Broadway musicals

  1. Broadway to Dim Lights for Elaine Stritch

    July 18, 2014 12:04 PM EDT Broadway marquees will be dimmed in memory of a Tony- and Emmy-winning actress who epitomized New York and the theater world. Related Elaine Stritch, Salty Broadway Singer-Actress, Dies at 89 THR: Elaine Stritch, An Appreciation Elaine Stritch die ...

  2. 'Hedwig' and 'A Gentleman's Guide' Win Big at Tony Awards

    June 09, 2014 12:05 AM EDT It looks like LL Cool J and T. I. have found a new home: on Broadway rapping with Hugh Jackman. The artists joined the Tony Awards host onstage at Radio City Music Hall for the 68th annual event on Sunday Night to perform an updated version of the ...

  3. Sting's Musical Finds a Broadway Home

    February 12, 2014 5:24 PM EST Singer-songwriter Sting's new musical "The Last Ship" has found a nice berth on Broadway. Producer Jeffrey Seller said Wednesday that the show -- inspired by Sting's memories of growing up in a shipbuilding community in northea ...

  4. Third Side Music Signs Publishing Deals With Studio One/Jam Rec and Galt MacDermot Catalogs (Exclusive)

    January 28, 2014 9:00 AM EST Billboard has learned that Third Side Music has signed publishing and sync partnership deals with two classic catalogs: Studio One/JamRec and the works of Galt MacDermot. "We are really excited to have picked up the publishing on these two ...

  5. 'Kinky Boots,' Scored by Cyndi Lauper, Leads Tony Award Noms

    April 30, 2013 11:15 AM EDT NEW YORK -- The Cyndi Lauper-scored "Kinky Boots" has earned a leading 13 Tony Award nominations, with the British import "Matilda: The Musical" close behind with 12. Tom Hanks, making his Broadway debut, earned a nod as lead ...

  6. 'Motown: The Musical' to Open on Broadway in April

    August 27, 2012 10:20 PM EDT The Motown story is coming to Broadway next spring, with Brandon Victor Dixon playing the role of the trailblazing Detroit record label's founder Berry Gordy. Gordy and fellow producers Kevin McCollum and Doug Morris announced Monday that &qu ...

  7. Marvin Hamlisch Remembrance: How His Landmark Music Penetrated The American Consciousness

    August 07, 2012 12:49 PM EDT Scott Joplin was a footnote in American musical history before Marvin Hamlisch got ahold of his ragtime music from the 1890s and early 20th century. Hamlisch arranged Joplin piano rags for "The Sting" to create a song-based score that co ...

  8. 'Once' Completes Cinderella Story, Wins Eight Tony Awards

    June 11, 2012 9:27 AM EDT NEW YORK (AP) -- Once upon a time, a quirky film made on a shoestring turned into an unlikely Oscar-winner and, even more improbably, a Broadway show. Now, "Once" has completed its Cinderella story, winning the coveted best-musical Tony ...

  9. Broadway's 'How To Succeed in Business' Starring Nick Jonas Didn't Succeed In Business

    May 09, 2012 7:30 AM EDT NEW YORK (AP) -- Nick Jonas tried hard but couldn't keep Broadway's "How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying" in business. Producers of the musical said Tuesday they they were reluctantly handing it a pink slip after s ...

  10. 'Once' Leads Tony Nominations, 'Spider-Man' Musical Snubbed

    May 01, 2012 11:50 AM EDT The low-tech musical "Once," based on the love story of a Czech flower seller and an Irish street musician in Dublin, got a leading 11 Tony Award nominations Tuesday, proving sentiment can sway nominators just as much as special effects. ...

  11. Video: Alan Menken Talks Tonys, TV and Darren Criss Surprise at Billboard Film & TV Conference

    October 27, 2011 12:25 PM EDT Alan Menken, the legendary Oscar-and-Grammy winning composer whose many scores include "Little Shop of Horrors," "The Little Mermaid," "Beauty and the Beast," and "Enchanted," won the Maestro Award at this y ...

