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Interview: Husbands of the Stage Musical ‘The First Wives Club’

Chicago – Like the recent movie-to-stage-musical adaptations, “The Producers” and “Young Frankenstein,” Chicago has become the proving ground before a Broadway premiere. The latest is almost a no-brainer, “The First Wives Club,” adapted from the 1996 film that starred Bette Midler, Goldie Hawn and Diane Keaton.

The big news is that the original song writing team of Brian Holland, Lamont Dozier and Eddie Holland (Holland-Dozier-Holland) have reunited to write new music for the show, adding to their familiar hits “Stop in the Name of Love,” and “Reach Out I’ll Be There.” 22 new songs have been added to “The First Wives Club” stage musical, representing the first new output in years from the famous songwriting trio.

Seán Murphy Cullen, Mike McGowan and Gregg Edelman of the new musical, ‘First Wives Club’

Photo credit: First Wives Club The Musical

Portraying the threesome made famous in the film by Midler, Hawn and Keaton is Broadway baby Faith Prince,
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Few No. 1 Billboard Hits Win Big at the Oscars

By Anjelica Oswald

Managing Editor

From the 79 original songs on the Oscar shortlist, five were nominated a week ago on Jan. 15: “Everything Is Awesome” from The Lego Movie, “Glory” from Selma, “Grateful” from Beyond the Lights, “I’m Not Gonna Miss You” from Glen Campbell: I’ll Be Me and “Lost Stars” from Begin Again.

Following a recent trend, none of the nominees have made it to the top of the BIllboard Hot 100 chart, which tracks the success of singles by looking at radio play, online streaming and sales.

Following the announcement of the nominations, “Glory” made its debut at No. 25 on the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart dated Jan. 31 and is currently No. 92 on the Billboard Hot 100.

When “Everything Was Awesome” debuted in January 2014, the song debuted at No. 7 on the Dance/Electronic Songs chart and peaked at No. 57 on Billboard’s Hot 100.

“Lost Stars
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Mindy Newell: Reflection In A Dark Pool

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Through the mirror of my mind / Time after time, I see reflections of you and me / Reflections of the way life used to be / Reflections of the love you took from me • “Reflections,” by Lamont Dozier, Brian Holland, and Eddie Holland, recorded by Diana Ross and the Supremes, 1967, Motown Records

Like every other art form, comics – or more accurately, the creators of comics – reflect the times in which they live.

I started reading comics in the Silver Age, when superheroes were manufactured like products in factories, conveyed along conveyor belts of post-World War II American middle-class morality, which ensured that everything but the packaging was the same. Each hero kept their true nature hidden behind a pair of glasses, or a secretary’s typewriter, or a desk in a high school classroom. Each hero lived a lonely life, because to reveal their secret would only endanger their loved one. And
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New First Wives Club Musical Meets Chicago with Help from Motown Trio

A feature on First Wives Club musical's official blog details Broadway in Chicago's recent event to introduce the show at Chicago Playhouse. The evening featured a 'trio of musical legends' -- Eddie Holland pictured left, Lamont Dozier, and Brian Holland -- the Motown songwriting team behind the score for First Wives Club. Click Here to read the full report and check out photos from the event
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Broadway-Bound 'First Wives Club' Musical Sets Chicago Tryout

Broadway-Bound 'First Wives Club' Musical Sets Chicago Tryout
New York — The First Wives Club will convene in Chicago en route to Broadway in a new version penned by Designing Women writer Linda Bloodworth-Thomason and directed by Simon Phillips (Priscilla Queen of the Desert). The show features a score of new songs and classics by the celebrated Motown team of Brian Holland, Lamont Dozier and Eddie Holland. Based on the best-selling Olivia Goldsmith novel and the smash 1996 Paramount screen comedy that starred Goldie Hawn, Bette Midler and Diane Keaton, the musical centers on three middle-aged former college friends who reunite following a tragedy and

