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Watch The Entire High School Theatre Production of “Alien”

North Bergen High School is now the equivalent of “My Hero Academia” for nerds living in New Jersey – and I mean that in the best way possible. Students from this fine educational facility put on a great performance of “Alien”… yes, the movie that they transitioned from screen to stage with some crazy reverse engineering.

The play has now made it online via a bootleg filmed during the encore performance by someone in the audience who was kind enough to record it. We tip our hats to this heroic filmmaker, and while we would normally never condone recording theatrical shows, we are very grateful that we all now have the chance to see this spectacular show.

Watch this fine piece of drama below:

According to the original poster, the school recorded a professional quality version and will hopefully sell that once it is ready. I look forward to supporting this release, and hope it includes special features!

Best of all, Sigourney Weaver gave it the official thumbs up, and was there in person to enjoy the show:

And by the way, Ridley Scott was just as awesome, donating $5000 to help make the production happen.

My chest is filled with emotions after seeing this and hearing all the support this play got… or maybe it’s filled with a chestburster. Either way, I got the feels!

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Complete List Of 2019 Tony Award Nominations

The nominees for the 73rd annual Tony awards have just gone live, and here is the huge list of every person and Broadway show that has been nominated.

“Hadestown” has the most nominations, with 14 total, while “Ain’t Too Proud” comes in with twelve. “Tootsie” ranks third, with “The Ferryman” and “Beetlejuice” following closely behind with eight and nine respectively.

The Tony Awards will be broadcast on June 9 on CBS. James Corden will once again be hosting the event.

Here is the complete list of the 2019 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”

“The Ferryman”

“Gary: A Sequel to Titus Andronicus”

“Ink”

“What the Constitution Means to Me”

Best Revival of a Musical

“Kiss Me, Kate”

“Oklahoma!”

Best Revival of a Play

“All My Sons”

“The Boys in the Band”

“Burn This”

“Torch Song”

“The Waverly Gallery”

Best Book of a Musical

“Ain’t Too Proud: The Life and Times of the Temptations”: Dominique Morisseau

“Beetlejuice”: Scott Brown and Anthony King

“Hadestown”: Anaïs Mitchell

“The Prom”: Bob Martin and Chad Beguelin

“Tootsie”: Robert Horn

Best Original Score

“Beetlejuice,” music and lyrics: Eddie Perfect

“Be More Chill,” music and lyrics: Joe Iconis

“Hadestown,” music and lyrics: Anaïs Mitchell

“The Prom,” music by Matthew Sklar; lyrics by Chad Beguelin

“Tootsie,” music and lyrics: David Yazbek

“To Kill a Mockingbird,” music by Adam Guettel

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 Direction of a Musical

Rachel Chavkin, “Hadestown”

Scott Ellis, “Tootsie”

Daniel Fish, “Oklahoma!”

Des McAnuff, “Ain’t Too Proud: The Life and Times of the Temptations”

Casey Nicholaw, “The Prom”

Best Leading Actor in a Play

Bryan Cranston, “Network”

Paddy Considine, “The Ferryman”

Jeff Daniels, “To Kill a Mockingbird”

Adam Driver, “Burn This”

Jeremy Pope, “Choir Boy”

Best Leading Actress 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 Leading Actor in a Musical

Brooks Ashmanskas, “The Prom”

Derrick Baskin, “Ain’t Too Proud: The Life and Times of the Temptations”

Alex Brightman, “Beetlejuice”

Damon Daunno, “Oklahoma!”

Santino Fontana, “Tootsie”

Best Leading Actress 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 Featured Actor 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 Featured Actress 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 Featured Actor in a Musical

André De Shields, “Hadestown”

Andy Grotelueschen, “Tootsie”

Patrick Page, “Hadestown”

Jeremy Pope, “Ain’t Too Proud: The Life and Times of the Temptations”

Ephraim Sykes, “Ain’t Too Proud: The Life and Times of the Temptations”

Best Featured Actress in a Musical

Lilli Cooper, “Tootsie”

Amber Gray, “Hadestown”

Sarah Stiles, “Tootsie”

Ali Stroker, “Oklahoma!”

Mary Testa, “Oklahoma!”

