Thursday, October 31, 2013

Let the Bidding Begin!

This year, I have donated my Classic 1995 Ferrari Convertible with only 26,000 miles to the Orpheum’s Raffle, which means this Ferrari could be yours!

100% of the Raffle proceeds will go to our new Centre for Performing Arts Education, which is scheduled to begin construction in 3 short months.  Raffle tickets are only $100, and there are other fabulous prizes included for second, third, and fourth place winners.

The winner of this incredible car will be drawn at the Orpheum’s 35th Annual Auction on Saturday, November 16th in front of an expected crowd of 800 guests.  Of course you do not need to be present to win, so if you happen to be the lucky winner and aren't at the event, we will call you after the drawing to give you the news.

But I hope you'll join us at the Auction for all the fun of bidding on over $400,000 worth of trips, a car, jewelry, furniture, dinners and much more.  And if you just can't wait until the big event, check out our online auction, which is open now!
We also look forward to seeing you at WEST SIDE STORY Tuesday, November 5th through Sunday, November 10th. 
In the meantime, happy bidding!  

Pat Halloran
Orpheum President and CEO

Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Ticket Giveaway

More than fifty years ago one musical changed theater forever. Now it's back and mesmerizing audiences once again. From the first note to the final breath, West Side Story soars as the greatest love story of all time. Based on Shakespeare's famous tale of Romeo and Juliet, West Side Story remains as powerful, poignant and timely as ever.

But what is it about this story that still captivates audiences today?  Find out first-hand not only by attending West Side Story, but also by joining Tennessee Shakespeare Company at the Germantown Performing Arts Centre for Romeo and Juliet, complete with Shakespeare's breathtaking original text - just as he intended it.

Enter for your chance to win the complete Romeo and Juliet experience with two tickets to the opening night performance of WEST SIDE STORY on Tuesday, November 5th and four tickets to Tennessee Shakespeare Company's production of ROMEO & JULIET on January 28th or January 30th.

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Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Celebrate Hispanic Heritage At The Brooks

With WEST SIDE STORY just around the corner, we at the Orpheum were inspired to embrace the incredible Hispanic and Latin culture that we have here in Memphis.  So, we turned to The Brooks Museum!

The Brooks is currently celebrating Hispanic Heritage with an exciting array of community events and exhibitions like "Ancestry and Identity: Prints by Maritza Davila."  Davila, a Professor of Fine Arts at Memphis College of Art, will get you in the mood for WEST SIDE STORY with her unique artistic blend of elements from her Puerto Rican culture and reverent images of family.  Davila will also host a workshop on November 9th where participants will create collagraph prints using a special printmaking technique.

The celebration culminates in a salute to Mexican heritage with traditional Day of the Dead activities on Saturday, November 2nd, including a Family Day from 10:00 AM to 1:00 PM and a Fiesta at 7:00 PM. 

At the Dia de los Muertos Family Day, visitors of all ages will enjoy Mexican mariachi music and appearances by the local performing groups Danza Azteca and Caza Teatro Bilingual Theatre.  Face-painting, artist demonstrations, and hands-on art activities will also be available.  As if that wasn't enough, admission is free!

The Day of the Dead Fiesta that evening features music from DJ Moi, Marcela Pinilla, and Mariachi Guadalajara.  Don your favorite black and white outfit, as is tradition, and start the night by making your own traditional Cempazuchitl, or flower of the deceased.  Then, the party begins with Latin cuisine, cerveza, Mexican cocktails, and tequila. 

Round out your cultural excursion by joining the Orpheum Theatre November 5th through 10th for WEST SIDE STORY, one of the most beloved musicals and greatest love stories of all time.  

Hasta luego a la Brooks!

