18 items from 2015
A disreputable charmer brings the joy of music to a staid community while stirring up romance with an uptight lady: If the plot of School of Rock sounds like a great musical, that’s because it is. It’s The Music Man. But School of Rock, however much it borrows the shape of Meredith Willson’s 1957 classic, has a different agenda, one that’s arguably more timely and certainly less poetic. Its Harold Hill figure, called Dewey Finn, has real instead of imaginary instruments to offer, and the music he’s evangelizing isn’t Sousa but the Stones. Nonconformity replaces community as the theme; the key title in the score by Andrew Lloyd Webber and Glenn Slater (with a few songs lifted from the hit 2003 movie) is called “Stick It to the Man.” Trouble, we are told, isn’t something music will prevent but something it will enhance: “Wreck your »
- Jesse Green
Best known for starring in NBC’s hit “Will & Grace,” McCormack won a SAG award and the lead comedy actor Emmy in 2001 for his role as Will Truman during the eight-season run. He was also nominated for five Golden Globes for his work on the sitcom.
Following “Will & Grace,” McCormack toplined TNT’s crime drama “Perception” for three seasons, on which he also had producing and directing credits. His television work also includes TNT’s “Trust Me,” “The New Adventures of Old Christine” and “The Mysteries of Laura,” which reunited him with his NBC costar Debra Messing.
On the film side, McCormack’s credits include “Alien Trespass,” “Free Enterprise,” “My One and Only,” opposite Renée Zellweger, “The Sisters,” also starring Mario Bello, and Rob Lowe’s”Knife Fight.” He also made his Broadway debut starring as “The Music Man. »
- Elizabeth Wagmeister
I interviewed actor Christian Slater in November, 2008 for Venice Magazine. Having long had a reputation as an "enfant terrible" in his youth, Slater surprised me somewhat with his calm, measured demeanor and thoughtful outlook. He was promoting his well-reviewed, but ultimately short-lived, TV series "My Own Worst Enemy," which we discussed a bit, but Slater was eager to reflect on his entire career and life, which he did with aplomb. My other memory of the chat is that during our dinner, the power went out in the restaurant or hotel where we met (the location of which has been lost to time) and the halogen streetlights outside casting our talk in a strange, other-worldly glow for a good 30 minutes. All these factors made our meeting a memorable one. Slater can currently be seen on the new USA Network series "Mr. Robot," which is also being lauded critically, and will hopefully »
- The Hollywood Interview.com
“Teriffic. I’m about to get killed a million miles from nowhere with a gung-ho iguana who tells me to relax!”
The Last Starfighter screens midnights this weekend (June 12th and 13th) at The Tivoli Theater as part of their ‘Reel Late at The Tivoli’ Midnight Series.There will also be a 10am screening Saturday the 13th.
