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NBC Resurrects Wizard Of Oz-Themed Project

In: Donovan, TV Shows
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NBC originally gave a 10-episode straight-to-series commitment for Emerald City last year. The Wizard of Oz-themed drama would’ve been based on L. Frank Baum’s 14 books. The modern and dark reimagining of the classic tales were reportedly going to be in the vein of Game of Thrones. NBC scrapped the project due to the ever popular ‘creative differences‘ reasoning. It appears the peacock network has had a change of mind.

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It’s the final curtain call for the “Dancing Queens” of Mamma Mia. After 12 years on the Great White Way, the ABBA-inspired musical will shut down production on September 5. I guess theatergoers were no longer answering their “S.O.S

“‘Mamma Mia!’ has celebrated a passionate 14-year love affair with New York City,” creator and global producer Judy Craymer said in a statement. “I am thrilled that ‘Mamma Mia!’ has brought the music of ABBA to Broadway and so grateful to the hundreds of wonderful actors, musicians, stage managers, crew, front of house staff and the other people of the theatre who have given their professional lives and souls to be part of the ‘Mamma Mia!’ family and adventure on Broadway. And a huge thank you to our fans who have come from all over the world to see the show.”

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FOX Remaking The Rocky Horror Picture Show

In: Donovan, Movies, TV Shows
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In addition to their Grease remake, FOX is also developing one for The Rocky Horror Picture Show. Unlike the former, the reboot of 1975 musical comedy cult classic won’t be a live production.

According to Entertainment Weekly, this way the network will have an easier time attracting top talent who are fearful of performing without the safety net of retakes.

Kenny Ortega, the man behind High School Musical, is helming the project. He’ll work alongside the original producer of the film, Lou Adler. This won’t be FOX’s first experience with The Rocky Horror Picture Show. Glee previously paid homage to the film.

Who would you cast in the main roles? Hopefully Tim Curry or Susan Sarandon who appeared in the original make a cameo in the remake? Weigh in below.

Musical Review: The Book Of Mormon

In: Donovan, The Arts, Totally GAY!
Credit Joan Marcus, 2015

Credit Joan Marcus, 2015

As a lover of musicals, surprisingly, I’ve never watched The Book of Mormon. In fact, I’ve never listened to the soundtrack or even knew the premise of the show. Shame on me. I should have my gay card revoked. Naturally, when the touring production hit my town, I had to check it out.

After experiencing the sights and sounds of The Book of Mormon, I can see how the religious satire strutted away with nine Tony Awards including one for Best Musical in 2011. I was blown away and would see it again in a heartbeat. Especially on Broadway should Andrew Rannells ever reprise his Tony-nominated role of Elder Price.

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Mark your calendars folks. On January 23, 2017 the Groundhog Day musical hits Broadway. Why producers didn’t wait just a few days later to open it actually on Groundhog Day is a little odd. Opening on that day would’ve been perfect.

The 1993 comedy starred Bill Murray as a Pittsburgh TV weatherman who gets caught in a time loop and relives the same day over and over. Andie MacDowell co-starred in the film which raked in over $70 million at the box office.

Director Matthew Warchus and composer-lyricist Tim Minchin will again be joined by choreographer Peter Darling and designer Rob Howell on the show, according to the Hollywood Reporter. The book is by Danny Rubin, who co-wrote the Columbia Pictures film’s screenplay with director Harold Ramis.

“Our version of Groundhog Day is going to be both instantly recognizable, and utterly different,” Composer-lyricist Tim Minchin said of the project. “The central conceit is perfectly suited to the theatre, in my opinion. In fact, I think many of its ideas could be enhanced by the stage. It has the potential to be complex, dark, visually fascinating, and thematically rich, whilst still being a joyous romantic comedy with cool tunes and lots of gags. It’s certainly not an easy job, and I’m truly honored – and genuinely excited – that Danny is letting me have a crack at it.”

Does this latest movie musical adaptation pique your interest? Weigh in below after watching the original movie trailer.

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It was between The Music Man and The Wiz and it appears the latter won. The re-imagining of The Wonderful Wizard of Oz featuring an all-black cast will be NBC’s next live musical production. With Empire nabbing killer ratings, it’s a wise choice for the peacock network to go with a music book filled with R&B flair. For the first time ever, producers will team up with Cirque du Soleil.

“We love this yearly tradition and we’re more excited than ever to not only bring another Broadway musical to America’s living rooms, but also see it land on Broadway as well,” said NBC chairman Robert Greenblatt. “Cirque’s incredible imagination will help bring the fantasy world of Oz vividly to life and give this great show a modern spin on the age-old story we all love.”

Not only is The Wiz coming to television this holiday season, it’s also headed to Broadway for a revival production scheduled to debut during the 2016-17 season. Once again, Smash showrunners and exiting Oscar producers Craig Zaden and Neil Meron will executive produce the show. Harvey Fierstein will contribute new material to the original Broadway book by William F. Brown.

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Disney Reveals Live-Action Mulan Film Is Next

In: Donovan, Movies
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Over the weekend, Saturday Night Live with the assistance of The Rock joked that a live-action Bambi was on the way. Though it was just a parody, at Walt Disney’s current pace of remaking their classics, I wouldn’t be surprised if the studio announces an actual film about the beloved dear was in development. After all, they are working on a Dumbo live-action film as we speak.

The Hollywood Reporter reveals that Mulan is next on the production line. Chris Bender and J.C. Spink (We’re the Millers) are producing the new project.

The 1998 animated classic follows a young woman who disguises herself as a man so she can take her father’s place in the army and go to war. With the help of her trusty dragon sidekick Mushu, she becomes a skilled warrior and, eventually, one of the country’s greatest heroines.

With Dumbo, The Jungle Book, Beauty and the Beast and now Mulan on the way, which animated classic do you think is next to get a live-action remake? Weigh in below and check out Christina Aguilera’s soundtrack contribution “Reflection.” One of my favorite Disney theme songs from the 90s for sure.

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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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