August 16, 2017 started out as most days do here at the Hollywood Pantages with the exception of the line that began to form at 2am that morning. Even though the hour was early, they all came with hopeful smiles and the best collection of Hamilton gear this side of the Mississippi. What were they waiting for you ask? Later that day a lottery would be held for forty $10 tickets to the official opening night of Hamilton and the first and only performance of #Ham4Ham in Los Angeles.
Hamilton fans line up on Hollywood Blvd. to enter the #Ham4Ham lottery.
A family of Hamilton fans wait for their chance to enter the lottery.
Those that lined up early were treated to a special surprise by Lin-Manuel Miranda who stopped by to check out the line. The video below is courtesy of Sarah Dizon who told us that Lin ran across the street to say hello and to take some photos with excited fans.
Hamilton fans big and small came to Hollywood for the #Ham4Ham lottery
Fans sporting their “And Peggy” shirts.
Shortly before noon, lottery entry forms were passed out to those waiting in line. In about 30 minutes nearly 1,500 people had entered for their chance to win a $10 ticket to the show.
Fans excited to hear that the line would soon start moving.
Once their names had been entered, fans eagerly awaited the #Ham4Ham performance. The crowd spilled out onto a temporarily closed Hollywood Blvd. Fans cheered with excitement, sang lyrics from the show, and even gave one 11 year old boy a birthday he would never forget.
A reporter interviews a young boy after the entire crowd sings him Happy Birthday.
An excited fan takes a selfie while she waits for #Ham4Ham to begin.
Fans in the crowd sing “Rise Up” from the Hamilton cast recording
Then the moment they had all been waiting for had arrived. An energetic Lin-Manuel Miranda jumped onto the stage as the crowd cheered. Watch the entire #Ham4Ham performance below.
A lucky fan raises his hand to indicate that he wanted two tickets after finding out his name had been drawn for the lottery.
#Ham4Ham winners wait to cash in their Hamiltons for tickets to the performance that night.
Lottery winners beat the odds for $10 tickets to the show.
For more information about how you can enter the digital lottery for Hamilton in Los Angeles download the Official Hamilton App on your mobile device (HamiltonBroadway.com/app) or go online to Lucky Seats.
Walking into the Hollywood Pantages it’s easy to get distracted by the beautiful marquee and the vertical blade above it spelling out Pantages in neon lights, but have you ever taken a moment to look down? Chances are you have caught a glimpse of the black and salmon pink sidewalk honoring individuals who are nothing short of great.
The Feb. 8, 1960 groundbreaking ceremony with, from left, Supervisor Ernest Debs, E.M. Stuart, Gigi Perreau, Linda Darnell, Harry M. Sugarman, Francis X. Bushman and Charles Coburn.
According to The Hollywood Walk of Fame, on August 15, 1958, the Chamber and City unveiled eight stars on Hollywood Blvd. at Highland Avenue to create excitement and to demonstrate what the Walk of Fame would look like. The eight honorees included: Olive Borden, Ronald Colman, Louise Fazenda, Preston Foster, Burt Lancaster, Edward Sedgwick, Ernest Torrence, and Joanne Woodward. On February 8, 1960, construction actually began on the long-planned Walk of Fame. The first star to be laid in the new Walk was that of Stanley Kramer on March 28, 1960, near the intersection of Hollywood and Gower. By that fall, work had progressed far enough that it was decided to dedicate the Walk on November 23, 1960, in conjunction with the Hollywood Christmas Parade. To this day, The Hollywood Walk of Fame is an internationally-recognized Hollywood icon.
On January 22nd the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce announced it’s Walk of Fame Class of 2018. Check out the video to see who’s getting their star!
Does your favorite celebrity have a star? The Hollywood Chamber of Commerce website makes it very easy to find out. Start by CLICKING HERE. This page will give you the option to look up your favorite celeb’s name using the search function or allow you to scroll through the entire list alphabetically. Your search will bring up a full profile on each star including location of the star, full bio, star photo, and a ceremony video.
Neil Patrick Harris received his star right next to the Hollywood Pantages Theatre on September 15, 2011.
If you have never been to a Star Ceremony, check out the videos below. Next time you are in front of the theatre try to spot their stars.
