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Tag: Music (21-30 of 64)
The music of Diane Warren is coming to Broadway. Producer Dede Harris (Clybourne Park, War Horse) has optioned the prolific songwriter’s catalog to create an original Broadway stage musical. “It’s a thrill and an honor be able to present Diane Warren’s brilliant body of work on Broadway,” said Harris, in a statement. “Her songs are a pinnacle of popular culture and will bring fresh energy and excitement to the Great White Way.”
Warren has written more than 100 Top-10 hits for artists as varied as Elton John and Beyoncé. The Grammy winner and six-time Oscar-nominee once had seven different hits on the singles chart at the same time — each performed by a different artist. “I greatly admire the incredible shows and performers that have come from Broadway,” Warren said in a statement. “It has always been a thrill for me to write for musical artists who began their careers on the New York stage, and I’m so happy that my songs will be part of a new musical.”
Harris and her associate David Carpenter did not yet announce a timeline for when the show will open.
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After the Backstreet Boys released their new song, “It’s Christmas Time Again,” I asked my colleagues this question — “Is it bad that I have already started listening to Christmas music?” Answers ranged from “yes” to “you’re supposed to wait until after Thanksgiving,” and “I listen to Christmas music any time I need a pick-me-up and I am not ashamed.”
Bruno Mars told us he was no comedian, but he was game for a surprisingly entertaining episode of Saturday Night Live. Was he of Justin Timberlake caliber? No, but who is? Mars was initially restricted to a lot of song numbers, which had me concerned. Still, the musical sketches were pretty funny, particularly one featuring Pandora, as you’ll see below. Thankfully, after the Pandora one, Mars mostly kept the singing to his duties as musical guest and turned up the charm as a sad mouse, a one-eyed hotel employee and a fake ID maker. I had my doubts about you as a host, Mars, but you showed me wrong. I’d like to see you back someday!
One Direction is Pepsi’s newest pop star.
The soda company is partnering with the boy band and NFL star Drew Brees for an ad that will debut this week. The clip shows One Direction and Brees in a head-to-head competition for a can of Pepsi. Brees also performs with the group. It’s part of Pepsi’s “Live for Now” campaign, which has also featured Nicki Minaj and Katy Perry. READ FULL STORY »
Motown: The Musical is coming to Broadway this spring and we’ve got an exclusive video from the launch! The musical tells the story of Motown founder Berry Gordy (played by The Color Purple‘s Brandon Victor Dixon) from his early days as a songwriter in Detroit to the establishment of his legendary record label. The production features songs from Motown’s extensive catalog, which includes artists such as Smokey Robinson, Marvin Gaye, Stevie Wonder, the Temptations, Michael Jackson, and the Jackson Five.
Last Thursday, the cast assembled at the Nederlander Theatre (home to current hit Newsies) to preview numbers from the show. The audience included a number of real-life Motown icons including Gordy (a producer of the show) and Robinson, as well as soul legend Aretha Franklin, who offered praise for what she saw. ”Berry does not attach his name to anything that’s not going to be a winner and first class,” she said.
Check out an inside look at the musical, which begins previews at Broadway’s Lunt-Fontanne Theatre on March 11 before an official opening on April 14. READ FULL STORY »
On Monday night, I attended “An Evening with E L James,” an intimate New York City get-together for the launch of the Fifty Shades of Grey: The Classical Album. James, who kicks off her U.S. book tour today, was on hand for an interview (and of course, a general gawk at the nice middle-aged British lady who almost single-handedly ruled the publishing industry this year).
There are undoubtedly dozens of author Q&As and record-release celebrations happening across Manhattan every night, but this evening was, well, different… So, should you too ever find yourself uncertain as to whether you are attending ”An Evening with E L James,” here are 10 ways to tell:
1. You’ve been handcuffed to gain admittance: READ FULL STORY »
Britney Spears is not that innocent — and not that nice to aspiring singers. “She’s very unpredictable,” Simon Cowell recently told reporters during a conference call. “She has taken this very seriously and she’s surprisingly quite mean.”
Wait a minute — sweet, wide-eyed Brit-Brit is going to be more of a Simon than a Paula (or, shudder, a Nicole Scherzinger)? Apparently, according to Cowell: “In the past we’ve had judges that never say no. She can’t say no quick enough on this show. She’s quite difficult to please,” he said, repeating what he told EW’s Dave Karger earlier this month. And this is from the guy who once told an American Idol contestant, “If you had lived 2,000 years ago and sung like that, I think they would have stoned you.”
But don’t take Simon’s word for it. READ FULL STORY »
College football season officially begins tonight, and after Penn State made news earlier this week for cutting “Sweet Caroline” from its Beaver Stadium playlist — not because of the “touching me/touching you” lyric, the university’s spokesman insists, but because the song’s overused at other venues and “has no real origination here at Penn State” – we started wondering what music traditions are specific to certain colleges. It could be a song played over the loud-speaker (like “Sweet Caroline”), but even better, make it a tune played by the university’s band at each home game. Go!
As someone who grew up in Happy Valley, I always look forward to Penn State’s Blue Band playing “Hey! Baby” at the end of the third quarter: READ FULL STORY »
Unless you’ve already seen the new issue of V Magazine, just accept that you’re going to get this wrong. Full-length photo and answer below! READ FULL STORY »
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