The Last Starfighter, the 1984 sci-fi film about a video-gaming teen (Lance Guest – remember him?…me neither) who finds himself recruited as a gunner for an alien defense force, will probably be best remembered as one of the first science-fiction films to feature fully computer-generated images instead of model shots, and that’s unfortunate. Slick, fun, and full of energy, The Last Starfighter is one of the better “forgotten” science fiction films of the ‘80s – a movie with fun characters, an involving story, and enough action and adventure to keep both kids and adults entertained. »
- Tom Stockman
Seventy-six trombones play at the Hobby Center, Kenny Chesney rocks At&T Stadium, and Jane Austen (maybe) shows her sensible side. It’s this week’s 3-Point Plan: Texas. The Music ManThere’s trouble right here at Houston’s Hobby Center, where “The Music Man” is playing through May 17. “The Music Man” follows “Professor” Harold Hill as he cons his way into River City’s heart—though what he really wants is the heart of local spinster Marian the Librarian. Fans of “The Simpsons” will recognize the plot from 1993’s “Marge vs. the Monorail,” written by Conan O’Brien. Kenny Chesney in ConcertCountry mega-star Kenny Chesney sends hearts a-beatin’ and toes a-tappin’ this Saturday, May 16 at Dallas’ At&T Stadium. He’ll be joined onstage by Jason “Tonight Looks Good on You” Aldean. Sense and SensibilityTime to break out one of those empire-waist dresses if you dare—the stage version »
It’s got more marches than “The Music Man,” more battle scenes than “La Forza del Destino,” and it must set a record for the number of gun shots and bomb detonations in a Broadway musical. If all that noise doesn’t inspire an immediate visit to the ear doctor, there’s the score by Michael Korie, Amy Powers and Lucy Simon that’s guaranteed to require it. If that opening paragraph reads like an overly critical assessment of the new musical “Doctor Zhivago,” which opened Monday at the Broadway Theatre in New York, it’s nothing compared to the »
- Robert Hofler
NBC announced on Monday that The Wiz would be the network’s next live musical production. NBC Partners With Cirque du Soleil For The Wiz Previously, NBC had been rumored to be deciding between The Music Man and The Wiz for their 2015 live musical production, and it seems they have finally made their decision. The […]
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- Olivia Truffaut
NBC has revealed that The Wiz will be the network's third annual live-musical event. The latest adaptation of the 1974 Broadway show, a retelling of The Wizard of Oz with an all-black cast and a Quincy Jones-produced soundtrack, will be co-produced by Cirque du Soleil's theatrical division. After the musical airs live on NBC on December 3rd, the new Wiz will then "Ease on Down the Road" to Broadway with a revival scheduled for the 2016/'17 season, Variety writes.
At the Television Critics Association panel in January, NBC Entertainment chairman »
“We’re very happy to be here tonight,” said “The Big Bang Theory’s” Johnny Galecki, sandwiched on the Beverly Hilton stage between co-stars Kunal Nayyar, Simon Helberg, Jim Parsons, Melissa Rauch and Kaley Cuoco-Sweeting at Wednesday’s A Night at Sardi’s benefit, an annual ode to Broadway for the Alzheimer’s Association — where the actors were honored for their unwavering support last year. “And we’re happy that we’re not singing,” added Nayyar.
“I thought you liked singing,” Helberg bantered back, to which Nayyar responded, “I mean, yeah, I like singing, except it gives me months and months of anxiety.”
“I’m sad that we’re not singing,” Cuoco-Sweeting attested. “It’s the one chance we get to work in complete unison. I think we make beautiful music together, guys.” And they weren’t alone.
- Jasmin Rosemberg
NBC's "Peter Pan Live!" may not have been a smash, but Fox's previously announced "Grease: Live" is still moving forward with both a premiere date and pair of female leads. Fox announced on Saturday (January 17) that Julianne Hough and Vanessa Hudgens will take key roles in "Grease: Live," which will be based on both the original musical by Jim Jacobs and Warren Casey, but also the 1978 feature adaptation. "Grease: Live" will air on Fox on Sunday, January 31, 2016. So yes, that's a long time for Hough, Hudgens and the yet-to-be-announced castmembers to get prepared. Blurbs executive producer Marc Platt, "'Grease' is one of the most treasured and favored pop culture phenomenons of our time. It's fun, it's endearing and we are so excited to reimagine this iconic story with a shared entertainment event suited for today's audience." Hough will play the lead role of Sandy, virginal new girl at Rydell High. »
- Daniel Fienberg
NBC had huge success with "The Sound of Music Live" two years ago, pulling 18.5 million viewers for the one-off event. Yet while many know "The Sound of Music" off by heart, inexplicably the network chose the far less popular or even known stage musical version of "Peter Pan" for a follow-up.
Understandably, the ratings fell with just 9.1 million viewers tuning in for that broadcast. At the TCA Winter Tour presentation this week, NBC chairman Robert Greenblatt put the blame for the failure on the lack of star power and the lack of awareness of "Peter Pan" as a stage musical. They also suggested either "The Wiz" or "The Music Man" for their next attempt.
