Tim Rice News
|STAGE TUBE: Watch Lyric Video for ALADDIN's 'Prince Ali'|
by Stage Tube - Aug 27, 2014
Disney's Aladdin, the new musical comedy based on the Academy AwardŽ-winning animated film, opened to critical acclaim on March 20th, 2014 at Broadway's New Amsterdam Theatre. Below, check out a just-released lyric video for one of the show's well-known anthems, 'Prince Ali.' (more...)
|BWW CD Reviews: Stage Door Records' SWAN ESTHER (Original Concept Album) Doesn't Take Flight|
by David Clarke - Aug 27, 2014
In October of 1980, Nick Munns sent a tape of five songs to London theatre agent David Land. With Nick Munns music, David Land dreamed of replicating the success of JOSEPH AND THE AMAZING TECHNICOLOR DREAMCOAT. SWAN ESTHER, not the hit that JOSEPH was, has enjoyed varying success. Now, Stage Door Records has re-released SWAN ESTHER's original concept album with studio rehearsal demos written for the reworked UK tour of the production entitled SWAN ESTHER AND THE KING. (more...)
|Near West Theatre to Present JESUS CHRIST SUPERSTAR, 11/21-12/7|
by BWW News Desk - Aug 26, 2014
Awaiting winter completion of its multi-million-dollar performance space in the Gordon Square Arts District, Near West Theatre will stage a unique production of Jesus Christ Superstar this fall at West Side United Church of Christ, 3800 Bridge Ave., Cleveland. Performances will run for three weekends, Nov. 21 - Dec 7. (more...)
|Alliance Theatre Promotes Christopher Moses to Associate Artistic Director|
by BWW News Desk - Aug 25, 2014
The Alliance Theatre is pleased to announce the promotion of Christopher Moses to Associate Artistic Director. Moses joined the education staff of the Alliance Theatre in 2000 and has served as the Alliance's Director of Educational Programs since 2011. This transition reflects the Alliance's ongoing commitment to artistic integration in education. (more...)
|BWW Reviews: Don't Cry for EVITA|
by Brooke Bridenstine - Aug 25, 2014
When Evita premiered on Broadway in 1979, it sat in a similar position as it does now: in a medium known for lighter fare, it seeks to tell a fairly unusual tale. And yet, the original Broadway production won multiple Tony awards and its' popularity spurred a 2012 Broadway revival and a current national tour that recently played in Des Moines. (more...)
|THE LION KING's Alton Fitzgerald White Will Give 4,000th Performance as 'Mufasa' Tomorrow|
by BWW News Desk - Aug 22, 2014
THE LION KING Broadway cast member ALTON FITZGERALD WHITE will play his 4,000th performance as Mufasa in the landmark musical event this Saturday evening, August 23rd, 2014. White originated the role of Mufasa in the US touring production in 2002 and in a sit-down Las Vegas production in 2009, in addition to leading the flagship Broadway company intermittently since. (more...)
|BWW Interviews: Adam Pascal Hosts Master Class on the Basics of Auditioning in Musical Theatre|
by Jay Prock - Aug 22, 2014
Straight from New York is bringing Adam Pascal to a city near you for a Master's Class this fall. As of now, master's classes are booked in Charlotte, NC (Sept. 16 - 17), Oklahoma City, OK (Sept. 18-19) and Austin, TX (Sept. 20). Straight from New York provides educational opportunities for performing arts students to work with top Broadway artists in cities around the country. www.straightfromnewyork.com
Adam Pascal is an actor, singer, and musician known for his portrayal of Roger Davis in the original cast of Jonathan Larson's musical RENT as well as the movie version. He is also known for originating the role of Radames in the Elton John/Tim Rice Aida. He was also in the revival of Cabaret as well as Huey Calhoun in the Broadway Company of Memphis.
When you work with students, what is your approach to teaching?
A: I approach students from an existential place. I don't have any formal training. My training is practical from all my experience. I listen to what students are doing and offer them practical instructions on how to make it better. Tyce Green, the artistic director of Straight from New York, brings the technical experience. Together it is a great combination.
Where did you go to school? What did you study?
Where I grew up, everyone went to college. In my family, you just did it. I attended the University of South Florida for my freshman year. I then transferred to the NY Institute of Technology and got a degree in communications. I didn't necessarily want to go into that field but I knew I needed a degree.
