Broadway/Theater

Down For The Count: Musical Adaptation Of Oscar-Winner 'Rocky' To End On Broadway Next Month

July 16th, 2014 10:26am EDT
Rocky
The stage adaptation of Sylvester Stallone's Academy Award-winning 1976 film Rocky hasn't fared quite as well as the film did, and on Tuesday it was announced that the musical would come to an end on Broadway.

Declining ticket sales have sent the production to the mat after just five months on the Great White Way at the Winter Garden Theatre.

Stallone spent well over a decade adapting the movie for the stage and collaborated with Ukrainian boxers Vladimir and Vitali Klitschko on the production, but in the end "Rocky - The Musical" will officially close on August 17 after 200-plus performa...
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Tupac Shakur's Broadway Musical To Close Due To Poor Ticket Sales

July 15th, 2014 9:14am EDT
Tupac Shakur's Broadway Musical To Close Due To Poor Ticket Sale
A Broadway musical based on the life of rapper Tupac Shakur is closing early due to disappointing ticket sales. "Holler If Ya Hear Me" opened at New York City's Palace Theatre on June 19 and will have its final curtain call on Sunday, July 20.

Producer Eric L. Gold announced the news on Monday, explaining: "We are so proud to be a part of this ground breaking production... My hope is that a production of this calibre, powerful in its story telling, filled with great performances and exciting contemporary dance and music will eventually receive the recognition it deserves.

"It saddens me ...
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Lindsay Lohan Wants To Be Known For Her Talent, Not As A 'Tabloid Sensation'

July 14th, 2014 5:00pm EDT
Lindsay Lohan Wants To Be Known For Her Talent, Not As A 'Tabloi
Lindsay Lohan is gearing up for her debut on London's West End, and she talked to BBC about her career and how seriously she's taking it these days.

When asked how committed she is to her new project, David Mamet's "Speed-The-Plow," Lohan promised she won't miss any rehearsals or shows.

"That's not going to happen. That's not on the cards. It's not. I'm at a place in my life where I like the commitment. I'm looking forward to that part of it," she explained.

The actress has a reputation for being tardy and not showing up on set, mostly due to her drug and alcohol-fueled past. She spent a...
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Andrew Lloyd Webber Considers Bringing 'Cats' To Big Screen As Show Returns To London Stage

July 8th, 2014 12:17pm EDT
Webber, Nunn, Lynne and Cats cast members
Legendary composer Andrew Lloyd Webber is considering adapting his popular stage musical "Cats" for the big screen.

Webber was accompanied by director Trevor Nunn and choreographer Gillian Lynne in London on Monday to announce the show's return to the city's West End theater district later this year. The show will debut at the London Palladium in December following a 12-year hiatus.

During a press event on Monday, Webber said that while "Cats" is the most likely of his productions to get a cinematic adaptation, there are also others that could follow.

"Yes I think it's very possible that...
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Monty Python's Eric Idle Ignores Critics, Says Reunion Show Had '15,000 Happy Customers'

July 2nd, 2014 1:16pm EDT
Monty Python's Eric Idle Ignores Critics, Says Reunion Show Had
The Monty Python comedy troupe reunited for the first time in more than 30 years last night, performing a comeback gig at the O2 Arena in London. Critics slammed the highly anticipated production, claiming the group relied too much on old jokes, overdone routines, and too-familiar sketches.

The show features some of their most popular skits from "Monty Python's Flying Circus," including fan favorites - the dead parrot, Spam, "The Lumberjack Song" and the Spanish Inquisition.

Comedian Eric Idle was seemingly unaffected by the negative reviews and instead was pleased with the fans' response...
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West End Debut Is A Dream Come True For Lindsay Lohan

June 27th, 2014 11:44am EDT
West End Debut Is A Dream Come True For Lindsay Lohan
Lindsay Lohan is "thrilled" to be working on her first theater role in London's West End. The actress landed the role of Karen in David Mamet's "Speed-the-Plow," and expressed her excitement on Twitter.

"Thrilled to be a part of this production #liveyourdreams #nevergiveup," she posted.

The play is being directed by Lindsay Posner, and it will run at the Theatre Royal Bath from Sept. 24 until Nov. 29.

The actress relocated to London last month and has been trying to resurrect her acting career after completing a sixth stint in rehab last year.

She recently starred in a self-titled reali...
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Lindsay Lohan To Make London Stage Debut In September

June 26th, 2014 10:21pm EDT
Lindsay Lohan To Make London Stage Debut In September
It's official - Lindsay Lohan has landed a role in the upcoming West End production "Speed-The-Plow." She will play Karen in the David Mamet play. (Madonna played the same part in a 1988 Broadway version of the production.)

The actress previously let it slip that she was in the running for the role, telling the New York Times: "It's the first time I've done a stage play or anything like that. I'm nervous but I'm excited."

The play is being directed by Lindsay Posner. It will run at the Theatre Royal Bath from Sept. 24 until Nov. 29.

Lohan moved to London last month and has been trying to...
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Clint Eastwood, Hugh Jackman And Other Stars Pay Tribute To Late Actor Eli Wallach

June 26th, 2014 1:09pm EDT
Eli Wallach
The lights on Broadway will be dimmed on Friday evening in tribute to late stage and screen star Eli Wallach, who passed away on Tuesday at the age of 98.

The prolific actor starred in numerous stage productions, including a Tony-Award-winning turn in "The Rose Tattoo," and in "Mister Roberts," and he also starred on both the big and small screen in such classics as "The Magnificent Seven" and "The Good, The Bad and The Ugly."

After his passing, Wallach was remembered by numerous co-stars, led by Clint Eastwood, who he starred opposite in the 1966 Spaghetti Western as the Mexican bandit T...
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'True Blood' Heading To Broadway As A Musical?

June 19th, 2014 4:32pm EDT
True Blood
A stage musical based on hit HBO series True Blood is in the works, and series star Stephen Moyer is one of the men behind the adaptation.

Moyer joined with composer Nathan Barr with the hopes of bringing "True Blood" to Broadway, and the two already have some of the music written, but first the adaptation must be greenlit by HBO.

Despite proving his chops musically last fall in NBC's live telecast of "The Sound of Music," Moyer says he won't be reprising his role as vampire Bill Compton if the musical concept becomes a reality.

“Working in Broadway is tough and we (Moyer and wife/co-sta...
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Broadway Dims Its Lights For Actress Ruby Dee

June 13th, 2014 8:30pm EDT
Broadway Dims Its Lights For Actress Ruby Dee
Broadway is honoring legenday actress Ruby Dee by dimming the lights in her memory tonight. Dee died Wednesday from natural causes at the age of 91 in New Rochelle, New York. She starred in several Broadway productions.

The executive director of the Broadway League, Charlotte St. Martin, commented, "Ruby Dee inspired so many people both on stage and off. At the Tony Awards last Sunday, both Audra McDonald and Kenny Leon paid tribute to Ruby Dee during their acceptance speeches. I've long admired Ruby Dee's talent as a performer and her tireless activism for civil rights. Our thoughts are w...
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