Co-creators Shane Scheel and Christopher Lloyd Bratten presented “For the Record: Tarantino in Concert” last week at the Ace Hotel in Palm Springs. The show was adapted from multiple works of Academy Award-winning director Quentin Tarantino including “Reservoir Dogs,” “Kill Bill,” “Pulp Fiction,” and “Inglourious Bastards” among others. Check out photos from the show below!
The show has previously been performed in Los Angeles and received a makeover before being taken to South By South West in Austin, Texas earlier this year. The Ace Hotel has also hosted the “For the Record : Baz Luhrmann” and “For the Record: John Hughes” editions and will be hosting the Coen Brothers as well as a reprise of the John Hughes editions later this year.
Performers included Ginifer King (“Struck By Lightning,” Broadway’s Gypsy, Steel Magnolias), Darryl Semira (Broadway’s Spamalot, Mamma Mia), Jason Paige (Blood Sweat & Tears, RENT at the Hollywood Bowl), Anneliese vanDer Pol (Broadway’s Beauty and the Beast), Danielle Mone’ Truitt (Disney’s The Princess and the Frog), Anderson Davis (Broadway’s South Pacific, Les Miserables), Lisa Datz (Broadway’s The Full Monty), Steve Mazurek, Angela Pupello, and Dionne Gipson.
Currently playing in the newly renovated Rockwell Table and Stage in Los Feliz is “For the Record: Boogie Nights” consisting of songs and scenes from the works of multiple Academy Award-nominated Los Angeles director Paul Thomas Anderson. “For The Record: Boogie Nights” runs until Saturday, August 4. For more information, visit fortherecordlive.com.
Though the show quickly ventured into costumed disco fun, it began on a serious note with songs from Magnolia. For those who aren’t familiar with Anderson’s work, many consider this to be his grand opus of sorts; it’s a somber flick that deals with issues like drug addiction, sexual abuse, unrequited homosexual love and cancer. But it’s also got one hell of a soundtrack, bolstered by the heart-wrenching Aimee Mann songs “Wise Up” and “One”. (Magnolia actually becomes a musical of sorts for a moment when the cast randomly bursts into “Wise Up.”) But…
…last night’s directors Shane Scheel and Anderson Davis interspersed enough of the film’s comedic moment’s — Tom Cruise’s character screaming “Respect the cock! Tame the cunt!” — for the audience not to want to get open a vein in the restroom.
|But the real fun began after the frogs had fallen from the sky (Magnolia fans will understand) and they broke out the bell-bottoms. The Rockwell is an intimate dinner theater so the revue was preformed all around the room, with Juliette Goglia — playing Rollergirl — skating past folks’ tables. The set list was full of classics like “Boogie Shoes,” “You Sexy Thing,” “Sister Christian” and the finale “God Only Knows.”|
“Fooled Around and Fell In Love” was one of the most sexual things I’ve ever seen preformed onstage, complete with a couple (perhaps unintentional) nipple-slips. Also the mostly shirtless actors made me feel extremely inadequate about my own body. The acting was solid last night, with each performer playing multiple rolls. Derek Ferguson is a dead ringer for Dirk Diggler. He has the ditzy self-confidence down to a tee — Eddie Adams from Torrance really believed he was a big, bright shining star.
Sure, it’s more of us patting ourselves on the back in Hollywood and playing around in art we’ve already created postmodern love children, but For the Record is a good time. It’s well-acted, funny, touching at moments, and you get to go: Oh, I love that part of this movie in your own head about 80 times.
“He actually came to a show and loved it,” says Scheel. “He stayed out until 4 in the morning drinking the entire cast under the table.” Next up after the PTA show spells in August is Martin Scorsese. It’s all so meta it can make your head spin.
I won’t throw out any spoilers, but I will say that this version of Boogie Nights didn’t ruin one of the best movie endings of all time. After all, thirteen inches is a tough load, it don’t treat you gently. Now… where the fuck is Ringo!
Personal Bias: If you put a gun to my head, I’d have to say Boogie Nights is my favorite film of all time.
The Crowd: A bit older, with money in their pockets.
Random Notebook Dump: They give you a Broadway-style playbill at the show, which is a nice touch.
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We were happy to have Allie from KTLA at Rockwell Table & Stage recently to preview our newest show, For The Record: Boogie Nights. We had such a fun time giving KTLA a sneak peek of some of the performances as they dined. Here are some videos from their morning news live coverage…
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The hip little Los Feliz hideaway Barre features daily performances in a cabaret setting. This is your chance to see Broadway stars, up and comers and ensemble acts up close. One of the featured performances they host regularly is something they call For the Record, where they bring a director’s soundtrack to life in a theatrical performance. There are multiple dates for the Boogie Nights performances, so check their online schedule for tickets. Songs performed include “Sister Christian,” “Afternoon Delight,” “Brand New Key,” “Jesse’s Girl,” “Wise Up,” “One,” “Boogie Shoes,” “God Only Knows,” “Aint No Stoppin’ Us Now” and more. The performers move about the room, bringing the show to you table side. Dinner is also served. If you are wondeing about the food you should know they are part of Vermont Kitchen & Bar. Sounds like a perfect night out!
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Describing Show at Barre: For the Record’s unique concept is easy. Performers sing-dance-and-recreate music and scenes from contemporary movies, all while roaming throughout the snugly packed audience at the Vermont restaurant’s bar, using every part of the space as a stage. “It’s a live, 360 degree theatrical concert experience,” says Los Feliz’s Shane Scheel, For the Record’s co-creator, producer and director.
What’s difficult is conveying the show’s immediacy, the performers’ tangible connection with audiences and how the concert manages to keep engaging those audiences with its sheer talent factor.
For over a year, the 40-member company—many from Broadway and ongoing television roles—has cycled through a series of original productions based on well-known film directors’ work.
Beginning with Quentin Tarantino’s films via Tarantino In Concert, the show has brought to life memorable movie moments, such as the “Elephant Love Song” medley from Baz Luhrmann’s Moulin Rouge, in the intimate setting.
In June, For the Record will present the music and dynamic scenes from the films of director/screenwriter Paul Thomas Anderson, well regarded for Boogie Nights, a film filled with late 1970s disco faves and early 1980s pop hits. Scheel, along with his collaborator Christopher Lloyd Bratten, select songs after watching the films and listening to a director’s various soundtracks choices.
“We weave our story together through music first,” he said.
For the Record: Paul Thomas Anderson will also have music from Magnolia (many by singer/songwriter Aimee Mann) and There Will Be Blood (original score by Jonny Greenwood).
Also in June, the space will be reconfigured and renamed Rockwell, unifying the Vermont restaurant and bar (once Sarno’s Bakery) and the indoor/outdoor Rockwell which faces the alley parallel to Vermont Avenue. The menu will be revamped too. What will stay the same are the energetic performances and creative song arrangements.
Scheel said he predicts the reconfigured space will add new ways to stage the spirited song-and-dance numbers. There have always been unexpected entrances and exits during the show. Because the performers are using wireless microphones, they travel unencumbered, even outside and up into the tree visible through the bar’s picture window.
Upcoming are new productions featuring music from the films of Martin Scorsese and Tim Burton. And during the holiday season, holiday tunes from John Hughes’ crowd-pleasing films will get the For the Record creative mash-up.
For tickets: www.showatbarre.com/
via Los Feliz Ledger.