Right now, it doesn’t seem like many Disney fans are all that excited about the arrival of the studio’s remake of their 1992 animated classic Aladdin. The marketing certainly isn’t doing the movie any favors, whether it’s because of the seemingly wooden performance from Mena Massoud as the titular street urchin or the boring choreography for what should be one of the most lively parts of the movie. However, if the early buzz is any indicator, this movie is much better than the trailers make it seem.
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We’ve been hearing rumblings about a Back to the Future musical for about seven years, but after a long wait, the show has finally ramped up to 88 mph and is ready to make its debut. Robert Zemeckis, the film’s co-writer/director, and Bob Gale, its co-writer/producer, are still involved in this musical, as is the movie’s composer, Alan Silvestri. Here’s everything we know about the upcoming stage show. Read More »
None of us has seen a single frame of the Cats movie, but the film community seems obsessed with the big screen adaptation of the Broadway musical – for all the wrong reasons. Rather than have the actors dress up in cat costumes like the musical, the movie is employing tech to digitally turn the cast into realistic-looking cat-people. It’s either going to look really good, or really bad. Pop icon Taylor Swift, one of the stars of the movie, recently revealed that to prepare for her part, she had to enroll in cat school. How can you not want to see this movie at this point?
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It’s a tale as old as time that Disney can’t get enough of rebooting its wildly popular properties on the screen and on the stage. Disney Theatrical is developing a revival of the Broadway musical that kicked off the 25-year era of the stageplay subsidiary of the House of Mouse: Beauty and the Beast. The new Beauty and the Beast Broadway musical will be a retelling of the classic story but with some key changes that brings this age-old tale to an all-new audience.
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More often than not, when an actor takes on the role of an iconic singer, they lip-sync rather than belting out the tunes themselves. Not Taron Egerton, though. The Kingsman actor is portraying Elton John in the movie Rocketman, and rather than have John’s famous voice dubbed in, Egerton does all the singing himself. And he sounds great! Does he sound like Elton John? Not really. But his voice is just similar enough to work. A new Rocketman music video has Egerton performing the Elton John song “Rocket Man” below.
Even though the summer is chock-full of blockbusters, there are some indie treasures that will be vying for your attention this season, and one of them was quite the sensation at the Sundance Film Festival earlier this year.
Based on Sarfraz Manzoor’s acclaimed memoir Greetings from Bury Park, the film Blinded by the Light tells the true story of how one Pakistani British teen (newcomer Viveik Kalra in a breakthrough performance) takes solace in the inspirational tunes of Bruce Springsteen. Clashing with his family, persecuted in the streets, and outcast at school, The Boss is the one thing that keeps this kid going strong. Watch the Blinded by the Light trailer below. Read More »
Rocketman isn’t slated to hit theaters until the end of May, but if you’re a member of the free-to-join rewards program Fandango VIP, the movie ticket service will let you see the musical Elton John biopic a couple weeks early through their Early Access Screening program. Find out more about the Rocketman early screenings below. Read More »
Sing Street may be the great underrated film of this decade. The scrappy little musical dramedy from Once director John Carney flew under the radar when it was released in 2016, despite its all-time great ’80s-inspired soundtrack and sweet coming-of-age story. But it could soon live on in more than just the hearts of the dozens of cinephiles who champion it, and find a new life as a stage musical.
A Sing Street musical is coming to Off Broadway’s New York Theatre Workshop, developed by the team behind the Tony-winning stage adaptation of Once.
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Cameron Crowe‘s Almost Famous will jump from screen to stage this fall, as an Almost Famous musical heads to San Diego. Based on Crowe’s acclaimed 2000 film about a teen journalist on assignment with an up-and-coming rock band, the new musical will feature music by Tom Kitt, with lyrics by Kitt and Crowe. More on Almost Famous: The Musical below.
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Now that Avengers: Endgame is in theaters, Disney has moved on to promoting their next big summer release, whether you wished for it or not.
Aladdin is giving the classic 1992 animated film from Walt Disney the live-action treatment. While the excitement surrounding this particular adaptation doesn’t seem to be quite as high as Beauty and the Beast before it, or even the upcoming remake of The Lion King, the time has come for Disney to start making the full push to get butts in the seats. A new Aladdin TV spot explains the basics of wishing through Will Smith as Genie. Oh, and tickets are now on sale if you’re desperate to make your plans early. Read More »