I saw the announcement in my email and gave a cynical shrug. Just a knock-off of the video game symphonies, I thought. Well, I was right, but once I clicked on the link for Star Wars: In Concert my cynicism disappeared, goosebumps appeared, and I bought the concept. Hook, line and sinker. (Why, yes, “sucker” is tattooed on my forehead).
‘Star Wars: In Concert’ is “a unique event that combines John Williams’ unforgettable music, performed by a live symphony orchestra and chorus, with specially edited footage from all six Star Wars films… A true multi-media experience, ‘Star Wars: In Concert’ features a giant, specially constructed LED screen – one of the largest screens ever taken on tour…”
The two hour show will be narrated live by none other than the awesome Anthony Daniels, the actor who portrayed C-3PO and the only actor to feature in all six films.
The legendary composer John Williams assembled “a compendium of themes from all of the films to be presented in ‘Star Wars: In Concert,” and commented that, “The editors at Lucasfilm have created an original film montage to accompany each of the musical selections, and in the process, I believe that a singular and unique Star Wars experience has been born.”
In addition to the music and film, The Lucasfilm Archives, located on George Lucas’ Skywalker Ranch, is releasing props and items that will be displayed at the concert venues. “Over the last few years, members of the ‘Star Wars: In Concert’ production staff have met with the Lucasfilm archivists to go over which unique items would make this global trek. The result is a collection of props and costumes spanning all 6 films, including a select few items never before seen, as well as some classic fan favorites.” These are the real things, people! I swear, I’m as giddy as a 14 year old boy about this.
The show comes to Key Arena in Seattle on October 13 and tickets go on sale to the public on Saturday, August 1. Thanks to the Seattle Center, however, you can get presale tickets starting on Thursday, July 30 at 10:00 am by clicking on this link and using the password: JEDI. Presale ends Friday, July 31 at 10:00 pm. Tickets run from $35 to $75.
And if you’re reading this but you’re not in Seattle, you can click on this link for tour dates in other cities.