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Movie Poster of the Week: “They Shoot Horses, Don’t They?”

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Desperate times call for desperate movies, and there are few movies that express genuine desperation better than Sydney Pollack’s 1969 dance-marathon melodrama They Shoot Horses, Don’t They? Released for the first time on Blu-ray last week, Horses was a film that made a big impression on me as a teenager. Partly it was that ominous title (which I first heard when Welsh rock band Racing Cars had a 1977 top 20 hit with a song with the same name) and partly it was the indelible concept: in Depression-era America crowds paid to watch couples dance for days on end in the hope of winning a cash prize for the last man and woman standing (a concept fascinatingly re-worked in the 1997 documentary Hands on a Hard Body). Nominated for nine Oscars (it holds the record for the film with the most nominations without a Best Picture nod), They Shoot Horses, Don’t They?
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Broadwaysted, Bright Star's Aj Shively Play 'Lights of Broadway Against Humanity,' More

Play along as Aj Shively Broadway's Bright Star joins Bryan, Kevin, amp Kimberly for some whiskey, prosecco, broadway talk, theatre games, bad puns, more whiskey, and July 4th America talk. They play Lights of Broadway Against Humanity, Dirty Hands On a Hard Body Randy, and America's Playlist. Aj and Bryan start a movement to 'Bring Back Big,' we talk E.T., and so much more
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Adrienne Warren, Cast of Hands On A Hardbody and More Join Lilly Awards' Broadway Cabaret at Birdland, 11/10

Additional Performers have been added to The Lilly Awards Broadway Cabaret including Adrienne Warren Bring It On, Sydney Lucas Fun Home, David Beach, Adam Guettel, Brooks Ashmanskas and original Broadway cast members Keala Settle, Alison Case, Jay Armstrong Johnson, Kathleen Monteleone, Jim Newman and Dale Soules joining Amanda Green singing a song from her show Hands on a Hard Body.
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Photo Flash: Marisha Wallace, Brian Craft, Rachel Lorin and More in Broadway Sings For The Trevor Project at Metropolitan Room

On Monday, August 4th, Broadway Sings for The Trevor Project was held at Metropolitan Room. Scroll down for photos featuring performers Marisha Wallace Disney's Aladdin, Brian Craft Avenue Q, Revival of Lmpc, Rachel Lorin Recording Artist, Star of Oxygen's The Next Big Thing, Brian Detlefs Trails the Musical, Ashton Foster You're Really Not Helping, Gavin Rohrer Revival of Lmpc, John Ryan Del Bosque Tuts Hands on a Hard Body, Megan Fulmer Shrek The Musical National Tour, Kimberly Abrams The Rat Pack Undead and Stephen Michael Jones. The evening was emceed by Elizabeth James and Terra Grenade.
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Anika Larsen, Michael Mindlin, Courtney Reed & More Set for Dare To Go Beyond Camp

Over a dozen noted Broadway performers including Tony Award-nominee Anika Larsen Beautiful The Carole King Musical, Michael Mindlin Aladdin, Courtney Reed Aladdin, Jon Rua In The Heights, Hands on a Hard Body, Rickey Tripp Motown, Vince Oddo Rocky, Luis Salgado Rocky and Gabriela Garcia Chicago, among others, will donate their time and knowledge as teaching artists at the 7th Annual Dare to Go Beyond D2GB Children's Performing Arts Camp, hosted by R.Evolucion Latina Rl.
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Anika Larsen, Courtney Reed, Jon Rua & More to Teach at D2GB Children's Summer Camp

Over a dozen noted Broadway performers including Tony Award-nominee Anika Larsen Beautiful The Carole King Musical, Michael Mindlin Aladdin, Courtney Reed Aladdin, Jon Rua In The Heights, Hands on a Hard Body, Rickey Tripp Motown, Vince Oddo Rocky, Luis Salgado Rocky and Gabriela Garcia Chicago, among others, will donate their time and knowledge as teaching artists at the 7th Annual Dare to Go Beyond D2GB Children's Performing Arts Camp, hosted by R.Evolucion Latina Rl.
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Keala Settle, Julia Murney & More Set for Broadway Against Bullying Benefit Today

