Friday, October 31
6:30pm doors; 7pm Halloween costume parade, 8pm movie; 9:20pm Q&A with Gary
$10 online/$15 at the box office (opens at 5pm); $5 for children under 12
"The Halloween Hang with Gary Lucas" returns to the Palace with the world premiere of his new solo guitar score for the original "Frankenstein."
Last year Gary wowed the Palace audience with his score for Spanish "Dracula." During the audience Q&A that followed a guest asked if he would consider creating a musical soundtrack for the 1931 "Frankenstein" starring Boris Karloff and directed by James Whale. Gary spent the last year perfecting his new vision and will debut it live at the Palace.
"It was inspired by my abiding love of early horror films, and is very much in the tradition of my Spanish "Dracula," said Gary Lucas, who has performed around the world both as a solo artist and with Captain Beefheart. "Frankenstein" is a film classic that oddly enough contains no music on the soundtrack except for the opening titles (or, not so odd, it being the Depression, and studio folks hedging their investment by skimping on hiring a composer). And thus "Frankenstein" being virtually music -free, I was provided a wonderful canvas to work my sonic magic on. It's a bit like scoring a silent film, but one needs to be cognizant of the rhythms of the dialogue throughout, not just the action, and strive not be "louder than the film."
Before the movie there will be a parade of costumes and other Halloween shenanigans.
"Frankenstein" is 70 minutes and will be shown as a digital file in English with Spanish subtitles.
Gary will take the stage armed with a 1966 Stratocaster, a 1946 Gibson J-45 acoustic, and many secret "black boxes." For more information about Gary, visit http://garylucas.com/www/film.
Don't forget to make arrangements for dinner before or after the show!
The United Palace is located at 4140 Broadway at W. 175th Street
It is 1-block from the 175th Street A-train station.
Parking garages on Broadway b/w 176th & 177th Streets.
The theatre at the United Palace is wheelchair accessible.