Steve Kazee, Rumer Willis, and More Lead LOVE ACTUALLY LIVE
As previously announced, this holiday season, the team behind Los Angeles' award-winning "For The Record" series returns to the Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts with a multimedia-concert celebration of the soundtrack to one of the most beloved holiday movies of all time, Love Actually. Inspired by the Universal Pictures/Working Title motion picture written by Richard Curtis, this world-premiere production of Love Actually Live, presented by special arrangement with Universal Theatrical Group, will transform The Wallis' Bram Goldsmith Theater into a giant, immersive, cinema for the modern day. The production will include songs from the hit film, including "Christmas Is All Around," "The Trouble with Love Is," and "Both Sides Now."
This one-of-a-kind presentation, will be performed live by an all-star cast and 15-piece orchestra. The lineup of astounding vocalists includes Rumer Willis (Tarantino's Once Upon a Time in Hollywood, Fox's Empire), Tony® and Grammy® Award-Winning Actor Steve Kazee, Kelley Jakle (Pitch Perfect), Rex Smith (RIAA Gold® recording artist), Grammy Award-nominee B. Slade, Carrie Manolakos (Broadway's Mamma Mia!, Wicked), Justin Sargent (NBC's Jesus Christ Superstar: Live in Concert), Zak Resnick (Broadway's Mamma Mia!, Fox's American Idol), Doug Kreeger (Broadway's Les Miserables), Olivia Kuper Harris (Postmodern Jukebox), Tomasina Abate, Sean Yves Lessard, Cairo McGee, Glory Curda, Tom Zmuda, Alex Csillag, Megan Shung, Carson Higgins and Emily Lopez.
Tickets are on sale now, available at http://thewallis.org/love.
"I couldn't be more excited to have so many For The Record alumni back with us this year, to bring Love Actually to life," says executive producer Shane Scheel. "Every song on the Love Actually soundtrack helps tell the story of this beloved holiday movie, and the vocalists comprising this company will bring joy, tears, and adoration to audiences nightly."
Love Actually Live takes place in a three-dimensional world where scenery and video screens intertwine, providing a canvas upon which actors weave between projections as they bring unforgettable scenes to life through the movie's album. The film, along with original custom-video content illustrating the London-based setting, is displayed on screens that travel throughout the stage, immersing the singers and musicians in a cinematic spectacle. This theatrical world transforms the experience so completely that audiences will fall in love with Love Actually all over again.
"Each year, The Wallis builds upon its commitment to developing lasting relationships with companies like For the Record," says artistic director Paul Crewes, "and we value our long-term connection as we take this season's world-premiere production of Love Actually Live into the next phase of its development." Previous For The Record productions at The Wallis include the sold-out Tarantino, a rock-'n'-roll celebration of the famed filmmaker's cinematic universe, and the Ovation Award-winning Scorsese: American Crime Requiem.
Love Actually Live is adapted and directed by Anderson Davis, with musical supervision and arrangements by Jesse Vargas, vocal design by Tony Award nominee AnnMarie Milazzo, musical staging by Sumie Maeda, scenic design by Emmy Award winner Matthew Steinbrenner, lighting design by Michael Berger, sound design by Ben Soldate, costume design by Steve Mazurek, video design by Aaron Rhyne, and co-produced by Shane Scheel, Siobhan O'Neill and the Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts.
Love Actually Live runs Tuesday, December 4, through Monday, December 31, 2018. Showtimes are weekdays, 7:30 pm; Saturdays, 2 pm and 7:30 pm; and Sundays, 2 pm and 7 pm. Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts is located at 9390 N Santa Monica Blvd, Beverly Hills. To purchase tickets and for more information, please call 310-746-4000 or visit: http://thewallis.org/love.
Photo Credit: Abel Armas