Game of Thrones Live Concert Experience tour plot third North American outing

If you ever wanted to live in the world of Westeros without running the risk of dying, we may have the perfect alternative for you. On Thursday (May 9), HBO and Live Nation announced that the Game of Thrones Live Concert Experience tour will once again hit the road this fall. As with the past three iterations, series composer Ramin Djawadi will lead an orchestra as they perform his music from the award-winning show.

The 20-stop trek will include shows in major cities such as Toronto, Chicago, Philadelphia, New York, Tampa, Dallas, Houston, Phoenix, San Francisco, and more. The upcoming tour begins on Sept. 5 at St. Joseph’s in Syracuse and concludes a month later on Oct. 5 at the Hollywood Bowl in Los Angeles. Tickets go on sale Monday, May 13, at 10 a.m. local time.

This year, Djawadi has reworked the show to include new musical arrangements from the series’ eighth and final season. According to the tour’s official press statement, the experience will consist of “The Night King” theme which can be streamed above.

In addition to Djawadi’s award-winning score, the show will also include state-of-the-art visual effects which will bring the world of Westeros from your television screen to your local outdoor venue.

As for “Game of Thrones” the television series, only two episodes remain before we say goodbye to our favorite and least favorite (looking at you Cersei) characters. Earlier this week, the series’ creator George R.R. Martin revealed that there are currently three spin-offs (or successor) series in the works at HBO.

“We have had five different GAME OF THRONES successor shows in development (I mislike the term ‘spin-offs’) at HBO, and three of them are still moving forward nicely,” Martin posted in a blog post on his website.

GAME OF THRONES LIVE CONCERT EXPERIENCE – 2019 NORTH AMERICAN DATES:

Sept. 5 – Syracuse, NY – St. Joseph’s Health Amphitheater at Lakeview
Sept. 6 – Toronto, ON – Budweiser Stage
Sept. 8 – Chicago, IL – Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre
Sept. 10 – Boston, MA – Xfinity Center
Sept. 11 – Hartford, CT – XFINITY Theatre
Sept. 12 – Philadelphia, PA – The Mann
Sept. 14 – New York, NY – Northwell Health at Jones Beach Theater
Sept. 15 – Washington, DC – Jiffy Lube Live
Sept. 17 – Virginia Beach, VA – Veterans United Home Loans Amphitheater
Sept. 18 – Raleigh, NC – Coastal Credit Union Music Park
Sept. 20 – Jacksonville, FL – Daily’s Place
Sept. 21 – West Palm Beach, FL – Coral Sky Amphitheatre
Sept. 22 – Tampa, FL – MIDFLORIDA Credit Union Amphitheatre
Sept. 25 – Rogers, AR – Walmart AMP
Sept. 26 – Dallas, TX – The Pavilion at Toyota Music Factory
Sept. 27 – Houston, TX – Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion
Oct. 1 – Phoenix, AZ – Comerica Theatre
Oct. 3 – San Francisco, CA – Shoreline Amphitheatre
Oct. 4 – Irvine, CA – FivePoint Amphitheatre
Oct. 5 – Los Angeles, CA – Hollywood Bowl

‘Hadestown,’ ‘Ain’t Too Proud’ lead 73rd Annual Tony Awards nominations

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The 73rd annual Tony Awards just unveiled their list of nominees, and it looks like Hades, Persephone, and the cast of “Hadestown” just took the lead with the most nominations this year. On Tuesday (April 30), Tony Award-nominee Brandon Victor Dixon and two-time-Tony-Award winner Bebe Neuwirth announced the full list of nominees live from the New York Public Library for the Performing Arts at Lincoln Center.

Newcomer “Hadestown” earned the most nominations with a total of 14. The show earned spots in several big categories including “Best Musical,” “Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role in a Musical,” Best Direction of a Musical,” “Best Original Score (Music and/or Lyrics) Written for the Theatre,” and more.

