Paper Mill Playhouse in New Jersey has announced it's 2012-2013 season. Paper Mill recently was the original location of Newsies which is set to open next month on Broadway! I wonder if this season will have any more hits??
A CHORUS LINE by Marvin Hamlisch
THE SOUND OF MUSIC by Rodgers & Hammerstein
LEND ME A TENOR by Ken Ludwig
THOROUGHLY MODERN MILLIE
The NJ Premiere of Disney's THE LITTLE MERMAID
It's a big news day for the flop LYSISTRATA JONES. First, on Thursday March 1st, the orchestra of the show is set to record the score of the show. While there is no word on when the cast will add vocals. Or a label. Or a release date. This means that the show is getting close to receiving an original cast recording. The only redeeming thing about this I think is Patti Murin's killer vocals.
In other Lyssie news, the cast will reunite for a special one night concert performance of the show at Joe's Pub in NYC on April 9th.
Anyone have any thoughts on Lyssie's successful post-Broadway life? Will anyone be checking out the concert?
Her is Caissie Levy (Ghost, Hair) singing "I Wanna Dance With Somebody" at BROADWAY REMEMBERS Whitney Houston. She sounds great and it's a great tribute to Whitney Houston. Caissie will be returning to Broadway this season in Ghost.
She is amazing and I love her!! Check out her kick-ass belting below.
Playbill reports that Stephen Sondheim (Follies, Sweeney Todd) is at work on a brand new musical. He is apparently working with playwright David Ives (Venus in Fur, All in the Timing), and has 20-30 minutes of the new show completed.
There is no current time frame for when the public may see the new work or what the subject matter is.
I for one an SUPER excited to see/hear a new Sondheim musical. Especially with David Ives writing the book.
Only a day after Idina Menzel announced her upcoming U.S. tour, her Wicked castmate Kristin Chenoweth has announced that she will be going on a 19-city tour this summer. I bet her tour would be great and I really hope I get to go see it! The cities include:
So I saw Andrew Lloyd Webber's LOVE NEVER DIES at the movies tonight. The production, which was filmed live in Melbourne stars Ben Lewis as the Phantom and Anna O'Byrne as Christine.
LOVE NEVER DIES, which is the sequel to Webber's hit THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA, follows Christine and Raoul as they come to Coney Island to perform for the Phantom.
Overall, I was very impressed with the production. The actors and orchestra beautifully executed Webber's score and the scenic, lighting and costume designs were outstanding. They were all over the top, comedic, and dramatic at the same time, complementing the story and score.
I think Anna O'Byrne was impeccable as the soprano Christine Daae. She sounded beautiful and truly showed Christine's struggle throughout the show between her heart and her mind.
The other standout for me was the boy who played Christine's son Gustave. He was so emotional and sounded beautiful and made you really care for him as a character.
Ben Lewis was good as the Phantom, but he vocally can't beat Ramin Karimloo for me. I think he was mysterious and strong, but not the vocal presence at all times that I think the Phantom should be.
I personally had a problem with Raoul in this production. I think he didn't show his pain enough and wasn't as emotive as I would have hoped. Specifically in "Why Does She Love Me," you couldn't even tell he had been drinking all night. I'm not sure Raoul was portrayed as well as he could have been.
I was impressed with both of the Girys. The actress who played Meg, Sharon Millerchip, was extremely good and really showed the pain Meg feels throughout the musical, but didn't fit my vision of what I think Meg is. Maria Mercedes who played Madame Giry was amazing in all the ways that character should be: strict, strong, and emotional. And her killer voice didn't hurt.
Overall, I enjoyed it a lot and can see how the production has received the response it has in Australia. While I love a lot of the music (Till I Hear You Sing is my favorite Webber song of all time), I think the score was overly repetitive and I think some of the filming did not help show the grandeur that this production seemingly had. I think the story changes since the concept recording and original production are worthwhile and definitely add a new layer to the story. I recommend seeing it and am interested to see what this film does for the show's future in the U.S.
The 2012 Helen Hayes Award Nominees have been announced. The Helen Hayes Awards are the Washington, DC area awards for theatre.
