Posts tagged as musicals

Tim Minchin's 'Groundhog Day' Musical Premieres in 2017

After over a year in development, Matthew Warchus and Tim Minchin's Groundhog Day musical finally has a date attached. Variety reports that the musical remake of the classic 1993 film is set to begin previews on January 23, 2017 with a Broadway debut set for March 9, 2017. Minchin recently previewed one of his Groundhog Day songs at a Sydney Opera House performance, which you can check out below:

Sarah Silverman Is Developing a Broadway Musical Adaptation of Her Memoir 'The Bedwetter'

Sarah Silverman is bringing her memories of wetting the bed to Broadway. According to Broadway World, Silverman revealed during her interview on today's Howard Stern Show that she's currently working on a musical version of her 2010 memoir The Bedwetter: Stories of Courage, Redemption, and Pee. The production will feature music by Cry-Baby's Adam Schlesinger, who has also composed music for The Dana Carvey Show, Saturday Night Live, and Crank Yankers. Silverman will not star in the show, but when Stern asked whether there would be "actual bedwetting" she said: "There won't be actual urine coming out of the urethra, but yes. Great question, Howard — that [...]

'Scrubs' Is Getting the Broadway Musical Treatment

A desire to reboot Clone High isn't the only truth bomb Bill Lawrence dropped in his EW interview yesterday. The Scrubs creator also confirmed that there's a Scrubs Broadway musical on the way. While Lawrence said Zach Braff will not star in the production, he did say there's a possibility that Ted's a cappella group The Worthless Peons (Sam Lloyd's real-life band The Blanks) will make an appearance.

Where does it stand now? We’re negotiating with different theater groups who will hopefully put up the money for a year to pay the composers to develop [spec songs]. Disney has nicely become a silent partner in giving the [...]

Tim Minchin Is Making a 'Groundhog Day' Musical

Tim Minchin and Matthew Warchus, the composer and director of Tony-winning Matilda the Musical, are adapting the 1993 Bill Murray comedy Groundhog Day into a stage musical, The Daily Mail reports. The pair have been working on it with Danny Rubin, who co-wrote the script to the movie, and the musical will probably be debuting sometime in the next year or two. "It has to be something in its own right, not just a carbon copy," Warchus said. "We'll be doing the first workshop in the spring. Tim and Danny have been working on it for a while. I'll decide where it should go – London or New [...]

Andrew Lloyd Webber Is Making a 'School of Rock' Musical

A decade after its release, the Jack Black movie School of Rock may become the basis for a big Broadway musical. During an interview last week, Dame Sir Andrew Lloyd Webber revealed that he's acquired the rights to the 2003 movie and hopes to bring it to the stage. Says Webber, "Another thing that I've just got the rights to that I am very excited about … is that movie School of Rock." The movie's soundtrack featured songs from Led Zeppelin, The Who, Cream, The Doors, and a ton of other classic rock groups, and Webber intends to use a lot of this music. "There may be [...]

From Screen to Stage: The Rise of the Parody Musical

At a small midtown studio, the producers and cast of UNAUTHORIZED! met to rehearse That 80’s Time Travel Movie, a musical based on the 1985 Robert Zemeckis classic Back to the Future. I arrived around hour four as the group workshopped a number called “Forgetting You.” It’s a realization duet that follows the second act’s opener and hits like an upbeat male version of “For Good” from Wicked, heartfelt but comedic. Chris Barnes, who wrote the book and lyrics, directed actors Matt Rogers and Pat Swearingen, Marty McFly and Doc Brown respectively. The show’s composer, Ryan Mercy, provided an accompaniment as Barnes fine tuned movement and performance.

“This would be [...]

Tina Fey Gives an Update on the 'Mean Girls' Musical

"I think we really want to find interesting people that no one has seen before. I don’t think I can say Audra McDonald will play Cady. Hopefully we’ll find a young person who, at this moment, is still in college but will be making her way to New York as we write. Still a fetus somewhere."

-Tina Fey giving Vulture an update on the Mean Girls musical she and composer/producing partner/husband Jeff Richmond are working on. Richmond says they're close to being done writing and that they'll be workshopping it sometime later this year.

