Patrick Swayze and Demi Moore. The reviews have not been spectacular but I really enjoyed the show and it's another high tech addition to Broadway. I really liked how they had people appear to walk through walls. The opening scene is a film of a  super fast tour over the buildings of Manhattan, sort of like Harry Potter goes for a night out sans the broom.

Going back to NYC on the 31st of May to see what I expect to be the  two TONY award shows one for the revival category – EVITA  and ONCE for best new musical. I think I’m saving the best for last. We’ll see. More later!

Pat Halloran
President & CEO
The Orpheum Theatre

Friday, May 18, 2012

The 2012 Orpheum Summer Movie Series

Jam-packed with classic movie hits and cult favorites, The Orpheum's 2012 series of “Cults, Classics and Concerts,” will offer big entertainment at a small price. In addition to award-winning, critically acclaimed classic films, The Orpheum offers pre-show activities such as trivia contests, fashion shows, themed costume contests, vintage film shorts, and even a mini-concert on The Orpheum's own Mighty Wurlitzer Organ before select feature films.
Established for those who enjoy the edgy side of independent film, Indie Memphis Cinema Social Club events will be held on four Thursday nights during the summer. Films in the series will begin at 7:30 p.m. Each evening’s film will be preceded by a themed social hour that will include special libations and live music in the lobby of The Orpheum.
The series will include four acclaimed features, including Donnie Darko and Pulp Fiction. All tickets will be $7 each at the door. Indie Memphis members will receive a $2 discount with their valid membership card. The price of the ticket includes the social hour which will begin at 6:30 p.m.
Tickets for both the Summer Classic Movie Series and the Cinema Social Club are just $7 for adults and $5 for children 12 and under and may be purchased at The Orpheum Theatre Box Office two hours prior to movie start time. Doors open one hour prior to movie start time. A 10-ticket pack is available for $50 in advance at The Orpheum Theatre Box Office or the ticket counter at The Booksellers at Laurelwood and may be used in any combination for any movie in the series. For more information, please call (901) 525-3000.