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To mark the 50th anniversary of the movie “Alice’s Restaurant,” based on the song by Arlo Guthrie, the American singer-songwriter will be performing live at the Hawaii Theatre April 27, 2019, as part of an extensive tour that stretches through 2020.
Guthrie’s folk song, “Alice’s Restaurant Massacree,” is about a series of incredulous events that began on Thanksgiving in 1965. It struck a chord with the anti-war counterculture, and by 1967, Guthrie had gone from playing small clubs to playing festivals and stadiums.
“Arthur Penn (who had just finished filming Bonnie & Clyde) heard the record when it came out in 1967,” recalled Guthrie in an interview with NYS Music. “He also happened to live in Stockbridge, where the events took place. He thought it would be a great idea to make it into a movie. And he did.”
For this tour, Guthrie will be joined on stage by longtime collaborators Terry “A La Berry” Hall (drums), Steve Ide (guitar, vocals), and Carol Ide (vocals, percussion).
“I didn’t think I was gonna live long enough to have to learn ‘Alice’s Restaurant’ again,” Guthrie said. “It was a quirky kinda thing to begin with. Nobody writes an 18-minute monologue expecting fame and fortune. The initial success of the song really took me by surprise more than anyone else… I’m surely looking forward to it again being a centerpiece of my live repertoire.”
About Hawaii Theatre
Built in 1922, the Hawaii Theatre is the second largest proscenium performance facility in the state and the only remaining theatre of its type in Hawaii. Listed on both the State and National Registers of Historic Places, it is recognized locally, nationally and internationally for its superb technical capacity and beautiful ambiance. The Hawaii Theatre Center was incorporated in 1984 as a non-profit 501(c)3 corporation.