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Garry Marshall hopes 'Pretty Woman' musical will seduce Broadway

We’ve all taken a bubble bath while singing along to Prince, right?

Pretty Woman, the 1990 romantic comedy that made a superstar of Julia Roberts, is the latest in a string of movies looking to make a musical leap to the Broadway stage.

First reported by the New York Post, EW has confirmed that film and theater producer Paula Wagner and Pretty Woman director Garry Marshall have been meeting with Broadway creatives to compose and direct a musical adaptation of the classic rom-com.

The film — which celebrates its 24th anniversary later this month — follows a successful but lonely businessman (Richard Gere) who falls for a luckless prostitute (Roberts) after hiring her to spend a week with him.

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Neil Patrick Harris on Broadway return in 'Hedwig and the Angry Inch' -- EXCLUSIVE VIDEO

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Hedwig’s gonna put on some makeup, turn on the tape deck, and put the wig back on his head this season in the person of multi-Emmy winner Neil Patrick Harris, a.k.a. Greatest Tony Host Ever. Mr. Harris will be returning to Broadway in the first-ever Main Stem production of the already-classic rock musical Hedwig and the Angry Inch. The show centers on Hedwig, self-described “internationally ignored song stylist” who struggles with identity after a botched sex-change operation and rages against a former lover who’s used Hedwig’s music to craft a hugely successful career. (The production will shrewdly use Times Square — only a block away from Hedwig‘s current Broadway locale — as a backdrop for said lover’s rocketing success before large crowds.)

Since the show’s Off Broadway debut in 1998, which cemented the arrivals of star John Cameron Mitchell (Girls) and composer Stephen Trask (who later collaborated on the acclaimed 2001 film version), Hedwig has been the ultimate emo go-to, filling the void left by such benchmark 1970s alt-classics as The Rocky Horror Picture Show. The show even inspired a documentary and a (rather excellent) tribute album, which included such artists as Cyndi Lauper, Ben Folds, and Rufus Wainwright providing unique takes on the show’s score.

In the exclusive video below, watch the How I Met Your Mother star expound on the rigors of the role, adding that “you can’t phone this one in.” READ FULL STORY

Daniel Radcliffe in Broadway's 'The Cripple of Inishmaan': First look -- EXCLUSIVE VIDEO

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After making a bold Broadway debut in the powerful equine drama Equus and following up with a singing, dancing stint in the glossy 1960s musical How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying, the always astonishing Daniel Radcliffe is back for round three on the Broadway stage — in something completely, totally different.

Radcliffe willreprise his role as Billy in playwright Martin McDonagh’s 1996 black comedy The Cripple of Inishmaan, which follows a disabled Irish boy (Radcliffe) who dreams of appearing in a documentary being filmed by a Hollywood crew on a nearby island (the real-life 1934 film Man of Aran). The can’t-miss production reunites the critically acclaimed cast who performed the show last year on London’s West End, as directed by Tony winner Michael Grandage.

“We were fortunate enough that we got a great reaction from London crowds, but I remember at the time really thinking, ‘God, this play, I really think it would go down so well in New York, and I really hope we get the chance to do it there,’” Radcliffe tells EW from the set of Frankenstein, which he’s shooting in England with James McAvoy. “And then it just didn’t look like it was going to happen, so when the opportunity came around again earlier this year, I just leapt at it. We had a great time doing it in London, and I’m pretty sure I can speak for everyone involved when I say that.”

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James Franco reflects on Broadway debut: 'I have a good life'

James Franco seems to have hit a rare stride in life — that is, he’s found happiness. That’s right: The laid-back thespian who epitomizes an off-beat brand of Hollywood cool has settled into a stage where life is “good.”

It’s not exactly what one might have expected from the characteristically aloof Northern California native, but Franco shared plenty of surprises at a TimesTalks event on March 7 in New York City, offering insight on everything from life, film, and even academia. Taking the stage to discuss Of Mice and Men – Franco’s Broadway debut — with co-star Chris O’Dowd, the 35-year-old actor dropped a few interesting and laugh-out-loud gems worth sharing. READ FULL STORY

'Book of Mormon' musical headed to Utah in 2015

A popular satirical musical about Mormon missionaries will play next year in Salt Lake City, just down the street from the worldwide headquarters of the faith it’s mocking.

The “Book of Mormon” musical has been scheduled for a run at the Capitol Theatre from July 28 to Aug. 9, 2015. This will be the first time the show has come to Salt Lake City since it debuted on Broadway in 2011.

