December 26th, 2011
03:53 PM ET
Cirque du Soleil, the internationally renowned troupe of acrobats, dancers, contortionists, gymnasts, and circus-like performers, has finally set up a permanent show in Los Angeles, and the show couldn't have a better theme: filmmaking.
In its rollout of “IRIS: A Journey Through the World of Cinema,” the Cirque has appropriately chosen Hollywood’s Kodak Theatre as its tent, which some of you may know as the setting for the Oscars.
In fact, when the Academy Awards ceremony starts to prepare for its February 26 telecast next year, the show will take its annual hiatus, from January 23 to March 27.
December 8th, 2011
09:30 AM ET
If you’ve ever been to a Broadway production, you may recall the actors asking you to donate to Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS at the end of the show. According to the Hollywood Reporter, this money-raising tactic is pretty successful, especially when Hugh Jackman is involved.
The actor’s show, “Hugh Jackman, Back on Broadway,” has earned $857,740 in donations thanks to the loveable Aussie’s appeals to the audience. (And also from auctioning his used undershirts, which sold for upwards of $10,000 each.)
That's not far from $1 million, and that's just from three weeks worth of performances. Naturally, “Hugh Jackman, Back on Broadway” is out-earning the other 50-something productions participating in the annual “Gypsy of the Year” fundraising event.
November 23rd, 2011
10:37 PM ET
Stage legends Patti LuPone and Mandy Patinkin are now on Broadway with their own (aptly titled) show, "An Evening with Patti LuPone and Mandy Patinkin."
The event made its debut Monday night at the Ethel Barrymore Theatre, featuring musical numbers from greats like Stephen Sondheim ("Gypsy," "Follies"), Rodgers & Hammerstein ("South Pacific," "Carousel"), Andrew Lloyd Webber ("Evita") and others.
Patinkin, arguably best known as "Princess Bride" swashbuckler Inigo Montoya, is most at home singing live onstage. He called "An Evening with Patti and Mandy" a "tale of two people on a journey."
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
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