Performers John Lloyd Young, Carmen Cusack, Pia Toscano and B. Slade Sign on for Wallis Production Inspired by Martin Scorsese Films
25/8/2016 by Chris Gardner for hollywoodreporter.com
‘For The Record: Scorsese — American Crime Requiem,’ which runs from Sept. 21-Oct. 16 in Beverly Hills, will feature songs from 40 years of films including ‘GoodFellas,’ ‘Casino,’ ‘The Departed,’ ‘The Wolf of Wall Street’ and more.
The cast is set for the new production of For The Record: Scorsese — American Crime Requiem at the Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts. The show will run from Sept. 21-Oct. 16 with opening night set for Sept. 29.
This new show — the brainchild of For The Record creators Anderson Davis and Shane Scheel — is co-produced by The Wallis and Ad Astra Live, and made possible by the support of David C. Bohnett. For The Record: Scorsese — American Crime Requiem brings the soundtracks from Martin Scorsese’s legendary films to life in what is described as a new generation cabaret.
Tony Award-winner John Lloyd Young (Broadway’s Jersey Boys), Tony nominee Carmen Cusack (Broadway’s Bright Star), Pia Toscano (American Idol), Lindsey Gort (The Carrie Diaries), Grammy nominee B. Slade and For The Record alums James Byous, Dionne Gipson, Olivia Harris, Douglas Kreeger (Broadway’s Les Miserables), Justin Mortelliti, Jason Paige (Pokemon) and Zak Resnick (Broadway’s Mamma Mia) will take the stage at The Wallis as part of the cast of For The Record: Scorsese — American Crime Requiem.
The story will center on Marty’s Place — a four-tier venue rising from the orchestra pit to the light grid — and take audiences from a Lower East Side dive bar to an Italian restaurant, a Las Vegas casino and a classic rock concert stage. According to an official release from the venue, “as characters rise through the physical space, so do their positions in life: from drunken degenerates at the bar to couples on dinner dates, the rich VIPs seated in the casino to the Gods of Rock looking down on us all. The evening will highlight 40 years of Scorsese’s storytelling through films such as Goodfellas, Casino, The Departed, The Wolf of Wall Street and more.”
Directed by co-creator Davis, the immersive concert mashup includes such hits such as “Be My Baby,” “Chariot,” “My Way,” “Rags To Riches,” as well as classic rock anthems like “Comfortably Numb,” “House Of The Rising Sun,” “Gimme Shelter” and others.
“I am very pleased that For The Record: Scorsese is our first production in my first season,” said Wallis’ artistic director Paul Crewes. “We are producing a piece of theater with FTR that transforms the traditional stage space and explores a truly immersive theatrical experience. From my first creative conversations with Shane and the FTR team, I knew we had found a unique and exciting collaborator.”
Co-creator and executive producer Shane Scheel said his company is “thrilled” to be back home in L.A. after several outings in other cities. “Over the past year, we have been expanding the For The Record brand outside of Los Angeles by presenting our 1980’s-inspired Brat Pack show on the Norwegian Cruise Line’s Escape, opening Baz (Luhrmann) – Star Crossed Love at the Palazzo Theater in Las Vegas, and most recently announcing a partnership with Dick Clark Productions and ABC to develop the series as live musical events for the network,” he said.
Created by Scheel and Davis, For The Record has previously celebrated the work of directors Quentin Tarantino, Baz Luhrmann, John Hughes, the Coen brothers, Paul Thomas Anderson, Garry and Penny Marshall and Robert Zemeckis. For The Record Live began in 2010 in a small bar in East Hollywood. Since then, FTR has traveled to New York, Chicago, SXSW in Austin, Tex., the Montreal International Jazz Festival, Palm Springs, a permanent venue on the Norwegian Escape, a co-production with Cirque du Soleil in Las Vegas, and a new co-production with Sands Corps at The Palazzo Theater in Las Vegas. For The Record also recently announced a partnership with Dick Clark Productions and ABC to develop a live musical event for the network.
Up first at the Wallis is WelcomeFest, scheduled for Sept. 10-11. Billed as a two-date celebration of the performing arts, the event will showcase many of the upcoming 2016/17 season artists and other L.A.-based performers bringing their work to the Beverly Hills campus.