Theater lovers and film buffs alike will thrill at the upcoming Richmond Symphony Pops presentation of the classic film “Casablanca” at the Carpenter Theater. On October 1 at 8:00 PM, relive the romance between Humphrey Bogart and Ingrid Bergman with live musical accompaniment by the Richmond Symphony. Stay at your favorite Historic Richmond Inn, and take advantage of the Pops unique partnership with James Limousine. Relax with three chauffeured hours in a luxury sedan before the performance, have dinner at one of the region’s 900 restaurants, catch the show and end your night with at your very own “gin joint”. You can even dress in your period-best, circa 1942, the year of Casablanca’s original release.
The romantic drama depicts a time of conflict and danger, centered the in Vichy-controlled Moroccan city of Casablanca. Expat Bogart is presented with the epic choice between his true love, Bergman, and helping her husband who is leading the Czech resistance in Casablanca escape from Nazi persecution. It is a timeless and poignant struggle that is indelibly etched on American culture. The film was released soon after the Allied invasion of North Africa, and is the origin of many famous lines still in daily use today, including “play it again Sam”, “this is the start of a beautiful friendship”, “round up the usual suspects”, “you played it for her, now play it for me” and “here’s looking at you kid.”
Casablanca was awarded the Oscar for Best Picture in 1944.
You can purchase tickets for Casablanca or inquire about the James Limousine package via the Richmond Symphony. Check with the Historic Richmond Inns today to determine availability, and enjoy a weekend of classic cinematic romance and Richmond-area fun!