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Still Time to see ‘A Bronx Tale’ at The Pantages Theatre in Hollywood, directed by Robert De Niro and Jerry Zaks, now through Nov. 25.

Hollywood, Calif. – Broadway crowd-pleaser A Bronx Tale takes you to the stoops of the Bronx in the 1960s- where a young man is caught between the father he loves and the mob boss he’d love to be.

Bursting with high-energy dance numbers and original doo-wop tunes from Alan Menken, the songwriter of Beauty and the BeastA BRONX TALE is an unforgettable story of loyalty and family.

Academy Award® winner Robert De Niro and Tony® winner Jerry Zaks direct this streetwise musical- based on Academy Award nominee Chazz Palminteri’s story- that The New York Times hails as “A Critics’ Pick! The kind of tale that makes you laugh and cry.”

 

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Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge set to open at Disneyland in SoCal summer of 2019 – Exciting Details Revealed on Slate of New Experiences During Mickey Mouse Fan Celebration

Millennium Falcon: Smugglers Run and Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance named as the two attractions coming to Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge

New details shared on Mickey’s 90th celebration and the transformation of Epcot

ORLANDO, Fla.  – D23’s Destination D: Celebrating Mickey Mouse, Disney Parks, Experiences and Consumer Products Chairman Bob Chapek shared exciting new details surrounding highly-anticipated experiences coming soon to Disney parks.

Destination D fans were the first to see Chapek reveal the names and the first-ever look inside the two signature attractions set for Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge when it opens at Disneyland Resort next summer and at Walt Disney World Resort in fall 2019.

The audience was also the first to hear that Academy Award-winning composer John Williams is creating original Star Wars themes exclusively for these lands, and was treated to a preview of this thrilling new music. Rounding out the galactic excitement, attendees heard more about the groundbreaking, fully-immersive Star Wars resort experience coming to Walt Disney World Resort.

In celebration of 90 years of Mickey Mouse, Chapek shared the many new exciting ways to celebrate the beloved mouse. He also shared more about the multi-year transformation of Epcot, including new spectaculars designed to honor the park’s original vision.

“We are currently in the midst of one of the most extraordinary periods of expansion in our history,” Chapek said. “We are always pushing the boundaries of what’s possible as we deliver world-class experiences and attractions, new hotels and entertainment, itineraries and destinations for our guests.”

Attendees were excited to get the first in-person look at the Disney Skyliner gondolas that will transport guests to their favorite destinations when it debuts in fall 2019. The audience also celebrated Disney’s #ShareYourEars campaign by participating in a group photo, led by Chapek and Mickey Mouse. Chapek announced yesterday that Disney will add a second phase to the #ShareYourEars campaign in honor of Mickey’s 90th Anniversary. From Nov. 18-27, participants can take a photo showing off their “Mickey Mouse ears” – or any creative “ears” – and upload it to Facebook, Instagram or Twitter. For every public post with #ShareYourEars, Disney will donate US $5 to Make-A-Wish®, up to US $1 million, for a total of up to US $3 million. This is the third year in a row that Disney has run this campaign with Make-A-Wish to grant even more wishes.

Exploring Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge
Since Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge was announced at D23 Expo 2015, fans have been eager to learn more. Today, Chapek announced that guests can take the controls in one of three unique and critical roles aboard Millennium Falcon: Smugglers Run. On Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance, guests can join an epic battle between the First Order and the Resistance – including a face-off with Kylo Ren. These two new incredible experiences, paired with the land’s interactive components and optional integration with the Play Disney Parks app, will invite guests to become galactic travelers and live their own Star Wars stories in a galaxy far, far away.

Chapek also announced that the music for Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge will feature original themes created especially for the land by Academy Award-winning composer John Williams. Chapek shared a stirring preview of the all-new music, recorded by the London Symphony Orchestra at Abbey Road Studios.

Adding to the excitement, Chapek provided a sneak peek at the groundbreaking Star Wars resort coming to Walt Disney World Resort. This multi-day, fully immersive adventure will take guests aboard a luxury starship with all the features expected of a first-class hotel, including dining, recreation, and accommodations, all authentic to the Star Wars universe.

Celebrating Mickey Mouse
For 90 years, Mickey has entertained generations of families and fans. To celebrate the mouse that started it all, Chapek shared the many new ways guests will celebrate one of the world’s most beloved icons.

