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Exclusive SOUND OFF World Premiere: GLEE's Jane Lynch With ANNIE's 'Little Girls'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 IdinaSOUND 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 IconisSOUND 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 HeartSOUND 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 StyleSOUND 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 & FeudsSOUND 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 ROUGESOUND 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!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!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 DivasSOUND 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 SoundtrackSOUND 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 NakedSOUND 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 ReturnSOUND 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 ZadanSOUND 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 ABBEYSOUND 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 CelebrationSOUND 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...)
SOUND OFF: LES MISERABLES - On Film, On Its OwnSOUND OFF: LES MISERABLES - On Film, On Its Own
by Pat Cerasaro - December 23, 2012

Christmas Day 2012 marks the biggest and best day of the year for many Broadway babies around the world, but the anticipatory fervor has little to do with the man with the beard in red and white from the North Pole - you see, the guy in question in this equation is more apt to be seen in red and black and his origins are decidedly a bit more Gallic than Jolly Old St. Nick. The man whom I speak of is, of course, Jean Valjean, the protagonist of Victor Hugo's spellbinding 1862 historical epic LES MISERABLES, a novel which was subsequently adapted into a 1980 concert spectacular and ultimately a 1985 full-fledged stage musical, painstakingly developed through the shepherding of uber producer Cameron Mackintosh, alongside the talents responsible for breathing song into the story - original French composer/lyricist team Claude-Michel Schonberg and Alain Boublil (along with Jean-Marc Natel), to whom Mackintosh added English lyricist Herbert Kretzmer (and also contributor James Fenton). Through a special partnership with the Royal Shakespeare Company, LES MISERABLES: THE MUSICAL premiered at the Barbican Theatre in the West End soon thereafter under the direction of Trevor Nunn and John Caird and opened to largely negative reviews, albeit ecstatic, ebullient audiences. Broadway was next, where it went on to win Tony Awards for Best Musical, Best Actor, Best Featured Actress & Actor and even more (eight total). LES MISERABLES onstage was a hit like few others from then on and the rest, ze say, is history - or, in this case, l'histoire. Yet, on Christmas Day, the next step in the evolution of the worldwide phenomenon commonly and colloquially known as LES MIZ will occur - just days after the Mayan-predicted end of days, no less - and the movie musical adaptation of the stage show will finally become a reality, featuring an all-star cast comprised of Hugh Jackman, Russell Crowe, Anne Hathaway, Amanda Seyfried, Eddie Redmayne, Samantha Barks, Aaron Tveit, Sacha Baron Cohen and Helena Bonham Carter, among others. The time has come to hear the people sing onscreen at long, long last. But, first, how is the film? (more...)
SOUND OFF World Premiere Exclusive: Matthew Morrison Sings 'Thankful' From A VERY BROADWAY CHRISTMASSOUND OFF World Premiere Exclusive: Matthew Morrison Sings 'Thankful' From A VERY BROADWAY CHRISTMAS
by Pat Cerasaro - December 21, 2012

Today we are featuring the second of two world exclusive song premieres from the brand new holiday music collection A VERY BROADWAY CHRISTMAS with GLEE star and Broadway notable Matthew Morrison lending his golden vocal tone and emotive delivery to the original John Glaudini/David Green song "Thankful". 'Tis the season, after all! (more...)
SOUND OFF World Premiere Exclusive: Susan Egan Sings Ahrens & Flaherty's 'Christmas Cliches' From A VERY BROADWAY CHRISTMASSOUND OFF World Premiere Exclusive: Susan Egan Sings Ahrens & Flaherty's 'Christmas Cliches' From A VERY BROADWAY CHRISTMAS
by Pat Cerasaro - December 20, 2012

