Holler If Ya Hear Me, the Broadway musical based on the music of late rap legend Tupac Shakur, begins previews next week. The show reinterprets a handful of Tupac’s biggest songs, from the sweetly confessional “Dear Mama” to the rousing player’s anthem “I Get Around.” The cast, a healthy mix of Broadway vets and newcomers, have recorded the show’s nearly two dozen songs, and EW is pleased to premiere three of those songs. READ FULL STORY
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What did you do this Memorial Day weekend? Apparently, for a lot of people, that answer was “see a Broadway show.”
In addition to this week being both the highest grossing and best attended Memorial Day on record, The Broadway League has just released its end-of-the-season statistics for 2013-2014 (the 2013 Broadway season officially began May 27, 2013.) According to a press release, Broadway productions brought in a gross total of $1.27 billion (up by 11.4 percent) with total attendance numbers reaching 12.21 million, up 5.6 percent. Additionally, the number of playing weeks also increased by 4.6 percent, with all productions running a total of 1496 playing weeks.
It’s not every day that a new Broadway musical pulls its score entirely from early-century period standards — but that’s exactly what Woody Allen opted to do for the stage adaptation of his 1994 crime comedy Bullets Over Broadway.
The show is currently enjoying an open run at Broadway’s St. James Theatre, where bullets are flying, gangsters are tapping, untalented actresses are being murdered, and alcoholic leading ladies are making passes at Zach Braff.
Bullets’ original Broadway cast recording will be released digitally on June 3 and in stores on June 10, but you can get in touch with your gun moll side with EW’s exclusive first listen of the album. The 22-song track list boasts recognizable tunes like “Let’s Misbehave,” “Tain’t Nobody’s Biz-ness If I Do,” and the musical’s show-stopping, food-related anthem “The Hot Dog Song.”
Take a listen to the brand new cast album of Bullets Over Broadway below. READ FULL STORY
The 2014 Tony Awards — honoring the best in Broadway theater for the 68th time — has found its line-up.
Stars taking the stage at Radio City Music Hall and presenting at Broadway’s biggest celebration, hosted by Tony winner Hugh Jackman, include Bradley Cooper, Kevin Bacon, Carole King, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Will Ferrell, Liev Schreiber, Emmy Rossum, Kate Mara, Zachary Quinto, Zachary Levi, Lucy Liu, Clint Eastwood, Patricia Clarkson, Leighton Meester, Ethan Hawke, Zach Braff, Matt Bomer, Anna Gunn, Gloria Estefan, Audra McDonald, Fran Drescher, Wayne Brady, Emilio Estefan, Kenneth Branagh, Tony Goldwyn, Vera Farmiga and Alessandro Nivola.
Theater fans will notice that the list features a handful of folks who are currently performing on Broadway (Meester, Braff, Branagh, McDonald, Drescher), as well as some stars who made their debuts this past season (Levi, Quinto) and others who will hit the stage later this year (Gyllenhaal, Cooper, Clarkson, and Gunn, to name a few). And of course, there’s Gloria Estefan, whose bio-musical On Your Feet! comes to Broadway in the fall of 2015, and Clint Eastwood, who directed the movie adaptation of Jersey Boys due in theaters this June.
The Tony Awards air Sunday, June 8, at 8 p.m. ET on CBS.
Every actor has to start somewhere — and when it comes to theater performers, their roots are often similar, right down to the roles they cut their teeth on or the songs they first used at an audition.
Rocky star Andy Karl has roamed the Broadway musical boards for years, from playing the sexy UPS guy in Legally Blonde to Wicked‘s Fiyero and Jersey Boys‘ Tommy DeVito. It’s only natural, then, that Karl becomes the second star in Entertainment Weekly’s Firsts & Worsts series, which charts the early theater stories of some of your favorite stage actors. (Lady Day‘s Audra McDonald kicked things off last week.) READ FULL STORY
Firsts & Worsts: Audra McDonald looks back on bad stage deaths and making out with 80-year-olds -- VIDEO
Every actor started somewhere — and when it comes to theater performers, their roots are often similar, right down to the roles they cut their teeth on or the songs they first used at an audition.
