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Welcome to The 2703

Welcome to The 2703, the brand new Hollywood Pantages Blog. One of the most frequently asked questions we receive is, “How many seats are in the theatre?” The answer to that question and the name of our blog is 2,703. It’s that kind of insider knowledge we want to share with you! Have you ever wondered what happens at the Hollywood Pantages while you’re not here? We want to peak your curiosity, take you behind the scenes, into rehearsal rooms, and out into Hollywood. We want to give back to our audiences that fill The 2703 every performance.

The New and Improved HollywoodPantages.com

Last week we launched a brand new website with the same location but a different look. We are so excited about this project that is nearly a year in the making, that we decided to break down all of the new features just for you!

Calendar View

Now you can see the full calendar of events instead of visiting each show page to check out the dates. Of course, you can still visit each show page for fun photos and videos.

Click Here to check it out.

Dining Guide

Want to grab a bite before the show but not sure where you should go? Check out our handy dining guide. A full list of local area restaurants with enticing photos, pricing, and directions!

Click Here to check it out.

Explore Hollywood

This fun new section can be quite helpful when you have family and friends visiting from out of town and need to do some “Hollywood Things”. Of course we always recommend a show but what to do before or after?

Click Here to check it out.

Event Archives

What was that one show we went to that one time? We can help with that! Check out our new show archive page that lists every touring show at the Pantages since the 96-97 Season!

Click Here to check it out.

Traffic Info

Hollywood is full of red carpets, marathons, protests, parades, and filming locations. While these things are all really great they always cause traffic problems. Now you can check our website for any traffic alerts in the area before you head to the show!

Click Here to check it out.

Show Page Videos

Interested in a show but you aren’t entirely sure what it’s about? Now each show page has a video at the top! Check out the video to see if the show works for you and your family!

Click Here to check it out.

Season Packages

Purchasing a Season Package has never been easier. For information about packages you can visit our new and improved page!

Click Here to check it out.

 

EGOT

La La Land may not have won the big prize at the Academy Awards last weekend but it didn’t walk away empty handed. Benj Pasek and Justin Paul received Hollywood’s top honor for their song “City of Stars” from the film. But why stop with an Oscar when you can receive all of showbiz’s top honors? To EGOT means to win an Emmy, Grammy, Oscar, and a Tony award. Many are predicting that Pasek and Paul are well on their way to EGOT.

Left: Justin Paul Right: Benj Pasek accept their Academy Award for Best Song.

Tony Awards
As composer-lyricists of Dear Evan Hansen, Pasek and Paul could take home the Best Original Score Tony Award on June 11. (This leads them halfway to the EGOT.)

Emmy Awards
Pasek and Paul contributed a song called “Runnin’ Home to You” for a musical episode of TV’s The Flash. The episode will air March 21, making it eligible to be nominated as “Outstanding Original Music and Lyrics,” when the Emmys take place on September 17.

Grammy Awards
Pasek and Paul could receive nominations for Best Musical Theater Album for Dear Evan Hansen, Best Song Written for Visual Media for any of their tunes from La La Land, and, quite possibly, Best Score Soundtrack for Visual Media for La La Land. The Grammys will be presented February 2018.

Pasek and Paul aren’t the only ones vying for the coveted EGOT. Broadway’s golden boy Lin Manuel Miranda only needs an Oscar to complete his collection. This year he shared the category with Pasek and Paul for his song “How Far I’ll Go” from Disney’s Moana but fell just short of the prize. None of us are worried about Mr. Miranda. It’s really only a matter of time.

Lin Manuel Miranda and Auli’i Cravalho perform “How Far I’ll Go” at the 2017 Academy Awards.

The EGOT world is a small one. If Pasek, Paul, and Miranda achieve the EGOT they will be joining the ranks of 12 familiar names: Richard Rodgers (1962), Helen Hayes (1977), Rita Moreno (1977), John Gielgud (1991), Audrey Hepburn (1994), Marvin Hamlisch (1995), Jonathan Tunick (1997), Mel Brooks (2001), Mike Nichols (2001), Whoopi Goldberg (2002), Scott Rudin (2012), and Robert Lopez (2014).

