Amplify Pictures Joins Broadway’s ‘Gutenberg! The Musical’ As Co-Producer, Forms Partnership With Recently Founded Folk Productions
#BreakingNews #Broadway #AmplifyPictures #AndrewRannells #GutenbergTheMusical #JoshGad
‘The Queen of Versailles’ Musical Workshop Adds F. Murray Abraham, Melody Butiu & Nina White To Kristin Chenoweth-Led Cast
#BreakingNews #Broadway #Theater #FMurrayAbraham #KristinChenoweth #MelodyButiu #NinaWhite #TheQueenOfVersailles
"Edelweiss" is a #showTune from the 1959 #RodgersAndHammerstein #musical #TheSoundOfMusic. It is named after the #edelweiss (#LeontopodiumNivale), a white flower found high in the Alps. The song was created for the 1959 #Broadway production of The Sound of Music, as a song for the character Captain #GeorgVonTrapp. In the musical, Captain von Trapp.
Oct 2, 1961: A Shot in the Dark, a comic mystery play by Harry Kurnitz, began its pre-Broadway tryout run in his hometown. It was to be a star vehicle for #JulieHarris, whose image was on all the posters. #WilliamShatner was in the cast.
Donald Cook's name was still on the poster, too - even though he had died in New Haven the previous week. #WalterMatthau took over the role during the Philly run, and would win a Tony Award when the show went to #Broadway. #theater #theatre #theatrehistory
Pulling Harvey Out of Her Hat by Mimi Pockross, chronicles the story of how Mary Chase—a housewife with three children from a working-class Irish community in Denver, Colorado—became a Pulitzer Prize–winning playwright for Harvey, a Broadway comedy about a gentle soul and his invisible six-foot-and-one-half-inch-tall rabbit friend.
#biography #Colorado #denver #Broadway #books #promo https://www.amazon.com/Pulling-Harvey-Out-Her-Hat-ebook/dp/B08FWCW6CV/
PSA: if you have the chance to see #JajaBroadway and you miss it, you will be SO SAD!
'laughter is a strange response. i mean, what is it? it's a spasm of some kind! is that always joy? it's very often discomfort. it's some sort of explosive reaction. it's very complex.'
#art #history: &, like laughter, madeline kahn (born #otd in 1942) was complex. born in boston to a bohemian mum, mad fell into opera singing on her way to broadway, where her acting career began in 1968. [a tribute thread, of sorts, follows.]
#madelineKahn #actor #cinema #broadway #illustration #portrait
Thomas Schumacher Leaving Longtime Perch Atop Disney’s Stage Theatrical Division Where He Oversaw Massive Hits Like ‘The Lion King’ & ‘Aladdin’; Will Take On Purely Creative Role
#BreakingNews #Broadway #Theater #DisneyTheatricalProductions #TheLionKing #ThomasSchumacher
‘Purlie Victorious’ Broadway Review: Leslie Odom, Jr. Keeps Ossie Davis’ Groundbreaking Comedy True To Its Title
#BreakingNews #Broadway #Reviews #BroadwayReview #LeslieOdomJr #PurlieVictoriousANonConfederateRompThroughtheCottonPatch
StarKid, Captain America & ‘Oklahoma!’ Meet Atop Billboard’s Cast Albums Chart
Billboard Exclusive: Hear Ingrid Michaelson Sing a New Track From Her Score for Broadway’s ‘The Notebook’
David Byrne’s new Broadway musical “Here Lies Love” glamorizes fascism and its most pervasive agent, former First Lady of the Philippines Imelda Marcos.
Just watched a story on NBC News about how the understudy for #Jasmine for the #Broadway run of #Aladdin got the experience of a lifetime with the help of #Delta airlines when...
While in flight coming back from vacation in Europe she received news that she would be performing as Jasmine that evening (the lead).
Delta went WAY above and beyond! (I've talked about how awesome Delta is as an airline and why they are a cut above, well this is just another example.)
The flight attendants moved her to first-class so she would be off the flight quicker!
The pilot changed gates so she would clear customs quicker!
And to top it off, Delta arranged for a HELICOPTER TAXI to pick her up from the airport and take her to Broadway cutting a 90 minute cab ride down to SEVEN MINUTES!
