A Prairie Home Companion Moves to the Big Screen

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Tue, 01/12/2010 - 19:00 -- Nick Dager

Garrison Keillor host of A Prairie Home Companion brings the beloved radio show to select movie theatres in communities nationwide with a special live performance on Thursday February 4th. The event will originate from the famed Fitzgerald Theater in St. Paul Minnesota where the show has been performed since 1978. An encore presentation will be shown in select movie theatres on Tuesday February 9th. Presented by NCM Fathom Prairie Home Productions American Public Media and BY Experience A Prairie Home Companion with Garrison Keillor – Live in HD! will feature several special guests as well as regular show performers including actors Sue Scott and Tim Russell sound-effects wizards Tom Keith and Fred Newman and the “Guy’s All-Star Shoe Band” led by keyboardist composer and arranger Richard Dworsky guitarist Pat Donohue percussionist Peter Johnson and bassist Gary Raynor. With his usual understated wit Keillor says “After all these years we’re starting to get the hang of doing this show and feeling like we’re ready for the big screen. Let people see what Dusty and Lefty and Guy Noir look like and how the guy does the sound effects and make sure The News from Lake Wobegon is not read from a script. It’s a radio show that has lasted 35 years and now audiences can see why.” For more than 35 years legions of fans have tuned in to Garrison Keillor’s A Prairie Home Companion to be entertained by his low-key reflections sharp insights and trademark humor. Each week A Prairie Home Companion is heard by more than four million listeners of every age on more than 600 public radio stations across the country. The show — performed live on stage in front of an audience — features comedy sketches music and Keillor’s signature monologue The News from Lake Wobegon. The show has been host to thousands of guest artists and has been broadcast from Canada Ireland Scotland England Germany Iceland and nearly each of America’s 50 states. “A Prairie Home Companion has been a treasured jewel of American radio entertainment for more than three decades and will now come to life like never before on the big screen ” says Dan Diamond vice president of Fathom. “Garrison Keillor and the show contributors will deliver an unforgettable entertainment experience for communities of loyal fans all in the comfort of their local movie theater.” The event will appear in 490 select movie theaters around the country through NCM’s exclusive Digital Broadcast Network. Several independent venues and performing arts centers will also participate in the event. National CineMedia www.ncm.com