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"I sometimes think, Do people find this interesting?" Todrick Hall shrugs. "Because this is my life every day and, you know, people could do this if they wanted to."
We are standing just backstage at the historic Theatre at Ace Hotel immediately following the Outfest screening of Behind the Curtain: Todrick Hall, a documentary that followed Todrick as he wrote and recorded a full-length visual album, Straight Outta Oz, then turned that album into a stage show and toured nationwide to perform it. From our vantage point behind the velvet curtain, we can watch the attendees -- hundreds of fans, friends and other industry folk -- filing out under the glimmering mirrored ceiling into the Broadway Theater District of Downtown L.A. I've asked Todrick if this all feels as glamorous to him as it seems.
"I thought at one point I would get to a certain place and I would be like, Ok, now I'm »
It’s a big, bright, beautiful world, thanks to today’s casting roundup! A California production of “Shrek the Musical” is currently casting all principal roles, including Shrek and Fiona. There are also roles available in the national nonunion tour of “Kinky Boots,” a horror film set in the Everglades, and a clothing commercial! “Shrek The Musical”Join an upcoming production of “Shrek the Musical” in Fontana, CA. Male and female talent aged 18–70 are needed to fill all lead roles, as well as supporting and ensemble. Actors should be excellent singers with great comedic timing. There is an open casting call on Aug. 22 in Fontana. Rehearsals will begin Sept. 11 and the show runs Oct. 20–Nov. 12 at the Center Stage Theater Fontana. Pay is a $500 minimum stipend, with additional fees added for certain roles. Apply here! “Kinky Boots” Nat’L Nonunion TOURThe national non-equity tour of Cyndi Lauper/Harvey Fierstein’s »
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- NATHANIEL R
After the massive success of live-action remakes like The Jungle Book and Beauty and the Beast, it was a no-brainer for Disney to next tackle one of their most beloved films to date – 1994 classic The Lion King. With Jon Favreau attached to direct, the project has been amassing its cast for the past few months. Donald Glover’s signed up to voice Simba, with James Earl Jones reprising his role as Simba’s father, Mufasa. More recently, Billy Eichner and Seth Rogen were revealed to be playing meerkat/warthog double act Timon and Pumbaa.
The latest casting announcement comes courtesy of The Wrap, who are reporting that the studio have finally found their Scar. Though Hugh Jackman was rumored to be taking on the role, we’re now learning that it’ll be Chiwetel Ejiofor, last seen in Marvel’s Doctor Strange, who voices the iconic villain in the upcoming remake. »
- Matt Joseph
As Disney continues to cast up its highly anticipated live-action The Lion King, it appears the Mouse House has settled on its Scar. The Wrap reports that Oscar-nominated 12 Years a Slave actor Chiwetel Ejiofor is currently in talks to take on the villainous role in the live-action redo. Director Jon Favreau signed on to helm The Lion King shortly after the success of his cutting edge take on The Jungle Book, but unlike that film, The Lion King will be a bona fide musical. Ejiofor showed off his singing chops in the feature film Kinky Boots, … »
- Adam Chitwood
Panic! at the Disco’s Brendon Urie is singing a different tune lately and it isn’t a pleasant one. Related: The Weeknd, Selena Gomez Get Chased By Wild Fans The band’s lead vocalist snagged a fun new lead role in the Broadway musical Kinky Boots, but the platform has come with unique challenges. Urie, 30, has engaged […] »
- Shakiel Mahjouri
Madrid — Spanish star and Almodovar icon Rossy de Palma is making her U.S. film debut in “Tu Me Manques” (I Miss You), directed by Rodrigo Bellott (“Perfidy”), which shoots this summer in New York and Bolivia.
Breaking out with “Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown” in an association with Almodovar which runs through multiple movies and Goya nominations for “Kika” (1993) and “The Flower of My Secret” (1995) to her role as a straight-talking maid in last year’s “Julieta,” De Palma’s asymmetric features has won her fame and elevation to fashion muse for designers Jean-Paul Gautier and Thierry Mugler, a status part secured by her role in Robert Altman’s 1994 “Pret-a-Porter.” De Palma served on the main competition jury of the 2015 Cannes Festival. In France, De Palma will be seen later this year in Amanda Sthers’ “Madame.”
In her first U.S.-shot movie, “I Miss You,” De »
- John Hopewell
“The Book of Mormon”: londonboxoffice.co.uk
London’s West End just earned a dubious honor: it’s just as inhospitable to women as Broadway. A new study from The Stage examined the West End musical productions that ran for at least three weeks from 2007 to 2016, and found that female writers are severely underrepresented — in fact, male scribes outnumber women nine to one. Women received a writing credit on only 16 percent of the West End’s last decade of musicals.
