Category: Satellite performance broadcasts

Lang Lang starring in Franz Liszt's 200th birthday simulcast

September 19, 2011 |  2:02 pm

Lang Lang at Hollywood Bowl in 2011
Lang Lang’s showmanship and flash on the piano have earned him frequent comparisons to Franz Liszt, so it’s not surprising that Lisztomania and Langomania will intersect live on the big screen for an Oct. 22 simulcast celebrating  Liszt’s 200th birthday. 

The concert, which Southern California audiences won’t see live at 5, but on tape delay at 8, emanates from Philadelphia’s Verizon Hall, where the Philadelphia Orchestra under Charles Dutoit will accompany Lang in Liszt’s Piano Concert No. 1. Lang’s solo spot will include the Hungarian Rhapsody No. 2.

NCM Fathom, the outfit that also beams the LA Phil Live series to movie theaters (next up, Oct. 9, is “Dudamel conducts Mendelssohn with Janine Jensen”) and the Metropolitan Opera’s “Live in HD,”  says that Lang’s Liszt homage will be “the first classical music cinemacast headlined by a solo artist.”

More than 20 Southern California theaters are screening the performance -– some showing it Oct. 24 instead of Oct. 22. Check here for information.

Also on tap is “The Phantom of the Opera 25th Anniversary”  staging from London’s Royal Albert Hall on Oct. 2, plus three follow-up dates.


Gustavo Dudamel and Lang Lang together for the first time

All flash and no substance?

Franz Liszt, the most intriguing of the 19th century composers?

-- Mike Boehm

Photo: Lang Lang performing at the Hollywood Bowl in July with the L.A. Phil. Credit: Lawrence K. Ho/Los Angeles Times.

L.A. venues announced for June screenings of Broadway's "The Importance of Being Earnest"

April 12, 2011 | 11:23 am


Four Los Angeles area outlets were announced Monday for the previously announced “Live in HD” treatment of the current Broadway production of Oscar Wilde’s “The Importance of Being Earnest” that will hit movie screens in June.

The production, which features noted British actor Brian Bedford in drag as Lady Bracknell, the witty classic's imperiously funny nemesis of young love, can be seen at the Mann Chinese 6 in Hollywood (June 2, 9), the UCLA Film, Television and Digital Media department’s James Bridges Theatre (June 2, 5, 23, 26), the Downtown Independent (June 9) and the La Mirada Theatre for the Performing Arts (June 26).

David Hyde Pierce is the broadcast’s host, with actor Alfred Molina and Michael Hackett, a Wilde expert who chairs UCLA’s theater department, providing commentary during intermission. 

“Earnest” opened on Broadway Jan. 13, produced by the Roundabout Theatre Company (the Bedford-directed staging originated in 2009 at the Stratford Shakespeare Festival in Canada), and is scheduled to run through July 3.

L.A. Theatre Works, known for producing “The Play’s the Thing” radio series, with many installments recorded in front of audiences at the Skirball Cultural Center, provided the impetus for the satellite broadcast and shares co-producer credits with Roundabout and BY Experience, the New York City company that's also in charge of transmitting the Metropolitan Opera’s “Live in HD” offerings and the “National Theatre Live” series.

For the story on how L.A. Theatre Works got the ball rolling, click here.


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-- Mike Boehm

Video trailer from Roundabout Theatre Company



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