A 'Back to the Future' Musical Is Coming to London

Back to the Future: The Musical is coming. According to Slash Film, original Back to the Future writers Bob Gale and Robert Zemeckis are working with producer Colin Ingram to bring the musical to London's West End. Alan Silvestri (who composed the music for the film) is signed on to write the music, with British theatre director Jamie Lloyd on board to helm the production. The musical is set to debut in London in 2015 to coincide with the film's 30th anniversary, then hopefully hop over the pond for a U.S. version soon after. Here's a statement from Bob Gale assuring fans that the musical will stay true [...]

The Coen Brothers Are Writing a Musical Comedy

The Coen Brothers' new movie, the music-heavy comedy-drama Inside Llewyn Davis, hits theaters this weekend, and they're prepping a new project with a more comedic tone. The Coens were scant about details when talking to Vulture about the movie, but they described it as "a musical comedy" set in the world of opera. They added that it's "not a musical per se" but that it does feature "what might be considered more traditional musical numbers" than the folk songs in Inside Llewyn Davis.

The Coens, who last made a music-heavy comedy with 2000's O Brother, Where Art Thou?, said this new musical comedy is "one of the two things [...]

Jeff Richmond Says the 'Mean Girls' Musical Is "Actually Becoming a Thing"

Tina Fey told reporters in January that she was hoping to develop a Mean Girls musical, and now her husband/composer Jeff Richmond revealed to Vulture that "It's actually becoming a thing!" Richmond added, "We're taking meetings with people; I've profiled Broadway folks, who are talking to us about it. It's a long process — a year, two years, however long it might take. We watch Smash, so we know how it works!" While none of the play has been written yet, he says they're working on figuring the structure of the story. "I think there will be a fair amount of songs to move the action forward," [...]

Alan Menken Says a 'Mrs. Doubtfire' Musical Is in the Works

The rumored Mrs. Doubtfire sequel might not be moving forward, but now it looks like the 1993 film is getting the stage musical treatment. Entertainment Weekly confirmed with Alan Menken — who wrote music for Disney classics like The Little Mermaid and Aladdin — that he's composing music for an upcoming Doubtfire musical, David Zippel (Hercules) is writing the lyrics, and Harvey Fierstein is writing the book. "It's going very well, it's in its early stages, and that's probably all I can say," Menken told EW. "We're really enjoying working on it."

Steve Carell Says Paramount Shut Down the 'Anchorman' Broadway Musical Idea

During a recent interview on the podcast A.D.D. Comedy, Steve Carell revealed an interesting tidbit about Adam McKay and Will Ferrell's original intention to stage the Anchorman sequel as a Broadway musical before developing it into a film:

When they first talked about a second Anchorman, the original idea was to do it as a Broadway musical. They were legitimately considering this. So Adam McKay and Will Ferrell contacted us and said "What do you think about we go to Broadway, we do a Broadway musical Anchorman 2, and like the Marx Brothers we sorta work out all sorts of bits while we're doing the stage play, [...]

Watch Casey Wilson and June Diane Raphael Do 'The Confrontation' from 'Les Misérables'

Here's a new video that comedy duo Casey Wilson and June Diane Raphael made for Funny Or Die in which they have a giant showdown while lip syncing "The Confrontation" from Les Misérables. Hopefully, they'll be doing the entire musical, piece by piece.

Flight of the Conchords' Bret McKenzie Is Writing a Fairy Tale Comedy Musical

Bret McKenzie, the non-sideburned half of Flight of the Conchords, is writing his first movie. The comedian/actor/musician tells Collider that he's in the early stages of writing a script for "a fairy tale comedy musical, sort of akin to Labyrinth or something like that … with singing dragons and monsters and stuff." James Bobin, who McKenzie has worked with on Flight of the Conchords and The Muppets, is helping to develop the script, but McKenzie is writing it solo. McKenzie adds that the project is "live-action, so it would be a mixture of The Muppets and The Princess Bride."

Bret McKenzie recently finished working as music supervisor on the sequel Muppets [...]