ROCKWELL TABLE & STAGE
POSTED ON MAR 18, 2013 IN ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT
You know Daily Concepts loves sharing finds with you. With that in mind, we had to tell you about Los Angeles’ Rockwell Table & Stage
Where might you have spotted this happening establishment? Strolling along Los Feliz’ trendy Vermont Avenue. What you won’t see from the front of the brick building is Rockwell’s back patio. Our first introduction to the venue occurred here. Need we say it… yes, it’s as dreamy as it looks. Whilst sipping cocktails and nibbling Filet Skewers, the sound of live music could be heard coming from the restaurant’s interior. Our heads started bopping to familiar tunes. Our waiter tipped us off — it was opening night of For The Records’ The Marshalls: Live Music & Moments from the Directorial Hits of Garry & Penny. We determined then and there to make a return trip.
Fast forward a couple of weeks and, tickets in hand, we stepped inside the restaurant itself. Audience members/diners were just starting to filter in for the show. We bellied up to the bar to partake in cocktails inspired by The Marshalls — Happy Ever After, Marla’s Hooch and Marshall Mule. Word is shows from For The Record, an entertainment company that adapts works of great directors for theatrical concert settings, had gotten its start right there in a small room by the bar when Rockwell first opened its doors. Now, For the Record works with a bevy of stage, record and screen performers bringing out the best of these film works for the nostalgic.
Already pre-set in our heads was what we were ordering for dinner (yes, we’d been watching carbs on our last visit) — Burger & Bottle. Here we must pontificate (and it’s not just because we’d been depriving ourselves of carbs up until then)… the burger is actually described as Rockwell Blue Cheese Fondue Burger. First clue that there’s going to be melty blue cheese goodness. Adding extra flavor were carmelized onions. On the side — one of us had broccolini, one had brussel sprouts… this writer had the Truffle Parmesan Shoestring Fries. Tip: Don’t be good — indulge in the fries. As for the bottle, that’s an ’08 Chandon Pinot Noir Carneros.
Soon enough, a band appeared on the stage. From here, performers rolled out scenes and songs from Pretty Woman. Yes, we were saying the well-known quotes right along with them. The performers made excellent use of the space, not merely sticking to the stage. This kept the audience on its toes and visually stimulated. There were moments, too, when several guests gladly held props during special scenes. Nothing like a little interaction to keep things lively.
The first set, which lasted over an hour included songs like It Must Have Been Love from Pretty Woman, Ready to Run from Runaway Bride and All I Have to Do Is Dream from Riding in Cars with Boys. We must admit, during intermission we wanted to reprise the Heart and Soul/Chopsticks number from Big on the giant piano keys painted on the stage.
The second act started off with a medley of television songs, which are still bouncing around in our heads. Scenes from A League of Their Own unfolded onstage along with songs like This Used To Be My Playground and Choo Choo Ch’Boogie. Still to come, scenes and songs from Awakenings, New Year’s Eve and Beaches that left us wanting to re-rent these beloved movies again.
Dessert appeared not a moment too soon. One of us (sniffle) gets a bit weepy over Beaches’ Wind Beneath My Wings. Chocolate helps. Especially when it’s served sizzling hot in a cast-iron griddle with ice cream and caramel topping melting together in harmony.
And then… it was over. The curtain calls had occurred. The soothing chocolate consumed. And, now that you’ve been reading this, and noted the show dates on the program above, we’re guessing you might be getting sad, too, at not being able to catch The Marshalls… Don’t worry. We wouldn’t leave you without a “happily ever after.” Someone whispered in our ear that The Marshalls might be extended beyond April 6 (check Rockwell’s website for updates), so there’s still time to grab tickets, a seat and order a Burger & Bottle. Can’t make The Marshalls? There are other shows scheduled that promise an evening of feel-good dinner theatre. Coming down the pike — an night with Molly Ringwald on April 9 & 10 and, further down the line from For The Record, evenings of music from Coen Brothers’ and Robert Zemeckis films. Keep an eye out, as well, for Baz Luhrmann, John Hughes and Scorcese-inspired shows.
One last tip — save room for dessert. The Skillet Baked Chocolate Chip Cookie was worth every calorie. Applause all-round!
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