Broadway and Disney fans alike rejoice! The highly anticipated Broadway version of Disney’s Aladdin, directed and choreographed by Tony Award winner Casey Nicholaw, will run in Toronto this fall before coming to Broadway for previews in February. The show will finally open at the New Amsterdam Theater March 20.
Yesterday The New York Timesreleased a list of those incorporating their talents for the stage musical. Among 34 cast members are Adam Jacobs (Aladdin), James Monroe Iglehart (the Genie), Courtney Reed (Jasmine), and Tony Award nominee and voice actor for his character in the animated film, Jonathan Freeman (Jafar).
The score includes the legendary classic Disney hit and Academy Award Winner “Whole New World” as well as brand new songs written special for the production. Oscar and Tony Award winner Alan Menken (music), Howard Ashman and Tim Rice (lyrics), and Chad Beguelin (book and additional lyrics) also grace this musical with their skills.
Aladdin marks the most recent of the Disney film family brought to the Broadway stage after its predecessors The Beauty and the Beast (1994-2007), The Lion King (1997-present), Mary Poppins (2006-2013), Tarzan (2006-2007), The Little Mermaid (2008-2009), and Newsies (2012-present).
Beyonce concerts seemed to have gotten more eventful than ever as of recently! From Bey’s weave getting caught in an enormous industrial fan, to crazed audience members getting a little too comfortable with the super star diva, “The Mrs. Carter World tour” has been anything but boring! Now, The Huffington Post is reporting on more fan chaos at Bey’s most recent performance yesterday in Sao Paulo, Brazil. They report:
“He [The fan] grabbed onto the 32-year-old singer and pulled her off stage during a performance of ‘Irreplaceable.’ After being helped back up by security personnel, Beyonce finished the song. Ever the queen, Beyonce then went over to the man who yanked her down and shook his hand. ‘Nice to meet you. Thank you, I love you, too,’”
Talk about one smooth chick, Beyonce chose not to have the fan kicked out of the concert. During the video capturing the event, in usual diva fashion, Beyonce does not meet a beat, even after being pulled down by her overly aggressive admirer. While at the end no one was hurt or arrested it can only make you think, how much fan interaction is too much fan interaction?
In the midst of constantly being in the entertainment news considering her latest raunchy musical performances, Miley Cyrus releases her newest single “Wrecking Ball”.
Her music videos are often under fire lately, especially her new change of pace in her “We Won’t Stop” video where she desperately tries to break away from her Disney star image. The music video for “Wrecking Ball” attempts the same, but does it in a more artistic way.
The main aspect of this video viewers question is the fact that Cyrus rides an actual wrecking ball…naked. Given people’s perceptions of the young pop star, this is taken as a cry for attention rather than artistic expression. However, Cyrus’s intention could be the latter.
“If people can take their minds off the obvious and go into their imagination and see what the video really means, it is so vulnerable. … If you look at my eyes, I look more sad than actually my voice sounds on the record. It was a lot harder to actually do the video than it was to even record the song. It was much more of an emotional experience.”
She is trying too hard to show that she has grown up by pretty much showing the exact opposite, especially with her display at the VMAs. But in “Wrecking Ball”, although she seems to force the issue again, she appears to be doing it in a different manner. Instead of for sexual reasons given the song’s theme of heartbreak, Cyrus’s nudity could represent the vulnerability of her song’s pain instead.
Even though football season has just kicked off, Bruno Mars can be expected as the Super Bowl XLVIII halftime act! USATODAY reports,
Super Bowl XLVIII — set for Feb. 2 at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, N.J. — already has garnered lots of attention because it will be played in an open-air stadium in an area that is susceptible to cold weather and snowstorms.
It’s also being held just miles away from New York City, which is the headquarters to many media, advertising and branding behemoths. Those firms are brimming with anticipation about the potential marketing tie-ins with the game.
While the “Treasure” singer has tough acts to follow like Beyonce, Destiny’s Child reuniting, and Madonna, people have high hopes for the talented 27 year old’s performance. Super Bowl halftime sponsors, Pepsi, confirmed the performance and tweeted “Excited to have you in #PepsiSBHalftime Mr. @BrunoMars. We KNOW you’re #FanEnough! The countdown to Feb 2 is on.” The unique and groovy singer seemed just as excited, when minutes before he posted to his twitter page “WE’RE GOING TO THE SUPER BOWL!!!!!!! #PepsiSBHalftime” With hits like “Treasure”, “When I was your man”, and “Locked out of heaven”, all in which have hit the top ten on the BillBoard Charts, I think its safe to say Mr. Mars has earn the covenant spot as Super Bowl Halftime act. Let’s not forget it’s only an event thats watched by nearly hundreds of MILLIONS of people, let’s keep our fingers crossed Bruno will deliver!
Lamar Odom has just recently left rehab and he cannot seem to get a break even if he tried! After a DUI arrest, infidelity, and crack cocaine allegations things have just seemed to gotten even more out of control for Lamar Odom. Polina Polonsky, Odom’s ex-”roommate” spoke with TMZ.com about Lamar’s summer stay with her, and she’s spilling it all. While theres still some debate on whether Polonsky, the alleged lawyer, is desperate for some publicity or making honest statements about Odom, she certainly had no problem putting all Lamar’s personal business on blast during an exclusive interview with TMZ. During the 8 minute exclusive Polonsky describes her time with Lamar in her apartment as similar to having a child in her home.
Polina also claimed that during her time with Lamar, Khloe Kardashian called to speak with him one night and just minutes later after the phone call Mrs. Odom came at her like an “Uncaged Animal.” Polonsky doesn’t speak on it directly, but it is pretty clear throughout the interview she indirectly states that Lamar was under the influence of crack/ cocaine during his stay with her. Claiming that while he may have been using, it was “under control” at that time. Under control usage of crack/ cocaine?! After watching the interview of Polonsky ranting on for 8 minutes it’s questionable if SHE is the real one in need of rehab.
