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The Silver Screen Meets The Great White Way

Kayti Burt Oct 11, 2018

From Mean Girls to Waitress, there’s a symbiotic relationship between film and musical theater.

This article originally appeared in Den of Geek's New York Comic Con magazine...

The Lion King musical has made more than $8 billion dollars for The House of Mouse in its 21-year run on Broadway. While most film-to-stage productions will never see this kind of success, over the past two decades, movie studios have become increasingly invested in developing stage productions based on their already-existing catalogues of cinematic content.

“People often incorrectly assume that movies have more potential to make money than live stage productions,” says Marisa Sechrest, who works as Paramount Pictures’ live stage representative. “While the revenue from a movie is generally more of a bell curve, a successful live show can run for decades with multiple productions running simultaneously in different markets worldwide.”

This is where someone like Sechrest comes in,
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This Is How Close Lady Gaga Is to Earning Egot Status

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This Is How Close Lady Gaga Is to Earning Egot Status
The Oscar buzz around A Star Is Born just keeps growing. In particular, it seems pretty safe to say that Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper will be nominated - and probably front runners - for multiple awards. This wouldn't be Gaga's first Oscar nomination, though: she was nominated for best original song in 2016 for "Till It Happens To You," featured in the documentary The Hunting Ground about sexual assault on college campuses. If Gaga does win an Oscar this year, it would bring her one step closer to the ultimate goal: an Egot, or a collection that includes an Emmy, Grammy, Oscar, and Tony. How close is she already?

Although it seems like Gaga has won a ton of awards already, she's actually still a ways away from the Egot designation. The vast majority of Gaga's awards are from the music industry, including six Grammys. She does have a Golden
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Matt Lauer's Wife Annette Roque Kicks Him Out Of The House As Divorce Looms

Disgraced Today show co-host Matt Lauer's marriage is falling apart nearly one year after he was fired from NBC amid his sexual misconduct scandal. Sources revealed to In Touch that Matt's wife Annette Roque is finally kicking him out of their marital home as they are still in the midst of divorce proceedings. "Annette officially kicked Matt out of the house. They were both staying in separate wings of the Sag Harbor, [NY] home where they were living in with the kids. This was their arrangement ever since Matt had been fired from the Today show," the insider revealed to In Touch. "But Annette finally gave Matt a deadline, and told him that he had to be out of the house by the day the kids start school. So he's out." (Photo Credit: Getty Images) Even though Matt, 60, is no longer welcome in their family's home, sources say he didn't go very far.
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This Is How Close Lady Gaga Is to Earning Egot Status

The Oscar buzz around A Star Is Born just keeps growing. In particular, it seems pretty safe to say that Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper will be nominated - and probably front runners - for multiple awards. This wouldn't be Gaga's first Oscar nomination, though: she was nominated for best original song in 2016 for "Till It Happens To You," featured in the documentary The Hunting Ground about sexual assault on college campuses. If Gaga does win an Oscar this year, it would bring her one step closer to the ultimate goal: an Egot, or a collection that includes an Emmy, Grammy, Oscar, and Tony. How close is she already?

Although it seems like Gaga has won a ton of awards already, she's actually still a ways away from the Egot designation. The vast majority of Gaga's awards are from the music industry, including six Grammys. She does have a Golden
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Al Roker Travels From 'Today' To Broadway For Debut Role In 'Waitress'

After playing the role of the weatherman on NBC's Today for so many years, Al Roker has decided to stretch his wings and has soared to Broadway for the role of Old Joe, owner of the pie diner, in the critically acclaimed musical, Waitress, replacing Bill Nolte until Nov. 11. "It's kind of like what we do on the Today show, in that it's an ensemble. It's a family," Al, 64, pointed out to Playbill. "And this is me trying something new for the first time, so you don't know what to expect. I guess that's what I'm most looking forward to: finding out what this is going to be like. Because right now, I don't know." View this post on Instagram Last night is still a blur, but a wonderful experience appearing in @waitressmusical thinking about my Mom and how tickled she would’ve been, loving #broadway #musicals the way
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Waitress International Premiere Announces Full Cast

Atlantis Theatrical Entertainment Group has announced the full cast of the international premiere of the Tony-nominated musical Waitress. The show, which continues to run on Broadway and will open in London's West End next year, features music and lyrics from six-time Grammy nominee Sara Bareilles, and will open on November 9, 2018, at the Carols P. Romulo Auditorium, Rcbc Plaza in Manila.
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Wme Hires Emma Feiwel As Theater Agent

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Emma Feiwel is returning to Wme, joining as an agent in the theater department. She had launched her career at the agency in 2012 and most recently had been in UTA’s theater department. She will be based in Wme’s New York office.

She joins a team that reps some of Broadway’s biggest shows including Hamilton and The Book of Mormon. The list also includes the current hit Mean Girls as well as Dear Evan Hansen and upcoming productions Beetlejuice, Moulin Rouge, Network and Jagged Little Pill.

