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'Promises, Promises' Set For Broadway Next Spring

26 October 2009 11:03 AM, PDT | backstage.com | See recent Backstage news »

New York – Forget "Mad Men."The '60s will live again on Broadway next spring in a revival "Promises, Promises," the musical based on the Academy Award-winning movie "The Apartment."The musical will star Sean Hayes as an ambitious insurance company employee who lends his apartment to company executives for romantic flings and Kristin Chenoweth as his love interest.Producer John Gore said the production will open April 25, 2010, at the Broadway Theatre with preview performances beginning March 28."Promises, Promises" features a book by Neil Simon and a score by Burt Bacharach and Hal David. The musical will be directed and choreographed by Rob Ashford. Among its best known songs are "I'll Never Fall in Love Again," made popular by Dionne Warwick; "Knowing When to Leave" and the title tune.Hayes, who will be making his Broadway debut, is best known for playing Jack on the television series "Will & Grace." Chenoweth »

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Three New Clips From Tonight’s Episode of ‘Glee’

30 September 2009 1:30 PM, PDT | The Flickcast | See recent The Flickcast news »

Glee is one of the new shows this season that seems to keep turning heads on a consistent basis. The fact that it’s a musical show, and still able to incorporate comedy, romance, and a bit of an After School Special feel to it while still remaining popular each week in very impressive.

Tonight’s episode is entitled “The Rhodes Not Taken” in which special guest star Kristin Chenoweth plays April Rhodes, an old classmate of Will’s. Kristen is known on Broadway for her work in such performances as Wicked, and known in the TV community for her supporting role on ABC’s Pushing Daisies.

The show’s music has been doing exponentially better each week in sales. From a Fox Press release:

Columbia Records and Twentieth Century Fox Television today released select songs featured in this week’s episode of Glee, including show-stopping versions of “Maybe This Time »

- Matt Raub

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"Wizard Of Oz" 70Th Anniversary Celebration At Elf Island Gaming Web Site

11 September 2009 2:21 PM, PDT | Cinemaretro.com | See recent CinemaRetro news »

Cinema Retro has just received the following press release from Warner Brothers Home Video:

Atlanta, September 11, 2009 - Elf Island (www.elfisland.com), the virtual world where kids play games that cause good to happen in the real world, will transform its fantastical world, beginning today through the end of the year, to celebrate the 70th anniversary of the classic film The Wizard of Oz, through a partnership with Warner Bros. Consumer Products.

As part of the festivities at Elf Island, many favorite characters from The Wizard of Oz will come to virtual life in games, with exclusive features and activities for kids and parents to experience, including:

Outfitting your own elf as Dorothy, the Cowardly Lion, the Tin Man, the Scarecrow, the Wicked Witch, Glinda, Dorothy's Ruby Slippers, the Witch's hat, Munchkin hairstyles, and more. Choosing from more than a dozen digital items that include, the lion's metal of courage, »

- nospam@example.com (Cinema Retro)

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'Private Practice' Taye Diggs and Idina Menzel welcome Walter

3 September 2009 6:41 PM, PDT | Monsters and Critics | See recent Monsters and Critics news »

Wonderful news for Taye Diggs and Idina Menzel; they are the proud new parents of a baby boy. Broadway star and Tony winner (Wicked, 2004) Idina gave birth to their son, Walker Nathaniel Diggs, on Wednesday. .Mother, father and son are all doing well,. their publicist said in a statement. The couple met on the set of the original production of the Broadway musical .Rent. in 1996. They wed in 2003. Idina took the Tony-award for her role as Elphaba in .Wicked.. She has worked with her husband on the set of the Shonda Rhimes-produced ABC series, .Private Practice,. as a guest star this year. Idina in The Wizard and I »

- April MacIntyre

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American Idol's Gonna Be Wicked Good This Week

27 August 2009 3:30 PM, PDT | E! Online | See recent E! Online news »

Kristin Chenoweth knows what it takes to be "Popular." So, naturally, the wee Emmy nominee has been tapped to join the American Idol judges in sunny Orlando for this week's auditions. And you gotta love that synergy: Chenoweth, a classically trained vocalist who originated the role of good witch Glinda in Wicked, will be guest-starring this fall on the "Everybody sing!" dramedy Glee, which figures to have a happy home on Fox, the network that made singing competitions a really big deal again. The performer also scored her second straight Best Supporting Actress Emmy nomination this year for her role on the late, great Pushing Daisies. »

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Dakota Fanning to Star in "Wizard of Oz' Sequel? Why Not Just a Big Screen Version of "Wicked" the Musical?

23 August 2009 11:15 AM, PDT | Manny the Movie Guy | See recent Manny the Movie Guy news »

So Dakota Fanning is reportedly in talks to wear the magical ruby red slippers in a sequel being planned for "The Wizard of Oz."

The 15-year old actress is set to take the lead in a follow-up to the legendary 1939 movie starring Judy Garland.

The sequel is going to be called "Oz" (wait, isn't that the name of the groundbreaking HBO show?), and the film's producer, Basil Iwanyk revealed to WENN that: "It will be set in the present day and feature Dorothy's granddaughter."

