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How Writer Kyle Jarrow Brought ‘SpongeBob SquarePants’ to Life on Broadway (Exclusive)

How Writer Kyle Jarrow Brought ‘SpongeBob SquarePants’ to Life on Broadway (Exclusive)
Perhaps one of the most unusual and surprising shows to open on Broadway in 2017 is a musical adaptation of Nickelodeon’s SpongeBob SquarePants. An international sensation, the long-running cartoon about the adventures of a yellow anthropomorphic sea sponge and his underwater friends living in the city of Bikini Bottom has spawned two movies, video games and theme park rides.

Now, SpongeBob’s eclectic world is the source of a delightful new theater production conceived and directed by Tina Landau with a book written by Kyle Jarrow and music supervision, orchestration and arrangements by Tom Kitt. The show, playing at The Palace Theatre, stars Ethan Slater as the titular sponge, Gavin Lee as Squidward Q. Tentacles, Lilli Cooper as Sandy Cheeks, Danny Skinner as Patrick Star and Wesley Taylor as Sheldon Plankton.

“When I heard that they were developing it, my head exploded,” says Jarrow, who jumped at the opportunity to be part of the production. Having worked in theater
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The First Trailer for Mathieu Turi's Hostile Shows an Unsettling Future World

Mathieu Turi's post-apocalyptic yarn Hostile continues a film festival run. The film is slated for appearances in New York and Los Angeles, via the New York City Horror Film Festival and the Shriekfest Horror Film Festival. A trailer has just been released for the film. The clip shows Juliet (Brittany Ashworth) struggling in a desolate world. At night, deformed creatures hound her. Also, the film stars: Grégory Fitoussi (World War Z), Javier Botet and David Gasman. Thriller fans can find the first trailer here. Story details mostly remain in mystery. However, the synopsis mentions an "apocalyptic era" and " [Juliet's] fight to survive." The trailer shows more of Juliet's struggles as she searches for gas and supplies. Events come to a head in the desert, with Juliet facing off against a monster. A few reviews are starting to come in for Hostile. Joseph Perry, of Scream Horror Mag, says of the
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Steven Tyler on His Tour Cancellation: ‘I Certainly Did Not Have a Heart Attack’

Steven Tyler on His Tour Cancellation: ‘I Certainly Did Not Have a Heart Attack’
Steven Tyler is setting the record straight.

Last month, Aerosmith canceled the final four shows of their South American tour, saying that Tyler was “seeking immediate care” after his doctors advised him that he could not continue to travel and perform.

Rumors soon spread about the 69-year-old singer’s health, with many people on social media speculating that he had either had a heart attack or a seizure.

But the singer shared a statement on Aerosmith’s website on Monday, saying that the rumors are untrue. He had earlier posted the statement on Twitter.

“It breaks my heart to have left this tour early,
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Steven Tyler Addresses Heart Attack Rumors After Cutting Aerosmith Tour Short

Steven Tyler Addresses Heart Attack Rumors After Cutting Aerosmith Tour Short
Steven Tyler is putting his fans at ease after rumors of a health scare.

The Aerosmith frontman released a statement to Twitter over the weekend, following rumors he'd suffered a heart attack as the band abruptly cancelled the remaining South American dates of their international tour.

"It breaks my heart to have left this tour early...the band has never played better...just watch the 100,000 people at rock in Rio," the 69-year-old rocker wrote. "I give you all an A+ for creative speculations, but I certainly did not have a heart attack or a seizure ((unless Joe Perry is takin’ a rippin’ lead))."

Tyler went on to explain that he did need to end the tour in order to return to the U.S. for a medical procedure.

More: Steven Tyler Shares Heartfelt Birthday Message to Daughter Liv: 'So Proud of the Beautiful Woman You Are'

"Sorry to have cut the tour short but I had to
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Steven Tyler ‘Seeking Immediate Care’ as Aerosmith Cancels Last Four Shows of South American Tour

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Steven Tyler ‘Seeking Immediate Care’ as Aerosmith Cancels Last Four Shows of South American Tour
Steven Tyler is “seeking immediate care” after his doctors advised him that he could not continue to travel and perform, leading Aerosmith to cancel the last four shows of their South American tour.

