More Into the Woods Details Revealed

first_img In addition to Meryl Streep, the film stars James Corden, Emily Blunt, Anna Kendrick, Chris Pine, Johnny Depp, Billy Magnussen and Lilla Crawford. Take a peek behind the scenes with this exciting featurette! As expected, some cuts have been made (the movie currently comes in about half an hour shorter than the show’s two and a half hour runtime) and some lyrics have been tweaked. Additionally, Tracey Ullman has upped the tempo of some of Jack’s Mother’s bits. So what can we look forward to when the movie hits theaters this Christmas? Meryl Streep breaking it down about greens (and nothing but greens) live. While a majority of the vocals were studio-recorded, Streep performed the rap portion of the prologue live. “It was one of the most impressive things I’ve ever seen,” says music producer and supervisor Michael Higham. In an interview with Variety, the Oscar-nominated director revealed that the new song for the Witch, titled “She’ll Be Back,” which was shot and then cut after an early screening, will be included on the home release in 2015. He called the choice “painful, especially a new Sondheim song which is so thrilling.” Sondheim and James Lapine (who wrote the book for the show and the screenplay for the film) were of course on board with the decision. We imagine the song may also be included on the film’s soundtrack, which will be released on December 16. center_img View Comments Remember that “beautiful and spectacular” number that Stephen Sondheim wrote for Meryl Streep for the Into the Woods movie, only for director Rob Marshall to spill that it landed on the cutting room floor? Well, thankfully, it’s not gone forever, and we will be able to hear it. Just not in movie theaters.last_img read more

The Top Five Shows Your Friend Who Hates Broadway Might Actually Love

first_img ROCK OF AGES You won’t see any blue-haired matinee ladies sipping Chardonnay at this headbanging rock show. Throw back Jell-O shots while American Idol’s Constantine Maroulis, Frankie J. Grande of Big Brother and more wail ‘80s songs like “Don’t Stop Believin’” and “Nothin’ But a Good Time.” (Which is what you guys will be having, obviously.) Click for tickets! HEDWIG AND THE ANGRY INCH Ladies and gentlemen, Hedwig is not for the faint of heart. In the Tony-winning musical, a disgruntled transgender rock star (currently played by Dexter’s Michael C. Hall) might spit on you, lick your glasses or give you a lap dance. Anything can happen in Miss Hedwig’s world—but you know what won’t happen? Jazz hands. Click for tickets! JERSEY BOYS Sure, Jersey Boys is a Broadway musical, but we promise there isn’t a showtune in sight. Featuring hit songs by Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons, the Tony-winning bio-musical details the rise and fall of the iconic group, but it feels more like a rock concert than an evening at the theater. Click for tickets! THE ELEPHANT MAN You know what’s cooler than standing 15 feet away from one of the biggest movie stars on the planet? Nothing, that’s what. See The Hangover and American Hustle star in the flesh (yep, even with his shirt off) in Bernard Pomerance’s 1977 play based on the true story of freak show performer Joseph Merrick. Click for tickets! It’s Black Friday, and you know what that means: toaster ovens are 10 for a dollar! Oh, and it’s also time to start buying Broadway show tickets to put in your family and friends’ stockings for the holidays. From flashy, splashy musicals to highbrow, intellectual drama, there’s something for everyone—even for your friend who can’t stand Broadway shows. We’ve got a few suggestions that just might turn the guy that fell asleep during the Les Miz movie into a full-fledged Broadway fan. Hey, we’re not promising miracles, but it’s worth a shot! If you can’t decide which show to see, gift cards also make great stocking stuffers. Check out our top five picks! View Comments THE BOOK OF MORMON The members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints are very convincing, so why not let them accompany you on your mission? South Park fans, even if they’re not huge musical fanatics, will be instantly won over by the hilarious Tony-winning tuner by Trey Parker, Matt Stone and Robert Lopez. Click for tickets!last_img read more’s 2014 Lessons of the Year!

