Curran Partners With Innovative App Detour For Launch Of Immersive Audio Tour
Guided By Carole Shorenstein Hays With Guests James Earl Jones, Carol Channing, Tommy Tune Kristin Chenoweth, Patti Lu Pone And More
The Curran has partnered with the innovative mobile app Detour to create an immersive audio tour that will be made available to the public this month for an unveiling of the theater’s renovation and restoration, a celebration of its rich history and a glimpse into the Curran’s new mission and cutting-edge future.
Guided by the Curran’s leader, Carole Shorenstein Hays, who has spearheaded the most extensive and celebratory renovation and restoration the Curran has had since it was built in 1922, this unique and immersive Detour celebrates the Curran’s extraordinary history with an inside look at the renovation as the theater begins a new era. While with Carole, you’ll go backstage, underground through hidden steam tunnels, to dressing rooms, the “fly wall” and center stage while hearing from legendary stars who have played the Curran, including James Earl Jones, Carol Channing, Tommy Tune, Kristin Chenoweth and Patti LuPone. You’ll hear from the renovation team, stage managers, stage hands and learn about historic moments with Judy Garland, Marilyn Monroe and the filming of the Academy Award-winning film, All About Eve. Most importantly, you’ll hear about the Curran’s new mission and how it’s maintained its reputation over the course of its life as one of the preeminent live theaters in the world and a reigning example of Beaux Arts architecture in 20th century America.
This tour is unprecedented, being one of the first special project tours ever outsourced and developed externally using Detour’s Platform software, Descript, a Mac app (currently in private beta) for content producers to create audio tours by combining maps, writing and audio production in one tool. The Curran was matched with a producer to co-produce this tour, which will be available for free on the Detour app.
Andrew Mason, founder and CEO of Detour said, “One of our goals for Descript, is for it to be the go-to tool for telling great location based stories. We’re excited to partner with a San Francisco landmark like the Curran as we move towards that.”
“At the Curran, our mission is to create a home where art, technology and entertainment can intersect in a way that can only happen at this moment in San Francisco,” said Carole Shorenstein Hays. “Working with Detour to celebrate the Curran’s rich history and to unveil all the work we’ve done in the last two years, has been a thrill.”
For Curran mainstage ticket holders, an abridged 5 minute tour can be taken before, during intermission and post-show for all future shows.
The public can sign up for tours that will be available on Wednesday, January 18 and Thursday, January 19 from 4:30 to 8 p.m. Due to capacity, sign-up is required. Tours begin in 15 minute intervals and the largest party that can be accommodated on a single tour is 8. For sign up, access dates, times and more information, visit SFCURRAN.COM/shows/detour.
Detour, available for iOS and Android, is the leading platform for immersive, GPS audio tours of cities. Detour uses technology, masterful production, and authentic narrators to create interactive, immersive experiences that provide access to people and places that would be otherwise impossible. Tours are experienced on-site, last about an hour, and can be taken on the user’s schedule, and at their own pace.
Following a just completed, 2-year extensive renovation, San Francisco’s Curran will re-open this month with the groundbreaking Tony Award-winning musical Fun Home. Performances begin Wednesday, January 25 with an official opening night set for Thursday, January 26 at 8:00 pm.
Fun Home is the first event at the Curran in 2017, a year featuring an eclectic array of programming. Next is Eclipsed (March 7-17), the story of five extraordinary women brought together by upheaval in their homeland of Liberia. The Encounter, Simon McBurney’s riveting one-man play where audience members must wear headphones to take part in the journey, will be the third event at the Curran, this spring, April 25-May 7.
Tickets for Fun Home are priced at $29 – $149 and can be purchased at SFCURRAN.COM or by calling Guest Services at 415-358-1220. Performance schedule is as follows: Tuesday to Sunday at 8 pm; Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday matinees at 2 pm.
Built in 1922, the Curran has housed some of the most important productions in history and has maintained a reputation over the course of its life as one of the greatest venues in North America. Now, nearly 100 years after it welcomed its first Bay Area audiences, the Curran has just completed a major restoration and renovation. Under the curation of eight-time Tony Award winner Carole Shorenstein Hays, the Curran is reopening as a 1,600 seat venue with a new mission, being a home for the most exciting stage works being conceived and created anywhere in the world.
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