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 Scenic Design of a Musical

Robert Brill and Peter Nigrini, “Ain’t Too Proud: The Life and Times of the Temptations”

Peter England, “King Kong”

Rachel Hauck, “Hadestown”

Laura Jellinek, “Oklahoma!”

David Korins, “Beetlejuice”

Best Costume Design of a Play

Rob Howell, “The Ferryman”

Toni-Leslie James, “Bernhardt/Hamlet”

Clint Ramos, “Torch Song”

Ann Roth, “To Kill a Mockingbird”

Ann Roth, “Gary: A Sequel to Titus Andronicus”

Best Costume Design of a Musical

Michael Krass, “Hadestown”

William Ivey Long, “Tootsie”

William Ivey Long, “Beetlejuice”

Bob Mackie, “The Cher Show”

Paul Tazewell, “Ain’t Too Proud: The Life and Times of the Temptations”

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: The Life and Times of the Temptations”

Bradley King, “Hadestown”

Peter Mumford, “King Kong”

Kenneth Posner and Peter Negrini, “Beetlejuice”

Best Sound Design in 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 in a Musical

Peter Hylenski, “King Kong”

Peter Hylenski, “Beetlejuice”

Steve Canyon Kennedy, “Ain’t Too Proud: The Life and Times of the Temptations”

Drew Levy, “Oklahoma!”

Nevin Steinberg and Jessica Paz, “Hadestown”

Best Choreography

Camille A. Brown, “Choir Boy”

Warren Carlyle, “Kiss Me, Kate”

Denis Jones, “Tootsie”

David Neumann, “Hadestown”

Sergio Trujillo, “Ain’t Too Proud: The Life and Times of the Temptations”

Best Orchestrations

Michael Chorney and Todd Sickafoose, “Hadestown”

Simon Hale, “Tootsie”

Larry Hochman, “Kiss Me, Kate”

Daniel Kluger, “Oklahoma!”

Harold Wheeler, “Ain’t Too Proud: The Life and Times of the Temptations”

Special Tony Award for Lifetime Achievement in the Theater

Rosemary Harris

Terrence McNally

Harold Wheeler

Isabelle Stevenson Award

Judith Light

Regional Theater Tony Award

TheatreWorks Silicon Valley

Special Tony Award

Marin Mazzie

Sonny Tilders and Creature Technology Company

Jason Michael Webb

Tony Honors for Excellence in the Theater

Broadway Inspirational Voices – Michael McElroy, Founder

Peter Entin

FDNY Engine 54, Ladder 4, Battalion 9

Joseph Blakely Forbes


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From X-Man To Music Man, Hugh Jackman Talks Return To Broadway

Most may know him as Wolverine, but if you aren’t aware of his accomplishments outside of the Marvel universe, you are in for a treat. Hugh Jackman is the ultimate source of machismo for many men, but we should never ignore the fact that Jackman is a lover of, and performer in, the musical theater world.

In between playing Wolvie, Jackman was singing in the movie version of “Les Miserables” and “The Greatest Showman”, among others including a Tony-award winning performance in “The Boy From Oz”.

Jackman will be making his return to Broadway in late 2020 to star in the revival of Meredith Wilson’s “The Music Man” as traveling salesman Harold Hill alongside Sara Bareilles as Marian.

In this clip from Good Morning America, Jackman discussed the animated movie he is in, “The Missing Link”, as well as how excited he is to return to the stage.

Unbeknownst to many who know him only as Wolverine, the theater is where Jackman got his chops, and performing in a high school production of “The Music Man” was when he was bit by the acting bug. “I played Salesman #2 at the beginning. Clearly, the chip on my shoulder not getting the lead prepared me for the next 37 years,” he joked.

He is also about to embark on a world tour starting on May 7 in Scotland to sing his greatest hits. “I dreamt of being a rockstar when I was a kid, and I’m going to be playing Madison Square Garden and doing songs from The Greatest Showman, Les Miz, from Beauty and the Beast, The Boy from Oz,” he said.

“The Music Man” is set to start previews sometime in the fall of 2020.

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Watch The Trailer For the New “Beetlejuice” Musical

It’s showtime! The new “Beetlejuice” musical is set to open on Broadway very soon, and we now have a trailer to tantalize you with, giving you a first glimpse at what to expect from this new production.

