Entries in Musical (12)


Spice Girls Musical to Open in London -- It's been in the works for several years, but now Spice Girls fans who really really really wanna ziggah-zig-AH! will be able to enjoy the music of their heroines once again, in a stage musical set to open in London this December.  All five Spice Girls reunited in London on Tuesday in the same hotel where they filmed their breakthrough video, "Wannabe," to make the announcement.

The BBC reports that the musical will be called Viva Forever!, and rather than being a biography of Victoria Beckham, Melanie Brown, Emma Bunton, Melanie Chisholm and Geri Halliwell, it'll use the Spice Girls' music to explore "the bitter reality of fame" brought on by a TV talent show.  Specifically, the show is" "the story of a beautiful, talented girl and her best friends who get swept up in the obsession of today's TV celebrity culture," according to the producer.

"We're going to be introducing a whole new generation to Girl Power," said Victoria "Posh Spice" Beckham.  Melanie "Sporty Spice" Chisholm added, "To have our songs performed night after night in a theater is an honor for us."

The musical is the brainchild of Judy Craymer, who also produced the monster hit ABBA musical Mamma Mia!, another production that uses a collection of pop hits to tell an original story.  Viva Forever! was written by Jennifer Saunders, the British comedienne best known for her role as Edina in the TV comedy Absolutely Fabulous.

Viva Forever! will open December 11 on London's West End.

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"Ghost" Musical Comes to Broadway

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- A musical based on the Oscar-winning Patrick Swayze-Demi Moore film Ghost opened on Broadway Monday night.

Caisie Levy plays Molly, the role originated by Moore.  She says a few of the key elements from the film are represented in the movie, including the use of the song "Unchained Melody."

"'Unchained Melody' is woven throughout the score in different ways and I won't give it away completely but it's very much a part of the show," Levy says.

Levy points out that the musical also features the famous scene from the film in which Swayze and Moore's characters have a romantic moment while using a pottery wheel.

She says, "It's in a different spot in the musical than it is in the film but it still has a similar impact and I don't want to give it away but I do make a pot live on stage every night.  I did have to take lessons."

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'Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark' Finally Opens on Broadway

Bruce Glikas/FilmMagic/Getty(NEW YORK) -- After a series of delays, production mishaps, and cast injuries, the big-budget musical Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark finally opened Tuesday night on Broadway.

U2's Bono and The Edge, who wrote the music for the show, addressed the crowd, saying, "We couldn't give up, we had to save Spider-Man, because Spider-Man has to save New York."

Opening night drew a number of recognizable names, such as former President Bill Clinton, Barbara Walters and Matt Damon. Clinton gave the show a positive review, telling ABC News Radio, "I just loved it, it was so great."

The opening of Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark was delayed a total of five times, and saw original director Julie Taymor replaced, as producers attempted to work out the kinks.

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U2's 'Spider-Man' Musical to Reopen Next Month

Bruce Glikas/FilmMagic/Getty(NEW YORK) -- A revamped production of the musical Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark is now in previews and will have its official Broadway opening on June 14.

According to published reports, the musical -- which features a score by Bono and The Edge -- includes not only some new scenes but one brand-new song, "A Freak Like Me."  In addition, snippets of U2 classics like "Beautiful Day" and "Where the Streets Have No Name" are now woven into the show.

Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark is the most expensive musical ever staged, with a staggering budget of $70 million.  The musical recently went on hiatus for nearly a month after a series of delays prompted by technical glitches, cast injuries, and negative reviews from critics.

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'Grey's Anatomy' Airs a Musical Episode Thursday Night

Disney/ABC Television Group(NEW YORK) -- ABC's Grey's Anatomy takes a trip down memory lane Thursday night with cast member performances of some of the show's signature songs.

Grey's Anatomy: The Music Event will feature performances of eight songs, including Snow Patrol's "Chasing Cars" and The Fray's "How to Save a Life."

In the episode, Sara Ramirez's character, Callie, has an out-of-body experience after a horrific car accident.  That's when the music comes into play.

Ramirez explains, "The stories are continuing to take place between characters but it's all through Callie's state."

The actress, who won a Tony Award for her work in the musical Spamalot, says the episode is a "gift" to the show's longtime fans.

