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Dishing out daily (or almost daily) Broadway musical news and gossip. The companion site to The Broadway Musical Home (broadwaymusicalhome.com), a directory of Broadway musicals with the story, songs, merchandise, video clips, lyrics, tickets, rights & awards for almost 200 shows.

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FREE Download of “King of New York” from Newsies!

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For all you Newsies fans out there, we’re thrilled to share a free download of “King of New York!”

After you listen and fall in love, you’ll likely want to purchase the entire album. And we’ve got good news – if you order it through Amazon.com right now, you’ll automatically get a FREE digital copy of the album to tide you over until your CD arrives in the mail.

So…come on and seize the day. Order the cast album now!

Broadway Fan Art T-Shirts

We got a new t-shirt featuring our Broadway Musical Home artwork (by the oh-so-talented Mark H. Adams) and just had to share. Doesn’t it look fab?!

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This shirt got me giddy thinking about the idea of featuring fan art on t-shirts!

Just think – you could spread your love for your favorite Broadway show with a t-shirt different from those worn by every the other fan. The site we got ours from (tshirtprinting.org) has no minimum order, so you could get a shirt only for you, for the entire cast of your high school musical, or for your favorite Broadway geek friends.

Can’t you imagine these amazing drawings and paintings on a t-shirt:



Have you created any fan artwork or t-shirts of your own? We’d love to see! Share in the comments below!

The Broadway Musical Home received a complementary copy of a t-shirt, but was not paid to endorse this product in any way.

Broadway Divas: 5 Pop Music Stars That Could Rock Broadway! (A Guest Blog by Aleksandra Sobic)

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There is no doubt that pop culture powerhouses like Taylor Swift, Lady Gaga, and Pink, can sell out a live performance. From jam packed amphitheaters of 20,000 to more intimate venues of a few hundred, fans flock to experience the talented vocals and outrageous fashions of these diva dynamos. What if the likes of Katy Perry and Beyonce were front and center on a different type of stage, however? How would these superstars fare as the leading ladies of some of our favorite Broadway musicals? Here are 5 examples of pop stars who should give it a try, along with the roles and musicals they would be a good fit for!

Taylor Swift as Laurie in Oklahoma!

While most Hollywood songstresses have edgy or provocative personas, Taylor Swift is one of the few who retains a more wholesome all-American vibe that would translate perfectly to Laurie Williams’ character in Oklahoma! Her country music roots would fit in perfectly amongst the waving wheat backdrop of Oklahoma, and she could certainly do justice to “Many a New Day” and “People Will Say We’re in Love.” She would also do a great job exploring the conflict of simultaneously being drawn to the darkness of Jud and the purity of Curly, since she has been romantically linked to bad boys like John Mayer, as well as more innocent beaus like Harry Styles.

Britney Spears as Sandy in Grease

Who better equipped to portray Sandy’s radical change from letter sweater sweetheart to leather clad rebel, than someone who has been through a similar shift in her own personal life? Brittney Spears first found the limelight as a Mickey Mouse Club Mousketeer, and over the years has abandoned her bubbly teen pop ways in favor of a rebellious, unabashedly sexual persona. Who knows- maybe Brit could even use her connections to rally former Mousketeers Christina Aguilera and Justin Timberlake as members of the Pink Ladies and T-Birds!

Adele as Tracy Turnblad in Hairspray

For many Hollywood starlets, being asked to sport an exaggerated bouffant hairstyle would be an annoyance if not a deal-breaker for accepting the part of Tracy Turnblad. Adele, however, is known and celebrated for her chic retro 1960’s inspired style including, yes, her signature poofed bouffant hairdos! Tracy’s role also calls for someone who is extremely comfortable in their own skin, and Adele fits the bill to a T. In fact, in 2012 it was rumored that Adele was very upset after Jennifer Hudson, a spokesperson for Weight Watchers, approached her to suggest she join the program. Adele reports that she is happy the way she is, and has no intentions of dieting. Lastly, it would be really refreshing to witness the soulful quality that Adele would contribute to traditionally light and frothy numbers like “I can Hear the Bells.”

Pink as Annie Oakley in Annie Get Your Gun

A defiant, gutsy, independent gal with a unique fashion sense and the firmly rooted belief that she can do anything better than any man can? That description is perfectly suited for both Annie Oakley and Pink, making this a great potential Broadway match. Both females have a distinct spunk and sass, so Pink would surely do a bang up job expressing those qualities throughout the show, particularly in the already spirited number, “Anything You Can Do.” Despite brimming with confidence, Annie Oakley’s character is still vulnerable in her search for a meaningful and deep love. After all, you can’t just “get a man with a gun.” Luckily the parallels continue, for just as Annie eventually finds her Frank, headstrong Pink has also found her true match. She and Carey Hart have been married for over 10 years.

