On March 20th, Monk Parrots invites you to get in to the ‘Luv Ya Blue’ spirit and join us for a special benefit performance of Bum Phillips All-American Opera. Your $50 ticket will provide you a seat to the production, as well as an exclusive, pre-show reception featuring special guests: Phillips’ son and NFL coach, Wade Phillips, former Houston Oilers Dan Pastorini and Lawrence Harris, NFL Films, plus other special guests (to be announced soon), and a post-show Q&A with the cast & creative team. Don’t miss this historic event.
Tickets are available for purchase at the following link: https://web.ovationtix.com/trs/pe.c/9870176
IT AIN’T OVER ‘TIL THE FOOTBALL COACH SINGS?
As many fans already know, there is an opera about Phillips in the works from composer Peter Stopschinski (Grupo Fantasma, Golden Hornet Project) and librettist Kirk Lynn (Austin’s Rude Mechs theater company). Bum Phillips, All-American Opera is based on his autobiography (Bum Phillips: Cowboy, Coach, Christian), and is set for a New York premiere in March, 2014.
We are thrilled to announce that the Bum Phillips opera may make it to Texas next year! On October 18, 2013, the Texas Spirit Theater at the Bob Bullock Texas State History Museum agreed to partner with Monk Parrots, Inc. to present the opera in Austin. Prospective dates are spring 2014 following the world premiere in New York. We will be seeking additional partners to help make it happen! Follow this website and Facebook pages to stay informed as plans develop.
- Former Houston Oiler coach Bum Phillips passes away at 90 (khou.com)
- Eclectic influences for Bum Phillips opera, by composer Peter Stopschinski (bumphillipsopera.com)
Bum Phillips (1923-2013)
On the morning of October 19, I watched the sunrise in New York and I swear for a moment the sky was painted Columbia blue, red, and white. Bum is in heaven now. As I looked out of my window thinking about Bum, I sat listening to the first 42 bars of “Retirement (two kinds of coaches)” that Peter Stopschinski recorded and sent to me the other day. I hope Bum is listening too. — Luke Leonard, Director
From Bum Phillips Charities: There will be a memorial service at Goliad High School auditorium Saturday 10/26 at 1:30 and one in Houston at Lakewood church on the 29th at 7:30 pm. Our hearts and prayers are with the Phillips family. In lieu of flowers please consider making a donation to Bum Phillips Charities to help build a retreat center for the deaf: https://www.bumphillipscharities.com/donate/