  12. 'Glee' Star Darren Criss Serenades a Stunned Alan Menken at Billboard Film & TV Music Conference

    October 24, 2011 8:57 PM EDT Alan Menken with Lea Salonga and Darren Criss Monday at the Billboard/Hollywood Reporter Film & TV Music Conference in Los Angeles (Photo: Arnold Turner) Oscar-winning composer Alan Menken, who wrote the scores for "The Little Mermaid,&qu ...

  13. Barney Wragg Named Managing Director of Andrew Lloyd Webber's Really Useful Group

    October 14, 2011 11:15 AM EDT Barney Wragg, a former executive at Universal Music Group and EMI in the early days of digital distribution, is extending his entertainment resume with the newly created position of managing director at The Really Useful Group (RUG), the company t ...

  14. Sir Patrick Stewart Makes First Comic-Con Appearance...For 'Dorothy Of Oz'

    July 25, 2011 8:00 AM EDT SAN DIEGO - Hall H at the San Diego Convention Center holds 6,000 people and is usually reserved for major motion picture franchises or the hottest hit television series. On Saturday afternoon, it was the setting for "Further Over the Rainbow ...

  15. 'Book of Mormon' Wins Best Musical Tony; Bono, The Edge Make Appearance

    June 13, 2011 6:10 AM EDT NEW YORK - A slew of acclaimed shows were up for Tony Awards in a remarkably competitive year, but a production that wasn't even eligible still managed to cast a shadow - well, shall we make that a web? - over the proceedings. On a night wh ...

  16. Columbia Records Nabs Music Rights To New NBC Series 'Smash'

    June 09, 2011 7:07 PM EDT Columbia Records has won the rights to the music from NBC's new musical series "Smash" that will premiere in mid-season. The music will include covers and originals composed by Marc Shaiman and Scott Wittman, the team behind "H ...

  17. NBC Announces Musical Mondays For Fall Line-Up

    May 16, 2011 7:20 AM EDT NBC is banking on musical Mondays this fall, reserving the 8 to 10 p.m. block for competitions and the 10 p.m. hour for "The Playboy Club." The new Broadway-themed "Smash" will take over the 10 p.m. slot at mid-season. Music wi ...

  18. Julie Taymor 'Spider-Man' Director Out; U2's Bono, The Edge Write New Songs

    March 10, 2011 7:55 AM EST Julie Taymor, the Tony Award winning director of "The Lion King," will no longer direct Broadway's troubled "Spider-Man" musical as producers announced a new creative team and postponed the show's official opening to ...

  19. Spider-Man Turn Off the Dark: $65 Mil. Musical Facing Sixth Delay

    March 09, 2011 12:56 PM EST A spokesman for the troubled "Spider-Man" musical on Broadway insisted Wednesday that the show is still scheduled to open next week, as talk swirled that the production will shut down for several weeks and the opening will be put off for ...

  20. 'Spider-Man' Broadway Opening Delayed Yet Again

    January 14, 2011 12:00 AM EST Broadway's costly "Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark" has been delayed again to March 15 to "fine-tune" the high-tech production and work on a new ending even as it proves a hit at box offices in previews. Producers made the a ...

  21. Barbra Streisand Eyeing Mama Rose Role in New 'Gypsy' Adaptation

    January 05, 2011 12:00 AM EST Barbra Streisand is in talks to star in "Gypsy," a new film adaptation of the 1959 Broadway play. The project is set up at Warner Bros., which made the 1962 adaptation that starred Rosalind Russell and Natalie Wood, and is in the early s ...

  22. 'Spider-Man' Set To Resume On Broadway With New Safety Measures

    December 23, 2010 12:00 AM EST The curtain was to rise again on "Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark" after producers of the accident-plagued Broadway musical agreed to new safety precautions to prevent another fall such as the one that left a stuntman seriously injured. Le ...

  23. Broadway Stars Blast 'Spider-Man' Director, U2 Members for Safety Issues

    December 22, 2010 12:00 AM EST Broadway stars are speaking out against "Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark" director Julie Taymor and the show's producers in light of all the serious on-set injuries. Blasted "Rent" star Adam Pascal on Facebook: "They sh ...

  24. Rep: Spider-Man 'Previews Will Continue as Planned'

    November 30, 2010 12:00 AM EST The show will go on for Spider-Man. Despite major problems during the first preview, the Broadway production of "Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark" will continue. "There will be no delays in performance schedule," a spokesman told ...

