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  • ‘Soft Power’ review: A head-scratcher with a twerking Hillary Clinton

    10/16/2019 1:43:31 PM PDT · by Libloather · 12 replies
    NY Post ^ | 10/15/19 | Johnny Oleksinski
    **SNIP** David Henry Hwang and Jeanine Tesori’s perplexing new musical “Soft Power” attempts to do three things at once: tell the real story of a 2015 stabbing attack on Hwang; do a “The King and I”-like turn that both romanticizes and criticizes a stereotypical America; and opine on the 2016 presidential election. There is an intermission, and the Public Theater has two bars. Start a tab. **SNIP** The first act of the dreamy show-within-a-show sees Clinton begging for votes, attempting to dazzle citizens and desperately trying to relate. That’s when she has that big production number at that ritziest of...
  • 'Miss Saigon’ Ages Horribly In Era Of #MeToo And Authentic Representation; [tr]

    08/01/2019 8:04:39 AM PDT · by C19fan · 37 replies
    Deadline Hollywood ^ | July 29, 2019 | Dino-Ray Ramos
    Miss Saigon in 2019 is not the Miss Saigon I remember from 1997. With music by Claude-Michel Schönberg and lyrics by Richard Maltby Jr. and Alain Boublil, Miss Saigon is inspired by the opera Madame Butterfly and revered as a theater classic since it made its London debut in 1989. It later premiered on Broadway in 1991 to wild success, with Lea Salonga winning a Tony and Olivier Award and putting her on the map as one of the most talented stage actresses. It was a big score for Asian representation as Salonga, of Filipino descent, went on to become...
  • 'The Cats trailer is more terrifying than IT': Claws come out on social media for first look [tr]

    07/19/2019 7:50:51 AM PDT · by C19fan · 25 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | July 19, 2019 | Ellie Phillips, Heidi Parker, Brian Gallagher, and Marisa Okano
    The Cats movie released its official trailer on Thursday, which lead to wildly divisive reactions on social media as fans had their claws out, ready to tear it to shreds. Taylor Swift stars as Bombalurina, who is seen in her tight catsuit as she sprinkles cat nip on the floor, with a cast that includes James Cordon, Judi Dench, Jason Derulo, Idris Elba and Jennifer Hudson. Despite the star-studded line-up in the highly anticipated movie, fans were sour on the 'terrifying' look of the Broadway adaptation, branding the CGI as 'unnerving.'
  • Cats first look! Taylor Swift is the puurfect feline as she joins stars including Jennifer Hudson...

    07/18/2019 6:15:43 PM PDT · by RummyChick · 42 replies
    daily mail ^ | 7/18/19 | By HEIDI PARKER and BRIAN GALLAGHER FOR DAILYMAIL.COM
    The Cats movie released its official trailer on Thursday, which lead to wildly divisive reactions on social media as fans had their claws out, ready to tear this to shreds. Taylor Swift stars as Bombalurina, who is seen in her tight catsuit as she sprinkles cat nip on the floor, with a cast that includes James Cordon, Judi Dench, Jason Derulo, Idris Elba and Jennifer Hudson. Despite the star-studded cast, fans were sour on the bizarre look of the Broadway adaptation.
  • Oklahoma! Being Developed Into Musical TV Series, Set in Present Day

    04/16/2019 3:19:38 PM PDT · by EdnaMode · 52 replies
    TV Line ^ | April 16, 2019 | Andy Swift
    One of the most iconic musicals of all time is being lassoed by Hollywood for an unexpected small-screen adaptation. Oklahoma!, which follows the romantic goings-on of several frontier couples in 1906, is being developed into a television series, which will include reimagined versions of the musical’s original numbers, along with new songs written for the show. Skydance Television is partnering with The Rodgers & Hammerstein Organization for a present-day take on the classic tale of cowmen, farmers and the women they purchase at box socials. Bekah Brunstetter (This Is Us) and John Lee Hancock (The Blind Side) are writing the...
  • Vanity: Why do people love the P.C. musical 'Hamilton'?