Today we are kicking off the first of two world exclusive song premieres from the brand new holiday music collection A VERY BROADWAY CHRISTMAS with original BEAUTY & THE BEAST star Susan Egan's hilarious and endearing take on a particularly theatrical holiday tune coming from the pens of RAGTIME composer/lyricist combination of Lynn Ahrens and Stephen Flaherty, "Christmas Cliches". (more...)
SOUND OFF: GLEE's Black & White Christmas & ChanukahSOUND OFF: GLEE's Black & White Christmas & Chanukah
by Pat Cerasaro - December 14, 2012

Liberally utilizing tried and true heartstring-tugging tropes masterfully displayed in holiday entities as diverse as LOVE, ACTUALLY, IT'S A WONDERFUL LIFE, A CHRISTMAS CAROL, HOLIDAY INN and even showing some Chanukah action sure to set virtually anybody's menorah fully alight thanks to the Puckerman brothers, GLEE's Christmas episode - this year, aptly titled 'Love, Actually' and written by Matthew Hodgson and directed by HAIRSPRAY and ROCK OF AGES movie musical helmer and a recent participant in this very column, Adam Shankman (available here) - was all in all a quite quintessential quintet of seasonal joy, cheer, and, well, glee, broaching the quoin of many and any a viewer's heart valves in so pleasingly enacting its ample entertainment value over the course of the episode's five featured segments within the winning framework. While the split-location structure of the series as dictated by the new style of GLEE 4.0 is assuredly more pronounced than would be the case had the proposed NYC-set spin-off gotten the greenlight by FOX, the cast and creators are making it all work and it is more seamless as it goes on - and the addictive, giddy, all-consuming glee of it all that drew us all in in the first season is still there to relish by Santa's sleigh-ful. (more...)
SOUND OFF Special Interview: Josh Young Talks Solo Album, AMAZING GRACE Workshop & MoreSOUND OFF Special Interview: Josh Young Talks Solo Album, AMAZING GRACE Workshop & More
by Pat Cerasaro - December 7, 2012

Today we are talking again to one of Broadway's recent rising stars all about his sensational sophomore solo album, STILL DREAMING OF PARADISE, as well as his role in this weekend's invitation-only reading of the new musical AMAZING GRACE - 2011-2012 season standout and JESUS CHRIST SUPERSTAR Tony Award nominee Josh Young. Espousing on the many elements that converged to make his solo album a reality, Young outlines his process with his close collaborators by discussing the imperative inspirations, subsequent arrangement experimentation, actual studio recording, scientific song selection process, major project goals and a lot more, as well as shares memories of what many of the album's tracks mean to him on a personal level and what we can expect from albums from him in the future, near and far. Plus, Young reveals his affection for his first major New York post-SUPERSTAR production, AMAZING GRACE, as he shares his enthusiasm for the daring subject, rich source material - no less than the life of controversial historical figure John Newton - and the purportedly thrilling new score composed for it and the unique and compelling tale behind it as the new musical takes this next step in its developmental process in the Lincoln Center-set industry presentation. Additionally, Young touches upon his favorite memories from the Tony Awards and participating in the Transport Group's recent concert production of BABY - and much, much more! (more...)
SOUND OFF: O Holy GLEE... And All That JazzSOUND OFF: O Holy GLEE... And All That Jazz
by Pat Cerasaro - December 7, 2012

"For the first time in its charmed, yet pitiful, existence the New Directions has lost Sectionals," and, with that, indeed did "Christmas came early for one Sue Sylvester." As GLEE gave the gift of its inimitable takes on a number of musical theatre showstoppers - among them, songs from CHICAGO, COMPANY and HALLELUJAH, BABY - to gleeks around the world with last night aptly-titled "Swan Song" episode, the Lima-based glee club that now and always acts as the focal point of the show faced perhaps its most treacherous hurdle yet - and that's not even including Sue's evil shenanigans. In NYC, the temperature rose in much the same way that it actually unseasonably happened to do in Gothan itself this week with a spectacularly sexy "All That Jazz" and some seriously stage-worthy barn-burners courtesy of "Being Good Isn't Good Enough" - recently re-introduced to the world at large by no less than Barbra Streisand in her landmark 2012 tour (as well as on her recently released cut-out compilation RELEASE ME) - and COMPANY classic "Being Alive". While next week is sure to provide all the holiday cheer a show named GLEE could possibly muster - which is a whole lot - this week's "Swan Song" reminded us why GLEE connects and continues to express an all-too-rarely explored, expressed and enacted trope of those who are involved with the performing arts: competition inspires greater dedication. (more...)
SOUND OFF World Premiere Exclusive First Listen: GLEE's 'Don't Dream It's Over'SOUND OFF World Premiere Exclusive First Listen: GLEE's 'Don't Dream It's Over'
by Pat Cerasaro - December 3, 2012