The show, which will be housed in the Winter Garden Theatre, is a direct adaptation of the movie. This new trailer shows you how close it will be to the source material, unlike other geeky Broadway adaptations *cough* spider-man *cough*.

Check out the trailer below:

They are staying true to the Tim Burton aesthetic, down to the sandworms and unique choice of interior decoration. Make sure you watched until the very end to hear one more familiar Harry Belafonte tune that I can not wait to see on the stage!

Alex Brightman stars as Beetlejuice, along with Sophie Anne Caruso as Lydia, Tony nominees Kerry Butler and Rob McClure as Barbara and Adam, Leslie Kritzer and Adam Dannheisser as Delia and Charles, and Kelvin Moon Loh as Otho.

“Beetlejuice” opens April 25, with previews going on right now. Tickets are available at this link here, but your chances of getting those seats are highly improbable. Instead, use this link here to access the Beetlejuice ticket lottery.

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James Monroe Iglehart Raps About Spider-Man

If you combine musicals and geeky things, you get some pretty great results. Case in point, when the cast of Star Trek Discovery did their Rent parody. Or how about today, when we saw James Monroe Iglehart AKA The Genie from “Aladdin” on Broadway, and currently doing double duty in “Hamilton” as Lafayette and Thomas Jefferson, do a rap about Spider-Man!

Iglehart just penned his first comic in “Marvel Comics Presents” issue 3, which star Spider-Man in an interesting tale. It also combines his love of geeky things with his adoration of professional wrestling. For crying out loud, the man just attended Wrestlemania 35 this weekend!

In a video released by Marvel Entertainment from their show “This Week in Marvel”, Iglehart graces us and host Ryan Penagos, AKA Agent M, with a rap about Spidey, and you need to stop what you are doing and give it a watch.

Check out the video below:

“Marvel Presents” issue 3 is currently available in your friendly neighborhood comic store, or wherever you buy your books from.

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Scooby-Doo Hits The Stage In Theatrical Production, “Scooby-Doo and the Lost City of Gold”

Celebrating 50 years of mystery-solving fun this year, Warner Bros. Consumer Products and Monlove announce today a partnership to begin production of Scooby-Doo and the Lost City of Gold, a completely original live entertainment spectacular. The show will be presented in large scale theaters and will be the first of its kind to combine cutting edge technology with exceptional music, puppetry, magic, singing, dance, interactive audience response video, aerial arts and video mapping. 

Scooby-Doo and the Lost City of Gold will take audiences on an awe-inspiring journey with a brand-new story based on one of the top-grossing international franchises of all time. The production is slated to premiere in March 2020 and continue on a global, five-year tour visiting more than 30 countries around the world.

Scooby-Doo and the Lost City of Gold is being created and directed by some of the biggest names in live entertainment and produced by the Montreal based production company Monlove. The show’s Original Concept, Book, Music & Lyrics will be created by Ella Louise Allaire and Martin Lord Ferguson the powerhouse behind many hit shows including Ice Age Live! A Mammoth Adventure which toured 48 countries, was translated in 12 languages and grossed over $100 million.

Monlove is also the mastermind behind The Nut Job Live & FriendsHoliday on Ice Energia and as Music Producers and Composers for several Cirque du Soleil shows including Zed, and Mystère, Alegria (Arena) & Saltimbanco (Arena). The show will be directed by Pierre Boileau (Queen Elizabeth’s JubileeThe Nut Job Live & Friends, Cirque Eloize), with technical design innovations and revolutionary sets being handled by superstar veteran Guy-St-Amour (Cirque du Soleil’s MystèreLoveViva ElvisMichael Jackson, and Wagner the Ring Cycle at the MET Opera).

“Working with Warner to celebrate the legacy of an icon is a dream come true. As we have done previously with Ice Age Live! and The Nut Job Live, working on Scooby-Doo allows us to produce high-quality theater that is entertaining for children while offering elevated winks and nods for adults…’’ said Ella Louise Allaire, CEO and founder of Monlove.

“On the heels of Scooby-Doo’s 50th anniversary, we are thrilled to partner with Monlove to introduce an immersive, world-class experience that brings the meddling antics of the Mystery Inc. Gang to life in a way fans, young and old, have never seen before,” said Peter van Roden, Senior Global Themed Entertainment, Warner Bros. Consumer Products. 