Imagineers have been hard at work creating Mickey & Minnie’s Runaway Railway, using breakthrough technology to transform a two-dimensional cartoon into an amazing real-world experience. The first-ever ride-through attraction themed to Mickey Mouse – set to open in fall 2019 – will feature a new original story and lovable theme song as it takes guests on a journey inside the wacky and unpredictable world of Disney Channel’s Emmy Award-winning “Mickey Mouse” cartoon shorts.

Following the kickoff of World’s Biggest Mouse Party earlier this year, the festivities continue at the Disneyland Resort with Get Your Ears On – A Mickey and Minnie Celebrationwhich will bring new entertainment, food and merchandise to the resort. On January 18, “Mickey’s Mix Magic” will light up the night at Disneyland Park with all-new music, projections and lasers that set the scene for an epic dance party that takes over almost the entire park. The party will get even bigger when the fan-favorite Mickey’s Soundsational Paradereturns to the resort January 25, featuring a new float with Mickey himself, who will lead the celebration down Main Street, U.S.A.

Over at Walt Disney World, now there’s more magic than ever. From Jan. 18 to Sept. 30, Mickey & Minnie’s Surprise Celebration at Magic Kingdom will feature new food, merchandise and entertainment, including a new dance party with Mickey, Minnie and their friends, and a chance to meet Mickey and Minnie together in their new birthday outfits. On the high seas, Disney Cruise Line will welcome Mickey & Minnie Surprise Party at Sea, an all-new high-energy deck party on the Disney Fantasy next summer.

Chapek also announced an all-new cinematic nighttime experience, Wonderful World of Animation, coming to Disney’s Hollywood Studios on May 1 as part of the 30th Anniversary of Disney’s Hollywood Studios. The show will use state-of-the-art technology to take guests on a magical journey through more than 90 years of Disney animation, all beginning with Mickey.

Adding to the excitement, Chapek shared a look at the recently opened Mickey: The True Original Exhibition in New York City. The exhibition provides visitors with an interactive experience inspired by Mickey’s impact on popular culture, from Instagram-worthy design elements to larger-than-life multimedia installations. The exhibition runs through Feb. 10, 2019, and tickets can be purchased at Disney.com/MickeyTrueOriginal.

Transformation of Epcot
Fans were thrilled to hear more about the multi-year transformation of Epcot, designed to honor the park’s original vision while making it more timeless, more relevant, more family and more Disney.

At World Showcase, Chapek revealed that the Ratatouille experience coming to the France pavilion will be called Remy’s Ratatouille Adventure. Guests will also enjoy a brand new “Beauty and the Beast” sing-along, created by Don Hahn, producer of the animated and live action “Beauty and the Beast” films. There will also be an update to the O Canada! 360-degree show. 

For IllumiNations fans, Chapek announced an all-new, transformative spectacular set to debut in 2020. It will celebrate how Disney music can inspire people from around the world, featuring massive floating set pieces, custom-built LED panels, choreographed moving fountains, lights, pyrotechnics and lasers. Before that new show debuts, there will be a limited-time experience Epcot fans will love, called Epcot Forever, a true celebration of this timeless park. Debuting in fall 2019 and set to classic Epcot tunes, the show begins with a spark of imagination that quickly grows into an epic spectacle of fireworks, music, lighting, lasers, and choreographed, special effects kites.

Stunning New Resorts
During his presentation, Chapek unveiled details about Reflections, a deluxe, nature-inspired resort coming to Orlando that will feature more than 900 hotel rooms and proposed Disney Vacation Club villas.

Chapek also offered a sneak peek at Disney’s Riviera Resort, inspired by the European grandeur Walt Disney experienced in his travels along the Mediterranean coastline. Projected to open in fall 2019, this proposed resort will be the 15th Disney Vacation Club property.

With so many exciting projects underway, Disney Parks, Experiences and Consumer Products will continue to elevate the guest experience with world-class experiences and products. For more information on any of these announcements, please visit https://disneyparks.disney.go.com/blog/.

