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The Movie: 21 Chump Street
Where You Can Stream It: YouTube
The Pitch: In a plot that mirrors the events of 21 Jump Street, a Florida police officer goes undercover and poses as a high school student in an attempt to bust the kids who were dealing drugs. But when a straight-laced, straight-A student falls for the undercover cop, the story becomes a little more complicated. This story is based on actual events which occurred less than ten years ago.
Why It’s Essential Viewing: A complex story of deception, betrayal, and misguided love, 21 Chump Street was originally a segment on an episode of This American Life in 2012. A couple of years later, Broadway breakout Lin-Manuel Miranda premiered a 14-minute, one-act musical adaptation of it at the Brooklyn Academy of Music. Miranda wrote the music, lyrics, and book for the short musical, which he penned after his success with In the Heights but before he became a household name with Hamilton. (Case in point: host Ira Glass, who introduces the show, literally mispronounces his name.) Watch the entire performance below. Read More »
Joe Wright, the director behind movies like Atonement, Hanna, and Pan, is making his first musical.
Wright has been hired to direct MGM’s Cyrano musical, based on a stage play by Erica Schmidt which was adapted from Edmond Rostand’s famous Cyrano de Bergerac. The film’s four major roles have already been cast: Peter Dinklage (Game of Thrones), Haley Bennett (The Magnificent Seven, Swallow), Brian Tyree Henry (Atlanta, Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse), and Ben Mendelsohn (Rogue One: A Star Wars Story) are all set to star. And as an added bonus, the Grammy-winning rock band The National is handling the music.
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Well, the cat’s out of the bag: Andrew Lloyd Webber hates the Cats movie. Since Webber unleashed his disdain for James Corden’s performance as Bustopher Jones earlier this summer, it seems the composer’s claws are out for the feature film adaptation of his acclaimed stage musical. The award-winning composer is not going to let sleeping cats lie, and doubled down on his criticisms of Tom Hooper’s adaptation in an interview that I might say is a little…catty.
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Hidden Figures, the 2016 film that earned a Best Picture nomination at the Oscars, is heading to the stage.
Disney is reportedly developing a Hidden Figures musical, which would adapt the story of the Black female mathematicians who were an essential part of the United States space missions during the Space Race of the 1960s. Read More »
Director Joel Schumacher died last month, and many of the obituaries and appreciation pieces written about his life highlighted his work on the stylish 1987 vampire movie The Lost Boys, which became a generational touchstone for kids of a certain age. The franchise has since expanded with a pair of straight-to-DVD sequels and a comic book series, but it looks like a Lost Boys musical – which fills in some of the backstory before the events of the first movie – is going to be heading to Broadway. Listen to the musical’s soundtrack and get the plot details below. Read More »
In 2016, Hamilton was at the top of the world. The hip-hop musical by Lin-Manuel Miranda was a bonafide cultural phenomenon, blowing the doors wide open to the usually niche world of musical theater and becoming the most hotly-talked about topic in pop culture, music, and even politics. The hip-hop musical about American Founding Father Alexander was (aptly) hailed as revolutionary, and to bear witness to its meteoric rise was amazing. But only a select few could actually get to witness the magic of Hamilton on stage.
Accessibility has always been the bane of theater. The Richard Rodgers Theatre can only house so many people in its seats, and the cast of Hamilton can only perform eight shows a week for so long. But before that moment could fade, Hamilton director Thomas Kail wanted to shatter the show’s long-held reputation of exclusivity and share “the energy of what it was like to be in the Richard Rodgers Theatre in June of 2016, because I never felt anything like that.”
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We’ll never be satisfied until we see Hamilton in its entirety on Disney+ on July 3. But a new clip of one of its most beloved songs might help ease the tension a little. Disney+ has released a new Hamilton clip that shows a snippet of the iconic “Satisfied” number, performed by Renée Elise Goldsberry. Watch the new Hamilton clip below.
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Hollywood is still hoping against hope that movie theaters can be back up and running this year, but Broadway isn’t taking any chances. The Great White Way has been shut down since March 12, and today, The Broadway League announced that Broadway would remain dark until at least January of next year. And one can’t help but ask: if it isn’t safe enough to reopen Broadway this year, how can it be safe enough to reopen movie theaters?
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Before the Independence Day holiday weekend begins, Disney+ will kick off the patriotic celebrations with the debut of their live recording of the Broadway hit Hamilton. Created by and starring Lin-Manuel Miranda, the hip-hop musical tells the story of historical figure Alexander Hamilton, including his interactions with the likes of George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, and of course, Aaron Burr. A new Hamilton trailer and clip have arrived to tease the musical’s arrival on Disney+ this week, including a peek at one of the more famous songs from the show. Read More »
Remember The Da Vinci Code? Dan Brown‘s obscenely popular bestseller about a puzzle-solving murder mystery involving a conspiracy within the Catholic church? Well, it’s back – in stage play form. Sadly, this won’t be a musical. Instead, it’s being described as a “stage thriller,” and the current plan is to open the production in the U.K. next April.
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