Casting News – Adam DeVine to Return for “Pitch Perfect 2”

Production on Pitch Perfect 2 is starting to pick up and it was recently announced that Hailee Steinfeld has joined the cast for the awaited sequel. Entertainment Weekly has confirmed that Adam DeVine will be returning as his character Bumper.

Right now there is no confirmation that Bumper’s Treblemakers will also be making a return to challenge the Barden Bellas. However, bringing back this fan-favorite character seems to suggest this might be the case. 

Image Credit: Peter Iovino (via Entertainment Weekly)
Image Credit: Peter Iovino (via Entertainment Weekly)

Elizabeth Banks will direct, produce, and possibly star in the sequel with Anna Kendrick, Rebel Wilson, and Brittany Snow all set to reprise their roles. Pitch Perfect 2 will sing and dance it’s way into theaters on May 15, 2015. Stay tuned for more news as production continues!

Source: Entertainment Weekly

Award Shows – 2014 Tony Award Nominations Announced!

Broadway fans rejoice! The 2014 Tony Nominees have been officially announced! Actor Hugh Jackman will be hosting this year’s show on Sunday, June 8, at 8 p.m. on CBS. Take a look at the list below to see if your favorite shows or actors received nominations (via BuzzFeed Entertainment):

(Photo via Broadway.com)
(Photo via Broadway.com)

Best Musical

After Midnight
Aladdin
Beautiful
A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder

Best Play

Act One
All the Way
Casa Valentina
Mothers and Sons
Outside Mullinger

Best Revival of a Musical

Hedwig and the Angry Inch
Les Miserables
Violet

Best Revival of a Play

The Cripple of Inishmaan
The Glass Menagerie
A Raisin in the Sun
Twelfth Night

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

Samuel Barnett — Twelfth Night
Bryan Cranston — All the Way
Chris O’Dowd — Of Mice and Men
Mark Rylance — Richard III
Tony Shalhoub — Act One

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

Tyne Daly — Mothers and Sons
Latanya Richardson Jackson — A Raisin in the Sun
Cherry Jones — The Glass Menagerie
Audra McDonald — Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar and Grill
Estelle Parsons — The Velocity of Autumn

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

Neil Patrick Harris — Hedwig and the Angry Inch
Ramin Karimloo — Les Miserables
Andy Karl — Rocky
Jefferson Mays — A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder
Bryce Pinkham — A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder

Neil Patrick Harris in Hedwig and the Angry Inch (Photo via Buzzfeed)
Neil Patrick Harris in Hedwig and the Angry Inch (Photo via Buzzfeed)

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

Mary Bridget Davies — A Night with Janis Joplin
Sutton Foster — Violet
Idina Menzel — If/Then
Jessie Mueller — Beautiful
Kelli O’Hara — The Bridges of Madison County

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

Reed Birney – Casa Valentina
Paul Chahidi – Twelfth Night
Stephen Fry – Twelfth Night
Mark Rylance – Twelfth Night
Brian J. Smith – The Glass Menagerie

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

Sarah Greene — The Cripple of Inishmaan
Celia Keenan-Bolger — The Glass Menagerie
Sophie Okenedo — A Raisin in the Sun
Anika Noni Rose — A Raisin in the Sun
Mare Winningham — Casa Valentina

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

Danny Burstein — Cabaret
Nick Cordero — Bullets over Broadway
Joshua Henry — Violet
James Monroe Iglehart — Aladdin
Jarrod Spector — Beautiful

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

Linda Emond — Cabaret
Lena Hall — Hedwig and the Angry Inch
Anika Larsen — Beautiful
Adriane Lenox — After Midnight
Lauren Worsham — A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder

Best Direction of a Play

Tim Carroll — Twelfth Night
Michael Grandage — The Cripple of Inishmaan
Kenny Leon — A Raisin in the Sun
John Tiffany — The Glass Menagerie

Best Direction of a Musical

Warren Carlyle — After Midnight
Michael Mayer — Hedwig and the Angry Inch
Leigh Silverman — Violet
Darko Tresnjak — A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder

What do you think of this year’s nominees? Which show do you think will take over the Tony’s this year? Were there any nominations you were surprised about? Check out more details about the shows and the nominations over at tonyawards.com

(Photo via Variety)
(Photo via Variety)

Sources:  BuzzFeed Entertainment and tonyawards.com

Official First Look at Clint Eastwood’s “Jersey Boys”

Broadway fans are no doubt familiar with the classic musical, Jersey Boys. Clint Eastwood will be showing off his movie-musical directing chops in a film adaptation of the hit Broadway show. The Wrap has shared the first official trailer for the film!