While a few may have been momentarily entertained by Miley Cyrus’ tongue sticking, twerk dancing performances, others have not found it the least bit appealing. Among the displeased is Vogue editor-in-chief Anna Wintour, and I can’t imagine this is someone you want to disappoint when your lined up for the cover of December’s Vogue issue. The rumor mill is spinning and word on the street is Miley has been axed from the cover of the mag’s upcoming issue, reports FoxNews.com on the matter. Wintour seems to have had a strong change in heart for the cover after seeing Miley grind and grope a married Robin Thicke during her overly provocative performance at the MTV VMA’s. An insider says “Anna found the whole thing distasteful… she decided, based on Miley’s performance, to take the cover in a different direction.” It was also said the photos for the Vogue cover have already been shot, and we all know time is money so Ms. Wintour must have really been dissatisfied! Ouch, guess we’ll have to wait until Winter to see who graces the cover of the December Vogue issue for sure. Maybe Miley will think twice before she goes on her next twerking rampage!
If you know even one song from the iconic Vietnam War era band, you’ll recall the playful, dreamy and often jazzy organ melodies emanating from the speakers that helped distinguish The Doors from other bands of the time and establish them as one of the most influential rock bands in history. That sound was produced by founding member of the band Ray Manzarek who continued to write and perform long after the band lost its lead singer, Jim Morrison, to a drug overdose. Between the two of them, there was enough creativity and chaos to inspire millions of other musicians around the world and helped to define a genre outside of the typical rock and roll sound.
When Morrison died in 1971, The Doors continued to play with Manzarek on vocals until 1973 when they disbanded. A year later, Ray went on to start a long and successful solo career and eventually re-united with guitarist Robby Krieger for a reignition of The Doors under the moniker Manzarek-Krieger until a few months ago when Manzarek developed cancer in his bile ducts and passed on May 20th, 2013 at 3pm. A statement from his bandmate, Krieger, held passionate and loving memories:
I was deeply saddened to hear about the passing of my friend and bandmate Ray Manzarek today. I’m just glad to have been able to have played Doors songs with him for the last decade. Ray was a huge part of my life and I will always miss him.”
The reactionary church hasn’t done quite worse than protest a funeral, but that doesn’t mean there is any level of decency in it, even if the funeral is for a guitarist from a metal band known for its shock value satanism. Slayer, whose band logo is a version of the satanic pentagram with swords and skulls, has always made it a point to incite a reaction from religions and soccer moms, so it’s no wonder that the death of Jeff Hanneman would be heralded as a victory for fundamentalists Christians such as those found at the Westboro Baptist Church.
While Slayer’s religious beliefs may differ vastly from the WBC, they share the same political belief in the freedom of speech. Unfortunately, the WBC is know to take it a step further by bringing their free speech to inappropriate gatherings. The sad, but humorous part about the whole thing? Unbeknownst to the WBC, and if Jeff Hanneman embraced the candid and satirical nature of the punk philosophy that fueled the music he played, would probably laugh and welcome the protest.
Last year, SNL had the displeasure of announcing the departure of two of the members of The Lonely Island trio, Andy Samberg and Jorma Taccone, who were a major hit of the show for the past seven years. Over the next year, we’ll also be seeing four more departures from the show which will effectively mark the end of an era for Saturday Night Live comedy fans when cast members Bill hader, Fred Armisen, Jason Sudeikis and Seth Meyers say goodbye to their tenure.
What’s the future hold for these guys? Seth Meyers has just signed on to be the new host of Late Night on NBC while current host Jimmy Fallon moves to The Tonight Show, and the other three all have movie roles in the works. Hader’s most recent upcoming film will be The To Do List alongside Andy Samberg, Fred Amrisen has two upcoming films The Smurfs 2 and Relanxious alongside Sudeikis who also has Tumbledown and We’re The Millers coming out this year.
When I read that Dr. Dre and Jimmy Iovine were creating a music academy at USC, I immediately thought about how drastically different it would be in comparison to traditional music schools. Of course, Dre’s school is going to be geared towards the music business (or “innovation in business” as they put it), but it will also have an arts program, and the first thing that comes to mind is “hip hop is not going to die anytime soon.” But music is not all that will be taught there.
Instruction will involve engineering, computer science, fine arts, graphic design, business and leadership training.
and as Dean of Fine Arts at USC Erica Muhl said in an interview,
“Academy students will have the freedom to move easily from classroom to lab, from studio to workshop individually or in groups, and blow past any academic or structural barriers to spontaneous creativity.”
While the NYTimes hopes the school will produce the next Steve Jobs, the question right now remains who will be one of the lucky 25 who manage to get in to the school on its first opening, and what should we really expect of them? Pop music has been forever cursed with echoes of regurgitated, and sometimes even stolen art, and while the donation is a beautiful contribution to the world of music education, it also carries a certain standard that could possibly alter the course of the students’ professional careers, and not necessarily in a good way. After all, half the donation is coming from a man who got that money from gloating on his records about selling drugs, treating women poorly, employing prostitutes, and killing people with guns, and while rapper Eminem said in the past that what is said on a record is much different than what is usually said in real life, that doesn’t necessarily mean that none of what has been said on a Dre record is true.
It’s also possible that this move by Dr. Dre could help to shift the discourse on rap records from violence and drugs to a more peaceful and educational movement, something we’ve recently seen from Snoop Lion (the artist formerly known as Snoop Dogg), which is undoubtedly a natural progression in both the arts and in life. Violence, after all, has the power to ultimately hinder record and concert sales, especially if the listeners are in jail.