first_imgIt’s almost 2015—we can’t believe a year went by so fast! (Name the musical that’s from and get 525,600 bonus points.) But before you jump into your jammies to watch Idina Menzel belt out “Let It Go” on New Year’s Rockin’ Eve, we have one question: How do you measure, measure a year? In Lessons, of course! We’ve learned so much from our favorite shows and stars in the last 365 days on Broadway. Let’s take a trip down memory lane, shall we?Audra McDonald Needs to Write a PlayWe’ve said it before and we’ll say it again, Audra McDonald is freaking unstoppable. Now that she’s won a whopping six Tony Awards—one for every acting category and then some—she needs to take up some new hobbies, like playwriting, orchestrating or costume design, so she can rack up some more Tonys in 2015. Either that or a sex change.Everybody Wants a Piece of HedwigDrag is so last year. Hedwig and the Angry Inch has been a cult hit for over a decade, but it wasn’t until 2014 that the transgender rock goddess finally took center stage on Broadway and racked up four Tony Awards. Now everyone wants to play her—even Rob Thomas and James Corden want to get in on the action. Wait, this is the perfect role for Audra McDonald! (We’re actually not kidding.)Adele Dazeem. Just Adele Dazeem.Who knew getting your name botched on national TV could send your career into the stratosphere? We hope If/Then and Frozen star Idina Menzel bought John Travolta some really nice Christmas Hanukkah booze. Because nothing says, “Thank you for effing up my name on the Oscars” like a bottle of Goldschlager.We Like Our Broadway Stars on IcePeople all over the world got cold and wet for a good cause in 2014, and Broadway stars were no exception. All of the Ice Bucket Challenge videos were awesome, but we were particularly fond of the ones that featured Ramin Karimloo and the Newsies guys for some reason. We’re not exactly sure why. Maybe they should do more ice bucket videos so we can figure it out.Dream Roles Come TrueBroadway is the land of opportunity (we think we read that in a book), and this year, the Great White Way made dreams come true for two lucky guys: Bradley Cooper, who had been dreaming of starring in The Elephant Man since he was in college, and Norm Lewis, who officially became Broadway’s first African-American Phantom. See that, kids? Santa is real (even though he didn’t get us that Wicked movie we really wanted).Vintage Shows Get Better with AgeOld shows are like Grandma’s pantsuit collection: Sure, they’re a little dusty, but this year proved you can pull a play or musical out of the back of the closet, dust it off and pretend it’s brand new again. Producers added some star power and spritzed a little Febreze on relics like Hedwig, This Is Our Youth, Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar and Grill and Side Show in 2014…and the tourists didn’t even notice!There’s No Such Thing as a ‘Sure Thing’The Rolling Stones said it best: “Producers can’t always get what they want.” (We think that’s how it went.) Sometimes when a show seems like a guaranteed hit—an acclaimed director, a starry cast, a genius book writer, based on a movie with the word “Broadway” in the title—it flops. Meanwhile, a less flashy musical (also about murder) swoops in and wins Best Musical. Never underestimate the power of a top hat and a bustle.If You Don’t Like It, Tweet About ItYou got a bone to pick? Forget the op-ed page—just fire up your iPhone and start tweeting. Thanks to your Twitter comments this year, marquee lights were dimmed for Joan Rivers, the sound design awards might be reinstated in future Tony ceremonies, Peter Pan Live! was even more successful than The Sound of Music and the Les Miz revival finally got a cast recording. Oh wait. Not that last one. Get to work, guys!Kelli O’Hara Is the Susan Lucci of B’wayYep, five-time Tony nominee Kelli O’Hara is a lucky lady. She has gorgeous skin and hair as yellow as corn, she’s about to star in her 10th Broadway show, she has a handsome husband, two adorable kids and a talented father-in-law, she just wowed the country on national TV and she can make some mean cheese grits. Yep, Kelli O’Hara pretty much has it all. EXCEPT ONE THING.YES, We Want to Build a SnowmanWhen we’re old and gray, and our grandchildren ask us, “What was 2014 like?” Here’s what we’ll say: “Once upon a time, there was a princess named Liz/Beth Adele Dazeem Idina Menzel Elsa and she sang this song called ‘Let It Go.’ But that was the crazy thing—we could not let it go. Our love for her grew into a giant Frozen snowball that got so big, we had no choice but to abandon Earth and move there. And that, kids, is why we live in an igloo in Arendelle. Now go to bed.” View Commentslast_img read more

