Twitter Watch: Josh Gad Takes Selfie with BEAUTY AND THE BEAST Cast!
by BWW Staff - April 14, 2015
On Twitter Watch, Josh Gad wrote ' that stage veteran and film star Ian McKellen has joined Disney's upcoming live-action adaptation of BEAUTY AND THE BEAST as 'Cogsworth'. Set for a release on March 17, 2017, the beloved tale will be retold for the big screen with a modern live-action lens and the help of transformative CG magic. As BroadwayWorld previously reported, Emma Watson and Dan Stevens will star as Belle and the Beast/Prince respectively, and Luke Evans will play the role of Gaston. Emma Thompson has joined the cast as Mrs. Potts and Kevin Kline as Belle's father, Maurice. As BWW announced previously, Josh Gad will reportedly take on the role of Le Fou, with six-time Tony winner Audra McDonald playing Garderobe. Eight-time Oscar-winner Alan Menken, who won two Academy Awards for the 1991 animated classic, will score the new BEAUTY AND THE BEAST, which will feature new recordings of the original songs in addition to several new songs written by Menken and Sir Tim Rice. Bill Condon will direct from a script by Stephen Chbosky, and the film will be produced by Mandeville Films' David Hoberman and Todd Lieberman. Production begins in May at Shepperton Studios in London. Disney also recently announced it will be creating live-action versions of MULAN and PINOCCHIO, joining reboots of THE JUNGLE BOOK, PETE'S DRAGON and WINNIE THE POOH. The live-action adaptation of CINDERELLA, starring Lily James, just hit the big screen this winter. McKellen was last seen on the big screen as 'Gandalf' in THE HOBBIT: THE BATTLE OF THE FIVE ARMIES (a role he originated in THE LORD OF THE RINGS trilogy) and will soon appear in MR. HOLMES and THE DRESSER. He is also well known for his role as 'Magneto' in the X-MEN movies. The Olivier-winning, classically trained actor last starred on Broadway in NO MAN'S LAND and WAITING FOR GODOT opposite Patrick Stewart. Before that, he appeared in DANCE OF DEATH, IAN MCKELLEN: A KNIGHT OUT AT THE LYCEUM, WILD HONEY, IAN MCKELLEN: ACTING SHAKESPEARE, AMADEUS -- which earned him a Tony Award in 1981 -- and THE PROMISE. McKellen was a member of the Old Vic and has performed at the Chichester Festival, in the West End, and with the Royal Shakespeare Company, the Royal National Theatre and more. 1991's BEAUTY AND THE BEAST was an animated musical romantic fantasy film produced by Walt Disney Feature Animation and released by Walt Disney Pictures. Based on the traditional French fairy tale of the same name by Jeanne-Marie Le Prince de Beaumont,Beauty and the Beast is the 30th film in the Walt Disney Animated Classics series. Additionally, it is third in the Disney Renaissance period. Starring Paige O'Hara and Robby Benson, Beauty and the Beast focuses on the relationship between the Beast (Benson), a prince who is magically transformed into a monster as punishment for his arrogance, and Belle (O'Hara), a young woman who he imprisons in his castle. The film also features the voices of Richard White, Jerry Orbach, David Ogden Stiers, and Angela Lansbury, who occupy supporting roles. The film was a box office success, and has since garnered over $424 million worldwide. BEAUTY AND THE BEAST was nominated for several awards, winning the Golden Globe Award for Best Motion Picture - Musical or Comedy. Beauty and the Beast became the first animated film to be nominated for the Academy Award for Best Picture; it also received five additional Academy Award nominations, including Best Original Score, Best Sound, and three separate nominations for Best Original Song. Ultimately, the film won Best Original Score, while Best Original Song was awarded to its title song. In 2002, Beauty and the Beast was deemed 'culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant' by the Library of Congress and selected for preservation in the National Film Registry. In April 1994, BEAUTY AND THE BEAST became Disney's first animated film to be adapted into a Broadway musical. ' (more...)
Twitter Watch: Rick Miramontez Calls FINDING NEVERLAND 'True Magic'
by BWW Staff - April 10, 2015
On Twitter Watch, Rick Miramontez wrote 'TRUE MAGIC is making a show work. They did it. Congrats to the artists @NeverlandBway. #smash' (more...)
Twitter Watch: IN THE HEIGHTS Gang Reunites at HAMILTON!
by BWW Staff - April 8, 2015
On Twitter Watch, Lin Manuel Miranda wrote ' Just me & the G.W. (hee) Asking gee Nina, what'll you be?' (more...)
