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Like East Coast snowbirds heading south to Florida, Hollywood stars are prepping to make their annual trek east to the Broadway stages.
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On this week's Paul Rudd-hosted Saturday Night Live, the sketch show took a break from topical humor to lampoon NBC's live broadcast of The Sound of Music: The Condensed Version.
The new musical based on Bret Easton Ellis's dark and violent novel American Psycho officially opens at London's Almeida Theatre on December ...
Candide ends with Voltaire's famous imperative: "Il faut cultiver notre jardin." Getting Bernstein's 1956 musical adaptation of the 18th-century novel on stage must be more labour-intensive than the most heavy-duty gardening. It's a challenge in every way: the musical's relentlessly satirical tone means that it lacks heart; one does not care about the misfortunes of anyone in it, which makes the more emotional of Bernstein's songs seem insincere and perfunctory.
Stephen Sondheim's 80th-birthday presents started piling up early last month. The New York Philharmonic held a two-day concert hosted by David Hyde Pierce and featuring tributes to the Broadway legend from Patti LuPone, Bernadette Peters, Elaine Stritch, Audra McDonald and Mandy Patinkin.
It's a Gleeful Christmas! Watch all the performances from the "Previously Unaired Christmas" episode HERE!
The dreamy love songs of Burt Bacharach take on a fresh sound in the new off-Broadway musical “What's It All About?
tephen Sondheim is such an engaging and peppery talker about his own work that any run-of-the-mill documentarian—one unafflicted by genuinely terrible bad breath, anyway—could probably get gold just by turning on the camera. But Six by Sondheim, which airs on HBO on Monday, isn’t run-of-the-mill at all. Directed by the composer’s longtime stage collaborator, James Lapine, this openly celebratory doc is elaborately built around a half dozen capstone songs in Sondheim’s career, from Company’s “Being Alive” to (duh) “Send in The Clowns” to Sunday in The Park With George’s climactic ode. Several of the numbers get full-on restaging—Todd Haynes guest-directs a stone-brilliant version of Follies’“I’m Still Here”—and the interview segments are stitched together from TV Q&A’s stretching over five decades along with Lapine’s own.
Cutting to the chase, THE SOUND OF MUSIC live on NBC far exceeded expectations and made a vintage musical feel real, relatable, viable and alive again for a 2013 audience - virtually everything worked. Sure, a few boom mics and camera shadows were visible, a few lines were flubbed, the faux marble ledge jiggled when Elsa set her champagne glass on it and Maria may have stumbled during the title song - to great effect, no less, in the latter case (someone up there must have liked this) - but, so what?! Nevertheless, whatever the recipe, if this sort of thing is repeat-able in any way, please, TV and theatre gods, let it happen again - preferably next year at this time, if not sooner.
Most documentaries about the American musical are dull or silly, lacking either the verve of live performance or a subject deserving of deep investigation. So Six by Sondheim, airing this month on HBO, did not have to leap far to be the best documentary ever made on the art form.
When I moved to New York City in the late 80s to attend a musical theater school, I could never get over the fact that all across the city, magic was occurring in numerous Broadway theater houses each night. Over 25 years later, I'm still in awe each time I witness the hard working people bringing joy to audiences. Most recently, my favorite has been the musical "Big Fish" that opened October 6th and already set to close on December 29th. Based on the novel by Daniel Wallace that became a film created by Tim Burton, the musical has an experienced team behind it from both Broadway and Hollywood. Music and lyrics by Andrew Lippa, book by John August, directed by Susan Stroman, and designers and producers with more Tonys and Oscars than one could even imagine.
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory and The Light Princess lead the nominations for this year's Whatsonstage awards, announced today. Both shows receive six
It was the 1993 TV movie of the musical "Gypsy" starring Bette Midler with music by Jule Styne and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim.
Tonight, Bird and I went to see Memphis. It was part of a Broadway Touring package that Santa Claus brings Bird every year instead of toys. (Um, she still gets toys. Somehow that backfired a bit.) I knew nearly nothing about the show going in. My Broadway loving friends also knew little, expressing that they’d never been interested in the show at all or that they had a friend who said it was just okay. So, I wasn’t expecting much, especially since it was a touring group.
As the director of "The Lion King," Julie Taymor brought Indonesian-influenced minimalist style of mixing live actors, puppets, shadows, and masks which won her two Tony Awards (directing and costumes).
Carrie Underwood took to Twitter on December 6, the day after NBC's live SOUND OF MUSIC broadcast in which she starred as Maria, to respond to her critics.
Beverley Knight will remain the West End’s Baby Tonight for many more nights to come with the news her that run as The Bodyguard’s leading lady Rachel Marron has extended to 31 May.
In September, gender-bending queer performer Mykki Blanco expressed anger at Britney Spears for capitalising on her gay fanbase with her single "Work Bitch." She tweeted that the song wasn't "gay pride," but rather "gay marketing," a necessary distinction as more stars than ever try to capitalize on the LGBT market. As Blanco said, "Is it just me, or is every female pop star currently in a war to secure as many gay fans and gay money as possible?"
Even Stephen Sondheim’s die-hard fans may not know that he considers “Opening Doors,” from “Merrily We Roll Along,” his most autobiographical song.
On Monday, HBO presents the premiere of Six by Sondheim, a new TV special that's part biography, part music-appreciation lesson and part performance piece. It's all about the life and music and lyrics of Stephen Sondheim, in which he explains, among many other things, how and why he became a musical theater composer and lyricist, and the inspirations for some of his most familiar songs. If you're new to the works of Stephen Sondheim, this TV special should entice you. If you're already a fan, it should delight you.
Last night, NBC presented an event that viewers have not seen on television for nearly half a century, a live broadcast of a musical production. Let see what the critics had to say
“I'm so proud that the cast of 'Kinky Boots' brought their message of tolerance and acceptance to America's parade,” Harvey Fierstein, who wrote the show's book, told Playbill.com.
Whew, that was nerve-wracking, right? All those kids and staircases, pillow fights, candles and dancing. But somehow the cast and crew of NBC’s three-hour live telecast of “The Sound of Music” pulled it off Thursday night with only a trodden-on dress, some inconsistent sound levels and a flubbed few words.
Marc Elliott, best known for his role in the long running U.K. seriesEastenders, is set to star in the U.K. premiere of Urinetown The Musical as Mr. McQueen. He joins the previously announced Richard Fleeshman (Ghost the Musical) and Tony nominee Jenna Russell (Sunday in the Park with George). The satirical musical by Mark Hollmann and Greg Kotis will begin performances on February 22, 2014 at London’s St. James Theatre, with opening night scheduled for March 11. Directed by Jamie Lloyd, the production will run through May 3.