“A Prairie Home Companion” has added a second show in the Spokane Opera House on June 27.
This is the best possible news for thousands of Garrison Keillor fans who were unable to grab tickets to the first show, which sold out in two hours.
This second show will start at 7 p.m., two hours after the first show ends. It will not be broadcast live, but will be recorded for airing at an unspecified future date.
This will not be a repeat of the first show, but a completely different show, with different sketches, different songs and a different Lake Wobegon monologue by Keillor. The guest artists may be the same (they have not been announced for either show), but will perform different songs.
This isn’t the first time “A Prairie Home Companion” has done two shows on the same day, but it doesn’t happen often. All of the conditions must be right - namely, the preparation time must be sufficient, and the ticket demand in the particular city must warrant it. Spokane ticket demand has been nothing short of spectacular.
Which means you should plan ahead if you want tickets to the second show. Tickets will go on sale April 13 at 10 a.m. through all G&B; Select-a-Seat outlets. You can either trust your luck to the phone lines, 325-SEAT or (800) 325-SEAT, or you can stand in line at any G&B; ticket outlet.
There is an alternative to standing in line that morning. The G&B; outlets at three Rosauers locations will offer early line-placement vouchers, meaning that you can go into the store before the on-sale date and get a voucher holding your place in line. That system will be in effect only at the Heritage Village, Lincoln Heights and University stores.
Tickets for this show will be $40, $30, $20 and $15, substantially cheaper than the first show, since it will not be a live broadcast.
Best of Broadway lineup
The Best of Broadway has announced its 1998-99 season, and once again it is loaded with classic musicals.
Here’s the schedule:
* “The King and I” - The classic 1951 Rodgers and Hammerstein musical about a schoolteacher named Anna and the King of Siam. No word yet on who will star. Oct. 12-15.
* “Annie” - An orphan, a dog and a sun, which will come out tomorrow. Feb. 16-19, 1999.
* “Big” - The musical version of the hit 1988 movie about a boy who gets his wish and becomes a man. March 15-18, 1999.
* “Brigadoon” - The Lerner and Loewe classic about a magical Scottish town. April 19-22, 1999.
Those are the four shows in the subscription series. In addition, three more shows are being offered as add-ons: “Grease,” Sept. 22-23; “Fiddler on the Roof,” Feb. 28; and “Bully,” the Teddy Roosevelt show starring John Davidson, on a springtime date to be announced.
Series subscribers get first shot at the tickets; single-show tickets won’t be available until later. Subscribers also get other perks, including parking discounts and restaurant tickets.
Series tickets go on sale Monday through all G&B; Select-a-Seat outlets.
A plethora of concerts
New concert dates just keep rolling in. Here’s a roundup of some of the more recent announcements:
* Phish - July 16 and 17, 7 p.m., The Gorge. Tickets on sale May 16 through Ticketmaster.
* Shania Twain - June 10, Spokane Arena, details to be announced.
* Alabama, with Lonestar and Kenny Chesney - May 2, 8 p.m., Spokane Arena. Tickets $32 and $25, on sale April 3, 10 a.m., through G&B; Select-a-Seat.
* Chubby Checker and Jerry Lee Lewis - May 30, Spokane Arena. Tickets $22.50 and $17.50, on sale March 30, 10 a.m., through G&B.;
* Rory Block - May 23, 8 p.m., SFCC Music Auditorium. Tickets are $12.50, now on sale through Street Music and G&B.;
* John Hammond with Little Charlie and the Nightcats - May 1, 8:30 p.m., Masonic Temple. Tickets $13 through G&B.;
Magic Lantern changes?
The Magic Lantern Cinema (the one on Wall Street downtown) has some changes coming in the next month that might please classic movie aficionados.
Manager Stephen Henderson said he will be moving away from art movies and more toward what he calls “genre favorites” and showcases.
For example, he said the theater might run a Stanley Kubrick retrospective one week. Then he might show “Casablanca,” or a Howard Hawks retrospective, or a Terry Gilliam retrospective.
One of the theater’s auditoriums will continue to show the kind of current movies that have proven popular among the brew-cinema crowd (“Boogie Nights,” to name a recent example). However, Henderson said the market for art movies has been saturated with the conversion of the Lincoln Heights Cinema to an art house.
Thumbs-up for Craig T.
Last week, we ran a couple of less-than-rave reviews for Lewis and Clark High School graduate Craig T. Nelson’s performance on Broadway’s “Ah, Wilderness!”
Two more reviews have arrived, and they are flat-out raves. Here are excerpts:
The Wall Street Journal - “Nelson plays the father - youngish, wry, garrulous, occasionally silly, ideally wise - with perfect pitch.”
Variety - “A fascinating blend of curling eyebrows, quizzical demeanor and gentle earnestness, Nelson deftly captures the soul of a decent man with a tenuous grip on both modernity and patriarchy.”
Both of these reviews also praised the show itself. Variety called it “warm and accessible,” and the Journal called it “an ideal production of a lovely play by our greatest dramatist.”
A local thriller
I’ve been reading a new mass-market paperback thriller titled “Edgewater,” by April Christofferson (Forge, $6.99), and I’ve been feeling right at home.
That’s because this nationally distributed book is set in Coeur d’Alene and is absolutely jammed with local color.
Here’s a typical line: “Before heading to Barker Road, where Michael would have put in had he been kayaking the Spokane, Tony placed a call to the Kootenai and Spokane County sheriff’s offices.”
See what I mean? This author knows her way around our neck of the woods. She’s a Seattle-area lawyer, but she has obviously spent a lot of time in the Inland Northwest.
She’ll be back on June 29 for a reading at Auntie’s Bookstore.
“Edgewater” is about a young law student who gets tangled in a web of intrigue involving neo-Nazis, an Indian tribe and a condominium project on Lake Coeur d’Alene.
I found the writing somewhat tough going - it’s a formula mystery with some formula romance thrown in - but it’s worth a look just for the wealth of local detail.
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