Video: Performing Arts High Schools Celebrate Launch Of ‘tick, tick,…BOOM!’

To celebrate the  launch of tick, tick…BOOM!, the feature directorial debut from Pulitzer Prize, Grammy, Emmy and Tony Award winner Lin-Manuel Miranda, Netflix is shining a spotlight on emerging teen performers and filmmakers to celebrate the arts and honor the legacy of beloved American composer and playwright Jonathan Larson (1960-1996). Continue reading “Video: Performing Arts High Schools Celebrate Launch Of ‘tick, tick,…BOOM!’”

You Will Be Found: Ben Platt’s Star Turn In ‘Dear Evan Hansen’

From the film adaptation of the Broadway musical 'Dear Evan Hansen'

From the film adaptation of the Broadway musical 'Dear Evan Hansen'

Ben Platt is playing the role that made him uber-famous one more time, fortunately for us.

Universal Pictures drops the official trailer for the film adaptation for Dear Evan Hansen, the moving stage musical that promises ‘you will be found.’

From Vanity Fair:

The story centers on a kid whose therapist has given him the assignment of writing letters to himself, addressing his fears, hopes, and insecurities.

A classmate named Connor Murphy (Colton Ryan, who understudied the role on Broadway) steals one of the letters and later takes his own life. That boy’s parents (played in the film by Amy Adams and Danny Pino) mistake the letter Evan wrote for their son’s final words, addressed to a kid they assume was his close friend. Evan lets them believe this because he thinks it brings them comfort—but the confusion and lies soon pile up, leading to greater heartbreak.

The Broadway production scored 5 Tony Awards including Best Musical and a Best Actor in a Musical statue for Platt.

Folks on social media are making light of 27-year-old Platt playing a high school student, but come on folks – suspend your disbelief a bit and just enjoy.

The movie hits theaters September 24.

First Look: New Spielberg Revamp Of ‘West Side Story’

Still from the upcoming 2021 revamp of West Side Story
Ansel Elgort and Rachel Zegler in West Side Story (credit: Niko Tavernise/20th Century Studios)

In addition to seeing the legend herself, Rita Moreno, present on last night’s Oscars, viewers were also treated to the first look at the upcoming film reboot of West Side Story.

Directed by Academy Award winner Steven Spielberg, from a screenplay by Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award winner Tony Kushner, West Side Story reinvents the classic Romeo and Juliet story seen through the lens of fierce gang rivalries and young love in 1957 New York City.

With the focus on young lovers Tony (Ansel Elgort) and Maria (Rachel Zegler), sharing the spotlight are territorial gangs Sharks and Jets pulsing with youhtful angst and a desire to find ‘somewhere’ they can belong.

I know I have a lot of readers who love Broadway musicals. Having performed WSS several times (playing just about every Jet from Riff to Action to Snowboy to Baby John) as well as staging the show, this looks to be amazing. I got chills watching this quick sneak peek.

From 20th Century Studios, The Walt Disney Company will release West Side Story in US theaters on December 10, 2021. Can’t wait!

The luminous Moreno (who scored one of the original 1961 film’s 10 Oscars) not only plays the role of ‘Valentina’ in gender-flipped casting of the local drug store owner ‘Doc,’ but is an executive producer on the film.

Randy Rainbow Parodies Mary Poppins ‘A Spoon Full Of Clorox’

Political satirist Randy Rainbow is on top of his game as he releases his response to Donald Trump’s (non-sarcastic) suggestion that injecting patients with disinfectants might be a possible treatment.

Set to the tune of “A Spoonful Of Sugar,” from Disney’s 1964 classic, Mary Poppins, Rainbow’s clever lyrics are on point as usual.

Wikipedia notes that the tune’s lyricist, Robert Sherman, wrote the song after arriving home to find his children had received their polio vaccine, which was delivered in a sugar cube.

Trailer: Broadway Musical ‘In The Heights’ Heads To The Silver Screen

Broadway hit musical In The Heights comes to the silver screen in Summer 2020

Broadway hit musical In The Heights comes to the silver screen in Summer 2020

Lin-Manuel Miranda’s Tony and Grammy Award-winning musical In The Heights has made it to Hollywood and we finally get the official trailer.

Set in New York City’s Washington Heights neighborhood, the musical chronicles the lives of immigrants and the generations that follow them, including Usnavi played by Anthony Ramos.

