Tag Archives: Wicked

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

 

Our Favorite Instamoments

We know most of you are used to hearing from us via our Facebook page but we want to draw some attention to our other favorite social media page, Instagram. Take a tour of our favorite instamoments.

That time Brandy starred in Chicago

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That time William Shatner came to see The Illusionists

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That time they changed the light bulbs in the lobby chandeliers

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That time Madame Tussauds let us borrow Captain Picard and the Captain’s Chair

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That time we took a photo from inside the grand chandelier

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That time Cyndi Lauper and Harvey Fierstein got their stars on the Hollywood Walk of Fame 

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That time Constintine Maroulis was on The Soup promoting Jekyll and Hyde

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That time we had a little too much fun with Annie at Dodger Stadium

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That time we caught Don Attilio from Phantom of the Opera reading a magazine by the stage door

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That time Elder Price sang the National Anthem at Dodger’s Stadium

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That time Elphaba sang the National Anthem at a Clippers game

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That time we put up the holiday trees in the dark

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That time Jonathan Bennett stopped on the If/Then red carpet to take selfies with fans

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That time Sophie from Mamma Mia took over our Instagram

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That time Kristin Davis met Sandy from Annie

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That time we let Luke Godny, the understudy for all of the instruments for Once, take over our Instagram

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That time when both Mike Tyson and Spike Lee were on the red carpet together

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That time we had a mini Christine and Phantom at the theatre

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That time the cast of Motown was on Good Day LA

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That time a Newsie threw the first pitch at Dodger Stadium

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That time we gave the theatre a little touch up

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That time we had a speakeasy party before Bullets Over Broadway

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That time the cast of 42nd Street took over our Instagram and went to Universal Studios

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That time we held auditions for America’s Got Talent

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That time Weird Al came to see Donnie and Marie Osmond

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That time when Bill Berloni and Macy walked the red carpet for Annie

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And that time the marquee commented on the Beautiful sunset

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For more Hollywood Pantages Instamoments follow us on Instagram hollywoodpantagestheatre

Hollywood Pantages IMDB

You haven’t officially made it in Hollywood until you have your own IMDB page. Even The Hollywood Pantages has one! In this post we will highlight some of the best and most memorable scenes filmed in and around the theatre.

The Good Fairy (1935)

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Margaret Sullavan has a neon arrow to direct patrons right or left as they enter the promenade at the rear of the main floor in “The Good Fairy”

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Margaret Sullavan gets a job as an usherette in a large movie palace in Budapest in “The Good Fairy” The lobby of the Pantages in Hollywood is what we see as the theatre’s lobby.

Go West Young Man (1936)

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We get a look at the boxoffice in Henry Hathaway’s “Go West Young Man” with Mae West and Randolph Scott. This island boxoffice was later removed and replaced with the box office windows you see today.

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Entering the lobby of the HollywoodPantages in Henry Hathaway’s “Go West Young Man” with Mae West and Randolph Scott.

Footlight Serenade (1942)

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A look up the stairs to the mezzanine in Gregory Ratoff’s “Footlight Serenade” with John Payne, Betty Grable and Victor Mature

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Descending to the mezzanine lobby in “Footlight Serenade.” That’s the main lobby in view off to the left.

The Jazz Singer (1980)

In this clip from The Jazz Singer, Neil Diamond portrays the character Jess Robin performing a concert in LA. Interiors of the theatre were used for this scene.

The Bodyguard (1992)

In this famous scene Kevin Costner and Whitney Houston’s characters Frank and Rachel attend an Oscar Awards Ceremony shot at The Hollywood Pantages.

Ed Wood (1994)

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Johnny Depp stars as Ed Wood in this outdoor shot of the theatre as he attends the premier of Plan 9 From Outer Space.

Batman Forever (1995)

In an almost unrecognizable Hollywood Pantages Theatre lobby, The cast of Batman Forever celebrate at the Ritz Gotham Hotel.

Black Sheep (1996)

In this clip Chris Farley as a security guard backstage at Rock The Vote. The backstage area you see is our stage right. (WARNING: SOME ADULT LANGUAGE)

L.A. Confidential (1997)

In this really quick scene Keven Spacey is shown walking out of the Frolic Room located next door to the Hollywood Pantages. You only need to watch the first 12 seconds of this one.

The Aviator (2004)

The photos below depict a scene shot in our lobby where Howard Hughes played by Leonardo DiCaprio is caught between two women on an outing to the theatre.

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Ugly Betty Something Wicked This Way Comes (2006)

Ugly Betty goes to “Broadway” While the exterior shots are NYC the inside of the theatre is all Hollywood Pantages.

Michael Jackson You are Not Alone music video

Michael Jackson sings his heart out on the stage inside the theatre. The beautiful ceiling serves as his background.

 

Writings on The Wall

In our 85 years we have collected a lot of interesting things like playbills, photos, and ticket stubs. Some of our more priceless items can only be seen on the walls or even in the medicine cabinets of the theatre. Check out the photos below to view these unique treasures.

 

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To make their lives easier, the cast and crew of The Phantom of The Opera created an opening into the fly loft to better operate the chandelier. They left this sign for future tours to appreciate.

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Master Electrician, Howard Nugent, keeps a running list of shows near his work station as a reminder of all of his hard work.

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A continuation of Howard’s list.

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Inside the bathroom of our star dressing room is a medicine cabinet door signed by many of the amazing talent to come through our doors.

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In a close up you see the Medicine Cabinet of Fame at the top. Notable name Keala Settle signed her name as part of the 2003-2004 production of Hairspray. You can now find her in Broadway’s new show ‘The Waitress’

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Molly Ringwald was kind enough to sign the Cabinet of Fame when she was here in 2006 for ‘Sweet Charity’

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No one could ever forget the great Megan Hilty in her performance as Glinda in ‘Wicked’ 2007-2008

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Diana Degarmo and Ace Young added their names to the list in 2014 for their roles in ‘Joseph and The Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat’

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The “Elphaba beam” as it has been known to be called has been signed by the green girls of ‘Wicked’ performances gone by. To avoid spoilers we won’t tell you how the beam is used.

The spotlight room is another place members of our crew have kept a record of all the shows that have stopped at the Hollywood Pantages over the years. The walls are completely covered in posters, playbills, and crew signatures.

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A Star For Her Birthday

       A few weeks back we had the honor of watching one of Broadway’s most talented and well known leading ladies get her star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Many of Kristin’s friends and family were there including Dove Cameron and a special appearance by her parents all the way from Oklahoma. Speeches were given by Carol Burnett and Kenny Ortega on Kristin’s behalf as well as cheers and from her adoring fans. Here are the photos we didn’t post to Facebook.

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