City of Santa Clarita Offering Excursion for Residents to see ‘Wicked’ at the Hollywood Pantages Theatre

 Santa Clarita, Calif. – Grab your broom, don your ruby red slippers and travel to the wonderful land of Oz – long before Dorothy and her friends burst onto the scene. Wicked, the award-winning Broadway musical, is returning to the Hollywood Pantages Theatre for a limited time, and the City of Santa Clarita is offering residents the chance to see it before it flies away.

The City’s Recreation and Community Services department is planning an excursion to see “Wicked” on Sunday, January 13, 2019, and has a limited number of tickets available to the public. Tickets can be purchased for $114 per person ($125 for non-residents), and include reserved mezzanine seating at the theatre and charter bus transportation to the show.

 Participants will depart from The Centre (20880 Centre Pointe Parkway) at 10:30 a.m. on January 13. Upon arrival in Hollywood, participants will have time to have lunch at a restaurant of their choosing before the show begins at 1:00 p.m. The price of lunch is not included in registration for this excursion.

Wicked, back at the Pantages in Hollywood by popular demand, is the story of two unlikely friends, Elphaba and Glinda, who you may know better as the Wicked Witch of the West and Glinda the Good Witch in “The Wizard of Oz.”

 Wicked, back at the Pantages in Hollywood by popular demand, is the story of two unlikely friends, Elphaba and Glinda, who you may know better as the Wicked Witch of the West and Glinda the Good Witch in “The Wizard of Oz.” The play is recommended for children eight years and older, and those under five years of age will not be admitted into the theatre.

For more information about this opportunity and to register to see Wicked with the City of Santa Clarita, please contact Jennifer Lindstrom, Recreation Coordinator, at (661) 250-3731 or visit santa-clarita.com/Seasons.

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Universal Studios Hollywood Launches “Running Universal,” a Series of Fun Runs, Kicking Off with the Inaugural 5K Featuring Illumination’s Minion on Saturday, May 11, 2019

Get Ready, Get Set…Minion Run!

 Universal City, Calif. – Universal Studios Hollywood is off to the races with its all-new “Running Universal.”

Running Universal’s Innaugural 5K Run at Universal Studios Hollywood on May 11, 2019

The series of fun runs that kicks off with an energetic Minion–themed 5K, will be held on Saturday, May 11, 2019.

The inaugural Minion Run, featuring Illumination’s mischievous Minions from the popular “Despicable Me Minion Mayhem” ride, invites participants ages five and older (of all experience levels) to wind their way around Universal Studios Hollywood and through parts of Universal Studios’ historic backlot, made famous in more than 8,000 movies and television shows.  The run will give participants an unprecedented insider’s view of the Entertainment Capital of L.A.

Starting at Universal Studios Hollywood’s iconic front gates, participants will pass through some of the theme park’s immersive areas and attractions before winding their way along the historic backlot and into the magical world of movie-making as they head toward  the finish line at CityWalk’s 5 Towers outdoor concert stage.

Along the 3.1 mile course, participants will be entertained by some of their favorite Universal Studios Hollywood characters including the Minions.

The program will begin at 6 a.m. and culminate at 7:30 a.m. with a memorable awards and closing ceremony.  Registration is now openand space is limited. For more information about the standard, VIP and Fan packages, visit https://www.runninguniversal.com.

Universal Studios Hollywood is The Entertainment Capital of L.A. and includes a full-day, movie-based theme park and Studio Tour. As a leading global entertainment destination, Universal Studios Hollywood delivers highly themed immersive lands that translate to real-life interpretations of iconic movie and television shows. Recent additions include “The Wizarding World of Harry Potter™” which features a bustling Hogsmeade village and such critically-acclaimed rides as “Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey” and “Flight of the Hippogriff™”.  Other immersive lands include “Despicable Me Minion Mayhem” and “Super Silly Fun Land” as well as “Springfield,” hometown of America’s favorite TV family, located adjacent to the award-winning “The Simpsons Ride™” and the “The Walking Dead” daytime attraction and the all-new DreamWorks Theatre featuring “Kung Fu Panda: The Emperor’s Quest.”  The world-renowned Studio Tour is Universal Studios Hollywood’s signature attraction, inviting guests behind-the-scenes of the world’s biggest and busiest movie and television production studio where they can also experience such authentic thrill rides as “Fast & Furious—Supercharged.”  The adjacent Universal CityWalk entertainment, shopping and dining complex also includes the all-new multi-million dollar, redesigned Universal CityWalk Cinema, featuring deluxe recliner seating in screening room quality theatres, and the “5 Towers” state-of-the-art outdoor concert stage.

