You’ve never seen the masked man like this. The international sensation Vox Lumiere’s Phantom of the Opera will have its New York premiere at off-Broadway’s Daryl Roth Theatre on January 16, 2017. Created, composed and directed by Kevin Saunders Hayes, this steampunk take on a timeless classic is scheduled to officially open on February 2, 2017.An explosive mashup of new rock music, breathtaking live performances and classic silent film, Vox Lumiere’s Phantom of the Opera is a completely original immersive experience. Part epic concert, part interactive movie, part cutting-edge theater, Vox Lumiere’s singers and dancers serve up a fun and outrageous new twist on Phantom as they perform a fusion of original rock, pop, and EDM music, as multimedia and the 1925 silent film The Phantom of the Opera propel audiences into the action of the story. Vox Lumiere has captured the imaginations of audiences throughout the U.S., Canada, Mexico and Europe, with their five touring productions: Metropolis, The Hunchback of Notre Dame, Peter Pan, Silents You Can Hear and The Phantom of the Opera.In addition to Vox Lumiere and Hayes, Victoria Levy, Tom Smedes and Peter R. Stern will produce; casting will be announced at a later date. In the meantime, let your punk fantasies unwind with the promo below! View Comments ‘Vox Lumiere’s Phantom of the Opera'(Photo: Johanna Siegmann)
Your daily outdoor news bulletin for June 6, D-Day in 1944 – that is all.Park Plan for Healthy FoodFor all the beauty, the food options in our National Park System can leave a little to be desired. Well, that appears to be about to change. In a National Park Service press release, the park service announced that Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell is teaming up with National Park Service Director Jonathan B. Jarvis, and others to make sure visitors will have “additional choices for purchasing healthy, nutritious food at national parks across the country.” Staples like hot dogs and snacks will remain said Jewell, but there will be a joint effort by the government and the concessioners to provide additional, healthier choices like fish tacos and yogurt for the 23 million people who visit national parks each year. With the country’s most visited national park – Great Smoky Mountains National Park by a landslide – and Shenandoah National Park, among others in the region, this is great news for the Southeast, and the country in general, who will no longer have to find sustenance in the form of a vending machine candy bar, greasy burger, or sloppy plate of fries.Plates for the ParkwaySpeaking of food: Do you love the Blue Ridge Parkway? Do you love to eat? Then, boy do we have something for you! The Blue Ridge Parkway Foundation is teaming up with area restaurants for the second annual Plates for the Parkway benefit. From June 10-13, participating restaurants will donate at least 10 percent of proceeds from meals to benefit the foundation, who protect the parkway. Locations in Asheville, Blowing Rock, Floyd, Waynesboro, and anywhere else the Blue Ridge Parkway is important to the community are all participating, so you should too.For a full list of participating restaurants and more information on the program, click here.REI Ends Best Policy Ever…Sort OfUltimate outdoor retailer REI has announced that it has overhauled its return policy, moving away from it’s previous “no questions asked” policy, to “you can’t return this” policy. That’s not exactly true, REI will move toward a more traditional return policy, in which you can’t use it, abuse it, and return it. Recreational Equipement, Inc. (REI – sometimes known as Return Everything, Inc.) had a less than stellar economic year in which sales went up, but profits dropped. Basically, they had to stop the policy because too many people were taking advantage of it, which is not surprising because a) this is America, and b) this is America. I’m surprised that they held on this long to be honest.Read more from Transworld Business here.