‘Aladdin’ Teases a Fabulous Musical Number Led by Will Smith; Here’s Everything We Know

‘Aladdin’ Teases a Fabulous Musical Number Led by Will Smith; Here's Everything We Know

Disney's live-action adaptations of their animated classics are serious business. Even this year's Christopher Robin quietly grossed more than $ 200 million worldwide. There are many more to come, including four features arriving in 2019 alone: Dumbo, Aladdin, The Lion King and Lady and the Tramp, the last of which hits the new streaming service Disney+ later in the year. 

Aladdin is sure to be huge, as the 1992 animated version is considered a favorite among all Disney's…

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NBC Orders Musical Drama ‘Zoey’s Extraordinary Playlist’ to Series

NBC has picked up the drama “Zoey’s Extraordinary Playlist” for the 2019-2020 season. The series follows Zoey Clarke (Jane Levy), a whip-smart computer coder forging her way in San Francisco. After an unusual event she starts to hear the innermost wants and desires of the people around her through songs. At first, she questions her […]

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Sarah Silverman Reveals Her ‘Bedwetter’ Musical Is Hitting the Stage Soon

Sarah Silverman is headed to the stage. Well, maybe not Silverman herself, but the story of the comedian is, at least. She gave an update on the musical based on her memoir, “The Bedwetter,” during a chat with Mike Birbiglia for the Tribeca Film Festival on Monday night. She revealed that the musical, which was […]

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Today in Movie Culture: ‘Her Smell’ Music Video, ‘Hellboy’ Musical Parody, ‘Missing Link’ VFX Breakdown and More

Today in Movie Culture: ‘Her Smell’ Music Video, ‘Hellboy’ Musical Parody, ‘Missing Link’ VFX Breakdown and More

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Alex Ross Perry’s punk rock movie Her Smell hits theaters today, and to showcase one of its tunes, Gunpowder & Sky released a music video for the fictional all-female band The Akergirls. Watch Her Smell stars Cara Delevingne, Ashley Benson, and Dylan Gelula, who perform “Can’t Wait”:

 

Musical Movie Parody of the Day:

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BWW Exclusive: Listen to Adrienne Warren Belt Out ‘What’s Love Got to Do with It?’ on TINA – THE TINA TURNER MUSICAL Cast Recording

TINA – THE Tina TURNER MUSICAL Original London Cast Recording will be released by Ghostlight Records for digital download and streaming tomorrow, March 29. The show is currently a hit at the Aldwych Theatre in London’s West End and will open on Broadway in the fall of 2019. Customers who pre-order the digital album will immediately receive a download of the first single ‘River Deep – Mountain High.’ Click here to pre-order
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Keira Knightley’s musical talent is…playing ‘Despacito’ with her teeth

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You might be able to dust off a rendition of “Für Elise” on the piano, but it doesn’t come close to Keira Knightley’s utterly weird musical talent.

It turns out the Hollywood star can play music with her teeth, as she exhibited on The Tonight Show starring Jimmy Fallon on Tuesday, when she busted out a rendition of “Despacito” by appearing to tap her teeth with her fingers.

Knightley previously exhibited this talent before when she played “Raindrops Keep Fallin’ On My Head” on The Graham Norton Show back in January. 

There’s just no end to some people’s talent. Read more…

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New Musical INTO THE WILD Will Receive A Private Industry Reading Today

La Vie Productions in association with Playwrights Horizons will present a private industry reading of Into the Wild, a new musical featuring a book and lyrics by Janet Allard and music and lyrics by Niko Tsakalakos, today, Friday, February 8, 2019 in NYC. Inspired by the book Into the Wild by Jon Krakauer and the photographic history of Chris McCandless’ journey as shown in The McCandless Foundation’s published work Back to the Wild, the industry presentation will be directed by Lila Neugebauer with musical supervision arrangements by Brian Usifer.
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Special 2-LP Red Vinyl Edition Of PRETTY WOMAN: THE MUSICAL Cast Recording Available Tomorrow

A special 2-LP red vinyl edition of PRETTY WOMAN THE MUSICAL ORIGINAL BROADWAY CAST RECORDING from Atlantic Records, produced by Bryan Adams and Jim Vallance, will be available for purchase through select retailers, including the official Atlantic Records store and at the Nederlander Theatre, beginning Friday, January 18, 2019. PRETTY WOMAN THE MUSICAL ORIGINAL BROADWAY CAST RECORDING is also available on all DSP’s and on CD wherever music is sold.
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Cliff Bleszinski Is Co-Producing the Broadway Musical ‘Hadestown’

