Cast of ‘The Lion King’ and ‘Aladdin’ Give Impromptu Airport Show

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We’re sure everyone has been there before; the plane you were supposed to be on to go somewhere is delayed for hours. So, you’re stuck in a fluorescently lit airport with nothing to do for hours until you’re finally able to board the plane.

What a nightmare.

Well, for those stranded at New York’s LaGuardia Airport after a storm delayed flights for six hours this past Sunday, they were given a special show thanks to another group of people also stranded; the casts of Broadway’s The Lion King and Aladdin.

To lift the saggy morale, both groups performed a capella versions of their opening songs; “The Circle of Life” for the cast of The Lion King and “Arabian Nights” for the cast of Aladdin.

One of the coolest parts was watching Tony award winner James Monroe Iglehart (who plays Genie in the Aladdin production) just freestyle right in the middle of the airport.

This isn’t the first time the cast of The Lion King has done a stunt like that. Last August, they surprised New York subway riders by staging a flash mob where they performed “The Circle of Life.”

This past March, the Dropkick Murphys pulled similar stunt when they gave unfortunate passengers an impromptu show while waiting for their own flight to Dublin.

‘School of Rock’ Musical to Rock Out on Broadway

The School of Rock is about to take Broadway to school.

Earlier in the day, news had hit that the Jack Black-starring film would be making its way from the big screen onto the brightly lit stages of Broadway.

School of Rock- The Musical is slated to begin its run at the Winter Garden Theatre on Nov. 15, 2015. Though many films have made the transition from the big screen to the stage without any incident, School of Rock has something or rather someone big on their side; Sir Andrew Lloyd Webber.

The famed Broadway producer will be writing the music for the show while Glenn Slater will be taking care of the lyrics. As for the director’s position, Laurence Connor, who is currently behind the “re-imagined revival” of Les Misérables will be taking the position.

But that’s not where all the creative team ends. Three-time Grammy Award winner, Rob Cavallo will be joining Webber, Connor, and Slater. Cavallo has an impressive resume which includes being one of the top-selling record producers around.

If you’ve never heard of Cavallo, he has been albums from Green Day, My Chemical Romance, Paramore, Goo Goo Dolls, Phil Collins and many more.

School of Rock is a wonderful film, a rock and roll story that transcends the genre with passion and heart,” said Cavallo in a statement.

“To be able to creatively collaborate with Andrew Lloyd Webber, Glenn Slater, Julian Fellowes [writer of the book] and the rest of the team is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity, and I can’t wait to see School of Rock take on a whole new life.”

Officially, the show will open on Dec. 6, 2015. casting for the show will begin in January in cities across the country including Los Angeles, New York, and Chicago.

School of Rock tells the story of a down-on-his-luck wannabe rock star named Dewey Finn who takes a job at a prestigious school as a substitute teacher to make ends meet. There, he discovers the musical talents that his students have and help them form a rock band and win the battle of the bands.

‘Aladdin the Musical’ Cast Pay Tribute to Robin Williams

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The death of Robin Williams hit a cord with movie goers, fans and people who had grown up watching the comedian go from funny films and shows like Mindy & MorkJumanjiNight at the Museum to serious roles like Dead Poet’s Society and Good Will Hunting.

From children, to teenagers to adult who had seen most, if not all of his works, it was as if they lost a friend who would make them smile, even if they did not personally know him.

In honor of the late actor, Broadway will dim their lights to show respect for the actor who had made an impression on the community, but one show in particular which is currently on Broadway owed a lot to the late actor; Aladdin.

The show, which began its run in February, paid tribute to Genie during its performance last night (August 12). Instead of ending the show in its usual fashion, they decided to pay homage to Williams by ending with a sing-along version of “A Friend Like Me.”

The sing-along was led by James Monroe Iglehart, who happened to win a Tony Award earlier this year for playing the role made famous by Williams in the 1992 animated film.

Iglehart with the help of the rest of the Aladdin company, broke the fourth wall to encourage the audience to sing to the rafter to pay tribute to the original Genie.

Watch the video and try not to sing along. Or cry.

Watch the First ‘Jersey Boys’ Trailer

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“Every legend has a beginning.”

That statement could not be anymore true and that’s how it all begins. Following in the footsteps of other Broadway musicals turned films such as Les Misérables and Mamma Mia!Jersey Boys has now been added to that growing list. 

