Entries in Musicals (5)


Oscar Winners Join Musical Tribute at Sunday's Academy Awards

ROBYN BECK/AFP/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Each year at the Oscars you can expect to see glammed-up Hollywood starlets and dashing leading men, and listen to lots of long speeches. But this Sunday’s Academy Awards will have a special musical celebration honoring — what else? — musical films.

While the awards show often features performances of the songs up for Best Original Song, this year’s show will have a special musical tribute highlighting Chicago, Dreamgirls and Les Miserables, which is nominated for eight Academy Awards this year.

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Oscar show producers announced Wednesday that Academy Award-winning actors Jennifer Hudson, Catherine Zeta-Jones and Russell Crowe will be a part of the celebration. They will join nominees Hugh Jackman and Anne Hathaway, as well as Amanda Seyfried, Eddie Redmayne, Aaron Tveit, Samantha Barksand and Helena Bonham Carter.

“We are pleased to have been able to amass so much talent to create the celebration of musicals of the last decade that we envisioned,” show producers Craig Zadan and Neil Meron said in a press release. “We are thrilled that so many talented actors have agreed to bring our vision to life.”

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"Newsies," a Musical of a New Protest Generation 

ABC/Fred Lee(NEW YORK) -- What if a pirouette could bring world peace? What if a cartwheel could change the world? What if people read actual newspapers made of actual paper?

No, it wouldn’t take a miracle for that to happen. It would just take the hit Broadway musical, Newsies.

Nominated for eight Tony Awards Tuesday, including the coveted “Best Musical,” this unlikely show about unlikely kids defying the odds is having headline-grabbing success at the box office and with critics.

Newsies is the more or less true story of a paperboy strike in New York City in the summer of 1899. It was sort of the Occupy Wall Street of its time, with much better dancing.

While most of the teen and 20-something cast members of the Broadway show admit to rarely reading newspapers—they get their information from Facebook and Twitter, they say—they do think the show has struck a chord with their audience.

“We feel so blessed to be part of a show that celebrates this kind of thing that’s going on in our world,” said Jess Loprado, 19, who plays Buttons, one of the tumbling, jumping, spinning newsboys that makes the show a delight to watch.

The show has a complicated history. It is adapted from the 1992 Disney film of the same name, that was more or less a box office flop. The movie starred a pre-Batman Christian Bale, who seems more comfortable fighting crime in tights than singing and dancing.

“I don’t ever want to do a musical… ever again,” he told ABC News a few years ago.

But the show did resonate with the VHS crowd and kids watching the Disney Channel on cable.

“If I could tell one thing to Christian Bale,” said Jeremy Jordan, who reprises Bale’s Jack Kelly in the Broadway show, “I would say, try to not to be ashamed of your musical past.”

Disney said there was nothing short of a public outcry for a stage version.

“This is the only example, certainly at Disney theatrical and one of the few I can think of anywhere, where the audience decided they wanted this musical,” said Thomas Schumacher, president of the Disney Theatrical Group.

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'Phantom' Makes Broadway History with 10,000th Performance

Raymond Boyd/Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- The Phantom of the Opera made history Saturday afternoon with its 10,000th performance, more than two decades after it opened on Broadway.

According to the New York Times, the Broadway hit had its most successful year in 2011 after grossing $44.8 million, capped by a record-breaking $1.6 million in its final week.

Broadway's longest running show opened Jan. 26, 1988 and has gone on to appear in 27 countries and 145 cities, totaling $5.6 billion worldwide.

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'The Book of Mormon' Wins Nine Tonys, Including Best Musical

Mike Coppola/WireImage for Tony Awards Productions(NEW YORK) -- The Book of Mormon was on a mission at the Tony Awards on Sunday night.

The Broadway show from Trey Parker and Matt Stone, the creators of South Park, won the Tony for best musical, one of nine awards it collected throughout the night.  It had entered the ceremony with a leading 14 nominations.

War Horse was named best play.  Ellen Barkin, Frances McDormand and John Larroquette were the most recognizable names to win acting Tonys.

Neil Patrick Harris hosted the 65th Annual Tony Awards from the Beacon Theatre in New York City.  A full list of winners is available at

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'Spider-Man' Stunt Man On His Feet Again After Fall

Photo Courtesy - Bruce Glikas/FilmMagic/Getty Images(NEW YORK) – The injured stunt double of the title character in the “Spider-Man: Turn Off The Dark” musical is reportedly walking again.

Christopher Tierney broke his ribs in a performance Monday when he fell 30 feet, putting the show’s performances on a short hiatus. The show, which has been giving preview performances this month, is still scheduled to open in February.

The musical, directed by Julie Taymor, of “The Lion King” musical fame, is one of the most expensive Broadway productions in history.

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