    10/26/2018 1:28:23 PM PDT · by BillyBoy · 83 replies
    N/A ^ | 10/26/18 | BillyBoy
    I just had an argument with a Facebook friend who called me "closed minded" when I said I had zero interest in seeing the Broadway musical 'Hamilton'. She says she won't talk to me until I check out the show for myself instead of "pre-judging it" I told her that I know it getting universal acclaim, but after reading about concept, it sound really stupid...it appears the premise is "Let's intentionally cast ethnic minorities and women to play white men from the colonial era so 'modern audiences' can 'relate' to the story. I hate when they do that in movies...
  • ‘Mamma Mia! 2: Here We Go Again’ Is A Visual Delight That Won’t Disappoint

    07/24/2018 10:36:26 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 52 replies
    The Federalist ^ | 07/24/2018 | By Bre Payton and Ellie Bufkin
    Ellie: The original “Mamma Mia!” was based on the Broadway musical of the same name, and varied only slightly from the plot written for stage, which was one of its more criticized aspects. The plot simply didn’t translate cohesively to screen.“Here We Go Again” is a completely original story, the architect of which is none other than Richard Curtis, the king of romantic comedies. Known for power-hits “Love, Actually” and “Four Weddings and a Funeral,” among many others, Curtis has a knack for creating a world of characters with depth and complexity that the audience loves.Curtis, who also executive...
  • Jennifer Hudson, Taylor Swift, James Corden, Ian McKellen Cast in Movie Version of ‘Cats’

    07/20/2018 7:14:23 AM PDT · by EdnaMode · 52 replies
    Variety ^ | July 20, 2018 | Henry Chu
    Jennifer Hudson, Taylor Swift, James Corden and Ian McKellen have been cast in Working Title’s upcoming movie version of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s smash musical “Cats.” Tom Hooper, the Oscar-winning director of “The King’s Speech,” will direct “Cats,” which is set to begin shooting in Britain in November. The screenplay by Lee Hall (“Billy Elliot”) is based on Lloyd Webber’s musical, which was itself adapted from a book of children’s poems by T.S. Eliot. Hudson, who won an Oscar in 2007 for her breakout role in “Dreamgirls,” will play Grizabella, the former “glamour cat” who falls on hard times and gets...
  • Trump supporter disrupts De Niro’s musical with ‘Keep America Great’ flag

    06/18/2018 6:55:34 AM PDT · by EdnaMode · 68 replies
    NY Post ^ | June 18, 2018 | Chris Perez
    A Trump supporter tried disrupting a performance of the Robert De Niro-directed “A Bronx Tale: The Musical” on Saturday — standing up during the curtain call and displaying a “Keep America Great!” flag toward the audience. “The times we live in,” tweeted audience member Joe Del Vicario, along with a pic showing the Broadway protest. “At the end of [the performance], a man turned around and faced the audience to show us how big of a pair he has,” Del Vicario explained. “He was escorted shortly after.” Several people in attendance took to social media to document what happened Saturday...
  • Cue the Protests: Philly Theater Company to Stage Musical Comedy About Abortion (barf)

    07/08/2017 9:01:33 PM PDT · by Morgana · 18 replies
    phillymag ^ | July 6, 2015 | Victor Fiorillo
    Normally, when we get a press release from a local theater company about its latest work, the press release includes, you know, the name of the play. But Philly theater company Lightning Rod Special bucked that trend this week went they sent us a notice announcing its musical comedy about abortion, which debuts in August at the Painted Bride. “We were going with ‘Fetus Chorus,’” explains co-creator Alice Yorke, pictured below. “But there were a lot of mixed feelings about it. The best comment we got was, ‘I understand you want to provoke your audience, but do you want to...
  • On This Date...

    05/05/2017 6:28:53 PM PDT · by TBP · 8 replies
    On this date in 1955, a new musical opened on Broadway called "Damn Yankees". I love this song and what it tells us.
  • TV Ratings: 'Grease Live' Surges on Fox, Nabs 12.2 Million Viewers

    02/01/2016 9:34:19 AM PST · by Mariner · 37 replies
    The Hollywood Reporter ^ | February 1st, 2016 | by Michael O'Connell
    Grease will be the word in the halls of Fox this week. The network's three-hour live telecast of the musical was a ratings success. Nielsen has the performance averaging 12.2 million viewers and a handsome 4.3 rating among adults 18-49. That's after early numbers gave the performance a 7.4 overnight rating among households. Fox easily had first-place status on broadcast for the night and saw its score in the key demo rival TV's biggest live musical in recent memory. This being the network's first live musical, its only ratings comparisons will be to NBC's last three efforts. Topping the first...
  • The Wiz – The Magic Is In You

    11/30/2015 9:29:17 PM PST · by TBP · 36 replies
    CelebrationCenter.org ^ | November 23, 2015 | Tim Phares
    It’s that time again. On Thursday, December 3, NBC will be presenting The Wiz Live (8 PM Eastern). The Wiz is a product of that period in the 1970s when Broadway was producing “all-black” versions of everything. It is an urban, African-American version of The Wizard of Oz. The show gave us the popular song “Ease On Down the Road”. In a nice casting touch, Stephanie Mills, who originated the role of Dorothy in the 1975 Broadway cast, will be playing Auntie Em. The production will also feature Queen Latifah as the first female Wiz. By now, the plot should...
  • Daddy Long Legs Musical Will Be Live-Streamed Free Online

