Billboard Bits: Springsteen Tribute, Grammys, 'Xanadu'
Jewel, Steve Earle, Babyface and Pete Yorn are among the artists confirmed for an April 5 benefit concert at New York's Carnegie Hall celebrating the music of Bruce Springsteen.Jewel, Steve Earle, Babyface and Pete Yorn are among the artists confirmed for an April 5 benefit concert at New York's Carnegie Hall celebrating the music of Bruce Springsteen.
According to the venue's Web site, the Music for Youth benefit will support music education for underprivileged children. Other artists set to perform at the event include Josh Ritter, the Holmes Brothers, Joseph Arthur, M. Ward, Robin Holcomb, the Bacon Brothers and Kristin Hersh. Tickets go on sale Monday (Feb. 5).
-- Jason MacNeil, Toronto
The three "My Grammy Moment" finalists vying for the chance to perform with Justin Timberlake on the awards broadcast will be revealed on this Sunday's Super Bowl pre-game show on CBS.
Of the thousands of unsigned contestants who uploaded their audition videos of Grammy-winning songs to Yahoo! Music for public voting, five currently remain: Jillian Gaudious of New Jersey; Jessica James of Georgia; Africa Miranda of Alabama; Brenda Radney of New York; and Robyn Troup of Texas.
The three finalists to be announced Sunday will rehearse with Timberlake during Grammy week, with the winner to be announced on the Feb. 11 telecast.
-- Ayala Ben-Yehuda, L.A.
The not-much-of-a-hit 1980 flick "Xanadu," which starred Olivia Newton-John and Gene Kelly, and featured a double-platinum soundtrack with music from John, ELO, Cliff Richard and the Tubes, is scheduled to move to Broadway at the Helen Hayes Theater. Previews are to begin in May.
Word is that Tony Award winner Jane Krakowski will take on Newton-John's role as Greek muse Kira, who comes to Earth to guide the listless career of artist Sonny Malone, played by Cheyenne Jackson. Ben Vereen takes on the Kelly role.
"All Shook Up" director Christopher Ashley will helm the "musical spoof," which will feature additional ELO tunes, including "Evil Woman," and original scoring from Jeff Lynne and John Farrar.
"I think it's great to see the movie have a new life," Newton-John tells Billboard. "The songs are all so amazing from that film, and I am so happy for my dear friend John Farrar, who wrote so many of those songs for 'Xanadu,' including 'Magic' and 'Suddenly.' He will have two shows on Broadway this year when the revival of 'Grease' opens as well."
-- Chuck Taylor, N.Y.