November 18th, 2011
06:21 PM ET
The musical adaptation of hit Disney movie “Newsies” is headed for the Great White Way, reports the New York Times.
The Harvey Fierstein-adapted stage production enjoyed a successful fall run at New Jersey’s Paper Mill Playhouse, so the scruffy paperboys are packing up their floppy caps and tattered vests and heading to Broadway.
The turn-of-the-century musical will open on Broadway in March, Disney Theatrical Productions announced Tuesday. “Newsies” will play at the Nederlander Theatre through June, but if successful, the run could be extended.
The 1992 movie starred Christian Bale, Bill Pullman, Robert Duvall and Ann-Margret, and it’s become a bit of a cult classic for children of the early '90s.
“Newsies” is based on the 1899 true story of newspaper-selling kiddos fighting Big Business, and with movements like Occupy Wall Street resonating with the public, it’s great timing for the feisty premise.
November 4th, 2011
08:20 AM ET
Blockbuster actress Megan Fox is set to make her Broadway debut. OnTheRedCarpet.com reports that the sexy starlet will appear on the Great White Way next month.
The 25-year-old actress will appear in the "24 Hour Plays" project, an annual fundraiser for the Urban Arts Partnership, a group that provides arts education to underserved public school students.
“24 Hour Plays” features 24 stars, six writers, six directors, two musical guests and a production staff coming together to create six plays. After just one day of rehearsal, the plays are performed on Broadway. (Hence the "24 Hour" title.)
October 14th, 2011
06:06 PM ET
The Martin Luther King Jr. National Memorial will be dedicated Sunday in Washington, D.C.
But Thursday night in New York City saw the opening of a play which portrays the civil rights leader in a different light.
"The Mountaintop" stars Samuel L. Jackson and Angela Bassett in a production which takes a fictitious look at the night before King was killed. The play offers up a "behind-closed-doors" look at the leader during a meeting with a mysterious woman at the Lorraine Motel in Memphis. FULL POST
September 8th, 2011
10:26 AM ET
Stars are teaming up in all sorts of different configurations to remember and honor the victims of 9/11.
From Broadway to the ball field, various projects have been planned to commemorate the tragedy’s 10th anniversary, and observe the 9/11 Day of Service and Remembrance.
In one of the biggest memorial projects, over 30 actors, singers and sports figures (as well as survivors of the attacks and relatives of victims) appear in the “I Will (Pay Tribute)” campaign that began this week, reports Look To The Stars.
September 1st, 2011
12:30 PM ET
James Franco quit something?
The man who does everything, from teaching to hosting major awards shows, has backed out of his Broadway debut the BBC reports.
According to the publication, Franco was set to star opposite Nicole Kidman in the Tennessee Williams play "Sweet Bird of Youth." BBC said Franco's rep confirmed he would no longer appear in the play, however, there was no reason given as to why. FULL POST
August 26th, 2011
03:25 PM ET
As movie theaters up and down the East Coast brace for the possible financial impact of Hurricane Irene, Broadway is also feeling it.
According to a press release from Disney Theatrical productions, "all performances of 'The Lion King' at the Minskoff Theatre and 'Mary Poppins' at the New Amsterdam Theatre Saturday, August 27th and Sunday, August 28th are cancelled due to Hurricane Irene."
On Friday, New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg said at a press conference that officials will consider evacuating low-lying areas such as Coney Island and Manhattan Beach in Brooklyn; Far Rockaway and Broad Channel in Queens; some areas in Staten Island; and Battery Park City in Manhattan
Disney Theatrical Productions said they made the decision to cancel the performances "in the interest of its patrons’ and staff’s safety following the announcement of the impending suspension of MTA and Metro North service.
Update 5:00 p.m. – According to The Hollywood Reporter, Clearview Cinemas will be shutting all of its 57 theaters on Saturday and Sunday because of the hurricane. The theaters are located from Philadelphia to New York City.
“Out of concern for the safety of our guests and staff, all Clearview Cinemas will be closed on Saturday August 27th and Sunday August 28th," said a statement from the company. "We plan to reopen on Monday August 29th. Wishing you and your family a very safe weekend."
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