With the seemingly never ending growth in the world of poker it is no surprise it has even extended to the theater. According to PokerPages, All In: The Poker Musical will make its debut in a one hour concert on July 4th and 5th. The performance will take place at the Masquerade Theater in the Rio All-Suite Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas, home of the World Series of Poker.
The musical was created by Tim Molyneux, with help from Phil Hellmuth and the World Series of Poker, and its story revolves around the final nine players at the World Series of Poker Main Event. It is the first musical to be made about poker or to be made in conjunction with a sports brand. It displays the characteristics that make up a poker player represented in poker faces from all walks of life, just like at the final table of the World Series. There are clearly identifiable characters which sing songs about poker and how it relates to life. “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,” said Phil Hellmuth, 11-time World Series bracelet winner.
Alongside Molyneux, who is a renowned creator featured on E! and Lifetime, there is a world class cast including Broadway vets such as Jimmy Lockett, Reva Rice, and Brandon Nix. Molyneux presents a fast-paced musical with many different types of songs mirroring the many types of characters. “The game of poker is metaphor for the game of life,” said Jeffrey Pollack, WSOP commissioner. “Now one man’s vision and creativity will show us just how close they really are in this special concert.”
While poker continues to grow, some still look at it as a game played with sketchy characters in an underground warehouse. Jennifer Harmon explains how Molyneux’s musical helps bridge the knowledge gap. “Tim Molyneux has done what others have tried to do by capturing the global phenomena of poker by brilliantly tying it to one of the most powerful forces on earth, music. Poker is life and Tim shows us this in a very entertaining way.”
The World Series has chosen to debut one of the songs from the show during the Main Event, citing it’s relevance to the moment. “All In: The Poker Musical really captures what the WSOP brand stands for and reminds us all that anyone can win and anyone can win on poker’s greatest stage,” said Pollack. Molyneux added, “Our show embraces the spirit of this great city and mixes it with the fun and passion of poker, music, and dance.”