Coming in with a total of 12 nominations is fellow musical “Ain’t Too Proud: The Life of the Temptations.” The Temptations-based show is described as “a jukebox musical with music and lyrics by the Motown group.” “Ain’t Too Proud” is also nominated for several big categories including “Best Musical,” “Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in a Musical,” and a double nomination in the “Best Performance by an Actor in a Featured Role in a Musical” category.

Coming in with a total of 11 nominations is “Tootsie,” the show based off the 1982 comedy starring Dustin Hoffman. Like “Hadestown” and “Ain’t Too Proud,” “Tootsie” is nominated for “Best Musical” as well as “Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in a Musical,” “Best Performance by an Actress in a Featured Role in a Musical,” and “Best Direction of a Musical.”

As pointed out by several publications, there were some surprising snubs on the list. Box-office hits “To Kill a Mockingbird” and “Network” were both shut out of the “Best Play” category.

The 73rd Annual Tony Awards will broadcast live from Radio City Music Hall on June 9 on CBS. Jack of all trades James Corden will once again serve as host during their year’s festivities. The full list of nominations can be found below.

73rd ANNUAL TONY AWARD NOMINEES:

Best Musical

“Ain’t Too Proud — The Life and Times of the Temptations”
“Beetlejuice”
“Hadestown”
“The Prom”
“Tootsie”

Best Play

“Choir Boy” by Tarell Alvin McCraney
“The Ferryman” by Jez Butterworth
“Gary: A Sequel to Titus Andronicus” by Taylor Mac
“Ink” by James Graham
“What the Constitution Means to Me” by Heidi Schreck

Best Revival of a Musical

“Kiss Me, Kate”
“Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Oklahoma!”

Best Revival of a Play

“Arthur Miller’s All My Sons”
“The Boys in the Band” by Mart Crowley
“Burn This” by Lanford Wilson
“Torch Song” by Harvey Fierstein
“The Waverly Gallery” by Kenneth Lonergan

Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in a Musical

Brooks Ashmanskas, “The Prom”
Derrick Baskin, “Ain’t Too Proud”
Alex Brightman, “Beetlejuice”
Damon Daunno, “Oklahoma!”
Santino Fontana, “Tootsie”

Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in a Play

Paddy Considine, “The Ferryman”
Bryan Cranston, “Network”
Jeff Daniels, “To Kill a Mockingbird”
Adam Driver, “Burn This”
Jeremy Pope, “Choir Boy”

Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role in a Musical

Stephanie J. Block, “The Cher Show”
Caitlin Kinnunen, “The Prom”
Beth Leavel, “The Prom”
Eva Noblezada, “Hadestown”
Kelli O’Hara, “Kiss Me, Kate”

Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role in a Play

Annette Bening, “All My Sons”
Laura Donnelly, “The Ferryman”
Elaine May, “The Waverly Gallery”
Janet McTeer, “Bernhardt/Hamlet”
Laurie Metcalf, “Hillary and Clinton”
Heidi Schreck, “What the Constitution Means to Me”

Best Performance by an Actor in a Featured Role in a Musical

Andre De Shields, “Hadestown”
Andy Grotelueschen, “Tootsie”
Patrick Page, “Hadestown”
Jeremy Pope, “Ain’t Too Proud”
Ephraim Sykes, “Ain’t Too Proud”

Best Performance by an Actor in a Featured Role in a Play

Bertie Carvel, “Ink”
Robin de Jesús, “The Boys in the Band”
Gideon Glick, “To Kill a Mockingbird”
Brandon Uranowitz, “Burn This”
Benjamin Walker, “All My Sons”

Best Performance by an Actress in a Featured Role in a Musical

Lilli Cooper, “Tootsie”
Amber Gray, “Hadestown”
Sarah Stiles, “Tootsie”
Ali Stroker, “Oklahoma!”
Mary Testa, “Oklahoma!”