From Left: Whoopie Goldberg, Audrey Hepburn, Mel Brooks, and Rita Moreno have all achieved EGOT status.

Liza Minnelli, James Earl Jones, Barbra Streisand, Alan Menken and Harry Belafonte also have EGOTs, though they received one of their awards non-competitively with a special honorary award. Over 70 stars are only one award away from winning the EGOT

For a full list of EGOTs CLICK HERE

 

#CovertheCode

It’s a theatre goer’s worst nightmare: you’ve just scored tickets to that show you’ve been dying to see. After excitedly taking a ticket selfie, you post the picture of your tickets on social media. You think you’re ready for your show, but when you get to the doors you’re turned away because someone stole your tickets using the picture you posted online.

Don’t let this happen to you — stop counterfeiters by following one simple rule when sharing pics of your tix online: Cover the Code. On your paper or mobile ticket there is a one-of-a-kind barcode and if anyone acquires it they can make duplicate tickets to use or sell that render your tickets worthless.

 

Don’t post pics of your tickets online with the barcode showing before the event happens. This includes paper tickets and mobile tickets.  If you see family or friends sharing tickets online, please ask them to kindly #CoverTheCode.

Avoid taking screenshots that expose personal information like your first and last name, address, or credit card, especially during your checkout and confirmation experience on Ticketmaster.

Only buy tickets from official sources. There are many ticket re-sellers and secondary markets for tickets. For the best seats and to eliminate the risk of fraud, get tickets through the Hollywood Pantages Box Office, HollywoodPantages.com or Ticketmaster. Purchasing tickets from any other seller runs a high risk of receiving fraudulent tickets.

 

 

Introducing the 2017-2018 Season

This past Tuesday, bright and early in the perfectly lively 6AM hour, we announced the six amazing shows headed to our Pantages Theatre for the 2017-2018 season. Now that you’ve had time to let the big reveal sink in, get even more information about them below.

ALADDIN

Original Broadway Cast (C) Deen van Meer

  • There are currently five different productions of ALADDIN playing all around the world not including this tour: Broadway, the West End in London, Australia, Germany, and Japan.
  • The current actor who plays “Aladdin” on Broadway will be playing “Aladdin” in the touring company, Adam Jacobs.
  • 337 costumes—based on 136 individual designs—were created for the show. Aladdin has a quick change in the show where he goes from street rat to prince.
  • James Monroe Iglehart, the 2014 Tony Award® winner for his performance as Genie in ALADDIN, is about to begin performances in the Broadway production of HAMILTON. ALADDIN opens at the Pantages Theatre less than two weeks after HAMILTON closes.
    Whoopi Goldberg recently sent Iglehart off during a performance of ALADDIN and went behind the scenes of the show.
  • Howard Ashman (lyrics) and Alan Menken (music) wrote the soundtrack in the original film. This show features many of the songs from the film plus songs that were cut before the film written by Ashman and Menken.
  • Los Angeles is the national tour’s first stop before it heads off to Chicago, Minneapolis, Seattle, and other cities.
  • Official show merchandise can be found at the Aladdin Musical’s Broadway store
  • The Broadway cast performed “Friend Like Me” on Good Morning America

