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You Oughta Know What's Coming Soon From Alanis

A musical based on 'Jagged Little Pill'

(Newser) - Loved Jagged Little Pill ? Well, more than two decades later, you can love it all over again as a stage musical. Alanis Morissette has created a show based on her seminal 1995 album, and it premieres in May of next year at the American Repertory Theater in Cambridge, Mass.... More »

Shkreli, Wu-Tang, the American Dream—All in One Musical

'PharmaBro: An American Douchical' runs through June 18 in NYC

(Newser) - If they can stage off-Broadway musicals for Octomom and Jerry Springer , surely there's room under the spotlight for "Pharma Bro." In what Quartz calls "satire at its strangest," a Manhattan theater is staging PharmaBro: An American Douchical through June 18, poking fun at Martin "... More »

Late Arrival La La Land Is the 'Movie of the Year'

Emma Stone, Ryan Gosling are 'dazzling'

(Newser) - Apparently the third time's the charm for Emma Stone and Ryan Gosling. After starring together in Crazy Stupid Love and Gangster Squad, they're wowing audiences in Damien Chazelle's musical La La Land, which has a 95% approval rating from critics on Rotten Tomatoes . Here's what they'... More »

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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »

Rock of Ages Wimps Out

But Tom Cruise delivers stunning performance

(Newser) - Rock of Ages isn't very rock 'n' roll; the adapted stage musical is more like "highly processed cheese," according to Slate's Dana Stevens. Still, it offers some impressive performances—especially from Tom Cruise as a hair-metal deity.
  • Director Adam Shankman "has vacuumed his rock-scene
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Once Scoops Up 8 Tonys

'Falling Slowly' romance grabs Best Musical, Performance, Book, Design

(Newser) - The come-from-behind Broadway hit Once won a Tony Award—but it didn't just do it once. The sweet reverie based on the 2006 movie about the unlikely love affair between a Czech flower seller and Dublin street musician took home eight Tonys, including wins for Best New Musical, Best... More »

The Wire, as ... Musical?

David Simon is a fan of the Funny or Die spoof

(Newser) - Funny or Die marks the 10th anniversary of The Wire by turning it into a musical, of course. It even stars Michael Kenneth Williams, better known by fans of the show as the unforgettable Omar, notes the Baltimore Sun . Wondering what show creator David Simon thinks of the spoof?... More »

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