Best Performance by an Actress in a Featured Role in a Play

Fionnula Flanagan, “The Ferryman”
Celia Keenan-Bolger, “To Kill a Mockingbird”
Kristine Nielsen, “Gary: A Sequel to Titus Andronicus”
Julie White, “Gary: A Sequel to Titus Andronicus”
Ruth Wilson, “King Lear”

Best Direction of a Musical

Rachel Chavkin, “Hadestown”
Scott Ellis, “Tootsie”
Daniel Fish, “Oklahoma!”
Des McAnuff, “Ain’t Too Proud”
Casey Nicholaw, “The Prom”

Best Direction of a Play

Rupert Goold, “Ink”
Sam Mendes, “The Ferryman”
Bartlett Sher, “To Kill a Mockingbird”
Ivo van Hove, “Network”
George C. Wolfe, “Gary: A Sequel to Titus Andronicus”

Best Book of a Musical

“Ain’t Too Proud,” Dominique Morisseau
“Beetlejuice,” Scott Brown and Anthony King
“Hadestown,” Anaïs Mitchell
“The Prom,” Bob Martin and Chad Beguelin
“Tootsie,” Robert Horn

Best Original Score (Music and/or Lyrics) Written for the Theatre

“Be More Chill,” Joe Iconis
“Beetlejuice,” Eddie Perfect
“Hadestown,” Anaïs Mitchell
“The Prom,” Matthew Sklar and Chad Beguelin
“To Kill a Mockingbird,” Adam Guettel
“Tootsie,” David Yazbek

Best Choreography

Camille A. Brown, “Choir Boy”
Warren Carlyle, “Kiss Me, Kate”
Denis Jones, “Tootsie”
David Neumann, “Hadestown”
Sergio Trujillo, “Ain’t Too Proud”

Best Orchestrations

Michael Chorney and Todd Sickafoose, “Hadestown”
Larry Hochman, “Kiss Me, Kate”
Daniel Kluger, “Oklahoma!”
Simon Hale, “Tootsie”
Harold Wheeler, “Ain’t Too Proud”

Best Scenic Design of a Musical

Robert Brill and Peter Nigrini, “Ain’t Too Proud”
Peter England, “King Kong”
Rachel Hauck, “Hadestown”
Laura Jellinek, “Oklahoma!”
David Korins, “Beetlejuice”

Best Scenic Design of a Play

Miriam Buether, “To Kill a Mockingbird”
Bunny Christie, “Ink”
Rob Howell, “The Ferryman”
Santo Loquasto, “Gary: A Sequel to Titus Andronicus”
Jan Versweyveld, “Network”

Best Costume Design of a Play

Rob Howell, “The Ferryman”
Toni-Leslie James, “Bernhardt/Hamlet”
Clint Ramos, “Torch Song”
Ann Roth, “Gary: A Sequel to Titus Andronicus”
Ann Roth, “To Kill a Mockingbird”

Best Costume Design of a Musical

Michael Krass, “Hadestown”
William Ivey Long, “Beetlejuice”
William Ivey Long, “Tootsie”
Bob Mackie, “The Cher Show”
Paul Tazewell, “Ain’t Too Proud”

Best Sound Design of a Play

Adam Cork, “Ink”
Scott Lehrer, “To Kill a Mockingbird”
Fitz Patton, “Choir Boy”
Nick Powell, “The Ferryman”
Eric Sleichim, “Network”

Best Sound Design of a Musical

Peter Hylenski, “Beetlejuice”
Peter Hylenski, “King Kong”
Steve Canyon Kennedy, “Ain’t Too Proud”
Drew Levy, “Oklahoma!”
Nevin Steinberg and Jessica Paz, “Hadestown”

Best Lighting Design of a Play

Neil Austin, “Ink”
Jules Fisher and Peggy Eisenhauer, “Gary: A Sequel to Titus Andronicus”
Peter Mumford, “The Ferryman”
Jennifer Tipton, “To Kill a Mockingbird”
Jan Versweyveld and Tal Yarden, “Network”

Best Lighting Design of a Musical

Kevin Adams, “The Cher Show”
Howell Binkley, “Ain’t Too Proud”
Bradley King, “Hadestown”
Peter Mumford, “King Kong”
Kenneth Posner and Peter Nigrini, “Beetlejuice”

‘Game of Thrones’ enlist Florence Welch for ‘Jenny of Oldstones’

As the second episode of Game of Thrones came to an end, fans were quickly trying to figure out which of their favorite characters will die following the “calm before the storm” episode. As the credits rolled, a female voice can be heard singing the tune Podrick (Ser Brienne of Tarth’s squire) belted while the fireside group of former foes sat by and drank wine. Who’s haunting voice was singing “Jenny of Oldstones,” you may ask? Well, none other than Florence Welch.