 LOVE NEVER DIES

The Phantom and Christine in “Love Never Dies” (C) Brinkhoff/Moegenburg

  • The original cast of LOVE NEVER DIES starred Sierra Boggess and Ramin Karimloo who played Christine and Phantom in the 25th anniversary edition of Phantom.
  • LOVE NEVER DIES was filmed at its Melbourne production and was released on DVD in 2012.
  • Andrew Lloyd Webber started working on the sequel in 1990 but was delayed several times in completing it until 2011. “Around 1990 I had the idea of continuing the story of Phantom and Christine and setting it in New York at the turn of the last century. I had a thrilling discussion over dinner with the late Maria Bjornson, who created the brilliant design of the original Phantom. She was very excited about a New World location.”
  • Andrew Lloyd Webber was inspired to place the Phantom at Coney Island after watching a documentary about Coney Island featuring the wonders of that extraordinary world.
  • The show has also had productions on the West End (2010-2011), Copenhagen (2012-2013), Vienna (2013), Japan (2014), and Germany (from 2015). However, this tour is based on the Australian production which debuted in 2012 to glowing critical reception.
  • Along with Phantom and Christine, the show also features Madame Giry, Meg, and Raoul.
  • LOVE NEVER DIES features circus performers as well as intricate sets and costumes.
  • Phantom runs a combination freak show and vaudeville house in Coney Island.

SCHOOL OF ROCK

David Fynn and company in the London production. (C) Tristram Kenton

  • SCHOOL OF ROCK opened at the Winter Garden Theatre on Broadway over a year ago on December 6, 2015.
  • This show was the first Andrew Lloyd Webber show to premiere on Broadway before debuting at the West End in thirty years.
  • It was nominated for four Tony Awards including Best Musical, Best Book of a Musical (Julian Fellowes), Best Original Score (Andrew Lloyd Webber and Glenn Slater), and Best Actor in a Musical (Alex Brightman). The cast also performed.
  • Before SCHOOL OF ROCK’s Broadway debut, staged concerts were held at the Gramercy Theatre in Manhattan in June 2015, featuring songs from the show.
  • All of the songs in the movie are in the musical as well as fourteen new songs by Andrew Lloyd Webber.
  • Andrew Lloyd Webber first revealed that he had purchased the stage rights to School of Rock in a 2013 interview.
  •  The SCHOOL OF ROCK cast album was released in December 2015 and features three bonus tracks plus a song that was cut from production during previews, “Give Up Your Dreams.”

THE COLOR PURPLE

Heather Headly, Cynthia Erivo, and Danielle Brooks in the Revival Broadway Cast of The Color Purple (C) Matthew Murphy

  • This revival of the THE COLOR PURPLE most recently played at the Bernard B. Jacobs Theatre on Broadway. It’s opening night was December 10, 2015 and its final Broadway performance was on January 8, 2017.
  • THE COLOR PURPLE also won the Tony for Best Revival of a Musical at the 70th Annual Tony Awards in 2016.
  • The revival cast album is nominated for a Grammy Award for Best Musical Theatre Album and could possible be announced the winner come GRAMMY night this Sunday, February 12, on CBS.
  • Among the producers of the revival is Oprah Winfrey as well as Scott Sanders and Roy Furman.
  • The Color Purple has played in Los Angeles before at the Ahmanson Theatre in a touring production from December 13, 2007 through March 9, 2008.
  • This touring production, however, is based on the recent Broadway revival which is stripped down and extremely focused on the characters under the direction of John Doyle.
  • The original Broadway production ran from 2005 to 2008, earning eleven Tony Award nominations in 2006.

ON YOUR FEET

  • ON YOUR FEET is currently playing at the Marquis Theatre on Broadway.
  • This show is a “jukebox musical” containing several of Gloria Estefan’s greatest hits and on original song written specifically for the show.
  • Both Gloria and Emilio Estefan have been extremely involved in producing the show and bringing it to life, even performing with the cast at the 70th Annual Tony Awards.
  • Gloria and Emilio Estefan were approached by Jimmy Nederlander circa 1990 about doing a Latin-based show for Broadway. Circa 2005, they began crafting an offer for a musical show in Vegas that was eventually pitched to the Nederlanders who loved it and eventually ON YOUR FEET! made it to Broadway.
  • The ON YOUR FEET cast album was recorded live in March 2016, and was produced by Gloria and Emilio Estefan. Check it out here.
  • David Rooney, in his review of the Broadway production for The Hollywood Reporter, wrote, “Just try keeping the grin off your face when two massive human chains—of cast and audience members—flood the aisles of the Marquis Theatre…”
    If you’ve ever wanted to conga line through the Pantages Theatre, this is the show for you!

