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TV Review: Amazon’s ‘Mozart in the Jungle’

17 December 2014 7:32 AM, PST | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Buoyed by superb casting and an organic setting for flamboyant, larger-than-life characters, “Mozart in the Jungle” may not qualify as a masterpiece, but it falls squarely into the pleasant-addition-to-the-neighborhood category in Amazon’s impressive package of original series. Indeed, on a conventional network, this half-hour show – whose producers include Roman Coppola and Jason Schwartzman – would feel like the perfect lead-out to “Alpha House,” the streamer’s D.C.-set comedy, which also provides a satirical window onto a world of money, power and egos that operates by its own arcane set of rules.

In what feels like a particular coup, “Mozart’s” ensemble features Gael Garcia Bernal as the new conductor of the New York Symphony, taking the baton from his imperious predecessor, Thomas, played with appropriate swagger by Malcolm McDowell. Bernal’s maestro Rodrigo is the sort who can get by with one name, Cher-like, while bringing a rock-n-roll »

- Brian Lowry

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Amazon’s ‘Mozart in the Jungle’ gets season one trailer and premiere date

6 December 2014 2:14 PM, PST | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

The latest in Amazon original programming intends to ‘rock us, Amadeus!’ with its new series Mozart in the Jungle based on the memoirs of oboist Blair Tindall. The series was developed by Roman Coppola, Jason Schwartzman, Alex Timbers and Paul Weitz and follows the story of a rebellious conductor, with a rock star approach to classical music, who challenges the status quo of the New York City symphony orchestra.  Gael Garcia Bernal leads the cast as Rodrigo, the upstart celebrity conductor, joined by Malcolm McDowell, as the old school conductor on his way out, and Bernard Peters as president and chairwoman of the board of NYC symphony. The series also stars Lola Kirke as a young oboist named Haily, Saffron Burrow as an affair bound Cellist, Peter Vack as a dancer and lastly Hannah Dunne as Haily’s friend Lizzie.

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- Jean Pierre Diez

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Footage From "Mozart In The Jungle"

6 December 2014 12:07 PM, PST | SneakPeek | See recent SneakPeek news »

Sneak Peek a new clip of footage from "Mozart in the Jungle", an upcoming web TV series from Amazon Studios, written by Roman Coppola, Jason Schwartzman and Alex Timbers, directed by Paul Weitz, premiering December 23, 2014:

"...the story was inspired by 'Mozart in the Jungle: Sex, Drugs, and Classical Music', a 2005 memoir by musician Blair Tindall...

"...who played high-profile gigs with ensembles including the New York Philharmonic and the orchestras of numerous Broadway shows..."

Cast includes Malcolm McDowell, Saffron Burrows, Bernadette Peters and Gael Garcia Bernal.

Click the images to enlarge and Sneak Peek "Mozart In The Jungle"...

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- Michael Stevens

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Amazon’s Mozart In The Jungle Trailer: Gael Garcia Bernal Spices Up the New York Symphony

5 December 2014 4:28 PM, PST | Collider.com | See recent Collider.com news »

Fletcher’s (Jk Simmons) band and the New York Symphony are two very different things, but after Whiplash, I’m eager to see more orchestra performances on screen and that’s exactly what Amazon is delivering on December 23rd.  The new original series Mozart in the Jungle is based on Blair Tindal’s memoir and stars Gael Garcia Bernal as Rodrigo, the new conductor and musical director of the New York Symphony who’s committed to his art but very concerned about his image as well. There’s definitely something appealing about getting a behind-the-scenes look at leading a symphony, but the new Mozart in the Jungle trailer does feel a bit disjointed courtesy of the abrupt shift from Rodrigo’s story to Lola Kirke’s character, Hailey, a young woman determined to build a career as a professional oboist.  It doesn’t play particularly well in the trailer, but »

- Perri Nemiroff

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‘Mozart in the Jungle’ Trailer: Check Out Roman Coppola’s New Amazon Series

5 December 2014 2:00 PM, PST | Slash Film | See recent Slash Film news »

The current season of Amazon original shows offers up another debut series later this month, when Mozart in the Jungle begins streaming on Amazon Prime. The show, from creators Paul Weitz, Roman Coppola, Jason Schwartzman and Alex Timbers, adapts the memoir by Blair Tindell. The story follows dynamic young conductor Rodrigo (Gael Garcia Bernal) as he shakes up a major New […]

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- Russ Fischer

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Watch: New Trailer For Roman Coppola's Amazon Series 'Mozart In The Jungle' Starring Gael Garcia Bernal

