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

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

Broadway Exclusive – First Look at Disney’s “Aladdin” on Broadway

Several of the classic Disney films have already been created into successful and stunning Broadway musicals by Disney Theatrical. The latest Disney story to get the Broadway treatment is the well-known story of Aladdin.

Aladdin is currently previewing at the Ed Mirvish Theatre in Toronto until January 5, 2014. From there, the production will head to Broadway’s New Amsterdam Theatre starting on February 26, 2014.

Aladdin, Toronto 2013

The show stars Adam Jacobs as Aladdin, Courtney Reed as Jasmine, James Monroe Iglehart as the Genie, and Jonathan Freeman as Jafar. Interesting fact for the day, Freeman actually voiced Jafar in the original 1992 animated film!

The creative team behind this show includes Tony-winning director and choreographer Casey Nicholaw, with sets done by Bob Crowley, costumes by Gregg Barnes, and lighting by Natasha Katz. Plus, bookwriter Chad Beguelin and Alan Menken have composed new songs for the score, which includes “A Whole New World” and “Friend Like Me.”

Aladdin, Toronto 2013

What do you think of the cast and the creative team behind this show? Do you think it will have a strong and successful run on Broadway? Would you be interested in seeing this show? What do you think of these exclusive photos? 

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Source: Entertainment Weekly

First Look – Exclusive New Photos from “The Last Five Years”

Fans of Broadway and the musical theater world were no doubt excited to hear that actors Anna Kendrick and Jeremy Jordan were cast in the movie adaptation of the musical, The Last Five Years. Kendrick and Jordan signed on to the project as the two leads, Cathy Hyatt and Jamie Wellerstein, back in early March. 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.

This highly awaited film is under production and is currently filming in New York City. The first two photos from the set feature Kendrick and Jordan in what seems to be an emotional scene. Of course, based on the storyline outlined below, this musical seems like it would have many emotional moments.

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For those who may be unfamiliar with the musical,  the story follows Cathy, a struggling actress, and Jamie, a novelist who is beginning to gain some success with his writing. The story for this musical is quite unique 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.

The Last Five Years also stars Nic Novicki, Natalie Kneep, Sherri Rene Scott, Laura Harrier, and Meg Carriero. Plus, Richard LaGravenese will be directing, writing, and co-producing with Lauren Versel, Kurt Deutsch, and Janet Brenner for Lucky Monkey Pictures.

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What do you think of these first photos from the film? Are you a fan of Anna Kendrick and Jeremy Jordan? Do you think they will work well together and do the characters justice? What do you think of the other cast members that have joined on to the project? Stay tuned for more news about The Last Five Years!

Source: Tumblr

Movie Exclusive – Fox Earns Rights for “Guys and Dolls” Movie Remake

20th Century Fox recently earned the rights for a remake of  the popular stage and movie musical, Guys and Dolls. The studio will soon begin production on the remake and actors Channing Tatum and Joseph Gordon-Levitt are under consideration for the title roles. Currently, there is no director or screenwriter signed on for the project, but Tatum and Gordon-Levitt are interested in being a part of the film.

For those of you unfamiliar with the musical, it is set in New York in the 1940s and follows a group of professional gamblers and petty criminals through their adventures in the city. Frank Sinatra and Marlon Brando were in the original MGM film made in 1955 as the lead male roles, Nathan Detroit (Sinatra) and Sky Masterson (Brando).

The idea of a Guys and Dolls remake has been circulating for several years. According to an article on Deadline, it looked like studio executive, Harvey Weinstein was going to get the rights. Plus, actors such as Russell Crowe, Vin Dissel, and Hugh Jackman were all expressing interest in playing the lead roles.

The original songwriter, Frank Loesser, passed away and studios were having difficulties forming a deal with his widow, Jo Loesser. She would be in charge of signing over the rights to the songs in place of her husband, but she has not found a deal she agreed with. However, 20th Century Fox must have offered the deal she was looking for because they have clenched the rights for the musical. Some of the more famous songs featured in this show are Luck Be A Lady and Sit Down, You’re Rocking The Boat.

Now that a deal has been made and a studio is starting production, hopefully there will be some official casting news to share with you soon! What do you think of Tatum and Gordon-Levitt potentially being cast in this remake? Are you a fans of Guys and Dolls? Who do you think should be cast in this remake?

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Source: Deadline

Anna Kendrick and Jeremy Jordan to Star in Film Adaptation of ‘The Last Five Years”

Fans of the Broadway musical, The Last Five Years, may be excited to know that a film adaptation is in the works. Anna Kendrick and Jeremy Jordan have both signed on to play the leads, Cathy Hyatt and Jamie Wellerstein. 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.

For those of you who are unfamiliar with the musical, Kendrick’s character, Cathy, is a struggling actress and Jordan’s character, Jamie is a novelist who is beginning to gain some success with his writing. The story for this musical is quite unique 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.

Richard LaGravenese will be directing, writing, and co-producing this film adaptation with Lauren Versel, Kurt Deutsch, and Janet Brenner for Lucky Monkey Pictures.

Are you familiar with this musical? Do you think Kendrick and Jordan will work well together? What do you think of these casting choices?  If you are not familiar with the musical, does this sound like something you would be interested in seeing?

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Source: Deadline Hollywood