In 1993, a quirky comedy film about a TV weatherman getting stuck in an inexplicable time loop was released and almost immediately became an irrevocable part of popular culture in the west. In 2006, Groundhog Day was added to the United States National Film Registery, having been deemed “culturally, historically or aesthetically significant”. In 2016, it was offered yet another tribute when it premiered as a stage musical, with a book by Danny Rubin (who co-wrote the movie and wrote the story on which it was based) and music and lyrics by Tim Minchin, who also wrote the musical adaptation of Roald Dahl’s Matilda. (more…)
In every actor’s life, there is a moment when they are called to the stage, a venue where, many think, the true quality of acting is found and delivered. Of course, no one would ever conflate Bruce Willis with the upper-seats of acting royalty like, say, Sir Laurence Olivier, but it seems that even John McClane can’t escape the siren song of the Great White Way, and he will soon be taking to the Broadway stage hismelf. But role could possibly speak to Willis loud enough to make him go out on the proverbial ledge like this: Hamlet? Willy Loman (Death of a Salesman)? Stanley Kowalski (A Streetcar Named Desire)? How about Paul Sheldon. You now, the victimized author under the mercy of a crazed fan in Stephen King‘sMisery. (more…)
It seemed like it was never going to open in the first place. Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark, the big, Broadway musical adaptation of the Marvel Comics hero, began production in 2007 and burned through millions of dollars, saw several changes in cast and production staff and had more than a couple of on-stage injuries, all before preview performances had even begun. Still, Turn Off the Dark has managed to eek out a place for itself on the Great White Way, at least it will until this coming January. (more…)
I love musicals. And that’s one of the big reasons why I loved Disney movies as a kid. Some of those childhood favorites made their way to the stage and did pretty well for themselves, like The Lion King and Beauty and the Beast.
Alan Menken, who was the songwriter for the aforementioned Disney films as well as Aladdin and The Little Mermaid, mentioned at a recent Disneyland performance that Aladdin may be making its way to Broadway. It’s already being performed on stage in the United States and is currently on in Utah until the end of October.
I think it’s about damn time that this became a thing! What do you guys think?
From Hardcover to Broadway, ‘Peter & The Starcatchers’ a series of bestselling children books, is becoming a huge hit. The Broadway play has received nine Tony Award nominations earlier this month, and Walt Disney Pictures has hired writer Jesse Wigutow to adapt the book into a movie with franchise potential.
Wigutow is currently the man to have with his adaptation of Robert Ludlum’s thriller The Osterman Weekend in development at Summit with director Brian Kirk (“Game of Thrones“) and a reboot of The Crow at Relativity Media with F. Javier Gutierrez. It will be interesting to see how he handles a more child-friendly story.
Highlights from the Broadway Show:
In an evocative and fast-paced adventure on the high seas and on a faraway island, an orphan boy named Peter and his pretty, mysterious new friend, Molly, overcome bands of pirates and thieves in their quest to keep a fantastical secret safe and save the world from evil. The story precedes J.M. Barrie’s beloved Peter Pan. So are you excited to see Disney tackle the preceding adventures that made Peter Pan ‘the boy who never grew up’?
Well, it’s been a movie, had a TV pilot, got a cartoon, then a comic… why the hell not? At a recent Q&A in LA, writer/director Kevin Smith dropped that if ever gets around to making Clerks III, it won’t be on the big screen. It will be on Broadway! Ok… At first I thought he was trolling, simply because he’s also recently announced he’s going to retire.
Even while watching it, I kept thinking it was just a bit. He was just pulling some funny for the crowd and being a good story teller. However, this is Kevin Smith, I wouldn’t put it past him. Still, I don’t know what to think about this, do we need another Clerks? As a Play? What do you think?
I think it is to early for this to process. I need a coffee.
Check out the video of Kevin Smith revealing his plans below.
After the shows very rocky accident filled start, she was fired. This lead to the previously reported suit and counter suit between her and the shows producers. Now former Spider-Man: Turn off the Dark director Julie Taymor can finally put the ugly mess behind her. The New York Times is reporting that the lawsuit has been settled and to sooth Taymor’s tortured soul, she will be paid $10,000, per week, every week that the multi-million dollar show runs and seeing as the show is still selling out week after week, that’s going to be awhile.
