'Jeremy Lin: The Musical,' 'Smash' and more
'Jeremy Lin: The Musical' already on the Internet
Apparently it's not too soon for "Jeremy Lin: The Musical," which is already on YouTube. Starring Kevin Yee from the Broadway cast of "Mary Poppins," it's a fictional depiction of Jeremy Lin succeeding for the first time in basketball. The song titles include "Lin-ning It," "Lin-sanity" and "It's Like Applying to Stanford and Ending Up at Harvard."
'Smash' receives mixed reaction from B'way fans
The Broadway-themed sitcom "Smash," which has been dwindling in the ratings since its much-publicized premiere, has been receiving unexpectedly mixed reactions from fans of the Great White Way. Although many - myself included - are glad to see a show about Broadway reach a national audience, no one will deny that the writing is corny, juvenile and very disappointing. As a friend of mine aptly put it: "This show is so dumb, I can't believe all the chances I'm giving it."
Broadway-bound 'Seattle' delayed for revamp
The forthcoming musical version of "Sleepless in Seattle" has hit a major bump in the road. The show's producers have announced that the show, which was supposed to receive its out-of-town premiere at California's Pasadena Playhouse in June, has been delayed to next season in order to allow for a reworking of its creative team. It looks as though the director and songwriters will all be replaced. "Developing a show based on a movie as iconic as 'Sleepless in Seattle' is something we don't take lightly," producer David Shor said in a statement. With that in mind, I can think of a lot of recent Broadway musicals based on movies that were taken too "lightly."
Tony Awards sues 'Ages' over Bret Michaels fiasco
Bret Michaels' ongoing lawsuit against the Tony Awards - for the injuries he sustained when he got smacked in the head by a set piece during the 2009 broadcast - just took an interesting turn: The producers of the Tony Awards have reacted to Michaels' suit by cross-suing the Broadway musical "Rock of Ages." Although Michaels performed a bit of "Nothin' But a Good Time" in honor of "Rock of Ages," he actually has nothing to do with the show. "This is a desperate act," Michaels' attorney, Alex Weingarten, said in a statement.
'Jesus Christ Superstar' holds secret concert
The new Broadway revival of "Jesus Christ Superstar" has yet to begin previews, but the cast gave a secret concert performance for a small number of fans on Friday night at the Church of the Intercession at 155th Street. Video footage of the event should soon be made available.
Bernadette Peters, Cynthia Nixon, Mike Nichols, Jesse Tyler Ferguson and Stephen Sondheim at the final performance of "Merrily We Roll Along" ... Jeffrey Donovan at "Venus in Fur" ... Michael Mc-Kean at "Death of a Salesman."
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