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The music of 'Star Wars' takes center stage

September 30, 2009 |  6:03 pm

The scene inside the Sony Pictures soundstage was as impressive as most movie sets: a massive, futuristic stage, banks of remote-controlled lights, and more than a dozen technicians controlling laser effects, sound and smoke. But the rehearsal wasn’t for any movie. It was a recent technical run-through for “Star Wars: In Concert,” a traveling stage show opening Thursday that seeks to bring an arena rock mentality to composer John Williams’ movie music.

 It’s an odd mash-up — among the most influential and widely seen movie series ever made with classically trained musicians who rarely play to more than 1,000 people. 

The concert has its U.S. premiere Thursday at Anaheim's Honda Center and then moves to Nokia Theatre L.A. Live.

Read all about it in my Hero Complex post.

-- John Horn

Photo credit: Lucasfilm LTD