Director Jon Favreau is looking for unknowns to star in his upcoming adaptation of the Tony award-winning Broadway musical, Jersey Boys. Over the next two weekends, in Philadelphia and New York, he’s looking for male singers to audition for the four lead roles of Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons, the legendary music group at the center of this classic rags to riches story. This means that if you live on the East Coast, are male and can sing, you may just become a superstar.
The site also mentions the film will begin shooting in New York in January 2013. Read more about each role after the jump. Read More »
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The Disney film to Broadway transition worked for Beauty and the Beast, The Lion King, is currently working for Newsies, and might soon take a carpet ride through Agrabah. At a recent Disneyland performance, songwriter Alan Menkin mentioned that the hit 1992 musical Aladdin might soon be making its way to Broadway. This isn’t exactly a huge surprise, however, as a musical version of the show has already been performed in Seattle, St. Louis, and is currently on stage in Utah through October. It features several songs originally cut from the movie and a few minor plot twists as well. Read more about Menken’s quote, and the show, after the jump. Read More »
Hedwig and the Angry Inch is a remarkable piece of work. The brainchild of writer/actor/director John Cameron Mitchell and Stephen Trask, the play and film it spawned are a whirlwind of romance, longing and sexual politics all presented as a glam rock musical. I never caught the stage version, and put off seeing the film for some time, but when I finally caught the film I realized I had been very dumb for sleeping on it. The story is unique and wonderful as it gives a perspective on gender identity and keeps the characters feeling very familiar and relateable.
There have been questions about a Hedwig sequel over the years, but Mitchell never seemed much inclined to go back to the character that launched his career. (And, in fact, Hedwig and the Angry Inch is a pretty self-contained story.)
But now there’s word that Mitchell is writing a sequel. Presumably this will begin life as a stage production, but if it does well, we might hope for a film version as well. Read More »
Posted on Tuesday, June 26th, 2012 by Angie Han
These days, it’s no longer enough for a movie to just succeed by itself on the big screen — if there’s a movie spin-off, theme park attraction, board game, or stage adaptation to possibly be made of it, someone, somewhere is already working on it. Such is the case with Magic Mike, Steven Soderbergh‘s male stripper pic based on the real-life experiences of star Channing Tatum. Although the film itself won’t open for another few days, screenwriter and producer Reid Carolin says they’ve already been cooking up plans for a Broadway run. Hit the jump for details.
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Rob Zombie‘s film career has been defined by horror until this point: House of 1,000 Corpses, the two Halloween films, and his upcoming The Lords of Salem are explicitly horror, and The Devil’s Rejects is such grimy exploitation that it has to be viewed as horror at its core. We’ve known he might move away from the genre at some point, and that time may be now. And why should guys like Kevin Smith be the only ones to make hockey movies?
Zombie is attached to write, produce and direct Broad Street Bullies, a film based on the career of the upstart and ultimately winning ’70s Philadelphia Flyers hockey team. But don’t worry about some of Zombie’s trademarks; as a ’70s hockey film, and specifically one about the ‘take no prisoners’ Flyers, there’s a lot of room for violence here. Read More »
For years, Sam Mendes has talked about making a stage musical based on Roald Dahl‘s book Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. The most recent time the project cropped up was when the director was going through the early stages of working on the new James Bond film, Skyfall. As that project seemed to stall thanks to MGM’s financial situation (since resolved) he considered bouncing to the stage production.
Now, with his Skyfall duties nearing their end, he’s back on track to mount the story of Charlie on the London stage. Get info on that production, and see some behind the scenes photos of the original film version of the book, after the break. Read More »
The How To Train Your Dragon Arena Spectacular just finished its first round of performances in Australia and New Zealand and is now poised to swoop onto U.S. shores this summer. It’s a massive, live-action production telling the story of the first film with 80 cast members and 24 life-size, animatronic dragons.
Previously, we’d seen some footage of those dragons but now that the show is up an running, a trailer has been released along with some actual footage. The show should be a good go-between to satisfy fans before How To Train Your Dragon 2 comes out in 2014. Check out the videos below. Read More »
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Let me say one thing first: this is the sort of role I think Tom Cruise does well. A variation on the arrogant, overbearing personality with a core of self-doubt has served him well in a few films here and there. So I hoped that playing big-time rock star Stacee Jaxx in Adam Shankman‘s ’80s cock rock jukebox musical Rock of Ages might work, too. But based on this new full-length trailer, I don’t think anything really works in Rock of Ages. I know there will be people who dig this, and given that it took time and effort to create I hope someone digs it. Go forth and have a great time, please. But I can’t lie: this one made me cringe more than I would have expected to.
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