Entertainment Weekly is launching a brand-new video series called Firsts & Worsts, dedicated to getting the unheard stories behind the beginnings of some of your favorite stage stars. Kicking off this exciting new project is the one and only Audra McDonald, a record-setting five-time Tony Award winner who recently earned her monumental eighth nomination. Lady McDonald is currently delivering one of Broadway’s most exquisite and haunting performances as the late jazz singer Billie Holiday in Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar & Grill, a role that McDonald says is, terrifyingly, her first time portraying a real-life legend. READ FULL STORY
'The Bridges of Madison County' stars Kelli O'Hara and Steven Pasquale take EW's Pop Culture Personality Test
It’s no surprise that Kelli O’Hara and Steven Pasquale, stars of The Bridges of Madison County (running at Broadway’s Gerald Schoenfeld Theatre through May 18), lit up when asked about their go-to karaoke song and junior high jams. But that’s not where the retro fun ends.
Beyond Joni, Joel, and Journey, see what got them nostalgic from back in the day, then learn what about Bridges makes them happy to go to work eight times a week. READ FULL STORY
Kristin Chenoweth’s long-rumored return to the Broadway stage has been confirmed: The Tony and Emmy winner will star opposite Peter Gallagher in a new revival of the classic Coleman-Comden-Green musical On the Twentieth Century.
Set aboard the Twentieth Century, a luxury train en route from Chicago to New York, the musical follows a bankrupt theater producer (Gallagher) who tries to persuade his former lover — glamorous Hollywood star Lily Garland (Chenoweth) — to appear in a new show of his that doesn’t actually exist.
The classic musical boasts a score by Cy Coleman and book and lyrics by Betty Comden and Adolph Green. Scott Ellis will direct, with Warren Carlyle choreographing.
The Roundabout Theatre Company production will open on Broadway at the American Airlines Theatre on March 12, 2015, following previews which begin on February 12. The 20-week engagement replaces the previously announced production of Noises Off, which has been postponed to the fall of 2015.
It seems Hugh Jackman can’t get Broadway out of his system. After the May 23 opening of the supersized Marvel opus X-Men: Days of Future Past, he will preside over the 2014 Tony Awards on CBS June 8 (where we can possibly see a taste of the song-and-dance man of The Boy From Oz and Oklahoma!), and it was just announced that he will return to the NYC stage this fall in a brand-new play by acclaimed playwright Jez Butterworth (Jerusalem) called The River, set in a remote rural cabin and featuring only three actors. And despite the fact that Jackman could likely sell out Radio City Music Hall (the site of the current Tonys), the play will take shape on the 776-seat thrust stage of Circle in the Square, where the back row is still only mere feet away from the performers. And even better news: there will be $35 seats reserved for each performance so that the premium-seat gobblers do not claim all the glory (much like what was done with the smash-hit Shakespeare revivals with Mark Rylance this past season to ensure a broader audience). The River begins previews on Oct. 31, and will open on Nov. 16.
And on the complete opposite size spectrum, the mammoth Lyric Theatre (formerly the Foxwoods, where Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark swung through controversy for several seasons), will host a revival of the beloved musical On the Town (come to think of it, wouldn’t Jackman make an amazing Gabey in this?), which begins previews Sept. 20 for a scheduled opening on Oct. 16. And if you’re not in the New York City area but need some theater fixes this fall, you’re in luck: PBS will broadcast the live NY Philharmonic concert version of Sweeney Todd starring Oscar-winner Emma Thompson on Sept. 26, and the network will also present the filmed production of The Nance from last year. Nathan Lane (delighting us on The Good Wife this season), who earned a Tony nomination and starred in the period comedy about the vaudeville era, gave one of his greatest performances to date. One will not want to miss his tour-de-force work in it; The Nance is slated to air sometime in the fall. And EW continues covering the new weekly openings, including Off Broadway favorite Forbidden Broadway, back to skewer all the past year’s new Great White Way contenders (click on the links below for full reviews): READ FULL STORY
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