Thursday, July 24, 2014

President's Page: Fall Into Fall Theatre

The fall semester begins in just a few short weeks for our local students, but school isn't the only thing that is on the horizon.  The fall always heralds the beginning of the “theatre season.” 
After everyone has returned from their vacations, camps, and outdoor activities, things begin to wind down.  It is just natural to start thinking about the broad span of entertainment options that always follow Labor Day cookouts and trips to the lake.

I think the Orpheum's fall lineup is really intriguing.  This year the fall begins with the magic and humor of Penn & Teller on Friday, September 19th.  We've wanted to bring this duo to the Orpheum for about 10 years, but their popular Las Vegas show leaves only a few open dates for outside venues. 
If you've never experienced Penn & Teller, their routine is hilarious and illusions are top grade.  There is a slight resemblance to the Marx Brothers in that Penn does all of the talking and Teller has never - and I mean never - been heard saying a single word.  EVER.  Since I have waited such a long time to book them for this single Orpheum performance, I think I am safe in saying that this is a one-time opportunity for all of us to see this totally entertaining  duo.    
Next, we bring you a spectacular new production of Andrew Lloyd Webber's Phantom of the Opera, running September 24th through October 5th.  We get more requests for Phantom than any other Broadway show, and this production is one of the largest touring musicals on the road so it promises to be a memorable event.

Our insatiable appetite for cooking celebrities will be met with a one night event featuring Alton Brown on Saturday, October 25th.  The always entertaining Food Network personality will be on the stage telling us the most interesting things about our foodie habits.  There will also be some humorous food science experiments, audience participation, and a little bit of messiness in the kitchen.  This is a funny exploration of the most interesting things he has discovered through his popular weekly shows. 

And that's just the beginning!  The fall will also feature several concerts, special events, and the Tony Award winning musical Once.  So I encourage you to kick off your fall season at the Orpheum with this wide variety of great entertainment.

Pat Halloran
President and CEO

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