What is your favorite role you've played?
Emcee in Cabaret
Have you ever done any classical Musical Theatre roles and are there any roles in classical Musical Theatre you'd like to tackle?
I would love to play roles from classical musical theatre but have not had the opportunity. I find many of the roles to be outside the box what people are used to seeing me play. These roles are out of my comfort zone but I look forward to the challenge. I think I'd like to play the role of Curly in Oklahoma!
How did you feel taking over the role in Memphis and how was it taking over from the man who originated the role (Chad Kimball)
They always allowed me to play the character and develop him on my own. I was never asked to play it like anyone else. They wanted me to bring my own personality to the role.
What is your favorite musical you've never done?
Les Miserables, Hedwig and the Angry Itch, Rocky Horror Picture Show, Sunday in the Park with George, Sweeny Todd
For the young performer who wants to pursue musical theatre as a career, what advice would you give them?
1. There is no other reason to do musical theatre other than the love of it. Don't do this to be a star! Pursue this because you love it.
2. Have something else in your life that brings you happiness. The majority of this business is not getting the job. If you are only happy getting the role, then you will live perpetually unhappy.
As a teacher, it's frustrating to hear kids say, 'my life is RENT.' As well all know there could not be anything further from the truth. When you teach your seminars, how do you convey there is more to Musical Theatre than RENT and Les Miserables?
I tell kids to have a career in theatre, you have to be as versatile as you can be. If you sell yourself as only one thing, you will be handicapped in this business. To have a long career you need to be able to sing and do anything. It goes for people who are classically trained as well. You must know all aspects of this business and learn to do as many as you can.
What is the focus of your seminars?
We focus on the audition process. We want our students to learn to be comfortable performing under pressure in any situation. There is no other situation with as much pressure as an audition. We focus on technique, relaxation methods, choices in an audition, what to wear, and what to expect in any audition situation. We are extremely honest with addressing the pros and cons of choices made by students who attend our seminar. We try to bring each student as much practical information as we can.
Why should someone take your seminar?
Only take this seminar if you interested in learning honest information on the world of performing. This seminar will be full of information and advice you can't get anywhere else.
To sign up for Adam Pascal's master class in your city, visit: www.straightfromnewyork.com (more...)
|BWW Profile: Mandy Patinkin Emmy-Nominated Star of Stage and Screen|
by Matt Tamanini - Aug 18, 2014
Today, we take a look back at the incredible career of award-winning stage and television icon Mandy Patinkin; from Broadway shows including EVITA, SUNDAY IN THE PARK WITH GEORGE, and THE SECRET GARDEN, to television dramas like CHICAO HOPE, CRIMINAL MINDS, and HOMELAND, to films including YENTL, ALIEN NATION, and THE PRINCESS BRIDE. (more...)
|Aaron Sidwell & Louise English Join Cast of BLOCKBUSTER - The Musical|
by BWW News Desk - Aug 12, 2014
Aaron Sidwell and Louise English are joining Suzanne Shaw and Paul Nicholas to star in the world premiere of BLOCKBUSTER The Musical, which features the chart- busting hits of the legendary song-writing team Nicky Chinn and Mike Chapman, who dominated the pop world in the 1970s and 1980s. (more...)
|Photo Coverage: Paul Stanley of KISS Visits ALADDIN|
by Jennifer Broski - Aug 08, 2014
Disney's Aladdin, the new musical comedy based on the Academy Award-winning animated film, opened to critical acclaim on March 20th, 2014 at Broadway's New Amsterdam Theatre. Just last night, KISS' Paul Stanley stopped by to check out the new musical and you can check out a photo of him with the cast backstage below! (more...)
|BWW Reviews: Alpha/Omega Players Presents JESUS CHRIST SUPERSTAR|
by Kelli Curtin - Aug 07, 2014
The Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice rock opera, JESUS CHRIST SUPERSTAR, is the latest production at Alpha/Omega Players in Birdsboro, Pennsylvania. This show is loosely based on the last week of Jesus's life. Alpha/Omega does a decent job taking on this large production, as they creatively use the small space they have to fit a very large cast. Alpha/Omega's production of JESUS CHRIST SUPERSTAR is a satisfactory show with some intense moments. (more...)
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