Memphis The Musical Coming to the Pantages Theater 7/31 to 8/12 2012

January 31st, 2012

Memphis is a musical by David Bryan and Joe DiPietro. The concept for Memphis was developed by the late theater producer George W. George.

Memphis musical is inspired by the Memphis disc jockey Dewey Phillips story also known as Daddy-O. Dewey Phillips is rock ‘n’ roll’s pioneering disk jockeys and one of the first white DJs to play black music in the 1950s.

Phillips has a very interesting personality.  He had a keen ear for music, a speed-crazed on air persona with a frantic delivery and entertaining sense of humor.

He was the first DJ to broadcast the young Elvis Presley’s debut record, “That’s All Right/Blue Moon Of Kentucky” (Sun 209), and got Presley to reveal his race in an interview by asking which high school the 19-year-old singer attended.

Memphis is a multi awarded production which was staged during the 2003-04 season at both the North Shore Music Theatre in Beverly, Massachusetts and Theatre Works in Mountain View, California and opened on Broadway on October 19, 2009.

Memphis also received numerous positive reviews. The Memphis national tour began last October 2011at the Orpheum Theatre in Memphis, Tennessee.

Running Time: 2 hours and 30 minutes, including one 15 minute intermission.
Audience: May be inappropriate for 9 and under. (The show includes a depiction of violence against one of the lead characters.)

You can purchase Memphis Tickets at the Los Angeles Pantages Theater for the July run now. We stock La Cage Aux Folles as well as all other Pantages Theater shows including, Million Dollar Quartet , Book of Mormon and Billy Elliot.

Million Dollar Quartet coming to the Pantages June 19th – July 1st 2012.

January 29th, 2012

Million Dollar Quartet is a jukebox musical written by Floyd Mutrux and Colin Escott, and arranged by Chuck Mead.  It was at the Florida’s Seaside Music Theatre that the premiere of the musical took place in 2006 and was then staged in Issaquah, Washington at the Village Theatre in September until October of 2007.  Million Dollar Quartet was breaking box office records in January of 2008, when it was staged in Everett, Washington.  In 2010, the fantastic musical was opened in Broadway after a number of tryouts and regional productions, and produced a 2011 West End production.

The musical play staged the Million Dollar Quartet recording session of December 4, 1956, among early Rock and Roll stars Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash and Carl Perkins, as well as newcomer Jerry Lee Lewis.  Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis, Carl Perkins and Elvis Presley assemble at the Sun Record recording studio in Memphis, Tennessee on December 4, 1956.  Carl Perkins who was a well-known performer was to record songs with a new performer, Jerry Lee Lewis.  Elvis Presley stops by the studio along with his girlfriend named Dyanne (at the real session, Elvis’ girlfriend was a dancer named Marilyn) who was also a singer.  Meanwhile, Johnny Cash has visited to talk to recording impresario Sam Philips.  They have a jam session together; Philips attempts to sign Johnny Cash to a contract, not aware of already signing elsewhere.  He sings a verse of one of his most famous songs, followed by an onstage freeze of all actors, as a member from the Quartet enters for the first time.  Sam Philips relates to the audience how he first discovered the boy, and a brief, few line scene of that moment happens between Philips and the musician, followed by Sam Philips asking the boy to play something for him, which is the next verse of the song, and everyone unfreezes.

Among the musical numbers of the Million Dollar Quartet included Blue Suede Shoes, Real Wild Child, Matchbox, Who Do You Love?, Folsom Prison Blues, and Memories Are Made of This by Elvis Presley.

Tickets are onsale now for the Million Dollar Quartet Los Angeles Pantages Theater showing.  We stock Million Dollar Quartet as well as all Shows at the Pantages Theater including Spamalot, Mamma Mia.

Top 5 Movie Musicals for Children

November 11th, 2011

Movie musicals are one of the best ways to make your kid learn new things while having fun. Every child loves movies with catchy songs. Here’s a list of the 5 best movie musicals for your musically inclined kid:

The Sound of Music

This is one classic movie which is sure to be featured in any list of musicals. Although the storyline might be a little too heavy for very young kids, the singing, dancing and beautiful scenery is surely enjoyable. You’ll find your kid singing along to “Do Re Mi” and “My Favorite Things” in no time!