Thursday, October 17, 2013

Buddy Holly: A History of the Jukebox Musical

On Tuesday I attended the Opening Night performance of BUDDY: THE BUDDY HOLLY STORY.  BUDDY, which first hit Broadway in 1990, was the very first “jukebox musical.”  Since then, the jukebox musical has become a trend in musical theatre. 
BUDDY was soon followed by SMOKEY JOE'S CAFE, and it included all of Lieber and Stoller's most popular songs like “Hound Dog,” "Jailhouse Rock," and "Stand By Me," among others.  Then came MAMMA MIA, featuring all of the great hits of ABBA.  The Tony Award winning story of Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons followed suit with the toe-tapping show JERSEY BOYS, and - most recently - MILLION DOLLAR QUARTET hit the scene with Sun Studios legends Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis, and Carl Perkins.  But it all started with BUDDY, and with that, a new genre was born, providing new productions for Broadway and for Broadway companies touring across the country. 
Intertwined throughout BUDDY is the story of his meteoric rise to fame and his life, which tragically ended after only 18 months into his career.  Still, at its core, BUDDY is really more of a concert – emphasizing on the tunes you know and love.  The show takes you back to the 50’s where you can be a part of musical history.
BUDDY runs through Sunday night at the Orpheum Theatre.  Great seats are still available and can be purchased at the Orpheum Box Office at 901-525-3000 or online at www.orpheum-memphis.comI hope to see you there!
Pat Halloran
Orpheum President and CEO

Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Cast of Buddy Tours Graceland

The cast of BUDDY: THE BUDDY HOLLY STORY took a trip to Graceland on a Backbeat Tour bus with Brandon Cunning providing the music and leading the tour.  Check out a recent Commercial Appeal interview with Todd Meredith, the actor playing Buddy, for more on the relationship between Buddy Holly and Elvis Presley.

BUDDY will be at The Orpheum Theatre through Sunday, October 20. Click Here to purchase tickets.

Enter below for your chance to win four complimentary tickets to tour Elvis Presley's Graceland.

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Wednesday, October 9, 2013

New York Foodie: Chin Chin

Once I saw a sign saying that there are 18,376 restaurants in New York City.  Now who is going to challenge the accuracy of that number?

Every month I spend an average of four to five days in the Big Apple, and because of that I've have the opportunity to experience a large number of these restaurants over the years.

I'm often asked what my favorite NYC restaurant is, and while I have about a dozen places that I like to frequent, I do have a favorite: Chin Chin.  Obviously, this is not an Italian restaurant.

Being a fan of Chinese cuisine and an expert on China (I spent a month China and ate Italian every chance I got), I highly encourage you to visit Chin Chin the next time you take a trip to New York. 

And if you trust my judgment, you'll seek out Jimmy Chin while you're there and ask him for his signature dish: the Grand Marnier Shrimp.  You won't find this one on the menu, so be sure to let Jimmy know that Pat sent you!

Pat Halloran
Orpheum President and CEO

Tuesday, October 8, 2013


In just three short years, Buddy Holly set the music world on fire, breaking the mold and forever changing the face and sound of rock and roll. BUDDY - THE BUDDY HOLLY STORY charts his meteoric climb, legendary adventures and tragic fall on that fateful day the music died.

Armed with a Fender Stratocaster guitar, his signature specs and a charismatic blend of rockabilly swagger, Buddy explodes onto the stage in a jukebox musical fully loaded with classics “Peggy Sue,” “Oh Boy,” “That’ll Be the Day,” “Well All Right,” “Not Fade Away” and many more. With an encore that will have you on your feet and dancing in the aisles, BUDDY - THE BUDDY HOLLY STORY will “send you out of the theater on an unstoppable high” (The Boston Globe).

To purchase tickets Click Here.

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Friday, October 4, 2013

Real Reality on Reality TV

Maybe it's because I work in the entertainment industry, but America's Got Talent, American Idol, and the X Factor rank high on my list of intriguing reality television.  I don't think I have ever watched a full hour of any of the other reality TV shows like The Great Race or Survivor, and I have never watched more than 30 seconds of The Bachelor or The Bachelorette. 

On Thursday evening's broadcast of the X Factor, a young singer, only 13 years old with a voice like an angel and the sweetest, happiest face, belted out a song with all the talent and charisma of a major recording artist on tour across the country.

What became almost unnoticeable was the young lady's condition called arthrogryposis multiplex congenital, which has left her wrists and hands immobile.  We've all seen someone in our lifetime that had similar differences, but we also know that such challenges can be overcome.  And that's just what this amazing singer has done.  Her name is Rion Paige, and she stole the show from the other contestants.  She will be competing later on in the show.  I hope you'll be watching the X Factor along with me this season and that watching Rion perform will be as moving for you as it was for me. 
Pat Halloran
Orpheum President and CEO