According to a press release from HBO, the television series’ creators David Benioff and D.B. Weiss reached out to Welch to see if she would be interested in covering the song for the series. As evident by its placement, the singer agreed. As noted by Weiss and Benioff, this isn’t the first time Welch has been linked to the show. Her song “Seven Devils” was used in the trailer for the show’s second season.

“We’ve always been huge fans of Florence’s music, and the season 2 trailer with her song ‘Seven Devils’ was possibly the most powerful we’ve ever had,” Benioff and Weiss explained in a statement.

“So the opportunity to hear her otherworldly voice on our show was always at the forefront of our minds. We’re still pleasantly shocked that she agreed to sing ‘Jenny of Oldstones,’ and we’re in love with the result.”

Welch added: “When I first heard the song it sounded like a Celtic lullaby to me. Celtic music has always been in my blood, so I felt like I could do something with it. The magic and ritual in Game of Thrones, not to mention the costumes, have always appealed to me. I am honoured to be a part of the final season.”

“Jenny of Oldstones” was written by Weiss, Benioff, Ramin Djawadi, and Game of Thrones mastermind George R.R. Martin. The song was produced by Thomas Bartlett.

Watch the lyric video for “Jenny of Oldstone” above.

Florence and the Machine have been a little quiet lately, but that’s about to change. Next month Welch and company will kick off their High As Hope North American tour. The outing begins on May 10 at the FORM Arcosanti in Mayer, Ariz. and concludes on June 9 at the American Airlines Arena in Miami. The full list of tour stops can be found here.

Game of Thrones-inspired album to be released at the end of April

It looks like HBO is sparing no expense when it comes to promoting the final season of their massive cult hit, “Game of Thrones.” On Tuesday (April 9), the network announced a partnership with Columbia Records to release an album inspired by the show. Titled For the Throne (Music Inspired by the HBO Series Game of Thrones), the record is due out April 26; a week after the series’ final season is set to premiere.

The record will include contributions from the National, Muse frontman Matt Bellamy, Mumford & Sons, The Lumineers, X Ambassadors, Ellie Goulding, James Arthur, Maren Morris, and many more. The album will reportedly also include a major collaboration from SZA, the Weeknd, and Travis Scott.

A source close to the project confirmed the rumor to Pitchfork over the weekend, revealing that “’Game of Thrones’ asked the Weeknd to record the song for fans. The Weeknd then brought SZA and Travis Scott onto the project.”

The National’s inclusion on the upcoming album shouldn’t come as much of a surprise as the band recorded “The Rains of Castamere” in 2012 for season two of the series.

Pre-orders for For the Throne (Music Inspired by the HBO Series Game of Thrones) are available for purchase here. The album will feature nine different covers to represent the different houses featured on the series. According to Columbia Records, the covers are “extremely limited” and encourage fans to purchase the album with their favorite house as the cover before they run out.

It’s safe to assume that House Stark, House Lannister, and House Targaryen will be the first to go.

The soundtrack comes on the heels of several collaborations including Urban Decay, Mountain Dew, Shake Shack and most recently Oreo.

The final season of Game of Thrones lands on HBO on April 14.

Watch: Stranger Things season three trailer includes sun, fun, and a Demogorgon

It’s time to put your favorite cassette into your sibling’s stolen Walkman because we’re about to take a trip back to Hawkins, Indiana. On Wednesday (March 20), Netflix released the first full trailer for the upcoming season of their smash hit, “Stranger Things.”

The teaser finds the crew celebrating their freedom from school and evil, at least for the time being. The three-minute-clip includes a look at how Max and Eleven have been integrated into the group. How Eleven and Max’s friendship has grown. The impact of having girls in the group has on the once strong-friendship (especially for Will and Dustin). How Dustin and Steve’s brother figure connection has evolved since the end of season two. And how Joyce and Hopper’s budding relationship is going.