Outstanding Director, Resident Play David Muse, The Habit of Art, The Studio Theatre David Muse, Venus in Fur, The Studio Theatre Aaron Posner, Cyrano, Folger Theatre Charles Randolph-Wright, Ruined, Arena Stage Serge Seiden, Charlotte's Web, Adventure Theatre Paata Tsikurishvili, King Lear, Synetic Theater John Vreeke, A Bright New Boise, Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company
Outstanding Director, Resident Musical Matt August, Liberty Smith, Ford's Theatre Keith Alan Baker, Pop!, The Studio Theatre 2ndStage Hunter Styles, Jennifer Harris and Michael Baron, A Year With Frog and Toad, Adventure Theatre Toby Orenstein and Lawrence B. Munsey, Chicago, Toby's Dinner Theatre Eric Schaeffer, Hairspray, Signature Theatre Janet Stanford, Dr. Dolittle, Imagination Stage
Outstanding Choreography, Resident Production Michael J. Bobbitt and Fabian Barnes, Mirandy and Brother Wind, Adventure Theatre Karma Camp and Brianne Camp, Hairspray, Signature Theatre Dale Anthony Girard, Cyrano, Folger Theatre Robb Hunter, The Walworth Farce, The Studio Theatre Susan Shields, Stay, Theater of the First Amendment Irina Tsikurishvili and Ben Cunis, King Lear, Synetic Theater Kate Arnold Wernick, A Year With Frog and Toad, Adventure Theatre
Outstanding Musical Direction, Resident Production Jay Crowder, Liberty Smith, Ford's Theatre Jon Kalbfleisch, Hairspray, Signature Theatre James Moore, Follies, The Kennedy Center Christopher Youstra, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, Olney Theatre Center Christopher Youstra, Pop!, The Studio Theatre 2ndStage
Outstanding Set Design, Resident Production Phil Charlwood, King Lear, Synetic Theater Daniel Conway, Cyrano, Folger Theatre David Ghatan, Voices Underwater, Rorschach Theatre Misha Kachman, A Bright New Boise, Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company James Noone, The Habit of Art, The Studio Theatre Collin Ranney, A Year With Frog and Toad, Adventure Theatre Lee Savage, Much Ado About Nothing, Shakespeare Theatre Company
Outstanding Lighting Design, Resident Production Colin K. Bills, A Bright New Boise, Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company Michael Gilliam, Ruined, Arena Stage Andrew F. Griffin, King Lear, Synetic Theater Andrew F. Griffin, Othello, Folger Theatre Chris Lee, The Hollow, Signature Theatre Tyler Micoleau, Much Ado About Nothing, Shakespeare Theatre Company Thom Weaver, Cyrano, Folger Theatre
Outstanding Costume Design, Resident Production Georgi Alexi-Meskhishvili, King Lear, Synetic Theater Gregg Barnes, Follies, The Kennedy Center Esosa, Ruined, Arena Stage Kendra Rai, The Green Bird, Constellation Theatre Company Chelsey Schuller, A Year With Frog and Toad, Adventure Theatre
Outstanding Sound Design, Resident Production Chris Baine, A Bright New Boise, Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company Steven Cahill, Much Ado About Nothing, Shakespeare Theatre Company Irakli Kavsadze and Konstantine Lortkipanidze, King Lear, Synetic Theater Nicole Martin, Voices Underwater Rorschach Theatre Neil McFadden , An Almost Holy Picture, Rep Stage Matt Rowe, Hairspray, Signature Theatre Tom Teasley, The Green Bird, Constellation Theatre Company
Outstanding Supporting Actress, Resident Play Miřenka Čechová, King Lear, Synetic Theater Margaret Daly, The Habit of Art, The Studio Theatre Gabriela Fernández-Coffey, After the Fall, Theater J Catherine Flye, Pride and Prejudice, Round House Theatre Donnetta Lavinia Grays, Ruined, Arena Stage Jennifer Mendenhall, Imagining Madoff, Theater J
The James MacArthur Award for Outstanding Supporting Actor, Resident Play Ben Cunis, King Lear, Synetic Theater Aubrey Deeker , The Walworth Farce, The Studio Theatre Chris Dinolfo, King Lear, Synetic Theater Philip Fletcher, King Lear, Synetic Theater Ted van Griethuysen, Much Ado About Nothing, Shakespeare Theatre Company
