"Apollo 11" Grounded After Pasadena Premiere

Published : Wednesday, August 28, 2019 | 7:15 PM

After premiering at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, where it ran for six weeks, it looks like the $15 million multimedia theater production “Apollo 11 – The Immersive Live Show” has been grounded and won’t be making the leap to the Orange County Fair and Event Center in Costa Mesa, at least for now.

“Apollo 11” combined a cast of 20 live actors with a 360-degree projection in a massive custom-built theater called the Lunar Dome, and tells the story of the moon landing in July 1969 from the perspective of the 400,000 people who worked together to put astronauts on the moon and bring them safely home.

After the Rose Bowl run ended August 11, the show was supposed to begin performances in Costa Mesa October 10. The show’s website, www.apollo11show.com, now indicates the Costa Mesa run has been postponed.

On the show’s Facebook page, posts responding to a ticket buyer’s question showed the producers are facing “unforeseen scheduling conflicts’ and had to postpone the Orange County shows. Another post said all customers who bought advanced tickets have been notified and refunded.

Nick Grace, the show’s lead producer, told the Los Angeles Times they’re looking forward to bringing the show back to Southern California in the near future.

The website showed “Apollo 11” will reopen performances in December at Space Center Houston, the official visitor center of NASA’s Johnson Space Center in Texas.






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