Broadway theater coming to a movie screen near you — if you’re lucky

Broadway productions of Memphis, last year’s Tony-winner for best musical, and the critically acclaimed revival of The Importance of Being Earnest are headed for movie screens across the country this spring.

Also coming: The recent New York Philharmonic concert version of Stephen Sondheim’s Company, which starred Patti LuPone and a host of TV stars, including Neil Patrick Harris (as Bobby) and Stephen Colbert.

The first screening to make it to this area will be Memphis, which will turn up on Central Florida screens beginning Thursday April 28 and continue April 30, May 1 and May 3. Here’s a list of area movie theaters presenting the show:

  • Altamonte Mall (Altamonte Springs)
  • Oceanwalk (Daytona Beach)
  • Lakeside (Lakeland)
  • Merritt Square (Merritt Island)
  • Pleasure Island, Universal, Festival Bay, Waterford and Pointe Orlando (all in Orlando)
  • Hollywood (Port Orange)
  • Cobb Grand (Winter Haven)

(Annoyingly enough, none of them is anywhere near downtown Orlando or Winter Park. What’s up with that?)

You can go to http://www.fathomevents.com/performingarts/series/memphis.aspx for more info on the screenings of Memphis and consult the individual movie theaters for times.

Brian Bedford as Lady Bracknell

As for The Importance of Being Earnest, which stars Brian Bedford as Lady Bracknell, you’ll have to go to Vero Beach to see it, on June 2 or 16. Bizarrely enough, the Cinema Majestic in Vero is the only theater in all of Florida screening the show.

I guess that movie-theater owners think there’s no audience for one of the funniest comedies of all time.

Here’s a website for more info:  http://www.roundabouttheatre.org/broadway/theimportanceofbeingearnest/hd/

Patti LuPone as Joanne in the New York Philharmonic concert version of 'Company'

The producers of the NY Philharmonic version of Company haven’t yet announced exactly when and where that show will screen, although they have said it will be June 15 or after.

Here’s the website for that endeavor: http://nyphil.org/concertsTicks/companyonscreen.cfm.

And, in the meantime, you can stay home and watch Broadway’s most recent Company, the one with the astonishing Raul Esparza, which turned up on PBS in 2008. That one — the best Company I’ve ever seen — is available on Netflix.

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