8 items from 2013
Broadway fans, rejoice: "Pippin" is set to get a movie adaptation.
Deadline reports that Craig Zadan and Neil Meron, the pair behind Oscar-winning musical turned movie-musical "Chicago," will produce the project, based on the 1972 Tony winner about a young prince searching for meaning in his life. Zadan and Meron will re-team with Harvey Weinstein, who also produced "Chicago, for the adaptation.
"Pippin" was written by Roger O. Hirson with music and lyrics by Stephen Schwartz ("Godspell," "Wicked"). Directed by Broadway legend Bob Fosse, it was a smash when it debuted in the '70s, winning five Tony awards. Its recent return to Broadway snagged four additional Tonys at this year's ceremony, including Best Revival.
Zadan and Meron are also enjoying some recent success, thanks to their popular live staging of "The Sound of Music" on NBC, which pulled in the network's highest non-sports ratings in years. They also produced the 2013 Oscar telecast, »
- Katie Roberts
A Us documentary asserts that the Broadway musical is almost an exclusively Jewish creation. But is it useful to look at art in this way?
A Us documentary shown in Britain last week advanced the fascinating – and potentially sensitive – argument that the Broadway musical is almost exclusively a Jewish creation. Broadway Musicals: A Jewish Legacy, a 90-minute film made by Michael Kantor for the Us network PBS, was screened in BBC1's Imagine strand last week and was shown publicly at the Barbican Centre in London, after which I hosted a question-and-answer session with Michael Grade about Kantor's film and the Broadway musical in general.
Establishing what admirers had vaguely understood – but never previously heard so triumphantly declared – Kantor's film catalogues the factor common to the Gershwin brothers, Oscar Hammerstein, Richard Rogers, Lorenz Hart, Kurt Weill, Leonard Bernstein, Stephen Sondheim, John Kander and Fred Ebb (Cabaret, Chicago), and also less »
- Mark Lawson
Chicago — Acclaimed Broadway composer Stephen Schwartz says he's hard at work on a full draft of his next endeavor, the musical "Houdini" that has actor Hugh Jackman playing the legendary illusionist.
"I'm specifically writing for Hugh in terms of what I think will sound good in his voice and what sorts of things will really help him to do the things that he does," Schwartz said in a recent interview with The Associated Press during the Dramatist Guild of America's conference in Chicago. He is the group's president.
The Academy Award- and Grammy Award-winner – famous for "Wicked," "Godspell" and "Pippin" – said a reading of the new full show is scheduled for December and he's been "writing away on it" with a collaborator. So far, he said, they have a full first act of "Houdini."
"As soon as we finished it, of course, we immediately said, `We have to rewrite this entire thing, »
New York — There was plenty of applause heard during the Tony Awards – and perhaps no place louder than from as far away as Pittsburgh.
Six alumni from Carnegie Mellon University took home Tonys in five categories, a glittery haul that was both a school record and a huge source of pride for a theater department that turns 100 next year.
Billy Porter, Patina Miller and Judith Light each took home acting Tonys, while Ann Roth got one for best costume design, and partners Jules Fisher and Peggy Eisenhauer won for best lighting design of a play.
"We've had a bumper crop," said Peter Cooke, head of the university's school of drama. "I'm just delighted that they received rewards from their peers. It was just a terrific night."
The six wins means Carnegie Mellon took bragging rights from the better-known Yale University School of Drama, which had four Tony winners Sunday: costume designer William Ivey Long, »
Born in the Bronx in 1930, Laron began her career as a greeting card writer and soon moved into writing lyrics. Her first recorded release was “Those Are The Breaks” by cabaret performer Arthur Siegal in 1954 followed by “Look But Do Not Touch-Cha-Cha” by Isobel Robins featured on the comedy album “The Saint And The Sinner,” also featuring comedian Henry Morgan. Her other recorded works include “The Loving Song” by Nana Mouskouri and the anti-war song “Hell No I Ain’t Gonna Go” by Matt Jones for the song magazine Broadside.
Laron collaborated with composers including Stephen Schwartz (“Godspell”), Charles Strouse (“All In The Family”), Joe Raposo (“Sesame Street”), Ron Dante (“Sugar Sugar”) and Vic Mizzy (“Green Acres,” “The Addams Family »
- Pat Saperstein
Elaine Laron, a witty writer and lyricist who participated in the classic children’s TV projects The Electric Company and Free to Be … You and Me, died of pneumonia June 6 in Los Angeles, her nephew William Funt said. She was 83. Laron's recorded works also include the anti-Vietnam War anthem "Hell No, I Ain’t Gonna Go" from 1960s activist Matthew Jones and "The Loving Song" by Greek international star Nana Mouskouri. During her career, Laron -- at one time the sister-in-law of Candid Camera founder Allen Funt -- collaborated with such celebrated composers as Stephen Schwartz (Godspell), Charles Strouse (the All in the Family opening theme “Those Were
- Mike Barnes
Previously, on Smash
When last we left our plucky band of Broadway babies, Karen was triumphant as Marilyn Monroe in the Boston tryout of Bombshell while Ivy backstage contemplated a handful of pills. We pick up three weeks later on the tryout's closing night, with Karen-as-Marilyn singing the original “Cut, Print, Moving On”. The number starts in black-and-white which makes Karen's lips look extremely creepy.
It's not doing those under eye lines any favors either
The number becomes a montage of the various characters returning to New York. Having dumped Dev for sleeping with Ivy, Karen's moved in with a friend called Ana, a new character who shares a fondness for eccentric spelling with her portrayer, Krysta Rodriguez. Dev's left Karen a letter that reads in part that he misses her terribly. Karen crumples it.
Also noteworthy: Ivy dumps all of her pill bottles in the garbage. One day at a time, »
There’s magic to do on Broadway — Pippin is coming back.
Producers of the revival that is currently playing at the American Repertory Theater outside Boston said late Thursday that Pippin will transfer to the Music Box Theatre this spring. Performances begin March 23 with an official opening on April 25.
A whimsical coming-of-age story about the son of the first Holy Roman Emperor, Pippin boasts pop-rock music and lyrics by Stephen Schwartz and a book by Roger O. Hirson. Schwartz’s other hits include Wicked and Godspell.
This Pippin is being directed by Diane Paulus, who leads the American Repertory Theater in Cambridge, »
- Associated Press
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