If there's one musical movie as ubiquitous and well-known as "The Sound of Music" though, it's "Grease" and Fox announced plans today for a live television production of "Grease: The Musical". The broadcast plans to »
- Garth Franklin
Just a day after NBC announced that the network's next live musical will either be The Music Man or The Wiz, Fox revealed at their Television Critics Association panel Saturday that they too will enter the live musical arena in January 2016 with a "re-imagining" of the Fifties' rock n' roll musical Grease.
Julianne Hough will fill the Olivia Newton-John role of Sandy in what executive producer Marc Platt called "a shared entertainment event suited for today's audience," while Vanessa Hudgens will don the character Rizzo's Pink Ladies jacket, Entertainment Weekly reports. »
In case you haven’t noticed, NBC has gone back to the “Golden Age of Television” - a period during the 1950’s - with live TV versions of popular Broadway musicals. First there was "The Sound of Music," and, more recently, "Peter Pan" with Christopher Walken as Captain Hook. Though both programs were derided, especially "Peter Pan" (which, from the brutal reviews, sounded like the unintentional laugh riot of the year – too bad I missed it), both did very well for NBC. So why not keep doing them? Originally, the network announced that their next live TV Broadway musical extravaganza was going to be "The Music Man," but NBC »
Suddenly, Stevie Wonder has become a hot commodity on primetime television. With CBS planning to air its Wonder tribute Songs in the Key of Life – An All-Star Grammy Salute on February 16th, NBC Entertainment president Robert Greenblatt revealed the network's own plans for a project spearheaded by Wonder: A miniseries and Broadway musical based on the Underground Railroad.
As of now, Wonder has only signed on to executive produce the miniseries and musical, tentatively titled Freedom Run, but Greenblatt told the Television Critics Association panel he was hopeful that the »
The crowd laughed about the failed projects that topped off a past TCA session. He added, “Last year?”
See photos: The Scene at TCA: Funny, Frank and Flippant Quotes From the 2015 TV Press Tour
When asked whether the network will never go into business with Cosby, 77, again, Greenblatt curtly answered, “Yes, I think that’s safe to say. »
- Jethro Nededog
The Music Man might be about to ease on down the road — and right off NBC’s 2015 roster.
“Music Man is something we have optioned the rights to, and we’re looking very seriously at some casting options, but we’ve also optioned the rights to The Wiz,” NBC entertainment chairman Robert Greenblatt noted Friday at the Television Critics Association winter press tour. “That could be what we do instead.”
Last May, NBC »
NBC's entertainment chairman revealed the network's next musical—sort of. Robert Greenblatt said 1957's The Music Man will be the network's live musical this year. Or it will be the 1975 The Wizard of Oz update The Wiz. One of those. NBC has optioned the rights to both and is considering casting options on Music Man. The network had a huge surprise hit with its first musical, The Sound of Music Live in 2013, then had a disappointment with December's Peter Pan Live. Which do you think the network should chose? »
- James Hibberd
Even though "Bad Judge" and "A to Z" flopped, "State of Affairs" and "Marry Me" are basically doomed, "The Voice" is down, "Peter Pan Live!" fizzled, "Constantine" will be done after 13 episodes and "Mysteries of Laura" is attracting mostly older viewers, it still wasn't a bad fall for NBC. Certainly NBC Entertainment Chairman Robert Greenblatt is likely to look on the bright side at Friday (January 16) morning's Television Critics Association press tour panel with NBC Entertainment President Jennifer Salke and Late-Night and Alternative President Paul Telegdy. Click through and follow along... 8:15 a.m. Pt. Paul Telegdy appears to be a late scratch, so it'll be Greenblatt & Salke alone... 8:53 a.m. Panel time! Robert Greenblatt takes the stage first to give us our talking points. He notes that the network "held back" many of its top dramas for midseason, so he's excited to share some of them with us. »
- Daniel Fienberg
18 items from 2015
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