Star Wars on Ice

It’s All Blades

Those with a healthy work/life balance may not have heard yet, but Disney bought Lucasfilm. The Oct. 30th announcement, though slightly overshadowed by a rather sizable patch of inclement weather on the East Coast, created quite the buzz in certain corners of the Internet. Didn’t hurt that the announcement included the promise of a new Star Wars film in 2015.

The chorus of snarky crossover ideas poured forth fairly quickly. So that’s why I waited a week to post my own: Star Wars on Ice.

Disney has produced ice shows since the early 80s. This explains why I grew up with jokes about ice shows, I suppose. They have multiple ongoing productions, including Rockin’ Ever After, Treasure Trove, and 100 Years of Magic. You can check them out when they pass through a well-chilled arena near you on our Disney On Ice page.

I figure a well choreographed lightsaber fight on skates might be (forgive me) pretty cool. The first part of Empire Strikes Back practically begs for the ice show treatment. Seriously: AT-ATs on skates. Come to think of it, so does the last part of Empire, sorta. If you’re Han…

I’m sure there is already a hard line of fans lamenting the “impurities” that Disney could introduce. An ice show would certainly be considered such. You just have to look at the prequel trilogy to see how purity can be a bit of a double bladed lightsaber. So, lighten up and let it happen.

I know I could have used the Force the first time I tried to ice skate.

Highlights of Broadway’s 2011-12 Season

Much like television, Broadway is seasonal, and both kick off around the same time. While I’m happy the new season of Community is on, fans of the legitimate theatre have a lot to look forward to as well, including a lot of the same Hollywood talent from television and beyond.

  • A revival of the classic A Streetcar Named Desire will feature former LA Law star Blair Underwood.
  • Fresh to Broadway is Bonnie and Clyde, the musical, which recounts the tale of the famous Great Depression-era outlaws.
  • Also on the revival slate is Private Lives, starring Kim Cattrall. I’m sure most are more familiar with her from Sex in the City, but I perfer to think of her as the girl from Big Trouble in Little China.
  • Man and Boy, a revival of a 1963 play by Terence Rattigan which will feature Frank Langella, who will probably not appreciate it when I remind everyone he played Skeletor in the ill-fated Masters of the Universe film from 1987.
  • If you like your Hollywood on Broadway without a lot of plot to follow, you can go see Hugh Jackman’s song and dance show at the Broadhurst Theatre.
  • Further down the line, a revival of Funny Girl will star Lauren Ambrose, recently of the American / UK hybrid version of Torchwood.

The Book of Mormon on Tour and in Chicago in 2012

The Broadway production of The Book of Mormon, winner of 9 Tonys, is one of the hottest tickets in New York City. You’ll have to wait a little while, but more opportunities to see the hit show are on the way. A production will open in Chicago at the Bank of America Theatre in December 2012. This production isn’t touring, it will stay in Chicago for an initial run of 12 weeks. That will probably be extended if sales are strong, and they likely will be.

Announced earlier this month, there will be a touring production. That is slated to open a little sooner, August 2012 in Denver, Colorado at the Denver Center for the Performing Arts’ Buell Theatre.

If you don’t want to wait for the tour or more than a year for the Windy City, you can check out our Book of Mormon Tickets page and see the Broadway show a little sooner.

Wicked on the Big Screen

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Original Broadway Cast of Wicked
Idina Menzel & Christen Chenoweth

News broke last week that Wicked, currently a major success on Broadway, will be heading to the big screen. Hollywood has fairy tale fever after the big money pulled in by Alice in Wonderland earlier this year. Currently involved in the film production are the musical’s book writer Winnie Holzman and songwriter, Stephen Schwartz, along with the producer Marc Platt. They are meeting with four different candidates to helm the film as director: Rob Marshall , James Mangold, Ryan Murphy, and JJ Abrams (who has more important stuff to do, so please, leave him alone.). Universal is backing the production.

Based on the book Wicked: The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West by Gregory Maguire, the story is a revisionist prequel of sorts to the story of The Wonderful Wizard of Oz. The story expands and elaborates on the backstory of Elphaba, the Wicked Witch of the West, and her relationship with Glinda, the Good Witch of the South (or North, depending on your preferred “source” material). The musical based on the book has been a mainstay on Broadway since it opened in 2004. The Broadway production is routinely a top grosser and has spawned multiple touring companies.

Extremely early in the process to have any release date set. Unless it’s a complete disaster, the film will only feed interest in the live productions. While it’s doubtful we’ll be selling tickets to the movie, we have a large selection of tickets to both the Broadway show and the touring productions that currently crisscross the country. Don’t miss out on the opportunity to complain about all the stuff they changed in the movie version by seeing the musical first. Get yours here: Wicked Tickets.

The Phantom is Within Reach!

You don’t have to travel to New York to experience an amazing Broadway musical. The musical comes to you! From Avenue Q to Wicked, I’ve seen countless of Broadway shows right here in Austin, Texas. Visiting us now is Andrew Lloyd Weber’s Phantom of the Opera.

I first saw the play when I was 10 years old in San Antonio and instantly became infatuated. The music, the story, the costumes, the scenery – really everything about it captivated me. Yes, I was the girl who learned to play almost every Phantom song on the piano.  Needless to say, my Phantom obsession soon subsided though I’ve always cherished the memory of seeing the play with my family. I’ve loved that experience so much that I can’t bring myself to watch the movie. There are so many elements of surprise during the live theatre play that I just don’t think a movie could do it justice. 

Now that several years have passed and the Phantom is back, I grabbed my best gal pal for a fun night out. We sat third row center just behind the conductor of the live orchestra! It was definitely the way to go. Despite vaguely recalling the storyline, we were instantly sucked into each scene. I don’t want to give too much away for those who haven’t seen it, but the special effects were intense sitting that close to the stage…yeah I’m talking about the fire, the chandelier, the set changes…we were completely transported to a different world and loving every minute of it.

After seeing the Phantom of the Opera for a second time all these years later, I have to say it’s still my favorite. The songs are beautiful, the vocal talent is astonishing, and the scenery is so realistic. Plus the special effects keep you guessing and the guys entertained.

“The Phantom of the Opera is here”…in Austin until April 4th, and will continue to travel the country. It’s a great date event (yes guys, the ladies will likely jump into your lap following some startling surprises) OR it’s perfect for a ladies night out (who knows, maybe you’ll meet your Raoul that night). Enjoy!