Today BroadwayWorld is proud to present the third and fourth world premiere exclusive songs in a month's time, following "Look At Me, I'm Sandra Dee" performed by Kitty (Becca Tobin) and the New Directions girls as well as "Look At Me, I'm Sandra Dee (Reprise)" performed by Marley (Melissa Benoist): following "All That Jazz" from CHICAGO courtesy of Rachel (Lea Michele)and Cassandra (Kate Hudson), here is Cory Monteith, Darren Criss and the New Directions with a theatrically-attuned group reworking of the 80s Crowded House pop classic "Don't Dream It's Over" from this Thursday's brand new episode, "Swan Song". (more...)
SOUND OFF: The GLEE Gang's Gangnam StyleSOUND OFF: The GLEE Gang's Gangnam Style
by Pat Cerasaro - November 30, 2012

Over the last two weeks, GLEE has bravely taken on a catalog comprising everything from David Bowie and Simon & Garfunkel to FOOTLOOSE, PROMISES, PROMISES, the Scissor Sisters, Kelly Clarkson and fun., to say nothing of Psy's current worldwide smash hit "Gangnam Style", and, in so doing, it is clearly showing no signs of slowing down - actually, its amped up. Mashing up the New Directions of the original glee club with the new crew comprised of GLEE PROJECT winners and new faces, to say nothing of the Season Four additional storyline following the New York City-set travails of Rachel (Lea Michele) and Kurt (Chris Colfer) with guest stars Kate Hudson and Sarah Jessica Parker, both "Dynamic Duets", written and directed by co-creator Ian Brennan, and "Thanksgiving", written by Russel Friend & Garrett Lerner, directed by Bradley Buecker, also introduced anomalous themes into the GLEE universe while juggling everything else - namely: super heroes and a holiday tribute, Thanksgiving. While this week's episode was perhaps more generally amiable and appealing and certainly more successful in its overall execution and worthy place in the upper half of the episode stack four seasons in, last week packed a plosive "Pow!" of a punch insofar as its appreciable visuals and creative utilization of the tried and true tropes of comic book lore, new and old. (more...)
SOUND OFF Special Interview: David Phelps Discusses CLASSIC, Concert Tour, Christmas & MoreSOUND OFF Special Interview: David Phelps Discusses CLASSIC, Concert Tour, Christmas & More
by Pat Cerasaro - November 20, 2012

Today we are talking to a recording artist whose new release, CLASSIC, virtually acts as an overview of his impressive career thus far, with its overall wide embrace of titanic vocals and big emotion while covering pop, opera, country, classical, religious themes, theatre music and more - celebrated crossover star David Phelps. In addition to all about CLASSIC, outlining its origins and creation, plus song selection process, actual recording and producing and more, Phelps also casts a glance back at his idiosyncratic journey thus far, opening up about the impetus for pursuing a life of music as well as how he has now made it a family tradition thanks to the participation of his siblings and even his daughter in a special duet on the stirring new release. Also, as well as all about CLASSIC and its current tour, Phelps cites his foremost influences, reflects on some of his favorite recordings to date, illustrates the finer points of his recording process with his collaborators, points out some of his favorite holiday song selections - and much, much more! (more...)

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