[Eastside Eye] For the Record: Los Feliz’s Movie Music Revue

Kill Bill, Volume 1 - Ginifer King

Describing Show at Barre: For the Record’s unique concept is easy. Performers sing-dance-and-recreate music and scenes from contemporary movies, all while roaming throughout the snugly packed audience at the Vermont restaurant’s bar, using every part of the space as a stage. “It’s a live, 360 degree theatrical concert experience,” says Los Feliz’s Shane Scheel, For the Record’s co-creator, producer and director.

What’s difficult is conveying the show’s immediacy, the performers’ tangible connection with audiences and how the concert manages to keep engaging those audiences with its sheer talent factor.

For over a year, the 40-member company—many from Broadway and ongoing television roles—has cycled through a series of original productions based on well-known film directors’ work.

Beginning with Quentin Tarantino’s films via Tarantino In Concert, the show has brought to life memorable movie moments, such as the “Elephant Love Song” medley from Baz Luhrmann’s Moulin Rouge, in the intimate setting.

In June, For the Record will present the music and dynamic scenes from the films of director/screenwriter Paul Thomas Anderson, well regarded for Boogie Nights, a film filled with late 1970s disco faves and early 1980s pop hits. Scheel, along with his collaborator Christopher Lloyd Bratten, select songs after watching the films and listening to a director’s various soundtracks choices.

“We weave our story together through music first,” he said.

For the Record: Paul Thomas Anderson will also have music from Magnolia (many by singer/songwriter Aimee Mann) and There Will Be Blood (original score by Jonny Greenwood).

Also in June, the space will be reconfigured and renamed Rockwell, unifying the Vermont restaurant and bar (once Sarno’s Bakery) and the indoor/outdoor Rockwell which faces the alley parallel to Vermont Avenue. The menu will be revamped too. What will stay the same are the energetic performances and creative song arrangements.

Scheel said he predicts the reconfigured space will add new ways to stage the spirited song-and-dance numbers. There have always been unexpected entrances and exits during the show. Because the performers are using wireless microphones, they travel unencumbered, even outside and up into the tree visible through the bar’s picture window.

Upcoming are new productions featuring music from the films of Martin Scorsese and Tim Burton. And during the holiday season, holiday tunes from John Hughes’ crowd-pleasing films will get the For the Record creative mash-up.

For tickets: www.showatbarre.com/

 

via Los Feliz Ledger.

 

 

ACE HOTEL’S “FOR THE RECORD” IS SPECTACULAR

Movie buff heading to Palm Springs for a little rest and relaxation? Check out “For The Record”, a unique live concert series at the Ace Hotel that musically celebrates the work of prolific directors like Quentin Tarantino, the Coen Brothers, and John Hughes.

A lovely dessert oasis, Ace Hotel Palm Springs boasts a super-chill vibe along with pet-friendly amenities and eco-friendly design. Relax by the pool while noshing on an organic meal from King’s Highway—the exclusive artisanal in-hotel restaurant—or sip a specialty cocktail from the Amigo Room as you’re soaking up the sun.

Break out your best Uma Thurman/John Travolta dance moves and groove along to familiar songs sung and performed by professional film, television, and Broadway talent. Conceived and directed by Shane Scheel and Christopher Lloyd Bratten, “For The Record” takes audience members on a magical ride through some of their favorite flicks.

Can’t imagine a trip to Palm Springs without a Swedish massage or botanical facial? Book a room at the Ace Hotel and score 15% off the room rate, two tickets to the exciting show and $25 off any Feel Good Spa treatment. The 24-hour gym includes wellness classes like yoga and water aerobics. Don’t miss “For The Record”, a show described by the Los Angeles Times as “searingly visceral… the movies sing!”

Via 10Best.

Palm Springs: A night at Ace Hotel with Baz Luhrmann (sort of)

Ginifer King performs in "For the Record: Baz Luhrmann" at the Ace Hotel in Palm Springs next week. (Ace Hotel Palm Springs / March 22, 2012)

Director Baz Luhrmann’s movies come to life in “For the Record,” a live cabaret-type show that’s a fusion of film, music and theater. Ace Hotel in Palm Springs will host this production next week and offers a special hotel rate for those who stay overnight.

The deal: The For the Record package takes 15% off room prices and includes two tickets to the show and a $25 spa credit. Use the promo code “Record” when making a reservation online or by phone.

Actress Ginifer King of “Gypsy” and seven others perform songs from “Romeo and Juliet,” “Strictly Ballroom” and “Moulin Rouge.” Upcoming performances are to feature the films of Quentin Tarantino on June 13 and 14, the Coen brothers on Sept. 12 and 13, and John Hughes on Dec. 12 and 13.

When: The offer is good Wednesday and Thursday night.

Tested: I found availability for a room with two double beds for the discounted rate of $177 (instead of $209) plus tax and fees. The room comes with two tickets to the show ($20 each) plus the spa credit.

Info: Ace Hotel in Palm Springs, (760) 325-9900

Via Los Angeles Times.

Show at Barre’s For the Record Does Tarantino, Luhrmann, Hughes

If you’re a movielover in Los Angeles, you probably know about the spectacular For the Record concert series that’s become Show at Barre’s signature. But for everyone else, the series had its breakout moment (where else) at SXSW 2012, when it presented the World Theatrical Debut of  Tarantino In Concert at Austin’s Long Center for the Performing Arts last week.