Which STILL didn't leave much time for her to get into makeup, get her hair done, and step into wardrobe before the curtains raised that evening.
Suffice it to say, her flight attendant did enjoy comp'd tickets to the show that evening (and well deserved).
I've said this before, the DNA at Delta is just different than other airlines. Yet another reason why I'll happily fly them over other airlines when I can.
For the pedants:
When Aladdin - The Musical understudy Mikayla Renfrow got a text asking if she could go on for Jasmine that night, she was in the middle of a trans-Atlantic flight. Here’s how she made it to the show on time.
Follow Mikayla’s Instagram here: https://www.instagram.com/mikayla.renf
With our ASL Opera project picking up steam, I was curious to know just how the “High Art” of Opera has influenced mainstream American culture over the last 50 years or so, and I was surprised to learn, via ChatGPT-4 AI, just how deeply many of the most famous Opera melodies made their way into our shared childhoods and our culturally maintained totems of relevance!
As a young child growing up in the barren Midwest, I was delighted to appear in several Operas: Albert Herring, and Carmen and Così fan tutte and in that memory of my childhood, I recall several unifications of comedy and sublimity engaging in cartoons and classic Opera arias! I get the reason why: Opera music is free to use, it is out of Copyright protection, and the music, and melodies, are universal in exchange, creating the perfect storm between interpretation, and performance!
You wouldn’t naturally think that Opera and children’s cartoons go together, and that they can influence one another, can coconspire in the same mindspace and playspace, but that’s exactly the beauty of this sort of majestic Art — where one thing becomes another, and everything, in its essence, belongs to another. We are each other. We become our enemies. Our enemies befriend us because life is a swirl of experience, and emotion, and we are never, ever, just one thing or only one life.
So, here we go in our Operatic analysis! Here are some of the stories you already know as popular musicals are based on Operas, including Rent (based on La Bohéme), Moulin Rouge! (La Traviata), and Aida (Aida). Many Operas are also based on classic plays. If you like Shakespeare’s The Merry Wives Of Windsor (or the Public Theater’s 2021 production of Merry Wives) check out Verdi’s Falstaff. If Greek tragedy is more your speed, give Medea a go.
Hey, sure, many classic Operas have also inspired adaptations in other forms of media. Here are more examples:
1. “Miss Saigon” – This musical is based on Puccini’s “Madame Butterfly”, but moves the action to 1970s Vietnam during the final days of the Vietnam War.
2. “Aida” – The Elton John and Tim Rice musical is based on Verdi’s Opera of the same name, although the story and characters are significantly different.
1. “Moonstruck” – This 1987 film starring Cher and Nicolas Cage is not based on an Opera but has strong thematic links to Puccini’s “La Bohème” and especially “Tosca.”
2. “Carmen: A Hip Hopera” – This 2001 film is a contemporary adaptation of Bizet’s “Carmen”, starring Beyoncé in the title role.
3. “Madame Butterfly” – Several film adaptations have been made of this Puccini Opera, including a 1995 version directed by Frédéric Mitterrand.
1. “The Simpsons” – The episode “The Homer of Seville” has Homer discovering a talent for Opera singing, with plot elements borrowed from several classic Operas.
2. “Hey Arnold!” – The episode “Eugene, Eugene!” is based on the Opera “Eugene Onegin” by Tchaikovsky.
3. “Looney Tunes” – The classic cartoon has several episodes that are inspired by or parody Opera, such as “What’s Opera, Doc?” (inspired by Wagner’s “Ring Cycle”) and “The Rabbit of Seville” (based on Rossini’s “The Barber of Seville”).
Films which are screen adaptations of Operas, examples include:
- Don Giovanni, directed by Joseph Losey
- The Magic Flute, directed by Ingmar Bergman
- La traviata, directed by Franco Zeffirelli
- Giuseppe Verdi’s Rigoletto Story
- Carmen, directed by Francesco Rosi
- Porgy and Bess, directed by Otto Preminger
- La Bohème, directed by Luigi Comencini
- Otello, directed by Franco Zeffirelli.