“There are so many women playwrights out there — their voices are heard and they’re writing contemporary, pertinent, compelling drama,” said “Mamma Mia!” book writer Catherine Johnson. “So for that not also to be happening in musical theater, something is really going wrong.”
Indeed. It’s hard to reconcile the news that two-thirds of the Royal Court Theatre’s new season are written or directed by women with the dismal numbers of women writing musicals. Unfortunately it’s true: Seventy-five percent of West End musicals included zero women on their writing teams, which are usually comprised of a book writer, a composer, and a lyricist. Women wrote or co-wrote just 12 percent of the books.
If you take jukebox musicals — musicals, like Carole King’s “Beautiful,” that do not use new original songs — into consideration, women wrote 18 percent of the productions’ music or lyrics. Disregarding jukebox musicals, only nine percent of the musicals boasted a female composer.
Of the 118 musicals the West End has put on during the past decade, only four of the shows’ scores were composed by one individual woman: Cyndi Lauper’s “Kinky Boots,” Jeanine Tesori’s “Shrek the Musical,” Margaret Martin “Gone With the Wind,” and Kath Gotts’ “Bad Girls the Musical.”
And just three of the 118 musicals were written by an all-female team: “Bad Girls,” “Gone With the Wind,” and “Viva Forever!” the book of which was penned by Jennifer Saunders (“Ab Fab”) with music and lyrics by the Spice Girls. In contrast, 88 shows were from an all-male writing team.
“The problem is that the established stable of go-to talent for any of these big-scale opportunities is still basically an almost exclusively white, male, closed shop,” Gotts told The Stage in response to the research.
Jon Bromwich, exec producer at Youth Music Theatre UK, believes that the gender disparity can be traced back to school. “Lack of role models and instruction at a young age are undoubtedly contributory. Ingrained behavior patterns may mean that young female instrumentalists stay with their instrument while males move into composition.”
Whatever the cause, there is definitely a gender problem in modern theater. It seems that every week or so a new story breaks about the obstacles women face in the field. Wellesley Centers for Women found that a glass ceiling exists for women climbing the ladder at nonprofit theaters. Actors’ Equity published research about the stronghold white men have on acting and stage management jobs. And the only new women-written plays on Broadway this season — Lynn Nottage’s “Sweat” and Paula Vogel’s “Indecent” — are not long for this world.
So much for Book, Music and Lyrics founder/director David James’ response to The Stage’s research. “I would say the answer, for both men and women, is to raise their game and write stronger work,” James commented. “If women write the better work, they will be produced. I don’t believe they will be sidelined because of gender.”
If only we lived in that world, Mr. James. But we definitely don’t.
Below are highlights from The Stage’s study. Head over to its website for more information.
Of the 118 musicals that ran on London’s West End from 2007 to 2016:
3 were from an all-female writing team, compared to 88 from an-all male writing team12 percent featured books written by a womanFour scores were composed by a woman75 percent featured no women on their writing teamsNearly nine out of 10 musicals had a book written entirely by menIncluding jukebox musicals, 18 percent of the shows’ music or lyrics were women-written
None of the shows in 2014 featured books, music, or lyrics from women
None of the shows in 2010 featured music from a female composer
None of the books in 2011, 2013, or 2016 were written by women
Study: West End Musicals Are Overwhelmingly Written by Men was originally published in Women and Hollywood on Medium, where people are continuing the conversation by highlighting and responding to this story. »
- Rachel Montpelier
People caught up with the pop-punk star, 30, who plays Charlie Price in the Tony-winning musical in New York through Aug. 6.
You just made your Broadway debut in Kinky Boots. Were you a theater nerd in high school?
All my friends were in theater; I was just the stoner that built the sets, backstage smoking a joint, like, “I made your castle wall!”
Do you remember your first musical?
I grew up watching my mom’s VHS tapes of musicals. I wanted to be Julie Andrews in Sound of Music. »
- Jeff Nelson
Rosie O’Donnell on “Difficult People”: Hulu
Rosie O’Donnell and Kathleen Turner are taking to the stage in support of women’s healthcare. Per Playbill, the two will lead a one-night-only reading of “Hollywood Nurses” to benefit The Phyllis Newman Women’s Health Initiative of the Actors Fund. Turner will topline the production in the role of Head Nurse Stone, O’Donnell will narrate and emcee at the sold-out event on June 19.
Written by Sheila Head (“Character Witness”) and Peter Michael Marino (“Desperately Seeking the Exit”), “Hollywood Nurses” is “a modern take on lesbian pulp novels” of the 1950s. “Nurse Jenny Tyler (Taylor Louderman, ‘Kinky Boots’) is running from her past. Nurse Suzanne Medford (Lesli Margherita, ‘Matilda’) is running from her present,” Playbill summarizes. “When their secret worlds collide at Holly View Hospital they ignite forbidden passions, erupting into a dangerous scandal that even the most modern medicine cannot cure.” Carl Andress (“Die, Mommie, Die!”) will direct the reading.