Outstanding Supporting Actress, Resident Musical Tracy Lynn Olivera, The Sound of Music, Olney Theatre Center Nova Y. Payton, Hairspray, Signature Theatre Kirstin Riegler, A Year With Frog and Toad, Adventure Theatre Lauren Williams, Hairspray, Signature Theatre Rachel Zampelli, Pop!, The Studio Theatre 2ndStage
Outstanding Supporting Actor, Resident Musical Matthew Delorenzo, Pop!, The Studio Theatre 2ndStage Ricardo Frederick Evans, Dr. Dolittle, Imagination Stage Kevin McAllister, Parade, Ford's Theatre and Theater J Jobari Parker-Namdar, A Year With Frog and Toad, Adventure Theatre Bobby Smith, The Sound of Music, Olney Theatre Center Vishal Vaidya, A Year With Frog and Toad, Adventure Theatre Dan Van Why, National Pastime, The Keegan Theatre
Outstanding Supporting Performer, Non-Resident Production Maximilien A. Baud, Billy Elliot the Musical, The Kennedy Center Ben Cook, Billy Elliot the Musical, The Kennedy Center Hayley McElhinney, Uncle Vanya, The Kennedy Center Hugo Weaving, Uncle Vanya, The Kennedy Center Patrick Wetzel, Billy Elliot the Musical, The Kennedy Center
Outstanding Lead Actress, Resident Play Rena Cherry Brown, Wit, The Bay Theatre Company, Inc. Jenny Jules, Ruined, Arena Stage Ira Koval, King Lear, Synetic Theater Mona Martínez, ¡Ay, Carmela!, GALA Hispanic Theatre Lizan Mitchell, The Trip To Bountiful, Round House Theatre Erica Sullivan, Venus in Fur, The Studio Theatre Irina Tsikurishvili, King Lear, Synetic Theater
The Robert Prosky Award for Outstanding Lead Actor, Resident Play Mitchell Hébert, After the Fall, Theater J Irakli Kavsadze, King Lear, Synetic Theater James McMenamin, Edward Albee's At Home at the Zoo, Arena Stage Michael Russotto, A Bright New Boise, Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company Ted van Griethuysen, The Habit of Art, The Studio Theatre Paxton Whitehead, The Habit of Art, The Studio Theatre
Outstanding Lead Actress, Resident Musical Nancy Anderson, Side By Side By Sondheim, Signature Theatre Jessica Lauren Ball, The Sound of Music, Olney Theatre Center Carolyn Cole, Hairspray, Signature Theatre Kelly Karbacz, Liberty Smith, Ford's Theatre Jan Maxwell, Follies, The Kennedy Center Bernardine Mitchell, His Eye is On the Sparrow, MetroStage
Outstanding Lead Actor, Resident Musical Rob McQuay, Dr. Dolittle, Imagination Stage Euan Morton, Parade, Ford's Theatre and Theater J Geoff Packard, Liberty Smith, Ford's Theatre Tom Story, Pop!, The Studio Theatre 2ndStage Alan Wiggins, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, Olney Theatre Center
Outstanding Lead Actress, Non-Resident Production Cate Blanchett, Uncle Vanya, The Kennedy Center Leah Hocking, Billy Elliot the Musical, The Kennedy Center Rozina Kambos, Return to Haifa, Theater J Melanie Marshall, Fela!, Shakespeare Theatre Company Amy Morton, Edward Albee's Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?, Arena Stage
Outstanding Lead Actor, Non-Resident Production Lex Ishimoto, Billy Elliot the Musical, The Kennedy Center Tracy Letts, Edward Albee's Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?, Arena Stage J. Mark McVey, Les Misérables, The Kennedy Center Sahr Ngaujah, Fela!, Shakespeare Theatre Company Richard Roxburgh, Uncle Vanya, The Kennedy Center
Outstanding Ensemble, Resident Play ¡Ay, Carmela!, GALA Hispanic Theatre Birds of a Feather, The Hub Theatre Cyrano, Folger Theatre The Habit of Art, The Studio Theatre King Lear, Synetic Theater Oedipus El Rey, Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company The Walworth Farce, The Studio Theatre
Outstanding Ensemble, Resident Musical A Year With Frog and Toad, Adventure Theatre Hairspray, Signature Theatre Liberty Smith, Ford's Theatre Pop!, The Studio Theatre 2ndStage The Sound of Music, Olney Theatre Center