But because this is “Stranger Things,” don’t expect the big bad of the season to be jealousy. Halfway through the clip, the carefree aura of summer vacation switches as Hopper tells an unknown person (we’re led to believe it’s either Joyce of Eleven) how he still wants them to feel like Hawkins is still their home. As Hopper’s voice is heard, a clip of a man with a gun in a funhouse plays. We also can’t forget our introduction to an evolved and freaky-looking Demogorgon.

As the tagline for this season says, “one summer can change everything.”

Watch the trailer for “Stranger Things” season three above.

“Stranger Things” returns to Netflix on July 4.

Watch: Walk the Moon cover Adele’s ‘Someone Like You’

Walk the Moon have been known to treat fans to a cover or two in the past; just look at their “What If Covers” series from late last year. Now, the band has added another cover to their quickly growing list. On Monday (March 4), the Ohio-founded act’s cover of Adele’s smash single “Someone Like You” was released.

Filmed during their recent appearance on the Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon, the four-and-a-half-minute video finds the four-piece giving the somber track a little bit of an upbeat update. The video was shot while the group was hanging out backstage in the Tonight Show music room.

Watch Walk the Moon’s cover of “Someone Like You” above.

As previously mentioned, Walk the Moon’s cover of the Adele classic comes months after the band began their own covers series on social media. To date, the quartet has given their own spin to songs such as “Time to Pretend” by MGMT, “Time After Time” by Cyndi Lauper, and “Tubthumpin” by Chumbawumba. All their covers can be found on their Instagram account.

Recently, the band released their ultra-catchy, standalone single “Timebomb.” “Timebomb” comes more than a year after the release of their fourth studio album, What If Nothing.

The album produced a total of five singles including “One Foot,” “Headphones,” “Surrender,” “Kamikaze,” and “Tiger Teeth” which was given the music video treatment back in October.

Walk the Moon are currently on the road, opening for Muse on their Simulation Theory North American tour. The tour began last month and will find the groups performing across the continent throughout March and April. The full list of current tour dates can be found here.

Watch Eminem perform ‘Venom’ from atop the Empire State Building

When you’re Eminem and you’ve done everything from winning countless awards and selling millions of albums to starring in a movie, how exactly do you top that? Apparently, the answer is to head to the top of the Empire State Building. On Monday (Oct. 15), the Detroit-based rapper was the musical guest on Jimmy Kimmel Live! where he treated fans to a prerecorded performance of his latest single, “Venom.”

During the appearance, the real Slim Shady took his show to new heights when he headed to the iconic New York City’s skyscraper. Throughout the eight-minute clip, the musician raps the lyrics to the track as he makes his way from the ground floor of the building to the top where he is surrounded by nothing but fog, colorful flashing lights, helicopters, and the New York City skyline.

Halfway through the clip, Eminem’s microphone begins to malfunction in front of an elevator. When the elevator opens, Kimmel’s trust companion Guillermo is there.

“Hey are you going up?” the rapper asks.

“I think so…hey you need a microphone?” Guillermo responds.

Cue one of the most awkward elevator rides of all time with the rapper dropping some information about the historic building as an elevator music version of the song plays in the background.

Watch the complete video above.

“Venom” is featured in both Sony’s antihero film “Venom” and on Eminem’s recently released album, Kamikaze.

The musician’s surprise tenth studio album marks his return to the music world following the release of his lukewarmly received ninth studio album, 2017’s Revival.

Unlike Revival, Kamikaze was met with generally positive reviews from critics and fans alike. The album debuted at the number one spot on the Billboard 200 chart. Kamikaze earned Eminem his ninth number one album, tying Garth Brooks and the Rolling Stones for the fifth-most leaders in the chart’s history.

The only other artists to earn more number ones are The Beatles (with 19), Jay-Z (with 14), Bruce Springsteen (with 11), Barbra Streisand (with 11) and Elvis Presley (with ten).