Lady Gaga's 'Burqa' ARTPOP Track Leaks
by Pat Cerasaro - August 6, 2013
In a surprising turn of events in the music world today, a fully-produced track titled 'Burqa' appeared on Lady Gaga's Soundcloud account, immediately insinuating itself as a preview of the upcoming ARTPOP experience - even ending with the words 'ARTPOP.' (more...)
SOUND OFF WORLD PREMIERE: Exclusive Clip From Josh Groban's ALL THAT ECHOES Fathom Event!
by Pat Cerasaro - July 15, 2013
Internationally celebrated vocalist, stage performer and multi-platinum recording artist Josh Groban returns to movie theaters nationwide this week with an extended cut of his ecstatically received concert event ALL THAT ECHOES and BroadwayWorld is proud to present an exclusive clip from the new footage contained within the spectacular onstage and offstage ultimate concert experience. (more...)
SOUND OFF: 2013 Summer Round-Up! THE SCARLET PIMPERNEL, Shakespeare, Dench, Jewish Musicals & More
by Pat Cerasaro - June 30, 2013
Today we are highlighting four particularly compelling recent releases perfect for Summer enjoyment, all from Acorn/Athena Media- the documentaries SHAKESPEARE: THE KING'S MAN and BROADWAY MUSICALS: A JEWISH LEGACY, as well as the complete collection of Judi Dench's British TV series A FINE ROMANCE and also the lavish 1982 TV film THE SCARLET PIMPERNEL starring Ian McKellen, Anthony Andrews and Jane Seymour. (more...)
SOUND OFF: 2013 Tony Awards - Ladies Lead The Way
by Pat Cerasaro - June 10, 2013
The divas took all the top prizes at the 2013 Tony Awards, from Cyndi Lauper and Billy Porter (as Lola) of KINKY BOOTS through to Best Directors Diane Paulus and Pam McKinnon to Cicely Tyson, Patina Miller, Judith Light and Andrea Martin in the acting categories to Caroline O'Connor of A CHRISTMAS STORY to MATILDA, CINDERELLA, and beyond in smashing performances. Polished, practiced, poised and primed to deliver, the show was a splendid showcase for Broadway today, fabulously decked out to the nines (and over-elevens). (more...)
SOUND OFF: BEHIND THE CANDELABRA Strikes A Real Chord
by Pat Cerasaro - May 27, 2013
Packed with a plethora of talent heading the cast - Michael Douglas, Matt Damon, Debbie Reynolds, Rob Lowe, Scott Bakula, Cheyenne Jackson and Dan Aykroyd - and supposedly the final feature film from Academy Award-winning auteur Steven Soderbergh, HBO's BEHIND THE CANDELABRA is a shimmering, glittering Hope Diamond of a musical biopic - and, also, an all-too-befitting final film to feature musical arrangements by the late, great Marvin Hamlish. (more...)
SOUND OFF: GLEE Goes Out Singing 'I Love It'
by Pat Cerasaro - May 10, 2013
'I don't care / I love it!' And so goes the chorus of Icona Pop's current chart-climbing hit covered on last night's GLEE. And, so, too, goes Glee 4.0 as it is - or, now, as it was. Indeed, this was a game-changing year for the pop culture mainstay and the season finale was a fulfilling sampling of many of the reasons why. Plus: Patty Duke! (more...)
SOUND OFF: GLEE's Night Of (Stevie) Wonder
by Pat Cerasaro - May 3, 2013
Superstitions be damned - Glee Season Four is going out on a high! The last handful of episodes have managed to make a major mark while affording us ample opportunity to enjoy what we have come to know, love, expect and anticipate in any episode of FOX's hit musical dramedy series - awesome performances. And, BroadwayWorld got an umpteenth shout-out! (more...)
SOUND OFF: GLEE's Lights Out, With A CHORUS LINE & ANNIE
by Pat Cerasaro - April 26, 2013
The power may have been lost at McKinley High on FOX's hit musical dramedy series Glee last night, but there was no shortage of mega-wattage musical magnificence to set the night alight anyway - particularly for the Broadway babies among us, given the major tributes to A CHORUS LINE and ANNIE. Yes, indeed, 'Lights Out' was Glee at its very best. Oh, yeah - and Frida Romero, too (you read that name right)! (more...)
