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There’s something about a guy who can do high kicks and dance their little butts off that I find quite attractive. Often times when I watch a live musical, I find my eyes gravitating towards the best dancer. Am I alone in thinking this? While I haven’t seen the King Kong Musical in person, based on the quality of talent, I would have a difficult time picking which cast member to focus all my attention on. They’re all so darn cute.

Even though the Melbourne production is closing on February 14, 2014, they’ve released a 2014 calendar featuring their rock hard cast. Given that it earned numerous Helpmann Awards (The Aussie Tonys), I wonder why it’s shutting down. Any Aussies who’ve seen it care to give their insights? Check out Maxwell Trengrove, Travis Khan, Andy Cook and Sam Marks display their extremely-toned bodies below. Maxwell and Sam are my favorites, so back off bitches ;)

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Quelle surprise! On the heels of the staggering success of the ambitious The Sound of Music Live!, NBC hired Smash producers Neil Meron and Craig Zadan to executive produce another beloved musical for 2014. As expected, last week’s event heralded in a new holiday tradition. With 18.6 million viewers, the peacock network would’ve been stupid to not stage another production. No word on what musical just yet, but here’s what NBC Entertainment chairman Robert Greenblatt told The New York Times.

“All weekend, people have been calling us and emailing us,” Greenblatt told the Times. “Rights holders of musicals have said, ‘Please do one of our shows.’ We’re excited to try it again.”

Reportedly, the only requirement is that it must be a family-friendly Broadway classic with a slew of familiar songs. I guess that rules out Priscilla! Queen of the Desert, Rent or The Book of Mormon ;) With recent movie renditions of Hairspray, Mamma Mia and Les Miserables, that also rules them out. I’m betting they do another Julie Andrews classic. Mary Poppins anyone? Or something from the hey day of musicals.

Although the Sound of Music Live! production took over 18 months to orchestrate, all parties involved confidently believe it won’t take nearly as long, having gone through the experience already. The Carrie Underwood starrer cost reportedly $9 million to produce. With a 22-song soundtrack available on iTunes and a DVD/Blu-Ray release next week, I’m sure the network will be raking in the profits for years to come. I also foresee jacked up commercial prices for the next musical.

In other Sound of Music-related news, a cast member from the beloved movie passed away Monday. For those who didn’t believe Underwood killed it with her performance, clearly they were wrong ;) Obviously, I’m joking, albeit in bad taste.

find out which original cast member passed away after the jump

Jagged Little Pill Heading To Broadway

In: Donovan, Music, The Arts

Hopefully, Alanis Morisette follows in the footsteps of Green Day’s American Idiot rather than Spice Girls’ ill-fated Viva Forever. Based on the angst and anger found on Jagged Little Pill, I have a feeling it’ll translate well to Broadway.

The 39-year-old Canadian announced she’s teaming up with Tony and Pulitzer winner Tom Kitt, Vivek J. Tiwary and Arvind Ethan David for a Broadway musical that will feature songs from her multi-platinum album and other songs from her catalogue. The musical will debut as a workshop production sometime next year.

“I look forward to taking the heart of Jagged Little Pill and expanding its story, fleshing it out into ever deeper layers of emotionality, specificity, humanity, power, physicality, spirit and fabulism,” Morissette said regarding the musical. “I look forward to collaborating with Vivek and Tom and our whole inspiring team to create something greater than the sum of our parts.”

Good thing she has Kitt on her side. After all, he worked on Green Day’s musical. This could go either way, but I’m optimistic that it’ll be sensational. That album was epic. My favorite tracks were “Ironic” and “You Learn.” Which ones were yours? Check out all the singles from that Grammy-winning album below. It sold more than 33 million copies worldwide and is the highest-selling album of the 90s.

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When How I Met Your Mother ends its run in Spring 2014, Neil Patrick Harris won’t have too much time to relax. The 40-year-old actor already has a gig lined up. He’ll portray the titular role in the first Broadway production of the rock musical Hedwig and the Angry Inch.

Featuring a book written by John Cameron Mitchell and music and lyrics by Stephen Trask, the musical will begin previews on March 29, 2014 with a grand opening on April 22, 2014 at the Belasco Theatre. Hedwig originated Off-Broadway in 1998 before traveling the world.

