PopWatch Entertainment Weekly's PopWatch Blog

Tag: Musical (1-10 of 12)

Heidi Thomas talks Vanessa Hudgens and reworking 'Gigi'

GIGI-HUDGENS-THOMAS.jpg

How do you solve a problem like Gigi? That was the task given to Heidi Thomas, the writer behind British hit Call the Midwife, who is adapting the book of Alan Jay Lerner and Frederick Loewe’s musical for its upcoming Broadway production (starring High School Musical‘s Vanessa Hudgens).

The musical Gigi, based on the Colette novella, began as a film—specifically, Vincente Minnelli’s 1958 classic. An adaptation hit Broadway in 1973, but the production was considered somewhat of a flop. And while the beloved film won Best Picture, some of its elements haven’t aged particularly well—for instance, its opening number, in which Maurice Chevalier croons about how wonderful “little girls” are… because “they grow up in the most delightful way.” READ FULL STORY

'Cats' to get a rap-friendly makeover

With an entire musical based on the work of Tupac Shakur running on Broadway, it’s clear that the theatrical world has finally embraced hip-hop—and the trend is starting to spread outside of New York. A new production of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Cats opening in December on London’s West End plans to add a new twist to the 33-year-old musical: “curious cat” Rum Tum Tugger will now be rapping his parts.

Tugger has always been the musical’s edgiest character—Webber admits that Mick Jagger was an influence on his development—so giving him a hip-hop makeover makes some sense. According to the composer, Cats‘s source material—T.S. Eliot’s poetry collection Old Possum’s Book of Practical Cats—actually inspired the change: “I’ve come to the conclusion,” Webber told the AP, “that … maybe Eliot was the inventor of rap.” That may come as a surprise to the Last Poets, Blowfly, or any of the dozens of other artists and musicians who’ve previously been credited with the form’s conception.

Webber and the show’s producers haven’t let out any more information about Rum Tum Tugger’s reboot—but we do have an exclusive peek at his new, hip-hop-friendly look: READ FULL STORY

10 reasons true Americans should watch '1776' today

Psst: The Fourth of July isn’t really about crazy fireworks displays, or eating a record-breaking 69 hot dogs in just 10 minutes, or those layered American flag cakes that look so gorgeous on Pinterest but are physically impossible to reproduce IRL.

No, my friends—it’s about our glorious nation’s glorious genesis, spearheaded in the City of Brotherly Love 238 years ago when our founding fathers signed the Declaration of Independence. You could honor them by comparing bifocals with a Benjamin Franklin impersonator, or perhaps wearing a powdered wig to the beach. By my money, though, there’s no better way to celebrate than by watching 1776, a goofy/poignant/boring/riveting musical that frames the process of ratifying the Declaration as the original reality show (a bunch of dudes are trapped in a room together for weeks, with nothing to do but form alliances and bitch at each other). But 1776 isn’t just entertaining—it doubles as the perfect distillation of what it truly means to be an American.

A bold statement, to be sure—but one I’m prepared to defend for the entire length of “Cool, Cool, Considerate Men” (a.k.a. forever). Why? Simple: READ FULL STORY

NBC's 'The Music Man Live': Let's cast it!

Dammit, NBC — why’d you have to announce an upcoming live version of The Music Man that likely won’t premiere until 2015? How are we supposed to get excited for Peter Pan Live when we know that this is on the horizon?

No disrespect to the Lost Boys, but Meredith Willson’s 1957 classic is a much better show than the 1954 stage version of Pan. (So long as Mary Martin isn’t involved, anyway.) The songs are catchier, the book is wittier, the production numbers are more fun — and there’s much less chance of high-wire mishaps, which actually might make Pan the more exciting of the two. Also worth noting: Because many of Pan‘s lead roles are children, dream-casting that special is a lot less fun than dream-casting The Music Man.

So even though we’ll have to wait at least a year (and probably longer) for any confirmation on who’s going to play Harold Hill, Marian the Librarian, and the assorted other citizens of River City, Iowa, let’s take this opportunity to ignore Pan and go full-steam ahead on NBC’s next live musical. Here are a few folks that would shine in the Cast — with a capital C, and that rhymes with P, and that stands for POOL.

READ FULL STORY

Oscar Season: The Musical! What would this year's Best Picture nominees be like on Broadway? -- VIDEO

Oscar-Season-The-Musical.jpg

Though Frozen was nominated for two Oscars this year, including Best Animated Feature and Best Original Song, the crop of nine Best Picture nominees doesn’t include a musical.

But what would happen if you took the nine very different films and made them into a musical? You would get some hilarious high-kicking results. From The Wolf of Wall Street cursing on beat to an American Hustle bathroom showdown reminiscent of Rent, it’s clear some of these musical ideas work better than others. Like most Oscar-related parodies that have been happening lately, 12 Years a Slave is respectfully not given a full production number. But if you ever wanted to see Dallas Buyers Club‘s Ron Woodroof do a kick-line next to Philomena, you are in luck! Watch below: READ FULL STORY

How do you really feel about those Tinker Bell rumors, Miley Cyrus?