Don’t leave out Children’s Television! Here are some classical Opera pieces that were used in Bugs Bunny cartoons:
- “Barber of Seville Overture” by Rossini: Featured in “The Rabbit of Seville” (1950) where Bugs assumes the title role and humiliates Elmer Fudd.
- “Ride of the Valkyries” by Wagner: Although I was unable to find the specific episode, it was mentioned that this piece was used in a Bugs Bunny cartoon.
- “Hungarian Rhapsody No. 2” by Liszt: Featured in “Rhapsody Rabbit” (1946).
- “Tales from the Vienna Woods, Op. 325” by Johann Strauss II: Featured in “A Corny Concerto” (1943) where Bugs is chased by Porky Pig and his dog to the music.
- “The Blue Danube” by Johann Strauss II: Also used in “A Corny Concerto” (1943), this time as a bird-song based cover while Daffy Duck paddles over with his off-key honking.
- “Minute Waltz in D-Flat” by Chopin: Featured in “Hyde and Hare” (1955) where Bugs plays the piano in Dr. Jekyll’s house.
- “Morning, Noon, and Night in Vienna” by von Suppé: Featured in “Baton Bunny” (1959) where Bugs conducts the piece.
- “Beethoven’s 7th” by Beethoven: Featured in “A Ham in a Role” (1949) where a snippet from the symphony is played during a ghost scene in Hamlet.
- “Träumerei” by Schumann: Featured in “Hare Ribbin’” (1944) where a segment of Schumann’s theme plays while Bugs’ latest tormentor mistakes him for dead.
- “Largo al Factotum” from “The Barber of Seville” by Rossini: Featured in “The Long-Haired Hare” (1949) where Bugs declares war after his musical instruments are destroyed by an Opera star.
- “Hungarian Dances” by Brahms: Featured in “Pigs in a Polka” (1943) where the “Three Little Pigs” fable is set to highlights from these dances.
- “William Tell Overture” by Rossini: Featured in “Bugs Bunny Rides Again” (1948) where the tune is used during a horseback chase sequence featuring Yosemite Sam.
Opera, and classical music arias, have played a major role in shaping common American mainstream culture. We must embrace this fading, Operatic, High Art, and allow it to seep back into the sleeping bones of our eternal youth!
For some reason, right-wing media isn't reporting this story.
"Biden tells a Broadway theater packed for fundraiser that Trump is determined to destroy the nation"
“Let there be no question, Donald Trump and his MAGA Republicans are determined to destroy American democracy,” he said, referring to the former president’s slogan, “Make America Great Again.” “And I will always defend, protect and fight for our democracy.”
"Beauty and the Beast" is a song written by lyricist #HowardAshman and composer #AlanMenken for the #Disney animated feature film #BeautyAndTheBeast (1991). The film's #themeSong, the #Broadway-inspired #ballad was first recorded by British-American actress #AngelaLansbury in her role as the voice of the character #MrsPotts, and essentially describes the relationship between its two main characters #Belle and the Beast.
Michael McGrath, Tony Award-Winning Actor, Dies at 65
Can't tell if interesting in a good way or in a bad one, but…
"My Favorite Things" is a song from the 1959 #RodgersAndHammerstein musical #TheSoundOfMusic. In the original #Broadway production, this song was introduced by #MaryMartin playing #Maria and #PatriciaNeway playing Mother Abbess. #JulieAndrews, who played Maria in the #1965FilmVersion of the musical, had previously sung it on the 1961 Christmas special for #TheGarryMooreShow. In 2004.
“And I won’t quit. . .” - by Stephen Macaulay
During 2017 to 2021 Bruce Springsteen appeared at the Walter Kerr Theatre and St. James Theatre in New York, “Springsteen on Broadway.” As Weil/Mann/Leiber/Stoller had it:
“But they're dead wrong, I know they are
'Cause I can play this guitar
And I won't quit til I'm a star on Broadway”
There was a hiatus until February 1,...
"I've Gotta Be Me" is a popular song that appeared in the #Broadway #musical #GoldenRainbow, which starred #SteveLawrence and #EydieGormé. It opened in #NewYorkCity at the #ShubertTheatre on February 4, 1968, and closed just under a year later, on January 11, 1969. The music and lyrics for the musical were composed and written by #WalterMarks in 1967; the production featured a book by #ErnestKinoy. This song was listed in the musical as "I've Got to Be Me" and.
