Anticipating Wicked debut in Singapore


The Australian cast is promising a spell-binding treat to all viewers in that country.

Channelasia, made a great interview with the two leading ladies, Suzie Mathers and Patrice Tipoki, who were there to promote the arrival of the smashing-hit musical later on December 7th at the Marina Bay Sands.

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After Flood Wicked finally opens in Brisbane


The musical Wicked has finally kicked off in Brisbane after flood delays postponed the show for almost two weeks.

Thousands of tickets to sold-out shows had to be reissued after the Brisbane River burst its banks at South Bank and inundated the Queensland Performing Arts Centre. Preview shows along with an all-star opening night function were cancelled as the flood crisis worsened.

However, a full-house theatre fans were admitted to the Lyric Theatre today after it was announced the show would go on at last.

Bert Newton, Jemma Rix and Lucy Durack, are staring in the production as the Wizard of Oz, Elphaba and Glinda respectively.

Wicked The Movie?


“Wicked” the smashing-hit musical may be on  its way to becoming a feature film. This has captivated several high-profile directors.

Although the project is in its very early stages of development, “Glee” co-creator Ryan Murphy and “Star Trek” and “Alias” helmer J.J. Abrams have already expressed interest. So have Rob Marshall (“Chicago,” “Nine”) and James Mangold (“Knight and Day,” “Walk the Line”), according to Deadline.com.

The hit Broadway musical is a prequel to “The Wizard of Oz, ” telling the tale of Glinda the Good Witch and Elphaba,  who becomes the Wicked Witch of the West  based on a novel by Gregory Maguire. The musical opened on Broadway in 2003 and was a huge success. Idina Menzel won a Tony in 2004 for playing Elphaba, and Kristin Chenoweth was nominated for her role as Glinda.

The musical has been touring with two National Tours around the country for the last several years, and the next step is a movie adaptation. Marc Platt, who produced the musical, will do the same for the film adaptation. The musical’s book writer, Winnie Holzman (“My So-Called Life”) and songwriter, Stephen Schwartz, are also involved in the development.

Tony Awards 2010 Winners


This is the Winners List for the Tony Awards 2010 in All Categories:

Best Play
Red – Author: John Logan

Best Musical
Memphis

Best Book of a Musical
Memphis – Joe DiPietro

Best Original Score (Music and/or Lyrics) Written for the Theatre
Memphis -Music: David Bryan & Lyrics: Joe DiPietro, David Bryan

Best Revival of a Play
Fences

Best Revival of a Musical
La Cage aux Folles

Best Performance by a Leading Actor in a Play
Denzel Washington – Fences

Best Performance by a Leading Actress in a Play
Viola Davis – Fences

Best Performance by a Leading Actor in a Musical
Douglas Hodge – La Cage aux Folles

Best Performance by a Leading Actress in a Musical
Catherine Zeta-Jones- A Little Night Music

Best Performance by a Featured Actor in a Play
Eddie Redmayne – Red

Best Performance by a Featured Actress in a Play
Scarlett Johansson – A View from the Bridge

Best Performance by a Featured Actor in a Musical
Levi Kreis – Million Dollar Quartet

Best Performance by a Featured Actress in a Musical
Katie Finneran – Promises, Promises

Best Choreography
Bill T. Jones – Fela!

For the complete list visit here

Congratulation to all winners!

9 to 5: The Musical Will Play Nashville, Chicago, Atlanta and Indy


Dolly Parton’s Broadway musical 9 to 5, which will launch the week of Sept. 20 at the Tennessee Performing Arts Center in Nashville, has announced several more stops to hit in the road: Chicago, Atlanta and Indy.

A complete list of tour dates has not yet been revealed. Casting and creative team have not been announced.

9 to 5: The Musical will appear at Atlanta’s Fox Theatre (presented by Theater of the Stars) Sept 28-Oct 3; Clowes Hall in Indianapolis, IN, Jan. 11-16, 2011; and Broadway in Chicago’s series (no venue assigned yet) Jan. 18-31, 2011.

via Playbill

The Lion King to Become Eight Longest-Running Show in Broadway


The Broadway production of the Tony Award-winning musical The Lion King will become the eighth longest-running show in Broadway history when it plays its 5,125th performance at the Minskoff Theatre Feb. 21.

On that date, Lion King will surpass the Pulitzer Prize-winning musical Rent, which previously held that position with 5,124 performances.

As of Feb. 21, the top ten longest-running Broadway shows will include the following:

1. The Phantom of the Opera (9,179 performances; still running)
2. Cats (7,485)
3. Les Miserables (6,680)
4. A Chorus Line (6,137)
5. Oh! Calcutta (5,959)
6. Chicago (5,508; still running)
7. Beauty and the Beast (5,461)
8. The Lion King (5,125; still running)
9. Rent (5,124)
10. Miss Saigon (4,097)

Based on the animated feature film of the same name, The Lion King, press notes state, “follows the adventures of the young lion cub Simba, as he struggles to accept the responsibilities of adulthood and his destined role of King.”

Since its Broadway opening on Nov. 13, 1997, The Lion King has been seen by 50 million people worldwide. Directed by Julie Taymor — who became the first woman to ever receive a Tony Award for Best Director of a Musical — The Lion King has become an international hit with productions playing all around the globe. The Elton John-Tim Rice musical has won over 30 major awards. Those include six Tony Awards, including one for Best Musical; eight Drama Desk Awards; six Outer Critics Circle Awards; two Sir Laurence Oliviers; the Evening Standard Award for Best Theatrical Event; and three Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle Awards.

The Lion King currently plays the Minskoff Theatre on Broadway. For more information visit http://www.DisneyOnBroadway.com.

via Playbill