SPICE WORLD, CABARET and More Headline MOVIE MONDAYS at Segerstrom Center, 7/7-8/4
Orange County movie fans can look forward to another great summer of free and fun film screenings at Segerstrom Center for the Arts as Movie Mondays returns for its eighth season on the Arts Plaza. Movie Mondays 2014 kicks off with the heartwarming 1935 classic The Little Colonel, starring Shirley Temple. From post Civil War America we head to 1990s London with the sparkling Spice Girls starring in the jet set musical, Spice World. Then it is off to turn-of-the-20th century Paris with the Academy Award®-winning musical Gigi, directed by Vincente Minnelli and featuring some of the most memorable Lerner & Loewe tunes. Continuing with the winner of this year's Audience Favorite Fan Poll, Cabaret, starring Oscar winners Liza Minnelli and Joel Grey. Shirley MacLaine as the eternal optimist in Sweet Charity wraps up the summer film series. Center audiences will have a chance to see MacLaine live when she makes her Center debut on September 20 in her one-woman show.
The annual alfresco Movie Mondays is part of Segerstrom Center's Free for All Series, and is held on the Center's inviting 46,000-square-foot Arts Plaza. During the last seven summers, Movie Mondays has grown to attract thousands of families and movie fans from all over the Southland. Additionally, as part of the Center's continuing partnership with the Newport Beach Film Festival, a selection of the best animated short films from this year's festival will be shown prior to each week's main feature. These popular films are projected on the side of Segerstrom Hall. Guests are encouraged to bring beach chairs or other easily portable seating items. Set-up begins at 5:30 p.m., with the movie starting at dusk (approximately 8 p.m.). Guests may bring their own snacks and picnic suppers. Once again, Patina Catering will create special themed menus for each movie in addition to offering a selection of assorted snacks and beverages available for purchase. Barbecues and similar food preparation are not permitted.
Contests will be held prior to each screening (starting at approximately 7:30 p.m.) and are open to all movie-goers. Prizes such as show tickets, apparel, CD/DVDs and other great items will be awarded to winners. Previous contests have included trivia games and dance competitions.
The full line-up of movies follows.
July 7 - The Little Colonel
Set immediately after The Civil War, Shirley Temple stars in this family comedy - drama as the spirited granddaughter who tries to mend the estranged relationship between her cantankerous grandfather (Lionel Barrymore) and dismayed mother (Evelyn Venable). The classic film features the famous stair-case dance duet between Temple and Bill "Bojangles" Robinson.
Rated NR (children's classic), 1935, 80 minutes
Patina menu items available for purchase include Shirley Temples with whipped cream and a cherry ($4), Banana splits with vanilla and chocolate ice cream, chocolate sauce, macerated berries, whipped cream, nuts and a cherry ($6), and American burgers and cheeseburgers with lettuce, tomato, red onion, pickle, Thousand Island dressing, mustard and mayo served on the side ($7).
July 14 - Spice World
Bob Spiers (director of TV's Absolutely Fabulous) directed this feature-film debut of the five Spice Girls - Posh Spice, Sporty Spice, Scary Spice, Ginger Spice, and Baby Spice - as the quintet challenges the London pop scene during five days before their first live performance at the Royal Albert Hall in London. Photojournalists follow as they travel from press conferences to practice sessions to photo ops, passing London landmarks in the comfort of their cavernous Spicebus and emerging in a musical cascade of color, trendy clothes and blinding flashbulbs. Filmed in 43 days, the movie features cameos by everyone from Elton John and Elvis Costello, to Stephen Fry and Bob Hoskins.
Rated PG, 1997, 90 minutes
Patina menu items available for purchase include Bangers and mash with fried onions and gravy ($7), and Sticky toffee pudding with whipped cream ($6).
July 21 - Gigi
Leslie Caron is Gigi, a young girl raised by two veteran Parisian courtesans (Hermione Gingold and Isabel Jeans) to be the mistress of the wealthy, handsome young Gaston (Louis Jourdan). When Gaston falls in love with Gigi and asks her to be his wife, Jeans is appalled: never has anyone in their family ever stooped to anything so bourgeois as marriage! Weaving in and out of the story is Maurice Chevalier as an aging boulevardier who, years earlier, had been in love with Gingold's character. Chevalier gets most of the best Lerner & Loewe tunes, including "Thank Heaven for Little Girls," "I'm Glad I'm Not Young Any More," and his matchless duet with Gingold, "I Remember it Well." Caron's best number (dubbed by Betty Wand) is "The Night They Invented
Champagne" while Jourdan gets the honor of introducing the title song. Filmed on location in Paris, Gigi won several Oscars, including Best Picture.
Rated G, 1958, 116 minutes
Patina menu items available for purchase include Croque Monsieur sandwiches with grilled ham and Gruyère on a Parmesan brioche ($7) and Crepes with Nutella, strawberries and vanilla ice cream ($6).
July 28 - Cabaret (Winner of this year's Audience Favorite Fan Poll!)
Originally a 1966 Broadway musical, this groundbreaking Bob Fosse musical was in turn based on Christopher Isherwood's Goodbye to Berlin, previously dramatized for stage and screen as I Am a Camera with Julie Harris as Sally Bowles. Fosse uses the decadent and vulgar cabaret as a mirror image of German society sliding toward the Nazis, and this intertwining of entertainment with social history marked a new step forward for the movie musical. Michael York plays a British writer who comes to Berlin in the early 1930s in hopes of becoming a teacher. He makes the acquaintance of flamboyant American entertainer Sally Bowles, played by Liza Minnelli. Sally works at the Kit Kat Klub, a George Grosz-like Berlin cabaret where each night the smirking,
androgynous Master of Ceremonies (Joel Grey) introduces a jazz-driven "girlie show" to his debauched audience. Virtually all the film's musical numbers are staged within the confines of the Kit Kat Klub, and each song comments on the plot and on Germany's "progression" from hedonism to Hitlerism. Most of the Broadway score by John Kander and Fred Ebb was retained, with the welcome addition of "The Money Song." Although it lost Best Picture to The Godfather, Cabaret won eight Oscars, including awards to Minnelli, Grey and Fosse.
Rated PG, 1972, 128 minutes
Patina menu items available for purchase include Grilled bratwurst on pretzel bun with grilled onions and brown mustard ($7) and Belgian waffles with stewed apples, vanilla ice cream and chocolate sauce ($6).