  25. 'Fiddler On the Roof' Composer Jerry Bock Dies

    November 04, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Jerry Bock, who composed the music to some of the most memorable shows in Broadway history, including the melodies for "Fiorello!" and "Fiddler on the Roof," has died. He was 81. Richard M. Ticktin, Bock's attorney and fam ...

  26. Musical Adaptation Of 'Sister Act' To Hit Broadway

    October 06, 2010 12:00 AM EDT A theatrical adaptation of the movie "Sister Act" will be getting its groove on in a Broadway theater. Producers say the musical based on the 1992 movie starring Whoopi Goldberg will begin performances at the Broadway Theatre in late Mar ...

  27. Frank Sinatra Musical 'Come Fly Away' To Close

    July 28, 2010 12:00 AM EDT The Frank Sinatra jukebox musical "Come Fly Away" will close on Broadway. The show will end its run at the Marquis Theatre on Sept. 5, producers announced Wednesday. The production was conceived, choreographed and directed by Twyla Tharp ...

  28. Imagem Strikes Deal For 'South Pacific' Remake

    July 09, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Independent music publisher Imagem has signed a deal with Amber Entertainment and Chicagofilms to co-produce a new film version of the Rodgers & Hammerstein musical "South Pacific." Hilversum, Netherlands-based publisher Imagem acqui ...

  29. Ricky Martin's Broadway Plans

    June 09, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Ricky Martin will star as the male lead, Che, in a Broadway revival of "Evita" in spring 2012. Martin will reprise the role played by Antonio Banderas in the 1996 film, which starred Madonna as the wife of Argentine dictator Juan Peron. ...

  30. 'Next to Normal,' Hank Williams To Receive Pulitzer Prizes

    April 12, 2010 12:00 AM EDT "Next to Normal," a musical about the complexity and heartbreak of a woman's mental illness and its effect on her family, has won the 2010 Pulitzer Prize for drama. Paul Harding's "Tinkers," a debut novel released by ...

  31. Love Never Dies For Universal, Andrew Lloyd Webber

    February 23, 2010 12:00 AM EST Universal Music Group has signed a new, long-term global deal with Andrew Lloyd Webber, which renews and expands an existing agreement with the British composer whose new musical "Love Never Dies" opens in March. The arrangement with Llo ...

  32. Andrew Lloyd Webber 'Interested' In Abbey Road

    February 19, 2010 12:00 AM EST U.K. composer Andrew Lloyd Webber is "very interested" in buying the Abbey Road studios, which EMI is reportedly looking to sell. Lord Lloyd Webber's spokesman confirmed the composer's interest in taking ownership of the histor ...

  33. Tony Awards' Ratings Up 19% Over '08

    June 08, 2009 12:00 AM EDT The 63rd Annual Tony Awards saw its best ratings since 2006 on Sunday night, with 7.45 million viewers watching the telecast on CBS, according to Nielsen Media Research. The awards were hosted by Neil Patrick Harris and had double-digit percentage ...

  34. 'Billy Elliot' Dances Away With 10 Tony Awards

    June 08, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Billy Elliot The Musical" swept the top U.S. theater honors on Sunday, winning 10 Tony Awards for a Broadway season that defied a recession with record ticket sales. "Billy Elliot" is based on Oscar-nominated director Stephen Daldry ...

  35. Imagem Acquires Rodgers & Hammerstein Org

    April 21, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Imagem Music Group has signed an agreement to acquire the Rodgers & Hammerstein Organization (RHO) including the rights to the songs and musicals of Rodgers & Hammerstein. RHO owns the rights to popular stage and film musicals by Richard R ...

  36. Hal Leonard Signs Stephen Sondheim

    March 19, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Hal Leonard Corporation has signed a new agreement to exclusively represent the stage and screen composer and lyricist Stephen Sondheim as print music publisher on a world-wide basis, the company announced. The deal grants Milwaukee-based Hal Leon ...

  37. Lloyd Webber Said To Be Prepping Music Video Games

    January 13, 2009 12:00 AM EST Andrew Lloyd Webber's Really Useful Group is shopping around several video game titles based on the famed composer's musicals, according to paidcontent.org . Titles thought to be under consideration include "Cats" and "Jos ...

