For the Record: John Hughes -- Music From Iconic '80s Films
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The last date listed for For the Record: John Hughes was Saturday September 29, 2012 / 9:00pm.
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Anyone who was around for the 80's knows John Hughes movies, either Pretty in Pink, The Breakfast Club or 16 Candles, or at the very least Ferris Bueller's Day Off. Some of the scenes and music are so iconic, they have made an indelible mark on our filmgoing memories. Rockwell's popular series "For The Record..." brings back one of it's more popular shows in an even better and tighter incarnation then the one from last year. The venue, which has tripled in size to a really nice space for performance since I was last there, offers great sight lines and less crowded seating than they had before. Indeed, the last time I was there the tables and chairs felt so cramped it was a little uncomfortable, and it was hard to enjoy dinner having people so close, Now, however, this new space offers really comfortable and generous seating to move around. The food is great and not too expensive and the drinks were strong, even some special cocktails created for the show itself. The cast of the show performs mostly off of the stage, in areas around the tables and audience. It sounds like it wouldn't work, but it does, beautifully. At one point, during "Weird Science", a performer even offered me a shot, which I gladly accepted! And a few audience members got to dance with cast during the prom number from "Pretty In Pink". The excellent lighting follows the performers around the room, and sound compliment the performances, which could be heard clearly throughout. Great sound design, guys.The show itself was made up of scenes from John Hughes teen comedies and moved along at a fast clip in a 90+ minute show. The performers, a rotating roster of talented experienced Broadway singers, was uniformly great. "For the Record- John Hughes" was one of my favorite cabaret type shows I have seen in ages. I am planning on heading back as soon as I can, as I know nearly everyone I know would love it. I took two people in their early 20's and I saw people there of all ages enjoying it. Some PG-13 language makes it completely suitable for older kids, who have probably seen Ferris Bueller and know the movies by heart anyway, and people who were old enough to remember the 80's will absolutely love it. Bravo! What a fun night out!
Quotes & Highlights
- Check out a promo video for the show on <a target="_blank" href="http://www.youtube.com/user/ShowAtBarre">YouTube</a>.
- "Searingly visceral... the movies sing." —<em>Los Angeles Times</em>
Starring Barrett Foa (NCIS LA, Broadway's Spelling Bee, Avenue Q), Darren Ritchie (Wonderland), Tracie Thoms (Tarantino's Death Proof, Rent, Cold Case), Brenna Whitaker and Jessica Keenan Wynn.
Conceived and directed by Chris Bratten and Shane Scheel