Jennifer Lopez as Maria in West Side Story

J.Lo is as much of a shoe-in for this part as there could be! Pop culture’s favorite “Jenny from the Block” was born in New York City to two parents of Puerto Rican descent. Having grown up living and breathing a Puerto Rican heritage in the heart of NYC, she would lend an undeniable authenticity to her portrayal of Maria. Ms. Lopez is also uniquely suited to tackle this dance-intense role because early in her career she held a high profile position as a Fly Girl dancer on In Living Color. On top of that, Maria’s character has to fall deeply, madly, in love, in a short period of time. She daydreams about marrying Tony mere moments after they first meet, afterall! Thankfully, J.Lo is no stranger to falling in deep, quick, love, as evidenced by her three separate marriages and one failed engagement. Wouldn’t it be great to see J.Lo take on the role of Maria “tonight, tonight?”

Aleksandra Sobic is a Broadway musical enthusiast who writes for Halloweencostumes.com. When she isn’t able to perform on an actual stage, she has no shame in prancing around her apartment in various hats belting “I Feel Pretty!” She hasn’t received any noise complaints as of yet…

GIVEAWAY: The 40th Anniversary Blu-Ray Film Version of Cabaret

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It’s giveaway time once again and this time we’ve got a copy of the new 40th Anniversary Blu-Ray of Cabaret to give away (if you missed it, check out our review of the Blu-Ray here).

How to Enter

In honor of the upcoming Oscars (and the incredible 8 awards this film won at the 1972 Academy Awards), comment with who you think most deserving of an Oscar for their work on the film. Bob Fosse? Liza Minnelli? Joel Grey? Michael York? The cinematography? The art directors? The makeup designers? Should it have beat out The Godfather for Best Picture?

Can’t wait to hear what you think.

UPDATE 1-20-13

Congratulations to Gaby, the winner of the 40th Anniversary Blu-Ray Version of Cabaret!

If you aren’t Gaby but still want a copy of the Blu-Ray, you can purchase it from Amazon now!

Thanks again to everyone who entered. We’ll have another contest coming up on the blog soon, so if you haven’t yet, be sure to to subscribe via email or RSS to ensure you don’t miss the next contest.

The winner was chosen at random from all comments using a random number generated by random.org on February 20th at 5 pm EST.

The Broadway Musical Home was furnished with a complementary copy of this Blu-Ray for this contest, but was not paid to endorse this product in any way.

A New Resource: Broadway Musical Production Rights

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We’ve been receiving lots of questions regarding amateur and professional production rights for musicals and so decided to create a new resource on The Broadway Musical Home, a production rights catalog. Check it out now!

We will be maintaining this list of the musicals that are available for licensing, with links to the companies who license each one. We also included some notes as to why some of your favorite shows might not be available and how to track down the folks who might give you permission to produce something that isn’t available to the general public.

Is there anything else we could add here to make this resource more useful? Let us know!

GIVEAWAY: Win a Les Miserables Movie Prize Pack

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If you’re anything like us, you’re brimming over with excitement for the new Les Miserables movie. Will the film live up to the high expectations all of the musical’s many fans have for it?! Can those big Hollywood names do it justice?

If you haven’t yet seen the teaser, where the director and cast talk about the process of recording the songs live on set, check it out:

And because we know you too can’t wait, we’re thrilled to give away a prize pack in honor of the films opening Friday, December 21!

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One (1) Winner will receive:

  • $25 Fandango Gift Card
  • T-Shirt
  • Journal
  • Soundtrack

Prizing values: $55
Prizing provided by Universal Pictures

To enter to win, comment below with your favorite song from the show. The winner will be selected at random on Thursday, December 20th (when it’ll only be “One Day More!”).

Good luck!

Update 12-20-12:

Congratulations to Mary Happymommy, the winner of our Les Miserables movie prize pack giveaway! Mary was randomly selected from all commenters using a random number generated by random.org.

For those of you who didn’t win, don’t worry, we’ll have another giveaway coming up shortly…one that’ll have you trading in your cockade for a newsboy hat…check back soon or subscribe to the blog to ensure you don’t miss it!

DAILY DEAL ALERT: The Broadway Musical Quiz Book

Every day, we scour the web to find the best musical theatre deals on cast albums, videos, sheetmusic, tickets, merchandise and more, but many items are available at these great prices for a limited time only, so grab them while you can…

Test your Broadway knowledge with over 1200 questions about 700 different shows with:

The Broadway Musical Quiz Book

Get it for $14.96

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