Spielberg to create a TV to stage production: Showtime series to trace the development of a new Shaiman/Wittman composed show

According to Variety, director Steven Spielberg is developing a Showtime series that will trace the creation of an original musical by Marc Shaiman and Scott Wittman (Hairspray, Catch Me If You Can) with the aim of taking it to Broadway. The producers for the project are Craig Zadan and Neil Meron, who adapted Hairspray and Chicago…

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Some great new musicals are in the works

Regina Spektor's Beauty Singer/songwriter Regina Spektor, playwright/director Tina Landau (Floyd Collins) and lyricist Michael Korie (Happiness, Grey Gardens) are working together to create a new Broadway-aimed musical called Beauty, which "uses the 1812 Grimm fairy tale 'Sleeping Beauty' as a jumping off point for a contemporary and hauntingly provocative story of beauty lost and beauty…

A whole lot of gossip and news

Curtain up on Bye Bye Birdie! The Broadway revival of Bye Bye Birdie starts previews this evening. The production, which stars Gina Gershon, John Stamos and Nolan Gerard Funk will officially open on October 15 at the brand new Henry Miller’s Theatre. O'Hara returns to South Pacific! Another exciting bit of news: Kelli O'Hara, who…

Is anyone out there working on a Michael Jackson show for Broadway?

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…

Michael Mayer to Direct and Tom Kitt to Arrange Green Day’s American Idiot for the Stage

Okay, okay so they may not have announced plans to take the show to Broadway just yet, but I just have to share this one: Berkley Repertory Theatre is premiering a stage adaptation of Green Day's Grammy-winning multi-platinum album American Idiot. Yes - album concept to stage a la The Who's Tommy. I personally adore…

Rupert Holmes Joins Creative Team of Robin and the 7 Hoods

Rupert Holmes (Curtains, The Mystery of Edwin Drood), the writer for the Broadway-aimed musicals The First Wives Club and The Nutty Professor, has now joined the creative team of another musical on its way to the Great White Way, Robin and the 7 Hoods.  Casey Nicholaw (The Drowsy Chaperone, Spamalot) will direct and choreograph the…

Galeotti and Aniello Want to Bring The Notebook to Broadway

“One Tree Hill” actress Bethany Joy Galeotti, whose original aspirations were for Broadway musical theater, and music producer/songwriter Ron Aniello have teamed to create a new musical based on Nicholas Sparks’ “The Notebook.” “It was something that I just wanted to do as my own project,” Galeotti said. “I just thought, ‘Man this will be…