Before UTA, Feiwel worked as part of the production team behind the Broadway show Waitress.
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Back to One Podcast, Episode 24: Nicolette Robinson

When Nicolette Robinson made her Broadway debut in September, taking over the lead role of Jenna in Waitress, she was not just fond of Sara Bareilles’ hit musical, she had been listening to the cast album cathartically as she went through emotional ups and downs in her own life. This might be part of why I found her “Jenna” so connected to the material, so alive. We talk about what led up to that Broadway debut night, stepping through the complex engulfing that is Hamilton (her husband Leslie Odom Jr. won a Tony for the musical), and what her inner […]
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Back to One Podcast, Episode 24: Nicolette Robinson

When Nicolette Robinson made her Broadway debut in September, taking over the lead role of Jenna in Waitress, she was not just fond of Sara Bareilles’ hit musical, she had been listening to the cast album cathartically as she went through emotional ups and downs in her own life. This might be part of why I found her “Jenna” so connected to the material, so alive. We talk about what led up to that Broadway debut night, stepping through the complex engulfing that is Hamilton (her husband Leslie Odom Jr. won a Tony for the musical), and what her inner […]
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Patina Miller, Betsy Wolfe & More Will Join Erich Bergen at Sony Hall

Actor and SingerSongwriter Erich Bergen, best known as Blake Moran on the hit CBS drama Madam Secretary recently renewed for its 5th season, will be performing live at the recently unveiled music venue, Sony Hall, in New York City on Sunday, September 30th, 2018, at 730pm. Doors open at 6pm. Special guest stars just announced are Patina Miller Tony winning star of Pippin and Sister Act, Madam Secretary, Mark Ballas star of Kinky Boots and Emmy nominated star of Dancing With The Stars, Betsy Wolfe star of the Sara Bareilles musical, Waitress and Bullets Over Broadway.
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‘Almost Famous’ Set for Stage Musical Adaptation, Complete With Cameron Crowe-Penned Book and Lyrics

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‘Almost Famous’ Set for Stage Musical Adaptation, Complete With Cameron Crowe-Penned Book and Lyrics
It digs…musicals. Deadline reports that Cameron Crowe’s Oscar-nominated semi-autobiographical 2000 film “Almost Famous” is heading to the stage, care of a brand new stage musical adaptation. Details are currently slim, but the ne project will be produced by Lia Vollack on behalf of Columbia Live Stage, Joey Parnes, Sue Wagner, and John Johnson. Crowe himself will write the book for the musical, with music coming from Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award winner Tom Kitt, with lyrics by Kitt and Crowe. It’s set to be directed by English theatre director and artistic director of Headlong Theatre Jeremy Herrin.

Crowe’s film starred Billy Crudup, Patrick Fugit, Kate Hudson, Frances McDormand, and Philip Seymour Hoffman. Then-teen actor Fugit was cast as the plucky William Miller, a young journalist who bluffs his way into following around his favorite band on tour and writing about the experience for Rolling Stone. The film
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‘Black Panther’ Heads to the West End + More Regional Theater News

You don’t have to be a Broadway baby to scratch your onstage acting itch. In fact, all around the country—and outside of it—there are bustling theater communities producing works so vibrant they’d have Edward Albee rolling over in his grave. Want in on that action? You’d be wise to know the ins and outs of industry happenings, and this is a good place to start: From across the pond and back again, here is the week’s biggest regional theater news. Wakanda heads to the West End.Wakanda forever, indeed. Letitia Wright and Danai Gurira, who both starred in the massive hit “Black Panther,” will re-team for a stage project. “The Convert,” written by Gurira (who will not appear in the piece onstage), will star Wright and begin performances Dec. 7 at the Young Vic in London. The piece, set in 1896 Zimbabwe, will play a limited engagement through Jan.
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Katharine McPhee Zings ‘American Idol’ Taylor Hicks in Get-Out-the-Vote Message

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Katharine McPhee Zings ‘American Idol’ Taylor Hicks in Get-Out-the-Vote Message
American Idol” Season 5 runner-up Katharine McPhee has a message for fans: elections have consequences.

To prove her point, McPhee tweeted a photo of herself and “Idol” winner Taylor Hicks on the night she lost to the strong voting bloc of the Soul Patrol.

“Voting matters. Register here,” McPhee wrote as a caption with the hashtag “#midterms2018.”

Hicks shot right back on Twitter, writing, “You’re right, voting Does matter! But you’re a little late to the party, Kat.” His tweet included a link to a pro-voter registration PSA video in which he appears, that was posted five months ago on Facebook.

voting matters register here: https://t.co/1QdiNXD9Rk #midterms2018 pic.twitter.com/5VrozgR8ab

Kat McPhee (@katharinemcphee) August 28, 2018

Since the two competed on “Idol” in 2006, both Hicks and McPhee have transitioned to areas of entertainment beyond music.

