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Andrew Lloyd Webber Is Furious With a Pussycat Doll

He's angry that Nicole Scherzinger left 'Cats'

(Newser) - In what might be one of the weirdest celebrity feuds ever reported, Andrew Lloyd Webber is furious with Pussycat Doll Nicole Scherzinger. Scherzinger pulled out of her role in Cats just before rehearsals started for its return to Broadway, the Guardian reports. In an interview with the Economist Radio Thursday,... More »

Hamilton Makes Broadway History With 16 Tony Nods

No one's really surprised that Lin-Manuel Miranda's hit musical is leading the pack

(Newser) - The megahit musical Hamilton has grabbed a record-breaking 16 Tony Award nominations, the biggest haul in Broadway history and another notch in the show's march into theatrical history. Lin-Manuel Miranda's hip-hop-flavored biography about the first US treasury secretary broke the 15-nominations record Tuesday held by The Producers and... More »

Next on Tina Fey's To-Do List: Making Mean Girls a Musical

OK, we're a little embarrassed by our plans to laze by the pool all summer

(Newser) - Sure, Tina Fey had a stint on SNL , a seven-year run on 30 Rock, co-hosted the Golden Globes, and has new Netflix hit Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt , but now the 45-year-old comedian and writer is putting together a musical based on the 2004 movie Mean Girls, which she wrote, the Guardian ... More »

George Takei to Donald Trump: 'I'm Throwing It Down'

The actor offers him a free seat at "Allegiance"

(Newser) - "So, Mr. Trump, I'm throwing it down: come see 'Allegiance.' Unless you're chicken." So says actor and social activist George Takei in a YouTube video inviting Donald Trump to a performance of the musical Allegiance in New York City. The purpose? To show him... More »

Fun Home Makes History at Tony Awards

'Curious Incident' also had a great night

(Newser) - The poignant and groundbreaking coming-of-age show Fun Home was named best musical at the Tony Awards, one of five big trophies it won on the way to making history for its composing team. The show, based on Alison Bechdel's graphic novel memoir about growing up with a closeted dad... More »

Duck Dynasty Musical Didn't Last Very Long

It just opened 2 weeks ago, closing already set for May 17

(Newser) - A flying duck in West Monroe, La., might have a longer life than the Duck Commander Musical that debuted in Las Vegas two weeks ago. A spokeswoman confirmed Friday that the 90-minute Broadway-style musical that told the story of the Louisiana family behind the Duck Dynasty reality show will end... More »

American in Paris, Fun Home Lead Tony Nominations

Each gets 12 nods

(Newser) - The musicals An American in Paris and Fun Home each received a leading 12 Tony Award nominations today, showing two very different sides of this Broadway season. One side is sunny—the dance-heavy stage adaptation of the 1951 musical film choreographed by Gene Kelly—and the other moody—the dark... More »

Coming to Vegas: Duck Dynasty, the Musical

Set to open in February, but is already controversial

(Newser) - Not into Celine Dion or Britney Spears ? Then we have good news for you: Soon you can spend your time in Vegas with the Duck Dynasty clan instead. The Robertson family of reality TV fame, along with a team from Broadway, is putting together The Duck Commander Family Musical,... More »

Jersey Boys Falls Flat

Film doesn't live up to the Broadway musical: critics

(Newser) - What do you get when you mix Clint Eastwood and a Tony Award-winning musical? That would be Jersey Boys, the film version of the Broadway show starring John Lloyd Young as Frankie Valli and Christopher Walken as a mobster. So will you be singing along or dozing in your seat?... More »

Coming Next Year: Back to the Future Musical

Expected to debut in London in 2015

(Newser) - The people who brought you Back to the Future are revving up the old Delorean to 88mph—but this time, on stage. A musical version is reportedly opening in London next year, for the film's 30th anniversary. The classic movie's original director and screenwriter Robert Zemeckis is said... More »

Move Over, Sound of Music: Peter Pan Next to Go Live

NBC's next live musical to air in December

(Newser) - NBC's live version of The Sound of Music may not have garnered very good reviews , but you can't argue with nearly 19 million viewers. As expected , the network will do another live musical in December, and it announced yesterday that musical will be Peter Pan. "Get ready... More »

Coming to Broadway: Tupac Musical

'Holler If Ya Hear Me' opens June 19

(Newser) - Tupac Shakur is headed to Broadway—kind of. A new musical will reportedly be made up entirely of the late rapper's lyrics, but reports claim Holler If Ya Hear Me isn't actually about the rapper at all. The plot is about two friends living in the inner city... More »

Coming Soon: Heathers, the Musical

Cult favorite from late 1980s is reborn

(Newser) - Before there was Mean Girls, there was Heathers. Now that dark comedy is ready to bully its way into New York as a musical. The 1988 film starring Winona Ryder, Shannen Doherty, and Christian Slater has been turned into a show by Tony Award nominee Laurence O'Keefe and Emmy... More »

NBC to Make Live Musicals a Thing

NBC preps one for next year ... and likely the next and next

(Newser) - NBC's live version of The Sound of Music may not have wowed critics , but it pulled in 18.6 million viewers—the most to watch the network on a Thursday night since the Frasier finale in 2004, the Huffington Post notes (that is, if you don't count sports).... More »

New Musical: Jesus' Story, Britney's Songs

Yes, really

(Newser) - How better to portray the story of Jesus Christ than by using ... the music of Britney Spears? That was, apparently, the brilliant idea that led to SPEARS: The Gospel According to Britney, a musical that will be performed at New York City's Foxwoods Theatre on Thursday, Fox News reports.... More »

Amélie Director: Musical 'Deeply Disgusts Me'

Jean-Pierre Jeunet hates Broadway, approved project anyway

(Newser) - The news that Amélie is being made into a Broadway musical was met with quite a bit of enthusiasm on Twitter , but one noteworthy person is not happy about it, the Los Angeles Times reports. The idea "deeply disgusts me," Jean-Pierre Jeunet, who directed the 2001 French... More »

4th Actor Hurt in Spider-Man Musical

Leg seriously injured

(Newser) - The latest trouble for Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark: An actor in the Broadway musical was injured during last night's performance, leading the show to be halted. Fire officials said they responded to treat a man whose leg got caught in equipment backstage. The actor, Daniel Curry, had a... More »

Norway Massacre Turned Into a ... Musical?

New work contemplates Anders Breivik's mass killing

(Newser) - An upcoming British musical show will tackle the grim subject of Anders Breivik's 2011 massacre of 77 people, reports the Guardian . But after researching in Norway, David Greig opted to set his work, called The Events, in Scotland and not mention Breivik's name. "Some people asked us... More »

Utah School in Tizzy Over Play's Risque Elvis Lyrics

'I'm all shook up' a little too controversial for one parent

(Newser) - A Utah parent almost got the local high school's performance of the Elvis Presley-themed musical All Shook Up canceled ... but the school got around the problem by changing such wildly controversial lyrics as, "Her lips are like a volcano that's hot." The initial decision to cancel... More »

'Jesus' Musical Shelved for Offending Christians

Russians call 'Jesus Christ Superstar' a 'profanation'

(Newser) - Looks like some Russians don't consider Jesus Christ much of a "superstar." Andrew Lloyd Webber's musical Jesus Christ Superstar had to shut down in the southern city of Rostov-on-Don after prosecutors began investigating the production, AFP reports. Several people had complained that the show offended Christians:... More »

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