Outstanding Non-Resident Production The Agony and the Ecstasy of Steve Jobs, Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company Billy Elliot the Musical, The Kennedy Center Edward Albee's Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?, Arena Stage Equivocation, Arena Stage Uncle Vanya, The Kennedy Center
Outstanding Production, Theatre for Young Audiences A Year With Frog and Toad, Adventure Theatre Aladdin's Luck, Imagination Stage Charlotte's Web, Adventure Theatre Dr. Dolittle, Imagination Stage Lilly's Purple Plastic Purse, Adventure Theatre
The Charles MacArthur Award for Outstanding New Play or Musical Beertown, devised by dog & pony dc, dog & pony dc Birds of a Feather, by Marc Acito, The Hub Theatre Cyrano, by Edmond Rostand, translated by Michael Hollinger, adapted by Michael Hollinger and Aaron Posner, Folger Theatre The Heir Apparent, adapted by David Ives from the comedy by Jean-François Regnard, Shakespeare Theatre Company Imagining Madoff, by Deb Margolin, Theater J Lungs, by Duncan Macmillan, The Studio Theatre Wonderful Life, adapted by Helen Pafumi and Jason Lott, The Hub Theatre
Outstanding Resident Musical Follies, The Kennedy Center Hairspray, Signature Theatre Liberty Smith, Ford's Theatre Pop!, The Studio Theatre 2ndStage Side By Side By Sondheim, Signature Theatre The Sound of Music, Olney Theatre Center
Outstanding Resident Play A Bright New Boise, Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company Cyrano, Folger Theatre King Lear, Synetic Theater Ruined, Arena Stage Venus in Fur, The Studio Theatre
A new stage adaptation of Disney's The JUNGLE BOOK will premiere at Chicago's Goodman Theatre from June 27th-July 28th, 2013. The new production will be directed by Mary Zimmerman. Mary Zimmerman also adapted Disney's hit movie for the stage.
I'm excited to see how Disney's next new musical does.
Composer Scott Alan (whom I love) has announced the performers for his April 30th Birdland concert which will be recorded and released as his first ever live CD. The event is already sold out, so there is no hope of getting tickets. Guess we will all have to wait for the live CD due out this fall.
The artists include Shoshana Bean, Stephanie J. Block (Anything Goes, 9 to 5), Sierra Boggess (Love Never Dies, Master Class), Liz Callaway, Ann Hampton Callaway, Louise Dearman, Kerry Ellis (Wicked), Christopher Jackson, Jeremy Jordan (Newsies, Bonnie & Clyde), Mykal Kilgore, Caissie Levy (Hair, Ghost), Stuart Matthew Price, Lea Salonga (Les Miserables), Melissa van der Schyff, Oliver Tompsett, Willemijn Verkaik, Natalie Weiss, and Raena White as well as Marc Broussard and RJ Helton. There will also be an unknown as chosen through Alan's I'm a Star Contest.
Songs that I know will be performed will be Natalie Weiss singing "I'm a Star" and Sierra Boggess singing "Always." I'm not sure what else will make the cut.
In addition, there will be a pre-recorded bonus track featuring Ramin Karimloo (Love Never Dies) and Hadley Fraser (Pirate Queen) which I am super excited for.
I love Scott Alan's music and most of the performers announced. I CANNOT wait to hear this live album. It will be AMAZING!!!
Andrew Lloyd Webber, composer of PHANTOM OF THE OPERA, EVITA, and more, has begun working on a new musical. Webber, who has said in interviews he only writes about things he is passionate about is investigating a musical based on the Profumo affair in the U.K.
I don't know anything about the Profumo affair so don't know how well it will serve as a musical, and it's obviously in the very early stages, but I am interested in seeing if we see a new ALW musical soon. Plus, I always love a new ORIGINAL musical. They are so few and far between.
PS Classics has just announced that it will record a two-disc recording of the current Broadway cast of The Gershwin's PORGY AND BESS in mid-March. The two disc-set will be released on May 8th, but will ship two weeks earlier if you pre-order from PS Classics (I know I will be).