Cast members from some of Broadway's biggest hit musicals, including Pippin, Wicked, Jersey Boys, Hairspray, Priscilla Queen of the Desert, American Idiot, Peter and the Starcatcher, and Hands on a Hard Body, will come together for Broadway Against Bullying - a one-night-only holiday cabaret benefitting No Bully and their efforts to bring innovative, sustainable solutions to bullying, harassment and violence in schools - today, December 2 at 7 p.m. at Club Fugazi home of Steve Silver's Beach Blanket Babylon in San Francisco. Tickets are 75 for general admission seats. A limited number of premium tickets are available for 150 and include reserved seats, tickets to a post-performance dessert reception at North Beach's famed Rose Pistola with the cast and a VIP gift bag. To purchase tickets, visit www.bab2013.eventbrite.com or call the Beach Blanket Babylon Box Office at415.421.4222.
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Rebecca Naomi Jones, Keala Settle, Julia Murney & More Set for Broadway Against Bullying Benefit, 12/2

Cast members from some of Broadway's biggest hit musicals, including Pippin, Wicked, Jersey Boys, Hairspray, Priscilla Queen of the Desert, American Idiot, Peter and the Starcatcher, and Hands on a Hard Body, will come together for Broadway Against Bullying - a one-night-only holiday cabaret benefitting No Bully and their efforts to bring innovative, sustainable solutions to bullying, harassment and violence in schools - on Monday, December 2 at 7 p.m. at Club Fugazi home of Steve Silver's Beach Blanket Babylon in San Francisco. Tickets are 75 for general admission seats. A limited number of premium tickets are available for 150 and include reserved seats, tickets to a post-performance dessert reception at North Beach's famed Rose Pistola with the cast and a VIP gift bag. To purchase tickets, visit www.bab2013.eventbrite.com or call the Beach Blanket Babylon Box Office at415.421.4222.
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InDepth InterView: Amanda Green Talks Birdland Show, Hands On A Hardbody, Bring It On!, Broadway Memories & More

Today we are talking to uniquely compelling composer and lyricist known for her urbane wit and contemporary sensibility, having contributed music and lyrics to the recent Broadway musicals High Fidelity, Bring It On and Hands On A Hard Body as well as penning many other original musicals and unique standalone songs over the course of her career, Amanda Green. Discussing her famous musical theatre lineage - her father was legendary theatrical icon Adolph Green and her mother is famous actress Phyllis Newman - and sharing stories from her youth, Green sheds some light on her familial profession of choice and details the finer points of her own songwriting process, particularly insofar as it pertains to her two recent major musicals seen in New York. On that note, Green offers the 411 on the creative process in composing both the rappop-infused, high-school-set Bring It On alongside collaborators Tom Kitt and Lin-Manuel Miranda
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New Work by Broadway's John Selya, Brooke Wendle and More Set for BC Beat at Cielo, 5/6

As a catalyst for professional development between choreographers, directors, producers and creative team members, BC Beat provides a platform for curious and innovative theatrical choreographers to share story driven work in an inspired environment of heightened energy and intimate support. In just two years since its premiere in the spring of 2011, BC Beat has created a family of 32 choreographers, each with a unique tie to Broadway and a dedication to developing theatrical work, including Stephen Hoggett choreographer of Tony Award winning Once, Camille A. Brown Camille A. Brown amp Dancers, Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, Al Blackstone Capezio Award Winning Choreographer, Jon Rua Assistant Choreographer In the Heights, Bring It On the Musical, Hands on a Hard Body, Cherice Barton Associate Choreographer of Spiderman, and Richard Hinds Associate Director of Newsies.
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'Hands on a Hardbody' to Close on Broadway

'Hands on a Hardbody' to Close on Broadway
"Hands on a Hardbody," a new musical about a punishing contest to win a truck, will close its Broadway run on Saturday, producers said. The show is one of the first big casualties of a packed theatrical season that has seen strong ticket sales for star-driven shows like Tom Hanks' "Lucky Guy" and heavy anticipation for upcoming musicals like the West End transplant, "Matilda." It demonstrates once again how inhospitable Broadway can be to shows that arrive without much brand recognition or star power. The biggest name in this production was
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Slackery News Tidbits: April 1, 2013

Here's the latest in Austin and Texas film news -- no April Fooling here.