The musical tells the story of how Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons came to be. The cast is made up of John Lloyd Young as Valli (he’s also the original Broadway performer for the role), Erich Bergen as keyboardist Bob Gaudio, Vincent Piazza as lead guitarist Tommy DeVito and Michael Lomenada as bassist Nick Massi. There’s also that role of gangster Angelo “Gyp” DeCarlo which will be played by Christopher Walken.

Like most musicals that have been transitioned to the big screen, many of the groups hit songs can be heard in the first official trailer. 

If you didn’t already know, the film will be directed by Hollywood heavy-hitter, Clint Eastwood; here’s hoping the film isn’t longer than the actual musical. Another tid-bit of information: Jersey Boys has been around since 2005 and still manages to have sold out shows.

Now that’s what you call legendary. 

Jersey Boys will hit theaters on June 20.

‘Jesus Christ Superstar’ Musical to Head Out on Arena Tour

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Jesus Christ Superstar is about to return and follow in the footsteps of many other musicals by hitting the road this Summer.

The new production of the Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice musical is slated to kick off its 51-city North American arena tour on June 9 in New Orleans. The biggest surprise of the announcement, is the fact that many musicians will be filling the cast including Incubus frontman Brandon Boyd, former Destiny’s Child Michelle Williams, *NSYNC alum J.C. Chasez and The Sex Pistols’ John Lyndon or Johnny Rotten, as he’s better known as.

The announcement of the show was made this morning during Good Morning America where Boyd and Williams not only revealed the news but also performed one of the songs from the show. Boyd will play Judas Iscariot while Williams will take on the role of Mary Magdalene. Chasez will play Pontius Pilate, Lyndon will take on the role of King Herod and Ben Forster will once again reprise the role of Jesus after playing the character in the U.K. leg of the tour.

“I’m looking forward to the experience,” said Chasez. “This is honestly my first theater experience so I’m being thrown into the fire a bit. But I’m excited because the fact that we’re doing something that feels pretty unique.”

“It’s completely new, and it’s incredible,” said Boyd during the sit down portion of the interview. “It’s an arena rock show.”

Boyd would be familiar with arena rock tours since his band, Incubus, have managed to perform at some of them in the past.

Since its premiere back in 1971, the retelling of the last week of Jesus of Nazareth had been revived several time, most recently in 2012, but never has it hit the road for a full tour. Considering that the newest trend is to take big Broadway musicals such as Mary Poppins, Wicked, Beauty and the Beast, The Lion King, Jersey Boys on the road, this might be just the thing for the musical.

Tickets are set to go on sale next week but can range from $29 and $125. while tour dates can be seen here.

JESUS CHRIST SUPERSTAR TOUR DATES:

6/9 New Orleans, LA – Lakefront Arena
6/10 Birmingham, AL – BJCC Arena
6/11 Charlotte, NC – Time Warner Cable Arena
6/13 Fort Lauderdale, FL – BB&T Center
6/14 Orlando, FL – Amway Center
6/15 Tampa, FL – Tampa Bay Times Forum
6/16 Atlanta, GA – Philips Arena
6/17 Nashville, TN – Bridgestone Arena
6/19 San Antonia, TX – Freeman Coliseum
6/20 Austin, TX – Frank Erwin Center
6/21 Houston, TX – Toyota Center
6/22 Dallas, TX – American Airlines Center
6/23 Oklahoma City, OK – Chesapeake Energy Arena
6/24 Tulsa, OK – BOK Center
6/26 Toronto, ON – Air Canada Centre
6/28 Detroit, MI – Joe Louis Arena
6/29 Chicago, IL – United Center
7/1 St. Louis, MO – Scottrade Center
7/2 Kansas City, MO – Sprint Center
7/4 Winnipeg, MB – MTS Center
7/5 Regina, SK – Brandt Center
7/6 Edmonton, AB – Rexall Place
7/8 Boise, ID – Taco Bell Arena
7/9 Spokane, WA -Spokane Arena
7/10 Seattle, WA – KeyArena At Seattle Center
7/12 Vancouver, BC – Rogers Arena
7/13 Portland, OR – Moda Center
7/15 Sacramento, CA – Sleep Train Arena
7/16 Fresno, CA – Save Mart Center
7/17 Bakersfield, CA – Rabobank Arena
7/18 San Jose, CA – SAP Center at San Jose
7/20 Anaheim, CA – Honda Center
7/22 El Paso, TX – UTEP Don Haskins Center
7/23 Phoenix, AZ – US Airways Center
7/24 San Diego, CA – Valley View Casino Center
7/25 Las Vegas, NV – Mandalay Bay Events Center
7/26 Los Angeles, CA – STAPLES Center
7/29 Denver, CO – Pepsi Center
7/30 Lincoln, NE – Pinnacle Bank Arena
7/31 St. Paul, MN – Xcel Energy Center
8/1 Milwaukee, WI – BMO Bradley Harris Center
8/2 Indianapolis, IN – Bankers Life Fieldhouse
8/3 Cincinnati, OH – U.S. Bank Arena
8/5 New York, NY – Madison Square Garden
8/7 Washington, DC – Verizon Center
8/9 Columbus, OH – Schottenstein Center
8/10 Cleveland, OH – Quicken Loans Arena
8/12 Pittsburgh, PA – Consol Energy Center
8/13 Buffalo, NY –  First Niagara Center
8/14 Boston, MA – TD Garden
8/16 Philadelphia, PA – Wells Fargo Center

