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Idina Menzel's "divas" need their stage! One of them was trying to steal the spotlight during her performance at Radio City Music Hall. How did
It's not often that you board an airplane to find a Broadway-level cast of musicians belting out a song from a hit musical. And that's pretty much what happened on a Brisbane flight headed back to Sydney, Australia. The Australian cast of the theatrical version of The Lion King filled the cabin with the opening song, "The Circle of Life," much to the amusement, curiosity or indifference of the passengers preparing for take-off.
Kristen Bell is on fire lately. Not only did her gone-too-soon detective series Veronica Mars earn itself a much-deserved comeback in the form of a Kickstarted film that arrives this week, but she was a key part of the massively popular Disney musical Frozen, in which she not only got to show off the sense of humor we're already familiar with, but also her vocal talents.
The Tony Awards are a great opportunity for those outside the New York area to get a peek at some of the new and revived musicals tearing up the Broadway stage. Case in point, the video above gives us a look at Kinky Boots, Cyndi Lauper's musical about a man who inherits his father's struggling shoe factory and aims to revive the business by making shoes for men seeking stilettos. Lauper did the music and lyrics, while Harvey Fierstein is credited for writing the book. Kinky Boots is just one of the stage productions that had a good night at the 67th Annual Tony Awards, which aired on CBS last night.
Idina Menzel hasn't abandoned the stage completely since her Tony Award-winning performance as Elphaba in Wicked. The Broadway star has juggled theater work with her big and small screen roles, including reprising her character Elphaba in London when Wicked made its West End debut. But she hasn't starred in a Broadway play since leaving the cast of Wicked close to a decade ago.
Shia LaBeouf may have played the chubby kid in Even Stevens and the main character in Transformers, but heís still a man who takes the craft of acting very seriously. Over the past few years, heís consistently picked roles that would either push himself creatively or push the envelope with the audience. As such, he was scheduled to make his Great White Way debut in a revival of Lyle Kesslerís famed Orphans, but unfortunately, thatís now off the table.
Itís not surprising Katie Holmes is eager to again prove herself as an actress following her split with husband Tom Cruise, but the direction sheís going in might raise a few eyebrows. Rather than taking a splashy film role, Holmes has reportedly decided to join the cast of Dead Accounts, a new Broadway play from the creator of Smash.
Director Steven Soderbergh has jumped on board to produce, and Carolin will write the book with an eye toward taking the extravaganza to Broadway by the summer of 2013. That doesnít really leave everyone much time to get the details worked out, but given the excitement level here, I donít really think everyone committing their time will be a problem.
You need two things to be a successful stripper: a desirable body and an over abundance of confidence. Magic Mike solidified the first problem by hiring Channing Tatum, Matthew McConaughey and pretty much every other good looking dude in Hollywood. As for the second problem, well, I think this story speaks for itself.
Spider-Man: Turn Off The Dark might be fascinating Broadway fans with its crazy stunts, but the pending litigation surrounding the production is far more shocking. Original director Julie Taymor was booted after the budget soared and delays, coupled with bad press, escalated the fears of investors.
Thereís no word on exactly how much money Jackman himself is making, but seeing as how the show consists only of himself and an eighteen piece orchestra, I would imagine his accountant is pretty happy. If youíre in the neighborhood, Iíd highly suggest checking it out. It wonít be long before heís back in Hollywood.
Many of the leading litigators, both for and against, are actual characters in the work, and the screenwriter spent hours interviewing opinion makers on both sides of the issue to help synthesize the argument and turn it into a one act play. A staged reading of the work helmed by Broadway veteran Joe Mantello will take place in September to be followed by productions at several universities including Carnegie Mellon, Northwestern and Michigan
Remember in Spider-Man 3, when Peter Parker succumbs to the black goo and becomes ďcoolĒ and can dance and seduce ladies and stuff? Well, if you donít have too much PTSD from that scene, and you love Spidey, you can now start looking forward to director Julie Taymorís new adaptation of Marvelís Spider-Man for the stage