Josh Groban recently completed a whirlwind world tour, with a sold-out performance at Madison Square Garden, and now, thanks to the Ross Ragland Theater’s RDX system people can get a front-row seat for one of the top-selling artists of the past decade.
Groban has crossed over from operatic classical into mainstream appeal, but his rise to stardom began somewhat as a fluke. During dress rehearsals for the 1998 Grammy Awards, Groban, then a student at the Los Angeles County High School for the Arts, was asked to fill in for world-famous tenor Andrea Bocelli, who was ill, for a duet with Celine Dion. Though Groban did not perform at the actual event, his duet at the rehearsal impressed Grammy host Rosie O’Donnell so much that she asked him to appear on her talk show.
Fast forward 20 years, and from last-minute fill-in to world famous performer, Groban has gained global acclaim for his music, crossing genres from classical to adult contemporary to modern pop. To date, Groban has sold more than 30 million albums and DVDs, matched with sold-out world tours, had appearances in films and on television, and cast in Broadway plays.
His latest album, “Bridges,” recently completed its whirlwind 2018 tour with a sold-out performance at Madison Square Garden, the film version of which the Ross Ragland Theater will present on Tuesday at 7 p.m. Featuring guest appearances by Idina Menzel and Sugarland’s Jennifer Nettles, the film offers a front-row seat to one of the most unique voices in contemporary music.
The concert film is the latest presentation on the Ragland’s RDX (Ragland Digital eXperience) system, a state-of-the-art projection and sound system that brings the venerable, historic movie house-turned-event center back to its roots as a movie theater. A massive screen drops down engulfing the ample stage, while a high-definition projector and sound system provides a modern theatrical experience.
Previous highlighted artists to appear on the RDX big screen include Muse and The Beatles, as well as several Broadway musical performances, classic and independent films, and anime. The theater also hosts the annual Klamath Independent Film Festival.
Tickets for the Tuesday, Feb. 12, 7 p.m. screening of “Josh Groban: Bridges – Live from Madison Square Garden” are $9.99, before transaction fees. Tickets can be purchased in advance through the Ross Ragland Theater box office during regular business hours, online at www.rrtheater.org, or at the door the night of the film screening. For more information visit www.rrtheater.org.