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Will “Cats” be the next big musical on the big screen?

As many of us theatre kids know- Cats is already a very popular musical, and even people who don’t know the musical can easily belt “Memory” off the top of their heads. When I saw this post on Broadway.com I knew I HAD to comment on it. This is very intresting to me because I’m currently in a production of Cats. But I just don’t know if the average audience member would appreciate Cats as much as the next theatre kid would. If you are familiar with Cats– you know that its is very different from anything you’ve ever seen because there is no plot at all- just random stories about random cats…do you think audiences are ready for that on the big screen? On the other hand- the most recent movie- musical phenomenon was Les Miserables which was very popular with theatre kids- and non theatre kids as well- and maybe that’s just because Les Mis is flawless and Aaron Teviet and Eddie Redmayne are just adorable…

 

Well, what do you think? Will Cats sell in movie theatres”? Are you excited for it?

 

SIDE NOTE: The next movie musical is Into the Woods which Disney is producing and I’m absolutely so excited…I think theatres making a popular comeback tbh and I couldn’t be happier (“simply couldn’t be happier….”) haha!

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Review: Twelfth Night

I’m seeing this show next weekend! Couldn’t be more excited! Who has seen it already?

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Twelfth Night Belasco Theatre

Two performances – Samuel Barnett as shipwrecked gentlewoman Viola and Mark Rylance as Lady Olivia – make this Twelfth Night essential viewing. Even people who aren’t particularly into Shakespeare are likely to enjoy Rylance’s multicolored and often hilarious portrayal (although most of his best stuff comes after the intermission, trust me). This Twelfth Night may not be as definitive as the Richard III it alternates with; the fact that it is the more enjoyable evening overall is a measure of how great the play itself is.

Twelfth Night has long been my favorite of Shakespeare’s romantic comedies. In it, Shakespeare takes love between people of the same sex very seriously — all you have to do is look at the character names. The play follows the romantic adventures of Viola and her identical twin Sebastian, both shipwrecked in the enchanted dukedom of Illyria.

Viola is a poetic name for the…

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Being Theatrical.

well usually the first thing that comes to mind when someone says “theatrical” is like some old quote from Hamlet or Shakespeare “to be or not to be” “all the word’s a stage and the men and women in it are just merely players” but what people don’t always remember is how much theatre has EVOLVED into modern fun theatre. An older lady in a show I was in told me she really didn’t like modern theatre and I was a little bit shocked because I thought how do you LOVE theatre but not modern theatre? But then it hit back at me- do I love older theatre? So here’s my conclusion. I think to be a well- rounded “theatrical” person you have to love everything about there not just the upbeat show tunes from Millie- but also Phantom of the Opera and Shakespeare and all. I’ve been in both Shakespeare shows and modern and I’m not saying we all have to be in shows to show we care. I think just reading a Hamlet script for a few minutes would do. Then I thought. What has never changed about theatre- LIVE THEATRE- is that it’s always live. and nothing gives you quite that rush of sharing your work with an audience. The actors that were merely players in Shakespeare’s stage did it. And so do we. So I guess that’s just my meaningless spiel of the day. But the point is love and everything about it. Be….theatrical.

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Broadway’s Kinkiest New Musical

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Previews of Broadway’s kinkiest, new musical Kinky Boots began March 3, 2013. Kinky Boots has music and lyrics by Cyndi Lauper and a story line adapted from the book by Harvey Fierstein.

It’s based on the true story behind the 2005 film, telling the story of a struggling shoemaker and his drag queen business partner, who come together to save the business by inventing a rather unusual design of footwear.

But boots aside, the musical is really about two young men coming from opposite worlds and figuring out they actually have a lot in common.

And it’s this message that touches audience members the most.

Kinky Boots is expected to make its official Broadway debut on April 4, 2013 at the Al Hirschfeld Theatre.

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Actors George Wendt and Cory Michael Smith take on Broadway adaptation of ‘Breakfast at Tiffany’s’

❤ love. love. love.

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Truman Capote’s “Breakfast at Tiffany’s” is best known for the 1961 film adaptation starting Audrey Hepburn. It’s now on Broadway, starring “Game of Thrones” actress Emilia Clarke as Holly Golightly.

One costar is George Wendt, also known as Norm from “Cheers,” in the role of Holly’s bar owner friend Joe. And in his Broadway debut, Cory Michael Smith plays Fred, the neighbor and friend of Holly.

John Berman had the chance to sit down with Wendt and Smith to talk about their roles in the iconic play.

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