WAITRESS

Drew Gehling and Jessie Mueller in the original Broadway Cast of “Waitress.” (C) Joan Marcus

  • WAITRESS first began performances at the American Repertory Theater in Cambridge, MA, on August 2, 2015 starring Jessie Mueller with Keala Settle and Jeanna de Waal.
  • The musical is based on the 2007 film of the same name which starred Kerri Russell under the direction of screenwriter and director, Adrienne Shelly.
  • Diane Paulus, the director of WAITRESS, has also directed many shows which have been at the Pantages Theatre in recent years such as Pippin and Finding Neverland.
  • At the 2016 Tony Awards, both Jessie Mueller and Sara Bareilles performed “She Used to be Mine.”
  • The WAITRESS cast recording is nominated for a 2017 Grammy Award to be held this Sunday, February 12, on CBS.
  • The musical features a special relationship to pie that has led the Broadway production to have a pie consultant. Stacy Donnelly is the official pie consultant who makes about 40 pies a week for the actors and actresses to use as props. She also cooks the pies in a lobby oven which allows the theatre to smell like pie, further transporting the audience into the show.
  • WAITRESS was nominated for 4 Tony Awards: Best Musical, Best Original Score (Sara Bareilles), Best Actress in a Leading Role (Jessie Mueller), and Best Actor in a Featured Role (Christopher Fitzgerald).

For more about these six wonderful shows in our 2017-2018 season, check out our season announcement video below and visit: www.hollywoodpantages.com.

 

Nicole has been an intern in the marketing department at the Hollywood Pantages Theatre since late-November, 2016. She studies communication with a minor in music industry at the University of Southern California. She was super excited to write this blog post and can’t wait for all of these amazing shows to hit the Pantages stage.

Dinner for Two

Need plans for Valentine’s Day? We may have a suggestion or two for you. We like to think that seeing a show at the Hollywood Pantages makes a pretty good date night but what about dinner before hand?

Valentine’s Day Crepe Banana and apple simmered in a grand marnier sauce, wrapped in a traditional crepe, served with whipped cream and your choice of ice cream. Choose from coffee, green tea or vanilla

It was Epicurus that once said, “We should look for someone to eat and drink with before looking for something to eat and drink,” and we agree! Give that significant other of yours a night out in Hollywood starting with Kabuki for your Valentine’s Day meal.

Cilantro – Albacore Roll

What could be more romantic than sitting in the corner booth sharing a roll of sushi with your Valentine while sipping on sake sangria? Look no further than Kabuki, the people behind sushi for all mankind. Never tried sushi or Japanese cuisine? You couldn’t ask for a better way for two people to get to know each other than to try something new together. That’s what Kabuki does best.

Sake Sangria. Fresh fruits, sake, shochu, grapefruit and cranberry juice Available in a glass and carafe.

Kabuki offers a unique Japanese dining experience in a comfortable setting. Choose from a quiet booth or table, or enjoy an interactive experience while seated at the Sushi Bar.

Steamed – Black Mussels

Kabuki also boasts an impressive beverage program featuring classic cocktails, wine and beer, as well as inventive sake libations.

Salmon – Garlic Crunch

Celebrate Valentine’s Day with your special someone at Kabuki, we promise you’ll have the best time. For more information about Kabuki or to make a reservation visit their website: www.kabukirestaurants.com

We’re Not Gonna Pay!

Last week we announced that there will be a lottery for the Rent 20th Anniversary tour at the Hollywood Pantages Theatre January 24 – 29. The lottery has become an important part of the theatre going experience for the last 20 years. Would you believe that the tradition started with Rent?

Patrons anxiously await for their name is called for the Wicked lottery outside of the Hollywood Pantages Theatre.

