Goldstar is great for introducing people to experiences that they may not have normally found out about otherwise. Okay, so I happened to find out about the For the Record: Baz Luhrmann show by chance while on an adventure in Hollywood, but it was really Goldstar that helped push me along to actually buying tickets and going.
The For the Record series adapts songs from various movies made by different directors and have included shows devoted to the films of John Hughes, Quentin Tarantino, and The Coen Brothers. The current production celebrates the work of Baz Luhrmann, particularly his films Strictly Ballroom, Romeo + Juliet, Moulin Rouge, and The Great Gatsby. I’ve never seen Strictly Ballroom, but I love Moulin Rouge and The Great Gatsby, and I remember liking Romeo + Juliet when I saw it in one of my high school English classes. My friend Rona and I got tickets for a Thursday show at the Rockwell Table and Stage, formerly known as Show at Barre. Long story short, the cast is very talented and it was a fun and enjoyable night.
Long story long, here is how the night went. After parking at the $6 valet lot next to the building, Rona and I checked in and were seated at a table close to the stage. What’s great about the show is that the actors move around the whole room and utilize a bunch of different spaces, so while there are some seats that have some better views than others (for a price), there isn’t really a bad seat. We each got a playbook with all the information about the actors and the songs as well as a menu of Baz Luhrmann-themed cocktails with names like Star-Crossed Love (Romeo + Juliet), Diamond Dog (Moulin Rouge), G’day Mate (Australia), and Tina Sparkle (Strictly Ballroom). Rona got the Old Sport (The Great Gatsby) and I got the Dram of Poison (Romeo + Juliet).
There’s a two-order minimum so we also ordered food for the show and we got there early enough that there was enough time to eat before the performance started. The cast of seven came out and interspersed songs and segments from the films in a way that actually complemented each other. Even though the characters are from different time periods and locations, I guess there is this underlying theme of love in all these movies that made it easier to string them together. After all, “the greatest thing you’ll ever learn is just to love and be loved in return”, right?
The current For The Record production ends on
October 19 (edit: they just added extra dates so now the show runs until the 16th of November), so you still have the chance to get tickets and experience this show. I can’t wait to see what other tributes For The Record will come up with in the future!