Shockwave coming to Epcot

Jun 13, 2002 in "Shockwave"

Posted: Thursday June 13, 2002 by WDWMAGIC Staff
What happens after a blast? It's followed with a SHOCKWAVE.
The creators of the Tony Award-winning Broadway spectacular "Blast!" return to Epcot this summer to debut their next hit musical production, SHOCKWAVE.

The show makes its world-premiere at America Gardens Theatre on June 15 and can be seen four times daily through Aug. 24. Showtimes are 4:30, 5:45, 7:10 and 8:15 p.m.

SHOCKWAVE will treat Walt Disney World guests to an energetic exhibition of motion and pageantry. The show's themes of pop culture and breaking new boundaries are delivered with an explosion of brass and percussion -- plus a five-piece saxophone section.

“We are excited that our popular summer series is bringing Epcot guests another Broadway-caliber performance,” said Epcot vice president Brad Rex. “SHOCKWAVE is certain to entertain guests of all ages.”

Four musical sets based on rock tunes, contemporary jazz and world music popularized by legendary artists will immerse guests in the SHOCKWAVE experience. Numbers featured are:

“Bohemian Rhapsody” - by Queen
“First Circle” - by Pat Metheny
“God Bless the Child” - by Billie Holiday
“Channel One Suite” - by Stan Kenton

Jim Mason, the show’s creator, said guests should expect a high-energy experience that expands beyond the stage. The 40 performers will not only be displaying musical talent but also interpreting the various musical scenes through movement on and off the stage. The movement is as important to this show as the music.

“It was time to push away the chairs and let the musicians be the actors,” Mason said.

Following its world premiere at Epcot this summer, SHOCKWAVE will tour cities around the country.

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