Exclusive SOUND OFF World Premiere: Straight No Chaser & Elton John's 'Don't Let The Sun Go Down On Me'
by Pat Cerasaro - April 25, 2013
Today BroadwayWorld is thrilled to present an exclusive world premiere first listen to a sensational duet from the new album UNDER THE INFLUENCE, Straight No Chaser and Elton John's 'Don't Let The Sun Go Down On Me'. (more...)
Exclusive SOUND OFF World Premiere: GLEE's Jane Lynch With ANNIE's 'Little Girls'
by Pat Cerasaro - April 23, 2013
Today BroadwayWorld is thrilled to present an exclusive world premiere track from this week's episode of GLEE, 'Lights Out', featuring Sue Sylvester herself - aka Jane Lynch - offering up her version of ANNIE's classic 'Little Girls'. (more...)
SOUND OFF: GLEE Finds Its FUNNY GIRL, With Help From Idina
by Pat Cerasaro - April 19, 2013
A FUNNY GIRL theme and returning guest star Idina Menzel? What more could any self-respecting Broadway baby - or, better yet, gleek - possibly ask for in an episode of GLEE 4.0? Well, last night, we got some out of control college antics - including hallway oil slides and the Harlem Shake in a fountain - sage wisdom via Coach Beiste (Dot Marie Jones) and Mr. Schue (Matt Morrison) and even an original tune by AVENUE Q's Tony Award-winning Jeff Marx, to name but a few fabulous features of the show. Yes, last night's GLEE was a continued effortlessly fun frolic and easy, breezy ride in the ever-entertaining musical series, acting as a sweet salve to last week's heart-stopping school shooting and ensuing Sue Sylvester (Jane Lynch) drama. (more...)
SOUND OFF World Premiere Exclusive: 'The Goodbye Song' By Joe Iconis
by Pat Cerasaro - April 13, 2013
Featured on the new Ghostlight album THE JOE ICONIS ROCK AND ROLL JAMBOREE and soon to be performed full-out on NBC's musical drama series SMASH, take a listen to this BroadwayWorld World Premiere Exclusive of 'The Goodbye Song' as perfromed by Jason SweetTooth Williams and The Family from the sensational new album saluting the songwriter. (more...)
SOUND OFF: GLEE Shoots For The Heart
by Pat Cerasaro - April 12, 2013
Astrology, action and ardent love anthems populated last night's GLEE, highlighted by some of the most heart-pounding and heart-breaking moments shown this season thus far - seemingly shocking school shooting paramount among the surprising sequences and harrowing shocks that punctuated the slow-burner that heralded GLEE's eleventh-hour return (after a few weeks off) with a bang. (more...)
SOUND OFF: GLEE's Guilty Pleasures, Spice Girls Style
by Pat Cerasaro - March 22, 2013
MAMMA MIA! Wham! Spice Up Your Life! What is it with guilty pleasures and exclamation points?! Well, last night's Glee definitely earned an emphatic exclamation point for the 'Guilty Pleasures' show - so bad it was good, just like it should be... against all odds, as it were. Zig-a-zig-ah! (more...)
SOUND OFF: GLEE's Fits, Fights & Feuds
by Pat Cerasaro - March 15, 2013
Elton John's 'The Bitch Is Back' to N Sync's 'Bye Bye Bye' to Nicki Minaj's 'Super Bass', last night's Glee was filled to the brim with attitude and - to crib a phrase from Stephen Sondheim in his score for GYPSY - 'fits, fights, feuds and egos.' And a whole lot more, amigos. (more...)
SOUND OFF: GLEE Goes To The Movies & Le MOULIN ROUGE
by Pat Cerasaro - March 8, 2013
Last night, one of the most significant theatre-related entities in the universe paid tribute to the game-changing film that re-introduced the movie musical to modern audiences back in 1999: Baz Luhrmann's musical masterpiece, MOULIN ROUGE. And, it more than merely delivered on the inherent promise presented by that seminal film. (more...)