 

Universal Studios Hollywood’s 14th Annual “Day of Giving” Brightens the day for Children in need of School supplies and cheer.

By Margie Anne Clark

Universal City, Calif. –  Smiling school children beaming with  begoggled yellow minions in hand, participated in Universal Studios Hollywood’s “Day of Giving.” This year’s 14th annual event connected more than 250 USH employees with diverse community organizations, many of which are beneficiaries of the Discover A Star Foundation. 

Karen Irwin, Universal Studios Hollywood’s President & COO greeted and thanked the employees and participants. “This is a day of giving and for me, a day of restoration. What we put out in the world will come back . . .  and today you will change people’s lives.”

Children were treated to a variety of back to school needs, including new clothing, sneakers and school supplies, followed by an afternoon of fun at Universal Studios Hollywood. Photos courtesy Universal Studios Hollywood.

Universal Studios Hollywood served as the home base for one of the six volunteer locations, hosting Operation School Bell and nearly 300 homeless children from over 50 LAUSD elementary schools.

 

 

Hundreds of USH employees volunteered their time for this noteworthy cause. The children were treated to a variety of back to school needs, including new clothing, sneakers and school supplies, followed by an afternoon of fun at Universal Studios Hollywood.

 

 

 

Volunteer location included: Shane’s Inspiration, where employees took part in a “play date” with special needs children at a nearby Shane’s Inspiration playground. Project Angel Food, where employee volunteers prepared and packaged meals for terminally ill clients. Tree People, where employee volunteers assisted with tree care, maintaining trails, and removing invasive plants. Union Rescue Mission’s Hope Gardens, where volunteers transformed indoor and outdoor living spaces that will serve as educational, recreational and enrichment areas for children. MEND, where volunteers assisted with the sorting and management of donations in MEND’s Emergency Foodbank and Clothing Center. It was a day to remember and a fun time was had by all.

‘WICKED’ BACK BY POPULAR DEMAND November 28 2018 – January 27 2019

Hollywood, Calif. – WICKED, the Broadway sensation, looks at what happened in the Land of Oz…but from a different angle.  Long before Dorothy arrives, there is another young woman, born with emerald-green skin—smart, fiery, misunderstood, and possessing an extraordinary talent.

‘WICKED’ BACK BY POPULAR DEMAND November 28 2018 – January 27 2019 Photo/Matthew Murphy

When she meets a bubbly blonde who is exceptionally popular, their initial rivalry turns into the unlikeliest of friendships…until the world decides to call one “good,” and the other one “wicked.

From the first electrifying note to the final breathtaking moment, WICKED—the untold true story of the Witches of Oz—transfixes audiences with its wildly inventive story that USA Today cheers is “a complete triumph! An original musical that will make you laugh, cry, and think.”

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JERRY SEINFELD RETURNS to the Pantages Theatre Hollywood – Nov. 2 -3, 2018

Hollywood, Calif. – America’s premier comedian, Jerry Seinfeld, returns to Hollywood Pantages Theatre in Los Angeles to perform his signature stand-up routine.

Seinfeld has been hailed for his uncanny ability to joke about the little things in life that relate to audiences everywhere. His latest projects include the Emmy nominated web series, Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee, and his Netflix special Jerry Before Seinfeld. Seinfeld continues to perform both nationally and internationally.

Universal Studios Hollywood Invites Guests to Enter the Upside Down for a Daytime “Lights On” Experience of the “Stranger Things” Maze to See How the Popular TV Series Authentically Comes to Life Nightly at “Halloween Horror Nights” – Due to Popular Demand, “Halloween Horror Nights” Extends to Sunday, November 4

Universal Studios Hollywood Invites Guests to Enter the Upside Down for a Daytime “Lights On” Experience of the “Stranger Things” Maze to See How the Popular TV Series Authentically Comes to Life Nightly at “Halloween Horror Nights.”

 

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Universal City, CA, – For the first time, Universal Studios Hollywood offers guests a “lights on” walk-through experience of the all-new “Stranger Things” maze during the day, providing an authentic, behind-the-scenes look at how the Upside Down comes to life at “Halloween Horror Nights” from Monday, October 29 through Friday, November 2. The self-guided tour of the movie-quality sets featured in the “Stranger Things” maze is included in the price of daytime admission to the theme park.