Culturalist Challenge! Which Role Should Lady Gaga Play on Broadway? is crazy about Culturalist, the fun site that lets you choose and rank your own top 10 lists. Every week, we’re challenging you with a new Broadway-themed topic to rank—we’ll announce the most popular choices on the new episode of The Show every Wednesday. View Comments Last week, we asked you to rank your favorite gender-bending Broadway roles of all time. It was a close one, but Hedwig from Hedwig and the Angry Inch came out on top (sorry Yitzhak). This week, after getting wowed by Lady Gaga’s tribute to The Sound of Music on the Academy Awards, we’ve dreamed up a list of roles we’d love to see her play on Broadway. We’re challenging you to rank your top 10 favorites! Site Producer Joanne Villani posted her list of top 10 picks here! STEP 1—SELECT: Visit Culturalist to see all of your options. Highlight your 10 favorites and click the “continue” button. STEP 3—PREVIEW: You will now see your complete top 10 list. If you like it, click the “publish” button. (If you don’t have a Culturalist account yet, you will be asked to create one at this point.)center_img Once your list is published, you can see the overall rankings of everyone on the aggregate list. STEP 2—RANK: Reorder your 10 choices by dragging them into the correct spot on your list. Click the “continue” button. Pick your favorites, then tune in for the results on the next episode of The Show!last_img read more

Odds & Ends: Alec Baldwin Returns to the Stage & More

first_imgHere’s a quick roundup of stories you may have missed today. Broadway Backwards Breaks Records The 10th anniversary of Broadway Backwards, hosted by Julie Halston and Rob McClure on March 9, raised a record $466,717 for Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS and The Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual & Transgender Community Center. The sold-out show at the Al Hirschfeld Theatre included performances from Tituss Burgess, Lena Hall, Norm Lewis and more. Condola Rashad Takes Tinseltown Broadway fave Condola Rashad (Romeo and Juliet, The Trip to Bountiful and Stick Fly) is making it big in Hollywood! According to Deadline, the Tony nominee will take on the role of George Clooney’s assistant in the Jodie Foster-helmed Money Monster. Rashad is additionally set to appear opposite Rachel Weisz, Danny Glover, Kathy Bates and Michael Shannon in an untitled movie about a mysterious woman at a dinner party. And that’s not all! She also just shot a pilot for Showtime, Billions, starring Paul Giamatti and Damian Lewis. Congrats, Condola! James Houghton Steps Down From Signature James Houghton, the founding Artistic Director of Signature Theatre, will step down next year at the end of the 2015-16 25th anniversary season. He was recently diagnosed with stomach cancer and will be attending to his health and family. Under Houghton’s stewardship, in 2012 Signature opened The Pershing Square Signature Center, the largest new theater center in New York City in nearly 50 years, and was recognized in 2014 with the Regional Theatre Tony Award. A new Artistic Director will be welcomed by July 1, 2016. We at wish Houghton all the best and a speedy recovery. Alec Baldwin Returns to Theater After a tumultuous turn on the Great White Way with Orphans, Alec Baldwin is returning to the boards in All My Sons. The New York Post reports that he will appear opposite two-time Tony nominee and Roseanne star Laurie Metcalf in the Arthur Miller classic in June at East Hampton’s Guild Hall. Hopefully the run off-off-off Broadway will be a calmer one for all concerned and Shia LaBeouf won’t stop by and repeat his behavior at Cabaret.center_img View Comments Watch Tony Winner Mark Rylance in Twelfth Night Miss out on the recent acclaimed all-male production of Twelfth Night, starring Mark Rylance in (yet another!) Tony-winning performance? Well, never fear, the film of the Globe’s 2012 production is available to rent or buy in the U.S. for the first time from March 12 here. Check out an hysterical clip of Rylance and Tony nominee Stephen Fry in the comedy below.last_img read more

DWTS’ Derek Hough Still Out of Spring Spectacular

first_img View Comments Show Closed This production ended its run on Aug. 7, 2016 Derek Hough remains unable to perform in New York Spring Spectacular. As previously reported, the five-time Dancing with the Stars winner sustained an injury during rehearsals for the TV show’s 10th Anniversary special. A spokesperson for Spring Spectacular said: “until further notice, Taylor Frey will be performing the role of Jack.”Directed and choreographed by Warren Carlyle, with Diane Paulus and Randy Weiner as co-creative directors, the show is penned by Joshua Harmon. The new production featuring the iconic dance troupe is a whirlwind adventure across the Big Apple that tells an inspiring and hopeful story about three New Yorkers who change each other’s lives in unexpectedly wonderful ways. Spring Spectacular contains 3D special effects, large-scale puppetry and a soundtrack of original songs, classics and pop hits.Spring Spectacular also stars Tony winner Laura Benanti and recently extended through May 7 at Radio City Music Hall. Related Shows Star Files New York Spring Spectacular Laura Benantilast_img read more