Updated: “Gears of War” creator Cliff Bleszinski has a new gig. He’s co-producing the Broadway musical “Hadestown,” he announced on Twitter Wednesday. “News! I’m officially co-producing this show. That’s my next gig! (Crazy, eh?!)” he said. “It’s on Spotify, give it a go. It’s fantastic!” NEWS! I'm officially co-producing this show. That's my next gig! (Crazy, […]

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PRETTY WOMAN: THE MUSICAL Will Play Hamburg Next Fall

Producer Paula Wagner is pleased to announce the first international production of PRETTY WOMAN THE MUSICAL will begin performances in Germany, on Monday, September 23, 2019. Presented by Stage Entertainment, PRETTY WOMAN THE MUSICAL will open at Hamburg’s Stage Theater an der Elbe Sunday, September 29, 2019.
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Photo Coverage: Inside Opening Night of CLUELESS, THE MUSICAL

The New Group is currently presenting Clueless, the Musical by Amy Heckerling in a world premiere production with choreography by Kelly Devine, directed by Kristin Hanggi. The show officially opened last night, December 11, and BroadwayWorld was there. Check out the photos from the big night below
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Take That’s ‘The Band Musical’ sees the boys reunite for gala show

Robbie Williams joins Gary, Howard and Mark for a song at a West End gala performance of the musical featuring their top hits. Rough cut (no reporter narration).


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Bebe Winans Dishes About His New Jim Bakker And Tammy Faye-Inspired Musical ‘Born For This’


Cindy Adams of Page Six chopped it up with four-time Grammy winner BeBe Winans about his coming musical “Born for This.”

“Another jukebox Broadway thing?” she asked him.

“No, ma’am. I lived in New York 10 years and saw every musical ever made. I was Harpo in ‘The Color Purple,’ and a Broadway school taught me to write,” he explained. “I’ve written what’s important. I added new songs. I talk about my family. And Roberta Flack said I had to put this on Broadway.

“Mine’s a story of rejection. Of faith. Survival. God’s love. Of becoming involved with Tammy Faye and Jim Bakker.”

Jim and Tammy Faye were a husband-and-wife televangelist team in the 1970s and ’80s before their ministry was brought down by scandal and bankruptcy.  BeBe was part of that ministry.

“To audition for them in Charlotte, NC, my mother took me and my sister south on a Greyhound bus. They wanted my sister, not me. I ended up working in a grocery. But then Bakker heard me sing — and that was my beginning.

“Understand, fame — and fear and failure — are like drugs. You need faith to handle celebrity or success. All of it’s a struggle. You conquer that with the only true power there really is — trust in God.

“Bakker became my parent. He said I’d be a somebody. The man’s alive and kicking, and in 2016 when I tested this in Atlanta, he was at the opening. When I got my star on the Walk of Fame, he was the first person who called. And Jim Bakker will be at the official Broadway opening of this show.”

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‘The Color Purple’ Will Hit the Big Screen Again in Musical Form; Here’s Everything We Know

'The Color Purple' Will Hit the Big Screen Again in Musical Form; Here's Everything We Know

As long as you're going to remake a movie, you might as well do something different with the material. That's why musical remakes are so much more interesting than straight rehashes. They tend to follow the original movie being turned into a Broadway musical with that stage production then being re-adapted for the screen. We've seen it recently with Hairspray and The Producers, but music-infused remakes used to be a pretty common occurrence in Hollywood.

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Stephen Colbert Made a Musical Kavanaugh Parody

Stephen Colbert had jokes after a former classmate alleged that Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh got into a bar fight after attending a UB40 concert in 1985, while he was a student at Yale University.

In a clip aired on Tuesday night, Colbert and the Late Show team parodied UB40’s hit, “Red Red Wine,” with lyrics that reference the controversy surrounding allegations of drunken behavior, along with interpolated clips of Kavanaugh’s testimony in the song.

The song comes after Monday’s reports that inspired the parody; according to a report by the New York Times, the fight allegedly started when Kavanaugh and friends thought they spotted the lead singer of UB40 at a bar, a misunderstanding that escalated.

For their part, UB40 seems to want no part in the Kavanaugh drama, taking to their Twitter to address the renewed focus on their band.

Watch the full clip of the Kavanaugh “Red Red Wine” parody below.


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