“Halloween Horror Nights” continues select nights now through Sunday, November 4, adding one more terrifying night due to popular demand.

Working collaboratively with Netflix, along with the creators and executive producer of the blockbuster series—Matt Duffer, Ross Duffer and Shawn Levy, the maze is an authentic representation of “Stranger Things,” designed to transport guests into artfully recreated scenes and storylines in season one. From the menacing Hawkins National Laboratory, under the U.S. Department of Energy, to the Byers home adorned with an erratic display of flashing Christmas lights and the eerie Upside Down woods oozing a shower of floating orb-like spores, guests will discover how the chilling new maze offers surprising twists and unexpected turns around every corner – in the light of day.

Each night at “Halloween Horror Nights,” the parallel universe, referred to as the Upside Down, that terrorized the small town of Hawkins, Indiana in “Stranger Things,” brings the chittering, predatory Demogorgon to stalk unwitting guests as they encounter iconic scenes, characters and environments from the mesmerizing season one of the critically-acclaimed series.

Universal Studios’ “Halloween Horror Nights” is the ultimate Halloween event. For more than 25 years, guests from around the world have visited “Halloween Horror Nights” to become victims inside their own horror film. Multiple movie-quality mazes based on iconic horror television shows, films and original stories come to life season after season, while the streets of each park’s event are transformed into highly-themed scare zones with menacing scare-actors lunging from every darkened corner.

For the first time ever, Universal Studios Hollywood, Universal Orlando Resort and Universal Studios Singapore are partnering with Netflix to bring “Stranger Things” to life at this year’s “Halloween Horror Nights” events. For more information and to purchase tickets for “Halloween Horror Nights,” visit www.HalloweenHorrorNights.com.

Universal Studios Hollywood is The Entertainment Capital of L.A. and includes a full-day, movie-based theme park and Studio Tour. As a leading global entertainment destination, Universal Studios Hollywood delivers highly themed immersive lands that translate to real-life interpretations of iconic movie and television shows. Recent additions include “The Wizarding World of Harry Potter™” which features a bustling Hogsmeade village and such critically-acclaimed rides as “Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey” and “Flight of the Hippogriff™”.  Other immersive lands include “Despicable Me Minion Mayhem” and “Super Silly Fun Land” as well as “Springfield,” hometown of America’s favorite TV family, located adjacent to the award-winning “The Simpsons Ride™” and the “The Walking Dead” daytime attraction and the all-new DreamWorks Theatre featuring “Kung Fu Panda: The Emperor’s Quest.” The world-renowned Studio Tour is Universal Studios Hollywood’s signature attraction, inviting guests behind-the-scenes of the world’s biggest and busiest movie and television production studio where they can also experience such authentic thrill rides as “Fast & Furious—Supercharged.”  The adjacent Universal CityWalk entertainment, shopping and dining complex also includes the all-new multi-million dollar, redesigned Universal CityWalk Cinema, featuring deluxe recliner seating in screening room quality theatres, and the “5 Towers” state-of-the-art outdoor concert stage.


Universal Studios Hollywood Invites Kids to Dress Up

in Their Favorite Halloween Costumes and Go Trick-or-Treating

with Hello Kitty, Illumination’s Minion Monsters and SpongeBob SquarePants

in Theme Park’s First-Ever “Halloween Party”

From Saturday, October 27 to Sunday, October 28

Universal Studios Hollywood Invites Kids to Dress Up in Their Favorite Halloween Costumes and Go Trick-or-Treating with Hello Kitty, Illumination’s Minion Monsters and SpongeBob SquarePants in Theme Park’s First-Ever “Halloween Party” From Saturday, October 27 to Sunday, October 28.

Universal City, California, Universal Studios Hollywood hosts its first-ever kid-friendly Halloween celebration, inviting all children 12 years of age and under to don creative costumes to Trick-or-Treat at the theme park along with some of their favorite characters on Saturday, October 27 and Sunday, October 28 from 10am to 4pm.

Halloween-themed characters located throughout the theme park include Hello Kitty as The Bride of Frankenstein, Illumination’s Minion Monsters, SpongeBob SquarePants and Patrick Star, Scooby Doo and the gang, Curious George, Woody Woodpecker, Dracula, Frankenstein and The Mummy.  

