Film? Music? Theater?
Yes, yes and yes.
“For the Record: Tarantino in Concert” combines all three, bringing some of the well-known filmmaker’s works to life on stage using the soundtracks from “Inglourious Basterds,” “Jackie Brown,” “Kill Bill,” “Pulp Fiction,” “Reservoir Dogs” and more.
“To watch this idea and show grow over the past year and a half from an intimate concert in front of about 40 friends to now performing at the Long Center for the Performing Arts for over 2,000 people has been an incredible journey,” said Shane Scheel , who conceived and directed the show with Christopher Lloyd Bratten. “Having Quentin Tarantino come to see ‘For the Record: Tarantino in Concert’ and absolutely love it reaffirmed that what we are presenting is truly something special and unique.”
The cast includes Ginifer King from Broadway’s “Gypsy,” “American Idol” alum Von Smith and recording
artist Audra Mae.
Catch “For the Record” Wednesday at 8 p.m. at the Long Center, 701 W. Riverside Drive. Tickets are $24 to $49. More details at LongCenter.org.
In advance of the show, the American-Statesman did a quick question-and-answer with King, Smith and Mae.
American-Statesman: What makes this production so different from others?
Ginifer King: It’s truly unlike anything I have ever done before — I’ve been on Broadway, filmed movies and even played a few serial killers on television and nothing has been as much fun as performing with the “For the Record” series at Show at Barre. For 90 minutes you are transported to a whole new adventure in experiencing Tarantino films — seeing these stories through this entire multi-media experience will give you a whole new love for all things Tarantino.
Von Smith: Where else can you see your favorite movie moments come to life live, right in front of you? And with your favorite songs from the soundtracks mixed in? Who ever thought you could see Mia from Pulp Fiction sing a sexy ballad? And it works! Or Lieutenant Aldo Raine from Inglorious Basterds rock it out and have it all make sense? It’s done in such a clever way. On paper it sounds ludicrous, but it really is something to behold. It’s an amazing group of artists who have brought this iconic material to life in a way you’d never expect, yet still keeping it familiar and honoring the films and characters portrayed.
Audra Mae: People want to relive their favorite moments in entertainment. That’s why we all quote movies and buy soundtracks. When it comes to “For The Record; Tarantino In Concert”, the audience is reliving their favorite scenes through live music, dance, reenactments, and video in a way that blurs the line between performer and audience member. This show is so completely unique there is nothing to compare it to.
American-Statesman: What do you think Austin audiences are expecting to see? Are crowd expectations usually right on or are most folks in for a surprise?
Ginifer King: I don’t think they have any idea what to expect — a live Tarantino show? With music? All I have to say is sit back and enjoy the ride— I promise you will have THE BEST time. I would say with this show, go in with the expectation to have a great time and then be prepared for your mind to be blown.
Von Smith: I think everyone is in for a surprise. It’s unlike anything anyone has ever seen. Most people don’t have a clue what they’re in for when they come for the first time. They don’t realize how interactive it is or how involved they will become in what’s going on in front of them.
Audra Mae: I honestly think people will be blown away. This is not “musical theatre”. It’s more like performance art that makes you feel as if you are a part of something truly cutting edge. The show is so very special. The crowd always leaves the theatre with their jaws on the floor.
American-Statesman: How did you get involved in this project? What was appealing to you?
Ginifer King: I had heard about the “For the Record” series through a friend back in January of 2011 when they were auditioning for “For the Record : Baz Lurhmann” and fell in love with this fabulous company of artists immediately. When Shane & Chris decided to bring back “For the Record: Tarantino In Concert”, being a fan of his films — I had to be involved. Initially, I was nervous that I wouldn’t be badass enough to play all these amazing characters but quickly found I had more fun holding guns and being a badass than I thought.
Von Smith: I’m proud to say that I’ve been involved in this project since a year and a half ago when it was just a baby. Originally it was a very simple show, just a theme-night of songs performed from the particular soundtracks of Tarantino’s films, but eventually it grew into an amazing theatrical evening with choreography, full costumes, full reenacted scenes from the iconic moments in the films, and the whole nine yards. I was drawn to it because A: I love the creators of the show, Shane Scheel and Christopher Lloyd Bratten, and B: Tarantino picked such awesome songs for his soundtracks, naturally I was anxious to sink my teeth into such gritty, soulful material. The whole concept is so fresh and new. I feel like I’m a part of something very special that’s never been done before.
Audra Mae: A couple performers weren’t able to come at the last minute and I was excited to jump right in and play with this amazing group of performers. They’re truly inspiring to work with. As a woman and a musician Tarantino’s films have influenced my life in countless ways. His female characters are always oozing with genius and his choices in music are never short of brilliant. How could I NOT do this show?
American-Statesman: What are you looking forward to doing during your free time in Austin?
Ginifer King: Being from Houston, I have had many fun nights in Austin but I’ve never been in town during the SXSW festival. So while I’m SUPER excited for some amazing Tex Mex and Blue Bell ice cream, I can’t wait to see what’s happening at the festival this year. Our group knows how to party — so you’ll definitely see us around town.
Von Smith: Checking out other performers, artists, bands, ect. Seeing great art and exploring Austin, since it’s my first time!
Audra Mae: Catching up with friends I haven’t seen in way too long and smoking some hookah at The Arab Cowboy.