Fanning, of course, will play Dorothy's granddaughter.

The original film, based on L. Frank Baum's book "The Wonderful Wizard of Oz" was a beloved movie which won a number of awards including the Academy Award for Best Original Song ("Over the Rainbow" awwwww).

Todd McFarlane of the "Spawn" franchise will be co-producing. He says, "You've still got Dorothy trapped in an odd place, but she's »

- Manny

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B'way Composer Takes Opera Turn

5 August 2009 11:24 PM, PDT | NYPost.com | See recent New York Post news »

Comes now a new original opera, "Séance on a Wet Afternoon," about a husband who plans to make his wife famous. Oscar and Grammy winner Stephen Schwartz of "Godspell," "Pippin," "Wicked," "The Magic Show," "Butterflies Are Free," never before composed an opera. So, why now?

"It came about because The Granada in Santa Barbara was commissioned to do this and a friend suggested me. I'm an aficionado," said Schwartz. "I've always entertained the idea of writing an opera. I actually »

- By CINDY ADAMS

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Imho "Oprah": A show on great dads includes "Wicked" author Gregory Maguire and family

14 April 2009 8:10 AM, PDT | The Backlot | See recent The Backlot news »

Yesterday's Oprah Winfrey Show focused on "Unconventional, Unforgettable Dads" with an episode that took a look at two single dads and a single mom as well as Wicked author Gregory Maguire and his husband, painter Andy Newman. It was a powerful inclusion from the Queen of Daytime, who treated Maguire and Newman's family not as a political subject, but just another family with a powerful story to tell.

You can check out the film that introduces the Maguire-Newman family to Oprah's audience at the show's website

Maguire and Newman's story was preceded by two single dads who had to deal with tragedy. The first, Larry Shine, lost his wife to cancer when their son was two and a half years old and went on to adopt eight more children over the next several years (it's been at least 16 years since his wife's death, judging from the age of his »

- LyleMasaki

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Garland Winners 2009

12 March 2009 1:59 AM, PDT | backstage.com | See recent Backstage news »

We delightedly announce the 2009 Garland Awards, voted on by the Southern California theatre critics of Back Stage. Congratulations to the recipients. Your work touched us, made us think, made us proud to support the bustling, vibrant, inventive community that is Southland theatre. The critics who voted are Paul Birchall, Jeff Favre, Hoyt Hilsman, Travis Holder, Wenzel Jones, Iris Mann, Eric Marchese, Dany Margolies, Dink O’Neal, Brad Schreiber, Madeleine Shaner, Les Spindle, Neal Weaver, and Jennie Webb. Collectively we saw hundreds of shows in 2008, whether we were reviewing or not. This is true devotion to theatre. Under our voting system, each Garland winner was named on at least three critics' Best of 2008 lists. Each critic listed up to five nominees for each category except performance, up to 10 nominees for performance in musical productions and 10 for straight plays. Lists, minus the winners, are here Critics List. This year we present two »

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Exclusive pics from Broadway's "Defying Inequality" concert

24 February 2009 5:47 PM, PST | The Backlot | See recent The Backlot news »

No doubt inspired by the heartfelt pro-gay marriage remarks of Milk’s Sean Penn and Dustin Lance Black at Sunday's Academy Awards ceremony, members of the Broadway community gathered at the Gershwin Theatre on Monday, February 23 for Defying Inequality, a celebrity benefit concert for equal rights for the Glbt community.

The show began with a live performance of Marc Shaiman’s Prop. 8: The Musical, the video version of which has become an Internet phenomenon.

In addition to such Broadway stars as Nathan Lane, Harvey Fierstein, David Hyde Pierce, and Jane Fonda (who is soon to open in 33 Variations), the standing room only event featured impassioned speeches and appearances by Cyndi Lauper, Carson Kressley, Judy Gold, political pundit Keith Olbermann, Ugly Betty stars Michael Urie and Mark Indelicato, and a host of other notables, as well as performances by the casts of a dozen Broadway shows.

Proceeds from the benefit »

- dennis

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Broadway Backwards 4 brings the gay!

10 February 2009 5:57 PM, PST | The Backlot | See recent The Backlot news »

The fourth annual “Broadway Backwards” concert benefiting New York’s Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Community Center raised the roof of the American Airlines theater on Monday, February 9. No surprise that the audience was packed; with such performers and presenters as Whoopi Goldberg, Mario Cantone, Alan Cumming, Cheyenne Jackson, Christopher Sieber, John Tartaglia, Michael Urie, and beloved Florence Henderson on hand, the show – in which well-known songs from Broadway musicals are presented in a new, gayer context – was really something else. Here are pics of this very special, one-night-only performance.

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Alan Cumming and the male ensemble got the show going with the production number “Rainbow High,” from Evita.

Comedy legend Anne Meara kvelled as Kirsten Wyatt joyously sang “I Met a Girl” from Bells are Ringing, backed by the full company.

Whoopi Goldberg and company offered an all-female version of “Gee, Officer Krupke” from West Side Story.

Aaron Lazar, who »

- dennis

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