On April 29, 1996 Rent opened on Broadway at the Nederlander Theatre in NYC. It quickly became the show everyone had to see. As tickets became more expensive and scarce, many complained that they simply could not afford to attend the show.

Lottery hopefuls fill the box office lobby as names are called out.

The show’s producers offered 34 seats in the front two rows of the orchestra for $20 each on a first come first serve basis on the day of the performance. Jumping at the opportunity for discounted tickets, people began to form lines at the break of dawn. Suddenly, a new model was born.

Cody Jamison Strand (Elder Cunningham) from the cast of The Book of Mormon calls out the names of the lottery winners

On September 7, 2008, over 10 years after the first lottery names were called, Rent on Broadway held it’s final lottery. The video below shows the events of that day. Do not stand in between a Renthead and their tickets!

 

Today, many are still taking advantage of the opportunity to wait in line for inexpensive tickets. The phenomenon not only occurs on Broadway but in touring houses all over the United States. Tickets for the upcoming engagement of the Rent 20th Anniversary Tour are selling quickly. For details about the lottery CLICK HERE

 

The Colorful Cleo

For six years, Cleo has been a Hollywood staple. Located within The Redbury Hotel at 1717 Vine Street, in Hollywood, CA, Cleo features a distinctly light and fresh menu that evokes a contemporary mezze bar. Drawn from a variety of influences, Cleo’s cuisine provides a modern twist on the foods and cultures of the eastern Mediterranean, with a collection of unforgettable dishes prepared in a wood burning oven.

Meatball Tagine, soft egg, smoked tomato, piquillo peppers

In the six years since their beginning, Cleo has been a part of dineL.A. Presented by the Los Angeles Tourism and Convention Board, dineL.A. is a 15-day dining event that takes place twice a year and showcases Los Angeles as a premier dining destination while highlighting the diversity of culinary experiences L.A. has to offer.

Spanakopita

dineL.A. Restaurant Week is back from January 13th – 27th!  Join Cleo for a special prix-fixe menu from award-winning Chef Danny Elmaleh, priced at only $39 for dinner at both the Hollywood and Downtown LA locations.

Lebaneh & Feta, Hummus & Tahini

“It’s a really awesome way for us to connect with people who have never been to Cleo,” says Zulfia Manely, Marketing Manager for The Redbury Hotel and Cleo.

“We love being a part of any neighborhood efforts or anything that gives back to the community,” Manely explains.

Flourless Chocolate Cake, hazelnut creme, anglaise, straberries and Baklava with yogurt gelato

Want to be a part of dineL.A. at Cleo?  Make a reservation! CLICK HERE

What’s Next?

While most of us are happy to leave 2016 behind, we are sad to say goodbye to some of our favorite shows that have closed and will be closing in the coming weeks on Broadway. We’ve already bid adieu to Fiddler on the Roof, Matilda, and Something Rotten. Soon we will see the closures of The Color Purple, Jersey Boys and Holiday Inn. So what’s next? We compiled a list of shows scheduled to make their debut in 2017.

MISS SAIGON

Eva Noblezad in the London production of Miss Saigon

• Theatre: Broadway
• Previews: March 1, 2017
• Opens: March 23, 2017
• Written by Claude-Michel Schönberg (music), Alain Boublil and Claude-Michel Schönberg (lyrics), Alain Boublil and Claude-Michel Schönberg (book)
• Director: Laurence Connor
• Cast: Jon Jon Briones and Eva Noblezada
• An American soldier named Chris marries Kim in Vietnam before departing for the US. Three years later, he returns to find Kimstill alive and raising Tam, a boy he fathered. With the Viet Cong closing in on the city and two women wanting the only place in his heart, Chris has big decisions to make.
• Prior to its West End opening, Cameron Mackintosh said the London revival of Miss Saigon might transfer to Broadway in 2015 if it was well received. The revival went on to break box office records.
• Limited run through January 15, 2018.

