Musical theatre

  1. Sting's 'Last Ship' Getting Scrapped on Broadway

    January 06, 2015 8:39 AM EST The Last Ship is set to sail off into the distance. The producers behind the Sting -penned musical said the Broadway production will close on Jan. 24, The New York Times reported. The news of the closure comes despite Sting joining the cast last ...

  2. Jesus Christ Superstar Arena Tour is Cancelled

    May 30, 2014 7:05 PM EDT Producers of the star-studded “Jesus Christ Superstar” arena tour have cancelled the 51-city tour that was scheduled to start at New Orleans' Lakefront Arena on June 9. Does 'Jesus Christ Superstar' Signal a Rocking Future for Arena ...

  3. Oscars: Adele, Shirley Bassey, Streisand Set for Big Sales Gains

    February 25, 2013 5:00 PM EST Music from Adele, Dame Shirley Bassey, Jennifer Hudson and more are all due to see huge sales increases on this week's Billboard charts thanks to last night's Academy Awards (Feb. 24). Sources suggest "Skyfall," which won Adele ...

  4. Adele, 'Life of Pi,' 'Les Miz,' More Secure Oscar Music Nominations

    January 11, 2013 2:15 PM EST "Skyfall," the Adele track from the latest James Bond film, is the first Academy Awards nominee for best original song in 10 years to have also been a top 10 hit on the Billboard Hot 100 chart. Its nomination was announced Thursday morni ...

  5. 'Les Mis' Mania: Album Bows at No. 1 on Sdtks Chart, Anne Hathaway's 'Dream' Biggest Selling Track

    December 27, 2012 2:00 PM EST It's "Les Miserables" mania on the Billboard charts this week. "Les Miserables: Highlights From the Motion Picture Soundtrack" arrives at No. 1 on the Soundtracks chart with 43,000 sold according to Nielsen SoundScan. It c ...

  6. 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 ...

  7. Ricky Martin Signs TV-Series Deal With Universal Television

    July 30, 2012 3:37 PM EDT In the midst of his ongoing success in the role of Che in the Broadway musical "Evita," Ricky Martin has signed a talent holding deal with Universal Television that calls for him to develop and star in his first network television series ...

  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. 'The Lion King' Is Now Broadway's All-Time Highest-Grossing Show

    April 09, 2012 1:09 PM EDT Very quietly, almost stealthily, a new king has been inaugurated on Broadway. Box office figures to be released later Monday show that "The Lion King" last week swiped the title of Broadway's all-time highest grossing show from &quo ...

  10. Ricky Martin to Return to Broadway, This Time as Che in 'Evita'

    October 27, 2011 12:50 PM EDT The new version of classic Broadway show "Evita," starring Ricky Martin as Che Guevara, will premiere April 5 at the Marquis Theatre, producers confirmed. Tickets will go on sale this Saturday, Oct. 29 with previews beginning March 12. T ...

  11. 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 ...

  12. 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 ...

  13. 'The Book of Mormon' Cast Album Scores Impressive Chart Debut

    May 26, 2011 6:25 PM EDT Last week, the original Broadway cast recording of "The Book of Mormon" converted a lot of fans into followers. The cast album flies onto the Billboard 200 at No. 31 with 13,000 copies sold in its first week according to Nielsen SoundSca ...

  14. 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 ...

  15. BACKBEAT: MusiCares Free Voice Screenings

    April 22, 2011 10:00 AM EDT Singer Hunter Ryan Herdlicka , currently appearing on Broadway in 'A Little Night Music,' with Dr. Michael Pitman , an internationally recognized expert in the care of the professional voice, voice conservation and restoration, and Amy L ...

  16. Ricky Martin To Launch First U.S. Tour In Three Years

    January 28, 2011 7:29 PM EST Ricky Martin will launch his 2011 Musica + Alma + Sexo world tour with three dates -- March 25-27 -- at Puerto Rico's Coliseo de Puerto Rico. In Martin's first leg of his U.S. concert tour, his first stint in the country in over three ye ...

  17. Adam Friedman to Step Down As Nederlander CEO

    January 10, 2011 12:00 AM EST Nederlander Concerts CEO Adam Friedman will exit the company after serving in that capacity since 2006, Billboard.biz has learned. His last day at Nederlander will be Jan. 21; Friedman informed his staff of his decision this morning and a press re ...

  18. Green Day's Billie Joe Armstrong to Join 'American Idiot' for 50 Shows

    November 30, 2010 12:00 AM EST Billie Joe Armstrong apparently liked his Broadway debut in "American Idiot" - he's signed on to return for 50 performances. Producers said Tuesday the Green Day frontman will reprise the role of St. Jimmy in the punk rock musical t ...