    11/30/2015 9:14:54 PM PST · by TBP · 1 replies
    Playbill ^ | 30 Nov 2015 | Olivia Clement
    The Off-Broadway musical Daddy Long Legs has announced that it will be the first-ever Off-Broadway performance to be broadcast online to the world for free on Dec. 10 at 8 PM ET. Following the live broadcast, the performance will be replayed in the respective times in Los Angeles (8 PM PT), London (8 PM GMT) and Tokyo (JST). To register for the live stream, visit the website here. The two-actor production officially opened at the Davenport Theatre Sept. 28. The new musical, about a romance that spans several years and is developed through letters, features music and lyrics by Tony...
  • Percival Mackey & His Band "Mercenary Mary Selections" on UK Columbia 9062 (1925)

    11/23/2015 9:22:06 PM PST · by Arthur McGowan
    YouTube ^ | 1925 | Percival Mackey
    Percival Mackey & His Band plays "Mercenary Mary Selections" on UK Columbia 9062, issued in 1925. Mercenary Mary is a musical comedy with book and lyrics by William B. Friedlander & Isabel Leighton. Music is by Con Conrad & William B. Friedlander. The show was more popular in England than in America. The New York opening was at the Longacre Theatre on April 13, 1925. It closed in New York after 136 performances. In England it opened at the London Hippodrome on October 7, 1925, running for 262 performances.
  • The FRiday Night Movie (double feature) - Loving You (1957)

    11/06/2015 7:05:17 PM PST · by DemforBush · 4 replies
    Youtube ^ | N/A | N/A
    Deke Rivers (Elvis) is a delivery man who is discovered by publicist Glenda Markle and country-western musician Tex Warner who want to promote the talented newcomer to fame and fortune, giving him every break he deserves. Romantic complications arise as Susan, another singer in the group, offers him devoted admiration as Glenda leads him on with promises of a golden future.
  • Coldplay's Game of Thrones: The Musical (Full 12-minute version)

    05/22/2015 9:00:53 PM PDT · by Utilizer · 8 replies
    Youtube ^ | May 21, 2015 | Coldplay Official
    Game of Thrones: The Musical. For Red Nose Day on NBC, Coldplay and the cast of Game of Thrones join forces for the band's most important project yet: a musical for HBO’s Game of Thrones.
  • Monty Python live (mostly), review: poignant and predictable, but tremendous fun

    07/20/2014 5:53:47 PM PDT · by Hillarys Gate Cult · 31 replies
    Telegraph UK ^ | 20 Jul 2014 | Ed Power
    Watching the livestream of Monty Python's last ever performance on GOLD, it was impossible not to experience a tingle of sadness. So this was it, the final performance by the most influential comedy troupe of all time. Forty-odd years since Monty Python's Flying Circus revolutionized television humour and unleashed a legion of surreal catchphrases John Cleese, Eric Idle, Terry Gilliam, Terry Jones and Michael Palin departed the stage at London's O2 Arena to the strains of their darkly hilarious (or is it hilariously dark?) anthem Always Look On The Bright Side Of Life. Watching the swan-song was a 15,000 live...
  • 'Clinton: the Musical' comes to New York

    06/24/2014 5:55:51 PM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 12 replies
    Politico ^ | 6-24-14 | Kendall Breitman
    The Clinton family has taken the center stage in politics, and in July an adaption of the former first family will take center stage in musical theater. “Clinton: The Musical” will make its U.S. debut in New York City’s New York Musical Theater Festival this summer, from July 18-25. “It’s hard enough being president by yourself. Bill Clinton’s problem is that there are two of him. Literally,” the show’s description reads. “Clinton follows two Bill Clintons and Hillary on their quest to save their presidency, change America and prove that ‘politics is show business for ugly people.’” The Clintons will...
  • ‘Clinton’ musical will feature two actors portraying former President Bill Clinton

    06/24/2014 1:33:01 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 26 replies
    New York Daily News ^ | 06/24/2014 | JOE DZIEMIANOWICZ
    Former President Bill Clinton will be the subject of an unusual musical called, appropriately enough, ‘Clinton.’ The satire about the 42nd commander in chief features two stars ‘because he led two parallel lives,’ says book writer Paul Hodge of the show that launches next month at the New York Musical Theatre Festival. For years, Bill Clinton’s troubling two-sidedness has had tongues wagging. Now, with wife Hillary poised for a presidential run, it has musical theater performers belting. It takes two actors to play the 42nd commander in chief in “Clinton,” a singing satire that capitalizes on the comment that “there’s...