Miley Cyrus really doesn’t want to play Tinker Bell. In fact, her lack of desire for the part is so strong that before sprinkling pixie dust around on a stage, she’d rather choke on her own famous tongue. Dramatic? Just a bit.

A tabloid recently published a blurb saying that the star is “going for her dream role” as “Tinker Bell in a live broadcast of Peter Pan,” NBC’s planned follow-up to 2013’s incredibly successful The Sound of Music Live. A “friend” of Miley elaborated to the magazine, saying, “With her short haircut, she does resemble Tinker Bell! She could nab this role.” Oh, so that’s how casting is decided. By haircuts.

Unfortunately, Cyrus as Tink is about as likely as Justin Bieber playing Captain Hook. First of all, the musical’s version of Tinker Bell is played by a tiny flashing light rather than an actual person. And secondly, the pop star herself has no intention of strapping on fairy wings anytime soon:

READ FULL STORY

'Hedwig' (and Neil Patrick Harris) on Broadway: 6 things to expect

NPH-Hedwig-poster.jpg

Put on some makeup, turn up the eight-track, and pull the wig down from the shelf, because cult musical Hedwig and the Angry Inch is coming to Broadway for the very first time. But does a swanky new setting mean this version of the show will be kinder, gentler, and altogether less gritty?

In a word: nein. “I don’t want the Broadway version of Hedwig to be all jazz hands,” says star Neil Patrick Harris, who plays the musical’s titular gender-bending rocker. “It needs to be rough around the edges at all times.”

That said, Harris and his cohort — director Michael Mayer, book writer (and original star) John Cameron Mitchell, composer/lyricist Stephen Trask, and costar Lena Hall — have made a few necessary alterations to Hedwig as they prepare to mount the production, which begins previews March 29 and opens April 22. Here’s what fans and Hedwig virgins alike can expect to see from the show:

READ FULL STORY

Watch the hour-long 'Breaking Bad' musical -- VIDEO

Wouldn’t Walter White’s “I am the one who knocks” speech have been so much better if he had sung it? Okay, maybe not. But that doesn’t mean that a Breaking Bad musical is out of the question, a fact that was first proven by Breaking Bad: The Middle School Musical and has now been reaffirmed, thanks to UCBLA’s Walter White and the Amazing Blue Crystal Meth: A Breaking Bad Rock Opera.

An hour-long Breaking Bad musical inspired by Andrew Lloyd Weber’s  Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, Walter White and the Amazing Blue Crystal Meth takes viewers through the entire Breaking Bad journey, all the way up to the moment Hank goes for a little bathroom break and makes the biggest discovery of his career. So just to give you an idea of what the musical covers: Tuco, Hector, Jane’s death, Marie’s purple obsession, Saul, Badger, Skinny Pete, Gus, Gale, Hank’s attack by those creepy twins, Mike’s death, Skyler’s drinking, and finally, Walt’s retirement.

If only there had been a giant magnet, and maybe a fly or two, this would have been perfect (or perhaps, too long). Watch Walter White and the Amazing Blue Crystal Meth: A Breaking Bad Rock Opera below: READ FULL STORY

Amanda Seyfried on 'Mean Girls' musical: 'I desperately want to be Regina'

When we heard the rumors around a Mean Girls musical, we immediately started casting the parts. But one thing we didn’t account for was the idea that Amanda Seyfried might not want to reprise her role as Karen.

After all, what about Karen would make Seyfried not want to play her? She’s pretty. She doesn’t have to think, like, ever. She gets to wear pink on Wednesdays. She has ESPN, and her boobs can predict the weather. Or rather, her boobs can tell you about the current weather conditions. So why would Seyfried want to walk away from the character who first put her on our radar? The temptation of the dark side, perhaps? READ FULL STORY

Idina Menzel will return to Broadway in new musical from 'Next to Normal' team

It’s been eight long years since Idina Menzel hung up her broomstick and left the original New York production of Wicked, the musical that helped her win her first Tony — but next spring, one of Broadway’s most beloved belters is coming home.

Menzel is set to star as Elizabeth in If/Then, a new musical by composer Tom Kitt, lyricist/book writer Brian Yorkey, and director Michael Greif — the team behind the Tony and Pulitzer Prize-winning Next to Normal. (Greif also directed the original off-Broadway and Broadway productions of Rent, which featured Menzel as performance artist Maureen.) Here’s a vague synopsis of the new show:

READ FULL STORY

Latest Videos

Advertisement

From Our Partners

TV Recaps

Powered by WordPress.com VIP