Other entertaining activities include a Halloween Party in the Plaza with a live DJ, music, games and costume showcase. Also, Halloween treat decorating will be available for purchase. All children 12 years of age and under will receive a free carnival game voucher redeemable at Super Silly Fun Land, located adjacent to the “Despicable Minion Mayhem” ride or Krustyland’s Carnival Games, located adjacent to “The Simpsons™ Ride.”  

The Halloween celebration is included in the price of theme park admission to Universal Studios Hollywood. A specially-designed activity map will be provided complementary to help navigate the many memorably-ghoulish moments.

The at-a-glance schedule of events features:

10am – 4pm Trick-or-Treat and Character meet and greets

at select theme park locations

11am – 2pm Halloween Party in the Plaza

1 – 2pm Costume Showcase at Universal Plaza

 

More information is available at www.UniversalStudiosHollywood.com. Like Universal Studios Hollywood on Facebook and follow @UniStudios on Instagram and Twitter.Universal Studios Hollywood is The Entertainment Capital of L.A. and includes a full-day, movie-based theme park and Studio Tour. As a leading global entertainment destination, Universal Studios Hollywood delivers highly themed immersive lands that translate to real-life interpretations of iconic movie and television shows.

As Halloween inches closer, Universal Studios Hollywood shares three big announcements today that are sure to get everyone in the spooky holiday spirit!

ANNOUNCEMENTS

  1. For the first time ever, Universal Studios Hollywood invites kids to dress up in their favorite Halloween costumes and go Trick-or-Treating with some of the park’s beloved characters on Saturday, October 27 and Sunday, October 28 from 10am to 4pm.
  • Halloween-themed characters include Hello Kitty as The Bride of Frankenstein, Illumination’s Minion Monsters, SpongeBob SquarePants and Patrick Star, Scooby Doo and the gang, Curious George, Woody Woodpecker, Dracula, Frankenstein and The Mummy.
  • Other entertaining activities include a Halloween Party in the Plaza with a live DJ, music, games and costume showcase.
  1. Universal Studios Hollywood invites guests to enter the Upside Down for a daytime “Lights On” experience of the “Stranger Things” maze to see how the popular TV series authentically comes to life nightly at “Halloween Horror Nights.”
  • From Monday, October 29 through Friday, November 2, daytime guests can enjoy self-guided tours of the movie-quality sets featured in the “Stranger Things” maze, all included in the price of daytime admission to the theme park.

 

Andrew Lloyd Webber’s ‘CATS’ is coming the Pantages Theatre Hollywood, Feb. 26, 2019 through March 24, 2019

Hollywood, Calif. The Pantages Theatre in Hollywood, will present CATS, the record-breaking musical spectacular by Andrew Lloyd Webber  beginning Feb. 26, 2019 through March 24, 2019. CATS has captivated audiences in over 30 countries and 15 languages, is now on tour across North America!

Andrew Lloyd Webber’s CATS is coming to the Pantages Theatre in Hollywood on Feb. 26, 2019 running through March 24, 2019. Photo/Matthew Murphy

Audiences and critics alike are rediscovering this beloved musical with breathtaking music, including one of the most treasured songs in musical theater—”Memory”. Winner of 7 Tony Awards® including BEST MUSICAL, CATS tells the story of one magical night when an extraordinary tribe of cats gathers for its annual ball to rejoice and decide which cat will be reborn.

Andrew Lloyd Webber’s CATS is coming to the Pantages Theatre in Hollywood on Feb. 26, 2019 running through March 24, 2019. Photo/Matthew Murphy

The original score by Andrew Lloyd Webber (PhantomSchool of RockSunset Boulevard), original scenic and costume design by John Napier (Les Misérables), all-new lighting design by Natasha Katz (Aladdin), all-new sound design by Mick Potter, new choreography by Andy Blankenbuehler (Hamilton) based on the original choreography by Gillian Lynne (Phantom) and direction by Trevor Nunn (Les Misérables) make this production a new CATS for a new generation!

Andrew Lloyd Webber’s CATS is coming to the Pantages Theatre in Hollywood on Feb. 26, 2019 running through March 24, 2019. Photo/Matthew Murphy

Experience CATS for the first time as it begins a new life for a new generation… or let it thrill you all over again!

