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After a warm reception in Chicago this past spring, the musical adaptation of Tim Burton’s phantasmagorical 2003 film Big Fish will be hitting Broadway this fall, and EW has an exclusive clip to get you ready for the circus. Here in its entirety is “Time Stops”, featuring two-time Tony winner Norbert Leo Butz (Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, Catch Me If You Can) and Tony-nominee Kate Baldwin (Finian’s Rainbow), one of several new tunes penned by composer Andrew Lippa (The Wild Party). The production features a book by John August (who also wrote the film) and is directed and choreographed by »
- Jason Clark
Myriad Pictures has acquired international distribution rights to The English Teacher, starring Julianne Moore (The Kids Are All Right; Crazy, Stupid, Love), Michael Angarano (Brass Teapot, The Forbidden Kingdom, Haywire), Greg Kinnear (Little Miss Sunshine, Baby Mama, Stuck in Love), Lily Collins (Mirror Mirror, Abduction, The Blind Side), and Nathan Lane (The Producers, Mirror Mirror, “Modern Family”). Following the film’s recent world premiere at the Tribeca Film Festival, Myriad will screen the film for the first time for buyers at this month’s Cannes Marche du Film. The English Teacher is the charming story of a small town teacher whose mundane routine is turned around when a former student returns after failing as a playwright in New York City. The film was written by Dan Chariton and Stacy Chariton and is an Artina Films production. Linda Sinclair (Moore) is a forty-year-old unmarried high school English teacher in the small town of Kingston, »
- MIKE FLEMING JR
New York — The Cyndi Lauper-scored "Kinky Boots" has earned a leading 13 Tony Award nominations, with the British import "Matilda: The Musical" close behind with 12. Tom Hanks, making his Broadway debut, earned a nod as leading man in a play.
"Kinky Boots" is based on the 2005 British movie about a real-life shoe factory that struggles until it finds new life in fetish footwear. Lauper's songs and a story by Harvey Fierstein have made it a crowd-pleaser.
"I walked my dog early this morning so I'd be back in time to listen to the announcement. It's so great. It's so great. I'm done crying a little bit. But I'm still thrilled and a little stunned," Lauper said.
The haul did not match the record number of nominations for a musical, which is 15, set by "The Producers" in 2001 and "Billy Elliot" in 2009. "The Book of Mormon" nabbed 14 Tony nods in 2011.
"Lucky Guy, »
When Rocky looks for Adrian at the end of the first "Rocky," expect more gut-wrenching "Adriannnnnnnnnnn" in the broadway adaptation of the Oscar-winning film. Presented by Stage Entertainment USA and Sylvester Stallone, the show will begin performances on Broadway at the Winter Garden Theater in February of 2014 according to THR.
The stage version's book is written by the Tony-winning Thomas Meehan ("The Producers," "Hairspray") and the music is composed by Stephen Flaherty and lyricist Lynn Ahrens. The director is Alex Timbers with fight choreography by Steven Hoggett ("Once") and dance choreography by Kelly Devine ("Rock of Ages").
Here's what Stallone said about the Broadway production of his original story/screenplay, .I couldn.t be more proud or more excited about this production and how my original story of Rocky Balboa has been brought to spectacular life onstage." Stallone further said, .The story of Rocky was very much like my life »
The next big Broadway musical has been announced, and it's a strange one. "Rocky" will debut on Broadway in early 2014. The musical adaptation of the 1976 boxing classic is being produced by Rocky Balboa himself, Sylvester Stallone. Stallone wrote and starred in all six installments in the "Rocky" franchise.
This adaptation tells the story of Balboa, an underdog boxer, as he navigates his way through the boxing world and wins the heart of the woman he loves, Adrian. The musical's book is written by three-time Tony winner Thomas Meehan ("Annie," "The Producers" and "Hairspray") and features lyrics by Lynn Ahrens (Tony award for "Ragtime"). "I couldn't be more proud or more excited about this production and how my original story of Rocky Balboa has been brought to spectacular life onstage," Stallone says of the adaptation
The production originally opened in Germany in 2012 to rave reviews, before the decision was made to move to Broadway. »
Producers said Sunday they plan to get "Rocky" up and punching at the Winter Garden by February following a successful debut in Hamburg last fall.
Originally written in English but translated into German for its world premiere and billed as "Rocky: Das Musical," the show is produced by Stallone and Stage Entertainment USA.
