Josh Groban is making his Broadway debut in The Great Comet starting on October 18th and today they released his first song from the musical. While Dust and Ashes sounds great on our computers, I am sure it will sound even better with the acoustics in the Imperial Theater. The way his powerful voice will bounce off the walls and into your soul as he sings each note will be electrifying. Then to add in all the emotion you need do when you acting as you sing, you will find yourself belting the show tunes for 18 months after you see the show for the 12th time and picturing him serenading you with each melody.
A few years ago when Daniel Radcliffe starred in Equus on Broadway and he went fully naked. In a few weeks he is hitting the stage again and Stephen Colbert wanted to know on his Late Show if we are going to see the actor’s magic wand again in Privacy. Harry Potter told him, “I mean, one of the great things about the show is that it is going to be changing on a nightly basis. Based on things the audience is doing, so who knows?
According to Playbill‘s description of the off-Broadway show, “Privacy explores our complicated relationship with technology and data through the funny and heart-breaking travails of a lonely guy (Radcliffe), who arrives in the city to figure out how to like, tag, and share his life without giving it all away. The play uncovers what our technological choices reveal about who we are, what we want and who’s keeping track of it all. This provocative theatrical event will ask audiences to charge their phones, leave them ON during the performance and to embark on a fascinating dive online and into a new reality where we’re all connected…for better or worse.”
I hope that the audience asks for a nude Selfie from him every night! If they he’ll be playing to packed houses every night. Heck, I’d fly across the country to see that.
James Corden hosted the Tony Awards for the first time yesterday and he opened the show with a tribute to several of Broadway’s biggest musical numbers. He started it off by telling the story of a kid, himself, who one day dreamed of being on that stage to actually being on that stage belting out showtunes like Don’t Cry for Me Argentina from Evita, Tomorrow from Annie and Don’t Rain on My Parade from Funny Girl. Proving that the funny man can host more than just a talk show at 12:30a on CBS.
Have you been wondering what the full version of Jabba Flow from Star Wars: The Force Awakens sounds like? Well not only did Lin-Manuel Miranda and J.J. Abrams perform the song they wrote outside the backstage door of Hamilton, Lucasfilm made it available to download on iTunes.
What a wonderful present from them to us on May the Fourth Be With You. So party like you are at Maz Kanata’s castle because you know you want to.
Michael MacILwee dressed up as T-Rex and danced to I Hope I Get It from A Chorus Line. I think we can all agree he got it. I mean, not only did he pull off the Jazz number flawlessly, he did it in a huge costume that would make walking seem difficult.
Someone get him on Broadway because he is a star!
After a 16 year hiatus, Cats is returning to Broadway this summer. The Andrew Lloyd Webber musical used to be the longest running show on Broadway, and now it has a chance to reclaim that title if The Phantom of the Opera ever closes.
So if you have never had a chance to see Cats, skip it. It sucks.
Wayne Brady is a good looking man, and turns out he is equally as good looking as a Drag Queen. The Let’s Make a Deal host started his Broadway run in Kinky Boots this weekend, and he will be causing a lot of people to have kinky thoughts. So kinky, it will knock their boots off. Seriously, don’t you think he looks super fierce?
It’s a sad day on the Great White Way because the curtain is coming down on Mamma Mia! in September according to Playbill. The curtain went up on the Broadway musical written around Abba’s music in 2001 and will end a month before its 14th anniversary and 5,765 performances. While that is a long run for any show, it is not long enough for this wonderful musical turned in to a movie. At least we can take some solace that it will go down in history as the 8th longest running Broadway show and it will play on for one last summer!
Joel Grey is 82 years young and he has finally come out to the world as gay. The Oscar/Tony winner told People, “I don’t like labels, but if you have to put a label on it, I’m a gay man.” Then he added, “All the people close to me have known for years who I am. It took time to embrace that other part of who I always was.”
Cabaret’s Master of Ceremonies grew up in a different time, a time when when people weren’t as accepting as we are today. That is why it took him so long to come out.
The star of Remo Williams was married to a woman for 24 years and had two children (including Jennifer Grey) with Jo Wilder, and he says that was the happiest time of his life.
I think he will have another happy time in his life now, now that he can be who he is to the whole wide world. A world that accepts him, no matter who he loves. As long as he keeps singing songs from Cabaret like Money. Afterall that is what makes the world go round.
The best part about Aladdin was Robin Williams, so it makes sense that the Broadway version of the Disney movie would honor him. During yesterday’s performance of the show, Tony Awards winner, James Iglehart, asked the audience to sing the Genie’s big song, Friend Like Me, in honor of the great entertainer; and they did. They did it so beautifully and with such warmth, I am sure Robin Williams felt the love wherever he is right now. Because as we know, we ain’t never had a friend, never had a friend. We ain’t never had a friend, never had a friend. We ain’t never had a friend like him. We ain’t never had a friend like him!