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Want to avoid your family? Still too early for pigskin (or turkey meat, for that matter)? The 90th Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade can provide a serviceable distraction during the morning hours tomorrow. But how does one pull off the Herculean task of actually watching this thing? Readers, you came to the right place. For starters, those looking for Snoopy and Santa can watch the traditional way on NBC. Not a fan of the peacock? CBS airs parts of the procession. Of course, NBC has the bigger party. This year, Broadway talent from “Cats,” “Holiday Inn, The New Irving Berlin Musical, »
- Tony Maglio
The 27-year-old actor sat down with People Now to discuss what advice he’d give his younger self about the industry, and he had some wise words about integrity.
“It’s mainly about continuing to do things that remain true to your heart,” he said. “Don’t make any decisions or take any jobs either that are for a reason other than to stay true to you.”
Whether he knew it or not, »
- Stephanie Petit
“It was so good to have him come,” he said.
And it turns out, Efron was so impressed with his former costar’s performance that he gave him a standing ovation — in the middle of the play.
“When firecrackers ended he stood up,” said Bleu. “People usually throughout the show won’t have an ovation, but he stood up. »
“Holiday Inn: The New Irving Berlin Musical,” an adaptation of the beloved 1942 film in which Bing Crosby introduced “White Christmas,” opened on the rialto recently. This tuner features that Oscar-winning song as well as others from the film as well as Berlin’s extensive catalogue of classics. Recent Tony nominee Bryce Pinkham (“A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and […] »
- David Buchanan
“Holiday Inn” is the kind of musical that makes you wish there were fewer holidays in the year. By the time the show’s big Fourth of July number rolls around, theatergoers will be hoping they skip Labor Day and Thanksgiving to wrap it up quickly with a Santa Claus finale. Slower than that spiritless denouement is the entire first act, which takes 50 minutes to deliver the show’s farm-saving concept that everyone knew before walking into Studio 54, where this “new Irving Berlin musical” opened Thursday under the auspices of the Roundabout. The old 1942 Irving Berlin movie stars Bing »
- Robert Hofler
A photo posted by Lucas Grabeel (@mrgrabeel) on Oct 5, 2016 at 8:39am Pdt If the High School Musical reunion earlier this year left you feeling a bit nostalgic, then brace yourself. On Tuesday, Zac Efron and Lucas Grabeel put fans into a frenzy when they headed to NYC to support their fellow costar, Corbin Bleu, in his new Broadway show Holiday Inn! "Just a couple of wildcats on a #Broadway stage @corbinbleu killed it last night in #HollidayInnMusical! @ZacEfron So much love for these guys," Grabeel captioned a selfie of three on stage. Efron echoed those thoughts by posting a photo of his own writing, "@mrgrabeel and I saw @corbinbleu Dance on Air ala Fred Astaire last night. He tapped 'Firecracker' and lit the stage on with his moves! Check out #HolidayInnMusical #amazingshow #theboysareback." You know what they say: once a Wildcat, always a Wildcat. A photo posted by Zac Efron »
- Kelsie Gibson
What could make your Wednesday any better than a much-needed High School Musical reunion? The Wildcat boys came together again for one epic reunion last night when Zac Efron and Lucas Grabeel went to support fellow co-star Corbin Bleu's broadway show Holiday Inn Musical. Efron shared a black and white image of the famous trio, writing, "@mrgrabeel and I saw @corbinbleu Dance on Air ala Fred Astaire last night. He tapped "Firecracker" and lit the stage on [fire emoji] with his moves! Check out #HolidayInnMusical #amazingshow #theboysareback." Grabeel posted another photo of the boys and told fans, "Just a couple of wildcats on a #Broadway stage. @corbinbleu killed it last night in »
The Broadway plays and musicals on offer in the Fall 2016 season are worth their exorbitant ticket prices! Here’s your complete list of all 13 shows opening between now and the end of the year. “The Encounter” (Opens Sept. 29)A solo show (pictured above) about the real-life story of a photographer lost among a remote group of South American people sounds like unusual fare for the Great White Way. But the buzz surrounding Simon McBurney’s Edinburgh International Festival favorite is simply sensational. “Holiday Inn, The New Irving Berlin Musical” (Opens Oct. 6)Like “An American in Paris” before it, this adaptation of the beloved 1942 film puts Berlin’s classic tunes center stage. Starring Bryce Pinkham and Corbin Bleu, with direction from Gordon Greenberg, it’s sure to put a spring in your step. “Oh, Hello on Broadway” (Opens Oct. 10)Oh, you’ve never met Gil Faizon and George St. Geegland (comedians Nick Kroll and John Mulaney, »
One decade ago today, we first learned the story of American hero Ricky Bobby. Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby opened in theaters 10 years ago today. Audiences came out in droves that weekend for the comedy starring Will Ferrell as a winning-obsessed Nascar driver. Behind The Lego Movie, Talladega Nights remains Ferrell’s second largest movie opening. The movie reunited Ferrell with his Anchorman director Adam McKay. The two of them, along with John C. Reilly (who plays Ricky Bobby’s teammate Cal Naughton Jr. in Talladega Nights) would soon team up again for Step Brothers. Other notable August 4 happenings in pop culture history: • 1942: Bing Crosby-Fred Astaire film Holiday Inn premiered in New York. Crosby song “White Christmas” is featured in the movie musical. • 1957: The Everly Brothers made their second appearance on The Ed Sullivan Show. They introduced their upcoming single, “Wake Up Little Susie »
- Emily Rome
Anne Marie is tracking Judy Garland's career through musical numbers...
Easter Parade has becomea perrenial holiday favorite. Inevitably, the lighthearted musical appears on TCM Easter Sunday marathons, sandwiched between Ben Hur (1959) and King of Kings (1961). However, despite the annual dominance of this Judy Garland/Irving Berlin musical, the movie nearly stopped before it began. A combination of bad luck, souring relationships, and weak ankles nearly prevented the production from getting off the ground. Fans of the film have one person to thank for its resurrection: Fred Astaire.
The Movie: Easter Parade (1948)
The Songwriter: Irving Berlin (music & lyrics)
The Story: The production of Easter Parade was plagued from the start. Though Irving Berlin enthusiastically agreed to expand upon his hit Holiday Inn for a new Judy Garland vehicle, the rest of the cast and crew was harder to secure. »
- Anne Marie
10 items from 2016
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