Rumer Willis stars in a live re-imagining at Rockwell Table and Stage in Los Angeles in Baz Luhrmann. The show, which runs until October 19, is part of an ongoing series for Willis to pay tribute to eight film directors over three years.
Producers Shane Scheel and Christopher Lloyd Bratten launched the series as a creative outlet for talented actors in L.A. and have since fostered a community of performers interested in highlighting the power of movie soundtracks.
“We decided to create an evening around the soundtracks to movies,” Scheel says. “Basically a concert that brought the movies to life through song. Immediately people were taking to what we were doing. Over the last three years we’ve evolved into a much larger space, and the show in general has evolved and attracted a lot of amazing talent from around this town. Rumer is the latest edition to it.”
Willis joined the cast as Juliet (from Luhrmann’s 1996 version of Romeo + Juliet) and stars alongside actors like Ginifer King, Milena Govich, Lindsay Pearce and Jason Paige. The actress, who will leave the show for a week of its run to film an episode of Hawaii Five-O, was a last minute replacement for Lindsey Gort, who was recently cast as Samantha Jones in The CW’s The Carrie Diaries.
“I’ve been a fan of the show and I’ve come to see a couple of different shows — [Quentin] Tarantino, [Robert] Zemeckis,” Willis tells The Hollywood Reporter. “My boyfriend actually knew [the show's publicist] separately and introduced me. It happened literally overnight. They said ‘Would you ever think about wanting to be a part of this?’ and I said ‘Yeah, sure let me know when you guys would want me to join in.’ And they said ‘Well, we’re starting rehearsals tomorrow.'”
This edition of For The Record is a new incarnation of the Baz Luhrmann show, which the producers have presented in the past. It will encompass four of the director’s films — Romeo + Juliet, Strictly Ballroom, Moulin Rouge and The Great Gatsby — in a cabaret-like performance featuring songs from all the movies.
“We get to bounce around in the shows because they’re all mixed together,” says Willis. “It’s really fun because you’re not just doing the movie. Every character gets to roam between the different films, so you’re not stuck in one thing and it’s really great.”