After rescheduling their show several times due to the pandemic, the Columbus Association for the Performing Arts will welcome astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson.
Tyson, host of National Geographic’s “StarTalk”, will present his new show, “An Astrophysicist Goes to the Movies,” at the Palace Theater on Tuesday. According to CAPA website, Tyson’s show will include an entertaining science review of what popular movies like “Star Wars,” “The Martian,” and “Frozen” have gone wrong.
“People who have come before will love it because they have never seen it, and people who are seeing it for the first time will love it because it is so entertaining and knowledgeable,” said Rich Corsi. , vice-president of programming at CAPA.
Tyson has played with CAPA before, but Corsi said it was the first time Tyson would host the show “An Astrophysicist Goes to the Movies” with them.
“His shows are usually about two hours long, and I think if he had a choice he would probably do it for four or five hours, and I think everyone in the audience would literally sit there for four or five hours because that you just can’t get enough of him, ”Corsi said.
According to the CAPA website, the show was originally scheduled for March 18, 2020, but was later rescheduled until Tuesday. CAPA spokeswoman Rolanda Copley said the rescheduling process hasn’t affected fans’ enthusiasm for the upcoming show.
“They’re still hooked in there,” Copley said. “They’re still keeping their tickets from the original date because they like it and it’s fun to listen to.”
What makes Tyson so captivating is his ability to explain complex scientific concepts in a way the average person can understand, Copley said.
“It’s not every day that you run to listen to an astrophysicist, but he just has the knack of making all of that head-to-head knowledge he has accessible to everyone on a level that is both entertaining and informative,” Copley said.
After seats were empty for nearly two years due to the pandemic, Copley said shows like Tyson’s are bringing an extra layer of excitement to theaters that are back up and running.
After its complete shutdown in mid-March, CAPA didn’t host any live events until July 21, kicking things off with its summer film series, according to the CAPA website. Tyson’s show is the third show at full capacity since late summer and marks the start of a big show rollout, Copley said.
“We’re just excited to have people back in theaters,” Copley said. “It’s just sad when you see this big, beautiful, beautiful theater and it’s empty and you just have to wait.”
Tickets for the show can be purchased online through CAPA’s website, and masks will be required for guests attending the show.