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Pawn Stars parody to open in January at Golden Nugget in Las Vegas
With tickets going on sale December 6, the world's most famous and much beloved pawn shop approves of Broadway style comedy PAWN SHOP LIVE!
By: PAWN SHOP LIVE!
Created by Emmy award winning creative mogul Derek Stonebarger, the production is based on the story of the world's most famous and much beloved pawn shop the Gold and Silver Pawn. PAWN SHOP LIVE! is fully approved with story contributions from Rick Harrison and will run Tuesday through Saturday at 4 p.m.
“With everything happening downtown, and the line that circles the pawn shop, we believe it's going to be good for everyone, the downtown economy and the tourists looking for a bargain afternoon show,” said Stonebarger, the owner of theatre7 and co-owner of Atomic Liquors. “I think it’s going to be the biggest 4 p.m. show in town.”
With seven live actors and dancers, as well as a puppet, and video clips with around 20 actors, PAWN SHOP LIVE! will feature celebrity appearances and surprises. But the stars will be lampooned versions of Rick Harrison, Austin “Chumlee” Russell, Corey "Big Hoss" Harrison, and Richard “The Old Man” Harrison - better known as Slick, Chump, Lil Boss and Old Fart.
Directed and co-written by Troy Heard, the show begins with a young Slick Garrison struggling through a debilitating illness, which forces him out of school and into a world of self learning through books. Slick grows into a book and street smart genius that uses his experiences and life lessons, often taught from his father - A puppet named Old Fart - to eventually influence the world with his knowledge and art of the deal.
Slick is joined by his son and his son's dim witted friend Chump, working the family business and becoming international superstars in the process.
Stonebarger came up with the concept of the show in May 2011. At the time he was starring in a play at theatre7 that he created about Las Vegas Mayor Oscar Goodman called Oscar: A Good Man.
“We had a pretty good crowd for Oscar, but driving in I always saw the line of people in front of the pawn shop and I thought there was some potential there,” Stonebarger said. “Then I read a little bit about Rick Harrison's life and I was hooked!”
Co-founder and co-owner of the only family-owned pawn shop in Las Vegas, Rick Harrison has been in the pawn business since he was 13. The son of The Old Man (Richard) and father of Big Hoss (Corey), he has earned the nickname of "The Spotter" due to his sharp eye for valuable items. A high school drop out in tenth grade, he co-founded Gold & Silver Pawn at 23 with his father. The shop is now visited by as many as 5,000 people a day and was recently voted number one sight to see in Las Vegas in a USA Today reader’s poll.
Rick pitched the concept of a television show centered around his pawn shop for four years before it became a reality. Pawn Stars is now The History Channel's highest rated program. It has seen as many as 7.6 million viewers and has been described by TV Guide as "one part Antiques Roadshow, a pinch of LA Ink and a dash of COPS." The successful series, which debuted in 2009, has even had spinoff programs by experts that have appeared on the show with American Restoration and Counting Cars.
After the successful run of Oscar: A Good Man, Stonebarger started on the project with a couple of different writers, but PAWN SHOP LIVE! never made it out of the concept stage. By June 2012 Stonebarger, who also is creator and director of VEGAS INDIE FILM FEST! (VIFF!), got heavily involved with restoring Atomic Liquors. The project was on the back burner until Heard expressed interest.
“So we decided to do it full speed” Stonebarger said. “He started to write it, and I started expanding theatre7 to accommodate a larger crowd. Originally we planned to launch it in June 2013, but in late April, the pawn guys heard about it and asked us to read it for them. They really liked it and wanted us to take it to the next level, so they had us read for the Golden Nugget and that's where we are today."
Stonebarger is an award-winning filmmaker and Emmy-winning television producer. Since opening theatre7 in 2011, Stonebarger has had a string of successes that have made him one of the big movers and shakers of downtown Las Vegas’ creative scene. The Oscar play landed him on every local television station and in the Los Angeles Times. Since then VIFF! landed him in MovieMaker Magazine and the opening of Atomic Liquors in June has propelled him into public figure status that rubs elbows with politicians, city leaders and celebrities.
Most recently, Stonebarger appeared on CNN’s live season finale wrap-up of Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown and he landed a major role in Bob Dylan’s viral interactive Like a Rolling Stone music video.
Heard is one of the top play directors of Las Vegas. A multi-winner of director of the year, as well as production of the year, and the recipient of the Gregory Hines Memorial Fellowship, Heard’s credits include Hellcab, Death of a Salesman, Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson, Stones in His Pockets and more. He is also associate member of the Stage Directors and Choreographers Society.
“Troy and I have just been so honored and humbled by the sense of family the Pawn Stars have shown us,” Stonebarger said.
The most surprising for Stonebarger has been his interactions with The Old Man.
“Richard saw me one day at the shop, and he pulled me aside; I thought for sure he was going to tell me how stupid his puppet looked or how dumb I was like he does to Chumlee on the show,” Stonebarger said. “But he said, ‘Derek - I really think you guys are onto something with this show. It's a show that I would like to see, an American Dream story, and I think it's going to be a huge success.’ That really caught me off guard. I was almost in tears to know that he believed in it. It made me realize how lucky of a guy Rick Harrison is to have such a unique father.”
PAWN SHOP LIVE! has committed to six months at the Golden Nugget's Gordie Brown Showroom, which is an intimate, 600-seat theater on the third level of the hotel’s Spa Tower. It features plush seats and an advanced, state-of-the-
Tickets for PAWN SHOP LIVE!, which opens January 21, go on sale December 6 and are priced at $24.95, $29.95 and $39.95 by calling the Golden Nugget Box Office at 866-946-5336, visiting goldennugget.com or PawnShopShow.com.
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