The Wizard of Oz

This is a musical adventure of a girl named Dorothy who runs away when her nasty neighbor tries to get rid of her dog. She is whisked away by a tornado to an extraordinary place called “Oz”, where she meets the strangest creatures and meets a lot of friends.

Mary Poppins

Mary Poppins is Walt Disney’s famous magical nanny who drastically transforms the lives of two unruly children, Jane and Michael and also their busy parents. She is sure to keep the kids entertained with animated scenes and enchantments. The songs in this musical are delightful and will be enjoyed by kids and elders alike.

Chitty Chitty Bang Bang

The movie features an eccentric professor named Caractacus Potts who drives a flying car. Starring Dick Van Dyke, this fantasy tale is oodles of fun. Get ready to stir up your child’s imagination as the Potts makes one crazy invention after another in this action-packed musical.

Blue’s Clues- Blue’s big musical movie

Blue is every child’s favorite little blue dog who is getting ready for a big musical to be performed in front of the entire neighborhood. This adorable movie will charm the kids as they learn a few valuable lessons.

If you are a Broadway musical fan, buy tickets to famous Broadway musicals such as Shrek, Come Fly Away, Riverdance, Wicked, Spamalot, Rock of Ages, Mamma Mia, Billy Elliot, Addams Family, Million Dollar Quartet, LA CAGE AUX FOLLES, and Memphis today!

A little bit of Broadway History

September 29th, 2011

Broadway is a group of 40 professional theatres in the Theatre District and in Lincoln Center, in Manhattan, New York City. It is not just for theatre that Broadway is famous for, its legacy attracts millions of people whether they are theatre enthusiasts or not.

Here is a little bit of Broadway history.

It was only in the year 1750 that New York got its own Theaters. It happened when Walter Murray and Thomas Kean came up with a resident theatre company at the Theatre on Nassau Street. It was just the beginning.  It was a company from Britain that next entered the scene. The theatre was established by Lewis Hallam in Williamsburg, Virginia in 1752. By the summer of 1753 they moved to New York. Though the Revolutionary War put a pause on the theatre scene for a while, but it was back with a bang in 1798.

The Park Theater that could seat 2000 people was built on Chatham Street which became the Park Row.  It was followed by the Bowery Theatre in 1826. Many more theatres came up as the 1830’s was the age of the Blackface minstrel shows.  In 1829, Niblo’s Garden at Broadway and Prince Street- a 3,000-seat theatre- which presented musical and non musical entertainments became the New York’s most happening night place. By the 1940’s an entertainment complex under P.T. Barnum came up in lower Manhattan.

The Broadway history took a new turn with the opening of the Astor Place Theatre in 1847. In 1849 the Astor Place Riot took place regarding the upper class audience at Astor Place.  There after entertainment in New York was divided. The upper and upper middle classes began going for operas, the minstrel shows, melodrama entertained the middle class and the men of the working class, and the lower middle class had to content themselves with variety shows in concert saloons. The plays of William Shakespeare were popular in Broadway at the time and the actor Edwin Booth gave some scintillating performances on stage at the Winter Garden Theatre in 1865. He later started Booth’s Theatre also.

The Broadway was rejuvenated in the year 1868 with Lyndia Thomson and her theatrical troupe bringing English burlesques to the American soil. Theatre began to move to midtown New York in the 1870’s. Union Square and Madison square became the new areas. In the early 1900’s Broadway theatres reached Times Square also.

The arrival of the Musical

It was in 1857 that The Elves came to Broadway. It was the first “long- run” musical, which went up to 50 performances. Then Laura Keene’s “musical burletta” Seven Sisters (1860) also established the popular entertainment as musicals.

The modern version of the musical with dance and original music began with The Black Crook, which premiered in New York on September 12, 1866. Though it lasted five and a half hours it ran for a record 474 performances.

Then it was time for the musical comedies, The Black Domino/Between You, Me and the Post, being the first. Tony Pastor opened the first vaudeville theatre in Union Square in 1881. Broadway became the scene for comedians like Edward Harrigan and Tony Hart between 1878 and 1885.

Better times

As New York grew, so did its entertainment. Theatres received more patrons and they also became women friendly.  Many famous comic operas reached Broadway. Gilbert and Sullivan’s H.M.S. Pinafore(1878), Reginald Dekoven’s Robin Hood (1891) and John Philip Sousa’s El Capitan (1896) Charles Hoyt’s A Trip to Chinatown (1891)  and Irene in 1919 were some of the greatest Broadway shows. .

