The start of this year's World Series of Poker Main Event on July 3 will see a brand new and unique poker event….but it will be offering fun and entertainment instead of tension, big money prizes or a bracelet. The occasion will be a special preview and world debut of a WSOP Main Event-themed new musical production entitled "All In: The Poker Musical".
In the days following the preview, the production will be staged as a one hour concert over two days, again at the Rio in Las Vegas, where the 39th World Series of Poker is currently in progress.
11-WSOP bracelet winner and high profile poker pro Phil Hellmuth assisted the creator of the musical, Tim Molyneux with the project and will appear in the production as himself. The World Series of Poker, which is also involved in the production, claims it is not only the first poker-themed musical, but is also breaking new ground as a musical sponsored by a top global sports brand.
Advance publicity on "All In: The Poker Musical" reveals that the plot features a final table with nine survivors in a WSOP Main Event – poker's biggest game. In a case of art imitating life, the final tablers come from all walks of life, and the spirit of the game is captured by songs that convey the fun and excitement of poker situations and anecdotes.
The show features a live orchestra, showgirls and several Broadway show veterans, with a mix of musical styles that includes pop, country, rock, blues, jazz and musical theatre.
"Through the lyrics of the songs and style of music, we see not only who these final nine players are, but we are able to see ourselves, our families, and our world," comments Hellmuth. "Tim [Molyneux] is known for writing very commercial material that is not only creative but sexy, hip and attainable for the masses. His poker musical sings loudly that poker is for everyone and we are all in this special game and this world together."
The talented Molyneux has an impressive track record, having created large productions such as "Bite", currently celebrating four years on the Las Vegas Strip. He has worked on productions for Dolly Parton, Playboy and the luxury cruise line Royal Caribbean.
World Series of Poker commissioner Jeffrey Pollack says that one of the songs from the show will feature in the real Main Event for 2008, where the final table plays out later in the year due to television scheduling.
"The game of poker is a metaphor for the game of life," Pollack said. "Now one man's vision and creativity will show us just how close they really are in this special concert."