Since 1996 The Phyllis Newman Women’s Health Initiative has offered support for women in show business who are coping with critical health issues. According to the source, it also “dedicates a range of resources solely to addressing the health needs and concerns specific to women.”
“I am thrilled to present this reading of an extraordinary play about forbidden love and acceptance during Gay Pride Month,” “Hollywood Nurses” producer Norma Lana emphasized. “And with our mission to benefit this vital organization, which supports female artists, we couldn’t ask for a better emcee than the inimitable Rosie O’Donnell!”
The benefit reading of “Hollywood Nurses” will take place at the Mainstage Theatre in NYC. Find out more about the play at the event’s website.
Rosie O’Donnell and Kathleen Turner to Lead Benefit Reading of “Hollywood Nurses” was originally published in Women and Hollywood on Medium, where people are continuing the conversation by highlighting and responding to this story. »
- Rachel Montpelier
With dozens of castings announced and new projects coming down the pipeline each week across television, film, and theater, it can be near-impossible to keep up. Luckily, Backstage is here to help. Every Friday, we’re rounding up the week's industry news you shouldn’t miss so you can be sure you're firmly in the know! Two pop icons are bringing new works to Broadway.Grammy-winning music icons Cyndi Lauper and Cher both made ripples this week with Broadway announcements. Lauper, composer for “Kinky Boots,” winner of the Tony Award for Best Musical in 2013 (that is still running on the Great White Way), will pen the score for a Broadway-aimed musical adaptation of the 1988 feature “Working Girl.” Cher, meanwhile, took to Twitter to announce that the musical based on her life, which will feature her prolific catalogue of songs, will premiere on Broadway at an unspecified date in 2018. “Just got »
Put one foot onward and forward! “Kinky Boots” is looking for a few good men to lace up the red heels for its national tour. Also in today's casting roundup, there are roles available in an immersive play, a web series, and a film about unrequited love. “Kinky Boots”“Kinky Boots,” the Tony-winning musical by Cyndi Lauper and Harvey Fierstein, is looking for dancers for its non-equity national tour. A male actor ages 30–55 with “a killer voice with power blues and gospel chops” is needed to fill the lead role of Lola. There are also swing and ensemble roles available for two male actors aged 20–39. Tumbling, acrobatics, and tricks are a plus. All talent must be able to move well and dance in very high heels. There is an open casting call on June 27 in NYC. Rehearsals begin August 22, with a tour runs Sept. 18 through May 13, 2018. Pay is $450 per week minimum, »
Cyndi Lauper and playwright Kim Rosenstock are teaming up to adapt Mike Nichols’ 1988 film Working Girl into a Broadway musical. Cyndi Lauper Adapting Working Girl Into Broadway Musical Lauper, who has seen success with her show Kinky Boots, which she co-wrote the musical and lyrics for with Rosenstock, will once again partner up for Broadway. The show will be […]
- Hillary Luehring-Jones
Cyndi Lauper: Lauper’s Instagram account/ Sam Ruttyn
Cyndi Lauper is bringing her musical chops to Broadway again. The “Girls Just Want to Have Fun” singer will write the music and lyrics for the upcoming “Working Girl” stage musical, Entertainment Weekly writes.
Playwright and TV writer Kim Rosenstock (“Tigers Be Still,” “New Girl”) will pen the book for “Working Girl” from Kevin Wade’s original film script. Fox Stage Productions and Aged in Wood Productions are producing. A director has not been announced.
“Working Girl” is based on the 1988 Mike Nichols film of the same name, which stars Melanie Griffith, Sigourney Weaver, and Harrison Ford. It centers on Tess McGill (Griffith), secretary to corporate exec Katharine Parker (Weaver). When Katharine steals a business idea from Tess, Tess decides to get revenge by working her way up and taking Katharine’s job. Tess also ends up falling for her boss’ boyfriend (Ford) along the way.
“‘Working Girl’ was a groundbreaking depiction of a working-class woman determined to succeed in the cutthroat, male-dominated corporate world of the 1980s,” Fox Stage and Aged in Wood emphasized in a statement. “Funny and smart, this now-iconic tale is just as relevant today — and who better to adapt it for Broadway than Cyndi Lauper, who’s been a change maker in music since the ’80s, and Kim Rosenstock of the hit TV series ‘New Girl?’”
“I’m really excited for so many reasons,” Lauper added. “I love the film, and its story about a woman’s very unconventional road to success in the ’80s is something I know a lot about. Women are still fighting for fundamental rights and equal pay!”
