Cue the “‘you oughta know’ I’ll be getting tickets” jokes! Alanis Morrisette is developing her 1995 album Jagged Little Pill into a Broadway musical. NYmag.com reports that workshopping the show will begin in 2014 and the songstress is working on new arrangements for songs on the album, as well as new songs for the show. No word on what the plot will be. Her breakup with “Full House” star Dave Coulier that fueled “You Oughta Know” and made us all imagine what Uncle Joey looks like getting a blowjob in a theater? The music industry sleazebags who inspired “Right Through You”? Rain on your wedding day? The rage encapsulated by lady alt-rockers in the mid’90s? I was skeptical when I first read the news, but you know what? I think a Broadway show based on Jagged Little Pill has the potential to be awesome. [NYmag.com]
I know it’s only been a few months since the last Spice Girls reunion at the Olympics, but that doesn’t make me any less excited to see them gathered on stage at the London premiere of their new musical, “Viva Forever.” The show is getting terrible reviews (which only makes me want to see it more), but all the ladies are looking happy and lovely. Which outfit is your favorite? I’m digging Posh’s slouchy suit and Ginger’s Cinderella gown. [Rolling Stone]
Thank God this “50 Shades Of Grey” musical is just a parody. I don’t think Broadway is ready for the Red Room Of Pain just yet. But in the mean time, at least the NYU’s musical theater program is getting some work. [Flavorwire]
Well, she shaved her head and lost a ton of weight to play Fantine in the latest movie version of “Les Misérables,” but from the looks of this early trailer (the movie isn’t due out until Christmas), it was worth it. Anne Hathaway sings a pretty damn good rendition of “I Dreamed A Dream” as Victor Hugo’s ill-fated prostitute (who sells her hair and her teeth to take care of her own sickly child); hopefully the film is as solid because the last one — starring Uma Thurman, Claire Danes, and Liam Neeson — was terrrrrrible.
Two students at the University of Sydney (yes, that’s in Australia, people) are staging “Kanye: The Musical.” The hour-long piece premieres on September 5th and will follow Kanye West‘s rise from a beat writer for Jay-Z to becoming his Watch the Throne collaborator, with more than a few slips along the way. “I’m a big Kanye fan,” Phillip Roser said of his new show, in which he will play Kanye himself. Other characters include Kanye’s mom, Marc Jacobs, and “Spooky Dracula.” “I thought that a musical in his honor would be a lot of fun to put on. I really just meant the show to be something fun for my friends to see and I’m pretty excited by all the attention it’s been getting.” I predict that when Kanye gets wind of this, he’ll want to make a
million few revisions. And then bring it to Broadway with himself in the lead role. [LA Times] Keep reading »