Saturday, April 21, 2007

Theater Tidbits

There are a number of interesting little Theater bits I've been following but there isn't enough to really do a whole post on each - so here we go ...

$1.8 million sales in one day for Toronto Dirty Dancing Opening October 31, 2007.
Tickets for the North American premiere of Dirty Dancing – The Classic Story On Stage went on sale April 16 and brought in more than $1.8 million by the end of the day.

With numbers like that ... are you seeing a Broadway transfer in the shows future? I know the movie, but haven't read any real reviews of the stage translation. I'm not sure how well the show will translate. Will be interesting to see.

Fame - Is it going to live forever?
A remake of the 1980 movie musical "Fame" is in the works at MGM, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

"We'll update it, (but) we'll still keep some of the songs," MGM COO Rick Sands told the trade publication. "The script is being written right now, but we are keeping it under wraps. There will be a strong musical component, though."

Due in theaters Summer 2008, with a $25 Million budget - should be interesting to see how this one turns out. I've seen the original movie and I saw the stage version a few years ago.

About Fame: Fame is a 1980 musical film conceived and produced by David De Silva, directed by Alan Parker. The film follows a group of students through their studies at a New York high school for performing arts (later renamed Fiorello H. LaGuardia High School of Music & Art and Performing Arts). The film is split into sections corresponding to auditions, freshman, sophomore, junior and senior years. (read more)

Spiderman the Muscial?
The adventures of Spider-Man have graced comic books, cartoons and live-action films. Now Peter Parker's tale of great power and great responsibility is being developed for the Great White Way.

Days after a casting agent's description of roles was picked up by a Web site devoted to comic book news, Marvel Studios confirmed plans for the musical, which will be directed by Julie Taymor and have music and lyrics provided by Bono and the Edge of the band U2.

The statement from Marvel indicated that a reading would take place this summer. There is no confirmed date for a Broadway opening.

I'm a little worried about this one - not sure how well Spidey will translate to the stage.

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