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Cats Feature Film Adaptation In The Works

In: Donovan, Movies, The Arts
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Andrew Lloyd Webber’s feline musical really does have nine lives.

Cats is heading to the big screen with Tom Hooper sitting in the director’s chair. He previously delivered the Oscar-nominated stage-to-screen adaptation of Les Miserables.

Based on T.S. Eliot’s Old Possum’s Book of Practical Cats, Webber’s score for Cats features the iconic number, “Memory.” The musical centers on a tribe of cats who come together for an annual event where one furry friend ascends to heaven.

Cats is the fourth longest-running musical in Broadway history, with over 7,400 shows. The original production ran from 1981 until September 2000. A new production of Cats is set to open this August at the Neil Simon Theatre.

I love musicals, but was underwhelmed when I saw Cats. And that’s putting it nicely. With that being said, I have the utmost respect for Hooper and will most likely check out his adaptation. I wonder who’ll score the coveted role of Grizabella. Any suggestions? Weigh in below.

Wicked Makes Broadway History

In: Donovan, The Arts
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Not only has Wicked defied gravity but defied odds as well. The popular musical has raked in over $1 billion at the Broadway box office. It becomes the fastest musical to pass the benchmark in history.

Only two other productions have sold over $1 billion at the box office. The Lion King was the first to do so in 2013. The Disney adaptation, which bowed in 1997, took 16 years to achieve the feat. The Phantom of the Opera opened in 1988 but took 27 years to cross the mark in 2015.

Wicked only took 12.5 years after its 2003 opening to join the club. With the show still as popular as ever, I don’t expect Emerald City to stop cashing in, anytime soon.

Have you watched all three of the billion-generating musicals? If so, which one is your favorite? Sound off below.

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Both have proven they can carry a tune. Channing Tatum shows off his pipes in Hail, Caesar! which is out this weekend, while Joseph Gordon-Levitt gave a memorable performance in (500) Days of Summer. The two are now teaming up for an upcoming musical comedy, according to the Hollywood Reporter.

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In addition to the Rocky Horror Picture Show, FOX also has another musical in the works. The network gets biblical with The Passion Live, airing on Palm Sunday.

The two-hour musical event taking place live in New Orleans will be hosted and narrated by Tyler Perry. It’s based on a format originally created in the Netherlands. The yearly event has become a pop culture phenomenon in that country.

Seal has joined the star-studded cast. He’ll play Pontius Pilate. Read below to find out who else is starring in the highly-anticipated project.

see who else is joining him after the jump

Grease Live: Huge Ratings & My Five Favorite Numbers

In: Donovan, Music
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Grease was definitely the word on Sunday night. FOX’s first live musical production hit all the right notes, scoring with critics and viewers alike.

Grease: Live danced away with 12.2 million viewers and an impressive 4.3 rating among adults 18-49, beating NBC’s last two live productions. The Wiz Live and Peter Pan Live scored 11.5 million and 9.2 million respectively. It did fall short, however, of The Sound of Music Live which delivered a whopping 18.3 million viewers. FOX, though, should be very proud. The network proved you could stage a live production without making it a hate-watching event.

Personally, I thoroughly enjoyed the three-hour extravaganza. There were so many moving parts (multiple sound stages, live audience and rainy weather) to the elaborate production. FOX really set the bar high for all following live musicals. This one will be hard to beat.

According to The Wrap, Vanessa Hudgen’s standout number, “There Are Worse Things I Could Do,” was the most re-watched scene during the live telecast. While Hudgen’s Rizzo cover ranked in my Top 5, it wasn’t my favorite. Find out which scene was below.

check out the Top 10 rewatched moments after the jump

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At 70-years-young, Bette Midler isn’t slowing down. The Divine Miss M is heading back to the Great White Way for a new production of Hello, Dolly! It’s the first new staging of the classic musical in more than 50 years.

“I am looking forward to portraying one of the most beloved characters in all of American Musical Comedy, Dolly Levi, born Gallagher, in Hello, Dolly!” Bette Midler declared. “I know I’m going to have the time of my life, and I am so glad to be under the wings of Scott Rudin as producer and Jerry Zaks as director.”

After a 40-year absence, Midler returned to Broadway for her one-woman play, I’ll Eat You Last: A Chat With Sue Mengers, back in 2013. She made her Broadway debut back in the 60s in the original production of Fiddler on the Roof.

Featuring music and lyrics by Jerry Herman and a book by Michael Stewart, the Hello, Dolly! revival is set to begin performances on March 13, 2017 with an official opening night of April 20, 2017 being eyed.

Have you watched Hello, Dolly! on stage or on the big screen? Check out the original theatrical trailer below for the 1969 film starring Barbra Streisand.

watch the original theatrical trailer after the jump

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With just a couple of weeks left before Grease: Live premieres on FOX, the network is still announcing new cast members. On the heels of Boyz II Men participating comes news of another group heading to Rydell High.

The latest to join the highly-anticipated live musical production are DNCE. The Joe Jonas-led group will play Johnny Casino and the Gamblers. In the original 1978 film, Sha Na Na played the part and performed “Born To Hand Jive” during the film’s memorable sock hop.

In other DNCE-related news, the group recently premiered a new track “Pay My Rent.” The tune and the group are heavily featured in Diesel’s Spring/Summer 2016 ad campaign. Check it out below, along with “Born To Hand Jive” below

check out their new song after the jump

NBC Announces Hairspray As Next Live Production

In: Donovan, TV Shows
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You can’t stop the beat!

NBC just revealed Hairspray will be the network’s 2016 live musical event. Perfect choice if you ask me. It’s well-known and has plenty of memorable songs. I predict the ratings will fall somewhere between The Wiz and The Sound of Music. The one thing I know for sure is that it won’t bottom out like Peter Pan Live!

“People have been saying to me since The Wiz, ‘Do this show, do that show,’” NBC boss Robert Greenblatt said. “I’ve heard obscure titles and famous titles. Not everything’s going to be a big name to the whole audience. I don’t think there’s an infinite number of these that can be done. But we’re still doing it.”

Once again Craig Zadan and Neil Meron will return as executive producers. John Waters first released Hairspray in 1988 starring Ricki Lake and Debbie Harry. In 2002 it became a hit Broadway show. Five years later, Zadan and Meron produced the big screen musical adaptation starring Zac Efron, John Travolta and Michelle Pfeiffer.

check out some clips from the movie musical below

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