All You Need to Get By! Dates Set for London’s Motown the Musical

first_img View Comments Hail to the beat! We now have dates for the previously reported West End production of Motown the Musical at the Shaftesbury Theatre. The show is set to begin previews on February 11, 2016 and officially open on March 8. Casting will be announced soon.Directed by Charles Randolph-Wright and featuring a book by Motown founder Berry Gordy, Motown The Musical’s score includes over 50 beloved hits from the Motown catalogue. The show tells the story of Gordy’s rise from small-town dreamer to big-time record mogul. Along the way, he discovers a slew of musical talent including Stevie Wonder, Smokey Robinson, Marvin Gaye, Michael Jackson and the legendary Diana Ross, with whom he sparks a romance.The Broadway production played its final performance on January 18 at the Lunt Fontanne Theatre to make way for Finding Neverland. Motown intends to return to the Great White Way in summer 2016 at a Nederlander theater to be announced.last_img read more

Lessons of the Week! Kristin Chenoweth, Aaron Tveit & More

first_imgIt’s Friday, which could only mean one thing: We’re ready to crawl into bed and obsessively refresh Aaron Tveit’s shiny new Twitter profile for the next 48 hours. OK, two things: It’s time for the Lessons of the Week! A lot of exciting news went down on the Great White Way over the last seven days, and we’re here to teach you all about it. Enjoy!We’re Following Aaron Tveit (Even More)Tweeting Tveitertots, rejoice! Official boyfriend Aaron Tveit has finally joined the Twittersphere! After clapping with one hand, doing a shower dance and, uh, just generally feeling things, we eventually pulled ourselves together to give him a follow. We can’t make any promises that our Tweet of the Week on the show will be anyone other than Mr. Tveit in the foreseeable future. Sorry, Laura.HBlix Should Bake the Worst Pies in LondonOn the latest episode of Renaissance Woman, Heidi Blickenstaff revealed that while she’s currently playing a woman in 16th-century London, she’d love to fast forward a couple centuries to play Mrs. Lovett in Sweeney Todd. Maybe she can play Lovett opposite Daphne Rubin-Vega’s Sweeney-esque character in Empanada Loca. You know us, eminently practical and yet appropriate as always.Broadway Needs More R-E-S-P-E-C-THot off the heels of Gloria and Emilio Estefan, Aretha Franklin wants to see her life on the stage. We’re all for it, if only because A) “Natural Woman” deserves to be in multiple Broadway musicals, and B) we’d really like to see the Queen of Soul stop the show whenever she sees someone texting in the audience. Find out what it means to her. By the way, who do you think will star? Way ahead of you.J. Hud Has a Key Change DanceIf Jennifer Hudson does end up playing Aretha on stage, we suspect we’d be seeing this move a lot. The Oscar winner and her The Color Purple co-star Cynthia Erivo recently recorded an insane rendition of the show’s title anthem, and at every fierce key change, the Hudson showed off an equally fierce action. So, while you probably can’t belt like J. Hud, you can at least move your fingers like her.Jefferson Mays Is a Super VillainMonty Navarro may be the one offing his relatives one by one, but the D’Ysquiths have the last laugh. And it’s TERRIFYING. On his latest vlog episode, Gentleman’s Guide star Bryce Pinkham challenged his co-stars to laugh without smiling. Jefferson Mays was the only one who had no trouble. With his dapper suits, mastery of disguise and now this, we think Mays is hiding something…something evil.God Loves Network TVIt seems the Man upstairs has a type. After assuming the form of The Big Bang Theory Emmy winner Jim Parsons in An Act of God on Broadway, the Almighty will borrow the body of Will & Grace Emmy winner Sean Hayes for the show’s Los Angeles bow. Wait. Do they not have cable in Heaven? For the yet-to-be announced national tour, can You check to see if Jesse Tyler Ferguson is available?Wesley Taylor Is a Celeb MagnetAll the New York celebrities are flocking to…Hamilton photo ops Wesley Taylor’s benefit reading! The Broadway alum will reunite with his Addams Family co-star Nathan Lane, his Smash co-star Debra Messing, his Addams Family AND Smash bestie Krysta Rodriguez and a ton of other Big Apple big wigs, when a series of his short plays premiere. Has anyone asked Aaron Tveit yet? He’s now on Twitter.Cheno’s Still Embracing EvilKristin Chenoweth has definitely made us cry before with her beautiful soprano voice, but she hasn’t yet made us cry with a pair of tweezers. When the pocket diva paid Conan O’Brien a visit, she showed off her manscaping skills (neck up only) by plucking the crap out of those ginger eyebrows. Were those tears of joy over his new brows or tears of pain? Well, she is the Mistress of All Evil…Marlee Matlin Has a Tiny, Evil AdvisorIn addition to winning Tonys and Emmys and plucking eyebrows, Chenoweth has apparently taken up being a star manager. When Marlee Matlin was offered the chance to make her Broadway debut in Spring Awakening, she called two people: the Fonz and the Mistress of All Evil. They convinced her to take the part. Good work, Cheno, but don’t step on Rory O’Malley’s turf.Hugh Jackman Can Tap His HeelsHugh Jackman’s bringing Broadway to Oz back home! That’s right: the Tony winner, Oscar nominee and Audience Choice Award winner will play Dorothy in the previously announced Broadway revival of The Wiz! Wait. That can’t be right. OK, he’s returning to his home country of Australia to present a revamped version of his 2011 hit Back on Broadway. There’s no place like Oz, right, Hugh? View Comments Kristin Chenowethcenter_img Star Fileslast_img read more