Twitter Watch: Broadway's Next HEDWIG Stops by Lena Hall's Final Show
by BWW Staff - April 5, 2015
On Twitter Watch, HEDWIG AND THE ANGRY INCH's official Twitter feed wrote 'Incoming Hedwig @DarrenCriss with outgoing Yitzhak @LenaRockerHall after her triumphant final performance ' (more...)
Twitter Watch: Lin-Manuel Miranda Announces Understudy Javier Mu˝oz Will Perform Weekly at HAMILTON
by BWW Staff - April 2, 2015
On Twitter Watch, Lin-Manuel Miranda wrote 'From the creative team behind the Tony Award-winning In The Heights comes a wildly inventive new musical about the scrappy young immigrant who forever changed America: AlexanderHamilton. Tony and Grammy Award winner Lin-Manuel Miranda wields his pen and takes the stage as the unlikely founding father determined to make his mark on a new nation as hungry and ambitious as he is. From bastard orphan to Washington's right hand man, rebel to war hero, loving husband caught in the country's first sex scandal to Treasury head who made an untrusting world believe in the American economy, Hamilton is an exploration of a political mastermind. George Washington,Thomas Jefferson, Eliza Hamilton, and lifelong Hamilton friend and foe,Aaron Burr, all attend this revolutionary tale of America's fiery past told through the sounds of the ever-changing nation we've become. Tony Award nominee Thomas Kail directs this new musical about taking your shot, speaking your mind, and turning the world upside down.' (more...)
Twitter Watch: Audra McDonald Rips Indiana Governor Mike Pence Over 'Hateful Legislation'
by BWW Staff - March 26, 2015
On Twitter Watch, Audra McDonald wrote '@GovPenceIN Or MAYBE I donate the money I make in your state while Im there to organizations that will combat your hateful legislation.' (more...)
Twitter Watch: Hugh Jackman Cancels Shows in Turkey - 'Make No Mistake, I'll Be Back!'
by BWW Staff - March 18, 2015
On Twitter Watch, Hugh Jackman wrote 'Merhaba. I have a left vocal hemorrhage. At advice of Dr. Kocak Dr Korovin I will cancel my shows in Turkey. Make no mistake, I'll be back! (more...)
Twitter Watch: Hugh Jackman Rehearses for Performances in Istanbul!
by BWW Staff - March 17, 2015
On Twitter Watch, Hugh Jackman wrote 'Even though 'Hugh Jackman - An Evening with Hugh Jackman' may be a set performance, it is in effect a concert that also contains improvisations. Hugh Jackman is a Tony-Award-winning actor renown the world over, most notably by his roles in movies such as 'Wolverine', 'X-Men', 'Les Miserables' and 'Real Steel.' The Australian artist puts his talent in song and dance on full display before our very eyes and he is accompanied by dancers and an orchestra of thirty two pieces during the performance. The show features various segments, including tributes to classic movie musicals like 'Singin' in the Rain' and 'Guys and Dolls' as well as odes to the Aborigine culture of Jackman's native Australia and Peter Allen, the Australian composer Jackman earned a Tony Award for playing in The Boy From Oz. Jackman improvises often throughout the show. His charming interactions keep things fresh and funny. An international movie star who got his start in Australian theater, Jackman earned a Tony for his Broadway debut in The Boy From Oz in 2004, the same year he first hosted the Tony ceremony. He returned to Broadway in the 2009 hit 'A Steady Rain' opposite Daniel Craig, followed by the solo concert 'Hugh Jackman, Back on Broadway' in 2011. In 2012, he played the role of Jean Valjean in the musical movie 'Les Miserables.' - See more at: http://www.zorlucenterpsm.com/en/hugh-jackman#sthash.FkXLGdkF.dpuf' (more...)
Twitter Watch: Darren Criss Preps for Broadway Return in HEDWIG AND THE ANGRY INCH
by BWW Staff - March 11, 2015
On Twitter Watch, Darren Criss wrote 'Steppin into it┬ů (more...)
Twitter Watch: Lilla Crawford to Guest Star on ABC's FOREVER? See Her in Costume!