The cast features Audra McDonald (Ragtime, Private Practice) and Norm Lewis (Little Mermaid, Les Mis). Also featured will be David Alan Grier (Race, Dreamgirls).
PS Classics has done a great job with recordings in the past so I'm really excited to hear this one.
Stephanie J. Block (9 to 5) is set to replace Sutton Foster as Reno Sweeney in the hit revival of ANYTHING GOES. Foster will be leaving the production on March 11th to start work on her upcoming tv series BUNHEADS. Block, who previously covered the role in November for three weeks while Foster was on hiatus, will begin performances on March 15th.
I think Block is a great choice to replace Foster (who is impossible to replace) and will help keep the show a success.
So I finally watched this week's SMASH, entitled Enter Mr. DiMaggio, and I still really like this show! I really am loving the original music and I think the drama and plot line, although sort of predictable, is very fun and good for this sort of show.
I think Will Chase did a really good job in his guest role as Joe DiMaggio, especially in the songs he sings. He and Megan Hilty blend really well together and his onscreen tension with Debra Messing was fantastic! I'm excited to see more of his character.
The thing I really took from this week's episode, which brings us closer to the looming workshop, was how AMAZING Anjelica Huston is as an actress. Her scenes were magnetic and I couldn't stop thinking how great she was every time she was on screen.
This was a good setting things up episode and didn't add too much to the plot, but I see a lot of good, interesting things on the horizon.
Here is Alice Ripley's new single, Beautiful Eyes. It is a fun jazzy song and Alice sounds really good on the song. I really like it and hope you guys do too!! Comment with your thoughts! And make sure to buy it now on iTunes!
Disney has announced the song list for the upcoming Broadway production of NEWSIES. Obviously, it is subject to change, but this is the general idea of the show's order. It looks good and I am really excited!
(Prologue)- Jack and Crutchie
Carrying The Banner- Company The Bottom Line- Pulitzer, Seitz, Bunsen, Hannah
and Nunzio That’s Rich- Medda Don’t Come A-Knocking- Jack, Katherine and
Bowery Beauties The World Will Know- Jack, Davey, Les and
Newsies The World Will Know (Reprise)- Jack, Davey, Les
Watch What Happens- Katherine Seize the Day- Company Santa Fe- Jack King of New York- Davey, Les, Katherine and
Newsies Watch What Happens (Reprise)- Jack, Davey,
Katherine and Les The Bottom Line (Reprise)- Pulitzer, Seitz and
Mayor Brooklyn’s Here- Spot Conlon and Newsies Something to Believe In- Jack and Katherine Seize the Day (Reprise)- Newsies Once and For All- Jack, Davey, Les, Katherine,
Darcy, Bill and Newsies Seize the Day (Reprise)- Newsies Santa Fe/ Carrying the Banner/ King of New York
(Finale)-Jack and Company
Harvey Fierstein and Cyndi Lauper's new musical KINKY BOOTS, based on the movie of the same name, is set to have a premiere in Chicago at the Bank of America Theatre in October, with hopes to transfer to Broadway soon after in the 2013 season.
KINKY BOOTS had an invite-only workshop in New York this month and has been in development for at least three years. This will serve as Lauper's first ever musical score. Fierstein is a an established book writer with credits including La Cage Aux Folles and Newsies.
This could be interesting. I'm holding out on a verdict.
Tony Vincent, who made his Broadway debut as Roger in RENT in 1999 and originated the role of St. Jimmy in Green Day's AMERICAN IDIOT, is now a contestant on the NBC series THE VOICE.
Vincent used the Queen hit "We Will Rock You" as his audition and was [SPOILER ALERT] picked as a member of Team Cee Lo. I'm loving the Broadway presence on The Voice this season! Check out a video of Vincent below!
Here is a video of David Alan Grier and the cast of PORGY AND BESS performing "It Ain't Necessarily So" on Jimmy Fallon's Broadway Week. It's a great performance and I personally really want to see this production. Or at least get a recording.
Idina Menzel (Wicked, Rent) has posted a preview video from her live CD/DVD, BAREFOOT AT THE SYMPHONY on her Facebook page. The preview is of her singing Lady GaGa's "Poker Face." It's a great video and I'm really excited for the CD/DVD to be released!! Check it out!
