Our Friends at the City of Portland are hosting a free showing of the Movie “Sing!” on December 28th at 4 PM at Merrill Auditorium. We at PortTIX are not handling tickets but we wanted to make sure you know how to get them!
Tickets for the event are available first come first served basis at at City of Portland administrative offices at 212 Canco Rd, Portland, ME 04103. Starting on December 3rd Tickets can be picked up during normal business hours, Monday thru Friday 8 am to 4:30 pm . Tickets are not being mailed. They must be picked up in person. There is a 4 ticket limit. For questions or more info call, City of Portland offices at 207 808-5400.
On the surface, this story of koala bear impresario Buster Moon (Matthew McConaughey, nicely capturing this pint-size showman who is part huckster, part dreamer and part the actor’s exuberant strip-club emcee from “Magic Mike”) who decides to give his run-down theater a boost by staging a talent contest is simply plugging into the ongoing popularity of reality shows such as “American Idol” and “The Voice.”
But director/writer Garth Jennings (live-action cult faves “The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy,” “Son of Rambow”)—expanding upon a concept conceived by Illumination CEO and founder Chris Meledandri (whose animation house was also behind the summer success “The Secret Life of Pets,” and the Minions phenom)—relies on an even older tradition. Namely, those “Hey, let’s put on a show” movies from the ‘30s and ‘40s that paired a youthful Judy Garland and Mickey Rooney as they saved the day with song and dance. There is a reason it’s a tried and true underdog formula, and it mostly works here.
That Jennifer Hudson briefly lends her glorious melodic tones to a regal grande dame sheep, a role she shares with Jennifer Saunders of TV’s “Absolutely Fabulous,” is apt since the last time I heard audiences rapturously cheering a filmed musical performance was for her dynamic take on “And I Am Telling You I’m Not Going” in “Dreamgirls.” Don’t be surprised if those sitting next to you at “Sing” react in the same way to some of these showstoppers.