For nearly five decades, Scooby-Doo has created a world of spooky, mysterious fun where playful spirits of all ages find the courage to seek adventure, solve problems and do good. The universally celebrated franchise will continue to attract and entertain fans in the years ahead with new experiences and content, including the highly-anticipated animated film “SCOOB!” that is slated to premiere in theaters on May 15, 2020.

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Everything We Know About The Broadway “Cats” Film Adaptation So Far

When Tom Hooper announced he was going to make a film adaptation of the Broadway musical “Cats”, no one was quite sure how. It’s not as if Andrew Lloyd Webber’s show had not been recorded before, but this time things will be different. This time, they have an all-star cast and Hollywood money behind it, so this will either be a triumph for theatre fans, or a universally panned flop. Let’s discuss what we know about the movie so far, and what we learned from CinemaCon 2019.

We already know the cast is huge and features some big names. Idris Elba has been cast (oddly enough his second time playing a feline – the first in 2016’s “Jungle Book”), alongside Jennifer Hudson who will sing “Memory”. The movie also has Sir Ian McKellen, James Corden, Taylor Swift, Rebel Wilson, and Dame Judi Dench cast so far in roles.

This is Hooper’s second musical movie, the first being “Les Miserables” back in 2012. The big question is what has he learned since then. According to io9, during Universal Picture’s panel at CinemaCon, attendees were priviledged enough to get a first look at things via a new sizzle reel:

In the reel, which was largely shot on set, Hooper revealed he wanted to bring the musical to life in a very 2019 way. To do that he’s using performance capture to make his actors look like they have real fur on them.

And so what the audience saw at the presentation were clips of actors in those fancy suits, complete with dots and everything. Some had cameras attached to their heads, others did not. It’ll eventually look something like Avatar’s Na’vi, but with fur, and the actors said they studied cat movements for the film.

Also, much of those soon-to-be digitally enhanced performances were shot on sets that are three to four times their usual size, to give the actors “a cat’s eye view.” In other words, they’re going to be the size of cats as they sing. Huge chairs and tables with the actors running and dancing under them.

No images of the cats have leaked yet, but it sounds like a very unique vision for this movie.

It was also noted that Andrew Lloyd Webber’s music will be used in the movie, and “all disciplines of dance will be represented”. Much of the cast who is not a big name A-lister is filled out by professional ballet dancers and other theatre regulars.

“Cats” is expected to meow into theaters on December 20, 2019.

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New Castmembers Join Broadway’s “Harry Potter And The Cursed Child”

I hope you’ve been “keeping the secret” if you saw “Harry Potter and The Cursed Child” on Broadway. If you are one of the lucky few who have seen it, consider removing that jealousy spell cast on me, because I still haven’t. However, it’s time for some new magic to be weaved on the stage, as several actors are coming in to take over some of the roles in this play.

Nicholas Podany and Bubba Weiler (as Albus Potter and Scorpius Malfoy, respectively) have joined the cast, along withJames Snyder as Harry Potter, Jenny Jules as Hermione Granger, Diane Davis as Ginny Potter, Matt Mueller as Ron Weasley, Nadia Brown as Rose Granger-Weasley, and Jonno Roberts as Draco Malfoy.

“Harry Potter and The Cursed Child” is a two-part play currently running on Broadway that has garnered much attention for its special effects. Based on the book by Jack Thorne, J. K. Rowling and John Tiffany, the show started in 2016 and continues to draw sell-out crowds.

If you call yourself a Potter head, make a pilgrimage to NYC and go see this on Broadway before it disappears away to another dimension. Accio tickets!

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WATCH – BroadwayCon 2019 Review: A Smash Hit or A Broadway Flop?

Andrea went to BroadwayCon 2019, and here is her review of what she saw, what she liked, and what she didn’t like about the fourth edition of this theatrical super-con!

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Check out our full Youtube playlist for more video of the panels, performances, and cosplay seen at this event.

For more about this event, head to http://www.broadwaycon.com

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“Lights of Broadway: Autumn 2018” Cards Review

During BroadwayCon 2019, Andrea picked up a bunch of packs from the latest “Lights of Broadway” trading card line. Today, we open and review the Autumn 2018 edition, and we got some real gems in this video. If you like theater and trading cards with art in the style of Al Hirschfeld, take a look at this video and see if they are something you might be into!

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