WAR PAINT

Patti Lupone in War Paint

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

• Theatre: Nederlander
• Previews: March 7, 2017
• Opening: April 6, 2017
• Writers: Book by Doug Wrights; music and lyrics by Scott Frankel and Michael Korie
• Director: Michael Grief; choreographer: Christopher Gattelli
• Cast: Patti LuPone and Christine Ebersole
• Musical based on the rivalry of cosmetics titans Helena Rubenstein (LuPone) and Elizabeth Arden (Ebersole)
• Premiered at the Goodman Theatre in Chicago in summer 2016.

GROUNDHOG DAY

Andy Karly in Groundhog Day

• Theatre: August Wilson
• Previews: March 16, 2017
• Opening: April 17, 2017
• Music and lyrics by Tim Minchin, book by Danny Rubin
• Director: Matthew Warchus
• Cast: Andy Karl
• A musical adaptation of the 1993 Bill Murray film about a cynical Pittsburgh TV weatherman who is sent to cover the annual Groundhog Day event in Punxsutawney, PA, when he finds himself caught in a time loop, forced to repeat the same day again and again…and again. Will he ever unlock the secret and break the cycle?
• Produced in London in summer 2016.

HELLO DOLLY!


• Theatre: Shubert
• Previews: March 15, 2017
• Opens: April 20, 2017
• Music and lyrics by Jerry Herman; book by Michael Stewart
• Director: Jerry Zaks; choreographer: Warren Carlyle
• Cast: Bette Midler and David Hyde Pierce
• Revival of the blockbuster 1964 musical about a matchmaker who sets out to find a match for herself at the turn of the 20th century.

CHARLIE AND THE CHOCOLATE FACTORY

Douglas Hodge West End production of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory

• Theatre: Lunt-Fontanne
• First Preview: March 28, 2017
• Opening: April 23, 2017
• Written by David Greig (book), Marc Shaiman (music & lyrics), Scott Wittman (lyrics), Roald Dahl (novel)
• Director: Jack O’Brien
• Cast: Christian Borle as Willy Wonka
• When Charlie wins a golden ticket to the weird and wonderful Wonka Chocolate Factory, it’s the chance of a lifetime to feast on the sweets he’s always dreamed of. But beyond the gates astonishment awaits, as the five lucky winners discover not everything is as sweet as it seems.
• A West End production opened in June 2013.

ANASTASIA

Christy Altomare sings Once Upon a December in Anastasia

• Theatre: Broadhurst
• First Preview: March 23, 2017
• Opening: April 24, 2017
• Music by Stephen Flaherty, lyrics by Lynn Ahrens, book by Terrence McNally
• Director: Darko Tresnjak
• Cast: Christy Altomare, Derek Klana, Ramin Karimloo, Mary Beth Peil, John Bolton, and Caroline O’Connor
• Inspired by the 1997 film about a young woman who may be the last surviving member of the Russian royal family. The score features songs from the movie, including the Oscar-nominated “Journey to the Past,” plus additional new songs from the same Tony Award-winning team.
• The musical had its world premiere at Hartford Stage May 12 through June 26, 2016.

BANDSTAND

Laura Osnes and Corey Cott in Bandstand

• Theatre: Jacobs
• First Preview: March 31, 2017
• Opening: April 26, 2017
• Music by Richard Oberacker and book and lyrics by Robert Taylor and Richard Oberacker
• Director/Choreographer: Andy Blankenbuhler
• Cast: Laura Osnes and Corey Cott
• This self-described “big-band musical” chronicles a mismatched band of WWII veterans who join forces to compete in a radio contest with dreams of stardom.
• The show had a hit first production in summer/fall 2015 at Paper Mill Playhouse in New Jersey.

PRINCE OF BROADWAY

Ramin Karimloo, Tony Yazbeck, Josh Grisetti and Shuler Hensley in Prince of Broadway

• Theatre: Thomas J. Friedman
• First Preview: August 3, 2017
• Opening: August 24, 2017
• Libretto by David Thompson; songs by Stephen Sondheim, Kander & Ebb, Strouse & Adams, Bock & Harnick, Andrew Lloyd Webber and many others.
• Co-directors: Hal Prince and Susan Stroman
• Musical revue featuring highlights from the career of master showman Harold Prince.
• Had a tryout production in Japan in fall 2015.