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Atlantic For Kids to Stage R&B Musical Mr. Chickee's Funny Money, 4/12-5/4

Atlantic Theater Company and Atlantic for Kids is tuning up to present the New York premiere of Mr. Chickee's Funny Money, an all-new, rhythm and blues family musical, featuring music and lyrics that groove to an original score by Motown legend Lamont Dozier hits include Stop in the Name of Love, Sugar Pie Honey Bun, How Sweet it Is, more and his son, Paris Dozier, with a book by David Ingber Major League Baseball Fan Cave, directed by Jade King Carroll Ma Rainey's Black Bottom, Portland Stage, and musical supervision by Brian Usifer Kinky Boots, Book of Mormon.
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Celebrity Birthdays This Week: Shia Labeouf, Mary Kate & Ashley And Eddie Cibrian Celebrate

June 10: Singer Shirley Alston Reeves of The Shirelles is 71. Actor Andrew Stevens is 57. Bassist Kim Deal of The Pixies and The Breeders is 51. Singer Maxi Priest is 51. Actress Gina Gershon is 50. Actress Jeanne Tripplehorn is 49. Drummer Jimmy Chamberlin (Smashing Pumpkins, Zwan) is 48. Actress Kate Flannery ("The Office") is 48. Model-actress Elizabeth Hurley is 47. Guitarist Joey Santiago of The Pixies is 47. Guitarist Emma Anderson (Lush) is 45. Country guitarist Brian Hofeldt of The Derailers is 45. Singer Mike Doughty (Soul Coughing) is 42. Singer JoJo of K-Ci and JoJo is 41. Singer Faith Evans is 39. Singer Lemisha Grinstead of 702 is 34. Actor DJ Qualls ("Hustle & Flow") is 34. Actor Shane West ("ER," "Now and Again") is 34. Singer Hoku is 31. Actress Leelee Sobieski is 30.

June 11: Actor Gene Wilder is 79. Actor Chad Everett is 75. Comedian Johnny Brown ("Laugh-In") is 75. Singer Joey Dee is 72. Actress Adrienne Barbeau ("Maude") is 67. Drummer Frank Beard of Zz Top is 63. Singer Donnie Van
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Cliff Richard to screen 'Soulicious' tour DVD in London

Cliff Richard to screen 'Soulicious' tour DVD in London
Cliff Richard has announced plans to attend a West End screening of his upcoming tour DVD. The singer will introduce a special viewing of Cliff Richard: The Soulicious Tour Live At The O2 at London's Odeon West End on November 15. The concert DVD was recorded during Cliff's 'Soulicious' arena tour, which featured 18 popular hits from his successful career. The shows also included a lineup of soul classics and brand new songs taken from his recent Soulicious duets album. On the DVD, Richard is joined on stage by soul stars including Marilyn McCoo and Billy Davis Jr, Lamont Dozier, Jaki Graham, James Ingram, Freda Payne and Percy Sledge. Talking about the duets, Richard said: "It's been a (more)
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World Premiere Info + David Gest Introduces a New Clip from Michael Jackson: The Life of an Icon

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We’ve just received information that the world premiere of the brand new Michael Jackson biopic, is set to take place right in here in London. To celebrate, we’ve been given this brand new clip from the movie which is introduced by legendary music Producer and friend to the Jackson family, David Gest.

Following the announcement, we get to see a new clip from the movie entitled He Went to a New Level which I’ve placed in the video embedded below. When you see the clip you just scratch the surface of the impact that he made on the world. I was astonished at some of the clips seeing just a few of the people he met.

I’ve also placed the press release that we have been sent with full details on the World Premiere which is set to take place on November 2nd 2011 at the Empire Leicester Square.
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David Gest turned down Britain’s Got Talent for Grease is the Word

David Gest has admitted that he made the biggest mistake of his career, when he turned down the chance to judge on Britain’s Got Talent.

