Jurassic Park is one of the most iconic films of all time, and the original 1993 offering from Steven Spielberg won three Academy Awards at the time of its release. The dinosaur epic not only made a name for itself as a pioneer in visual effects and sound design, but it also gave birth to a massive franchise which is still thriving today. To celebrate the 25th anniversary of the movie, Jurassic Park in Concert is travelling to key locations across the globe with Montreal scheduled for March next year. The concert is likely to be a sold out affair, due to the enduring legacy of the classic 1990s science fiction adventure.
Concert to Mark Film’s 25th Anniversary
Jurassic Park in Concert is an experience that fans of the original picture will enjoy massively. During the show, the 1993 film is projected in HD on a huge screen behind a full symphony orchestra. The talented musicians will be playing John Williams’ world famous score throughout the entirety of the showing. The legendary composer has won multiple Academy Awards for his various scores over the years, with Schindler’s List and E.T the Extraterrestrial being two examples of his finest work. For Jurassic Park, Williams received the BMI Film Music Award and the Grammy Award for Best Instrumental Composition Written for a Motion Picture or for Television. Being able to hear the composer’s magical and haunting compositions live while also viewing the film in the background adds an extra dimension to the experience.
The concert came about to mark the 25th anniversary of the original Jurassic Park movie, which was released in June of 1993. The film which starred Sam Neill, Jeff Goldblum, and Laura Dern was hugely successful at the time and raked in $914 million worldwide. This made it the highest-grossing film ever until it was surpassed by James Cameron’s Titanic in 1998, which grossed over $1 billion. Montreal residents will be treated to the show in spring 2019 at the Salle Wilfrid-Pelletier, where they will be able to see the work of Attila Glatz Concert Productions. The 77-piece orchestra led by conductor Evan Mitchell has previously done other film concerts in the city including Harry Potter, The Godfather, and Gladiator.
Successful Due to Enduring Legacy of Original
Jurassic Park in Concert is a show that many people want to see, not just because they love the original picture, but because of the film’s enduring legacy and the influence it still has today. Spielberg’s vision could have easily worked as a standalone film, but after doing so well at the box office Universal Pictures realised they had something which could go on to make a lot more money down the line. In fact, the Jurassic series has proven to be one of the most successful and popular multi-platform franchises of all time and has inspired other film studios to follow the same path.
The first Jurassic Park film inspired two sequels and a number of games at the time of release. Although The Lost World: Jurassic Park and Jurassic Park III weren’t as well-received critically as the original, they still did well at the box office. This was perhaps due to the fact that the franchise had spread out onto other platforms with games like Ocean Software’s Jurassic Park 2: The Chaos Continues on the SNES and Vivendi’s Jurassic Park: Operation Genesis, released for Windows in 2003. By the time of Jurassic World’s release in 2016, there had been numerous other games including the franchise’s first foray into casino gaming with Microgaming’s Jurassic Park, an online slot game which can be found at Betway online casino. There was also Telltale Games’ Jurassic Park: The Game available to PC and consoles, and even Jurassic Park Monopoly from USAopoly. After potentially attracting additional fans through other mediums such as these through the power of a strong franchise, the first instalment of the reboot, Jurassic World, went on to earn $1.6 billion worldwide making it the fourth-highest grossing movie ever. With such a solid fan base, Jurassic Park in Concert is also thriving.
How has the Concert Traveled to Date?
Jurassic Park in Concert has been touring for some time now, and it has picked up excellent reviews to date. The show debuted at the Royal Albert Hall in 2016, and featured the Royal Philharmonic Concert Orchestra conducted by Ludwig Wicki. Those who were lucky enough to go to the first ever rendition at the London concert hall were quick to rave about it. They spoke of the way the sounds of the orchestra thundered and echoed around every crevice of the building, which was opened by Queen Victoria in 1871, and how the orchestra was so perfect that the audience often forgot the musicians were even there. Since the initial opening in the grand hall, the concert has toured most of the other major cities in the UK including Manchester, Nottingham, and Hull. The performances have been lauded by those in attendance, which is why the concert is going through such an extended run.
With the enduring presence of the Jurassic Park franchise across various platforms and in film, there will surely be a lot of people interested in seeing the show when it arrives in Montreal. This is a one of a kind opportunity, and by the sounds of things is not to be missed.