The Capitol Theatre is less than a half mile from The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints’ flagship temple and headquarters.

The Mormon church on Friday reiterated its past statement about the show, saying it might entertain audiences for an evening, but the real Book of Mormon changes people’s lives forever.

It’s estimated that six in 10 Utah residents are Mormon.

This Week on Stage: Bryan Cranston goes 'All the Way'

“I have made a series of very bad decisions and I cannot make another one” was a line once spoken by Breaking Bad‘s Walter White, but it couldn’t be less true of the actor who said it. The one and only Bryan Cranston — on an impeccable roll for the last few years — has just made his Broadway debut to ecstatic notices for his lived-in, charged Lyndon Baines Johnson in All the Way, and early pundits indicate he may be the man to beat at Tony time. (Though not so fast, he still has heavy-hitters like Denzel Washington, Michael C. Hall, and Daniel Radcliffe to fend off in the next two months). In other news, King Kong is delaying plans to open this fall, making way for a revival of On the Town (which played to great acclaim in Massachusetts last season) to fill the barn-like parameters of the newly-named Lyric Theatre, vacant since Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark swung out in January to soon set up camp in Las Vegas. And the boards are ablaze with new shows in and out NYC (click on the links below for the full reviews): READ FULL STORY

No day but yesterday: 'Mamma Mia!' replaces 'Rent' as 9th longest-running Broadway show

The delightful misadventures of a group of junkies have been bested by dancing queens.

Mamma Mia!, the perennially peppy ABBA jukebox musical about an inquisitive young girl whose mother slept around on the Greek Isles, has officially ousted the cult classic musical Rent as Broadway’s ninth longest-running show. With the success of Mamma Mia!, it’s easy to see why the girl on the poster has been laughing for fifteen years.

Rent isn’t the first landmark musical that Mamma Mia! has conquered. The Benny Andersson and Björn Ulvaeus smash has also surpassed such legendary shows as Miss Saigon, Fiddler on the Roof, Hello, Dolly!, Annie, and Cabaret.

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'On the Town' revival to open on Broadway in October; 'King Kong' delayed

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The Bronx is up, the Battery’s down, and this fall, On the Town — the musical comedy that is considered a “love letter” to New York — will be returning to Broadway in a brand-new production, just in time to coincide with the show’s 70th anniversary. The revival will be produced by Howard & Janet Kagan (Pippin, The Gershwins’ Porgy & Bess) and will feature choreography by Emmy winner Joshua Bergasse (Smash). Tony winner John Rando (Urinetown, A Christmas Story) is set to direct.

On the Town will find its new home at The Lyric Theatre, which was most recently called the Foxwoods Theatre and home to the long-running but ill-fated musical Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark. READ FULL STORY

k.d. lang reflects on her big band Broadway debut in 'After Midnight'

Four-time Grammy winner k.d. lang is finishing up her run in the dance-heavy Broadway tapper After Midnight, having taken over for Fantasia Barrino as the second in a string of starry guest artists.

Singing classics like “Stormy Weather” and “I Can’t Give You Anything But Love,” the show is a callback to lang’s jazz roots — and it’s an opportunity she’s relished as she prepares to end her Broadway debut. (lang will perform through Sunday, March 9, and the show will then welcome Toni Braxton and Babyface.) Before she packs up for good, lang chatted with EW about the lessons learned during her stint on Broadway.

ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY: When you’re on the Broadway stage, what are the biggest differences you’ve noticed from your other shows?
k.d. lang: Certainly the energy of the cast and the high intensity of the show rubs off, and that’s a wonderful thing. I love the energy of the dancers and certainly the energy of the big band. That’s pretty new for me. READ FULL STORY

'The Bridges of Madison County': Jason Robert Brown talks bringing the acclaimed book to the stage

Jason Robert Brown just might be one of the busiest individuals currently on the theater scene. The composer and lyricist, best known for his off-Broadway hit The Last Five Years, is currently preparing for the release of the musical’s film adaptation and is also on track to bring a new production to the stage: a musical comedy called Honeymoon in Vegas, based on the 1992 film of the same name starring Sarah Jessica Parker and Nicolas Cage. In addition, his newest Broadway offering, The Bridges of Madison County, just opened at the Schoenfeld Theatre.

EW talked to the talented composer and writer about the process of bringing Bridges to the stage, and also about his excitement about bringing one of his most popular musicals to the silver screen. READ FULL STORY

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