Producer Judy Craymer presents Viva Forever!, the new musical written by one of Britain's most brilliant comediennes and BAFTA winning writers Jennifer Saunders, (Absolutely Fabulous, French & Saunders) and featuring the multi-million-selling songs of The Spice Girls. The Spice Girls reunited in honor of the show's opening last night, 11 December, 2012, at the Piccadilly Theatre in London's West End. Check out what the ladies had to say below! (more...)
Producer Judy Craymer presents Viva Forever!, the new musical written by Britain's BAFTA winning writers Jennifer Saunders, (Absolutely Fabulous, French & Saunders) and featuring the multi-million-selling songs of The Spice Girls. The show began previews on 27 November with the official opening last night, 11 December, 2012, at the Piccadilly Theatre in London's West End. Let's see what the critics had to say... (more...)
Producer Judy Craymer presents Viva Forever!, the new musical written by one of Britain's most brilliant comediennes and BAFTA winning writers Jennifer Saunders, (Absolutely Fabulous, French & Saunders) and featuring the multi-million-selling songs of The Spice Girls. The Spice Girls reunited in honor of the show's opening tonight, 11 December, 2012, at the Piccadilly Theatre in London's West End. BroadwayWorld brings you a photo of the group below! (more...)
According to the Daily Mail, Hannah John-Kamen has officially been cast as the title role of Viva in the upcoming Spice Girls-inspired musical Viva Forever! alongside Sally Ann Triplett as her mother. Both actors participated in developmental workshops prior to being cast. (more...)
As previews begin for Viva Forever, Spice Girls fan sites are abuzz with the news that some of their most famous hits as a group and as solo artists - and best-loved album tracks - are currently featured in the show. (more...)
CMT has tapped television industry veteran Joe Livecchi, for the newly-created position of Senior Vice President, Development, it was announced today by Jayson Dinsmore, EVP Development and Programming, CMT. (more...)
Today we are continuing BroadwayWorld's extensive coverage of the forthcoming Fathom cinema presentation of the epic brand new arena production Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice's JESUS CHRIST SUPERSTAR by highlighting the show's sole female voice, Mary Magdalene, as portrayed in this fresh, ultra hi-tech, extravagantly sensorial production by Spice Girl and West End notable Melanie C.. (more...)
NCM Fathom Events, Omniverse Vision and The Broadway League present Jesus Christ Superstar UK Rock Spectacular in select movie theaters nationwide for two nights only on October 29 and November 1. BroadwayWorld invites you to enter for a chance to win a Jesus Christ Superstar prize pack consisting of four movie passes to one of the screening events as well as a copy of the original 1969 concept album, newly remastered on 2 CDs! (more...)
NCM Fathom Events, Omniverse Vision and The Broadway League present Jesus Christ Superstar UK Rock Spectacular in select movie theaters nationwide for two nights only on Monday, October 29 at 7:30 p.m. (local time) and Thursday, November 1 at 7:30 p.m. (local time). Seats are limited so get your tickets now! (more...)
Celebrating 40 years since it first opened in London's West End, the Jesus Christ Superstar arena tour opened 21 September, 2012, at the O2 Arena in London and went on to visit Glasgow, Newcastle, Manchester, Cardiff, Birmingham, Belfast, Dublin, Liverpool and Nottingham. The tour culminates in Sheffield tomorrow, 21 October. Let's see what the critics had to say throughout the tour! (more...)
On Twitter Watch, Emma Bunton wrote 'I am so unbelievably proud of my gorgeous friend @MelanieCmusic she was fantastic!!!
@OfficialMelB: @EmmaBunton @melaniecmusic me too wish I was there with you" Missed you!
Following a triumphant opening weekend at London's 02 Arena, the 21st century re-invention of Tim Rice and Andrew Lloyd Webber's rock opera "Jesus Christ Superstar" will be broadcast to select U.S. cinemas nationwide on Monday, Oct. 29 and again on Thursday, Nov. 1 at 7:30 p.m. local time.