The music producer – who was famously close friends with the late Michael Jackson – was offered a lucrative TV deal from Simon Cowell back in 2007 and opted to join the panel of flop TV show ‘Grease is the Word’ (alongside Sinitta and Brian Friedman) instead of the massive franchise that it Britain’s Got Talent.

He admits now that he made the “wrong” decision and chose the wrong show when Cowell gave him the choice.

He exclusively told Bang Showbiz: I did ‘Grease is the Word’ and ‘Soapstar Superstar’. Simon signed me on a very lucrative deal. He gave me a choice between ‘Grease is the Word’, which was four months or one week on a little show called ‘Britain’s Got Talent’. I picked the wrong one.
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Timothy Busfield May Lose His House

Actor Timothy Busfield is facing a fight to keep his California home after failing to maintain the repayments on the property. The former "West Wing" star reportedly owes $1.25 million to his bank in relation to his Malibu mansion, according to legal documents filed with the California Recorder's Office.

The papers show Busfield's bank extended a foreclosure deadline in September and again earlier this month. But if Busfield fails to settle his bill, the property will be auctioned off in January 2011, according to TMZ.com.

Timothy Busfield is not the only star who is facing financial problems. Actor Cary Elwes is in trouble with U.S. tax officials after allegedly failing to hand over more than $68,000 in back payments. The "Princess Bride" star and his wife Lisa were hit with a tax lien by bosses at America's Internal Revenue Service (IRS) in September. The papers, filed at the Los Angeles County
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Mary Wilson’s new album has “a lot to say about life”

By Marilyn Beck and Stacy Jenel Smith

HollywoodNews.com: Mary Wilson reports that the album of all-new material she’s been working on– with songs by Brian and Eddie Holland and Lamont Dozier — will be out “within a couple of months.

“We haven’t decided on a name yet. It has something to do with my journey in life. It has a lot to say about life,” says the songstress who rose to fame as one of Motown’s legendary Supremes – who, of course, were hit-making giants thanks to songs turned out by Holland-Dozier-Holland.

Mary’s new album is “more adult contemporary,” she says. “It was originally supposed to come out this month, but it isn’t quite there yet. Of course, there’s no radio to play new music these days. There’s the internet and, well, we’ll figure out something.”

Right now, Mary’s busy with her “Up Close” shows,
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Photo Flash: Sam Harris in The First Wives Club

The First Wives Club - A New Musical has extend its run by an additional week due to popular demand. The Broadway-bound musical features a book by Tony Award winner Rupert Holmes and a score by Brian Holland, Lamont Dozier and Eddie Holland. Directed by Francesca Zambello with choreography by Lisa Stevens and music direction by Ron Melrose, The First Wives Club will now run through Aug. 30.
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The First Wives Club Extends at the Old Globe Thru 8/30

The First Wives Club - A New Musical will extend its run by an additional week due to popular demand. The Broadway-bound musical features a book by Tony Award winner Rupert Holmes and a score by Brian Holland, Lamont Dozier and Eddie Holland. Directed by Francesca Zambello with choreography by Lisa Stevens and music direction by Ron Melrose, The First Wives Club will now run through Aug. 30.
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Songwriting Team Holland-Dozier-Holland To Receive Johnny Mercer Award 6/18

The legendary songwriting team of Holland-Dozier-Holland will receive the prestigious Johnny Mercer Award on Thursday, June 18 at a ceremony at the Marriott Marquis Hotel in New York City. This is a busy and celebratory year for Brian Holland, Lamont Dozier and Eddie Holland, as they have reunited for the first and only time to write the score for the Broadway-bound musical, The First Wives Club-A New Musical, which will be presented at the Old Globe Theatre in San Diego July 17 through August 23, 2009, with an official opening on July 31.
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Gasteyer, Carmello, Lenox, Dossett, Oscar, Fitzgerald White, Harris & Chase Make Up Starry First Wives Club Reading Cast