For more information visit https://www.hollywoodpantages.com/events/detail/cats

The Los Angeles Philharmonic Presents “WDCH Dreams” Celebrating the LA Phil’s 100th Anniversary

Los Angeles, CA (September 12, 2018) – The Los Angeles Philharmonic has commissioned award-winning media artist Refik Anadol to create unprecedented, breathtaking, three-dimensional projections onto the steel exterior of Walt Disney Concert Hall to signal the commencement of the LA Phil’s 100-year anniversary celebrations. Free and open to the public, nightly performances are scheduled to occur every half hour, with the first performance at 7:30 p.m., and the last at 11:30 p.m., September 28 to October 6.

The Los Angeles Philharmonic Presents “WDCH Dreams” Celebrating the LA Phil’s 100th Anniversary. Applying custom algorithms to the LA Phil digital archives, media artist Refik Anadol has created WDCH Dreams, stunning visualizations projected onto the building’s exterior for a week and also a season-long immersive exhibition in the Ira Gershwin Gallery.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Los Angeles Philharmonic has commissioned award-winning media artist Refik Anadol to create unprecedented, breathtaking, three-dimensional projections onto the steel exterior of Walt Disney Concert Hall to signal the commencement of the LA Phil’s 100-year anniversary celebrations. Free and open to the public, nightly performances are scheduled to occur every half hour, with the first performance at 7:30 p.m., and the last at 11:30 p.m., September 28 to October 6.

To make Walt Disney Concert Hall “dream,” Anadol utilized a creative, computerized “mind” to mimic how humans dream – by processing memories to form a new combination of images and ideas. To accomplish this, Anadol worked with the Artists and Machine Intelligence program at Google Arts and Culture to apply machine intelligence to the orchestra’s digital archives – nearly 45 terabytes of data – 587,763 image files, 1,880 video files, 1,483 metadata files, and 17,773 audio files (the equivalent of 40,000 hours of audio from 16,471 performances).

The files were parsed into millions of data points that were then categorized by hundreds of attributes, by deep neural networks with the capacity to both remember the totality of the LA Phil’s “memories” and create new connections between them. This “data universe” is Anadol’s material, and machine intelligence is his artistic collaborator. Together, they create something new in image and sound by awakening the metaphorical “consciousness” of Walt Disney Concert Hall. The result is a radical visualization of the organization’s first century and an exploration of synergies between art and technology, and architecture and institutional memory.

To actualize this vision, Anadol is employing 42 large scale projectors, with 50K visual resolution, 8-channel sound, and 1.2M luminance in total. The resulting patterns, or “data sculptures” formed by the machine’s interpretation of the archives will be displayed directly onto the undulating stainless-steel exterior of Walt Disney Concert Hall.

WDCH Dreams’ accompanying soundtrack was created from hand-picked audio from the LA Phil’s archival recordings. Sound designers Parag K. Mital, Robert Thomas, and Kerim Karaoglu augmented these selections by using machine-learning algorithms to find similar performances recorded throughout the LA Phil’s history, creating a unique exploration of historic audio recordings. Viewers can access the soundtrack at the LA Phil’s website (laphil.com/wdchdreams).

Inside Walt Disney Concert Hall, in the Ira Gershwin Gallery, is an immersive and interactive companion installation, offering a unique, one-on-one experience for each gallery visitor. The exhibition presents the entire LA Phil digital archives in a non-linear fashion. The visitor, via a touchscreen interface, can interact with the archives in multiple ways: via a sunburst timeline; through curated moments highlighting milestones in the LA Phil’s 100-year history; and by delving into to the entire data universe that can be uniquely manipulated by each gallery visitor. The space will be re-imagined as a mirrored U-shaped room with two-channel projection. Visuals will be projected onto the mirrored surface giving the visitor a truly immersive, 360-degree experience.

 

The Ira Gershwin Gallery opens to the public on September 28 and will remain open throughout the Centennial season. Visitors can reserve times to access the gallery via The Music Center’s self-guided tour schedule weekdays from 10am – 3pm. Ticket holders to any concert during the Centennial season can access the gallery 90 minutes prior to performances.