THE HONEYMOONERS

Hank Azaria, Megan Hilty, Michael McGrath and Leslie Kritzner to lead in The Honeymooners

• Theatre: TBA
• Target Opening: TBA
• Written by Stephen A. Weiner (music), Peter Mills (lyrics), Dusty Kay and Bill Nuss (book)
• Director: John Rando
• Cast: Michael McGrath, Hank Azaria, Laura Bell Bundy and Leslie Kritzer.
• Ralph Kramden and his buddy Ed Norton are back and still shooting for the moon in this world-premiere musical. After shocking their wives by winning a high profile jingle contest, they are catapulted out of Brooklyn and into the cutthroat world of Madison Avenue.
• An industry presentation was held November 2014, produced by Jeffrey Finn and Goodspeed Musicals and starring Michael McGrath, Hank Azaria, Leslie Kritzer and Megan Hilty. A full fall production at Goodspeed was subsequently cancelled. McGrath, Azaria, Bundy and Kritzer took part in an April 2016 lab presentation in New York.

MEAN GIRLS

Tina Fey

• Theatre: TBA
• Target Opening: TBA
• Written by Jeff Richmond and Nell Benjamin (music & lyrics), Tina Fey (book)
• Director: Casey Nicholaw
• Cast: TBA
• A musical adaptation of the hit 2004 film.
• Produced by Lorne Michaels and Stuart Thompson.
• Tina Fey first confirmed in January 2013 that a musical adaptation was in the works. In May 2014 Fey and her husband Jeff Richmond, who is scoring the show with Nell Benjamin, confirmed that it was progressing. Richmond told Yahoo in March 2015 that 60 percent of the show was completed. A reading was presented in fall 2015. A world premiere production was announced for fall 2017 at the National Theatre in Washington DC.

SPONGEBOB: THE MUSICAL

Spongebob: The Musical cast in the Chicago premiere

• Theatre: TBA
• Target Opening: 2017
• Book by Kyle Jarrow, music by Steven Tyler, Cyndi Lauper, They Might Be Giants, Jonathan Coulton, Dirty Projectors, The Flaming Lips, Sara Bareilles, John Legend, Lady Antebellum, Panic! At the Disco, Plain White T’s, T.I. and David Bowie.
• Director: Tina Landau
• Cast: Ethan Slater, Lilli Cooper, Danny Skinner, Gavin Lee, Carlos Lopez and Nick Blaemire.
• Stage adaptation of the hit Nickelodeon cartoon series about the undersea residents of Bikini Bottom.
• The show had a Chicago tryout in summer 2016.

There are so many great shows in the making. For a full list of upcoming shows visit: www.Playbill.com Which shows are you most excited about?

Amos Oliver III

When we found out that one of our very own ushers had been cast in Hairspray Live we couldn’t have been more proud! On December 7, 2016 Amos Oliver III and the rest of the cast of Hairspray Live performed in front of an audience of 9 million plus. After the whole exciting adventure, Amos took some time to chat with us about his experience.

Tell us a little about yourself. Where did you grow up? Where did you go to school? 

I was born in St. Petersburg, Florida. I went to College at The Boston Conservatory as well as the American Musical and Dramatic Academy-LA

How did you catch the musical theatre bug?

I’ve always been into performing. I’ve always loved being onstage and being able to play someone other than myself. It wasn’t until I was attending The Boston Conservatory until I really understood how much I loved musical theater.

How did you find out about Hairspray Live auditions?

I found out about Hairspray LIVE auditions through my agent. (Go 2 Talent Agency)

What was the audition process like?

The process was a lot of fun. We first learned some of the choreography to “Run and Tell That” and we auditioned it. We then got called back did some scene work and some singing and then we danced again!