Telly Leung, Josh Young & More Join The Secret Garden Anniversary Concert

first_img The complete cast is now set for the 25th anniversary concert presentation of The Secret Garden. Allegiance’s Telly Leung, Josh Young, Fun Home’s Oscar Williams, The Book of Mormon’s Nikki Renée Daniels and more will join the lineup that includes Sydney Lucas, Sierra Boggess, Daisy Eagan, Ben Platt and Ramin Karimloo. The event is set for February 21 and 22 at Lincoln Center’s David Geffen Hall.Leung, Young, Williams and Daniels take on the roles of Fakir, Captain Albert Lennox, Colin Craven and Rose Lennox, respectively. Also joining are Quentin Earl Darrington (Ragtime) as Major Holmes, Julie Halston (You Can’t Take It With You) as Mrs. Winthrop, Jamie Jackson (Doctor Zhivago) as Lieutenant Shaw, Anisha Nagarajan (Bombay Dreams) as Ayah, John Riddle (The Visit) as Lieutenant Wright, Haley Swindal (Jekyll & Hyde) as Alice and Josh Tower (Motown) as Major Shelley.Stafford Arima directs the Manhattan Concert Productions staging, which will feature the New York City Chamber Orchestra and a 200-voice chorus.The musical features a score by Lucy Simon and a book and lyrics by Marsha Norman. Orphaned while living in India, 10 year-old Mary Lennox returns to Yorkshire, England to live with her embittered, reclusive uncle Archibald, whom she has never met. There, the ill-tempered and lonely Mary meets Martha, a chambermaid, who tells her of a secret garden which belonged to her aunt Lily before she died. Telly LeungPhoto by Bruce Glikas View Commentslast_img read more

See Edward Hibbert & Andre Ward Decked Out in Something Rotten!

first_img Something Rotten! Edward Hibbert(Photo: Joan Marcus) Bring on the ruffles and poofy pants! Just in case you still needed style inspiration for those weekend plans, Something Rotten! newcomers Edward Hibbert and André Ward (see below) have got you covered. Broadway vet Hibbert is currently rocking Renaissance duds as Lord Clapham/Master of Justice, while Ward welcomes the show’s newcomers as Minstrel. Get your fix of Something Rotten! with the full gallery link here (including a first look at David Beach as Brother Jeremiah); the tuner is running at the St. James Theatre. Related Showscenter_img View Comments Show Closed This production ended its run on Jan. 1, 2017last_img read more