You wept at the book, then wept at the Meryl Streep-Clint Eastwood film, but save some more tears for the achingly lovely new cast recording for the Broadway tuner The Bridges of Madison County, composed by the prolific Jason Robert Brown (The Last Five Years, Parade), which gives listeners the unique pleasure of preserving two of the very best vocal performances of the last few years, by dynamite duo Kelli O’Hara and Steven Pasquale, whose stirring chemistry could set a cornfield ablaze. The musical — about a lonely Iowa farm wife (O’Hara), happily married but stifled, falling in love with a handsome photographer (Pasquale) blazing through town to capture the historic bridges of the title — has earned stellar reviews since opening in February (including one by senior editor Thom Geier), and the new album contains 20 tracks (including “Falling Into You” and “It All Fades Away”) in total. READ FULL STORY
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Daniel Radcliffe is currently prepping for his third stint on Broadway, this time in a quirky play called The Cripple of Inishmaan, a dark 1996 comedy from Martin McDonagh. Radcliffe stars as Billy, a disabled Irish boy who has big dreams of making it in Hollywood when a documentary crew shows up to film on a nearby Irish island.
Michael Cera and Kieran Culkin are slated to star together on Broadway in Kenneth Lonergan’s play This Is Our Youth, a comedy about the high times and aimless lives of two disaffected young men.
Lonergan said Tuesday that Cera, whose credits include Arrested Development, Juno and Superbad, and Culkin, of Igby Goes Down and Cider House Rules, will bring the play to Broadway in the fall after a stop this summer at Chicago’s Steppenwolf Theatre Company. All three will be making their Broadway debuts.
The woman in the middle of the pair will be played by Tavi Gevinson, who founded a web magazine for teenage girls and acted in the film Enough Said. The production will be directed by Anna D. Shapiro and will have original music by Rostam Batmanglij of the band Vampire Weekend.
Six months into its run and still knockin’ the crowd out, the dance-packed jazz revue After Midnight has proven an enduring threat come awards time. One of the reasons behind this is the uniquely chosen guest artists who have added new luster to the already bright show, most recently Toni Braxton, k.d. lang and original guest star Fantasia (who is coming back May 13-June 8).
But if you’re seeing the show between now and May 11, you are in for a treat, as stage-and-screen star Vanessa Williams (a multiple Tony, Grammy and Emmy nominee) essays the guest spot, and in the EW exclusive clip below, get ready to swoon for the seemingly ageless beauty’s take on the Arlen/Koehler classic “Stormy Weather”. Her silky performance style here (in one of Isabel and Ruben Toledo’s drop-dead costumes, no less) will make you momentarily forget the classic takes by Ethel Waters, Lena Horne, and Billie Holiday, and remind you Ms. Williams is always perfectly at home on a Broadway stage. READ FULL STORY
Given the smash success that the new Idina Menzel musical If/Then is already having (in her first Broadway outing since Wicked over 10 years ago), not to mention her headlining Disney’s most successful animated movie of all time with an Oscar-winning song to boot, it’s safe to say that Adele Dazeem will be fully put to rest. (RIP Adele Dazeem). Ms. Menzel, in the most challenging role of her career, has received raves for her performance as Elizabeth, a divorced city planner trying to carve out a new life in burgeoning NYC. In the intricate storyline, her two possible lives and outcomes are lived as either Liz or Beth — with eyeglasses shrewdly worn as a visual clue to the audience, and her choices also have a ripple effect on her colorful gallery of friends and probable love interests. READ FULL STORY
Hedwig and the Angry Inch, John Cameron Mitchell and Stephen Trask’s rock musical (and film) about the journey of a transsexual East German rock star, is the very definition of Off Broadway. But now the production is gracing the actual Great White Way with Neil Patrick Harris playing the lead and busting out songs like “The Origin of Love” and “Wig in a Box.” The actor has undergone a radical transformation for the role, as you can see in the above photo. “I’ve lost 20 pounds,” he says, “I’m in the craziest couture outfits, and I’ve got all this makeup on. But they made me custom heels, so at least those fit well.”
