Tag Archives: musical theater

Singing On Set

A couple of months ago I noted that the latest movie version of Les Miserables was filmed with the actors singing live on the set rather than lip-syncing to a prerecorded soundtrack. Today JMG reader Paul sends us this compilation of older movies that also featured live singing.

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Rosie’s Kids – The Trolley Song

Student’s of Rosie O’Donnell’s Theater Kids performed the show tune classic The Trolley Song in a clip directed by BD Wong. Rosie’s Theater Kids is an arts education organization dedicated to enriching the lives of children through the arts. We serve students who otherwise would not have the opportunity to experience theater, positively changing the trajectory of their lives by ...

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LONDON: AIDS Musical Earns Raves

My pal and longtime JMG reader Steve Schalchlin is earning raves for the London production of his award-winning AIDS-themed musical, The Last Session. HIV-positive US songwriter Steve Schalchlin’s musical is a beautiful cry of pain with a surface smoothness that conceals an honest and heartfelt engagement with the messy realities of intolerance, artistry and terminal illness. Its familiar themes and ...

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TRAILER: Les Misérables

This “extended look” trailer tells us that the actors were recorded live on the sets rather than lip-syncing to a prerecorded soundtrack, as is the norm for musicals. (Via Boy Culture)

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Marvin Hamlisch Dead At 68

Famed stage and screen composer Marvin Hamlisch has passed away at the age of 68. Hamlisch was one of only two people in the world to achieve the EGOPT: Emmy, Grammy, Oscar, Pulitzer, and Tony. Family spokesman Jason Lee said Hamlisch died Monday after a brief illness. Other details aren’t being released. Hamlisch’s career included composing, conducting and arranging music ...

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NEW YORK CITY: Playwright And Tony Winner Mark O’Donnell Dies At 58

Openly gay playwright and humorist Mark O’Donnell, who won the Best Book Tony Award for the Broadway show Hairspray, died of cardiac arrest yesterday near his Manhattan home at the age of 58. Playbill reports: Hairspray co-songwriter Marc Shaiman told Playbill.com on Aug. 6, “Mark was a kind soul, a hysterical mind and the real hero of Hairspray. His passing ...

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The Gayest Video Game Ever

Playbill has the details: The video game includes 32 of Webber’s songs from 13 of his musicals, including “Don’t Cry for Me Argentina,” “The Phantom of the Opera,” “Memory” and “Any Dream Will Do,” among others. Here’s how the video game is described: “Fans of hit musicals such as The Phantom of the Opera, Sunset Boulevard, Evita, Cats, Joseph and ...

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Strictly For The Show Queens

To the tune of If Mamma Was Married, from Gypsy.(Via Zack Ford)

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Coal Miner’s Daughter: The Musical

Loretta Lynn has hand-picked pixie Zooey Deschanel to play the title role in the musical version of the story that won Sissy Spacek an Oscar. Lynn, 80, unveiled plans for a musical adaptation of “Coal Miner’s Daughter” during a Grand Ole Opry show at the Ryman Auditorium on Thursday night. Wearing one of her signature long-sleeve, floor-length dresses, the Country ...

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Prison Dancer – Lose Your Way

Episode 4 of a web musical we’re just learning about. An original interactive musical web series inspired by the viral YouTube phenomenon, the “Dancing Inmates of Cebu,” PRISON DANCER is a “Glee-meets-Miss Saigon” adventure that paints a fictional portrait of people behind prison walls. In Episode 4, “Lose Your Way,” the audience becomes better acquainted with Lola, a strong, self-determined ...

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TONIGHT: Maggie Gallagher’s Son Debuts New Song At NYC AIDS Fundraiser

Tonight Maggie Gallagher’s eldest son Patrick will debut a song at an AIDS fundraiser at The Duplex, a gay cabaret and nightclub in Manhattan’s West Village. For those unaware, Patrick says that he identifies as straight despite working in what is arguably the single gayest industry in the world. His Twitter profile reads: “Librettist, Lyricist. I love the Knicks, Stephen ...

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Ricky Martin As Che

Previews begin Monday at the Marquis Theatre.

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10,000 Phantiacs

Phantom Of The Opera had its 10,000th Broadway performance yesterday. While “Phantom” has prospered from unparalleled word of mouth, a show as much for sightseers as for theatergoers, its unprecedented Broadway run has hardly been a foregone conclusion. When it opened on Jan. 26, 1988, big hits were few, and roughly half of Broadway’s theaters were empty. Yet thanks to ...

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NC Amendment One: The Musical

(Via – Good As You)

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Kennedy Center Honors Barbara Cook

Featuring my favorite Broadway star, Sutton Foster. Plus Patti Lupone, Glenn Close, Audra McDonald and lots of others.(Via – Evan Hurst)

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Broadway Raves For Hugh Jackman

Hugh Jackman’s latest Broadway show officially opened last night and the reviewers are gushing. Even the New York Times’ Ben Brantley is swept away: The impossibly talented, impossibly energetic Mr. Jackman is a glorious dinosaur among live entertainers of the 21st century: an honest-to-gosh old-fashioned matinee idol who connects to his audiences without a hint of contempt for them or ...

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Hugh Jackman: Back On Broadway

Hugh Jackman will reprise numbers from his Tony-winning turn in Boy From Oz when his solo show Back On Broadway debuts on November 10th. The show’s limited run ends on January 1st.

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2011 Tonys: Totally For The Gays

Despite host Neil Patrick Harris’ fantastic opening number which promised that “Broadway isn’t just for gays anymore,” tonight’s Tony Awards were extra super gay with lots of gay on the side. Not only did Larry Kramer’s The Normal Heart win three awards, the show featured Martha Wash performing It’s Raining Men, and there was a lot of thanking of same-sex ...

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12 Drama Desk Noms For Book Of Mormon

The Book Of Mormon led this morning’s Drama Desk nominations with a dozen nods, including for Outstanding Musical. The show also received nominations for music, lyrics, choreography, and for the show’s lead, Andrew Rannels. The revival of Anything Goes followed with ten nominations. Legendary playwright, actor, and drag performer Charles Busch received the Best Actor nomination for his performance in ...

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The Office Says Goodbye To Michael

With a showtune. Oddly touching.

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