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'Grey's Anatomy' Cast to Perform Songs in Musical Episode

Disney/ABC Television Group(NEW YORK) -- Snow Patrol's "Chasing Cars" and The Fray's "How to Save a Life" became hits largely because they were featured on Grey's Anatomy.  Now those songs are coming back to the ABC series, but this time, they'll be performed by the cast members themselves.

The March 31 episode of Grey's Anatomy, dubbed "Grey's Anatomy: The Music Event," will feature the characters singing their way through "a cataclysmic event" that "rattles the lives of the Seattle Grace doctors to the core," according to the network.  Also, Callie, played by Sara Ramirez, is on the verge of a life-changing moment with Arizona, and she "envisions her hospital and friends as it has never been seen before," according to ABC.

A total of nine songs will be performed in the episode, according to Billboard.  The soundtrack will be released March 31.  In addition to "Chasing Cars" and "How to Save a Life," Billboard reports that viewers will see Ramirez, a Tony-winning former Broadway star, sing Brandi Carlile's "The Story" in the episode, and also duet with Jessica Capshaw on KT Tunstall's song "Universe & U."

Other cast members who will sing include Chandra Wilson, Kevin McKidd, Kim Raver, Daniel Sunjata, Scott Foley, and Justin Chambers.

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Spider-Man Musical Opening Delayed, Director Steps Down

Bruce Glikas/FilmMagic/Getty(NEW YORK) -- Producers of the Broadway musical Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark say the show's official opening has been delayed until early this summer. It was scheduled to officially open March 15, but producers say the oft-delayed show will undergo creative changes -- and that includes director Julie Taymor removing herself from the day-to-day show operations, though she will remain with the creative team. U2's Bono and Edge, who provided the music for the production, say they will add new songs to the show.

Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark has been plagued by injuries to cast members, prompting a government workplace safety inspection and causing at least one injured cast member to quit.  Wednesday's announcement of the show's delayed opening came just hours before a preview performance during which a stunt was canceled because the Green Goblin's steering mechanism failed in mid-flight.

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Safety Violations Issued Against 'Spider-Man' Musical

Photo Courtesy - Bruce Glikas/ FilmMagic/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- The problems for the Broadway musical Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark continue to mount.

The New York State Department of Labor has issued two safety violations against the musical in connection with three accidents last year in which performers were injured, according to The New York Times.

In one of the accidents, performer Christopher Tierney, one of the actors who portrays Spider-Man, fell from a platform and suffered a skull fracture and cracked vertebrae.  The second violation stems from injuries suffered by two performers while rehearing a stunt. 

The violations do not include another incident involving actress Natalie Mendoza, who suffered a concussion backstage when she was struck in the head by a rope.  Mendoza has since left the production.

In light of the violations, the musical must continue to follow the safety measures that were implemented following Tierney's accident.  In addition, state safety officials will continue to perform unannounced inspections of the musical for the foreseeable future.

Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark, featuring music from U2's Bono and The Edge, now holds the record of most expensive Broadway production ever.  The much-delayed show is currently scheduled to officially open on March 15.

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Opening Date for 'Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark' Postponed Again

Photo Courtesy - Bruce Glikas/ FilmMagic/Getty Images(LOS ANGELES) -- The producers of the Broadway musical Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark have postponed the show's opening date by about a month.

The opening date has been pushed back from Feb. 7 to March 15, according to The Hollywood Reporter.  The musical's producers say they need time to "fine-tune aspects of the show."  In addition, preview performances that had been scheduled for the next two Tuesdays have been canceled.

Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark, which has been plagued by numerous setbacks, including injuries to cast members, has postponed its opening date at least three times so far.

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Bono Sees 'Spider-Man' Musical for the First Time

Photo Courtesy - Bruce Glikas/ FilmMagic/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Bono, the man who co-wrote the music for the Broadway musical Spider-Man: Turn Off The Dark, finally saw the show he helped create for the first time on Tuesday.

The New York Times reports the U2 frontman was joined by guitarist The Edge, who also co-wrote the music for the show, but had already seen the musical.  So far, the singer hasn't made his opinion of the show public, but sources say he seemed in good spirits after the performance.

The show, which cost a record $65 million to create, has been riddled with problems, including numerous cast member injuries.  Even so, the show is consistently selling out its preview performances and has racked up $1.88 million in ticket sales already.  Opening night is scheduled for Feb. 7 at the Foxwoods Theater in New York City.

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