5 December 2014 6:01 AM, PST | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

While Netflix is pulling out all the stops for their $90 million "Marco Polo" which debuts next weekend on the streaming service, the folks at Amazon continue to push on with their own original programming. And while they have yet to display the same kind of marketing savvy and audience interest as their competitors, the product is just as attractive, and a new trailer for their upcoming "Mozart In The Jungle" has arrived. The talent behind this one is impressive, with creators Paul Weitz, Roman Coppola, Jason Schwartzman (who also has a role in the show), and Alex Timbers bringing Blair Tindell's memoir to the small screen, telling the story of a young, hip conductor and musical director (played with eccentric enthusiasm by Gael Garcia Bernal) who joins a New York City orchestra and shakes things up much to the chagrin to the longtime players and staff. It seems to be a mix of drama, »

- Kevin Jagernauth

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Can Classical Music Find a Modern Audience with Jason Schwartzman's 'Mozart in the Jungle?'

4 December 2014 11:13 AM, PST | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

Jason Schwartzman really wanted to hit the drum. At the Tuesday-night premiere of Amazon's Mozart in the Jungle, the series he co-created with director (and cousin) Roman Coppola and Broadway vet Alex Timbers, the actor leaned over into the pit of Alice Tully Hall’s Starr Theater and asked the percussionist, "Can I borrow that mallet?" Schwartzman pounded the drum, a fitting beginning for the opening celebration of the series based on oboist Blair Tindall's memoir that follows a regime change at the New York Symphony. See more Alex Timbers Talks 'Rosaline' Film, 'Mozart in the Jungle' Series for Amazon "Growing

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- Suzy Evans

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Amazon To Release Original Series ‘Mozart In The Jungle’ On December 23

20 November 2014 11:20 AM, PST | Tubefilter.com | See recent Tubefilter News news »

Amazon wants you to do a little pre-Christmas binge-watching. The company announced it will debut the dramedy Mozart in the Jungle on December 23, 2014, in the Us, UK, and Germany. Based on the memoir Mozart in the Jungle: Sex, Drugs, & Classical Music by Blair Tindall, the Amazon series tells the story of Hailey (played by Lola Kirke of Gone Girl fame), an oboist who must deal with the complicated internal politics of a world-renowned orchestra and its recently-inducted, unconventional conductor Rodrigo (played by Gael Garcia Bernal from Rosewater). Other cast members, both recurring and guest, include Saffron Burrows (Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.), Hannah Dunne (Frances Ha), Peter Vack (I Just Want My Pants Back), Malcolm McDowell (The Mentalist), and Bernadette Peters (Smash). All ten episodes of Mozart in the Jungle are executive produced by Roman Coppola (Moonrise Kingdom), Jason Schwartzman (The Darjeeling Limited), Paul Weitz (About a Boy), John Strauss (There's Something About Mary »

- Bree Brouwer

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Amazon Announces Premiere Date for 'Mozart in the Jungle' Dramedy

20 November 2014 6:58 AM, PST | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

Amazon has announced that all 10 episodes of its new dramatic comedy Mozart in the Jungle will be available for streaming on Amazon Prime Instant Video on Dec. 23 in the U.S., U.K. and Germany. The series, about a New York-set orchestra, stars Gael Garcia Bernal, Saffron Burrows and Hannah Dunne. Alex Timbers co-wrote and co-created the 10-episode series with Jason Schwartzman and Roman Coppola, who are executive producing with Paul Weitz and John Strauss. Read more Nielsen to Reportedly Measure Netflix and Amazon Viewership Mozart in the Jungle will also feature guest appearances

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- Etan Vlessing

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'Here Lies Love': Theater Review

13 October 2014 7:21 PM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

Here in Britain, we like to think of polymath pop professor David Byrne as one of our greatest gifts to America. You're welcome. This week, the favor has finally been returned as Byrne's dazzling disco musical Here Lies Love transfers to London after two wildly successful, award-winning Off-Broadway runs at New York's Public Theater. Byrne was in London making minor tweaks during previews last week, but this is essentially the same Alex Timbers-directed production that is still running in New York. Nothing has been lost in translation. Clearly a moveable feast, Here Lies Love is an inspired

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- Stephen Dalton

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Amazon (Sorta) Sets Premieres for Chris Carter Drama, Bosch, Other Series

12 July 2014 2:00 PM, PDT | TVLine.com | See recent TVLine.com news »

Amazon Studios held court on Saturday at the Television Critics Assoc. summer press tour in Beverly Hills, where they shared fresh sneak peeks at four of their new series — dramas Bosch and The After, and half-hours Transparent and Mozart in the Jungle — and then hinted at time frames for their respective launches.

