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"The Ten Commandments" at the Kodak Theatre

By Blake Frino

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Scene from the performance

One of the most moving stories of our civilization, "The Ten Commandments",  is taking the stage for the first time ever in the U.S.  The Kodak Theatre in Los Angeles is hosting the epic production of a story about devotion, determination, conquest, and everlasting love.  It chronicles the story of Moses, played by actor Val Kilmer, leading the Hebrews from captivity out of Egypt, and the fervor that would drive the people to sacrifice their children, betray their kinsmen, and in the end rise up against the greatest imperial power the world had ever known. This stunning pop musical tells the 3,300-year-old story of Moses' migration from Egypt into a journey of happiness, life, and rebirth.

Egyptian Dance

Many hardworking and distinguished people are behind the production of "The Ten Commandments."  It is co-produced by BCBGMaxAzria Entertainment, a company formed by Mr. Azria and Charles Cohen. Cohen, President of BCBGMaxAzria Entertainment, is known for his success creating global marketing and communications campaigns, and his expertise within the music and entertainment industries.  BCBGMazAzria is co-producing with 7Art, Elie Chouraqui's production company.  Chouraqui, who created "The Ten Commandments", was the original director of the Paris production.  He is also a French film director, who directed the films "My First Love," "What Makes David Run," "Love Song," Man on Fire," "The Groundhogs," and "Harrison's Flowers." The sets are designed by Giantito Burchiellaro.

The musical features a score with music by prominent film composer and music producer Patrick Leonard, most known for the song "Like a Prayer" made famous by Madonna, and lyrics by two-time Emmy Winner and two-time Grammy nominee Maribeth Derry.  

Scene from "The Ten Commandments"

Under the direction of Robert Iscove, the production will have a cast of fifty singers and dancers.  Iscove is a well-known director and choreographer who has worked on Broadway, in ballet, and for film.  His credits include the films of "Jesus Christ Superstar," Mel Brooks' "Silent Movie, and "Duchess and the Dirtwater Fox" which starred Goldie Hawn.    Other projects include "Romeo and Juliet on Ice" (Peabody and Emmy Awards), the ABC presentation of Rodgers and Hammerstein's "Cinderella" starring Whitney Houston. Alice Cooper's world-wide tour of "Welcome to My Nightmare" and "King of the Silverscreen," and the Broadway productions of "Peter Pan" with Sandy Duncan and "Copperfield."  He has worked on television projects with Bette Midler, Tina Turner, Stevie Wonder, Burt Bacharach, Liza Minnelli, Ben Vereen, and Ann Margaret.

The executive music producer, George Acogny, is a well-known music supervisor and record producer who has worked with some of the world's most famous artists. Acogny has had involvement in numerous films and recordings that have had combined sales of more than 70 million units, including "The Wild Thornberrys," which received a Academy Award nomination for Paul Simon for the song "Father and Daughter."

Val Kilmer, who plays Moses

The first U.S. production of "The Ten Commandments" is definitely one to see.  The productions sets and music will surely compliment and wrap around the glorious story of Moses and his journey.

Preview performances begin September 18, 2004, with the opening on September 27th.  Following the Los Angeles debut, "The Ten Commandments" is expected to premiere at major venues in North America.

Tickets are available through Ticketmaster Phone Charge (213-480-3232, 714-740-7878); on line at Ticketmaster.com; in person at Kodak THEATRE Box Office, 6801 Hollywood Blvd.; and at all Ticketmaster Outlets including Tower Records, Robinsons-May, Wherehouse Music, Tu Musica, and Ritmo Latino.  Groups of 15 or more can call 866-LAGROUP.  For information go to www.the10com.com.

Published on Dec 31, 1969

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