Tag Archives: musical theater

Open Thread: The Sound Of Music

Well?

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Carrie Underwood – The Sound Of Music

Newsday reports on The Sound of Music Live!, which airs on Thursday at 8PM. NBC has a lot riding on this one. The production boasts two directors (Broadway vet Rob Ashford, who worked with the cast on character, and Beth McCarthy-Miller, who has helmed live shows including “Saturday Night Live”) — six lavish sets (Alps, abbey, and so on, constructed …

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Nants Ingonyama Bagithi Baba

The Lion King has become the first Broadway show in history to have grossed a billion dollars. Via Playbill: “This humbling milestone is a testament to the vision and artistry of Julie Taymor,” said Thomas Schumacher, president and producer of Disney Theatrical Productions, in a statement. “For nearly 17 years she has been The Lion King‘s guiding creative force and …

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Broadway Flea Market: September 22nd

Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS will hold the 27th annual Broadway Flea Market & Grand Auction on September 22nd in Times Square. Free and open to the public, the annual event takes place from 10 AM – 7 PM in the heart of the theatre district along West 44th Street (between Broadway and Eighth Avenue) and in Shubert Alley. One of …

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Big Spenders

Clip description: “The male cast of King Kong: The Musical perform Big Spender from Sweet Charity at Twisted Broadway Melbourne, an annual charity event raising money for Oz Showbiz Cares / Equity Fights AIDS.”

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Neil Patrick Harris To Play Hedwig

Neil Patrick Harris will play the title role when Hedwig And The Angry Inch makes its Broadway debut next spring.  Broadway World reports: The announcement that Neil Patrick Harris will play ‘Hedwig,’ follows his recent triumphant engagement as the host of the 67th Annual Tony Awards (the highest rated Tonys broadcast in more than a decade). Harris said, “I am …

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Kinky Boots Leads 2013 Tony Awards With Six Wins Including Best Musical

Kinky Boots took top honors at tonight’s Tony Awards at Radio City Music Hall. The show won in six categories including Best Musical, Best Score, and Best Leading Actor. The co-producer thanked his husband from the stage, saying, “You make me a better person every day we’re together.” Best Musical: Kinky Boots Best Revival of a Musical: Pippin Best Actress, Musical: Patina Miller, Pippin …

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Neil Patrick Harris Opens The 2013 Tonys

This won’t last long on YouTube, watch it now. Also: WOW.

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Broadway Bares: June 23rd In NYC

The 23rd annual installment of Broadway Bares takes place at Times Square’s Roseland Ballroom on June 23rd.   From sea to shining sea, this year’s Broadway Bares will crisscross the country in a racy, raucous road trip, exploring the United States as the 23rd annual edition of the immensely popular modern-day burlesque show delivers Broadway Bares 23: United Strips of America. …

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Book Of Mormon: Party Bus Edition

(Via Boy Culture)

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South Korean Military Spoofs Les Miz

The New York Times reports on this week’s hottest viral video, a spoof of Les Miz (or tribute to, depending on your view) created by the South Korean air force. In the 13-minute South Korean version, the nemesis is a taskmaster officer who keeps his exhausted conscripts clearing snow — a chore that many young South Korean men face while …

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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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