Carly Rae Jepsen to Make Broadway Debut

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Call her, maybe?

Looks like Broadway did just that because it has been confirmed that Carly Rae Jepsen will be heading to the live theater stage. The pop star will be making her stage debut in Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Cinderella on February 4 for a 12-week run. She will be replacing Tony-nominated Laura Osnes who is leaving the production after a yearlong run.

“Broadway has been a dream of mine since I was a little girl and I look forward to working with this incredibly talented cast to tell this classic tale,” said Jepsen, who began performing in musical theater while in high school.

This isn’t the first time the Canadian singer has done something princess-related. Last year, she was given the opportunity to cover the iconic Little Mermaid song, “Part of Your World” as part of the diamond edition release of the film on DVD.

Also making their official debut on Broadway in the revamped cast of the famous musical is The Nanny herself, Fran Drescher who will be taking over the role of Cinderella’s evil stepmother, previously played by Harriet Harris.

As for Jepsen, things have been quiet on her music front since the “Call Me Maybe” hype. She followed up the hit song with a single titled “This Kiss,” but it didn’t make quite the impression that breakthrough track did. Word has it that a new album should be coming out sometime in 2014.

Billie Joe Armstrong: Movie Star?

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Ever think you’d see the day when the frontman of a punk rock band would go from the stage to the theater screen Well, honestly, it has been a trend that many musicians are doing, but did you ever picture that Green Day frontman, Billie Joe Armstrong would follow in suit?

Well, today it was indeed confirmed that Armstrong is set to hit the big screen in an indie film titled, Like Sunday, Like Rain. The film, which will star Gossip Girl’s Leighton Meester, tells the story of a struggling musician who becomes the guardian of a 12-year-old music prodigy. In a surprising move, Armstrong will actually be taking on the role of Meester’s boyfriend.

Armstrong though, is not new to being featured in films; he’s appeared in several movies in small parts such as Penny Marshall’s Riding in Cars With Boys and Judd Apatow’s This Is 40. This December, he’ll be adding another cameo to his long list, appearing in Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues.

Even after having a full meltdown last year during the annual iHeartRadio Concert in Las Vegas, it looks like Armstrong cleaned up his act during his stint in rehab. This year, he will be releasing two different documentaries. The first one will chronicle Green Day’s efforts into making 2012’s ¡Uno!, ¡Dos!, ¡Tré! album trilogy; fittingly enough, the documentary will be titled, ¡Cuatro! .

The second documentary will focus on what it took to turn the band’s 2004 hit album, American Idiot, into the Broadway show, Broadway Idiot which is due out sometime in October.

Now who said the punks can’t be movie star?

Green Day Documentary to Premiere at SXSW

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Green Day will be premiering their documentary, Broadway Idiot at the South By Southwest Film Festival in March. The documentary follows singer, Billie Joe Armstrong, as he makes his cross over into Broadway musicals and turns the band’s 2004 hit album, American Idiot into a stage adaptation.

Broadway Idiot is not the only Green Day documentary to debut at the festival; the band will also be debuting  ¡Cuatro! which follows the band as they make their recent trilogy series¡Uno!,¡Dos! and ¡Tré!

Green Day will be heading back on tour to make up for the cancelled tour dates last year after Armstrong had a meltdown on stage at the iHeartRadio festival which resulted in him heading to rehab. To see their full list of tour dates, head on over to their website.