The idea of a True Blood musical has been bandied about since the vampire drama concluded its HBO run in 2014. Composer Nathan Barr, who worked on all seven seasons of the show, revealed he’d pitched the concept to show creator Alan Ball, with hopes of “returning to the roots” of the story ... in song.
You know, we only have the success of The Lego Movie to blame for this. Now brands the world over are trying to shoehorn themselves into entertainment ventures in a desperate bid to be the next Lego Movie success tale, and we have come to this: A broadway musical about Monopoly.
Bikini Bottom is leaving the ocean for the bright lights of Broadway—which, honestly, seems like a bad idea for a population of marine life. But yes, The Spongebob Musical is an honest-to-god thing, and now we’ve got our first look at its decidedly non-spongy cast in action.
Even though ABC canceled Galavant, composer and executive producer Alan Menken (whose songs probably soundtracked your childhood) says it’s not over. So get ready for Galavant: LIVE!
Fox’s take on cult classic The Rocky Horror Picture Show—a musical too insane to be made into a live TV spectacle, thank goodness—won’t be airing until the fall, but Entertainment Weekly has a gallery of images already. Laverne Cox looks great as Dr. Frank-N-Furter, but we’re not sure what’s going on with Riff Raff.
Not content with the litany of accolades he received in 2012 for bringing the classically morbid musical Les Misérables to the silver screen, director Tom Hooper is now turning his eyes towards Cats as his latest movie. Be prepared to hear “Memory” an awful lot over the next few years.
Last night’s big live production of The Wiz on NBC was pretty much flawless—we loved all the performances, including all the classic numbers. Here’s my fav bit—when they go into the Emerald City and everybody is doing a version of Madonna’s “Vogue.”*
There have been a lot of adaptations of Alice in Wonderland over the years, including a Disney animated version, an X-rated musical, and Tim Burton’s lavish CG fantasia (which is getting a sequel!). But the strangest, and maybe best, is the 1972 version...featuring Peter Sellers as the March Hare and Dudley Moore as…
The Apple is one of the most legendary cult movies of all time—this disco dystopia, in which a singing duo from Saskatchewan get perverted by the Satanic music industry, is a legendary study in excess. But Nigel Lithgoe, the film’s choreographer, really believed he would get an Oscar.
We’ve done the spookiest songs before, but this year we decided to be a bit more fiendish in our Halloweening. So treat yourself to twenty-five songs sung by, for, or about villains.
Not content with a new TV series on the CW, a newly redesigned and shockingly excellent comic relaunch, fighting zombies, Predators and Sharknados, and all the other ways he and his Riverdale pals are conquering the entertainment world, Archie will also get a Broadway musical with help from Anchorman’s Adam McKay.
Murders and executions: American Psycho: The Musical is heading to Broadway early next year, with Benjamin Walker (Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter) cast as serial killer/Huey Lewis fan Patrick Bateman. The Bret Easton Ellis adaptation debuted in 2013 in London, with Matt Smith (Doctor Who) on blood-spray duty.
NBC just unveiled a whole slew of crazy genre television, including what’s basically the TV version of Memento, a whole new Heroes, and another apocalypse comedy.
Move over Cinderella, the Beauty and the Beast crew sings and dances. And thanks to actor Sir Ian McKellen (playing the anthropomorphized clock character Cogsworth), we have a full report from the first (and totally insane) table read.
Suddenly Gyllenhaal! Jake Gyllenhaal will briefly star as tortured florist Seymour Krelborn in a limited -run revival of Little Shop of Horrors. But wait, that's not even the big news. Ellen Green is also returning as Audrey!
Because musical TV movie specials are so hot right now, Fox is jumping on the bandwagon. But with a non-live reboot of Rocky Horror Picture Show. This is like the 8th time someone's tried to remake Rocky Horror — and it's still a terrible idea.
We’ve noticed the Flash/Arrow universe contains a remarkable number of characters portrayed by professionally trained singers.
Before Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt star Tituss Burgess was singing "Pinot Noir," he starred as the Witch from Stephen Sondheim's Into the Woods. Burgess reprised his role (briefly) for Sondheim's birthday celebration. Just try and watch this clip without weeping.
Composer Stephen Sondheim wrote a brand spankin' new song for the Into The Woods movie debut. It was titled "She'll Be Back," and it was for Meryl Streep's character — and it was also cut. But they've released the clip and now you can hear new Sondheim.
Did you know that Mel Brooks co-wrote an Archy and Mehitabel musical? I didn't, until after I wrote about the Don Marquis books about the cockroach and cat the other day. Eartha Kitt — Eartha Kitt! — starred in the original stage version. And later, they did an animated movie version.