ENTERTAINMENT SPECIALS

THIS AMERICAN LIFE LIVE! ​​​​​​​​​​

​Acclaimed Public Radio host Ira Glass brought the wildly popular show This American Life to the big screen for a one-night only event. This exclusive theatre event was broadcast LIVE from New York via satellite to select movie theatres nationwide, becoming the first major media program to be distributed using digital cinema. Glass debuted never-before-seen, extraordinary, funny, and true stories from everyday life, answered audience questions, and showed outtakes from the program. This cinecast featured writer David Rakoff and director Chris Wilcha, and was presented in HD and Cinema Surround Sound.

THIS AMERICAN LIFE LIVE:
RETURN TO THE SCENE OF THE CRIME

​Ira Glass hosted an actual episode of his wildly successful radio program live onstage, and viewers were treated to a provocative mix of story, narration, and music. The show featured live performances by some of TAL’s favorite contributors, including storytellers Dan Savage, Starlee Kine, and Mike Birbiglia, prolific cartoonist Chris Ware, and visual artist Arthur Jones. The show, which BARD produced and directed, culminated in a very special musical appearance by Joss Whedon, the creator of Buffy the Vampire Slayer!

THIS AMERICAN LIFE LIVE! - The Invisible Made Visible ​​​

​Ira Glass brought the wildly popular show This American Life to the big screen for a third time before a sell-out crowd at NYU's Skirball Hall. This exclusive theater event was broadcast LIVE from New York via satellite to select movie theatres nationwide. Glass debuted never-before-seen, extraordinary, funny, and true stories from everyday life, answered audience questions, and showed outtakes from the program. The show also featured an innovative dance by Monica Bill Barnes & Company and an interactive musical segment with OK Go, who created an app for the audience to join in with the merriment. This one-night event featured and was presented in HD and Cinema Surround Sound.

LANG LANG LIVE with THE PHILADELPHIA ORCHESTRA

The Philadelphia Orchestra welcomed renowned pianist Lang Lang for a live concert and movie theater cinemacast celebrating the 200th birthday of Franz Liszt. Lang Lang discovered the music of Liszt when he was just two years old. He was watching a “Tom and Jerry” cartoon called “The Cat Concerto,” which featured Liszt’s music. It was love at first listen. Lang Lang still considers Liszt to be his "all-time piano hero" and performed in this concert in celebration and honor of the famous composer and pianist.

WAIT WAIT...DON'T TELL ME - LIVE!

Wait Wait... Don't Tell Me! is NPR's weekly hour-long quiz program. This week's show hosted by Peter Sagal and judge Karl Kasell, was a first for the show... a one-night only cinema event testing your knowledge against some of the best and brightest in the news and entertainment world while figuring out what's real news and what's made up.


For this stage adaptation of the weekly radio show, Sagal and Kasell quizzed Wait Wait… Don't Tell Me! panelists - the comedians, writers and style icons Paula Poundstone, Mo Rocca and Tom Bodett - special guest, Steve Martin and listener contestants through a comic review of the week's news.

 

Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings were the special entertainment guests on this live cinecast.

A PRAIRIE HOME COMPANION LIVE

The Fitzgerald Theatre in St. Paul, Minnesota played host to the first live cinecast of Garrison Keillor's A Prairie Home Companion.  The frigid temperatures outside did not stop the intrepid storyteller from his warm walking tour of downtown St. Paul.  What followed was just another wonderful two-hour song and storyfest, including the latest news from Lake Wobegon.


It's a regular Prairie Home show made for the big screen... beamed into nearly 570 U.S. movie theaters this special "cinecast" performance of A Prairie Home Companion featured legendary English singer-songwriter Elvis Costello, sibling vocal powerhouses Jearlyn and Jevetta Steele, songstress Heather Masse, the finest folk duo around, Robin and Linda Williams, and of course the Royal Academy of Radio Actors and a punched up Guy's All-Star Shoe Band.

Enjoy the music plus your favorites: Guy Noir, Lives of the Cowboys and the News from Lake Wobegon. Includes Garrison's pre-show personal tour of St. Paul landmarks with a stop at Mickey's Diner for warm pie on a cold night.

GLENN BECK - UNELECTABLE

​BARD Entertainment directed the simulcast of this one-man comedy starring Glenn Beck. The show, which was filmed in the Majestic Theatre in Dallas, Texas, aired live to over 400 movie theaters. It was subsequently released on DVD.  This is a classic Glenn Beck, proving why he is unelectable.  No one is spared Glenn's wrath... from Democrats to Republicans to law makers and law breakers.  Even the Texas Governor was in the house, and he too felt the gaze of Glenn Beck, candidate!

THE CHRISTMAS SWEATER

​This NCM Fathom special event featured a stage adaptation of Glenn Beck's #1 New York Times bestseller. It is a Christmas story based on Glenn's personal childhood and his boyhood memories. Filled with warmth and humor, it tells the story of real people as they come to terms with tragedy, family, redemption, love and the power of faith. The cinecast culminated an eleven city tour across America, featuring a live orchestra playing original music by Blake Ragghianti, and cinematic animation created expressly for this production.