As a part of the Centennial celebrations, the LA Phil will make a selection of its archives, and online exhibitions, available on Google Arts & Culture, exploring how WDCH Dreams was made, with behind-the-scenes footage and a short film about the development of the project.

For more information about WDCH Dreams, please visit: http://www.laphil.com/wdchdreams

More about Refik Anadol:
Refik Anadol is known for transforming architectural spaces and façades into giant canvases for live media arts. Born in Turkey, he founded the Istanbul-based design studio Antilop; he also operates a studio in Los Angeles and teaches media arts at UCLA. His renowned site-specific works have been presented at the Digital Arts Biennial Montreal, the Ars Electronica Festival in Austria, and the Outdoor Vision Festival in Santa Fe. He also has contributed unforgettable work in previous LA Phil seasons, including real-time projections for a 2014 performance of Edgard Varèse’s Amériques led by LA Phil Conductor Laureate Esa-Pekka Salonen, and Schumann’s Das Paradies und die Peri, conducted by Gustavo Dudamel and directed by Peter Sellars.
www.refikanadol.com
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More about the Artists and Machine Intelligence program at Google Arts & Culture:
Artists and Machine Intelligence (AMI) is a program at Google Arts & Culture that brings together artists, philosophers, and machine-learning researchers to realize projects using machine intelligence. Google Arts & Culture is a new, immersive way to experience art, history, culture, and world wonders from over a thousand organizations worldwide. Google Arts & Culture has been created by the Google Cultural Institute, and it is available for free to everyone on the web and on iOS and Android. Read more here.

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WDCH Dreams
Nightly performances
September 28 – October 6, 2018
Every half hour, starting at 7:30pm, with the last performance at 11:30pm
Walt Disney Concert Hall
Free and open to the public

PROGRAM:

Early in the 21st century, machine intelligence advanced beyond the memorization and analysis of data as a basis for prediction. The next phase was creation – data made beautiful. Pairing a computer’s “mind” with a building’s structure transformed both, giving the neural networks of the machine a canvas on which to create and architecture a “consciousness” with which to dream.

Chapter I: Memory
Archival Upload, Remembering the LA Phil’s Past

Chapter II: Consciousness
Radical Visualization, Mapping the Present

Chapter III: Dream
Imagination, Envisioning the Future

Soundtrack accessible starting on September 28, at: laphil.com/wdchdreams

High resolution renderings, for press purposes only, can be found here.

Credit: WDCH Dreams, renderings by Refik Anadol Studio

LA Phil 100:
In its Centennial year (September 2018 through October 2019), the LA Phil is inviting people from Los Angeles and around the world to join them in envisioning a future that music can help create. Major initiatives include presenting the orchestra’s most ambitious artistic season to date, featuring over 50 commissioned works and the LA Phil’s largest roster of artistic collaborations; investing in the future of young people by creating a permanent YOLA center, The Judith and Thomas L. Beckmen YOLA Center @ Inglewood, designed by Frank Gehry; establishing the LA Phil Resident Fellows Program, which will provide musicians representing or serving historically underrepresented populations opportunities for professional advancement; welcoming all of Los Angeles to Celebrate LA!: LA Phil 100 x CicLAvia, a free, massive, street festival featuring performances by hundreds of musicians, dancers and visual artists, stretching from Grand Avenue in front of Walt Disney Concert Hall all the way to the Hollywood Bowl, and concluding with LA Phil 100 at the Bowl, a free concert at the Hollywood Bowl; the “100 for the 100th: Be Our Guest” free ticket initiative, which will invite thousands of new listeners into Walt Disney Concert Hall; and a $500 Million Centennial Campaign to fund the future.

LA Phil:
The Los Angeles Philharmonic Association, under the vibrant leadership of Music & Artistic Director Gustavo Dudamel, presents an inspiring array of music from all genres – orchestral, chamber and Baroque music, organ and celebrity recitals, new music, jazz, world music and pop – at two of L.A.’s iconic venues, Walt Disney Concert Hall (laphil.com) and the Hollywood Bowl (hollywoodbowl.com). The LA Phil’s season at Walt Disney Concert Hall extends from September through May and throughout the summer at the Hollywood Bowl. With the preeminent Los Angeles Philharmonic at the foundation of its offerings, the LA Phil aims to enrich and transform lives through music, with a robust mix of artistic, education and community programs.