Usnavi owns the local bodega and dreams of winning big in the lottery and making it out of the barrio.

The quintessential steamy New York summer brings complications for characters from all parts of the neighborhood, including a love interest for Usnavi in the form of Vanessa (Melissa Barrera).

In The Heights dances into theaters Summer 2020.

Seven-Time Oscar Nominee Glenn Close Prepares For Her ‘Sunset Boulevard’ Close-Up

The film version of Andrew Lloyd Webber's musical Sunset Boulevard, will star Glenn Close re-creating her Tony-winning performance.
Glenn Close in ‘Sunset Boulevard’ (photo: Joan Marcus)

The film version of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s musical Sunset Boulevard, will star Glenn Close re-creating her Tony-winning performance.

Tony Award-winner Rob Ashford (Thoroughly Modern Millie) will make his feature film directorial debut with the movie musical, reports the Hollywood Reporter.

From Playbill:

Close starred in the original 1994 Broadway production of Lloyd Webber’s Sunset Boulevard, earning a Tony for her work as faded silent-screen star Norma Desmond, as well as the acclaimed 2017 revival. The prospective project was first reported in January 2016, prior to Close taking on the Hollywood star once more at the London Coliseum before a Broadway bow at the Palace Theatre. At the time, co-lyricist and book writer Christopher Hampton hoped shooting would begin while Close was still in London.

It had been over 20 years since Close opened the original Broadway production, but the seven-time Oscar nominee used the years away from Norma Desmond to find a new window into the character.

“I’m not saying I’m getting better, but I am saying that I do have more experience,” Close told Playbill as she discussed returning to the role first seen in the 1950 Wilder film. “With more knowledge of myself and experiences I’ve had and heartbreaks I’ve had and enduring as I have—theoretically, an actor should only get better because our bodies and our minds and hearts are the material with which we build characters.”

Filming is expected to begin in Fall 2019. No other casting has been reported.

New Trailer: “Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again”

Cher in Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again

The second trailer for the upcoming Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again was released today and it’s as ABBA-tastic as you’d expect.

The original Mamma Mia film cashed in $609 million at the box office worldwide back in 2008, so it’s no wonder Universal Pictures is taking another kick-ball-change with the ABBA catalogue.

In the new tease, we get more singing, more dancing, more Cher!

The film serves as both sequel and prequel in explaining just how the three dads (Colin Firth, Pierce Brosnan, Dominic Cooper) came into Donna’s life.

And did I mention – Cher?

The movie hits theaters July 20. Watch the new trailer below.

Teaser: Aaron Tveit Sings “Come What May” From Upcoming “Moulin Rouge! The Musical”

Broadway's Aaron Tveit sings "Come What May" from the upcoming Broadway production "Moulin Rouge! The Musical!"
Aaron Tveit

Even as the 2018 Tony Award nominations were announced this week, music theater fans are looking ahead to Moulin Rouge! The Musical, based on the 2001 movie musical by Baz Luhrmann, which will begin its journey to the Great White Way this summer.

At Boston’s Emerson Colonial Theatre, audiences will get ‘first look’ at the new show for only 36 performances – June 27 through August 5.

Via press release:

Set in the Montmartre Quarter of Paris, France at the turn of the century, a world of indulgent beauty and unparalleled extravagance, of bohemians and aristocrats, of boulevardiers and mademoiselles, Moulin Rouge! The Musical tells the fictional story of an ambitious, lovesick writer, Christian (Aaron Tveit), and a dazzling, entrancing chanteuse, Satine (Karen Olivo).

Their lives collide at the Moulin Rouge with its many characters including the host of the Moulin Rouge, Harold Zidler (Danny Burstein); the brilliant and starving artist Toulouse-Lautrec (Sahr Ngaujah); the greatest tango dancer – and gigolo – in all of Paris, Santiago (Ricky Rojas); the tempting Nini (Robyn Hurder); and The Duke of Monroth (Tam Mutu), the wealthy and entitled patron of the club who thinks he can buy anything he wants, including love.

As in the film, Moulin Rouge! The Musical celebrates some of the greatest popular music of the last 50 years. The stage musical features many of the iconic songs from the movie and also includes recent hits released since the movie premiered 15 years ago.

Check out leading man Aaron Tveit singing “Come What May” from the upcoming musical below.