Previews for Hedwig and the Angry Inch start tonight at the Belasco Theatre and the show opens on April 22.
As you can tell from above, Prisoner 24601 still has the physical prowess to make us swoon (much like Hugh Jackman’s Oscar-nominated turn as Jean Valjean in the 2012 film), but Iranian/Canadian star Ramin Karimloo’s long-awaited Broadway debut as Valjean proved to be worth the wait. Coming off stellar reviews (and proving a threat to claim the Best Actor in a Musical Tony), with the revival already a smash hit, it seems that everything old is new again, as audiences cannot get enough barricades and French resistance (this time sans turntable, and all the better for it). Tyne Daly also made a welcome Main Stem return since the 2011 revival of Master Class where she was a Master Callas (Maria, that is), and EW teased new some new, starry Broadway premieres with the likes of Audra McDonald, and the much-decorated cast of The Realistic Joneses, as well as a early listen of the CD for the musical Beautiful, the Carole King opus with the uncanny and impressive Jessie Mueller. EW reviewed the aforementioned shows and a few others as we head into the nitty-gritty of the theater season, with no less than 12 Broadway openings to come in the next series of weeks (click on the links below for full reviews): READ FULL STORY
Broadway’s been buzzing about Beautiful, the new musical that chronicles the life of famed singer-songwriter Carole King and the songs she wrote that launched the careers of a generation.
While the show is bolstered by a star-making performance from Jessie Mueller, everyone who has seen it is raving about the music. Well, good news — like any good Broadway musical, the show plans to release an original cast album featuring the songs written by King and re-interpreted by the cast of theater veterans.
EW has a truly beautiful (sorry) first listen to five of the tracks from the upcoming album, which will be released digitally on April 1 and in stores on May 13 (you can pre-order on iTunes here).
Below, check out “Some Kind of Wonderful” (sung by Jessie Mueller, Jake Epstein and the Drifters); “Walking in the Rain” (Anika Larsen and Jarrod Spector); “You’ve Got a Friend” (Mueller, Larsen and Spector); “(You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman” (Mueller); and of course, the titular ballad “Beautiful” (Mueller). READ FULL STORY
'Aladdin': The original Jafar talks musicals, hanging with Ursula, and the 'brutal' scene you didn’t see
Last month, an incredible story hit the web about a young autistic child who was able to connect with his father because of a shared bond over Disney movies. The story went viral, but there was someone behind the scenes who is perhaps the reason it was ever written in the first place—Jonathan Freeman, a celebrated member of the Disney family who met the father and son after a performance in Broadway’s Mary Poppins.
While chatting with EW about his role in Disney’s latest Broadway outing Aladdin (in which he’ll reprise his original voice part as the villainous vizier Jafar), the story of Owen and Ron Suskind was just one delightful anecdote that Freeman offered when it comes to his Disney roots. And in fact, the veteran stage actor has kept his Mouse House relationship close to his heart.
Since voicing Jafar in 1992, Freeman has frequently returned to reprise the role whenever the villain pops up in the Disney realm (which is, surprisingly, fairly often). On stage, Freeman has appeared in three of Disney’s Broadway musical endeavors, but his fourth outing is particularly special as he takes up Jafar’s iconic turban once again in the big-budget live-action musical Aladdin, which opened on March 20 at Broadway’s New Amsterdam Theatre.
ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY: You said when you first were presented with the idea of reprising Jafar on stage, you were apprehensive. What was your initial hesitation?
JONATHAN FREEMAN: Except for Alan Menken, there wasn’t going to be anybody on the project from 23 years ago, and although that seemed like a great thing for the show and a challenge even for me, I wasn’t sure that I had anything new to bring to the table. And I think that was all it was. And then the first time we had a read-through with the company in Seattle three years ago, I heard all these new voices with all these new ideas. I heard things differently.
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