"The reason I think it has worked so well there and why I think it'll work on Broadway is that, yes, it's a story about boxing, but the real story is actually an intimate, powerful and gritty and »
New York (AP) — It's been a knockout in Germany. Now Sylvester Stallone hopes a musical based on his beloved boxing film "Rocky" will also be a hit on Broadway. Producers said Sunday they plan to get "Rocky" up and punching at the Winter Garden by February following a successful debut in Hamburg last fall. Based on the Oscar-winning 1976 film, the musical features a score by "Ragtime" veterans Stephen Flaherty and Lynn Ahrens, and a story by Thomas Meehan, who wrote "The Producers" and "Hairspray." Originally written in English but translated into German for its world premiere and billed as »
- Mark Kennedy (AP)
It was a knockout movie, and now Sylvester Stallone hopes a musical based on his beloved boxing film "Rocky" will also be a hit on Broadway. Stallone and producers Stage Entertainment USA said Sunday they plan to get "Rocky" up and punching at New York's Winter Garden by February, following a successful debut of the musical in Hamburg, Germany, last fall. Based on the Oscar-winning 1976 film, the musical features a score by "Ragtime" veterans Stephen Flaherty and Lynn Ahrens, and a story by Thomas Meehan, who wrote "The Producers" and "Hairspray." »
- Todd Cunningham
Producers today confirmed plans to bring a big-budget musical version of the Oscar-winning movie to Broadway in 2014. The show, conceived by Stallone himself (who earned an Oscar nomination for the screenplay in addition to starring in the film and five sequels), had a well-received world premiere last fall in Hamburg, Germany.
- Thom Geier
New York -- Rocky Balboa is poised to enter a whole new ring, when the musical adaptation of the Oscar-winning Sylvester Stallone vehicle comes to Broadway early next year. The stage incarnation of Rocky brings together Tony Award-winning book writer Thomas Meehan (The Producers, Hairspray) with composer Stephen Flaherty and lyricist Lynn Ahrens, whose many collaborations include the musical Ragtime. Directing the production is Alex Timbers, currently represented in New York with the David Byrne-Fatboy Slim musical Here Lies Love and the musical-play hybrid Peter and the Starcatcher. Fight choreography is by Steven Hoggett (Once), with dance choreography by Kelly Devine (Rock
- David Rooney
The co-host of the fourth hour of NBC's "Today" will guest star as herself in the Saturday, April 27 episode of the NBC musical drama, titled "The Producers."
Click through the slideshow below for more photos of Gifford in action and for a look at guest star Matthew Broderick -- he appears as himself -- and the return of Leo (Emory Cohen), Julia's (Debra Messing) son.
"Smash" airs Saturdays, 9 p.m. Et on NBC.
- Chris Harnick
Broadway fans, here’s a Monday morning treat. Norbert Leo Butz (Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, Catch Me If You Can) and Kate Baldwin (Giant, Finian’s Rainbow) are set to star in a musical version of Big Fish, and you can listen to a new song from the show, “Time Stops,” exclusively on EW.
The new musical, which will premiere in Chicago on April 2 and officially opens on Broadway in October, is based on the 2003 award-winning movie. The book for the musical was written by John August, who was also the screenwriter for the film. Big Fish will be directed and »
- Erin Strecker
Cinedigm Entertainment Group and Tribeca Film have teamed up to acquire U.S. distribution rights to director Craig Zisk’s (“Nurse Jackie,” “Weeds”) feature directorial debut, The English Teacher. The film will release in spring 2013 with an ultra VOD and digital window, followed by theatrical release, DVD and broadcast.
The English Teacher stars four-time Oscar® nominee Julianne Moore (“Boogie Nights,” “The Hours”) who most recently won Golden Globe® and Emmy® Awards for her lead role in the HBO movie “Game Change.” Moore plays a beloved English teacher whose repressed personal life exists in stark contrast to the passion she brings to the classroom. Her routine is upended when a former star pupil returns to her small town after failing miserably as a playwright. Co-written by Dan and Stacy Chariton, The English Teacher also stars two-time Tony Award® winner Nathan Lane (“The Producers,” “The Good Wife”), Oscar® nominee Greg Kinnear (“As Good As It Gets, »
- Michelle McCue
On TV this Wednesday: American Idol sets up shop in Hollywood, CSI and CSI: NY embark on a cross-country crossover and Mike Tyson makes a controversial appearance on Law & Order: Svu. As a supplement to TVLine’s original features (linked within), here are 10 programs to keep on your radar.
8 pm American Idol (Fox) | The action moves to Hollywood as hopefuls vie for a spot in the semis.
8 pm Arrow (The CW) | David Anders guest-stars as Cyrus Vanch, a just-out-of-jail criminal who’s gunning for Arrow. But when Det. »
- Kimberly Roots
A fishy musical based on Tim Burton’s fantastical 2003 film is coming to the biggest pond of all — Broadway.
The show, which also incorporates material from Daniel Wallace’s original novel Big Fish: A Novel of Mythic Proportions, will open in the Neil Simon Theatre this October. Its Broadway run will be preceded by a five-week limited engagement at Chicago’s Oriental Theatre that begins in April.
Big Fish stars two-time Tony winner Norbert Leo Butz as Edward Bloom, a charismatic storyteller whose tall tales have estranged him from his son Will (Bobby Steggert). As the elder Bloom’s health begins to fail, »
- Hillary Busis
"Big Fish," the musical based on the novel by Daniel Wallace and Tim Burton's 2003 film, will open on Broadway Oct. 6 at the Neil Simon Theatre. Staged by Tony Award-winning director Susan Stroman ("The Producers"), the musical features a book by "Frankenweenie" screenwriter John August, who wrote the screenplay for the "Big Fish" movie, and music by Andrew Lippa ("The Wild Party"). "Big Fish" tells the story of a son who returns home to see his dying father, whose wild stories of epic adventures have created a rift between the two. »
- Lisa Fung
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