The July 7 show will be the first appearance by a member of the Beatles in Ottawa history. Eager fans snapped up tickets in record time when they went on sale Friday at 10 a.m. Sales appear to have beaten the record held by Madonna. Tickets for her show in September 2012 sold out in 21 minutes, and at the time concert promoter Live Nation said it was the fastest-selling show in Scotiabank history. There were, almost immediately about 330 tickets for sale on the ticket reseller StubHub ranging in price from $250 US for two seats in section 310 to $9,999 US for two in the first row on the floor.
McCartney is also gearing up to re-release two classic projects: Wings’ 1976 live album, Wings Over America, will be re-released May 17, with bonus material, while a DVD release of the live concert film, Rockshow, which documents the Wings over the World tour, comes out June 10.
Free party to celebrate
Centrepointe Theatre and Ben Franklin Place will celebrate their 25th anniversary by hosting a free party May 4 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The Alive@25 Block Party includes performances throughout the day by buskers, the Aboriginal Experience Hoop Dancing troupe, Mushfiq Ensemble and comedian Buddy Wasisname, children’s performer Jennifer Gasoi and others. Partygoers can also drop into a rehearsal of the latest production by Orpheus Musical Theatre or go on a backstage tour. There will be skateboarding demonstrations, juggling and pottery workshops, a musical petting zoo, and a performance of excerpts from a children’s ballet. Organizers promise a surprise event at 11:30 a.m. that will “bring the building to life.” Information: centrepointetheatre.com
Theatre students present
The Wizard of Oz
The Orléans Young Players Theatre school presents The Wonderful Wizard of Oz May 3 and 4 at The Shenkman Arts Centre. The cast includes students from the school as well as Ottawa musician Russell Levia and CBC-radio host Alan Neal as the Wizard of Oz. It is not the movie version of the story, but rather a stage production adapted from the book, and is suitable for all ages. Tickets for the event, which is a fundraiser for the school, are $10 for adults and $5 for children. Seating is limited: call 613-580-2765 or email firstname.lastname@example.org to reserve; cash only when picking up tickets before the performance. Showtimes are May 3 at 7:30 p.m. and May 4 at 2:30 and 7:30 p.m.