by BWW Staff - February 27, 2015
On Twitter Watch, Ioan Gruffudd wrote 'Working with the lovely and talented @LILLACRAWFORD today! #IntoTheWoods @ForeverABC Crawford moved from Los Angeles to New York City where she made her Broadway debut in 2011 as Debbie in the closing cast of the musical Billy Elliot. She previously auditioned for the role while she had been on vacation in New York City and was not planning on auditioning. Later, after a nationwide search, she won the title role in James Lapine's 2012 revival of the Tony-winning musical Annie at the age of 11 after having previously been in a community theatre production of the same show, of which she played Bert Healy. She competed against over 5,000 other girls auditioning to play Annie over a span of nine months. After her initial audition in New York she had five or six callbacks, the final one with a dozen girls. While performing in Annie, she filmed the Broadway.com video blog 'Simply Red' for the show, which earned her a broadway.com title of 'most clicked stars of 2013'. She has also played 'The Little Girl' in Ragtime at Avery Fisher Hall, alongside Lea Salonga, Norm Lewis, and many others. Additionally, Crawford played Little Katie in a workshop production of Home the Musical by Scott Alan in New York City. Crawford has also appeared in a workshop of Melissa Arctic and has performed in 14 shows at Youth Academy of Dramatic Arts in Los Angeles. Crawford has also held many musical theater workshops for children in NYC that focus on audition techniques and stage presence. She has partnered with her vocal coach Philip Pelkington and the performing company A Class Act to hold these workshops. She also held a workshop at the Marymount School of New York where she mentored the middle school's cast of Into the Woods Junior. Crawford made her feature-film debut playing Little Red Riding Hood in the Disney film adaption of the musical Into the Woods, a role that was originally rumored to have been given to Sophia Grace Brownlee. The film was released on December 25, 2014, at the Ziegfeld Theater where Crawford was dressed in an Oscar De La Renta dress.' (more...)
Twitter Watch: Anna Kendrick Will Perform at Oscars- Will We See Anything from INTO THE WOODS?
by BWW Staff - February 9, 2015
On Twitter Watch, Anna Kendrick wrote 'Excited to announce @TheAcademy has invited me to be part of a special performance at the #Oscars on Feb. 22nd! Into the Woods is a modern twist on the beloved Brothers Grimm fairy tales, intertwining the plots of a few choice stories and exploring the consequences of the characters' wishes and quests. This humorous and heartfelt musical follows the classic tales of Cinderella (Anna Kendrick), Little Red Riding Hood (Lilla Crawford), Jack and the Beanstalk (Daniel Huttlestone), and Rapunzel (MacKenzie Mauzy) - all tied together by an original story involving a baker and his wife (James Corden & Emily Blunt), their wish to begin a family and their interaction with the witch (Meryl Streep) who has put a curse on them. Rob Marshall, the talented filmmaker behind the Academy Award┬«-winning musical 'Chicago' and Disney's 'Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides,' helms the film, which is based on the Tony┬«-winning original musical by James Lapine, who also penned the screenplay, and legendary composer Stephen Sondheim, who provides the music and lyrics - including an all-new song for the big-screen adaptation. Produced by Marshall, John DeLuca, 'Wicked' producer Marc Platt and Callum McDougall. The complete cast for INTO THE WOODS is as follows: Meryl Streep as The Witch, James Corden as The Baker,Emily Blunt as The Baker's Wife, Johnny Depp as The Wolf, Anna Kendrick as Cinderella, Chris Pine as Cinderella's Prince, Billy Magnussen as Rapunzel's Prince, Mackenzie Mauzy as Rapunzel, Lucy Punch as Lucinda, Tammy Blanchard as Florinda, Christine Baranski as Cinderella's Stepmother and Tracey Ullman as Jack's Mother, with Lilla Crawford as Little Red Riding Hood and Daniel Huttlestone as Jack, directed by Rob Marshall. ' (more...)
Twitter Watch: Bryan Cranston on FINDING NEVERLAND- 'I Cried with Joy...'
by BWW Staff - February 4, 2015
On Twitter Watch, Bryan Cranston wrote ' I saw this new musical in Boston and cried with joy... But anyone thinking of repeating that better Tread Lightly. https://twitter.com/NeverlandBway/status/562294855078912000 ┬ů (more...)
Twitter Watch: Sneak Peek at FINDING NEVERLAND's First Rehearsal
by BWW Staff - February 2, 2015
On Twitter Watch, Finding Neverland wrote 'What a wonderful first day of rehearsal for #FindingNeverland! We can't wait to begin performances this spring! ' (more...)
Twitter Watch: Kevin Spacey Announces ú12 Seats for CLARENCE DARROW
by BWW Staff - February 2, 2015
On Twitter Watch, Kevin Spacey wrote 'Every show @oldvictheatre: 100 seats for ┬ú12 for those 25 & under. Including my run of Clarence Darrow this spring! http://bit.ly/1JOkrEa (more...)
Twitter Watch: Andrew Lloyd Webber on HAMILTON: 'It Raises & Changes the Bar for Musicals'
by BWW Staff - February 2, 2015
On Twitter Watch, Andrew Lloyd Webber wrote 'Just seen #Hamilton; it raises & changes the bar for musicals. Brilliant lyrics, staging, cast. Creator/lead @Lin_Manuel is special. ALW. (more...)
Twitter Watch: Stephanie J. Block and Sebastian Arcelus Welcome New Baby to the Family!
by BWW Staff - January 23, 2015
On Twitter Watch, Stephanie J Block wrote : She's arrived. Now it begins. Now we start. (more...)