Let’s do some math. On average the show earns around $1 million per week, making it the most profitable show on Broadway right now. Popular shows stay on Broadway for years, so when it’s all said and done, Taymor could easily rake in a million or more. Not to shabby for getting fired after a few weeks of work.
How do the producers, Michael Cohl and Jeremiah J. Harris, feeling about signing all those checks?
“We are very happy to have reached an amicable compromise with the SDC that will allow us all to move on,” the pair said in a joint statement reported by The New York Times. “Now we can focus our energies on providing an amazing entertainment experience for our audiences, who have come to see the show in record numbers and made it a tremendous hit.”
So, if anyone has any connections on Broadway, I am totally willing to mess up and almost derail a $75 Million dollar production. For the record I would also be totally willing to settle for just $5 grand a week.
A true classic of the 80’s maybe headed to Broadway. Deadline says Robert Zemeckis is hitting up co-writer Bob Gale and composer Alan Silvestri to develop a musical based on Back To The Future. Obviously details are scarce at this point, but come on Broadway, this is a sure hit.
The nature of BTTF lends itself to the stage in a great way, you can already hear the Doc Brown number titled ‘Great Scot’, the hilarity of the band tryouts, the dullardish tune that Biff will belt out, the damn movie ends with a shreading guitar based rendition of Johnny B. Good by hero Marty McFly. Do we have to spell it out for you?
The trilogy has made over a billion at the box office, new a new life on Broadway would be good way to keep it a live, besides if they hammer this out maybe it will take away any chance for a remake/reboot in the near future.
It’s no surprise that the Broadway adaptation Spider-man: Turn off the Dark was going to be a success. Even with their delays in production, going several million dollars over budget and the removal and replacement of former director Julie Taymor the production has been successful enough for a Tony nomination for Julie Taymor. Wait…my spider-sense is tingling. (more…)
Holy shit, the Spider-man musical might not be complete and utter crap. After receving some serious rewriting and tweaking from Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa (Hey, would you look at that, a comic book writer with experience writing the character. Why didn’t they think of that before?), Spider-man: Turn of the Dark has been transformed into a halfway decent musical. Spidey fan and writer of the upcoming, The Amazing Spider-man, Dan Slott recently reviewed the revamped show via Twitter,
Yep! I just came back from the ALL-NEW ver of @SpideyOnBway… and, WALOPING WEB-SNAPPERS, it IS new and IMPROVED! WOO-HOO! You know who’s the hero who saved Spidey? Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa, that’s who!!! Roberto’s new book and lyrics for @SpideyOnBway are FUN! 🙂 Now, when Spidey fights during TURN OFF THE DARK, he QUIPS!!! He didn’t B4, and now that he does: it’s SPIDEY again! YAY! @SpideyOnBway
Great to hear Spider-man is fun and wisecracking again. His humor is a really important element of his characters, it’s kind of appalling he was portrayed so serious before. In addition to the show lightening up, Slott also raved about the improved stunt choreagraphy, tweeting, “No stopping. Not even once. All good, all the way through! 🙂 And all the stunts and ADDED flying sequences were AWESOME!” You can’t help but be swept up in Slott’s childlike enthusiasm. He’s like a little girl screaming with glee over their favorite teen idol.
The lesson here: Want something fixed? Use a comic book writer! 🙂 In TURN OFF THE DARK, know what Peter says after Uncle Ben dies? “With Great Power Comes Great Responsibility!” He DIDN’T B4! They FIXED IT!
Peter didn’t originally say the freaking most popular Spider-man quote!? What the hell were the original writers even thinking?! Hadn’t they even watched a commercial for any of the three Raimi flicks where that phrase was peppered incessantly? Come on, people! Sounds like we have a lot to thank Aguirre-Sacasa for, “the hero who saved Spidey.”
Make sure you read Slott’s entire tweeted review, smiley faces, caps and exclamations galore, over at Comics Beat. The future sounds promising for Spider-man on Broadway. Now if they can keep the cast out of the emergency room, things should be okay.