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‘Hedwig and the Angry Inch’ Closing On Broadway!!!

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This is a surprise. Hedwig and the Angry Inch will close on Broadway September 13th. Granted, it was only supposed to run for 16 weeks, but after Neil Patrick Harris (and his Tony award) made the musical a box office smash, we thought it had a couple years in it. When NPH left, they did an incredible job replacing him. The role became a revolving door of a celebrities. And we’re not talking insufferable B-listers getting put on Broadway by their agents- I’m talking legitimate talent. There was Andrew Rannels, Michael C. Hall, John Cameron Mitchell (the original Hedwig), Darren Criss, and Taye Diggs (who’ll stay with the show until it closes). That’s an impressive list. We thought, if they kept up the high profile stars, the show could keep going. To be honest, this news is completely out of left field. But I guess we should’ve seen it coming. Now that summer’s over a brand new set of shows are coming in. Hedwig lasted two seasons, but it probably couldn’t compete with another. But while the show is leaving New York, a US Tour is set to kick off next month. There’s also a West End and Australian production in the works. So, yeah, I definitely wouldn’t call this show a failure. I wish it could’ve stayed on Broadway longer, but at least the show isn’t completely gone. It just means that New Yorkers will need to fly to the nearest tour stop (or to the West End if you’re THAT kind of fan). We’re sad to see it go. No, we’re actually Angry.

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Why Everyone Should Be Excited About ‘Bob the Musical’ with Tom Cruise!!!

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We get that the title of the movie is a little weird, and we also get that our excitement for the movie is a little weird, but Bob the Musical looks absolutely fantastic so we’re going to go on a little rant/explanation.

Bob the Musical is about a guy (named uh, Bob) who gets hit in the head and can hear the inner songs of everyone around him. Despite the fact that Bob hates people breaking out into song, his life has become a musical. So yeah, it’s basically a musical version of What a Girl Wants with Tom Cruise, but that sounds awesome right!?

This musical’s been in development for a REALLY long time (since 2004), but just recently Disney is putting it on the fast track. They’ve picked Michel Hazanavicius (from The Artist) to direct and kicked out the Frozen songwriters for Bret Mckenzie (from the Muppet movie). And while that’s definitely a big deal, Tom Cruise just signed on so nobody cares about the aforementioned sentence!

Before people roll their eyes, we think Cruise can actually pull off a movie musical. Yes, Rock of Ages was god awful but he wasn’t that bad in it. There’s definitely been worse Hollywood A-Listers embarrassing themselves singing off-key. Say what you will about Tom Cruise (like that the guy’s a clinically insane Scientologist…) but he does commit to every role he plays. He may not be a Broadway vet but the celeb can sing. His name attached is going to sell this movie musical (and selling a movie musical is pretty damn tough).

We love the synopsis and trust the team. Tom Cruise being the face of this movie is a BIG sell. This movie seems fun and funny. When this movie actually gets to screens, we’ll be sitting in the front row. Well, actually the front row WRECKS your neck so I’ll probably be sitting in the back but you get the idea!

Idina Menzel Working On Pop Album and New Musical!!!

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We knew Idina Menzel was working on an album, but it turns out she’s working on a POP ALBUM. I know that doesn’t seem like a big deal but it really is. When she announced the album a couple months back, we weren’t sure what style she’s be reaching for. We know that she’s expected to be on the billboard charts but would she do it with Broadway like anthems or with the more generic pop single? It turns out the 44 year old singer is gonna do pop. But don’t worry, she’s in good hands. She’s teaming up with Grammy winning producer Walter Afanasieff, who’s worked with Mariah Carey, Celine Deon, and Barbra Streisand (pretty impressive!). What’s even more interesting about their partnership is that they’ve been working on a musical together. Because, yeah, at this point Idina Menzel gets entire shows written for her. We don’t know anything about the show other than it’s aiming for Broadway in the next couple of years. She’s finished writing her album (which is going to be 12 songs), and is going to be recording them over her world tour. Idina’s been busy, and the thought that she could be back on Broadway gives us a reason to live. We’re kidding…kind of.

AMERICAN PSYCHO Coming To Braodway!!!

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We saw this coming but now it’s actually coming!!! American Psycho will begin on Broadway in February and open in March. The book by Bret Easton Ellis first became a musical in the West End and after a massively successful run over there, it came across the pond. It was going to go to Off-Broadway, but with some push, it’s coming to Broadway.

HARRY POTTER Stage Show Coming To London!!!

