Ben-Hur: The Musical
- Friday, January 07, 2000
Orlando, FL. January 7, 2000 - The $9 million Broadway quality musical production that opened in Orlando's Orange County Convention Center in November of 1999, is struggling for survival. Based on the 1880 classic novel Ben-Hur by General Lew Wallace, this latest rendition of the classic story has been playing to enthusiastic crowds according to Bob Reeder, the executive producer. "There have been standing ovations every performance" said Reeder. "Everyone is absolutely amazed at the quality and power of the show."
Part of the current struggle for the show has been the overall lack of visitors to the Orlando area. According to the local business community, the December season brought the lowest numbers in 17 years. "Some of the larger attractions here lost their entire years profit in the month of December," added Chuck Richardson Director of Corporate Relations and a 22 veteran in Orlando tourism. "We couldn't have picked a worse time to open economically" said Richardson.
"The show cost us more than we originally thought," explained Reeder, "and with ticket sales below our projections we are in a real pinch. We came to Orlando to bring a new dimension to God honoring entertainment, and we have done that. Ben-Hur is an amazing work that clearly depicts the work of Christ and communicates forgiveness and restoration powerfully," said Reeder.
"It is one of the most powerful evangelical tools this city, or perhaps the entire entertainment world has ever had. We now need God's people to come out in force and support this effort" Reeder exhorted. "All of us as Christians have been complaining about the state of entertainment in this country, here is an opportunity to support something that is God honoring and first rate entertainment at the same time. If we don't have the support of our own, our future plans to take Ben-Hur around the country, or the world on tour are in serious jeopardy. We may not be able to stay open at all," Reeder added.
"The choice is up to the people," explained Chuck Richardson, "we want everyone to know our heart. God ordained this work and we believe he will work through His people to keep it alive."
For tickets, call Ticketmaster at 407-839-9000. For further information call 1-877-3 BenHur -- or click here to check out benhurlive.com
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