SOUND OFF: 2013 Academy Awards Awesomeness - And There Was A Lot!
by Pat Cerasaro - February 25, 2013
Promises, promises - those made, broken, surpassed and a few prolonged. Last night's Academy Awards telecast was one of the most entertaining and exceptionally glamorous in many a year and executive producers Craig Zadan and Neil Meron made good - hell, great - on their promise to deliver a true blue tribute to music in the movies as well as a whole lot more. And deliver they did - it was absolutely excellent in almost every conceivable way. Really. What more could you want?! Especially for fans of Hollywood and Broadway, it was an unforgettable awards show to cherish, with a sleek, witty and delightful presentation - snappy, smart and precisely planned (extended running time notwithstanding). As Seth MacFarlane said prior to Meryl Streep's presentation of Best Actor, Ladies and gentlemen, our next presenter needs no introduction, and, so, we real movie musical fans should have assumed this would be a jubilant joy - and so it was. A triptych of movie musical showstoppers thanks to Catherine Zeta Jones & CHICAGO, Jennifer Hudson & DREAMGIRLS and Hugh Jackman, Anne Hathaway (and company) & LES MISERABLES, as well as Shirley Bassey and Adele setting the stupefyingly gorgeously designed (sets by Derek McLane), lensed and presented show alight with Goldfinger and Skyfall as part of a James Bond 50th Anniversary showcase all the way to a refined and resplendent Barbra Streisand/Marvin Hamlisch memory for us to let linger lovingly in our memories - and, with relish - last night's Oscars was a Broadway baby's dream and an awards show junkie's delight as well as much, much more. Was it long? Yes. Was it overlong? Perhaps. Was it worth it and then some? Yes, yes, yes - oh, yes. Oh, and as far as heretofore question-mark host Seth MacFarlane and making the most of his unenviable duties? F*** yeah, man! Ted, too. And, oh, yeah - Jennifer Lawrence tripped on her gown on the way to the stage! But, so what?! Like the rest of the night, it was a refreshing slap in the face and a reminder of how wonderful awards shows can be. (more...)
SOUND OFF: GLEE Says 'I Do'... With COMPANY, Too!
by Pat Cerasaro - February 15, 2013
On the fourteenth episode of the fourth season of FOX's hit musical comedy series Glee - airing on February 14, no less - Valentine's Day got its grand due, McKinley High-style, once again with 'I Do', written by co-creators Ian Brennan and directed by Brad Falchuk. Complete with heartwarming twists, heart-stopping turns and heartfelt musical numbers for us to remember long after the bonbons have Disappeared and the tea-lights have burned out in the morning-after haze, it was a theme show supreme. Plus, how about the Glee cast in a COMPANY movie musical someday, at least if last night's tribute was any indication of what could be. After all, if Sue Sylvester (Jane Lynch) isn't a born-to-be Joanne in the tradition of uncompromising divas like Elaine Stritch and Patti LuPone, then who is?! (more...)
SOUND OFF: GLEE's Divine Divas
by Pat Cerasaro - February 8, 2013
Unmissable BroadwayWorld reference included, last night's GLEE was a spectacular addition to the theme-show collective of FOX's hit musical comedy series thus far in its rich history, eighty-plus episodes in now in Season Four, with an exceptionally explosive episode directed by Paris Barclay and written by Brad Falchuk, 'Diva.' The leading ladies of legend acted as the foundation of the fodder for the fabulous episode - dramatically, musically, thematically and otherwise - with a music-heavy show featuring a plethora of memorable musical numbers and a generally fancy-free storyline ending in a shocking cliffhanger ending - Santana (Naya Rivera) moves to NYC to live with Rachel (Lea Michele) and Kurt (Chris Colfer), unbeknownst to them; suitcase in tow! Uh oh! (more...)
SOUND OFF WORLD PREMIERE EXCLUSIVE: 'Cut, Print... Moving On' from SMASH's BOMBSHELL Soundtrack
by Pat Cerasaro - February 4, 2013
Today, BroadwayWorld is thrilled to host the world premiere of a spectacularly sensational showstopper from the forthcoming soundtrack recording for the show-within-the-show on NBC's hit musical dramedy series SMASH, which returns at 9 PM this Tuesday, February 5 - 'Cut, Print Moving On,' which acts as the Act One Finale, no less. The BOMBSHELL soundtrack itself - featuring show stars Katharine McPhee, Megan Hilty, Debra Messing and Christian Borle, as well as guest stars Bernadette Peters, Will Chase and more - hits on February 12. (more...)
