Meet Aladdin, Jasmine & Genie
Back in November, we got our first look at a few production photos from Disney‘s latest Broadway offering — Aladdin. Today we get to see a new batch of character and promo photos to get us excited for the show. Previews for Disney’s Aladdin will begin on February 26 and to get us ready for the show’s premiere, we get to check out this gallery of character photos that feature actors Adam Jacobs (Aladdin), Courtney Reed (Jasmine) and James Monroe Iglehart (Genie) … as well as a few chorus actors. In addition, if you click below, you can check out a behind the scenes video from the cast photoshoot. I’ve been really looking forward to the debut of Aladdin on Broadway and I’m hoping to get out to NYC soon to see it for myself. For now, let’s content ourselves with these fun promo photos and video to tide us over. Enjoy. More »
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Initial autopsy results are inconclusive
Last night the lights on Broadway were dimmed at 7:45pm ET for one minute in honor of the late Tony Award-nominated actor Philip Seymour Hoffman. While the lights of the Great White Way were turned off in tribute, a candlelight vigil took place so that fans of Hoffman could pay their respects to the late actor in front of the LAByrinth Theatre Company where he had been a member. Additionally, we learn today that Hoffman‘s autopsy has been completed but the results are inconclusive. Further testing and toxicology reports are still due but there is no timetable for when those results will be made available to the public. More »
"Its music ... is a natural for Broadway"
Disney‘s latest animated film Frozen is doing so well at the box office that plans are already in the works for the franchise to live beyond movie theaters. Naturally, the characters from Frozen have started showing up in the Walt Disney theme parks in Anaheim, CA and Orlando, FL but today we learn that the Disney Powers That Be are already thinking about adapting the movie for Broadway. I can’t say that this surprises me very much but I am kinda surprised that they would want to adapt this particular film so quickly for the Broadway stage. After all, Aladdin was released back in 1992 and it is just this year making its way to Broadway. HMM. Click below to read exactly what was said about a potential Frozen musical. More »
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Yesterday we learned that popsinger Carly Rae Jepsen will be making her Broadway debut next month in the new production Rodgers & Hammerstein’s Cinderella. Today we learn that she will be joined as a Broadway newbie by actors James Franco and Chris O’Dowd who will also be making their debuts on the Great White Way this season. James and Chris will be starring as George and Lennie in a new production of the play Of Mice and Men (adapted from the novella by John Steinbeck). Click below to see the poster artwork for Of Mice and Men, courtesy of Entertainment Weekly magazine, and find out when the play will open on Broadway this year. More »
"First day on set and they let me try on the BIG wedding dress!"
Pop star Carly Rae Jepsen will be making her Broadway debut this season as the lead in the new musical production Rodgers & Hammerstein’s Cinderella. Carly‘s big Broadway debut is less than a month away so to get fans excited for the show, she shared a photo on her official Instagram profile of her trying on the big ball gown that she will wear in the show. Click below to see Carly rockin’ her Cinderella gown and learn more about the Broadway production that she will be starring in starting in just a few short weeks. More »
'Holler If Ya Hear Me'
Back in November we learned that a biopic film on the life of the late rapper Tupac Shakur would go into filming production this year but today we learn other exciting Tupac news. This June, a musical based on Shakur‘s music and lyrics will open on Broadway! Titled Holler If Ya Hear Me, named for 2Pac‘s 1993 song of the same name, this new musical will debut at the Palace Theatre in NYC, NY. Unlike the biopic film that is being made, this Broadway musical will not be an autobiographical story about 2Pac‘s life. Click below to see the poster artwork for Holler If Ya Hear Me and learn more about this 2Pac musical. More »
BUT, it will be rebooted in Las Vegas in 2015
Remember when we got all excited/worried that Julie Taymor signed on to direct a Broadway musical based on the adventures of Spider-Man but things started to go terribly wrong when players were getting injured so severely in previews that they had to quit the production and the show had to go dark for a week so that it could be revamped? Then Taymor got fired and the show re-opened and finally found box office success (and, thankfully, no more injuries)? Yeah, well, the Spider-Man: Turn Off The Dark story is about to come to a close. Due to declining ticket sales, the show will close on Broadway in January. Plans are in the works to adapt the stage production for Las Vegas, where producers feel the show can find new life … but Spider-Man‘s time on the Great White Way is about to come to a final end. More »
A Whole New World
In recent years, the Walt Disney Company has successfully adapted many of their films for the Broadway stage (including The Lion King, Beauty and the Beast, The Little Mermaid, Mary Poppins and more) and next year they will be bringing their animated version of Aladdin to the live-action musical theater stage. Disney’s Aladdin, as it is called, is already being performed in Toronto, Ontario ahead of its Broadway debut early next year and today we get to see a few photos from the show. Click below to get your first look at the live action versions of Aladdin, Princess Jasmine and the magical Genie. More »
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Workshopping in 2014
Children of the 90′s, take note … for a new Broadway musical is coming out way from singer/songwriter Alanis Morissette who has decided to turn her mega successful debut American album Jagged Little Pill into a show. To be honest, there are a host of ways that an idea like this can turn out very badly but considering Alanis herself is involved in this new production, I am insanely hopeful that this Jagged Little Pill musical will turn out AMAZINGLY well! AHHHH. Read on to learn more. More »
Back in June we learned the exciting news that actor Neil Patrick Harris signed on to star in a new Broadway production of the smash off-Broadway show (turned indie cult classic film) Hedwig and the Angry Inch. Today we get our first look at NPH as Hedwig as the first promo poster for the show has been released. Neil posted a teaser photo from the poster photoshoot about 2 weeks ago on his official Instagram profile and debuted the poster itself on his official Twitter profile. Click below to see the poster artwork for Hedwig in full below and get your first look at his new incarnation of the fabulous character. More »