Musical revue celebrates 50 years of famous movie musicals
Published: Thursday, February 14, 2013 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Tuesday, February 12, 2013 at 6:03 p.m.
Dorothy Gale, Danny Zuko and Fantine walk onto a stage.
'Hooray for Hollywood’
What: Musical revue saluting 50 years of movie musicals from Hollywood
When: 7:30 p.m. Friday
Where: Phillips Center for the Performing Arts, 3201 Hull Road
Info: 392-2787, Ticketmaster.com
It sounds like a joke setup, but instead, it's "Hooray for Hollywood," a revue of songs from the most popular movie musicals of the last 50 years, which comes to the Phillips Center of the Performing Arts for a performance on Friday.
Jay Lodge, CEO of the production company Spirit Productions and co-creator of "Hooray for Hollywood," says he wanted to create a show that was different from everything else in his company. His original list of 280 possible songs was whittled down to the current performance of 42, but he says he has plenty for a second show.
"‘Hooray for Hollywood' appeals to a broad spectrum, from the older audience to the younger, kids to adults," Lodge says. "And we get to share the magic of Hollywood over 50, 60 or 70 years."
Adam Tackett, one of the four singers in "Hooray for Hollywood," says he appreciates the wide range of songs and musicals included in the show.
"‘Hooray for Hollywood' is a musical revue that takes you through the past 50 years of Hollywood classics. We start with the golden age of Judy Garland and Gene Kelly and go all the way up through current blockbusters like ‘Les Miserables' and ‘Mamma Mia'," he says. "We do all the hip songs that came out of those shows."
Performances include "All That Jazz" from "Chicago," "Time of My Life" from "Dirty Dancing" and "Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious" from "Mary Poppins." Four singers and eight dancers recreate the top songs from the biggest shows from Hollywood, 42 songs in all.
The show keeps a quick pace, Tackett said, jumping from show to show and decade to decade with little delay. Near the end of the first act, for example, the performers skip from 1950s New York City, as portrayed in "West Side Story," to 1970s Brooklyn in "Saturday Night Fever." The second act leaps from the Greece of "Mamma Mia" to the France of "Les Miserables."
Lodge says that he likes to update the show when new movie musicals come out.
"I'm constantly looking at what's successful," he says. "‘Les Miserables' is huge right now, so I figured it was a great time to bring the songs to the public."
Each performance comes complete with generational costumes, from poodle skirts in "Grease" to the umbrellas in "Singing in the Rain." Even Elvis with his famous white suit and the Blues Brothers with their skinny ties make an appearance.
Tackett said his favorite part of "Hooray for Hollywood" is that it appeals to all generations, making it a perfect outing for the whole family.
"It covers things that grandparents will love and remember, and then we have fun things for the whole family to enjoy," he said. "From ‘Saturday Night Fever' to a Disney medley."
"Hooray for Hollywood" begins at 7:30 p.m. Friday at the Phillips Center for the Performing Arts. Tickets are $10 to $40 and can be purchased online at Ticketmaster.com, by calling 392-2787 or in person at the Phillips Center box office.
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