Presented by NCM Fathom Events, Omniverse Vision and The Broadway League, "Jesus Christ Superstar UK Rock Spectacular" was pre-recorded by Universal Pictures on Oct. 4 and tonight at the National Indoor Arena in Birmingham, England.
The event features a star-studded line-up which includes award-winning musical comedian Tim Minchin - also the co-writer of West End smash musical "Matilda" - in the role of 'Judas Iscariot;' pop icon and former Spice Girl Melanie C as 'Mary Magdalene;' radio DJ Chris Moyles in his stage debut as 'King Herod;' and the winner of the UK's primetime ITV show "Superstar," Ben Forster, who was chosen by the British public to take on the title role of 'Jesus and Alexander Hanson as "Pontius Pilate" who was recently seen on Broadway in A Little Night Music. "Jesus Christ Superstar UK Rock Spectacular" will include a special historical retrospective, as well as interviews with cast members past and present.
"Jesus Christ Superstar UK Rock Spectacular" tickets are available at participating theater box offices and online at www.FathomEvents.com. For a complete list of theater locations and prices, visit the NCM Fathom Events website (theaters and participants are subject to change). The event will be broadcast to more than 575 select movie theaters across the country through NCM's exclusive Digital Broadcast Network.
'I have waited 42 years for 'Jesus Christ Superstar' to play arenas in the UK, and it is great to finally see the show as it was originally intended, as an arena rock opera," said Lloyd Webber. "I'm thrilled that Universal will be filming the new arena tour of Jesus Christ Superstar for DVD and cinema release, which allows us to capture this amazing production and share it with the world!"
"Jesus Christ Superstar" is a worldwide phenomenon, portraying the story of the last seven days of Christ leading up to his crucifixion as seen through the eyes of 'Judas Iscariot,' and featuring hit songs such as "Superstar," "I Don't Know How To Love Him," "Heaven On Their Minds" and "Hosanna." Over 40 different cast recordings have been released in 19 different languages.
The first production of "Jesus Christ Superstar" was a U.S. arena tour in 1971. It then debuted on Broadway, and in 1972, UK fans finally got their chance to see this landmark show when it arrived at London's Palace Theatre - its run of eight years and over 3,000 performances smashed all box office records. Since then, "Jesus Christ Superstar" has rarely left the stage, with professional productions in 42 countries around the world and with around 300 amateur productions officially licensed each year.
"Fans have enjoyed this amazing musical for 40 years, but the 'Jesus Christ Superstar UK Spectacular' event promises to put a whole new spin on a time-honored classic," said Shelly Maxwell, executive vice president of NCM Fathom Events. "Movie theaters will be turned into concert arenas as this spectacular event rocks fans nationwide."
Universal Pictures filmed two nights of the 21-date arena tour, the first ever in the UK, for worldwide broadcasts to cinemas as well as DVD and Blu-ray release in early 2013 internationally, with the exception of the UK which will release in time for Christmas on November 19, 2012.
In this week's edition of 'Regional Highlights of the Week', we bring you the most-read stories for the week of October 15 so sit back, catch up and enjoy all the latest regional features, reviews, interviews and more! (more...)
Spice Girl, singer-songwriter, judge on the ITV1/Andrew Lloyd Webber show SUPERSTAR and now Mary Magdalene in the show's UK arena tour, Melanie C has just released a video of CHESS's 'I Know Him So Well' from her upcoming album, STAGES. (more...)
The meteoric recording career of one of the Top 3 biggest-selling girl groups in pop history is compiled for the first time in the social media era on DESTINY'S CHILD - PLAYLIST, their first official U.S. release in seven years. Celebrating the 15th anniversary of their #1 debut single of 1997, 'No, No, No Part 2' featuring Wyclef Jean, this 14-track 'playlist,' including all five of their Billboard #1 pop and #1 R&B hits, will be available everywhere today, October 9th through Music World/Columbia/Legacy, a division of SONY MUSIC ENTERTAINMENT. (more...)