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We knew that Harry Potter was coming to the West End but we didn’t know how (or frankly why). Now, we have our answers. JK Rowling (whose going to write the book) revealed that Harry Potter and the Cursed Child will focus on Lily and James Potter (Harry’s parents) before they were killed by Lord Voldemort. Despite what it sounds like, JK Rowling is adamant that it won’t be a prequel. Because Harry Potter is in the title, we assume that he’ll have to be involved somehow, though. He’s an infant when Lily and James die so we think Harry might be the narrator of this story and we’ll be looking at flashbacks. But that’s just our guess. Harry’s parents were definitely explored in the books but there’s certainly more to uncover with them. This show seems like the perfect way to reveal why they were chosen to raise the chosen one.

AARON TVEIT Will Play Danny Zuko In ‘Grease’

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Broadway favorite and TV star Aaron Tveit will play Danny Zuko in Grease, which will air live on FOX January 31st (which seems like a weird date for a back to school musical). A lot of names were being thrown around for the role and we’re glad they didn’t go for a massive star but instead went with a Broadway alum. Aaron Tveit won’t bring in a massive audience, but he’s talented enough to keep viewers on the channel (unlike Carrie Underwood who made you want to throw your remote and shatter the TV just so she’d shut up). Sorry, that was a little harsh, but you know what I mean. We’re rooting for this cast (which includes Julianne Hough and Vanessa Hudgens) to succeed. Now with Aaron Tveit, we’re even more excited.

‘It Shoulda Been You’ Sets Closing Date!

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It Shoulda Been You, the musical about getting married, is about to get divorced. Okay, maybe that metaphor didn’t make a lot of sense, but you get what we’re trying to say. The show struggled with ticket sales and is probably closing because of the Tony Awards. It didn’t get nominated, but it did get a performance at the awards show (a good 2nd). Instead of showing off their impressive cast (of Tyne Daly, Harriet Harris, Sierra Boggess, David Burtka), they put unknown Lisa Howard up on stage by herself to belt out a number. While she’s an INSANELY talented singer, we thought the choice might’ve been a mistake. Tourists and Broadway fanatics didn’t run to see the show and as a result, it’s shuttering on Broadway August 15th. But we shouldn’t blame Lisa Howard (really at all) for this. We’d blame the fact that it didn’t get a single Tony and it’s misleading marketing campaign. About ten minutes into the musical, you realize that the show isn’t really about Boggess and Burtka getting married (and getting cold feet), but rather a much more serious piece about revenge and sibling rivalry. News that the show’s closing isn’t surprising, even if some fans are saddened by it. No one expected the show to be the blockbuster of the season. It got a couple of good months in New York, which is really all you can ask of it. It did what it could, and that’s okay.

‘Spring Awakening’ Coming Back To Broadway!!!

After speculation and cries from Tumblr, Spring Awakening is coming back to Broadway. Deaf West Theatre’s production is aiming to land a theater for the fall (so Spring Awakening is going to have a Fall Opening). There’s no word yet on whether Krysta Rodriguez and Andy Mientus (who starred in the out of town DWT run) will reprise their roles but we expect them to.

Misty Copeland Coming To BROADWAY!!!

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It’s been quite the year for Misty Copeland, who was just became the first African American to be named principal at American Ballet Theater. She danced some of the most iconic roles in the ballet world and got on the cover of Time earlier this year. Today, she announced she’ll be coming to Broadway! For two weeks only, you can catch Copeland in On the Town. She’ll take over for New York City Ballet principal dancer Megan Fairchild as Ivy Smith. On August 25th, she’ll walk a couple blocks from Lincoln Center to Broadway. While we would’ve liked to see her in An American In Paris (the OTHER ballet/musical of the season), we’re glad she’s going to at least be on the Great White Way. She’s become a celebrity in the dance world, and her name on billboards will help On the Town‘s ticket sales (the musical’s been struggling without a Tony win). We think this is a great way for Copeland to maintain her momentum (2015 has been a great year for her). We love this merge of two worlds and are excited to see Misty Copeland shift from ballet to Broadway.

BOMBSHELL Officially Coming To Broadway!!!

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After years of waiting, we’re finally (FINALLY) getting a full stage production of Bombshell, the fictional musical from the short lived but beloved TV series Smash. There was a concert earlier this month (with almost everyone returning from the show) that sold out immediately and got a standing ovation. In the weeks after, producers were looking at how they’d move forward and today (at long last) they announced a stage production was in the works. We assume that that means a Broadway musical. The score (from the composers of Hairspray) is one of the best we’ve ever heard, but the show needs a book. No one’s been tapped for that position but producers are looking at filling in the rest of the creative team. No casting’s been announced, but we’re crossing our fingers for the original TV cast to return. We’re sure everybody (or at least most of them) are game.  It’ll be interesting whether Katherine McPhee or Meagan Hilty gets Marilyn (it would be a Karen VS Ivy situation in real life!!!). Obviously it’ll probably be a couple years before the show ever comes to New York, but at least their working on it. We’re excited. We know you are (or at least you should be). It’s official: Bombshell is coming to Broadway.