The singer, 69, shared a statement on his Twitter account Tuesday, apologizing to fans and writing, “I’ve let you down.”

In the statement, Tyler “is expected to make a full recovery. With proper rest and treatment he will be back on his feet soon rocking the world.”

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The rock star also included his own comments in the statement,
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Theater’s Most Anticipated, Star-Studded Shows of the Fall Season

Theater’s Most Anticipated, Star-Studded Shows of the Fall Season
In addition to fall TV and a new slate of prestigious films, theater is gearing up for a new season, both on and Off-Broadway.

This year, there is no shortage of Hollywood star power -- ahem, the Broadway debuts of Amy Schumer and Uma Thurman, the return of Anna Camp and Clive Owen, and the Boss -- as well as anticipated new productions, must-see revivals and the redemption of director Julie Taymor. And the action is not limited to New York as two major musical adaptions get their feet wet with out of town tryouts.

2017 Fall Preview: Et's Complete Coverage

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Disney’s global animated phenomenon is headed to the Broadway stage with a new musical from composers and lyricists RobertLopez and Kristen Anderson-Lopez and book writer Jennifer Lee in February 2018 after a limited engagement in Denver. The Snow Queen-inspired fairy tale and its Norwegian kingdom of Arendelle
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Lynyrd Skynyrd Biopic Maker Decries Effort to Block Film’s Release

The producer of a Lynyrd Skynyrd biopic on Tuesday denounced the efforts of surviving band members to block the film’s release, saying it poses a threat to freedom of expression.

Brian Perera is president of Cleopatra Entertainment, which just wrapped production of “Street Survivors: The True Story of the Lynyrd Skynyrd Plane Crash.” On Friday, a judge unsealed a federal lawsuit which alleges that the production violates a 1988 consent decree limiting the exploitation of the Lynyrd Skynyrd story.

Cleopatra is making the film in cooperation with Artimus Pyle, a former drummer in the band and a survivor of the 1977 crash that killed lead singer Ronnie Van Zant, guitarist Steven Gaines, backing vocalist Cassie Gaines, and three others. Pyle is a party to the 1988 agreement.

The suit was filed by Gary Rossington, the band’s lead guitarist; Johnny Van Zant, Ronnie’s brother; and the estates of Ronnie Van Zant,
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Film Acquisition Rundown: Netflix Buys Drake Doremus’ ‘Newness,’ Gravitas Picks Up ‘Abundant Acreage Available’ and More

Keep up with the wild and wooly world of indie film acquisitions with our weekly Rundown of everything that’s been picked up around the globe. Check out last week’s Rundown here.

– Netflix has acquired the worldwide Svod rights to Drake Doremus’ “Newness,” Deadline reports. The film stars Nicholas Hoult and Laia Costa as a couple in contemporary Los Angeles navigating the world of online dating and social media–driven hookup culture. The film was a last-minute addition to the 2017 Sundance Film Festival, and co-stars Matthew Gray Gubler, Courtney Eaton, Danny Huston and Courtney Eaton. Netflix acquired the rights in a reported seven-figure deal.

Gravitas Ventures has acquired writer-director Angus MacLachlan’s second feature film, “Abundant Acreage Available.” The film premiered at the 2017 Tribeca Film Festival, where it won the Best Screenplay Award in the U.S. Narrative Competition. The film focuses on siblings Tracy (Amy Ryan) and Jesse
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Spongebob Squarepants musical is coming to Broadway!

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Yes, you read that headline right (unless you didn't read it and just click on links randomly), there is indeed going to be a Spongebob Squarepants musical hitting Broadway. Even more interesting than that fact (if you can believe it) is the eclectic mix of bands and musicians who contributed to the soundtrack, including Steven Tyler and Joe Perry (of Aerosmith), John Legend, Sara Bareilles, Panic! at... Read More...
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'SpongeBob SquarePants' Musical to Bow on Broadway in November

The SpongeBob Squarepants musical is officially headed to Broadway.

