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Oscar Winning Screenwriter Adapting JEKYLL AND HYDE Musical for Screen  Mar 19 2019, 03:41:26 PM

With the 2012-13 tour/Broadway revival, I believe the team behind 'Black Swan' had the rights, with an aim to have the film premiere in 2015. Then the 2013 Broadway revival cut its already short limited engagement in half, and they scraped the entirety of the plans.

I imagine producers get excited over Jekyll for easy story recognition, the pop-score, and 3 attractive lead characters to cast. It's also still gets major productions around the world, and if I'm not mistak

ANASTASIA Sets March 31st Closing Date  Feb 6 2019, 12:18:17 AM

According to the NY Times "The show was capitalized for up to $15 million, according to a filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission; it has not recouped its capitalization costs."


I just saw this this past weekend, and could not agree more with RippedMan re: the ending.

Manhattan Concert Productions to do  Jan 30 2019, 01:09:43 PM

Actually kind of surprised with this choice... I would've thought they would've lined up with a bigger voice from the Wildhorn-world: Ryan Silverman, Rob Evan, Jeremy Jordan, etc

Ever After Musical  Jan 30 2019, 12:57:55 PM

Sierra was in It Should've Been You (?) during the entire run of the original Ever After at Papermill...

Ever After Musical  Jan 24 2019, 08:50:04 AM

Scarlet Leigh said: "philly03 said: "My last comment is on the tone - is this supposed to be satire (all the political books)? Comedy? "Historic-fiction" drama? There doesn't seem to be a clear idea of what this is."

The tone of the MOVIE is very much the last one,"Historic-fiction" drama. And the LAST thing the movie was was a satire. I'm curious as to what on the show caused satire to be the thing that came to mind FIRST wit

Ever After Musical  Jan 24 2019, 12:34:37 AM

Saw this tonight - still needs tweaking. Score is wonderful! I went in completely blind (never saw the movie)... The pacing was fine until mid-second act, then its a bunch of random scenes quickly on top of each other, with bad staging on the finale.

Sierra Boggess is fantastic, as is Rachel York, Terry Rogan and Jenny Ashman.

However, there are two big dance sequences (one at the end of Act 1, one during the "reveal" scene in act 2)  that seem they a

What happened to Linda Eders career?  Dec 6 2018, 02:47:51 PM

She also just performed at the Philly Thanksgiving Day parade, but I missed it, and can't seem to find footage of it now.

What happened to Linda Eders career?  Sep 18 2018, 02:27:15 PM

Linda never wanted to be famous, nor was she ever set on being a "Broadway star" (that was Frank Wildhorn's idea). She had a lot of high profile fans too - Rosie O'Donnell, Kathy Lee Gifford, I even sat next to Larry King once at Feinstein's at one of her concerts.

Years ago with WONDERLAND she was asked to be The Mad Hatter (the role would go to Kate Shindle for the second Tampa/Broadway run), but the story is she didn't want to be out of town for months

National Tour Flops  Jun 27 2018, 02:29:28 PM

ALW's Whistle Down the Wind could not sell tickets, even with promo for Andrea Ross (she must have been 16/17 at the time?) who was being hailed as Andrew's next prodigy at the time. It was also one of those "rumored for Broadway" tours. 

Manhattan Concert Productions to do  Jun 27 2018, 02:27:12 PM

SomethingPeculiar said: "The show's history is kind of amazing. In 2018, a musical could NEVER do what The Scarlet Pimpernel did:

• Got mixed reviews but ran fora year
• Took a week hiatus to make changes (changesthat included a new director/choreographer)
• Ran 7 more months before closing
• After a short tour, openedagain4 months laterat a different theater, with even more revision

Sierra Boggess to play Maria in West Side Story in London  Apr 22 2018, 10:08:03 AM

Where was the outrage at Lea Salonga playing Mother in Ragtime, which was specifically written as a "White Anglo-Saxon Protestant"?


I am in the boat of the best singer/actor should get the job, regardless of race/etc.

Tell Me on a Sunday - Walnut Street  Mar 2 2018, 01:51:15 PM

Does anyone know who is the lead in Tell Me on a Sunday at the Walnut Street Theatre in Philly? 


Additionally, does anyone know which version of the musical they are doing? (Original, Broadway, UK 03, etc?)

LOVE NEVER DIES - US Tour  Dec 12 2017, 04:44:19 PM

I saw this in Atlanta about a week ago - I thought it was a total snore. I remember getting really excited for this back when it was announced/recording released in 2009/2010... The British's press "Paint Never Drives" couldn't have been more correct back then. Apart from "Till I Hear You Sing," "Beneath A Moonless Sky/Once Upon Another Time," and the title song; the design and performers were only other highlights. I was surprised there was no prologue o

Roles for Jill paice  Jun 8 2017, 10:49:49 AM

She wouldve been great as "I" in Rebecca had the show happened. She is one of my favorites as well.

REBA  Jun 8 2017, 10:05:33 AM

Lea Salonga over Daphne Rubin-Vega, Les Mis 2006

Rachel York over Christine Andreas, The Scarlet Pimpernel

Best/Worst Alan Menken Musical?  May 18 2017, 11:09:50 AM

Best: Sister Act or Beauty and the Beast

Worst: Leap of Faith, although his music was the best part and not an issue. It was those lyrics and book!

Longest Run for a Show with No Noms  May 2 2017, 09:11:49 PM

Other trivia - Jekyll & Hyde was the only musical not nominated for "Best Musical" in the 96-97 season (out of 5) and was the longest running of them all (4 years). Titanic won that year (and ran for 2 years).

Riedel on the Rebecca civil trial  Apr 26 2017, 10:19:56 PM

"And yet we know someone had because, by opening (as opposed to the preview version), "Carpe Noctem" -- at least -- was a dead rip of the original."


Kunze was brought in I believe just prior to previews, and was likely him. Jim Steinmen was going to do original "translation" prior with another book writer... and the producers, if I remember the quote "wanted 10 jokes on each script page."

Riedel on the Rebecca civil trial  Apr 26 2017, 03:38:50 PM

Kunze wasn't that much involved with Broadway Dance with Vampires either until VERY late into the game...


The only musicals I can think of that were done by non-Americans abroad that tried to go to Broadway or the West End would be Napoleon (Canadian writers, tried out in Toronto then tanked on the West End); The Ten Commandments (French, w/ Val Kilmer and Lauren Kennedy in LA from the French production - such a disaster never even made it to Broadway); Notre Dam

Rebecca Producers Have Lost Right to Broadway Production  Apr 25 2017, 04:57:17 PM

Sorry if I wasn't clear with that - those musicals will never play in English language productions. My point was after the Dance fiasco they are very protective of the look, content, etc. of their productions.

They've learned a lot from properties like Sister Act, which ironically VBW was hoping something like Rebecca could turn into something like what that did for Stage Entertainment (which brought Rocky to Broadway as well).


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