Lauper made history as the first woman to win the Tony for Best Original Score. She took home the award in 2013 for her work on “Kinky Boots.” The musical, also based on a film, earned Lauper the Grammy for Best Musical Theater Album in 2014. She won the Grammy Award for Best New Artist in 1985. Lauper has sold over 50 million records throughout her career. She’ll be honored by Lgbt channel Logo at its upcoming 2017 Trailblazing Honors.
Cyndi Lauper Writing Music and Lyrics for “Working Girl” Stage Musical was originally published in Women and Hollywood on Medium, where people are continuing the conversation by highlighting and responding to this story. »
- Rachel Montpelier
Cyndi Lauper jumped into the world of Broadway musicals a few years ago with the critically acclaimed Kinky Boots, becoming the first solo woman to win the Tony for Best Score along the way, and now she’s found her next big musical project. According to The New York Times, Lauper will be writing the music and lyrics for a Broadway show based on the 1988 film Working Girl, which starred Melanie Griffith as a woman fighting for the respect of her male peers at a big-time investment bank. New Girl writer Kim Rosenstock is handling the book (which covers all of the stuff that isn’t singing, for anyone who doesn’t follow musicals), and her first draft is expected to be done soon. Variety notes that Carly Simon’s music was a big part of the original movie, but there’s “no word” on if she’ll be »
- Sam Barsanti
6 June 2017 12:47 PM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »
The pop veteran will write music and lyrics for a Broadway-bound stage musical adaptation of the 1988 Mike Nichols screen comedy, Working Girl, which starred Melanie Griffith as Tess McGill, a frustrated secretary from Staten Island trying to make inroads into the corporate business world. She takes advantage of the absence of her duplicitous boss, Katharine Parker (Sigourney Weaver), to put forward a merger deal, initially unaware that her »
- David Rooney
Telsey + Co. is casting the upcoming developmental lab for the highly anticipated stage adaptation of “Pretty Woman,” and will hold an Equity Chorus Call in New York City. The musical, which will feature direction and choreography by Tony Award winner Jerry Mitchell (“Kinky Boots”), seeks female performers ages 20–40s to fill out its ensemble. The team is casting actors of all ethnicities, who are able to single versatile styles. The call will be held at 10 a.m. on June 15 at Ripley-Grier Studios (520 8th Ave.). Auditioners should have 16 bars prepared of a pop/rock song which demonstrates range—no musical theater selections. Sheet music of your chosen song should be provided for the accompanist, as well as a copy of your photo-résumé, stapled together. The lab itself will run Sept. 11–Oct. 6. Pay will be $1,000/week. The fully-staged musical is aiming for the 2018–19 season to bow on Broadway. In addition to Mitchell, »
Argentinian actor Oscar Martinez will star in the family drama “Tu Me Manques” (“I Miss You”), which will be shot this summer in New York and Bolivia.
Martinez, who won the best actor award at the Venice Film Festival for “The Distinguished Citizen,” will play a wealthy man from Bolivia with old school values, who learns about his gay son’s recent suicide in the U.S. While browsing through the son’s computer, he strikes up a conversation by mistake with his son’s boyfriend. The subsequent heated exchange prompts him to travel to New York looking for answers.
Rodrigo Bellott is directing from his own screenplay, adapting from his play, which premiered in Bolivia in 2015. The project was developed while Bellott was a Fellow in Queer/Art/Mentorship, the artist support program founded by filmmaker Ira Sachs in 2011. The Broadway rights were optioned by “Kinky Boots” and “Hedwig and the Angry Inch »
- Dave McNary
If you’re reading this, I’d like to congratulate you on making it through ABC’s musical Dirty Dancing remake. I know the journey was perilous, so I intend to reward you handsomely for your courage.
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But I’m not technically here to review the movie. (For that, you can consult Kim Roots’ A+ write-up of this D- movie, in which she notes that ABC “wouldn’t know what made the original film special if it hit them in the pachanga. »
“Kinky Boots,” the 2013 Best Musical Tony Award winner, is holding New York City auditions for an upcoming nonunion touring production, and we have all the details you need to apply. Plus three more gigs seeking talent nationwide! “Kinky Boots” National Toura nonunion touring production of the Tony Award winning Best Musical “Kinky Boots” is casting. Auditions will be held by appointment in New York City on May 31 and June 1 for lead, supporting, and ensemble roles. The production will open Sept. 18, with hired talent contracted through May 13, 2018. Compensation will begin at $450/week, with per diem, travel, housing, and health insurance also provided. “Cracked”“Cracked,” a short film depicting a woman who “takes out the frustrations of her marriage onto her new neighbor,” is casting for a lead and supporting role. Production is slated for June 28–July 2 in Los Angeles. Hired talent will be paid $150/day, as well as provided meals and copy. »
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