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'Star Wars: In Concert' coming to SoCal

Hollywood Wrap with George Pennacchio
July 23, 2009 12:00:00 AM PDT
The force of "Star Wars" will be back this fall in a unique fashion. They tried it out in London, and now "Star Wars: In Concert" is set for a 40-city tour.It's a multi-media spectacle featuring clips from all six of the hit "Star Wars" movies, the memorable music and Anthony Daniels, out of costume, as the narrator. You probably know Daniels best for playing C-3PO.

Daniels has probably done everything "Stars Wars" that you could possibly do.

"I've done everything that I could do and more. And some of the things weren't that fresh. I do try and do things that are very high end, and this one really is," said Daniels.

"Right from going into the arena there'll be stuff going on, subliminal stuff, and then with the sound and the lighting it begins. And actually I'm getting goosebumps. It's a very neat piece of theatre that happens," adds Daniels.

"Star Wars" creator George Lucas was very pleased when he saw the show in London.

"He babbled away, he was having the best time. I was wanting to chuck him out, but he's been paying me for 30 years so I don't think it was polite. He actually loved it, very overt in his praise and actually that meant a lot to me," said Daniels.

The music of Oscar-winning composer John Williams is the core of this experience. It is all performed with a full symphony orchestra and choir, synchronized so the music and the pictures tell a story together.

"He was nervous about doing this. I don't think I'm telling anything I shouldn't. Because he didn't want some hokey, like, dancing storm troopers," said Daniels. "He's now seen it and he's just also overwhelmed by it because it is a huge tribute to him."

"It is for anybody who loves music, who loves the sort of feelings that John Williams' scores and themes can invoke in somebody," said Daniels.

"Star Wars: In Concert" will play the Honda Center in Anaheim and the Nokia Theatre in downtown Los Angeles when it kicks off in October.

The concert also comes with a special "Star Wars" exhibit. Tickets go on sale August 2.

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