SOUND OFF: GLEE Gets Naked
by Pat Cerasaro - February 1, 2013
Last night's buck naked, buck wild episode of GLEE, 'Naked' - written and directed by series co-creators Ryan Murphy and Ian Brennan - acted as evidence that GLEE is about more than mere surface sheen, shine and brilliantine vacuity and it owes its continued success to the its three best features - or, make that assets - the music, the message and the cast. Dressed to the nines or in the all together, as last night's case may have been, taken all together, GLEE continues to hit the high notes, touch the heart and showcase top talent. 'Naked' was one more episode in a surprisingly strong and enjoyable Season Four, albeit a bit body-conscious. Plus, the grand returns of Santana (Naya Rivera), Quinn (Dianna Agron) and Miss Pillsbury (Jayma Mays). (more...)
SOUND OFF: GLEE's Role-Reversing Return
by Pat Cerasaro - January 25, 2013
Last night, GLEE made its big Winter return on FOX with Episode 11 of Season Four, titled 'Sadie Hawkins' and a virtually (and sonically) dizzyingly plot-packed and music-bedecked episode written by Ross Maxwell and directed by Bradley Buecker. New characters were introduced, romances were born and furthered and a lot of songs were sung - all in all, a GLEE just right for the midway point of the year. (more...)
SOUND OFF WORLD PREMIERE EXCLUSIVE: SMASH DVD Special Feature With Christian Borle & Craig Zadan
by Pat Cerasaro - January 4, 2013
Today, in anticipation of the DVD release of NBC's hit musical drama series SMASH on January 8, BroadwayWorld is pleased to present this exclusive clip from the extensive behind-the-scenes features available on the complete Season One DVD box set! 2012 Tony Award winner for Best Featured Actor In A Musical, Christian Borle, along with SMASH executive producer and lauded theatrical producer Craig Zadan, expound upon some specifics of the hit series in this exclusive look at the bonus content present on the forthcoming DVD set. Enjoy! (more...)
SOUND OFF WORLD PREMIERE EXCLUSIVE: Two Images From THE CHRONICLES OF DOWNTON ABBEY
by Pat Cerasaro - January 3, 2013
Just in time for the Season Three premiere of DOWNTON ABBEY on PBS stations across the US starting this Sunday, BroadwayWorld is pleased to present two exclusive images from the spectacular fact-filled THE CHRONICLES OF DOWNTON ABBEY by Jessica Fellowes, niece of creator Julian Fellowes. (more...)
SOUND OFF: New Year's Eve & Live From Lincoln Center's Marvin Hamlisch Celebration
by Pat Cerasaro - January 1, 2013
2012 marked the passing of a number of notable entertainment icons whose influence will be felt for centuries to come, yet unquestionably one of the most pertinent people to pass on insofar as Broadway babies were concerned given his considerable contributions to musical theatre (and far, far beyond) was the one and only EGOT-plus recipient himself - that is: Emmy, Grammy, Oscar, Tony-winner; plus a spare Pulitzer Prize, in his case, as a matter of fact - legendary composer/conductor/arranger Marvin Hamlisch. And, last night, byway of PBS and Live From Lincoln Center, audiences across the country were treated to a live gala event celebrating his tremendous Broadway and Hollywood legacy - ONE SINGULAR SENSATION: CELEBRATING MARVIN HAMLISCH. Highlights of the star-studded night included SMASH Brian D'arcy James on a song he debuted in Hamlisch's short-running SWEET SMELL OF SUCCESS, Michael Feinstein with an emotional take on Hamlisch's self-professed favorite self-penned song, Raul Esparza and Kelli O'Hara on two obscure SWEET SMELL gems and Maria Friedman with a song from Hamlisch's forthcoming musical THE NUTTY PROFESSOR, with book and lyrics by Rupert Holmes, based on the comedic cinema classic by Jerry Lewis, with the moment of the night owing to O'Hara and McDonald joining SMASH lead Megan Hilty on a spine-tingling iteration of the stunning A CHORUS LINE trio "At The Ballet". Through the ears of Marvin, last night we were reminded that nobody did it quite like he did while remembering the way we were - and what we won't forget - while being entertained by some of the best songs of the last century offered by New York's finest performers, musicians and creative talents. (more...)
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