Amélie begins previews on Broadway in a few weeks, on March 9, at the Walter Kerr Theater. Opening night is April 3rd. The cast, including Phillipa Soo as Amélie and Adam Chanler-Berat as Nino, has begun doing promo in anticipation of the premiere. On February 10th they presented a concert preview at the Cutting Room in NYC. Members of the cast performed songs from the show and talked to the press. We’ve collected a few videos to share with you.
Theatermania.com posted a new interview this week with Euan Morton, who is currently playing Hedwig Robinson in the national tour of Hedwig and the Angry Inch. Euan talked about what makes his Hedwig different, and his experiences as Hedwig with audiences across the country.
“We had one woman in L.A.,” recalls Tony nominee Euan Morton, the show’s lead actor, about one performance shortly before he took over the part. “Darren [Criss] was doing the role, I was in the audience, and [this woman] said, ‘I thought this was a play about Harry Potter’s owl.'”
“I thought it was fantastic,” he laughs. “Like, didn’t you look at the posters? Does it look like an owl?…It’s bizarre.”
Fathom Events Will Show the Newsies Movie Event in Cinemas Nationwide February 16, 18, and 22
The touring version of the Tony award-winning Broadway musical Newsies was filmed last September during its Los Angeles run. Several members of the original Broadway cast returned for the filming, including, Jeremy Jordan (Jack), Andrew Keenan-Bolger (Crutchie), Kara Lindsay (Katherine), and Ben Fankhauser (Davey). The score, by Alan Menken and Jack Feldman, includes the songs “Santa Fe,” “Carrying the Banner,” “Seize the Day,” “King of New York” and “Once and for All.”
This week Disney released a 2nd official trailer, which we have posted below, along with The Making of The Newsies Movie Event Episode 1: Return to Rehearsals, The Making of the Newsies Movie Event Episode 2: Return to the Stage, and the 1st official trailer.
Fathom Events filmed Disney’s hit Broadway musical Newsies last September during its Los Angeles tour stop. The show will be screened in movie theaters across the country on three different dates, giving fans multiple chances to see their favorite show. Screenings will be held on Thursday, February 16 at 7:00 PM, Saturday, February 18 at 12:55 PM, and Wednesday, February 22 at 7:00 PM. All times are local.
Scheduled for a Fall Run in Washington DC
According to the NY Times, The 2004 Lindsay Lohan film Mean Girls will be turned into a musical, as has been rumored for a while now. The show is being written by Tina Fey, the film’s original screenwriter, her husband, composer Jeff Richmond, and Neil Benjamin, who wrote the music and lyrics for Legally Blonde. The musical will be produced by Lorne Michaels (SNL), who produced the movie, and Stuart Thompson, who produced the Broadway version of The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time. Casey Nicholaw, of Aladdin and The Book of Mormon, will direct the musical and the April developmental lab in NYC. Auditions for the developmental lab were held earlier this month. We’ll keep our ears open for casting news.
Aside from the fact that Tina Fey appears to be the only woman currently on the creative team, this musical has a stellar group of people working on it! We’re hoping that this makes it to Broadway! The musical will have its world premiere at the National Theater in Washington, DC in Fall 2017.
HBO Will Also Show New Documentary “Bright Lights: Starring Carrie Fisher and Debbie Reynolds” in the First Half of 2017 [Updated]
In the wake of the tragic loss of both Carrie Fisher on December 27, and her mother, Debbie Reynolds, just one day later on December 28, HBO is changing its schedule to honor the two women. Both women were multi-talented performers with decades long careers. Their accomplishments are too long to list here, so I’ll just link to their Wiki pages and try not to start crying again. I grew up watching Debbie in Singin’ in the Rain and The Unsinkable Molly Brown, then enjoyed her later turn from spunky ingenue to crotchedy maternal type as she aged. I saw Star Wars: A New Hope as a teenager in theaters during its original run. Carrie was the same age as my sister. I cheered for her success as she broke out of her Princess Leia buns to avoid type-casting and become a bestselling author as well. In a culture where so many female artists are benched by the time they are 40, these two kept going long afterwards.
After the cut, trailers for both films, and a 2011 Oprah interview with Carrie and Debbie.
Amelie Ends It’s LA Run on January 15; Starts Previews on Broadway March 9, 2017
The production has released highlight footage from Amelie ahead of its move to Broadway. It will open officially on April 3, 2017 at the Walter Kerr Theatre. Tickets are already on sale.
The musical is based on the French film Amelie.
Click through to watch the highlights video.
NBC will reshow Hairspray Live! TONIGHT, Monday, December 26th at 8:00 PM ET. If you missed the original live airing on December 7th, this is your second chance to watch it on the big screen or record it on your DVR. The official Youtube and NBC streams have been taken down, probably because they’ve released the DVD, so don’t miss this opportunity!
The production stars Tony winner Christian Borle, Stephanie J. Block, Andrew Rannells, Brandon Uranowitz, Anthony Rosenthal, Tracie Thoms and Betsy Wolfe.
The Lincoln Center revival began previews on September 29th and runs through January 8th. The performances for the PBS special will be filmed on the evenings of January 3rd and 4th. The broadcast date hasn’t been announced yet. It’s usually several months after filming, at a minimum.
All three of the actors who have had regular gigs playing Hedwig in the national tour of Hedwig and the Angry Inch have given us photos or videos of themselves in the middle of their preshow preparations. (Darren took his during his Broadway run.) Which national tour Hedwig wore the makeup-only look best?
Click on each photo to see it full size.
Vote for your favorite after the cut!