Hundreds of musical comedies were staged on Broadway in the 1890s and early 1900s In the early years of the 20th century, translations of popular late-19th century continental operettas  were joined by the “Princess Theatre” shows of the 1910s by writers such as P. G. Wodehouse, Guy Bolton and Harry B. Smith. Victor Herbert.

The popularity of Broadway is what led to the establishment of Tony Awards in 1947.

If you are a Broadway musical fan, buy tickets to famous Broadway musicals such as Shrek, Come Fly Away, Riverdance, Wicked, Spamalot, Rock of Ages, Mamma Mia, Billy Elliot, Addams Family, Million Dollar Quartet, LA CAGE AUX FOLLES, and Memphis today!

7 Questions and Answers About Broadway Shows

September 8th, 2011

1. What is a Broadway show really?

The term Broadway encompasses all the plays, musicals as well as the special attractions that are presented in the Manhattan Theatre District, at any of the 40 designated playhouses. Broadway shows are also usually on tour, they visit about 240 cities every year.

2. What is the number of Broadway theatres in New York?

There are 40 designated Broadway theatres in the New York City.

3. Are the Broadway theatres located on Broadway?

Yes, quite a few of them are actually located  on Broadway. But the majority of theatres are on the side streets.

4. I want to get to the Theatre District. How do I do that?

These are the subway lines that serve the Theatre District – the 6th Avenue B, D, F, and V trains (42nd Street and 47 through 50th Streets); the 7th Avenue 1, 2, 3, and 9 trains (Times Square and 50th Street); 8th Avenue A, C, and E lines (42nd Street or 50th Street); the Broadway N, Q, R, and W lines (Times Square and 49th Street); and the Grand Central shuttle (Times Square). You may also take any of the following buses – M6, M7, M10, M11, M20, M27/50, M42, and M104.

5. What is the location of Theatre District?

Theatre District stretches across the midtown blocks between Avenues 6 and 8, from West 41st Street to West 54th Street. The Vivian Beaumont Theatre, is situated just outside the Theatre district, at Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts, West 65th Street.

6. How does Broadway differ from other theatrical performances?

For more than 100 years, Broadway has been the home of the most talented and accomplished performers, entertainers and artists. Broadway has always been considered the pinnacle of entertainment in live theatre.

10. How do I get Broadway tickets?

You my purchase tickets to all Broadway shows over the Internet or via telephone. Shows to many Broadway plays are available now. Buy tickets to famous Broadway musicals such as Shrek, Come Fly Away, Riverdance, Wicked, Spamalot, Rock of Ages, Mamma Mia, Billy Elliot, Addams Family, Million Dollar Quartet, LA CAGE AUX FOLLES, and Memphis today!

Million Dollar Quartet Musical at Pantages

July 12th, 2011

Million Dollar Quartet is a jukebox musical penned by Floyd Mutrux and Colin Escott. They make for a powerful and touching rendering of a recording session in the year 1965 featuring the early rock and roll stars like Johnny Cash, Elvis Presley, Carl Perkins and the then new kid on the block Jerry Lee Lewis.

In the 90 minutes of the musical, you will get a thorough understanding of the history that was created by these rock and roll stars. All this is delivered you through the exuberant rendering of their rock hits back in the day.

There is not much of a plot here. The musical gives you glimpses of the careers of the rock and roll stars. The characters portraying the rock stars perform with such an abandon that the audience may be forgiven if they forget for a moment that they are watching a musical, and not a rock and roll concert. For the classic rock fans it will be nothing short of a travel back in time.

The story

It is a day in the lives of Elvis Presley, Jerry Lee Lewis, Johnny Cash and Carl Perkins. To be more precise, it is December 4, 1956. There is a live jam session of these four at the Sun Records in Memphis, Tennessee. The four stars are at varying stages in their career. Elvis Presley is the king of the charts. Lewis is comparatively unknown to the music world. Cash is slowly coming up and so is the new kid Perkins. The mastermind behind this historic meeting is Sam Philips, their manager and producer.

When this day is relived on the stage, you get a glimpse of the genius behind these four stars and how they became the legends that they are.

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