Once Upon a Time in Hollywood stage play

Writer/director Quentin Tarantino has nine films under his belt, but he’s just done something he’s never done in his 30-plus year career: written a novelization of one of his own films. But it turns out his new novelization of Once Upon a Time in Hollywood isn’t the only new way he wants audiences to experience the story of Sharon Tate, Rick Dalton, and stunt double Cliff Booth. According to the man himself, Tarantino has also written a stage play version of the story and hopes to produce it soon. Read More »

In the Heights colorism

Lin-Manuel Miranda, who created and starred in the stage musical of In the Heights, has responded to the criticisms of colorism in the feature film directed by Jon M. Chu. The criticism had been brewing over the past week on Twitter, after an interview with the cast and crew pointed out the lack of Afro-Latino actors in the film, despite being set in the famously diverse New York neighborhood of Washington Heights. Miranda issued an apology over the “hurt and frustration” caused by this erasure, and admitted that “we fell short.”

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in the heights review

When In The Heights opened on Broadway in 2008, it was a scrappy little show that could, the product of a college sophomore’s wild ambitions and talent that had been honed and tweaked for years before finally hitting the Great White Way. But more than two decades after Lin-Manuel Miranda initially conceived of In the Heights during his second year at Wesleyan, Miranda’s profile has far exceeded anything that he created pre-Hamilton. So returning to Miranda’s first stage musical made back when he was young, scrappy, and hungry (I’m sorry, that will be the first and last one) with a glossy big-budget adaptation from the director who made Crazy Rich Asians is…a little weird, to say the least.

This is a musical that is bursting with energy, and vigor, and the raw imperfections of youth. It’s a little rough around the edges, but that’s part of its appeal. The feature film adaptation of In the Heights tries to recapture these rough edges, but it does it with a bit of the glitz and glamour that comes with every Hollywood musical. The end result is a movie musical that feels both a little too imperfect and too perfect, but everything is just so joyous and full of spectacle that you don’t notice much.

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everybody's talking about jamie teaser

Amazon wants everybody to be talking about Everybody’s Talking About Jamie. Which is why it’s a little ironic that it’s choosing to debut the feature adaptation of the acclaimed West End musical straight to its streaming service, where movies go to die (if they’re not Borat 2). But that’s the plan for Everybody’s Talking to Jamie, which is bypassing movie theaters and heading straight to Amazon this September. Watch the Everybody’s Talking About Jamie teaser below.

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dear evan hansen trailer

Dear Evan Hansen has made it to the big screen. A musical sensation when it debuted on Broadway in 2015, the Tony-winning musical now gets the feature film treatment with original star Ben Platt back in his blue polo, and looking a little rough for a teenager. Watch the Dear Evan Hansen trailer below.

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Hamilton Increases Disney+ Downloads

The neon lights are turning back on, on Broadway. Broadway is reopening this September with a string of mega-hits including The Lion King, Hamilton, and Wicked to bring audiences back into the theaters that have lay empty for the past year-plus.

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The Great Gatsby musical

F. Scott Fitzgerald’s literary classic The Great Gatsby entered the public domain at the start of this year, and it didn’t take long before news came out about multiple planned adaptations, including a TV series and an animated movie. But the adaptations don’t stop there: a The Great Gatsby musical is also in the works, and today, word came out that Florence Welch, the rock star singer of Florence + The Machine, is writing the lyrics and co-writing the music for the new stage show. Read More »

‘The Dark Crystal’ is Coming Back – as a Ballet

the dark crystal ballet

While the pain of the The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance‘s cancelation still hasn’t faded (we deserve season 2, Netflix!) Jim Henson‘s creation will live on in some way or another. This time as…a ballet? That’s right, a ballet take on The Dark Crystal is in the works, and is coming to London’s Royal Opera House for its 2021-2022 season. Prepare yourself for some dancing puppets.

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game of thrones stage play

The Tourney at Harrenhal. The kidnapping of Lyanna Stark. Robert’s Rebellion. All were spoken about in hushed tones during the course of HBO’s fantasy series Game of Thrones as the fateful events that led to the corrupt and fractured kingdom that we’re introduced to at the start of the series. Now, A Song of Ice and Fire author George R.R. Martin is bringing those events to life in…a stage play.

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The Queen's Gambit Musical

The Queen’s Gambit was a huge hit on Netflix last year, becoming the streaming service’s most-watched scripted miniseries with over 62 million viewers in the first month. Now, fresh off a Golden Globes win for Best Television Limited Series, Anthology Series, or Motion Picture Made for Television, the story of orphan chess prodigy Beth Harmon (Anya Taylor-Joy) will be turned into a stage musical, bringing song and dance to the character drama. Read More »