What was the first thing you did when you found out you had gotten the part?

The first thing I did when I found out I was cast, was run around the living room of my apartment and scream!! Then once I calmed down I called my mom!

Did you know that your fellow ushers had put together a watch party to cheer you on?

I certainly did know that my fellow ushers threw a party! I thought it was incredibly sweet and I wish I could’ve been there to share such an amazing experience/moment with them!

(See the Facebook Live video of the ushers cheering on Amos)

Tell us how you prepared for this live event. What were rehearsals like?

Well I had been training for so long for something like that so all of my schooling and education really prepared me for that. I knew in my heart that this had always been a dream of, mine and that’s really what helped me stay focused and ready at all times. At the start of rehearsals, we rehearsed 8 hours a day, Mon-Friday! And once the event got closer than we began staying longer and working longer weeks!

On the day of the live event, what was the atmosphere on set?

OMG!!! Everyone was so excited and ready to change the world!! Everyone was so positive and so supportive and they were having such a great time!

What was it like working on set with a live audience?

Working on set was actually really fun for me. We were performing for TV, but we also had the energy of the live audience which really enhanced our level of performance.

What amazing memories will you be taking away from this experience? Any particular moments stand out to you?

Every single second of this experience will be a memory that I take away! NOTHING about this I could ever forget! Every moment was priceless and surreal.

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What’s next for you? What would be the ultimate dream job/role?

I am not quite sure what’s next for me, but I know it will be something incredible! The dream role job after doing Hairspray LIVE, would be performing it on Broadway!

What advice would you have for others pursuing this path?

No matter what anyone says, you can do whatever you put your mind to. You control your own destiny. I believe in that wholeheartedly.

You can catch Amos in Hairspray Live again December 26th at 8pm only on NBC!

 

 

Rogue One: A Star Wars Story World Premiere

On Saturday, December 10, the Hollywood Pantages played host to the world premiere of Rogue One: A Star Wars Story.  It is a rare occasion to turn this theatrical house into a state of the art movie house but Disney did just that and to stunning effect.  With a seventy foot screen, a digital laser projector and over 300 speakers, the historic Hollywood Pantages roared back to life and restored its movie house glory.

Hollywood Pantages General Manager Jeff Loeb and Daughter Cady stand in front of an X-Wing Fighter prop from the film.

From where I sat, with Anthony Daniels (C-3PO) to my left and Peter Mayhew (Chewbacca) behind me, the little kid who watched the very first Star Wars with his Mom was now about to watch the latest movie with his own daughter.  I was both a fan of the movie and excited to see a movie play once again in the theatre.  As the movie started to roll, the glow from the screen illuminated the entire audience who were all transfixed, eagerly awaiting the first look at the next Star Wars installment.  But for me, I was taken at first not by the movie, but something hard to describe.  The theatre felt different for me.  I don’t know what the feeling was but it was wonderful.  We, the staff, so often take for granted the musicals we present on stage and our ability to present show after show.  We forget what a quiet roll the theatre itself plays.  But at the premiere, we were allowed to simply admire a wonderful movie, being shown in one of the most beautiful venues in the country.  It is a moment I can’t adequately describe and one I won’t soon forget.

Large Rogue One posters line the red carpet of the premiere.

We don’t know when we will host a premiere again, but I, for one, hope it is sooner rather than later.  For now, we look forward to the theatrical release of Disney’s Newsies: The Broadway Musical, filmed here at the Hollywood Pantages last September.  For a brief moment, the theatre will get to be a part of movie history again.

Jeff Loeb

General Manager

Hollywood Pantages

Costumes from Rogue One are displayed on the red carpet for the premiere.

A tent covers the length of the red carpet due to a threat of rain.

The cast of Rogue One: A Star Wars Story pose for photos in the X-Wing Fighter

The Pantages marquee is just visible through the tenting on Hollywood Blvd

Rogue One banners cover the front of the Pantages.

A life size TIE-Fighter stands above the bar at the Rogue One after party.