Springtime for Gutenberg?
" “Gutenberg!” directed by Alex Timbers and written by Scott Brown and Anthony King, is a farcical, largehearted duet about a pair of nursing home workers, Bud and Doug, bitten grievously by the Broadway bug. Using an inheritance and the proceeds from the sale of a home, they rent a Broadway theater for one night, hoping to find a producer for their deeply misguided and tragically under-researched original musical about Johannes Gutenberg […]
The show that emerged was never about the real Gutenberg — Bud and Doug have only the vaguest ideas of how movable type and medieval history work. Instead it was a loving lampoon of Broadway wishes and tropes."
Gary Wright (1943–2023), " Dream Weaver" singer and songwriter
Musician and composer Gary Wright, the onetime Spooky Tooth member who scored two solo hits in 1976 ("Dream Weaver" and "Love Is Alive") and helped popularize the use of synthesizers in pop music, died on Sept. 4 from Lewy body dementia at 80.
You made it through #LadiesWhoLunch week. I hope this homage has my friend tipping her scotch from above.
It was shocking how smart and fierce the performances were. We often sat in crowded bars pretending to be her. 😆 As years passed, we felt a bit of empathy for her lot in life.
I leave you with some great alternative performances that shouldn't be missed. Grab your vodka stinger and sing along. 🍸
What's your favorite?
We end the week strong with one of the more recent entries to #LadiesWhoLunch, Barbara Walsh. Other than Elaine Stritch, it may be my favorite performance.
Walsh's voice is explicitly drunk but still melodious and full of the venom that makes this character so memorable.
I can feel the crowd uncomfortably shifting in their seats as the performance continues, which is exactly what #Sondheim was looking to achieve.
We're getting down to the last few #LadiesWhoLuch and it's getting difficult to choose!
It's time to get a bit of perspective on how the song fits into the musical itself, and this clip with Patti Lupone is just the ticket.
The scene is a club filled with people. The Lady is being loud, drunk and obnoxious. Her friends are a bit embarrassed, but too scared to step in, knowing it would just make things worse.
We take a jump over to the movies tonight for the next #LadiesWhoLunch entry. A 2003 comedy titled "Camp" with the very young Anna Kendrick taking the role.
The performance is shortened a bit here but it's great. Here the anger and fierceness really comes through (maybe a BIT campy on purpose) and the audience reactions are a hoot.
I recommend checking out this movie or at least the soundtrack - lots of great songs.
On the second night of #LadiesWhoLunch, we look at a performance by Carol Burnett. Someone with impeccable comedic timing can still only bring a few laughs to this dark, sarcastic tune from #Sondheim.
With this version, you start to see a pattern in character - a smart lady outside of her prime, born when women had less paths forward, young enough to witness new freedoms. A bit of resentment snipes through the notes.
In my first Lades Who Lunch post of the week, we start with the original from 1970. #ElaineStritch belts it out for the cast recording.
Watching should make you a bit scared of this woman. Drunk, bitter, intelligent…seething is the word. It should make you uncomfortable, like you’re watching someone meltdown in public, you can’t leave, and just pretend it’s not happening.
The question to ponder - how did she get here?
Passages: Coming of Age in the #1970s - based on #truestories Martin lives within his male and female (Maryanne) identities which fuel vivid dreams and fantasies. He meets Simone, a rising star on #Broadway, #NYC. In a strange encounter a new self is revealed to him. He engages in two volatile relationships, searching for the most amazing life possible. #sexualidentity #genderfluidity #artists #poets #dreamers #history #mentalhealth #domesticviolence #America https://www.amazon.com/Passages-Mary-Clark-ebook/dp/B0C1G4BQN7/
Another Friday morning bookmark session for #JukeboxFridayNight which begins a world away from me. Today’s theme #TruthTellers Ah yes…the apropos theme to honor the life of Sinead O’Connor. My contribution is a #Broadway tune from the show *Hadestown* a heartbreaking journey to hell and back again. What the world could be… but I digress. The song is called “If it’s True” https://youtu.be/12BlRpvOa1o 1/
#PamelaBlair, the original Valerie Clark in #Broadway's #AChorusLine, has died at 73. Blair sang the iconic 'Dance: Ten, Looks: Three' in the show. Her other Broadway credits include "Promises, Promises", "The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas", and "A Few Good Men". TV credits include "Ryan's Hope", "Loving", "All My Children", "Law & Order", "Another World" and "Sabrina the Teenage Witch". She also appeared in films "Annie", "Mighty Aphrodite", "Before and After" and "21 Grams". #RIP
This was Marcus’ first on Broadway #Broadway about 14 years ago, he’s become a full on Broadway aficionado since then.
