June is bustin’ out a little early this year.
Or, it will be at Orchestra Hall on April 7 at 11 a.m., when the full force of the Minnesota Orchestra, under the baton on Sarah Hicks, will be on hand to bring a suite of classic showtunes from the Rodgers and Hammerstein canon to audiences once again.
There’s something special this time, though. The entire performance will be perfectly synchronized with attendant clips from big budget, Hollywood blockbuster interpretations of the dynamo-duo’s musicals. That means those who saunter over to Orchestra Hall will get to see Shirley Jones in “Oklahoma!,” Deborah Kerr in “The King & I,” and Ray Walston in “South Pacific,” but while those distant flickers of light and shadow remain up on the screen, as they always have been, the power of the scores will be as alive as the sound of music. (That last allusion will have to remain so, as Julie Andrews’ career-defining vehicle doesn’t seem to have made the cut, but “Carousel” and “State Fair” have.)
This is an inspired event, and one sure to fill up quickly (don’t worry, there are a few more performances on April 8 and 10). It’s wise, too. Even the producers of the 2008 Broadway revival of “South Pacific” shelled out the dough to put an almost 30-piece orchestra in front of folks during its two-year, sold-out-run, showing the musicians off to excellent advantage during the overture. They knew the power of the music, which is till younger than springtime, needed to be heard live and on a grand scale.
Marrying the real-time music with those iconic movie-land performances (think of it as 3D nostalgia) will surely prove a thrilling and rewarding experience for Minnesota audiences, and once again prove how timeless and universal Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein’s creations are.
Get set for classics such as “June is Bustin’ Out All Over,” “A Real Nice Clambake,” “There is Nothing Like a Dame,” “It’s a Grand Night For Singing,” and the joyous title tune from “Oklahoma!” — forget the recent snow, with a chance like this, it might as well be spring.
The only thing Orchestra Hall isn’t providing is a chance to get up and shake a tailfeather, but I’ll ask it anyway: Shall we dance?
What: Rodgers and Hammerstein at the Movies
When: 11 a.m. April 7, 8 p.m. April 8, 2 p.m. April 10
Where: Orchestra Hall, 1111 Nicollet Mall, Minneapolis