Related Grey’s Anatomy‘s T.R. Knight Joins Amazon Drama Pilot

The closest critics came to nailing down a premiere “date” was a “late September” debut for Transparent, Six Feet Under scribe Jill Soloway’s Jeffrey Tambor-fronted dramedy about a Los Angeles family with boundary issues.

Soloway also revealed that, »

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Which Broadway shows deserve movie adaptations? Here are 6 nominations

25 June 2014 5:51 AM, PDT | EW.com - PopWatch | See recent EW.com - PopWatch news »

This weekend saw Clint Eastwood’s stage-to-screen musical Jersey Boys struggle to strike a chord with moviegoers. But for every fourth-place finish, there’s a smash success like Les Misérables, Chicago, or Mamma Mia!—which all speak to the power of a musical adaptation done right.

Below, EW staffers name their top picks for adaptation—some of which have been announced and need to be expedited, others which are still but a glint in our theater-geek eyes.

Spring Awakening

Sure, the 2007 Best Musical Tony winner is a little racy: abortion, rape, child abuse, suicide… for starters. But Duncan Sheik’s rock opera, »

- Lanford Beard

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'Fun Home,' 'Here Lies Love' Top Off-Broadway Awards

4 May 2014 10:29 PM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

New York -- David Byrne's immersive dance-club fantasia about the life of Imelda Marcos, Here Lies Love, and Jeanine Tesori and Lisa Kron's intimate musical about the parallel sexual self-discoveries of a gay father and daughter in a family mortuary business, Fun Home, were the big winners Sunday night at the 29th annual Lucille Lortel Awards, the top honors for Off-Broadway theater. Here Lies Love notched up the most wins, with five awards, including outstanding director for Alex Timbers and actress in a musical for Ruthie Ann Miles, as well as lighting, sound and costumes. A smash in 2013, the

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- David Rooney

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Tonys 2014: Let's talk about those snubs and surprises...

29 April 2014 8:24 AM, PDT | EW.com - PopWatch | See recent EW.com - PopWatch news »

With the nominations for the 2014 Tony Awards finally upon us, the race has been blown wide open in one of the most nail-biting stage seasons in recent memory. Although Tuesday’s nominations announcement narrows down the pack to a manageable four or five candidates for Broadway’s highest honors, there’s an overwhelming feeling of absence when it comes to some of the bigger names who didn’t make the cut this year.

Snub: England’s the New Hollywood

All The Way’s Bryan Cranston and Of Mice and Men’s Chris O’Dowd are the marquee names in the »

- Marc Snetiker

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Broadway's 'Rocky': Go behind the scenes of the climactic fight scene -- Exclusive

24 April 2014 11:09 AM, PDT | EW.com - PopWatch | See recent EW.com - PopWatch news »

Much like the pugilist champ at its center, Rocky is proving a power player on Broadway. Its numbers keep going up, and more and more people are becoming ringside fans of the Philly palooka Rocky Balboa (Andy Karl) and his shy, pet-store employee girlfriend-in-waiting Adrian (Margo Seibert) all over again, after the great successes of Sylvester Stallone and company in the Oscar-winning 1976 movie. (Stallone is a book writer on this show, and could very likely be a Tony nominee this coming Tuesday, along with several others involved.)

But the ringside mention earlier is nothing short of completely literal, as director »

- Jason Clark

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The 1st Annual Future Broadway Power List

24 April 2014 9:00 AM, PDT | backstage.com | See recent Backstage news »

From Alex Timbers and Leigh Silverman to Jennifer Ashley Tepper and Ryan Scott Oliver, these are the men and women who will shape the theatrical world for years to come. Annoying Actor FriendWhile Broadway’s current reigning king of gossip, Michael Riedel, regales his readers with 50-year-old dish about Stephen Sondheim and Barbra Streisand, the viral Web presence known only as Annoying Actor Friend took to social media to implore members of Equity to not accept sending out low-tier national tours of major moneymaking hits such as “Newsies” and “Kinky Boots.” The result? An Equity town hall meeting about the controversial topic. NY1’s Frank Dilella may have questioned whether Aaf’s satirical voice is cyberbullying, but the theatrical community is lucky to have someone talking truth—both online and in a monthly column for this magazine. Chad BeckimAs co-founder and co–artistic director of Partial Comfort Productions, Beckim champions »

