Heartland Truly Moving Pictures and the Michael Feinstein Great American Songbook Initiative are partnering for a new film series launching the weekend of Nov. 15-17.
The Great American Songbook Movie Series, presented by Printing Partners, will bring classic Truly Moving Picture Award-winning movies to the big screen on the stage of thePalladiumconcert hall. The partnership will kick-off with screenings of “White Christmas,” “The Sound of Music,” “An American in Paris” and an audience sing-a-long of “The Wizard of Oz.”
In addition to movies, select screenings will include guest speakers, plus opportunities to explore music and memorabilia from the Initiative’s archives and upcoming gallery exhibits. The pre- and post-movie events will demonstrate the ties between classic movies and the American songbook.
“This is an extraordinary opportunity to screen classic movies that showcase the Great American Songbook,” said Karen Kelsey, director of the Michael Feinstein Great American Songbook Initiative. “It is a great honor to partner with Heartland Truly Moving Pictures. Each film in this collection has received Heartland’s prestigious Truly Moving Picture Award. This is a fabulous new opportunity to foster our community’s love affair with American standards showcased in classic films.”
Greg Sorvig, director of marketing and communications for Heartland Truly Moving Pictures, is an avid listener of American standards. “After my first visit to the Michael Feinstein Great American Songbook Initiative Archive and Gallery I had big ideas for a film series tie-in. Luckily, the stars aligned, and when I contacted the folks at the Initiative they were seeking a partner for a similar opportunity. Being able to show Truly Moving Picture Award-winning filmswithin the Palladium concert hallwill be a dream come true for all of us. People are going to love watching these classic films in this amazing venue.”
Single tickets for The Great American Songbook Movie Series, presented by Printing Partners, are $7.50 and are available for purchase starting Monday, Oct. 1. Purchase online at www.TheCenterPresents.org, in person at the Palladium box office or call the Center’s box office at 317-843-3800. All seats are general admission.
The kick-off weekend will include:*
· Thursday, Nov. 15 (7:30 p.m.): “White Christmas” (1954) – Starring Bing Crosby, Danny Kaye and Rosemary Clooney.
· Friday, Nov. 16 (2 p.m.): “The Sound of Music” (1965) – Starring Julie Andrews, Christopher Plummer and Eleanor Parker.
· Friday, Nov. 16 (7:30 p.m.): “An American in Paris” (1951) – Starring Gene Kelly and Leslie Caron. Directed by Vincente Minnelli.
· Saturday, Nov. 17 (10:30 a.m.): “The Wizard of Oz” (1939) – Starring Judy Garland, Billie Burke, Frank Morgan, Margaret Hamilton and Ray Bolger. Guests will be welcome to sing-a-long.
The film series will continue with Friday screenings featuring:*
· Nov. 30 (7:30 p.m.): “The Music Man” (1962) – Starring Buddy Hackett, Ron Howard, Robert Preston and Shirley Jones.
· December 14 (7:30 p.m.): “Mary Poppins” (1964) – Starring Dick Van Dyke and Julie Andrews.
· January 11 (7:30 p.m.): “Alexander’s Ragtime Band” (1938) – Songs by Irving Berlin.
· February 1(7:30 p.m.): “Kiss Me Kate” (1953) – Starring Ann Miller and Howard Keel.
· March 29 (7:30 p.m.): “Singin’ in the Rain” (1952) – Gene Kelly, Debbie Reynolds, Donald O’Connor and Cyd Charisse.