The series gives some of the greatest soundtracks in all of cinema a full theatrical treatment, combined (at Barre) with an old fashioned cabaret dining and drinks experience.  In the past, Show at Barre in Los Angeles has performed Sincerely John Hughes and the Tarantino show. Right now, they’re celebrating the Moulin Rouge and Romeo + Juliet director’s soundtracks with For the Record: Baz Luhrmann (a show they recently extended!).

Here’s the promo for the Tarantino show:

And because one video just isn’t enough to illustrate the profound awesomeness of Show at Barre, here’s a clip from the Luhrmann concert:

Via Midnite Ticket.

For The Record: Tarantino

 

Because the “Royale with Cheese” monologue isn’t as tasty the 10th time around, cut the fatty dialogue and check out the Texas premiere of For The Record: Tarantino, featuring reenactments of famous QT scenes and the tunes that made them that way, performed by an LA troupe known for song-and-dance tributes to directors like the Coen Bros and John Hughes — who even the simplest minds will never forget. The 27 selections include songs for:

People Who Swear They’re Only Having One Drink Then Leaving
Neil Diamond, “Girl, You’ll Be A Woman Soon”
This Pulp scene marks the first and last time anyone OD’d to The Diamond.

The Hard of Earing
Stealers Wheel, “Stuck in the Middle With You”
Trying not to dance to this is torture.

The Handful Of People That Liked Jackie Brown
Bobby Womack, “Across 110th St”
You didn’t even have to get past the opening credits to hear this track.

Those Who’ve Memorized “Stopping By The Woods On A Snowy Evening”
The Coasters, “Down in Mexico”
In case you missed Death Proof, Vanessa Ferlito’s ass has a starring role!

Those Not Too Attached To Their Family’s Historic Movie Theater
David Bowie, “Cat People (Putting Out Fire)”
If Quentin can go back to the ’40s and kill Hitler, he can go back to the ’80s and steal from Cat People, a movie that minds of all intelligence levels were forced to forget, due to the incest, and the Ed Begley, Jr.

 

Via Thrillist.

Hooked on a feeling: For the Record: Tarantino in Concert celebrates the uncanny genius of the director’s soundtracks

Die-hard fans of filmmaker Quentin Tarantino know the dedication the geek autuer puts into choosing the epic soundtracks for his films.

Think of the songs you remember from classic Tarantino scenese like Dusty Springfield’s “Son of a Preacher Man” in Pulp Fiction and everything from the 5,6,7,8’s in Kill Bill, Part 1. From classic oldies to moody sleeper tracks, Tarantino is a master at establishing mood and tone in his films through his brilliant application of just the right tracks.

A touring concert of live music, live performance and film sequences gathers these indelible musical achievements into a whirlwind production called For the Record: Tarantino in Concert. This is the fourth in a series of director-inspired soundtrack musicals by Los Angles based company, Show At Barre. (The other directorial insprations being The Coen Brothers, John Hughes and Baz Luhrmann.) Their latest soundtrack reinterpretation makes its world premiere at The Long Center during SXSW.

The show is not an official SXSW event, says Show At Barre Artistic Director Shane Scheel, but it is appropriate that the show happens during this week considering its seemless integration of music and film. More engaging than just film, more visual than just music — For the Record reimagines the two elements in a completely unexpected way.

“SXSW just celebrated its 25th year, and Tarantino has been making movies for just as long. So it’s actually a perfect blend of all the elements involved,” Scheel adds.

While the filmmaker will most likely not be in attendance, his influence and artistry will be in grand display throughout the show. Live musicians will play the famous scores from his span of movies starting with Reservoir Dogs and ending with Inglorious Basterds while performers like Death Proof‘s Tracy Thoms will provide the vocals and choreography.

“We have such an amazing talent pool in our company now,” Scheel explains. “We’ve got people who have been on American Idol and Bravo’s Platinum Hit, others who have been on TV and film. It’s a very diverse group that has come together to form this family, which is really unique in L.A. because the city can feel very isolating and competitive. We’re really proud of that.”

Fans of Tarantino’s work, (which by now is really anyone who loves classic storytelling and doesn’t mind seeing excessive violence), will thrill at seeing the creative reinterpretations of these memorable songs presented in a brand new format.

Animated scenes, choreographed numbers and original filmed footage will transform the scenes and songs you’re familiar with. “It is definitely not a Broadway revue,” clarifies Scheel. “We don’t want anyone to confuse it as that.”

Scheel and his Show At Barre co-creator Christopher Bratten are both huge Tarantino fans and actually originated the idea of the directorial dedication show with his music in mind. Years later, after producing three other such shows with Show at Barre, they’re excited to present For the Record on a larger stage and scale than ever before.

“We started doing these shows one night a week at the bar I run in East Hollywood,” recalls Scheel,” and then we grew into doing it six nights a week. So people have definitely responded; they get it. So now we’re taking it way outside of the bar to explore what its life can be outside of the club and out of L.A. It’s a difference of about 2,200 seats between the club and the Long Center.”

The million dollar question is: Has Tarantino seen the show?

“Yeah, he’s seen it and he loves it. He drank me under the table after the show,” laughs Scheel. “We talked a long time afteward about the choices we made. Some of the lesser-known tracks, he even forgot about, so that was cool. So, yes, he knows we’re doing it and he has the invitation. But I believe he’s filming in Louisiana right now.”

Louisiana isn’t too far away from Austin, so who knows…?

For the Record: Tarantino in Concert premieres at The Long Center Mar 14 at 8 p.m. Tickets are available at the Long Center website.

Via Culture Map Austin.