The Sound of Music and mini-concert with "Schuyler sister" Jasmine Cephas Jones
Rodgers & Hammerstein's cinematic treasure, "The Sound of Music" is the winner of five Academy Awards, including Best Picture. In this true-life story, Julie Andrews lights up the screen as Maria, a spirited young Austrian woman who leaves the convent to become a governess for Captain von Trapp's (Christopher Plummer) seven unruly children. Her charm and songs soon win the hearts of the children - and their father. But when Nazi Germany unites with Austria, Maria is forced to attempt a daring escape with her new family.
UPCA is honored to be joined by "Schuyler sister" Jasmine Cephas Jones during the pre-show mini-concert of Rodgers & Hammerstein tunes. Jones, who originated the roles of Margarita "Peggy" Schuyler Van Rensselaer and Maria Reynolds in the Broadway phenomenon "Hamilton," will sing a series of favorites from the R&H songbook while accompanied by United Palace Musical Director (and "American Idol" finalist) Anwar Robinson.
Also joining the mini-concert will be Coogan's Restaurant co-owner Peter Walsh, returning to the Palace stage for the first time since 2013. His voice is still as smooth as a freshly poured pint of Guinness.
The pre-show will end with an audience sing-a-long of songs from "The Sound of Music."
Starring Julie Andrews, Christopher Plummer, and Eleanor Parker. Directed by Robert Wise. Written by Ernest Lehman. 2 hours 54 minutes. 1965. In English.
Movies That Reawaken Wonder - 2017
“Movies That Reawaken Wonder” celebrates the magic of movies and movie-going. It explores why we fall in love with films, such as how “Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs” evokes “the wonder of childhood” and “Night of the Living Dead” conjures “the wonder of horror.” To honor the theatre’s vaudeville past, live entertainment is packaged with the screenings. For example, a live organ accompanies Charlie Chaplin’s “City Lights” and Donna Reed’s daughter Mary Owen introduces the holiday favorite “It’s a Wonderful Life.” Additional pre-show entertainment will be announced as each movie nears. As part of an ongoing campaign to complete the theatre’s cinematic sound upgrade, the November selection will be UPCA’s gala fundraiser featuring a celebrity introduction, which we plan to announce this spring.
Blade Runner (2007) & The Future of Play
We are slipping in one of the last theatrical screenings of the “original” before it is blacked out of theatres leading up to the long-awaited sequel “Blade Runner 2049” released in October. In honor of the movie’s vision of toy making in the year 2019 (remember the character of J.F. Sebastian played by William Sanderson?) before the movie Richard Gottlieb, publisher of "Global Toy News," will discuss the future of play. Afterwards a panel of experts, Alex Horwitz, Michael Bridenstine, and Adam Peterson, will explore the lasting magic of the movie.