Whatever they paid John Williams for the music he created for "Star Wars," it wasn't enough. The sound of the great space opera is as singular and powerful as its alien visions, maybe even more so in some instances. John Horn is back writing for the Hero Complex, he sent over this look at the new traveling "Star Wars: In Concert" production. -- Geoff Boucher
With the pop culture landscape cluttered with things like "Star Wars" Lego pajamas, a Princess Leia slave costume (just in time for Halloween) and the long-ago-banished “Star Wars Holiday Special,” is it any surprise that composer John Williams was a little nervous about a laser-filled "Star Wars" concert?
Williams has won five Oscars, a boatload of Grammys and, at 77, still stands atop Hollywood's movie score food chain -- he shares a screen credit on the new "Harry Potter" blockbuster. So when the producers of “Star Wars: In Concert” approached Williams several years ago with their plans for a live show that would wed Williams' symphonic compositions with "Star Wars" footage and rock 'n' roll arena staging, he hardly leaped at the chance.
"John was very reluctant in the beginning. He was very skeptical; he didn't want to do it," says Steve Cohen, the director of "Star Wars: In Concert." "His biggest concern was the quality of the performance."
"We took a no-compromises position," says Howard Roffman, the president of Lucas Licensing. "John Williams and George Lucas shared exactly the same concern -- that the music had to be presented in the right way, with a great orchestra, and with great acoustics."
Four years later, it looks as if the conditions have been met.
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