ABC and Dick Clark Productions are partnering with the creators of “For the Record” — an indie musical theater show that has become a cult hit in Los Angeles — to develop “For the Record Live” for television.
“For the Record” is described as a unique, genre-bending production turning the soundtracks of iconic directors’ films into immersive live entertainment events. Creators and producers Shane Scheel and Anderson Davis have staged productions based on the work of directors Quentin Tarantino, John Hughes, Baz Luhrmann, Martin Scorsese and others since the show’s conception.
“’For The Record Live’ is a first-of-its-kind live musical event made for ABC,” said Channing Dungey, President, ABC Entertainment. “The show will be a game changer for the genre and the network is proud to partner with Dick Clark Productions and For The Record for this exciting experience.”
“The first time I saw ‘For The Record,’ I knew it would make a great live TV event,” said Mark Bracco, EVP of Programming and Development for Dick Clark Productions. “We are thrilled to partner with ABC and ‘For The Record’ to create a truly unique live television experience.”
“Five years ago, we set out to create a live production that celebrated movies and the people who make them. We built a production in Hollywood and filled it with talent paying tribute to the biggest icons of the movie and music industries,” said Scheel, “For The Record” creator and executive producer. “Over the years, we’ve been privileged to welcome many of these directors and stars of their movies to our shows. Their experiences at our shows are what sparked the idea for the live television adaptation of ‘For The Record.’ We could not imagine better partners than ABC and the legendary Dick Clark Productions to help make our vision come alive on television.”
The production began in 2010 in a small bar in East Hollywood. Since then, “FTR” has journeyed to New York; Chicago; SXSW in Austin, TX; the Montreal International Jazz Festival; a residency at Ace Hotel in Palm Springs; a dedicated venue on Norwegian Cruise Line’s Escape; a co-production with Cirque du Soleil in Las Vegas; and an upcoming residency at the Las Vegas Palazzo Theatre, celebrating the movie music of Baz Luhrmann, beginning on June 25, 2016. “For The Record” will return to Los Angeles on September 21, 2016 at The Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts to celebrate legendary filmmaker Martin Scorsese with “American Crime Requiem.”
“For The Record’s” shows have featured stars of stage and screen, including Golden Globe Nominee Evan Rachel Wood, “Dancing With The Stars” champion Rumer Willis, “Pretty Little Liars” star Janel Parrish, Tarantino’s “Death Proof” star Tracie Thoms, “NCIS:LA” star Barrett Foa, “The Carrie Diaries'” Lindsey Gort, Lindsay Pearce of “Recovery Road,” Vintage Trouble frontman Ty Taylor, singer-songwriter Audra Mae, Ginifer King (Broadway’s “Gypsy,” Nickelodeon’s “Haunted Hathaways”) and the star of Cirque du Soleil’s Broadway show “Paramour,” Ruby Lewis.
“For The Record Live” will be executive-produced by Allen Shapiro, CEO of Dick Clark Productions; Mike Mahan, President of DCP; Mark Bracco, EVP of Programming and Development for DCP and Scheel, co-creator of For The Record. Ben Roy, Executive Director of Programming and Development for Dick Clark Productions, will serve as Co-Executive Producer.
Watch trailers from the LA productions below.