The 16th Annual Cine Las Americas International Film Festival has announced its opening and closing-night movies. Blancanieves will open the festival April 16 at the Stateside Theatre. The drama, a twist on the Snow White fairy tale that centers on a female bullfighter in 1920s Seville, was chosen by Spain as its Foreign Language Film Academy Awards nominee in 2012. 7 Cajas (7 Boxes), about a boy's journey transporting unknown cargo, will close the festival April 21, also at Stateside. In celebration of April Fools' Day, the Austin Film Festival will screen the fest's 2012 audience award-winning comedy Junk at 7 pm at Alamo Drafthouse Village as part of its Best of Fest series. Junk follows two B-movie co-writers through their film's festival debut.Ryan Long, former Austin Film Society programs and operations manager, has been named director of programming at Tugg, Austin 360 reports.
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Hands on a Hard Body Director S.R. Bindler On His Documentary’s Unlikely Broadway Adaptation

An odd, homemade blend of Garrison Keillor and Jackass, as filtered through an early Errol Morris-like lens, S.R. Bindler’s 1997 documentary Hands on a Hard Body is now having one of the most unexpected independent film second lives ever. Hands on a Hard Body the film has led to Hands on a Hardbody the Broadway musical, starring Keith Carradine, directed by Neil Pepe, with a book by Pulitzer-Prize winner Doug Wright and a score by Phish’s Trey Anastasio and Amanda Green. It opened at the Brooks Atkinson Theater last week, and Charles Isherwood wrote in the New York Times, “…this …
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Theater Review: Hands on a Hardbody

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Theater Review: Hands on a Hardbody
One kind of source material rarely exploited for musicals is the documentary. I’m not looking forward to a singing version of Capturing the Friedmans. But Doug Wright (who pulled off the trick with Grey Gardens) must like the grit and rhythm of real-life drama. His adaptation of the 1997 film Hands on a Hard Body into a musical of almost the same name (The last two words have mysteriously become one) features tough times, moral uplift, and alt-country songs by musical-theater royalty Amanda Green and Trey Anastasio of Phish.The story is vastly and smartly tightened; instead of giving us two dozen Texans competing in an endurance contest to win an Aztec-red Nissan (quite unsexy, but it gets entrance applause), the musical focuses on ten. Each struggles to keep a paw on the prize; the last to drop from exhaustion or dementia after several days will go home with the keys.
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Phish frontman Trey Anastasio on his new Broadway show, 'Hands on a Hardbody' -- Exclusive Video

Phish frontman Trey Anastasio on his new Broadway show, 'Hands on a Hardbody' -- Exclusive Video
A new musical about a car dealership contest in Texas might not be what you would expect from Phish frontman Trey Anastasio. In Hands on a Hardbody, there are no 15 minute guitar-heavy, lyrics-free, pot-fueled run-on jams, just a collection of stories about the people competing in a small town contest to win a pickup truck, focusing on 10 characters with their hands firmly fixed on the Nissan in question. Below, Anastasio and lyricist/co-composer Amanda Green (Bring It On: The Musical) discuss the show, which opens on Broadway this Thursday, and preview some of the songs from the new musical.

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Slackery News Tidbits: March 4, 2013

Here's the latest in Austin and Texas film news.