Twitter Watch: Elaine Paige Teases Big, Upcoming News
by BWW Staff - January 22, 2015
On Twitter, Elaine Paige has been teasing some exciting news all week @elaine_paige. What do you this Elaine is up to? (more...)
Twitter Watch: Lin-Manuel Miranda Will Present Wesleyan's Commencement Address
by BWW Staff - January 21, 2015
On Twitter, Lin-Manuel Miranda had this to say @Lin_Manuel: Honored honored honored. See you nerds at @Weswings. GO WES! #PartyonFountain Miranda is the composer-lyricist of Broadway's In the Heights, which received four 2008 Tony Awards (including Best Orchestrations, Best Choreography and Best Musical), with Lin-Manuel receiving a Tony Award for Best Score, as well as a nomination for Best Leading Actor in a Musical. He is the recipient of a 2009 Grammy Award for In the Heights, Original Broadway Cast Album and was named a finalist for the 2009 Pulitzer Prize for Drama. Lin-Manuel contributed new songs to the revival of Stephen Schwartz'sWorking, collaborated with Arthur LaurentsandStephen Sondheim on Spanish translations for the 2009 Broadway Revival of West Side Story, and most recently, partnered with Jeff Whitty, Tom Kitt and Amanda Green for Bring It On: The Musical. He starred in the Encores! production of Merrily We Roll Along. His next musical, Hamilton, will have its world premiere at The Public Theater in 2015. ' (more...)
Twitter Watch: Emma Stone Celebrates Oscar Nomination with CABARET Cast!
by BWW Staff - January 16, 2015
On Twitter Watch, Alan Cumming wrote ' Celebrating Emma's Oscar nomination last night at #ClubCumming @CampariAmerica ' (more...)
Twitter Watch: Andrew Lloyd Webber- 'Really sorry that Sting's brave Broadway musical is closing'
by BWW Staff - January 7, 2015
On Twitter Watch, Andrew Lloyd Webber wrote ' Really sorry that Sting's brave Broadway musical is closing. ALW.' (more...)
Twitter Watch: Idina Menzel Poses with KISS!
by BWW Staff - November 27, 2014
On Twitter, Idina Menzel had this to say @idinamenzel. Idina + KISS = ? (more...)
Twitter Watch: Behind-the-Scenes with Aaron Tveit and the Cast of Menier's ASSASSINS
by BWW Staff - November 13, 2014
On Twitter Watch, Baz Bamigboye wrote 'KILLER bunch @MenChocFactory #Assassins @lloydjamie #AaronTveit @carlybawden #MikeMcShane & @andynyman.Previews Nov21 ' (more...)
Twitter Watch: PETER PAN Rehearsals Move to Set at Long Island Studio!
by BWW Staff - November 4, 2014
On Twitter Watch, Neil Meron wrote 'First day at Long Island studio #PeterPanLive ' (more...)
Twitter Watch: Ice Skating Duo Skates to Josh Young!
by BWW Staff - November 3, 2014
On Twitter Watch, Josh Young wrote ' They're skating to me! Josh originated 'Che' in the first national tour of the Tony┬« Nominated Broadway revival of Evita. He received a 2012 Tony┬« Award nomination and Theatre World Award for his critically acclaimed Broadway debut as 'Judas' in Andrew Lloyd Webber's Jesus Christ Superstar, directed by Des McAnuff. He appeared in two seasons at The Stratford Shakespeare Festival where his credits include: 'Judas' in Jesus Christ Superstar, 'Connie Rivers' in Grapes of Wrath, and 'Che' in Evita directed by Gary Griffin, earning Broadway World Awards for each. Josh also appeared as 'Marius' in the US National Tour of Les Miserables and 'Tony' in the International Tour of West Side Story. Josh has performed in North America's finest regional theaters including La Jolla Playhouse, Walnut Street Theater, St. Louis MUNY, Baltimore Center Stage and North Carolina Theatre. He's been involved in new works with NYC's Roundabout Theatre Company, The Transport Group and The New York Musical Theater Festival. Josh is the co-founder of Cutting-Edge Composers (cuttingedgecomposers.com), a concert and weekly web series on broadwayworld.com, created to give exposure to musical theatre's next generation of songwriters. BFA Syracuse University. Tweet @joshpaulyoung. ' (more...)
Twitter Watch: Andy Karl Live Tweets from ON THE TWENTIETH CENTURY Photo Shoot
by BWW Staff - October 27, 2014
On Twitter Watch, Andy Karl wrote 'Hey everybody @Andy_Karl here tweeting for Roundabout. I'll be giving you an inside look at On the Twentieth Century today! #AndyKarl20C (more...)
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