Disney is well-known for turning their hit movies into stage musicals. As you read this, not only can you see The Lion King, Aladdin and Newsies on stage somewhere, but The Hunchback of Notre Dame and Frozen are coming too. Now, Disney’s 2010 Rapunzel film Tangled is also getting the live, musical treatment. Unfortunately, you can’t see it on Broadway though. This one you can only see on Disney Cruises. Read more about the Tangled Stage musical below. Read More »
Posted on Tuesday, March 31st, 2015 by Angie Han
Ratings for last year’s Peter Pan Live! were disappointing enough that NBC felt the need to publicly blame stars Allison Williams and Christopher Walken. Nevertheless, the network is pressing onward with its now annual tradition of staging live televised musicals, with The Wiz as their next target.
Naturally, The Wiz live show will involve some high-profile stunt-casting. But at least this one feels genuinely intriguing: Cirque du Soleil is teaming with NBC for The Wiz live show, setting up Broadway run. Get all the details on The Wiz live show after the jump. Read More »
Posted on Tuesday, March 24th, 2015 by Angie Han
Kenneth Branagh may have just added one more item to Martin Scorsese‘s very long to-do list. According to the actor, Scorsese is looking to direct a feature film adaptation of the classic William Shakespeare tragedy Macbeth, based on the recent stage production mounted by Branagh.
And though Branagh acknowledges that scheduling could be tricky, he maintains they’re “practically there” and he’s feeing “very very hopeful.” More on the potential Martin Scorsese Macbeth project after the jump. Read More »
Are we living in a Simpsons episode? The idea of Bruce Willis starring in a Broadway version of Misery — yeah, based on the 1987 Stephen King novel — seems like exactly the sort of marquee attraction that would lure in Homer Simpson during a “the Simpsons are going to Manhattan!” episode of the show. Will it lure in real paying customers? We’ve got more info on the Bruce Willis version of Misery after the break. And no, sadly, it won’t be a musical. Read More »
Posted on Friday, February 13th, 2015 by Germain Lussier
As the unfathomable success of Frozen continues to sustain, Disney is being very careful with how they exploit the title. They’re slowly but surely rolling the film and its characters into theme parks. There are no immediate plans for a sequel, but a short film will be out in March. And there have been talks of a stage adaptation too, which just took a major step forward.
The Frozen stage show just officially announced its writers, songwriters and director. Good news, Frozen fans, they’re familiar. The writer and director will be Jennifer Lee, the co-director of the film. Then Robert Lopez and Kristen Anderson-Lopez, the Oscar-winning duo behind the songs in the original film, are doing the songs for the show. So basically, the Frozen musical is in capable, familiar hands. Read more on the Frozen Broadway musical below. Read More »
Posted on Monday, January 26th, 2015 by Germain Lussier
The passing of Robin Williams removed any chance of Mrs. Doubtfire 2 ever happening, but it turns out the character will endure regardless. In a new interview, composer Alan Menken revealed he’s working on a Mrs. Doubtfire musical for the stage. Read more below. Read More »
Posted on Thursday, January 8th, 2015 by Angie Han
Hot off the success of Into the Woods, producer Marc Platt has hopes of bringing another stage hit to the big screen. He revealed his hopes of getting a Wicked movie into theaters by 2016.
As of now, Stephen Daldry is still attached to direct and Winnie Holzman is writing the script. Based on the 1996 novel by Gregory Maguire, Wicked is a retelling of The Wizard of Oz told from the perspective of the Wicked Witch of the West. More on the Wicked movie release after the jump. Read More »
Posted on Tuesday, December 30th, 2014 by Germain Lussier
We’re still waiting to hear what film director Edgar Wright is doing next, but we know the next step for his first feature. Wright’s Shaun of the Dead has been turned into a live stage production by Almost Legal Productions. It premiered in late October of this year but is coming back in the next few months. Both Wright and Simon Pegg, who starred in and co-wrote the film, gave the officially licensed show their seal of approval. The show will be performed all over the UK during 2015 and tickets are on sale now.
Below, see a trailer for Shaun of the Dead Live, including some of the musical numbers and examples of audience participation, and read more about the show. Read More »
Posted on Thursday, December 18th, 2014 by Germain Lussier
Director Richard Linklater is having a pretty great year. He’s making his next movie just as his last one, Boyhood, is on its way to a possible Oscar or two. But despite a resume of absolutely amazing films (Before Sunset, Dazed and Confused, Waking Life) his most successful sometimes get forgotten. That’s the 2003 film School of Rock starring Jack Black and written by Mike White. The unique story of a slacker, posing as a substitute teacher, who turns private school kids into his own band, is a real crowd-pleaser and much different from the more introspective films Linklater is known for. It ended up grossing over $80 million, which is more than double his second most successful film.
Since its release, School of Rock has found a place in the hearts of its fans and a permanent spot on cable television. But now, it’s getting a new resurrection. In 2015, School of Rock is coming to Broadway with an absolutely amazing team. Read more about the School of Rock musical below. Read More »
Posted on Monday, November 24th, 2014 by Angie Han
Everyone remembers Patrick Stewart had one very big movie out this year, but he also had a much smaller one making the festival rounds. Directed by Stephen Belber, Match stars Stewart as a Juilliard ballet instructor forced to reflect upon his life when he’s interviewed by a married couple (Carla Gugino and Matthew Lillard) with ulterior motives. Watch the Match trailer after the jump.