Boyd Gaines (Gypsy, Driving Miss Daisy) and Margaret Colin (Gossip Girl, Arcadia) have both been announced to be joining John Lithgow in David Auburn's new play THE COLUMNIST on Broadway. The play, opening in April, is about the power of the columnist in mid-century America. In this case, Lithgow's character is king.
Gaines will be playing Lithgow's brother, while Colin will be playing his wife. All three are great actors and I think Auburn is a genius (I loved Proof), so I'm really excited for this show!
It has just been announced that Broadway records will be releasing an EP recording of the current hit revival of HOW TO SUCCEED IN BUSINESS WITHOUT REALLY TRYING featuring Nick Jonas and Beau Bridges. There hasn't been an announcement of what tracks will be on the EP, so we will have to keep an eye on that. I am sure that "I Believe in You" and "Brotherhood of Man" will definitely be on it.
The EP will be released sometime this spring and was recorded yesterday Feb. 19th. I think it's a good sales technique to re-record some of the recording with this new high profile cast change, and I will probably get a copy when it comes out. I only wish they had done one with Darren Criss too. Oh well.
Here is Steve Kazee singing the song "Gold" from ONCE: THE MUSICAL, based on the feature film, that will transfer to Broadway next month after an extremely successful Off-Broadway run. I really enjoy the song and am excited to hear more/see more of the show. The cast recording will be released on March 13th.
The upcoming revival of Stephen Sondheim's SWEENEY TODD on the West End in London will receive a cast recording in the near future. The revival stars Michael Ball (Les Miserables, Hairspray) as Sweeney and Imelda Staunton (Harry Potter).
Ball tweeted today that the upcoming production would definitely be getting a cast recording in the near future. This is awesome news!
I wanted to just mention that I will be performing in The George Washington University Department of Theatre & Dance's production of HAIR: The American Tribal Rock Musical this weekend, February 23-26.
I am in the Tribe, but for those that don't know HAIR, the tribe is featured prominently throughout the show.
The show is directed by Roberta Gasbarre, artistic director of the Washington Revels. For more info on the show, check out GW TRDA's website here.
I hope any DC area readers come out and see the show!
Alice Ripley, who won a Tony for her role as Diana Goodman in the musical NEXT TO NORMAL, will release her new solo single "Beautiful Eyes" on Tuesday February 21st. The single will be release to digital retailers such as iTunes.
I don't know how I feel about this. I am not generally a fan of her solo stuff but I'm going to hold judgment until I hear it.
The highly popular musical THE BOOK OF MORMON and THE KING'S SPEECH, the basis for for the 2010 Oscar-winning film, are set to open on the West End in the near future. The Book of Mormon is set to open in the spring of 2013 with no casting yet announced.
THE KING'S SPEECH is set to transfer to the West End's Wyndham's Theatre on March 27 of this year after a UK tour. The successful play is also set to transfer to Broadway this fall.
Both big name shows are sure to be huge successes.
The producers of the new play PETER AND THE STARCATCHER just announced that Christian Borle (Smash, Legally Blonde), Adam Chanler-Berat (Next to Normal, Rent), and Celia Keenan-Bolger (25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee), the stars of the rave-reviewed Off-Broadway play, will star in the Broadway transfer as well.
The show begins previews at the Brooks Atkinson theatre on March 28th with opening night scheduled for April 15th.
I have read great reviews of the Off-Broadway production and am really excited for it to move to Broadway with the original cast. I hope I get to see it!
The producers of SPIDER-MAN: TURN OFF THE DARK have reached an agreement with original creator and one time director Julie Taymor (Lion King). The settlement says that Taymor will receive full royalties for work as creator and director of the New York production of SPIDER-MAN. The settlement does state however that Taymor's work is officially completed and she will have no future involvement with any versions of the show or possible future productions.
Arena Stage, one of DC's premiere theatre companies, announced its 2012-2013 season today. The full season includes:
ONE NIGHT WITH JANIS JOPLIN
MY FAIR LADY
World Premiere of PULLMAN PORTER BLUES
David Lindsay Abaire's GOOD PEOPLE
Mary Zimmerman's METAMORPHOSES
MARY T. & LIZZY K.
Katori Hall's THE MOUNTAINTOP
OTHER DESERT CITIES
I am really excited for this season and hope I get to see as much of it as possible!
