$10 Tickets on Sale This Friday, July 30 at 10:00 a.m. Online at www.507TIXX.com, And by Phone at (718) 507-TIXX
FLUSHING, N.Y., July 27, 2010 – Billy Joel’s “The Last Play at Shea” will premiere at Citi Field Saturday, August 21 at 8:00 p.m., marking the biggest outdoor movie presentation since 1919.
Tickets go on sale to the general public this Friday, July 30 at 10:00 a.m., online at www.507TIXX.com and by phone at (718) 507-TIXX.
On July 16 and 18, 2008, Billy Joel sold out the last concerts ever to be held at Shea Stadium, before a combined 110,000 fans.
“‘The Last Play at Shea’ was one of the most memorable concerts I have ever performed,” said Billy Joel. “I’m proud to experience that history with this film, participating in a musical legacy which started at Shea and continues on at Citi Field. ”
“The Last Play at Shea,” produced by Steve Cohen and Nigel Sinclair, in conjunction with Billy Joel’s Maritime Pictures and Spitfire Films, examines the intersecting histories of a stadium, a team, and a music legend that charts the ups and downs of the New York Mets and the life and career of Long Island native Billy Joel and parallels the history of Shea Stadium, home of the Mets. They were the last shows at the venue before it was torn down. Set to the soundtrack of Joel’s final Shea concerts, “The Last Play At Shea” interweaves Joel interviews with concert footage from both nights and features guests Tony Bennett, Garth Brooks, John Mayer, Roger Daltrey, Steven Tyler and Sir Paul McCartney plus Met greats, past and present. Shea Stadium’s musical send-off was a fitting tribute to the venue that hosted memorable concert events over the years, beginning with The Beatles in 1965.
“The Last Play At Shea” debuted at The Tribeca Film Festival, the largest film festival held in New York, on April 25, 2010. Variety says “the pic’s portrait of Joel is one of enormous sincerity and genuine amazement … from the shooting to the soundtrack, production values are extraordinary.” “The Last Play at Shea is great fun,” said The New York Observer. “Part music documentary, part concert film, and part sports documentary…the film is a beautiful love letter to the musician that brought us “Piano Man” and the building that Mets fans affectionately call “a dump” (but it’s their dump). The sections following the team and the stadium are funny, poignant and something anyone can enjoy…The documentary also does an incredible job of capturing the life of Joel as he grew up in Long Island through his rise in the music industry,” said CINEMABLEND.com.
The showing of “The Last Play at Shea” at Citi Field is expected to be the biggest outdoor movie presentation since “Motion Picture Day”, held on July 4, 1919 in Columbus Ohio, where the studios of D.W. Griffith, Paramount Pictures and Famous Players-Lasky provided many of the films which starred the most popular silent film actors of the time, including Mary Pickford and Douglas Fairbanks.