Black Jacke Symphony Presents
Queen, A Night at the Opera
Friday and Saturday, March 10 and 11
All Seats $25
QUEEN, 2001 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductees, was one of the elite arena rock bands of the 70s and 80s with an endless list of mega hits. With record sales surpassing 150 million, popularity of their music reached legend status. QUEEN garnered 18 number-one albums, 18 number-one singles and 10 number-one DVDs over two decades – achievements fueled by the incomparable, over-the-top
vocals of their lead singer, the late Freddie Mercury.
Music critics have long viewed A Night at the Opera as the rock masterpiece that propelled QUEEN to stratospheric success. The album’s biggest single, Bohemian Rhapsody is consistently voted one of the top rock songs of all time by critics and fans alike. BJS artistic director J. Willoughby is on record, “Given our high standards, Black Jacket would never present the amazing music of QUEEN until we could find that exceptional voice for the Freddie Mercury vocals – We’ve now found that voice in Marc Martel.”
Martel perfectly commanded the challenging Mercury vocals over years of international tours with the ‘Official Queen Tribute Show’, THE QUEEN EXTRAVAGANZA. This unique credential made him the perfect choice for BJS. One need only join almost 12 million viewers of his EXTRAVAGANZA audition video of Someone to Love, or the 2012 EXTRAVAGANZA debut performance on “American Idol” at YouTube to agree emphatically.
Hurry! Due to a contractually required advance ticket purchase option for Ritz attendees to the last BJS concert, over 50% of available tickets are already sold. This unforgettable BJS concert will include QUEEN hits like Another One Bites the Dust, Crazy Little Thing Called Love, Under Pressure, and the blistering sports anthems We Will Rock You and We Are the Champions just for starters. Mama Mia, Mama Mia — You cannot miss this show!
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It was an historic and magical night on December 4, 1956 when Elvis Presley, Carl Perkins, Jerry Lee Lewis and Johnny Cash found themselves jamming at the legendary Sam Phillip’s Sun Studio in Memphis. Perkins was cutting a record that afternoon; Phillips had brought in new Sun signee Lewis to add keyboard; Elvis, who had moved on to RCA after his Ed Sullivan appearance, was making a courtesy call; and Cash just dropped by. Little did these emerging superstars, all in their pristine early prime, realize this pick-up jam session was being recorded and preserved forever as some of the very best music of that time.
ONE NIGHT IN MEMPHIS recreates this accidental yet legendry jam session, and is the nation’s number one tribute show to Presley, Perkins, Lewis and Cash. The show features over 90 minutes of pure rockabilly, country, gospel and rock and roll in an authentic and energetic presentation featuring nationally known talents in the lead rolls — including Brandon Bennett in the Elvis role which he played over a 5-year run of ‘Million Dollar Quartet’ in Chicago, and Blair Carman, the only Jerry Lee Lewis tribute performer invited to play at the 75th birthday party at the Killer’s home in Louisiana.
Countless hits over the careers of Presley, Perkins, Lewis and Cash made all four American music icons.
Anticipating the broad and enthusiastic appeal for this high-powered show, The Ritz booked two MEMPHIS
performances. The evening’s all-American music features hits like Blue Suede Shoes, Folsom Prison Blues,
Great Balls of Fire, Whole Lotta Shaking Going On, Shake Rattle and Roll, Don’t Be Cruel, Hound Dog and
dozens more. What a night at The Ritz to relive the memories!
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Special screenings TBA for academic classes & in closed-caption for the deaf.
In a special tribute to Alabama’s most revered and acclaimed literary figure ever, The Ritz is proud to present the Academy Award winning film classic, TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD. Alabama and the world tragically lost Nelle Harper Lee in February 2016 at the age of 89.
Harper Lee’s literary masterpiece about racial injustice is still in print and has sold over 40 million copies. The book has become one of the most beloved and frequently taught works of fiction ever written by an American author. Soon after its publication in 1960, the novel won the coveted Pulitzer Prize for fiction.
TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD has often been called two books in one – a sweet, often humorous portrait of small-town life in the 1930s, together with a sobering tale of race relations in the Deep South during the Jim Crow era. The book’s enduring reputation has been transformative.
In 1962, a film adaptation of the novel was released to universal acclaim. It starred Gregory Peck as Atticus Finch, winning him the Academy Award Best Actor for his unforgettable portrayal of a small-town lawyer defending a falsely accused black man. The memorable roles of Atticus’ children starred Alabama natives Mary Badham as the feisty
six-year old Scout, and Phillip Alford as her older brother Jem. Robert Duvall made his film debut as Boo Radley. The film also won Oscars for Best Adapted Screen Play and Best Art Direction.
With the passing of Harper Lee, it feels right to experience again this classic American film.
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The Off-Broadway Hit:
The Marvelous WONDERETTES
Saturday, May 13
Adult $18, Student $12
THE MARVELOUS WONDERETTES is a musical comedy that became a smash Off-Broadway hit in New York. The show uses pop songs from the 50s and 60s as a vehicle to tell its story. It is a homage to those high school years of the era, notably the 1958 Springfield High School prom where we meet The Wonderettes, four girls, all singers, with dreams as big as their crinoline skirts. The play progresses to a reunion of these sometime-friends a decade later when, like often in all our lives, there are unexpected surprises and life rarely turns out exactly like we dreamed it would.
It is exciting to welcome back to The Ritz stage a production from Birmingham’s highly regarded Virginia
Samford Theatre (VST). Like a ‘killer playlist’ of songs from across two eras of American life, the show’s featured songs include: ACT I — Mr. Sandman, Lollipop, Dream Lover, Stupid Cupid, Lipstick On Your Collar, Mr. Lee,
Sincerely, and Hold Me, Thrill Me, Kiss Me; and ACT II – Heatwave, It’s in His Kiss, You Don’t Own Me, It’s My Party, Son of a Preacher Man, Leader of the Pack, Rescue Me, R-E-S-P-E-C-T and more. With a smoking band and spot-on performances, who could resist a fun-filled flashback to a simpler time and place.
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2017 FRIENDS of The Ritz Campaign – Tax-deductible FRIENDS membership contributions are a critical funding source for The Ritz as a nonprofit regional performing arts and event center. FRIENDS contributions help underwrite expenses of first-class professional shows and maintain affordable ticket prices.
Most importantly, FRIENDS funding help fund Ritz arts education initiatives with areas schools that impacts over 5,000 students each school year. FRIENEDS benefits include priority seating with timely ticket orders, public recognition by name in all show playbills, along with an annual social event. 2017 FRIENDS membership contribution may be conveniently added to your Spring 2017 Season ticket order form. Annual membership levels are: $50 Individual/Family Friend, $100 Special Friend, $200 Friend Extraordinaire, $500 Ritz Benefactor, $1000 Ritz Legacy Patron. Of course any preferred gift level will be greatly appreciated.
Tickets by Mail: P.O Box 228, Talladega 35161 • Tickets by Phone: 256-315-0000
Tickets by Direct Purchase: Ritz office at 115 North Court Square, 10am-5pm weekdays, or Ritz box office 2 hours before all show times