The new Broadway musical NEWSIES based on the Disney film of the same name will have an original cast recording through Ghostlight Records due out later this spring. Check out more info in the video below.
The musical features music by Alan Menken (Little Mermaid) and a book by Harvey Fierstein. It stars Jeremy Jordan and Andrew Keenan-Bolger.
I am so excited that there will officially be a cast recording because the music I have heard is great and can't wait to actually see the show in March!!!
So I very much enjoyed the second episode of NBC's new hit series SMASH! The episode centered around the rounds of grueling callbacks to find Marilyn. The creative team of the musical was torn over Karen (Katherine McPhee) or Ivy (Megan Hilty). I really liked how you really could not tell who was going to get the role and they treated the actresses as equals. The music stayed on par with the past episode; especially the new Shaiman original "20th Century Fox Mambo" and Hilty's cover of Carrie Underwood's "Crazy Dreams," which felt like a completely different song from the original.
Throughout the episode I couldn't decide who I wanted to be Marilyn, so the show was successful in making viewers feel the struggle the characters were going through. In the end, I think I am happy with the decision to have Ivy be Marilyn. I'm excited to see where it goes. Check out some songs from the episode below:
Members from the original Broadway company of Stephen Sondheim's MERRILY WE ROLL ALONG will join the current cast of MWRA at City Center ENCORES! to perform the finale of the show together on February 14th. The two casts will sing the famous song, "Old Friend" together.
MERRILY WE ROLL ALONG plays at Encores! through February 19th and is starring Colin Donnell, Lin-Manuel Miranda, and Celia Keenan-Bolger.
I know this isn't theatre-related, but I thought it was so good and necessary to post. So I am going to do it anyway. Last night at the Grammy Awards, Jennifer Hudson performed a last minute tribute to Whitney Houston, who died Saturday evening in a Los Angeles Hotel. Check out the moving performance below.
Click this link to get a sneak peak at two songs from Idina Menzel's new live CD/DVD BAREFOOT AT THE SYMPHONY. I saw this concert last fall and she was AMAZING! The songs sound great and I am so excited for the DVD and CD to come out!!! The songs to preview are "Defying Gravity" from WICKED and "Tomorrow." Check it out and comment with your thoughts!
Here is the final track listing for the CD/DVD:
1. Life of the Party
2. I'm Not that Girl
3. Love For Sale/Roxanne
4. Funny Girl/Don't Rain on my Parade
5. Asleep on the Wind
6. No Day But Today
7. Poker Face
8. Look to the Rainbow
9. Good Morning Walker/I Feel Smoochie
10. Where or When (feat. Taye Diggs)
11. Heaven Help My Heart
12. For Good
13. Defying Gravity
14. The Way We Were
E! Online reports that Lea Michele is in talks to reprise her role as Wendla in the upcoming movie adaptation of SPRING AWAKENING. Michele, who broke out after her role in the Broadway musical, is not a surprising choice for the role in the movie adaptation. Personally, I think she is getting a little old for the role and that the casting director should look elsewhere, because although a good choice, I don't think Lea Michele is the BEST choice for the role. Just my two cents. Thoughts?
STICK FLY, a new play produced by superstar Alicia Keys, will play its final performance on February 26th. At that date, it will have played 24 previews and 92 regular performances. STICK FLY stars Dulé Hill ("THE WEST WING"), Mekhi Phifer ("ER"), and Tracie Thoms (RENT).
It was a relaxing weekend on Martha’s Vineyard ... until the baggage got unpacked. Meet the LeVays. When two adult sons independently choose to introduce their girlfriends to the parents on the same weekend, sibling rivalries flare, opinions clash, class distinctions divide and family secrets unravel
The Les Mis movie, starring Hugh Jackman as Jean Valjean, will feature a new song written by original composer Claude Michel-Schonberg for Jackman's character, Cameron Macintosh has confirmed.
The song, entitled "Suddenly" will be written by the entire original songwriting team from the original London production.
"It was something that Alain and Claude-Michel came up with, after a passage in the book, which beautifully explains what happens when [Valjean] takes Cosette from the inn and looks after her. Herbie's written a lovely lyric to it, and we're all delighted how it seems to fit into the film version," Macintosh said
In addition, the film is set to have live singing as opposed to dubbed, recorded tracks. I am extremely excited for that.
