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Revivals and Movie Musicals Take Over Broadway - WNYC

Revivals and Movie Musicals Take Over Broadway - WNYC | English musical | Scoop.it

Chances are if you see a Broadway musical, it's something you've already seen. The selections include many Off-Broadway transfers, revivals and movies made into stage musicals. Broadway veteran composers Andrew Lloyd Weber ("Phantom of The Opera," "Evita," "Jesus Christ Superstar") and Alan Menken, ("Newsies," "Sister Act," "Leap of Faith") both have a record three productions running.


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Lauren Sovel's curator insight, March 5, 2013 10:18 PM

This article also shows how different the musical theatre world is now from back then. They used to be produced for a show only, but now they are movies, shows and many more.

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Op-Ed: Les Miserables a dreadful adaptation of the Broadway musical

Op-Ed: Les Miserables a dreadful adaptation of the Broadway musical | English musical | Scoop.it

There has been a lot of buzz around Les Miserables, the Hollywood film starring Hugh Jackman as Jean Valjean and Russell Crowe as Javert. There were reports that women came out of the theatre in tears. The truth is, I was one of them.

 


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Broadway Musicals Hang on for Payoffs Beyond Weekly Gross - New York Times

Broadway Musicals Hang on for Payoffs Beyond Weekly Gross - New York Times | English musical | Scoop.it

Box office sales teetered between lukewarm and lousy this winter for all three, and they were each already struggling with mixed reviews from the critics last year — a deadly combination that usually leads producers to put shows out of their misery. Indeed, January and February are the months when many struggling productions close, like the recent Broadway flops “Lysistrata Jones” and “On a Clear Day You Can See Forever,” as theater owners line up hotter tickets for their houses before the lucrative spring and summer tourist seasons.


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Lauren Sovel's curator insight, March 5, 2013 10:22 PM

This article shows that sometimes, the box offices are booming for musicals that are popular at the time, but then also shows that they do very bad at some points too. The fact that they do not have a steady income or people buying tickets isnt a good sign.

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Harvey Fierstein’s Gender Studies: Why His New Musical Kinky Boots Is More Than a Drag Show

Drag queens out of costume look just like guys. So during a street-clothes run-through in the rehearsal room last month for the new musical Kinky Boots, the big numbers were a bit confusing. The plot, based on the 2005 movie, was clear enough: A drag queen named Lola and a regular bloke named Charlie collaborate to save Charlie’s shoe factory by developing a line of high-heeled fetishwear sexy enough for a lady yet strong enough for a man. But why were these slim boys singing “We give good epiphany”?


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