Posts tagged "musicals"

Watch Meryl Streep’s Cut Original Song From “Into The Woods”

An original song was written for Meryl Streep to sing in the film adaptation of "Into the Woods" about her love-hate feelings toward Rapunzel, but it was cut before the film reached its final version. In this clip, director Rob Marshall explains why the song was ditched - a move that Stephen Sondheim, James Lapine and Meryl all…

By: Claire Hannum / February 27, 2015

Courtney Love Will Star In An Experimental Opera

Courtney Love will star in an experimental opera called "Kansas City Choir Boy" as part of this January's Protoype festival in NYC. The show, directed by Kevin New bury and composed by Todd Almond, is described as a "theatricalized concept album about love altered by unexpected fate." The story is told through flashbacks, following a small-tow…

By: Claire Hannum / October 3, 2014

Sarah Silverman Is Working On A Musical Version Of Her Memoir

Sarah Silverman is working on a Broadway musical based on her memoir The Bedwetter about, you guessed it, her childhood bedwetting problem. [BroadwayWorld] Thirty actors who have appeared in Shonda Rhimes' TV shows choose three words to describe her that are more accurate than "angry black woman." [The Hollywood Reporter] A song from Trent Reznor'…

By: Claire Hannum / September 23, 2014

You Hate Musicals Because You Are Dead Inside

I love musicals. Oh, you hate musicals? Really? I’ll get to you and your opinion in a second. First, I’m making a public confession: I am a white, heterosexual man who loves musicals. I don’t give a shit who knows. You are not your demographic. The people who make up focus groups are demented huma…

By: John DeVore / June 9, 2014

“Heathers” Is Now An Off-Broadway Musical

The oh-so-beloved 1980s movie "Heathers" is now a musical. I'll wait for a moment while you squeal with glee (at least, that's how I'd react if I were you). Rumors that "Heathers" would be headed to the stage, along with several incarnations of the production, have made the rounds these past few years. The show i…

By: Claire Hannum / April 29, 2014

Fox To Air Live Performance Of “Grease”

Maria who? Fox is producing a three-hour live performance of the 1978 hit film "Grease" (which is also based on a 1971 Broadway musical, but let's not act like we knew the play existed before the movie). "Grease Live" will air sometime next year, so you have plenty of time to buy your Pink Ladie…

By: Jessica Wakeman / April 28, 2014

Grown Up Annie Visits “Late Night With Seth Meyers”

Somehow I missed this last week, but it's never too late to get to know Grown Up Annie! Musical theaters favorite redheaded orphan stopped by "Late Night With Seth Meyers," still a little drunk after a long night out at the club. So what has Annie been up to since Daddy Warbucks adopted her and…

By: Amelia McDonell-Parry / April 28, 2014

Nirvana Musical Is “Very Likely,” Says Courtney Love

Courtney Love said she and Kurt Cobain's daughter Frances Bean have agreed that a "respectful but honest" Nirvana musical is "very likely." I'm still going to take everything Love says with a grain of salt, especially since it's unclear whether the other members of Nirvana would be so on board. [Rolling Stone] The hippie dippie…

By: Jessica Wakeman / April 2, 2014

Is A Movie Version Of “Wicked” Finally Headed Our Way?

Fellow Broadway fanatics, prick up your ears: a long-awaited film adaptation of the musical "Wicked" might finally be picking up speed. Stephen Schwartz, the musical's composer, hinted to New York magazine the people who make such dreams come true are "starting to do some work on it." Okay, so that's pretty vague, but it's better…

By: Claire Hannum / April 1, 2014

Steven Spielberg Wants To Remake “West Side Story”

Steven Spielberg — yeah, the guy who made "Jaws" and "Jurassic Park" — wants to remake the legendary 1961 musical "West Side Story." How could you possibly improve on Natalie Wood and Rita Moreno? You remade "The Sound Of Music" and "Annie," Hollywood. Is nothing sacred?!  Can't we leave well enough alone? [Entertainment Weekly] Miley Cyrus and…

By: Jessica Wakeman / March 6, 2014

Alanis Morrisette Is Developing “Jagged Little Pill” Musical For Broadway

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…

By: Jessica Wakeman / November 8, 2013

Zut Alors, “Amelie” To Become A Musical

"Amelie," the twee 2001 film starring Audrey Tatou, is set to become a stage musical. Mais non! I don't approve of this. Did that movie even have songs in it? [Los Angeles Times] All charges in the racial discrimination and sexual harassment lawsuit against Paula Deen have now been thoroughly dismissed. I'm still not quire sure…

By: Jessica Wakeman / August 23, 2013

Spice Girls Reunite (Again!) For Premiere Of “Viva Forever”

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),…

By: Winona Dimeo-Ediger / December 12, 2012

Carrie Underwood Cast As Maria Von Trapp In NBC’s “Sound Of Music”

Carrie Underwood has been cast as Maria von Trapp in NBC's TV movie revival of "The Sound Of Music." OK, so she's blonde ... and can sing ... but that's about it with the similarity to Julie Andrews. Maybe they cast a country star for more mainstream appeal?  Hitler's taken control of Austria, y'all!  [The

By: Jessica Wakeman / November 30, 2012

Tap Your Toes To “50 Shades Of Grey,” The Musical

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]…

By: Jessica Wakeman / July 9, 2012

Anne Hathaway Belts It Out In The “Les Misérables” Trailer

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" a…

By: Amelia McDonell-Parry / May 30, 2012

Kanye West: The Musical

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…

By: Kate Torgovnick/Kate-Book.com / August 27, 2011

Watch Rivers Cuomo Sing “Tonight” From “West Side Story”

If you love Weezer (yes) and you love "West Side Story" (double yes), then you'll love this video of Rivers Cuomo belting out Tony's part from "Tonight." He's not quite ready for Broadway but he's certainly better than your average high school musical. Leonard Bernstein won't roll over in his grave, until this gets the…

By: Jessica Wakeman / July 30, 2011

Tom Cruise Shows His Inner ’80s Rock Star

This photo marks the first time that I have actively lusted after Tom Cruise since he hung from those cords in "Mission: Impossible." Over the weekend, Tom tweeted this image of himself from the set of "Rock of Ages," where he is playing Stacee Jaxx, an aging rock star lothario with long hair, a super…

By: Kate Torgovnick/Kate-Book.com / June 20, 2011

Grover Turns Off The Dark

Ahhh, Grover. In this video, "Sesame Street" spoofs "Spider-man: Turn Off The Dark," the musical that's left several stars injured and is only ready to open after a whopping seven months of previews and revisions. If only Grover could actually save the musical. [BuzzFeed]…

By: Kate Torgovnick/Kate-Book.com / June 14, 2011
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