You know what comes naturally to human beings though? Being open, being messy, being raw, being unfiltered, having lots of feelings. Why should we have to stifle our true nature? Let’s go after the things we want, let’s love each other brutally and honestly, and not worry about the consequences. Let’s release the feelings inside of us and let them land somewhere special. Otherwise, we might have a lifetime of longing in front of us.” – Ryan O’Connell
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And we are back on theatres, and landing in Los Angeles, your home town. You have two nights at this theatre. AND seriously what an absolute BLAST to have two tour stops in one of the most celebrity studded event halls in LA…The Academy Awards….someone needs to make sure the Red Carpet is out for your arrival….
We have four stops left. Two here in Los Angeles and then the last two AT this point at the Masonic in San Francisco. Then the Holiday Break hits and off to the International Tour Dates in 2016.
Stop # 27 and #28
Date/s: October 29 and October 30
Theatre: Dolby Theatre, Los Angeles CA
Trivia Facts/History about the Dolby Theatre:
Information supplied by Wikipedia
The Dolby Theatre (formerly known as the Kodak Theatre) is a live-performance auditorium in the Hollywood and Highland entertainment complex. Since its opening on November 9, 2001, the theater has hosted the Academy Awards ceremonies (the Oscars). It is the first permanent home for these annual awards ceremonies.
The theater was designed by David Rockwell of the Rockwell Group, with Theatre Projects Consultants, specifically with the Oscar ceremonies in mind Though the stage is one of the largest in the United States — it measures 120 ft. wide and 75 ft.
The result of astute planning and technical design, the auditorium is particularly successful as a venue for televised theatrical performance (improving production values for American Idol and the Academy Awards). The architectural team consulted extensively with leading production personnel in Hollywood, achieving a highly functional cable infrastructure, with an underground cable bunker that crosses under the theater to truck locations on adjacent streets. Power is also substantial and accessible. The theater has a unique, Rockwell-designed cockpit in the orchestra seating area for camera, sound, and stage management.
The five-level theatre lobby is centered by a grand spiral staircase with cherry wood balustrades, topped by an oval, uplit silvery dome. Certain lobby design elements were inspired by Michelangelo’s Campodiglio in Rome and Busby Berkeley’s choreography. Twenty-six spectacular images of famous Oscar® winners including Grace Kelly, Jack Nicholson, Marlon Brando, Halle Berry and Julia Roberts are permanently displayed on four lobby levels as photographic transparencies on clear plexiglass hung in front of shimmering beaded “silver screen” panels.
The audience chamber is highlighted by a silver-leafed “tiara”, a striking, looping oval structure that both supports and disguises an immense ceiling grid for lighting. Reflective ribs from the tiara extend down between the theatre’s box seats, creating a continuous flow from wall to ceiling. The chamber was designed to draw attention to the action on the stage, as well as to achieve the maximum intimacy between audience and performers. It is appointed with sumptuous details that give the space warmth including cherry wood finishes and deep plum upholstery, as well as a shimmering glow provided by curtains of two shades of iridescent fabric and a fine bronze mesh that stretches to the top of the proscenium, which measures some 64 feet wide by 35 feet high.
Wolfgang Puck Catering and Events, owned by celebrated chef Wolfgang Puck, is the exclusive provider of food and beverage services for Dolby Theatre, including front of house, backstage and special private events that can be held in the theatre lobbies and the Dolby Lounge.
The hall from the front entrance to the grand stairway (leading up to the theater) is flanked by storefronts, as well as Art Deco columns displaying the names of past recipients of the Academy Award for Best Picture, with blank spaces left for future Best Picture winners, well into the 21st century. Currently the columns are set for Best Picture up to 2071. In a fashion reminiscent of Hollywood movie-making, the building is dressed before the Academy Awards ceremony, sometimes with a different sign on its facade, red drapery to hide its storefronts, and the famous red carpet running up its grand stairway.
The theater is rented to the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences for weeks before Oscar night. Having hosted the awards annually since 2002, the theater is best known for this event.
During the rest of the year, it hosts numerous live concerts, awards shows, symphony performances, and other events. Artists who have appeared there include Adele, Neil Young, Christina Aguilera, Elissa, Céline Dion,Andrea Bocelli, Dixie Chicks, Mariah Carey, Beyoncé Knowles, Alicia Keys, Elvis Costello, Vanilla Ice, Charice, Philipp Kirkorov, The Corrs, Barry Manilow, Prince, The New Power Generation, Ian Anderson, David Gilmour, Valy Hedjasi, Shohreh Solati, Leila Forouhar, Andy Madadian, and Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons, Paramore, Broadway. It has provided the stage for musicals, dance shows, symphony performances, and opera.
The theater was sponsored, until February 2012, by the Eastman Kodak Company, which paid $75 million for naming rights to the building. In early 2012, Eastman Kodak filed for bankruptcy protection, and thus ended its naming-rights deal. Then, the theater’s name was temporarily changed to The Hollywood and Highland Center, at the suggestion of the venue’s landlord. On May 1, 2012, it was announced that the venue would be renamed the Dolby Theatre, after Dolby Laboratories signed a 20-year naming-rights deal. Dolby updated the sound system first by installing Dolby Atmos. The company plans to continue updating the auditorium with newer technologies as they become available.
From September 2011 until early 2013, the venue was home to the permanent Cirque Du Soleil show, Iris-a 90 minute, acrobatic journey through the world of cinema and featuring an original score by Danny Elfman. The show made significant changes to the theatre, including lifts deep under the original floor. It was announced in November of 2012 that Iris would close on January 19, 2013 after only two seasons, due to lack of profit. After hosting the Academy Awards on February 24, 2013, the theatre reopened for touring acts and headliners.
It has also been the site of ceremonies for the annual AFI Life Achievement Award, the ESPY Awards for excellence in sports performance, the BET Awards and American Idol finals. In April 2006, it was home to the 33rd Daytime Emmy Awards and hosted the 34th Daytime Emmy Awards on June 15, 2007.
The theatre has also hosted the Miss USA pageant twice, in 2004 and 2007.
From March 13th to 29th 2014, the theatre played host to PaleyFest, a major television festival held by the Paley Center for Media. The event was held at the theatre again in 2015.