March 10, 2014 |
Yo, Paulie, I hope this don't sound crazy or nothing, but I think I feel a song coming on. In the strangest pop crossover since Jerry Springer: The Opera, Rocky , the saga of the stumblebum boxer from Philadelphia, will open this week on the Great White Way. As a musical. But what brought this ungainly adaptation about? And why now - 38 years after the first film debuted? The project owes its life to the stubborn persistence of Sylvester Stallone, the creator and on-screen alter ego of Rocky Balboa.
March 6, 2014 |
The Broadway producer and casting director was coaching Germantown Academy students on the care and feeding of his Bat Boy: The Musical . The show is equal parts comedy and camp, but Dave Clemmons, who coproduced the original Off-Broadway hit, was telling his Fort Washington Bat Boy about the power of a well-timed pause. "Hold. Hold it. Beat," said Clemmons, 49. Then Sophie Hearn, 16, who is playing the half-human/half-bat lead, whispered a quiet "Thank you," evoking a poignant moment.
February 21, 2014 |
NEW YORK - Sylvester Stallone is squeezing the Rocky lemon dry. He keeps it up, he's gonna wind up with nothin' but a fistful of seeds, which he probably will drag home to Southern California and plant an orchard near Palm Springs and start selling lemon punch with Rocky Balboa's mug on the label. But right now, Sly has $16 million of OPM (Other People's Money) invested in "Rocky," a big, loud Broadway musical that opens March 13 at the Winter Garden Theatre. Spent a huge chunk of that dough on scenery that includes a rectangular ring that slides out into the theater, displacing the people in the best seats in the joint.
February 6, 2014 |
IT'S EASY to imagine celluloid boxer and Philly alpha icon Rocky Balboa on Broad Street. But Broadway? We'll know whether or not the ham-and-egger turned heavyweight champeen from under the El tracks can make it there when the musical version of "Rocky" has its Broadway debut at the Winter Garden Theatre. The show arrives after a 2012-13 tryout run in Germany. Previews begin Tuesday; the official opening is March 13. The theatrical iteration of the first "Rocky" movie began, of course, with Sylvester Stallone who, Hollywood lore has it, conjured the 1976 flick's Oscar-winning script in three days.
November 6, 2013 |
Two veteran Broadway producers will join the Bucks County Playhouse in January to replace the theater's current producing director, who is leaving to lead Lincoln Center in New York City. Robyn Goodman, who produced the Tony Award-winning musical Avenue Q and is currently lead producer for Broadway's Cinderella , will be the playhouse's executive producer, its owners announced Monday. Alexander Fraser, who won a Tony Award in 2011 for producing The Normal Heart and has worked on more than 70 shows, will be producing director.
November 1, 2013 |
THE KIMMEL Center's 2013-14 Broadway Philadelphia series has launched in fine style with the local debut of the Broadway smash, "Once. " The play, which runs through Nov. 10 at the Academy of Music, is based on the 2007 movie. It dominated this year's Tony Awards, copping eight trophies - including best musical. It's not too difficult to see why. "Once" is that increasingly rare musical that eschews spectacle and bombast for nuance and shading. It also displays a finely tuned ear for honest human emotion.
August 8, 2013 |
CBS3 IS HAVING quite the pop-cultural year. In "Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike," Christopher Durang 's 2013 Tony Award-winner for best play, there's a shout-out to weather woman Carol Erickson . The Anton Chekhov -inspired farce is about two siblings, living in an inherited house in Bucks County, whose movie-star sister and her new boy toy come a-callin'. In one scene, Vanya (played on Broadway by David Hyde Pierce of "Frasier") discusses his love for the weathercaster.
July 7, 2013 |
LONDON - A producer on Friday won a British court victory over Monty Python for a bigger share of royalties from the stage musical Spamalot and said that despite the dispute he still found the comedy troupe funny. Mark Forstater brought a High Court lawsuit against the anarchic comedians over the show, which is based on the 1975 movie Monty Python and the Holy Grail . Forstater produced the film, and his lawyers claimed it was agreed that he would be "treated as the seventh Python" financially, entitled to the same share of Holy Grail merchandising and spin-off income as the other members.
June 29, 2013 |
NEW YORK - Two 11-year-old actresses who have played orphans and been understudies in the Broadway revival of Annie have been picked to permanently take over from Lilla Crawford in the title role, a step up that has left them beaming. Taylor Richardson and Sadie Sink, both natural redheads, will share the role of the stage's most famous redhead beginning July 30. Crawford's last performance will be July 28. "It's very exciting," said Sadie, who has played Annie before but not on Broadway.
June 19, 2013 |
Like many with theatrical aspirations, Matthew Wolf started as a waiter in the Big Apple - an ambitious twentysomething aiming for a shot at the big stage. Eventually faced with the choice of leaving Manhattan for grad school or starting a career on Broadway's management side, Wolf decided to go for the office chair. Today, at 39, he's the guy who decides what touring shows will come to Philadelphia each year as part of the Kimmel Center's Broadway Series. For 2013-14, that means still-running best-musical Tony winners The Book of Mormon and Once ; classics Evita, The Gershwins' Porgy and Bess , and Flashdance the Musical ; Queen's epic We Will Rock You ; and a new Phantom of the Opera . When he made the leap from onstage to off, Wolf - who had studied music and theater in college - was waiting tables at Cafe Time along with a flock of other talented hopefuls.