Took my nephew to his first On Broadway #broadway show today. Lion King was the obvious choice.
Meanwhile another entertainment union may be considering a strike. IATSE, the theatrical crew union, is conducting a strike authorization vote after talks with the Broadway League and Disney Theatrical Productions stalled. The negotiations in question affect the 1,500 stagehands, hair and make-up artists and wardrobe personnel working on a so-called pink contract. The Hollywood Reporter has more:
✡️ Today's Jew of the Day is Carol Kane!
Carolyn Laurie Kane, known as Carol Kane, is a actor known for her work over fifty year career on Broadway, on film, and on television. Her notable roles include her work on Taxi as Simka Gravas, for which she won two Emmy awards, her work on Princess Bride (as Valerie), her role on Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt as Lillian Kaushtupper, and her role on the Broadway play Wicked, in which she plays Madame Morrible.
Ms. Kane brings an an amazing liveliness to all the characters she plays, with infectious energy and fun.
I’m Rebecca (she/her) I’m 37, Welsh-Canadian and from Eastern Ontario, #Canada. 🏴🇨🇦 I’m an #entrepreneur, founder of @bredindigital and a #videographer. The big dream is to be a full time Disney and #cruise #travel YouTuber, but I struggle with posting consistency. My streaming platforms of choice are #YouTube and #Disney+. I’ve lived overseas in 🇯🇵 and 🇰🇷, and have travelled to 🇦🇺🇹🇭🇬🇧🇺🇸🇧🇸🏴
Time to spill some #RedLine tea; trains delayed due to debris
#Boston #MBTA #Broadway https://www.universalhub.com/2023/time-spill-some-red-line-tea-trains-delayed-due
Also, I knew this about myself already, but it reminded me that I am a total sucker for the scene in any musical where they reprise a happy song from the start of the show, but now it’s sad. I was literally in Camelot, many years ago, so you’d think I’d be inured to this one, but no, Camelot (reprise) still had me in tears. #camelot #broadway
To Dream the Impossible Dream (reprise) hits me the same way.
My verdict: Great performances (especially Guinevere), wonderful orchestra. The dialogue could have been cut by 15-20 minutes without losing much.
And I hate it when a revival of a classic musical includes a song that the director clearly doesn’t like, because the actors are performing it like (or in this case, basically saying, in added lines) “we know this song sucks, but we have to do it.” Just cut the song if you don’t want to do it properly! I hated that in Anything Goes too. #broadway
Going to see the new production of “Camelot” at Lincoln Center. The book has been reworked by Aaron Sorkin, so I’m imagining the dialogue:
(Two people are walking and talking.)
“We have some camels here.”
“Oh? How many?”
“We have a lot.”
“A lot of camels, you say?”
“Yeah. It’s a Camel Lot.”
*beat* “You know, you’re not as funny as you think you are.”
It's a rock opera about Imelda Marcos, you see, written by David Byrne and Fatboy Slim. I knew the second part!
Wonderful show, performed in the round, with outstanding use of synchronized video backdrops. I think I recognized a couple of the musicians from American Utopia; it was a delight to see em up close agian! #Broadway
Was brought to “Here Lies Love” not knowing anything about it. My impressions of the first ten minutes or so, in order:
1. Haha I’ve played this video game level
2. I’ve made a huge mistake
3. Wait what
4. Wait… wh—what?!
Had a great time. 💐 #Broadway
The play is called 'The Thanksgiving Play.' It makes fun of white liberals. I had the very special privilege of attending a preview performance with my editor Nick, who was working on this profile of FastHorse.