  38. Rodgers & Hammerstein Show Tunes Catalog For Sale

    September 02, 2008 12:00 AM EDT The Rodgers & Hammerstein Organization is in talks to sell its catalog of Broadway musical show tunes and standards to major music companies for between $150 million and $200 million, according to people familiar with the matter. EMI Music Pub ...

  39. Latin Briefs: ‘West Side Story,’ Circo Rocktastico, SESAC Latina

    July 21, 2008 12:00 AM EDT -- "West Side Story" will come to Broadway in a new bilingual version in early 2009, the New York Times reports. Librettist Arthur Laurents, who wrote the original musical, says Spanish will be used in both the spoken and sung words of t ...

  40. Mya Breaks Foot, Postpones Broadway Debut

    April 29, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Mya, who was to have made her Broadway debut next month as Velma Kelly in "Chicago," has broken her left foot and will postpone her engagement in the show, producer Barry Weissler announced Tuesday. "In the theater industry, we are ...

  41. 'Heights' Broadway Show To Get CD Release

    March 18, 2008 12:00 AM EDT A double-CD original Broadway cast recording of "In The Heights," the new Broadway musical about life in Washington Heights' Latin community, will be released June 3 on Ghostlight Records. A mix of tropical music and hip-hop, the mu ...

  42. Composer Menken Scores With Disney Hit

    November 29, 2007 12:00 AM EST Prolific composer Alan Menken has another No. 1 Disney boxoffice hit with the family romance "Enchanted," which debuted atop the domestic boxoffice with an estimated $50 million during the five-day Thanksgiving holiday weekend. "Enc ...

  43. 'Hairspray' Primping For Second Movie Date

    June 21, 2007 12:00 AM EDT I love "Hairspray." I loved John Waters' 1988 film. I loved the Broadway show. So I couldn't be happier that the first movie, which inspired the musical, has inspired another movie. The stage play and the upcoming film musical ...

  44. Cherry Lane's Wedding Day

    May 02, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Cherry Lane Music Publishing signed a worldwide administration agreement for 17 songs in "The Wedding Singer - The Musical," the Tony-nominated play adapted from the film. Matthew Sklar and Chad Beguelin sealed the deal for their origina ...

  45. Williamson Signs 'Grey Gardens'

    March 15, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Williamson Music, a division of the Rodgers & Hammerstein Organization, is now administering the score for the critically acclaimed Broadway musical "Grey Gardens," featuring music by Scott Frankel and lyrics by Michae Korie. Based o ...

  46. UMGI Digitizes Andrew Lloyd Webber Stage Hits

    August 11, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Universal Music Group International has sealed a landmark digital-distribution deal with Really Useful Group, the live-entertainment production company famous for its hit stage musicals by composer Si Universal Music Group International has sealed ...

  47. Record Breaking Sales On Broadway

    November 28, 2005 12:00 AM EST 'Boys,' 'Mamma Mia!' have big Thanksgiving week. Broadway musicals scored big Thanksgiving week with "Mamma Mia!" and "Jersey Boys" both experiencing record breaking sales. "Mamma Mia!" celebrated ...

  48. Retail Expecting Sales Spike From Tony Winners

    June 09, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Eyes on 'Spamalot,' 'Piazza.' The best musical win for "Monty Python's Spamalot," at the 2005 Tony Awards June 5, has retailers predicting big spikes for the show’s cast recording. The Decca Broadway/Universal Cl ...

  49. 'Spamalot' Leads Tony Nominations

    May 11, 2005 12:00 AM EDT nods include best musical, best actor. "Monty Python's Spamalot" leads this year's Tony contenders with 14 nominations including best musical, best actor in a musical for Tim Curry and best original score. The productions ch ...

  50. Musicals Star Howard Keel Dead At 85

    November 08, 2004 12:00 AM EST Howard Keel, who sang and danced to stardom in the heyday of MGM musicals, died Sunday of colon cancer at his home in Palm Desert, Calif. He was 85. Howard Keel, who sang and danced to stardom in the heyday of MGM musicals, died Sunday of colon ca ...

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