Archive for September, 2009
This morning, Idina Menzel (Wicked, Rent) and Taye Diggs (Rent, Carousel) welcomed a baby boy, Walker Nathaniel Diggs to the world. “Mother, father and son are all doing well.”
Join me in congratulating this amazing Broadway couple!
I have no Broadway connections (sadly) and get messages from people all the time who hope I do. These have varied from Julie Andrews autograph requests, to resumes/headshots/reels or pleas that I help get someone’s show produced on Broadway. I usually just write back a polite email wishing them the best of luck and lamenting the fact that I’m a nobody just like them.
Today I got an adorable email from an 11 year old named Spencer, and just feel horrible that I have to write back saying I can’t do a thing for him, so I thought, why not put it on the blog? Maybe some big shot working on a show will run across it on the interweb and Spencer’s dream can come true.
So without further ado, here’s the email. (If you’re someone working on the show email me and I’ll get you Spencer’s address.)
Dear to whom it may concern, my name is spencer and i am 11 years old. I am a big fan of broadway and movies and music and i was surfing the web yesterday when i came across that michael jackson’s thriller was supposed to be on broadway early january. Since I am somewhat of a big fan of michael jackson I just wanted to share some of my ideas:
Michael Jackson meets a girl and perhaps to flirt with her he sings “the way you make me feel” and then she leaves him in a few weeks and he sings “billie jean” (the name of the girl can perhaps even be, Billie Jean) and then perhaps he meets another girl named anne and falls in love and sings smooth criminal. Then he realized he wants billie jean back and he goes on falls in love with billie and they live happily and then one day they come out of a film and michael explains that he is not like other guys and then he turns into a “monster” and sings the 1# hit, THRILLER!!!! let me know what you think and i look forward to hearing from you!
Not everything makes it onto the blog. For a number of smaller bits of gossip and news, 140 characters seems like more than enough … plus sometimes it’s just more fun to gossip in real time.
Some recent pieces of news that have only been tweeted/posted:
GOSSIP: Cheech and Chong are seriously “discussing a Broadway musical.” What do you think they should name the show?
Artem Chigvintsev, a first season finalist on “So You Think You Can Dance,” joins the Broadway cast of Burn the Floor tonight!
If you’re a Broadway/Musical fan, check out this station! http://is.gd/2AjLB
Wow. If you’re ever stuck trying to figure out what show a song is from, go to midomi.com and sing it. They’ve got most Bway songs on there!
Plus, you can join in the conversation, answering questions like:
If you could meet any Broadway star, past or present, living or dead, who would it be? What would you do or say?
Alright, spill … what’s the worst musical you’ve ever seen?
What’s your absolute favorite cast album?
If you were given an unlimited budget and total freedom – what Broadway musical would you do and who would you cast?
Apparently the title character in Spiderman: Turn Off the Dark won’t sing: the Edge decided that “a guy singing in tights can’t happen.”
This, along with earlier comments such as: “It is much more like opera than a straight musical. We’re actually not calling it a musical for that reason because we don’t want to put people off;” makes me wonder what the Edge is doing writing a Broadway musical since he doesn’t seem to be a fan of the genre.
Is it necessary to love this stuff to make a successful show? Or will he have an advantage in trying to stretch musical theater in a new direction?
There’s so much drama associated with the show – we still don’t know how the Disney aquisition of Marvel is going to affect it. Will the Disney on Broadway franchise get involved or will they let Hello Entertainment keep at the forefront?
I don’t know about you, but I can’t wait for the next slice of news about this problem-ridden, extremely expensive show.
Chicago’s Million Dollar Quartet, about the December 4, 1956 meeting of Johnny Cash, Elvis Presley, Carl Perkins and Jerry Lee Lewis “played together for the first and only time,” is officially transferring to Broadway in the spring of next year.
Eric Schaeffer (Putting it Together, Glory Days) will direct the production, which features a book by Colin Escott and Floyd Muntrux and the songs “Blue Suede Shoes,” “Fever,” “Sixteen Tons,” “Who Do You Love?,” “Great Balls of Fire,” “Riders in the Sky,” “I Walk the Line,” “Folsom Prison Blues” and “Whole Lotta’ Shakin’ Goin’ On,” among others.
Cast, location and dates have not yet been announced. I’ll post on the blog when they are.
In the meantime, here’s a video montage from the Chicago production:
Tom Lenk, who played Andrew on Joss Whedon’s Buffy the Vampire Slayer, will make his Broadway debut as Franz in Rock of Ages beginning September 14. He originated the role in the LA & Vegas productions and went to UCLA with the show’s Tony-nominated director Kristin Hanggi.
“I’m a little nervous,” Lenk admitted about performing the song Hit Me With Your Best Shot, “The way I performed it in LA and Vegas is not nearly as exhaustive as the version that’s happening now on stage. I would stand and sing, and then do some dancing. But now it’s dancing while I’m singing, so I have two weeks to become Beyoncé.” He has promised that he will “try to get some biceps and pectoral muscles by Sept. 14″ so that he looks “funny and arousing” in Franz’s “bedazzled onesie.”