The new nautical-set musical based on the popular Nickelodeon animated series will begin previews at the Palace Theatre on Nov. 6 ahead of an opening night on Dec. 4 — just in time for the holiday season. It hits Broadway after its world premiere at Chicago's Oriental Theatre last year.

Co-conceived and directed by Tina Landau, The SpongeBob Musical includes original music by Steven Tyler and Joe Perry of Aerosmith, Yolanda Adams, Sara Bareilles, Alexander Ebert of Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros, The Flaming Lips, John Legend, Lady Antebellum, Cyndi Lauper, Panic!...
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Aerosmith News: Band Will Not Break Up Following Aero-Vederci Baby! Tour [Ticket Info]

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Rock band Aerosmith is not calling it quits, according to frontman Steven Tyler and member Joe Perry. Aerosmith News: Band Not Breaking Up The band is approaching it’s 50th anniversary, and to celebrate they are going on tour. The tour name, however, had some fans worried about the future of the band. “Aero-Vederci Baby!” as they have […]

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Gavin Rossdale and More Stars Pay Tribute to Soundgarden’s Chris Cornell

Gavin Rossdale and More Stars Pay Tribute to Soundgarden’s Chris Cornell
The music world is mourning the sudden death of Chris Cornell.

Cornell, who first gained fame as the lead singer of Soundgarden and later the band Audioslave, was found dead Wednesday night at MGM Grand Detroit following his performance, Detroit police have confirmed to People.

Cornell’s rep, Brian Bumbery, called the singer’s passing “sudden and unexpected,” according to Associated Press. The rocker was currently on tour and the rep said his family was shocked by his passing. Hours before his death, Cornell performed with Soundgarden at the Fox Theatre in Detroit, which he tweeted about early Wednesday.

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Lynyrd Skynyrd Biopic Adds Steven Tyler, Joe Perry Roles (Exclusive)

Lynyrd Skynyrd Biopic Adds Steven Tyler, Joe Perry Roles (Exclusive)
Neill Byrnes and Anthony Rocco Bovo will play Aerosmith rockers Steven Tyler and Joe Perry, respectively, in the Lynyrd Skynyrd biopic “Street Survivors: The True Story of the Lynyrd Skynyrd Plane Crash.”

The film, which begins shooting in Los Angeles on Monday, centers on drummer Artimus Pyle’s recollection of the events surrounding the crash of the group’s touring plane in Mississippi on Oct. 20, 1977. The accident killed original band members Ronnie Van Zant and Steve Gaines, backing vocalist Cassie Gaines, an assistant road manager, and the two pilots.

Ian Shultis plays Pyle, with Taylor Clift as Van Zant, Samuel Kay Forrest as Gaines, and Rich Dally III as Allen Collins. Jared Cohn is directing from his own script and Brian Perera, founder of Cleopatra Records, produces.

One week before Lynyrd Skynyrd boarded the doomed flight, members of Aerosmith were scheduled to board the same Convair CV-300. The band deemed
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Steven Tyler Isn’t ‘Sure’ If Farewell Tour Is End of Aerosmith: ‘We Have Our Differences’ But the ‘Passion Is Still There’

Steven Tyler Isn’t ‘Sure’ If Farewell Tour Is End of Aerosmith: ‘We Have Our Differences’ But the ‘Passion Is Still There’
Steven Tyler and the Aerosmith crew are “Getting Back in the Saddle.”

On Sunday, the band will headline the Capital One JamFest at the Ncaa Men’s Final Four in Phoenix. And in this summer, they’ll kick off their farewell tour.

“The feeling I get playing those songs that I’ve written, that became a mainstay for billions of people over the planet for 40 years, it’s unreal,” Tyler, who recently celebrated his 69th birthday at Disneyland, told People exclusively.