Hollywood is changing! New housing, restaurants, and shops are moving in left and right. While these changes are fun and exciting it means more people in Hollywood and with more people come more cars. So the real question becomes, where do I park? We comprised a list of all of the parking options within walking distance of the theatre.
Eastown Garage – 6201 Hollywood Blvd.
Entrances on Argyle Ave. and Hollywood Blvd.
Take your ticket with you and pay before you leave!
Elevators and escalators available
Grant Parking Lot – 1727 Argyle Ave
Entrance on Argyle just behind the theatre
Stacked parking leave your keys
Sunshine Parking Garage – 1800 Vine St.
Entrance on Yucca
Sunshine Parking Lot – 6223 Selma Ave.
Entrance on Selma
Hollywood Vine Lot – 1721 Vine St.
Entrance on Vine
Stacked parking leave your keys
LA City Garage – 1627 Vine St.
Entrance on Vine
Take your ticket with you and pay before you leave!
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!
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.
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?
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!
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.
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.)
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.
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
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’tpost 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.
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
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.
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.
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.
We like to think that when you come to the theatre you become part of our family. It doesn’t matter if you are joining us for one night or you are joining us for the whole season. Just across the street, the large windows of Wood and Vine reflect the bright neon lights of the Hollywood Pantages, and inside another family is hard at work.
In January, Natalie Soward will become the head of her family when she officially takes over the menu as Wood and Vine’s New Executive Chef. Like many in her profession, Soward started as a Junior Sous Chef and worked her way up the ranks, learning from the former Executive Chef and adding her own flair to the menu from time to time. The promotion comes with a little extra paperwork and a lot more responsibility for Soward, but the best part is that she gets to create a whole new menu of her own.
Natalie Soward pictured holding her chicken pot pie.
“Because I’m from the South, I want to aim more towards Southern food. I’m all about comfort food,” Natalie explains as she describes her new menu ideas. Soward grew up in Louisiana, 2 hours outside of New Orleans. She remembers waking up every morning to the smell of gumbo or some other classic southern dish. Her mother, a teacher, would prep meals in the morning so that she could have them ready to go for dinner that night. “Growing up, my whole life revolved around food.”
Upon graduating high school, she decided to head to college to pursue a degree in graphic design. “I’ve always been an artist. I have my degree in fine arts, graphic design, and the culinary arts. I worked behind a desk for a while, but it just wasn’t for me.”
Natalie’s stuffed mushrooms on the left and chicken pot pie on the right
Soward got started at Wood and Vine when the chef at the time, someone she had worked with previously, reached out for some help in the kitchen.”The thing that really sold me on this place is that it’s like one big family. We take care of each other and help each other out. This is why I’m still here two years later,” Soward explains. As she talks about her work family, it is clear that the love is not contained just to the kitchen but spills out into the dining area filled with guests servers and bartenders.
“I do it for the art of the food. The nostalgic emotional part of the food because that’s how I was raised. Every celebration and every happy moment revolved around the food. A server came into the kitchen and said that a customer who had been a chef for 20 years said the chicken pot pie was the best she had had in her life. Hearing that makes all of the hard work worth it.”
Natalie Soward Wood and Vine Executive Chef
Soward plans to change up the menu in January to include possible dishes like gumbo, home-style spaghetti, B-B-Q dumplings and more. She also wants to open up the restaurant for craw-fish boils as well as beer and wine tastings. Wood and Vine loves to host Holiday parties, birthday parties, showers and more. “We want people to come make memories here. After all, how many times do we celebrate something and food isn’t involved?”
We are so happy that Soward found her place just across the street from the Pantages where seeing a show can create lasting memories, much like the food she is so passionate about. “I love walking through the restaurant and seeing that elderly couple sharing their food, or watching someone take that first bite. It’s how people gain their experiences.”
Natalie pictured with her three dishes on the current Wood and Vine menu. From left: chicken pot pit, stuffed mushrooms, and bread pudding
From our family to yours; Congratulations, Natalie, on your promotion. We look forward to all of the yumminess you have in store for us! To make some memories of your own, visit www.woodandvine.com for reservations, hours, menu and parking information.
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