Saturday, March 19, 2011

Memphis on Broadway, by way of Palo Alto, coming to a (movie) theatre near you!

Did you get all that from the headline?

That's right: Memphis, the Tony-Award-winning musical, got its start right here in the Bay Area at Theatreworks. It went on to acclaim in NYC, and now it's participating in an interesting phenomenon that has popped up over the last few years.

A taped performance of Memphis is going to be shown in select movie theatres over a four-day period in late April/early May, produced by Fathom Events, which is part of National CineMedia. This has been going on with concerts and other live events for a while, but I'm not sure they've ever done it with a Broadway musical before, and certainly not with the reigning "Best Musical" on Broadway.

Another local tidbit: James Monroe Iglehart, a longtime local performer here in the Bay Area, traveled to NYC with Memphis and is still one of the featured performers.

There are lots of local showings.

So, my questions for you are: Have you ever gone to one of these kind of events before? Did you see Memphis when it was at Theatreworks? Or have you seen it on Broadway? And finally, of course, would you go see it in a movie theatre?

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There's talk of making a movie version of The Book of Mormon as well, but Parker and Stone are saying it's in the future "somewhere". I had some Book of Mormon tickets this summer and really enjoyed it. It would be great if a traveling production could come to the SF Bay area... one day.
I was able to see a few other Broadway Shows while I was there. I didn't have much interest in "Spiderman", but loved "Avenue Q". I love pointed social commentary, and got it in spades. Unfortunately, the movie will have to wait, apparently.
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