McPhee has had acting roles on NBC’s “Smash,” the CBS show “Scorpion,
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‘Waitress’ Will Set Up Shop in London + More Regional Theater News

You don’t have to be a Broadway baby to scratch your onstage acting itch. In fact, all around the country—and outside of it—there are bustling theater communities producing works so vibrant they’d have Edward Albee rolling over in his grave. Want in on that action? You’d be wise to know the ins and outs of industry happenings, and this is a good place to start: From across the pond and back again, here is the week’s biggest regional theater news. The U.K. will see what baking can do.Fresh from the oven, Broadway’s hit musical “Waitress” will have its U.K. premiere this coming spring. Debuting at the West End’s Adelphi Theatre in February 2019, the production will announce casting and official dates imminently. Featuring a book by Jessie Nelson and score by Sara Bareilles, the tuner is based on the film
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New music on the way from Sara Bareilles? The Tony, Grammy and Emmy nominee is working on a new album

New music on the way from Sara Bareilles? The Tony, Grammy and Emmy nominee is working on a new album
This summer has been good to singer-songwriter-actress Sara Bareilles, who hosted the Tony Awards with Josh Groban in June and then earned an Emmy nomination for “Jesus Christ Superstar” in July. But as she sang at the Tonys with Groban, she has never actually won a major industry award. It’s been a while since her last new album, but on August 22 she revealed on Twitter that she’s working on a new album (see the tweet at the bottom of this post), so maybe her absence will have made Grammy hearts grow fonder.

Bareilles’s breakthrough was as a recording artist. Her single “Love Song” earned her a pair of Grammy noms in 2009: Song of the Year and Best Female Pop Vocal. Then in 2011 she returned to the Female Pop Vocal race with her song “King of Anything.” In 2014 she earned yet another bid for Best Pop Solo Performance for “Brave,
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Broadway’s ‘Waitress’ To Serve Up London Production; Casting Not Announced

Broadway hit Waitress will make its London bow next spring, producers announced today, with performances beginning February at the Adelphi Theatre on the West End.

Casting was not announced, but the production will have an all-female creative team, a first for a West End musical, according to producers. The same milestone was reached on Broadway when Waitress opened in 2016 with its book by Jessie Nelson, score by Sara Bareilles, choreography by Lorin Latarro and direction by Diane Paulus.

In addition to the Broadway staging, Waitress is currently touring the Us. A 2020 Australian premiere at the Sydney Lyric Theatre was announced recently.

Read Deadline’s recent review of the touring production here.

The Adelphi is co-owned by Andrew Lloyd Webber and the Nederlander Group.

Both Bareilles and Paulus noted their pleasure at landing the Adelphi. Lloyd Webber was happy too – and the
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Waitress is Opening Up on the West End Next Spring

A new production of Waitress is opening up It was announced today that the Tony Award-nominated smash hit musical will have its official UK premiere in the West End next spring. Currently playing its third year on Broadway, the show will bring with it an all-female creative team - a West End musical first - when it begins performances at the Adelphi Theatre in February 2019. The London cast, along with full booking information, will be announced in due course.
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Sara Bareilles Welcomes New Jenna Nicolette Robinson to the Cast with Co-Hosted Waitress Karaoke

Cast Album Karaoke,Waitress's hugely popular post-show party, will take place following the 7 Pm show on Thursday August 23 when the show's composer and lyricist Sara Bareilles welcomes Nicolette Robinson at the Brooks Atkinson Theatre 256 West 47 Street. Nicolette will make her Broadway debut as Jenna on September 4. Ms. Bareilles also made her Broadway stage debut in the role of Jenna last year.
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‘Waitress’ Review: A Musical Slice Of Sweet Joy Drizzled With Female Empowerment

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‘Waitress’ Review: A Musical Slice Of Sweet Joy Drizzled With Female Empowerment
In Sara Bareilles and Jessie Nelson’s stage musical adaptation of the feature film Waitress, there’s a purity and innocence baked into the sweet story which follows, like the title suggests, a small-town waitress who unexpectedly gets pregnant from her abusive husband and escapes reality by baking spectacularly quirky pies and develops a relationship with her so-dorky-that-he’s-charming doctor. But rumbling through this musical’s sun-kissed score is a story about the treatment of women —especially now. Once the musical reconciles the toxic bitterness of that unfortunate and all-too-familiar story of abuse, the sweetness of the musical becomes even sweeter, giving a story of female empowerment, choice, and removing horrible people out of your life and surrounding yourself with a foundation of support so that you can live your best life.

The history behind the Waitress film gives more emotional nuance considering the unfortunate circumstances in which it premiered.
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Sara Bareilles on Making Music with J.J. Abrams, Plus Her ‘Rootsy’ New Album

  • Variety
Sara Bareilles on Making Music with J.J. Abrams, Plus Her ‘Rootsy’ New Album
“Waitress” isn’t the only pie Sara Bareilles has baking in the oven.

The California native told Variety at the opening night of “Waitress” at the Pantages in Hollywood that bringing the show she composed, wrote the lyrics for, and starred in–twice–felt like coming home.

“La was my home for 15 years. I went to UCLA, so there’s just a real sense of pride and gratitude to be able to come home and share this project that has been the great love of my life for the last five years with what feels like a very hometown place for me,” Bareilles said on the red carpet.

The “Gravity” singer, who played pie-maker Jenna Hunterson in March 2017 and again in January 2018 on Broadway, recalled when she jumped at the chance to play the titular waitress.

“When Jessie Mueller, our incredible original lead, left the show, there was a part
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