11 items from 2015
The Oscar-winning creative team of Disney’s animated blockbuster “Frozen” will adapt the movie for the brewing Broadway musical version, with screenwriter and co-director Jennifer Lee on board to write the book and Robert Lopez and Kristen Anderson-Lopez penning additional tunes to go along with their songs from the movie, which include megahit “Let It Go.”
The news, first reported in the Daily Mail, won’t come as much of a shock, given that Lopez and Anderson-Lopez are stage composers and that Lopez’s credits including Tony-winning scores for “Avenue Q” and “The Book of Mormon.” Lee’s never written for Broadway, but it’s not all that uncommon for screenwriters to try their hand at stage adaptations of their own work: The book for this season’s “Honeymoon in Vegas,” for instance, was written by Andrew Bergman, who also wrote the screenplay.
Alex Timbers (“Rocky,” “Here Lies Love”), the »
- Gordon Cox
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The Dissolve The Voyage of Time Terrence Malick's forthcoming film will have two versions. One with Brad Pitt's voice and one with Cate Blanchett's. I'm getting tired of multiple versions of the same thing, I must admit. It seems so indecisive. But maybe I'm just smarting because today I learned that...
The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby arrives on DVD and Blu-Ray on Tuesday and I keep hearing conflicting things. Some say it has all three versions of the film and some say it just has "Them" (which from everything I've read is the disappointing »
- NATHANIEL R
Idina Menzel performed the National Anthem acapella at the Super Bowl on Sunday, kicking off the game on a near-perfect note. Idina Menzel Nails The National Anthem Menzel performed the National Anthem at the Super Bowl on Sunday. Menzel, a musical theater vet – with starring roles Rent and Wicked – and known as the […]
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- Olivia Truffaut
Idina Menzel will sing the national anthem at this year's Super Bowl, she announced on Twitter. Last year opera star Renée Fleming sang it, but in general, the spot goes to a pop star: Alicia Keys, Kelly Clarkson, Christina Aguilera, Carrie Underwood, Jennifer Hudson, Jordan Sparks, and Beyoncé have all performed in recent years. "We all still do stuff, too, you know," said everyone else from the original cast of Rent. »
- Margaret Lyons
Idina Menzel, the Broadway star behind the hit Frozen anthem “Let It Go,” will sing the national anthem at the 2015 Super Bowl. Idina Menzel Performing At Super Bowl The Today show announced Friday morning that the Rent and Wicked star would have the honor of singing the “Star Spangled Banner” at Super Bowl Xlix. It was also revealed that John […]
- Chelsea Regan
Exclusive: To get to Tony Danza’s dressing room at the Nederlander Theatre, where he stars in the new Broadway musical Honeymoon in Vegas, you walk a corridor that circles the perimeter of the ancient house, where trash cans line one wall, and graffiti scrawled by Rent cast members dominates the other. Climb a set of stairs, and then there is the star’s cold perch, one that would barely provide room for Michael Keaton’s Birdman levitation act.
You imagine how much smaller this must be than the giant trailers where Danza spent most of his adult life in Taxi and Who’s The Boss. And then he emerges, euphoric and still sweaty after two hours of singing, tap dancing, even serenading with a love song while playing the ukulele, and he looks like a small Brooklyn kid whose parents took him to Coney Island. He has just completed »
- Mike Fleming Jr
Leila Sales’s music-infused Ya novel This Song Will Save Your Life has been optioned by two producers looking to adapt it for both stage and screen. Tony-winner Kevin McCollum (Avenue Q, Rent) and TV producer Michael Novick (best known for Glee) announced the deal today for the 2013 young adult novel, about a misfit teenage girl named Elise Dembowski who has a passion for music but not much skill at making friends. »
- Anthony Breznican
The 2013 novel follows a bullied girl who finds a family and a home among the denizens of the underground music scene, rising to become a buzzy DJ along the way.
Exact details of the developing adaptations have yet to be set, but the story’s music-infused setting — and the resumes of the producers who have optioned it — point toward musical projects. McCollum is the Broadway producer of “Rent,” “Avenue Q,” “In the Heights,” “Motown” and the upcoming “Something Rotten!,” while Novick was one of the original producers of Fox series “Glee.”
Brooklyn-based Sales has written Ya novels including “Mostly Good Girls” and “Past Perfect.” Her deal for the stage and film rights was negotiated with McCollum and Novick by her reps at CAA and InkWell Management. »
- Gordon Cox
Idina Menzel‘s New Year’s Eve performance of “Let It Go” went viral after she flubbed one of the song’s final moments during ABC’s live broadcast. But instead of apologizing for missing a note in the famous “Frozen” song, the Oscar winner took to Twitter and mounted her own defense.
She posted a picture of one of her own quotes: “There are about 3 million notes in a two-and-a-half-hour musical; being a perfectionist, it took me a long time to realize that if I’m hitting 75 percent of them, I’m succeeding,” it read. “Performing isn’t only »
- Travis Reilly
That’s all folks!
Best Man Holiday actor Taye Diggs and Frozen star Idina Menzel have officially called it quits. Diggs and Menzel announced their separation way back in December 2013, but it wasn’t until this December 3 did they secretly finalized the divorce.
The couple met while co-starring in the Broadway hit Rent and married in January 2003. The two were married for 10 years and have a five year-old son named Walker Nathaniel Diggs.
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- Kyle Hodge
Goodbye love. Idina Menzel and Taye Diggs have officially divorced, TMZ reports. The former Rent costars announced their separation in December 2013 after 10 years of marriage. According to TMZ, Diggs, 44, only recently filed a petition in November. The couple, parents to 5-year-old son Walker, finalized their divorce in New York on Dec. 3. Since the split, the exes have moved on personally and professionally. Diggs and his new girlfriend, model Amanza Smith Brown, made their red carpet debut at the 2014 Bet Awards in L.A. on [...] »
11 items from 2015
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