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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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Deal Alert: Musicals on DVD and Blu-Ray

No doubt you already own many of these, but just in case you don’t, we wanted to spread the word and let you know the price is right if you’re looking to grow your collection of musicals on film. Here are our top picks based on savings, but there are oodles more available at amazing prices on Amazon.com right now.

Little Shop of Horrors (Keep Case Packaging)
Little Shop of Horrors
Format: DVD
List Price: $14.97
Price: $5.49
You Save: $9.48 (63%)

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Grease [Blu-ray]
Grease
Format: Blu-ray
List Price: $14.98
Price: $10.27
You Save: $4.71 (31%)

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Brigadoon
Brigadoon
Format: DVD
List Price: $19.97
Price: $6.47
You Save: $13.50 (68%)

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The Phantom of the Opera [Blu-ray]
The Phantom of the Opera
Format: Blu-ray
List Price: $14.98
Price: $8.49
You Save: $6.49 (43%)

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Paint Your Wagon
Paint Your Wagon
Format: DVD
List Price: $14.96
Price: $9.49
You Save: $5.47 (37%)

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WEEKLY DEAL ALERT: All PBS Great Performances and More 25% Off with Free Shipping

Every week 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…

All PBS Great Performances and More 25% Off, with Free Shipping

Get the deal using coupon code BF25 at shoppbs.org

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2010 Olivier Award Nominations and Winners

The West End’s Olivier Awards nominations are out and lots of trans-Pacific transfers are on the list, including the Broadway transfer of Spring Awakening, now on the West End, and the West-End transfers of A Little Night Music and Billy Elliot, now on Broadway.

The official awards ceremony took place on March 21. Here are the categories that include musicals (winners are marked with a winner):

BEST MUSICAL REVIVAL

winnerHELLO DOLLY!
ANNIE GET YOUR GUN

A LITTLE NIGHT MUSIC
OLIVER!

BEST NEW MUSICAL

winnerSPRING AWAKENING
DREAMBOATS AND PETTICOATS
PRISCILLA QUEEN OF THE DESERT THE MUSICAL
SISTER ACT

BEST ACTRESS IN A MUSICAL OR ENTERTAINMENT

winnerSamantha Spiro, HELLO DOLLY!
Melanie C, BLOOD BROTHERS
Patina Miller, SISTER ACT
Hannah Waddingham, A LITTLE NIGHT MUSIC
Charlotte Wakefield, SPRING AWAKENING

BEST ACTOR IN A MUSICAL OR ENTERTAINMENT

winnerAneurin Barnard, SPRING AWAKENING
Rowan Atkinson, OLIVER!
Bob Golding, MORECAMBE
Alexander Hanson, A LITTLE NIGHT MUSIC
Tony Sheldon, PRISCILLA QUEEN OF THE DESERT THE MUSICAL

BEST SUPPORTING PERFORMANCE IN A MUSICAL OR ENTERTAINMENT

winnerIwan Rheon, SPRING AWAKENING
Sheila Hancock, SISTER ACT
Maureen Lipman, A LITTLE NIGHT MUSIC
Kelly Price, A LITTLE NIGHT MUSIC

BEST THEATRE CHOREOGRAPHER

winnerStephen Mear, HELLY DOLLY!
Matthew Bourne, OLIVER!
Bill T Jones, SPRING AWAKENING
Anthony Van Laast, SISTER ACT

BEST LIGHTING DESIGN

winnerBURNT BY THE SUN, Mark Henderson
ENRON, Mark Henderson
SPRING AWAKENING, Kevin Adams
THREE DAYS OF RAIN, Jon Clark

BEST COSTUME DESIGN

winnerPRISCILLA, QUEEN OF THE DESERT- THE MUSICAL, Tim Chappel and Lizzy Gardiner
HELLO DOLLY!
, Peter McKintosh
MADAME DE SADE, Christopher Oram
THE MISANTHROPE, Amy Roberts

BEST SOUND DESIGN

winnerSPRING AWAKENING, Brian Ronan
EVERY GOOD BOY DESERVES FAVOUR, Christopher Shutt
JERUSALEM, Ian Dickinson
MOTHER COURAGE AND HER CHILDREN, Andrew Bruce and Nick Lidster

THE AUDIENCE AWARD FOR MOST POPULAR SHOW

winnerWICKED
BILLY ELLIOT

THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA
WAR HORSE
WE WILL ROCK YOU

A sneak peak of some music from Andrew Llyod Webber’s Phantom of the Opera sequel, Love Never Dies

I got my hands on a song sample from Andrew Lloyd Webber’s new sequel to Phantom of the Opera, Love Never Dies:

Till I Hear You Sing Once More

What do you think?


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The new West Side Story commercial (and some other great Broadway commercials)

West Side Story

Rent

Dreamgirls

Mamma Mia

Fiddler on the Roof

Victor Victoria

Damn Yankees

Cabaret

Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat

The King and I

My Fair Lady

Guys and Dolls

Into the Woods

Phantom of the Opera

Spring Awakening

The Producers


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The Phantom sequel, Love Never Dies, will officially open in London on Mar 9 and on Broadway on Nov 11

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Andrew Lloyd Webber’s sequel to Phantom of the Opera, Love Never Dies, has just announced opening dates. The production will premiere at London’s Adelphi Theatre on March 9, 2010, followed by a Broadway November 11 opening, and an Australian premiere in 2011.

With music by Andrew Lloyd Webber, lyrics by Glenn Slater (Sister Act, The Little Mermaid), and a book by Andrew Lloyd Webber, Ben Elton, Glenn Slater and Jack O’Brien, the London production, directed by Jack O’Brien (Hairspray, Legally Blonde, The Full Monty, Damn Yankees), will star Ramin Karimloo and Sierra Boggess (The Little Mermaid) and feature Summer Strallen. No other casting has yet been announced, though auditions are underway for the leading role of Gustave, Christine and Raoul’s 10-12 year old son.

Though the show involves the same characters from the original, Llyod Webber has stressed that the show will differ greatly from the original Phantom, stating that “there are practically no quotes from the original score, apart from one or two things from color.” The production takes place 10 years after Phantom of the Opera on the fairgrounds of Coney Island.

The original Phantom will not be closing, so patrons will be able to see the whole Phantom story in a single day, by attending Phantom matinees and Love Never Dies evening performances on Tuesdays and Saturdays.

What are your thoughts on the sequel?


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Teaser video clip for Phantom: Love Never Dies

I’ve been getting a number of requests for footage from the sequel to Phantom of the Opera, Phantom: Love Never Dies, so I figured I should post what’s out there now here.

It’s only a teaser, but the clip actually gets me excited for the show … set on Coney Island a decade after the original.

Here’s the clip. Enjoy!


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