I think the potential for a new song is great and I personally am so excited to hear it!!
Stephen Sondheim's "flop" MERRILY WE ROLL ALONG will open in a concert form at NY City Encores! starring Colin Donnell (Anything Goes), Lin Manuel-Miranda (In the Heights), and Celia Keenan-Bolger (25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee). The production will run from Feb. 8-19th and will hopefully show the strength of Sondheim's work after a few updates to the script and score have been made. Check out a rehearsal clip below.
Chris Mann, who appeared Sunday night on NBC's The Voice, has a past in musical theatre. He can be heard on new musical theatre composers Kooman & Dimond's album OUT OF OUR HEADS, singing "Drift." He's really good! He will be performing on the show with Christina Aguilera as his mentor. Check him out below!!
Sutton Foster (Anything Goes, Thoroughly Modern Millie), two time Tony Winner (and possible my favorite person ever), is going to star in a new drama BUNHEADS. The pilot has been picked up by ABC Family, Deadline reports.
BUNHEADS stars Sutton Foster as Michelle, a Las Vegas showgirl who impulsively marries a man and moves to his sleepy coastal town, and takes an uneasy role at her new mother-in-law’s dance school.
While I'm excited to see Sutton on TV, I hope this doesn't mean she won't be on Broadway in the near future.
So the new Broadway-themed musical drama SMASH premiered last night on NBC. While it has been available online for almost three weeks (I almost forget what happened it's been so long), it premiered to a solid 7.1/13 rating, falling just short of the ratings THE VOICE and TWO AND A HALF MEN received.
Personally, I think it was really well done on all levels with great singing, dancing, and acting. Both Megan Hilty and Katherine McPhee broke out and will most definitely become stars. The original songs (written by HAIRSPRAY's Marc Shaiman and Scott Wittman) were catchy and showcased the stars' voices well and made me want Marilyn: The Musical to be a reality. I'm excited to hear and see more and hope the show keeps up the high quality.
Check out my favorite song of the show "Let Me Be Your Star" below!
Last night, instead of watching the Super Bowl, I went to go see the National tour of La Cage Aux Folles at the Kennedy Center starring George Hamilton and Christopher Sieber. Overall, it did not blow me away but I had a very fun time.
From the minute a character in drag came out to entertain the crowd before the show started through the final curtain call, I was consistently impressed with the classiness but hilarity of the show's drag-centered plotline. I thought Christopher Sieber was AMAZING, but I think George Hamilton left a lot to be desired. I also had some trouble with the sound of the show, and could rarely hear the chorus over the orchestra.
The costumes and set were beautiful and elegant which suited the show very well. I thought the choreography was at times simple and at some times fantastic and elegant (including the now mandatory tap number).
Overall, I don't think I wasted time or money in seeing the tour of the 2010 Tony Best Revival winner.
Last night during the Super Bowl, a new NBC commercial debuted that featured the casts of various NBC shows singing a version of How to Succeed's BROTHERHOOD OF MAN. It was hilarious and fantastic and was super creative! I thoroughly enjoyed it. It featured the likes of Alec Baldwin, Tina Fey, Amy Poehler, Megan Hilty, Katherine McPhee, Rainn Wilson, and more. Enjoy!!
According to Broadwayworld, Jason Robert Brown's new musical HONEYMOON IN VEGAS is set to open on Broadway in Spring 2013 after a debut in Toronto. The musical is based off of the movie of the same name. I am so excited to hear a new JRB musical!!
"Based on the Castle Rock Entertainment Motion Picture of the same title, Honeymoon in Vegas features music and lyrics by Tony Award-winner Jason Robert Brown and a book by Andrew Bergman (director and screenwriter of the film). Gary Griffin (The Color Purple) will direct."
Tracy Lett's Pulitzer-winning drama August: Osage County has gotten the greenlight from the Weinstein Company to beginning filming the feature film adaptation. The film will star Meryl Streep and Julia Roberts as the leads. It is sure to be a huge success and with these actresses, it is guaranteed to rock!
The film is looking to have a release date of Fall 2013, with filming to begin later this year. Anyone else excited?