Tonight, August 31, 2012 at 8:30pm the phenomenon known as THE RIDE will roll out its 1,500th show. The event celebrates twenty-two months of sold-out, multi-million-dollar, state-of-the-art, electronically interactive tours of the Midtown Area of the Greatest City in the World. More than 68,000 people have supported the 4.2-mile journey that has been termed "a Passport to New York City."
THE RIDE consists of four motorcoaches that together make up New York's fleet of traveling theatres created for group exhilaration and audience participation. The audience, in this case, happens to be the hundreds of people on the streets of mid-town Manhattan.
THE RIDE was inaugurated on October 11, 2010. On May 3, 2012 CEO/President Richard Humphrey launched THE RIDE'S Second Season with the introduction of THE Fazzino RIDE, several new motor coaches, a new cast, new themes, new management and a new Box Office located at Madame Tussauds on 42nd Street in Times Square.
THE Fazzino RIDE, a new gigantic 1.5 million dollar traveling theatre, has been designed as a visually choreographed piece of kinetic art that features new interactive content and street performances allowing the passengers to view New York City through the beloved 3-D artist's whimsical, original and amusing eyes from their front row stadium-style seats that offer an exhilarating 4-D view. Fazzino has created a special design wrap for the motor coach making THE Fazzino RIDE a 75-minute moving work of interactive art.
Directed by Richard Humphrey, THE Fazzino RIDE features original content and videos of Fazzino's universally recognized New York 3-D paintings that jump to life on the forty interactive screens aboard. THE Fazzino RIDE also features original music written by Patrick Noth and a new cast of specialty performers who entertain along the 4.2 mile journey through mid-town Manhattan.
Charles Fazzino's New York City characters and cultural icons have been brought to 12-ton-bus-size life in vibrant, eye-popping colors that have been embellished with over 2,500 dazzling Swarovski crystals.
THE RIDE'S original genius was its realization that the streets of Manhattan are a fifty-mile stage exhibiting the most riveting visuals on earth. Adding its own actors to the crowded mix on the street, the huge motor coaches deliver a show worthy of the standing ovations and group euphoria that results at the end of each RIDE.
The motor coaches are events in their own right. They are specifically designed theatrical vehicles; the tallest allowed by federal law, fitted with stadium-style seating that orients the 49 fortunate participants sideways so as to look through the massive windows that deliver New York as the most successful Broadway show on earth. Each motor coach's external speakers and lighting allow riders and on-board performers to interact with THE RIDE'S street performers as well as anyone else they pass on the street.
THE RIDE box office is located on 42nd Street between Broadway & Eighth Avenue, directly beside Madame Tussauds. Tickets are $74 and can be purchased at Telecharge.com or by calling 866-299-9682. Groups: 212-244-2551 (X155). Text: THERIDE TO 313131.
The play schedule is Mondays, Wednesdays & Thursdays at 7:00pm & 8:30pm, Fridays & Saturdays at 2:00pm, 4:00pm & 7:00pm and Sundays at 2:00pm & 4:00pm. THE Fazzino RIDE plays Fridays & Saturdays at 8:30pm only.