Factory 25 has acquired David and Nathan Zellner's awardwinning feature Kid-Thing (Don's review), according to The Hollywood Reporter. The movie, about a mischief-making 10-year-old girl in East Texas who stumbles on a mysterious abandoned well in the woods, will be released theatrically in New York on May 24, followed by a nationwide tour through the early summer. The Brooklyn-based distributor has scheduled a digital release via VOD and iTunes, among other outlets, on May 24 as well.SXSW has been chosen as an Academy Award-qualifying festival in the Documentary Short Subject category. This means that recipients of the Documentary Short Film award at this year's SXSW Film Festival will qualify for consideration in the Academy Awards' Documentary Short Subject category without the standard theatrical run, provided the film complies with Academy rules.Fans of the 1997 long-lost documentary Hands on a Hard Body will
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Alexander Sage Oyen Brings Drafts to 54 Below Tonight

Hot off the release of his new album, 'Drafts Volume One,' composer Alexander Sage Oyen is bringing his songs to 54 Below tonight, January 19th Joining Oyen at the 11Pm concert will be Derek Klena Dogfight, Ben Fankhauser Newsies, Taylor Trensch Bare, Matilda, Emma Hunton Rent, Spring Awakening, Alex Brightman Wicked, Glory Days, Corey Mach Hands on a Hard Body, Godspell, Remy Zaken Spring Awakening, Matt DeAngelis Hair, American Idiot, Andrew Kober Hair, Kennedy Caughell American Idiot, Noah Galvin The Great American Mousical, Michael McCorry Rose Wicked, Lois Sage John Bucchino's Grateful album, Drew Gasparini composer, Smash, Jessica Kent, ElAnna White, Noah Zachary, Max Chernin, and Dan Housek.
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Alexander Sage Oyen to Bring Drafts to 54 Below, 1/19

Hot off the release of his new album, 'Drafts Volume One,' composer Alexander Sage Oyen is bringing his songs to 54 Below on Saturday, January 19th Joining Oyen at the 11Pm concert will be Derek Klena Dogfight, Ben Fankhauser Newsies, Taylor Trensch Bare, Matilda, Emma Hunton Rent, Spring Awakening, Alex Brightman Wicked, Glory Days, Corey Mach Hands on a Hard Body, Godspell, Remy Zaken Spring Awakening, Matt DeAngelis Hair, American Idiot, Andrew Kober Hair, Kennedy Caughell American Idiot, Noah Galvin The Great American Mousical, Michael McCorry Rose Wicked, Lois Sage John Bucchino's Grateful album, Drew Gasparini composer, Smash, Jessica Kent, Elanna White, Noah Zachary, Max Chernin, and Dan Housek.
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'Hands on a Hard Body' to Touch Down on Broadway

'Hands on a Hard Body' to Touch Down on Broadway
Hands on a Hard Body, the new musical based on S.R. Bindler's award-winning 1997 documentary about an endurance competition organized by a Texas car dealership, has secured a Broadway berth, beginning previews Feb. 23 for a March 21 opening at the Brooks Atkinson Theatre. The show had its world premiere early this summer at La Jolla Playhouse in San Diego. Doug Wright, a Pulitzer and Tony winner for his 2004 solo play I Am My Own Wife, penned the book for the musical, while Trey Anastasio of prog-rock band Phish wrote the music, with lyrics by Amanda

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A New Broadway Season, A New Set of Tony Hopefuls

By Sam Negin

Theater Editor & Columnist

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A new Broadway season is about to begin and, with it, new life has been brought to my posts. After over 900 posts, 50 comments, over 325 Tony nominees and over 75 winners in the two-and-a-half years I blogged independently about the Tony Awards, I am proud to be joining the team at ScottFeinberg.com.

Without any further ado, I would like to begin with a look ahead at the Broadway shows that will be coming up this year. I have made this list as comprehensive as I could given what information is available but, as is often the case, there is much more data available right now about the fall season (September through the winter holidays) than the spring season (Christmas through the Tony Awards in June) on Broadway. I will update this post with more details as information becomes available.

The list of shows we expect to see this year,
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