AS ALWAYS, longreads like this are better in print, with a cup of tea and a comfy chair on a quiet night, but you can also enjoy it here:
Watched #Musical "The book of Mormon" by creators of SouthPark.
Can really recommend it 🤣😂😁
Funny, critique of society and religion and all around well made!
On Broadway, played Danny in #Grease (1972).
Our latest just podcast dropped: "The Primus Directive".
Barry Primus has worked with giants and, boy, does he have stories!
We talk plenty of Scorsese. Lots of DeNiro. Great gobs of Jerome Robbins and Elia Kazan and James Dean and Zero Mostel and Anna Sokolow.
On our YouTube channel -
On Apple Podcasts -
On our website -
My wife does this stuff, too. Her latest book is BROADWAY REVIVAL, by @laurafrankos. (I'm here more than she is, so I'll plug it for her.) It's #Broadway #musical #theatre alt hist, and was up for a Sidewise Award last year. A time traveler from 2079 goes back to 1934 to save George Gershwin from brain cancer...and changes the Great White Way forever.
And, as long as I'm here, I'll plug my wife's new book, too: BROADWAY REVIVAL, by @laurafrankos. It's #Broadway #musical #theatre alternate history. A time traveler from 2079 goes back to 1934 to save George Gershwin from brain cancer...and changes Broadway forever.
I’m so excited to get to see “& Juliet” at the Sondheim Theatre on #Broadway this evening! 😁
My wife's new book is BROADWAY REVIVAL, by @laurafrankos. I'm here more than she is, and have a bigger Mastodon footprint (see what I did there?), so I plug it for her. Also because it's great fun. It's #Broadway #musical #theatre alternate history. A time traveler from 2079 goes back to 1934 to save George Gershwin from brain cancer...and the Great White Way is never the same. @bookstodon #books #BooksOfMastodon
“It’s terrifying. Since when does taking tickets and leading people to their seats involve blunt force trauma?”
Since #Broadway’s reopening in 2021, there has been a notable spike in audience misbehavior, ranging from constant phone ringing and talking over the show, to verbal and physical altercations with other patrons and intervening staff members. https://playbill.com/article/physical-assault-vomit-in-the-aisles-stalking-in-the-streets-why-audience-misbehavior-has-gotten-out-of-hand
My wife, @laurafrankos, does this stuff, too. Her new book is BROADWAY REVIVAL. It's #Broadway #musical #theatre alternate history. A time traveler from 2079 goes back to 1934 to save George Gershwin from brain cancer...and the Great White Way will never be the same.
One more plug, this one for my wife's new book, BROADWAY REVIVAL, by @laurafrankos . It's #Broadway #musical #theatre alternate history. A time traveler from 2079 goes back to 1934 to save George Gershwin from brain cancer. What he does changes the Great White Way forever.
My wife, @laurafrankos, does this stuff, too. She's not as active here as I am, so I'll plug her new one for her. BROADWAY REVIVAL is #Broadway #musical #theatre alternate history. A time traveler from 2079 goes back to 1934 to save George Gershwin from brain cancer...and the Great White Way changes forever. #BooksOfMastodon @bookstodon
"The Lion King. Tiny Desk Concert"
"... But the cast also treated the enthusiastic Tiny Desk crowd to songs written just for the stage. “They Live In You” wasn’t in the original movie, but is sung in the show by Mufasa (L. Steven Taylor) to his cub Simba (Brandon A. McCall). The young lioness Nala sings “Shadowland'', another gem from the musical sung by Pearl Khwezi (the first South African cast in the role)."
This awesome, pulpy Playbill cover has convinced me that I really must see the Sweeney Todd revival with Josh Groban and Annaleigh Ashford. #broadway
When news broke that Prince died, folks reacted all sorts of way. For those of us who were watching The Color Purple on Broadway with Cynthia Erivo, Jennifer Hudson, and Danielle Brooks and cast, they threw down with this rendition of Purple Rain in tribute.
Found this on YouTube and I can assure you we were all sobbing but celebrating his life and legacy.