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Four Amazon Studios Pilots Get Full Series Order (Video)

31 March 2014 10:04 AM, PDT | Indiewire Television | See recent Indiewire Television news »

Of the five pilots Amazon Studios made available for streaming in February, four will get a full first season order. From "Transparent" by Jill Soloway to "Mozart in the Jungle" by Roman Coppola, Jason Schwartzman and Alex Timbers, the lineup reflects the increasing shift of indie filmmakers to the serialized, streaming content arena. (Clips below). "Mozart in the Jungle" centers on the behind-the-curtain dramas of New York's classical music scene, starring Gael Garcia Bernal as a hot shot conductor, along with Malcolm McDowell, Lola Kirke, Peter Vack and Bernadette Peters. Coppola, Timbers and Schwartzman wrote the first episode, which Paul Weitz ("About a Boy") directed. Exquisitely acted and directed, the pilot on Amazon sings with Coppola's infectious writing. (He cowrote Wes Anderson's "Moonrise Kingdom" and "The Darjeeling Limited.") Emmy-nominated for her work as a writer and producer on HBO's "Six Feet Under" and nominated for an Indie Spirit Award for 2013 debut feature. »

- Ryan Lattanzio

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Four Amazon Studios Pilots Get Full Series Order (Video)

31 March 2014 10:04 AM, PDT | Thompson on Hollywood | See recent Thompson on Hollywood news »

Of the five pilots Amazon Studios made available for streaming in February, four will get a full first season order. From "Transparent" by Jill Soloway to "Mozart in the Jungle" by Roman Coppola, Jason Schwartzman and Alex Timbers, the lineup reflects the increasing shift of indie filmmakers to the serialized, streaming content arena. (Clips below). "Mozart in the Jungle" centers on the behind-the-curtain dramas of New York's classical music scene, starring Gael Garcia Bernal as a hot shot conductor, along with Malcolm McDowell, Lola Kirke, Peter Vack and Bernadette Peters. Coppola, Timbers and Schwartzman wrote the first episode, which Paul Weitz ("About a Boy") directed. Exquisitely acted and directed, the pilot on Amazon sings with Coppola's infectious writing. (He cowrote Wes Anderson's "Moonrise Kingdom" and "The Darjeeling Limited.") Emmy-nominated for her work as a writer and producer on HBO's "Six Feet Under" and nominated for an Indie Spirit Award for 2013 debut feature. »

- Ryan Lattanzio

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Amazon Orders Six Pilots to Series

31 March 2014 9:11 AM, PDT | backstage.com | See recent Backstage news »

Amazon has green-lit six pilots out of its second wave of development.  The online content provider is going to series on the "sex, drugs, and classical music" comedy “Mozart in the Jungle," which was written by Roman Coppola, Jason Schwartzman, and Alex Timbers, "The After" from "X-Files" writer Chris Carter—which began as a two-hour backdoor pilot—and "Transparent" from Jill Soloway, whose first feature "Afternoon Delight" was recently released. The cop drama “Bosch,” based on the book series by Michael Connelly, will also be going to series, as will the pilots “Wishenpoof!" and "Gortimer Gibbon's Life On Normal Street," which are aimed at children. Amazon Studios, which is owned by the online retail giant, has continued to solicit pitches through its "open door policy," although the majority of pilots and series its produced have come from established talent. "Gortimer" is the only script submitted to the studio through its »

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Amazon Studios Confirms Renewal For ‘Alpha House’, Pickup Of Six New Series

31 March 2014 7:15 AM, PDT | Deadline TV | See recent Deadline TV news »

Amazon Studios today confirmed a second-season pickup of Garry Trudeau’s Washington DC comedy series Alpha House starring John Goodman, Mark Consuelos, Clark Johnson and Matt Malloy as Republican Senators living under one roof. Additionally, the service has officially picked up four of its five primetime pilots as well as two kids pilots to series. That includes Amazon’s first dramas: The After from Chris Carter, marking The X-Files creator’s return to series television, and Eric Overmyer and Michael Connelly’s Bosch, starring Titus Welliver. Newly picked up half-hour comedy series include Gael Garcia Bernal starrer Mozart In The Jungle, from Roman Coppola, Jason Schwartzman, Alex Timbers and Paul Weitz, and Jill Soloway’s semi-autobiographical Transparent starring Jeffrey Tambor. Amazon’s fifth pilot, comedy The Rebels, from Ice Cube and Michael Strahan, was put on hold.There still no final decision on Amazon’s second freshman comedy series Betas. »

- NELLIE ANDREEVA

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