monopoly musical

I love musicals and I adore tabletop games, but my affection for both of them is about to be severely tested — a Monopoly stage musical is in the works. A Broadway show based on the world’s most recognizable (and severely outdated and just plain broken) board game is inexplicably in development from people who should know better. This is the kind of news that is genetically engineered to ruin my day. I cannot fathom this thing actually getting made and reaching a New York City stage, but everyone involved should still go directly to creative jail without passing Go or collecting $200.

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Hamilton filming

Hamilton is the rare cultural phenomenon that’s largely enjoyed by people who haven’t actually seen it. Not for lack of interest, mind you, but because Hamilton tickets are basically impossible to get at this point. And creator and star Lin-Manuel Miranda broke a lot of hearts last month when he set a July exit date and predicted a Hamilton movie wouldn’t happen “for, like, 20 years.” But finally, we’ve got a tiny bit of good news for those who won’t get to the Richard Rodgers Theatre in time.

Miranda has confirmed that the Hamilton Broadway show will be filmed with the entire original cast before Miranda’s exit. And though Miranda’s understudy Javier Muñoz will step into the role starting next month, Miranda says he could still come back eventually.  Read More »

Draco

You’ve met the Potters and the Granger-Weasleys; now it’s time to get acquainted with the Malfoys. The upcoming play Harry Potter and the Cursed Child has released the first official photos of Draco Malfoy, now all grown up and played by Alex Price, and his school-age son Scorpius, played by Anthony Boyle.

The pair round out the Cursed Child cast, which also includes Jamie Parker (Harry Potter), Poppy Miller (Ginny Potter), Sam Clemmett (Albus Potter), Noma Dumezweni (Hermione Granger), Paul Thornley (Ron Weasley), and Cherrelle Skeete (Rose Granger-Weasley). Read More »

Hermione

Yesterday brought us our first look at the Potter family of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, featuring Jamie Parker as Harry, Poppy Miller as Ginny, and Sam Clemmett as their rather unfortunately named son Albus. Today it’s time to meet their best friends, the Granger-Weasleys.

Paul Thornley plays Ron Weasley and Noma Dumezweni is Hermione Granger, and Cherrelle Skeete plays their daughter Rose Granger-Weasley. Hardcore fans will recall that the Granger-Weasleys also have a son, Hugo, but either he doesn’t exist in the play or he just didn’t feel like showing up for the family portrait. See the latest Harry Potter and the Cursed Child photos below.  Read More »

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child first look

An entire generation of readers and moviegoers have grown up alongside Harry Potter, tracking him from his neglected childhood in the Dursleys’ cupboard all the way to his defeat of Voldemort at the Battle of Hogwarts. Now this summer, the new play Harry Potter and the Cursed Child promises to follow the Boy Who Lived well into adulthood. Jamie Parker stars as Harry, now a middle-aged father of three, while Poppy Miller plays Ginny and Sam Clemmett their son Albus. The first photos of the actors in character have just been released, and you can check ’em out after the jump.  Read More »

Wizarding World of Harry Potter at Universal Studios Hollywood

J.K. Rowling‘s original Harry Potter book series ended in 2007, and the Harry Potter film series followed not too long after in 2011. But the Harry Potter franchise is as robust and productive as ever. In fact, 2016 is already shaping up to be a huge year for Potterheads. Not only do we have a spinoff movie, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, coming this fall, we’ve also got the imminent opening of Universal Studios’ The Wizarding World of Harry Potter this spring and the West End debut of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child this summer.

Of course, all that magic tends to add up. And if your Gringotts vault isn’t exactly overflowing with Galleons, you’ll make sure you want to spend your money wisely. So today, we’ve got a closer look at the new Wizarding World of Harry Potter theme park, and some news about the Harry Potter and the Cursed Child book due to hit shelves. Yes, you read that right: we’re getting an eighth Harry Potter book.  Read More »

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Frozen Broadway

When it comes to a huge hit like Frozen, it should come as no surprise that Disney just won’t let it go (I know, I’m sorry). The House of Mouse has already delivered an animated short called Frozen Fever that played with Cinderella last year and there’s already a Frozen 2 in the works, but without a release date to look forward to yet. But that’s not all Disney has planned for Frozen.

Disney has officially announced that a Broadway adaptation of Frozen is in the works, for an expected opening in the spring of 2018. In addition, an animated holiday special is in development for release in 2017. Find out more about the Frozen Broadway adaptation and holiday special below. Read More »

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Quentin Tarantino‘s The Hateful Eight is now in theaters. While the film has been a tad divisive amongst the filmmaker’s fans and critics, both Jacob Hall and I absolutely adore the film. In fact, I’m seeing it for a third time tonight, and I can’t wait to once again unravel Tarantino’s rewarding narrative. It’s simply great storytelling, and as he’s stated before, it would work just as well on the stage. Now, he’s making the prospect of The Hateful Eight stage play sound more likely.

Read Tarantino’s future plans for the material after the jump.

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Harry Potter and the Cursed Child artwork

Daniel Radcliffe, Emma Watson, and Rupert Grint completed their run as Harry, Ron, and Hermione in 2011 with Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2. But now with Harry Potter and the Cursed Child set to open in London’s West End next year, there’s a new trio in town.

Jamie ParkerPaul Thorney, and Noma Dumezweni have just been cast as Harry, Ron, and Hermione respectively in the upcoming two-part play, described as “the eighth story, nineteen years later.” Learn about the Harry Potter and the Cursed Child casting after the jump.  Read More »