  19. '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 ...

  20. 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 ...

  21. Ricky Martin Memoir Set For Nov. 2

    August 19, 2010 12:00 AM EDT On the heels of his announcement in March that he is a “fortunate homosexual,” Ricky Martin will publish his memoir, “Me,” on Nov. 2. The book will be released simultaneously in English and Spanish (the latter titled “Yo”) under Celebra, an imprin ...

  22. 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 ...

  23. 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. ...

  24. The Tony Nominations Are Here

    May 04, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Nominations for the 2010 American Theatre Wing's Tony Awards, were announced this morning. The full list: BEST PLAY: "In the Next Room (or the vibrator play)," "Next Fall," "Red," "Time Stands Still." B ...

  25. '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 ...

  26. B'way Bow Of 'Love Never Dies' Delayed Until 2011

    April 07, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Broadway will have to wait a bit longer to find out what happens to Andrew Lloyd Webber's Phantom. The producers of "Love Never Dies" announced that the sequel to "The Phantom of the Opera" will now open in New York in spr ...

  27. Sequel To 'Phantom Of The Opera' Opens In London

    March 10, 2010 12:00 AM EST Will the magic of the Phantom strike twice for Andrew Lloyd Webber? The theater world will make its judgment after Tuesday's (March 9) premiere in London of "Love Never Dies," the sequel to Lloyd Webber's global hit "Phant ...

  28. 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 ...

  29. 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 ...

  30. Green Day's 'American Idiot' Heads To Broadway

    January 06, 2010 12:00 AM EST The musical stage show adaptation of Green Day's "American Idiot" (Reprise/Warner) is moving to Broadway in the spring. It will open at St James Theatre on April 20, with previews in March. Casting for the production has not yet bee ...

  31. Live Nation Sells U.K. Theatrical Venues For $160 Million

    November 03, 2009 12:00 AM EST Live Nation has closed the sale of its remaining U.K. theatrical venues and operations to the Ambassador Theatre Group. Live Nation has also sold its one-third interest in the Dominion Theatre in London to the Nederlander Group. The portfolio bein ...

  32. Andrew Lloyd Webber Undergoing Cancer Treatment

    October 26, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Composer Andrew Lloyd Webber has been diagnosed with prostate cancer, his spokeswoman has confirmed. The 61-year-old Lloyd Webber's condition is in its early stages, a statement issued yesterday (Oct. 26) by his publicists said. "Andrew ...

  33. Five Million 'Dirty Dancing' In Theaters Worldwide

    June 17, 2009 12:00 AM EDT The musical "Dirty Dancing - the Classic Story on Stage" has now surpassed five million ticket sales around the world, according to the producers. Since opening in Sydney in 2004, the show has toured 13 cities across three continents, in ...

  34. 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 ...

  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. Music Dominates German Live Business

    November 14, 2008 12:00 AM EST Live music in Germany generated revenues of €2.8 billion ($3.54 billion) in 2007, according to the first full survey of the country's live entertainment business since 1995. According to the survey by Nuremberg-based research company GfK, mus ...

  39. 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 ...

  40. ADA U.K. To Distribute First Night

    August 04, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Warner Music U.K.'s independent distribution arm Alternative Distribution Alliance (ADA) has signed up theatrical stage show specialist First Night Records. The distribution deal with the London-based label is effective immediately. ADA U.K. ...

  41. 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 ...

  42. 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 ...

  43. '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 ...

  44. MTV Tunes Up Musical From 'HSM' Producers

    December 21, 2007 12:00 AM EST MTV is looking to make a splash in the original musical arena with "The American Mall." The project, from "High School Musical" producers Bill Borden and Barry Rosenbush, will premiere in the summer on the cable network, follow ...

  45. 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 ...

  46. Hodges Joins Nederlander

    March 27, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Veteran live music executive Alex Hodges has been named COO of Nederlander Concerts, effective April 15. Hodges was most recently an executive VP at Live Nation, a position he inherited in the wake of Live Nation's acquisition of House Of Blu ...

  47. 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 ...

  48. Williamson Attracts Broadway Composers

    February 14, 2007 12:00 AM EST Williamson Music has landed an administration deal with Charles Strouse, the Tony, Grammy and Emmy winning composer of such musical productions as "Annie," "Bye Bye Birdie," "Applause" and "Golden Boy." The ...

  49. 'Dreamgirls' come true for Condon

    November 15, 2006 12:00 AM EST Confab panel talks music in movies. When it comes to making movie musicals, the biggest challenge is weaving the film's songs with the story line. Also important is creating ample opportunities for those tunes to be performed, "Dreamgirl ...

  50. 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 ...

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