In this new trailer, we get to see how Eastwood has broken the fourth wall by having actors direct address the camera. Of course, we also get an introduction to the story and journey that singer Frankie Valli (John Lloyd Young) and The Four Seasons go through to become successful.

Jersey Boys also stars Christopher Walken, Erich Bergen, Michael Lomenda, Vincent Piazza, Steve Monroe, Freya Tingley, Mike Doyle, and Katherine Narducci. Will you be seeing Jersey Boys when it hits theaters on June 20, 2014? Are you a fan of the original Broadway show? Sound off in the comments!

Jersey Boys movie poster

Sources: The Wrap and IMDb

Details on the Final Season of “Glee”

Fans of Glee are aware that the focus has shifted in the most recent episodes of the show. Not only are we in a new location, several beloved characters are currently not part of the storyline. However, creator Ryan Murphy recently revealed some interesting details about the upcoming final season.

In an press call with TV Line, Murphy explained: “The final season is its own story in its own location; it is not New York-centric at all.”

He also revealed: “It really is a lovely, fitting season that dwells on the original people on the show and what happens to them and how they give back. That really is the last season. We’ll revisit some of the new kids that came and went, there’s a return of the (Sue Sylvester) and (Will Schuester) in a big way.” 

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(Photo via TV Line)

According to Deadline, the final season will include a total of 24 episodes, two of which are left over from season five. After the unexpected and tragic passing of Cory Monteith, the creators’ decided to cut two episodes from the current season. The original plans for the final season, and big final scene, also had to change after Monteith’s passing. 

Murphy talked about what has changed for the final scene saying it “is about Rachel and Mr. Schue, and it returns them to their origins, their roots, how they felt about each other when they were much younger and everything was idyllic. I think the ending has to be a reflection and a celebration of how far all those characters have come.”

Read the full interview on TV Line! What do you think of this news? How do you think this new scene is going to play out? Do you think this is a good alternative that will make fans happy?

Glee - season 5 #2
(Photo via TV Line)

Sources: TV Line and Deadline

Movie Exclusive – First Official Teaser Trailer for “Annie” Remake

The first official teaser trailer for the Annie remake starring Quvenzhané Wallis, Jamie Foxx, Cameron Diaz and Rose Byrne has been released!

In this new teaser, we get to see some of the subtle changes that have been made to the story and the overall feel of the updated music. We also get our first look at some of the major dance numbers that will be featured throughout the film.

Originally the awaited movie musical was going to be released December 25, 2014. However, the release date was changed to an earlier date and it will now hit theaters on December 19, 2014.

What do you think of tis first official trailer? Do you like the updated feel of the classic musical? Are you looking forward to seeing the movie when it hits theaters? What do you think of the cast behind this Annie reboot?

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Source: YouTube

Broadway Exclusive – New “Aladdin” on Broadway Cast Portraits

Buzzfeed recently did a fun interview with the main Broadway cast of Disney’s Aladdin. With that interview, they also shared some gorgeous cast portraits taken by photographer Cylla von Tiedemann. These new photos feature Adam Jacobs (Aladdin), Courtney Reed (Jasmine), and James Monroe Iglehart (Genie) and some supporting cast members.

Previews for the show will be starting at the New Amsterdam Theatre on February 26 and the show officially opens on March 20! Get more information on the show take a look at the official website. Check out the photos and a behind-the-scenes video below:

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photos by Cylla von Tiedemann for Disney’s “Aladdin” on Broadway

Sources: Buzzfeed and AladdintheMusical.com

Movie Exclusive – Official New Still for “The Last Five Years” Released

Entertainment Weekly recently released a brand new still from the upcoming movie musical adaptation, The Last Five Years. This new still features Anna Kendrick and Jeremy Jordan as their characters Cathy Hyatt and Jamie Wellerstein.

The story follows Cathy, a struggling actress, and Jamie, a novelist who is beginning to gain some success with his writing. This musical is extremely unique and complex as Jamie’s story is told in chronological order, starting when they first meet, but Cathy’s story is told in reverse, starting at the end of their marriage.

Behind the scenes during the filming of "The Last 5 Years"

The Last Five Years was written by Jason Robert Brown, has been performed off-Broadway, and has won several awards since it opened in 2001. Richard LaGravenese has been very involved with this adaptation as he is directing, screenwriting, and co-producing the project.

Currently, there is no official release date for the awaited film. However, production has finished and now they will be searching for distributors wanting to buy the film. Stay tuned for more updated information!

What do you think of this new still? Have you seen The Last Five Years performed on stage? Are you looking forward to this movie musical adaptation? Sound off in the comments!

Source: Entertainment Weekly