Today, the Broadway production of Mamma Mia! became the 18th-longest running musical in Broadway history. The hit ABBA musical, which doesn’t show signs of slowing down anytime soon, bypassed The Producers to gain its spot.
Elphaba and Glinda, two characters from the smash Broadway musical Wicked, are being immortalized in the form of Madame Alexander dolls. The release of the 10″ dolls will be marked by the appearance of cast members from the Broadway company of Wicked, along with Alexander Doll Company designers, at FAO Schwarz (5th Avenue at 58th Street) on October 23 at 4:30pm. The Wicked cast will perform, followed by a signing.
Passing Strange, the new musical by singer/songwriter Stew and Heidi Rodewald, will be coming to Broadway’s Belasco Theatre in February ’08. The show, which is about a young black man’s journey from middle class life in L.A. to the wilds of Amsterdam and Berlin, had a successful Off-Broadway run earlier this year at the Public Theater. The entire original cast will reprise their roles for the Broadway production, which will have its official Broadway opening on February 28.
The new CBS musical drama — yes, you read that right — Viva Laughlin premieres tonight at 10pm Eastern/Standard time. Based on the BBC’s Viva Blackpool, the Nevada-set show is about a gambler who wants to open his own casino. And characters occasionally break into song (well-known contemporary tunes, rather than original songs). Hugh Jackman and Melanie Griffith, who appeared on Broadway recently in The Boy From Oz and Chicago, respectively, will both be singing on tonight’s episode. This airing of Viva Laughlin is a sort of “sneak preview” of the pilot — the show’s regular timeslot will be 8pm on Sundays.
BroadwayReporter.com, in association with the BBC, put together a Grease singing content on the red carpet – Thanks to all those who took part, the winner got two tickets to the opening night show – hope you enjoy the video and the show !
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Godspell, the Stephen Schwartz/John-Michael Tebelak rock musical based on the Gospel According to Matthew, will have its first Broadway revival in the summer of 2008. This Broadway production will reunite the team (including director Danny Goldstein) behind the 2006 Paper Mill Playhouse production of the show.
American Idol finalist Clay Aiken will be making his Broadway debut on January 18, 2008 in Monty Python’s Spamalot. Aiken will be taking on the role of Sir Robin, the part originated on Broadway by David Hyde Pierce, and he is currently scheduled to be in the show through May 2008
Although she is best known for her portrayal of Karen on NBC’s Will & Grace, Megan Mullally has extensive stage credits, including past Broadway revivals of Grease! and How To Succeed in Business Without Really Trying. Now on Broadway again in the Mel Brooks musical Young Frankenstein, Mullally is also celebrating the release of her third vocal recording, “Free Again!” now in stores.
A Tale of Two Cities, the new musical based on the classic Charles Dickens novel, begins performances tonight in Sarasota, Florida for its out-of-town tryout. The Jill Santoriello musical is hoping to hit Broadway in early 2008, but no date has been set. Two Cities stars frequent Broadway leading man James Barbour (Beauty and the Beast, Jane Eyre) and Derek Keeling, one of the finalists from Grease – You’re the One That I Want.
Remember to tune into MTV tomorrow, October 13, at 1pm to see the taping of the Broadway production of Legally Blonde. It was originally scheduled to air late last month, but postponed (presumably to allow more time to publicize it). In case you miss the 1pm showing, it is expected to re-air again at 8pm, and then the next day at 1pm.