“I am simultaneously ecstatic and terrified to be stepping into Hedwig’s heels,” Harris previously said in a release. “It is truly a once-in-a-lifetime role and I can’t wait to begin the journey.”

For the first promo poster, Harris looks like a male Ke$ha complete with glitter lipstick, eyeliner and random sprinklings on his face. Definitely appropriate given Neil Patrick’s transgender rocker character.

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Rumblings about a musical version of Channing Tatum’s male stripper flick first surfaced last summer. Given it’s surprising lucrative box office run, it was a no-brainer all parties involved searched for different revenue streams to milk more dollars from horny women and gay men. Naturally, a big song and dance number came to mind. A year after Tatum first teased about it, Magic Mike, The Musical is officially a thing now. The 33-year-old actor confirmed the news earlier this week via Twitter.

Steven Soderbergh, producer and director of Magic Mike, along with Tatum have enlisted a top creative team to adapt the film into a Broadway musical. Deadline.com reports Next to Normal’s Tom Kitt and Brian Yorkey will write the songs and Glee writer Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa will write the book. In addition to fast tracking the project to the Great White Way stage, a sequel is also in the works.

If both ventures prove successful, Tatum just might overtake Robert Downey, Jr on Forbes’ Highest-Paid Actors List. While we wait for both projects to come to fruition, check out my favorite scene from the original film below.

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If the promise of Mary J. Blige wearing a platinum blond fro descending from the sky while wearing baby blue wings isn’t enough to entice people to the theaters, nothing will. That top right image is everything. Blige along with Jennifer Hudson star in a contemporary adaptation of Langston Hughes’ celebrated 1961 play, Black Nativity. The film is scheduled to hit theaters this holiday season in November.

I love me some J-Hud, but let’s face it. The 31-year-old Oscar winner shines brightest when her acting roles involve some singing. When left simply just to act, she’s a bit awkward, don’t you think? Thankfully, the Kasi Lemmons-directed musical features Hudson doing what she does best- getting down with her gospel bad self. She stars as a struggling mother living in Baltimore who sends her son to live with his grandparents played by Forest Whitaker and Angela Bassett in Harlem. The coming-of-age story also stars rapper Nas, Tyrese Gibson, Nasir Jones and Jacob Latimore. Check out the teaser trailer below.

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Is Sara Bareilles The New Cyndi Lauper?

In: Donovan, Movies, The Arts

You’re probably scratching your head trying to figure out what these two women could possibly have in common. If you’re a Broadway nut, you probably already know the answer. After picking up a Tony for their award-winning musical Pippin this past weekend, Barry and Fran Weissler revealed details about their next project.

The Weisslers will reunite with their Tony-winning Pippin director Diane Paulus to create a musical adaptation of a quirky indie 2007 film. Recruited to write songs for the project is none other than Sara Bareilles. She’ll work with Pulitzer Prize winner Paula Vogel who’s writing the book. Love “Uncharted” and “Love Song” but Bareilles seems like an odd choice. Even odder is the film they’re adapting to a Broadway musical. Find out what it is below and determine if Bareilles has a chance to follow in Cyndi Lauper’s Broadway success.

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The Craft Being Adapted To Stage Musical (Video)

In: Donovan, Movies, The Arts

Believe it or not Manon is about to be invoked again. If you know what I’m talking about then clearly you’re a fan of the 1996 supernatural teen flick The Craft starring Neve Campbell and Fairuza Balk. If you’re a musical nut as well, then this bit of news is going to BLOW YOUR MIND. Hell, if Legally Blonde can do it, why can’t the witchy foursome aka the corners?

With Mean Girls, Magic Mike and Ever After potentially heading to Broadway, it only makes sense another Hollywood film gets the musical adaptation treatment. Out of the ones mentioned, The Craft musical seems to be the furthest along.

The show began development in 2012.  A demo was recorded and released in May of that year.  A partial reading is currently planned to take place in Illinois in May with a more substantial workshop/reading lined up in NYC later this year. Videos of the cast performing during a workshop have been uploaded to YouTube. Watch the cast sing three numbers- “A Perfect Circle“, “Manon” and “Light as a Feather, Stiff as a Board“- from the production below.

watch the cast perform after the jump

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