Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Almost live

HD offerings expanded with addition of Ketchum theater

Express Staff Writer

“Phantom of the Opera” has been seen by more than 100 million people worldwide. See it “live” in HD at the Magic Lantern. Courtesy photo

    In the near future, most homes are likely to have HD capability in their televisions, but until then, valley theaters have upgraded their technology to bring to life some of the nation’s most riveting programming, that until now was limited to New York, Los Angeles or boutique theaters.
    To celebrate its conversion to HD presentation ability, the Magic Lantern Cinemas in Ketchum will present “Phantom of the Opera” on Thursday, Feb. 28, at 7 p.m.
    Filmgoers will enjoy a new and different experience with the release that corresponds with the 25th anniversary of Andrew Lloyd Webber and Cameron Mackintosh’s history-making “Phantom.”
    “Phantom of the Opera” is Broadway’s longest running show and has been seen by more than 100 million people worldwide.
    With a fully staged, lavish production set in the sumptuous Victorian splendor of the Royal Albert Hall, this special film version features more than 200 cast members, orchestra musicians and luminaries involved with the show over the past nearly three decades.
    Laurence Connor directs the production with musical staging and choreography based on the original London production directed by Hal Prince and choreographed by Gillian Lynne.
     The “Phantom” kicks off a new film series at the Magic Lantern Cinemas resulting from a collaboration with the Sun Valley Center for the Arts to bring major theatrical events, opera, symphony productions and concerts to the movie theater.
    In coming weeks, the first Thursday nights of the month will include cutting-edge independent dramatic and documentary films. This new series will occasionally present guest speakers, as is the case with “Coast Modern” with celebrated architect George Suyama, on Thursday, March 7 and will often tie in with a multi-disciplinary exhibition at The Center. It will include opera, Broadway shows, concerts and other live performances.
    Tickets for these events are $10 for Center members and $12 for nonmembers. All tickets are available at the Magic Lantern Cinemas.
    For details, visit

Opera in Hailey
    The Met Opera Live in HD continues this weekend with “Parsifal,” on Saturday, March 2. This is Francois Girard’s new vision for Wagner’s final masterpiece, revealing the infinite layers of this transcendent opera.
    Jonas Kaufmann stars in the title role of the wayward youth on a quest for wisdom, compassion and reconciliation.
    Written in 1882, Richard Wagner’s last opera has remained controversial since its first performance for its unique and, for some, unsavory blending of religious and erotic themes and imagery. Based on one of the medieval epic romances of King Arthur and the search for the Holy Grail (the chalice touched by the lips of Christ at the last supper), it recounts over three acts how a “wild child” unwittingly invades the sacred precincts of the grail, fulfilling a prophecy that only such a one can save the grail’s protectors from a curse fallen upon them.
    Doors at the Bigwood 4 Cinemas open at 9:30 a.m. and the production begins at 10 a.m.  Run time is five and a half hours.
    Sun Valley Opera sponsors the series.
    Tickets can be purchased at the theater box office in Hailey in advance or on the day of the opera. General admission tickets are $22, seniors $20 and students $18.
    For more information, contact Bigwood Cinema at 578-0971.


Magic Lantern Cinemas go “Live” Thursdays
- ”Phantom of the Opera,” Thursday, Feb. 28, at 7 p.m.
- ”Coast Modern” with guest George Suyama speaking after, Thursday, March 7, at 7 p.m.
Bigwood 4 Cinemas Met Live series
- ”Parsifal,” Saturday, March 2, at 10 a.m.
- ”Francesca de Rimini,” Saturday, March 16, at 10 a.m.
- ”Giulio Cesare,” Saturday, April 27, at 10 a.m.


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