Tyler and his bandmates — guitarist Joe Perry, bassists Tom Hamilton, drummer Joey Kramer and guitarist Brad Whitford — have had their public ups and downs,
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Joe Perry Says Aerosmith is ‘Still Following the Dream’ Ahead of March Madness Performance and European Tour

Joe Perry Says Aerosmith is ‘Still Following the Dream’ Ahead of March Madness Performance and European Tour
Even if your favorite team doesn’t make it to the championship round of March Madness, Joe Perry says there’s still a lot to look forward to during Final Four weekend.

The Aerosmith guitarist will take the stage for the band’s headlining performance at the Ncaa March Madness Festival’s Capital One JamFest on Sunday, and fans can expect to hear a lot the old classics — but “revamped.”

“You can’t escape March Madness, and to be a part of the show sounded like a great time,” Perry, 66, tells People.

The free three-day celebration taking place March 31 to
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Aerosmith Guitarist Joe Perry Remembers the Late Chuck Berry: ‘He’s An Icon’

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Aerosmith Guitarist Joe Perry Remembers the Late Chuck Berry: ‘He’s An Icon’
Joe Perry is remembering the father of rock and roll, Chuck Berry, who died on Saturday at age 90.

Looking back, the Aerosmith guitarist says he credits Berry for influencing him as a young musician.

“Some of the first licks you learn are Chuck Berry licks,” Perry told People. “You’re captured by rock n’ roll, and when I heard Chuck Berry it was perfect.”

“It can’t get any better than that,” continued Perry, 66. “Then to be able to sit down and that first time you can actually play along to Chuck Berry songs—that’s like the key that unlocks the door.
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Great Job, Internet!: Read This: Remembering Robert De Niro’s bizarre 1996 video game

The video game industry was going through some exciting changes in the 1990s, with greatly improved graphics and the potential for more complex, involved storytelling. Robert De Niro, for one, was intrigued enough to create a division of his production company called Tribeca Interactive to explore the possibilities of the medium. Eric Grundhauser tells the story of that division’s utterly bizarre yet memorable first project in a piece for Atlas Obscura called “Exploring The Last Resort, Robert De Niro’s Forgotten ’90s Adventure Game.” Produced by De Niro and boasting a star-studded voice cast (including Cher, Jim Belushi, Christopher Reeve, Anne Heche, and Ellen DeGeneres), 9: The Last Resort was a highly stylized, wildly artsy, and sometimes nightmarish variation on the classic adventure/puzzle game Myst. The player inherits a strange, decrepit hotel but must evict a pair of unwanted residents, played by Joe Perry and Steven Tyler of
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Trap Them, Dave Grohl and a Brief History of Musicians Being Injured Falling Off Stage

Trap Them, Dave Grohl and a Brief History of Musicians Being Injured Falling Off Stage
Massachusetts grindcore band Trap Them is getting their largest bump in visibility this week thanks to the fact that lead vocalist Ryan McKenney apparently broke both feet in a leap from a speaker cabinet Saturday night and finished the band’s set. (The next evening, he performed â€. with two black eyes and casts on both feet â€. from an office chair, possibly because a wheelchair was deemed not metal enough.)

If McKenney can take any solace in his injuries, though, it’s in the fact that he’s hardly alone. Many musicians have been injured falling from the stage,
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Joe Perry Returns to the Stage After Collapsing at a Show Earlier This Month

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After collapsing during a show in New York City earlier this month, Joe Perry made his return to the stage Friday night. The guitarist played Weill Hall in Rohnert Park, California, with his band Hollywood Vampires, which also includes Johnny Depp and rock legend Alice Cooper. The show marks the first time Perry performed since being taken by ambulance from a Coney Island show to a local hospital, after becoming ill on stage. Perry, 65, had looked disoriented during the New York show on July 11 and later stumbled backstage and collapsed. Ladies and gentleman #Joeperry! Live from #WeillHall! Photos by @cerealkyler
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