An all-star cast of Ana Gasteyer (Wicked, "Saturday Night Live"), Carolee Carmello (Mamma, Mia!, Parade), Tony? Award-winner Adriane Lenox (Doubt, Caroline, Or Change), Brad Oscar (The Producers, Jekyll & Hyde), Alton Fitzgerald White (The Lion King, Ragtime), John Dossett (The Constant Wife, Gypsy), Sam Harris (The Producers, The Life) and Sara Chase (Godspell at Paper Mill Playhouse) will star in a reading of the eagerly anticipated Broadway-bound musical First Wives Club this Monday, February 2 in New York City. First Wives Club will have its premiere at the Old Globe Theatre in San Diego July 15 through August 23, 2009. The cast for the fully staged production will be announced soon. First Wives Club marks the once-in-a-lifetime reunion of the famous Motown songwriting trio Holland-Dozier-Holland (Brian Holland, Lamont Dozier and Eddie Holland), who created such monumental hits as "Where Did Our Love Go?," "Baby Love" and "Stop! In The Name of Love" for The Supremes
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Motown Legends Join The First Wives Club For Stage Musical

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Motown Legends Join The First Wives Club For Stage Musical
Goldie Hawn, Diane Keaton and Bette Midler's 1996 buddy movie First Wives Club is set to become the latest film to hit the stage as a musical, thanks to Motown's biggest hitmakers.

Rock + Roll Hall of Fame inductees and Motown legends Brian and Eddie Holland and Lamont Dozier are working on an original score for the stage spectacular - which is scheduled to debut in San Diego, California next summer - on its way to a Broadway run.

Holland-Dozier-Holland are responsible for some of the soul world's biggest hits - they penned tunes for The Supremes and the Four Tops, among others.

Both the 1996 movie and the new musical are adaptations of Olivia Goldsmith's novel.

Stone: 'I'd Give Up Music For Love'

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British soul singer Joss Stone would quit the music industry to be with her man if she was faced with an ultimatum.

The unlucky in love Spoiled singer insists she would abandon her career for a "solid relationship" following the heartbreak she suffered when her stormy romance with Beau Dozier, son of Motown producer Lamont Dozier, ended.

The 20-year-old's relationship with the singer/songwriter, who she met when she was just 16, ended after 18 months - and although she claimed they were in love at the time, she now admits the romance was just "infatuation".

She says, "You know what? I'd give up fame tomorrow for a solid relationship.

"Looking back now, I wonder if it really was love between Beau and me. I think it must have been deep infatuation based on lust."

RIAA to sue people who put music on P2P nets

RIAA to sue people who put music on P2P nets
People who share music files over the Internet will start facing the legal music as the recording industry said Wednesday that it will begin suing individuals who make sound recordings available on peer-to-peer networks. The RIAA, a coalition of musicians and performance guilds, plans to start gathering evidence today from alleged illegal Internet copyright pirates for use in lawsuits against individuals. Wednesday's announcement signals an escalation of the recording industry's attempts to stem the tide of music piracy that they say has decimated the industry. Lawsuits seeking damages will likely be filed in six to eight weeks. "The law is clear, and the message to those who are distributing substantial quantities of music online should be equally clear -- this activity is illegal, you are not anonymous when you do it, and engaging in it can have real consequences," RIAA president Cary Sherman said. "We'd much rather spend time making music than dealing with legal issues in courtrooms, but we cannot stand by while piracy takes a devastating toll on artists, musicians, songwriters, retailers and everyone in the music industry." Songwriter Lamont Dozier said the industry was forced to take the unprecedented step of attacking people who are their most likely customers because peer-to-peer piracy was destroying his ability to make a living. "Online music piracy through illegal file-sharing is killing the business as we know it today, and songwriters like myself won't be able to write the songs if there's no way for us to make a living," he said. "It's the only job I know how to do. If you love your music, please love the people who are creating it for you."

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