The production's versatile cast of musicians and dancers brings show-style marching bands to the theatrical stage with explosive energy and athleticism for two performances at the Auditorium Theatre of Roosevelt University (ATRU), 50 E. Congress Parkway, Saturday, October 29 at 8 p.m. and Sunday October 30 at 3 p.m. DRUMLINE LIVE tickets start at $30, and are on sale now at www.ticketmaster.com/auditorium by phone at (800) 982-2787 or in-person at ATRU's Box Office.
Don P. Roberts, musical director, was inspired by the hit 2002 movie "Drumline." starring Nick Cannon and Orlando Jones. Roberts adapted the band's original outdoor show to thrill audiences with a new version, to be performed live on stage. DRUMLINE LIVE presents the sounds of the great brass past, including Earth, Wind and Fire and Tower of Power side-by-side with the hottest contemporary hip-hop and R&B. The DRUMLINE LIVE cast, assembled from Historically Black Colleges and Universities across the country, is comprised of approximately 40 members who storm the stage for performances ranging from colorful, choreographed routines to heavy doses of drum riffs and cadences.
Roberts credits the 2002 movie for bringing excitement and relevancy to a wide demographic, but promises the stage version of DRUMLINE LIVE will be even more emotional and intense. "It's the rare show that can bring together the generation that relates to the Jackson Five or James Brown with their kids or grandkids who listen to top 40," says Roberts. "It is also the type of show that people will want to see over and over again. Each time they see it, it will have a different musical and emotional effect."
DRUMLINE LIVE Programming
Subject to change
Africa -The ancient rhythms of the world's first drummers fly on the wings of time, re-invented in the sound and fury of a new band of musicians-and the musical journey begins.
Drum Major/Shout It Out - Nobody can sit still when these all star musicians and dancers strut their stuff. Get up, get loud, and Shout It Out! There's a Band in the house!
American Soul -Some call it Motown. Some call it Soul. Revel in the sweet, smooth sounds that defined an American musical genre with songs made famous by some of the greatest recording artists of all time.
The King -Be prepared to "Beat It" with DRUMLINE LIVE, as DRUMLINE LIVE gives audiences a "Thriller" highlight reel from the King of Pop, featuring a choreographed rendition of "Smooth Criminal" and "Billie Jean."
Midnight Magic -These ghostly drummers are hip and magical, bringing unbelievable sights that will wow the audience.
Gospel -Put on some Sunday-go-to-meetin' clothes and join this hand-clapping, heart-thumping celebration of America's southern gospel music. And don't pay no mind to that down-home testifyin'… it's all good news! Street Beat -This action packed group of percussionists will absolutely amaze. This team of drummers is fast with their sticks and just as fast on their feet.
Swingin' - Welcome to Swing Town. Open twenty-four hours. Bring dancin' shoes...
Halftime -The sound and style of the Historical Black College and University marching bands is legendary. Enjoy this tribute to the iconic halftime extravaganza made famous by HBCU bands from across America. Who needs a stadium?
Ultimate Drum Battle -This battle begins three versus three, and then two versus two, and finally one versus one. There can be only one champion. DRUMLINE LIVE will let the audience decide.
HBCU DRUMLINE -The Bass Drums sound like Thunder, the flash of the cymbals is like lighting. The HBCU DRUMLINE is an explosion of power and precision. Audiences will be amazed.
Funky Footwork -Nothing can prepare the audience for the dazzling choreography of the HBCU dance routine and musical selections that highlight the best of the 80s and 90s hip-hop.
Performance Schedule and Ticket Information DRUMLINE LIVE performs at the Auditorium Theatre of Roosevelt University, 50 E. Congress Parkway, Saturday, Oct. 29, 2011 at 8 p.m. and Sunday Oct. 30, 2011 at 3 p.m.
Tickets are $30-$72 and are on sale now, available online at ticketmaster.com/auditorium by calling (800) 982-2787 or in-person at ATRU's Box Office.
The Auditorium Theatre is grateful for the generous support of the Illinois Arts Council, CityArts, American Airlines and the Palmer House Hilton. The Auditorium Theatre's Student Matinee Series is sponsored by The Private Bank and The Robert Thomas Bobins Foundation.
About the Auditorium Theatre of Roosevelt University
The Auditorium Theatre of Roosevelt University, located at 50 E. Congress Parkway, is an independent, not-for-profit organization committed to presenting the finest in international, cultural and community programming to Chicago, and to the continued restoration and preservation of the National Historic Landmark Auditorium Theatre. The Auditorium Theatre is generously supported by the Illinois Arts Council, CityArts, American Airlines and the Palmer House Hilton. For more information about programming, volunteer and donor opportunities or theater tours, call (312) 922-2110 or visit auditoriumtheatre.org