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The Lion King Is the Latest Title on Disney's List of Remakes; Jungle Book's Jon Favreau Will Direct

The Lion King Is the Latest Title on Disney's List of Remakes; Jungle Book's Jon Favreau Will Direct

“The Circle of Life” comes full circle. Walt Disney Studios has green lit a new film reimagining of The Lion King. Jon Favreau, the director behind Chef and Disney’s recent adaptation of The Jungle Book (and its announced sequel) is on board. The new film will include Elton John and Tim Rice’s songs from the original. No word yet on ...

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Lin-Manuel Miranda to Host NBC's Saturday Night Live

Lin-Manuel Miranda to Host NBC's Saturday Night Live

Werk! Tony, Emmy, Grammy and Pulitzer Prize-award winner Lin-Manuel Miranda is set to emcee NBC’s Saturday Night Live on October 8. It’ll be his SNL hosting debut; Twenty One Pilots will be the musical guest.

Hamilton mastermind Miranda has a plethora of projects on the horizon. Hamilton productions are being rolled out in Chicago, on tour and in the West ...

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Mark Your Calendars! Date Set for 71st Annual Tony Awards

Mark Your Calendars! Date Set for 71st Annual Tony Awards

Save the date! The 71st Annual Tony Awards will take place on Sunday, June 11, 2017. The ceremony, which honors theater professionals for distinguished achievement on Broadway, will once again air on CBS. The ceremony has been broadcast on the network since 1978.

The official eligibility cut-off date will be April 27, 2017 for all Broadway productions opening in the ...

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Kevin Kline Will Star in Present Laughter on Broadway; Moritz von Stuelpnagel to Direct

Kevin Kline Will Star in Present Laughter on Broadway; Moritz von Stuelpnagel to Direct

Oscar and Tony winner Kevin Kline will headline a revival of Noël Coward’s Present Laughter on Broadway. Performances will begin early next year at the St. James Theatre; opening night is set for April 5. Moritz von Stuelpnagel will direct.

Kline won Tony awards in 1981 and 1978 for The Pirates of Penzance and On the Twentieth Century, respectively. He ...

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In the Heights Movie to Begin Production in the Spring; Cast May Include Lin-Manuel Miranda

In the Heights Movie to Begin Production in the Spring; Cast May Include Lin-Manuel Miranda

The In the Heights movie is on! The big screen adaptation of the Lin-Manuel Miranda musical is set to begin production in the spring, produced by the Weinstein Company. According to Variety, Miranda won’t reprise the role of Usnavi, however he is likely to appear as another character, either new or pre-existing.

Pulitzer Prize winner Quiara Alegría Hudes, who wrote the ...

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Disney Confirms Frozen Musical's Schedule, Director, Designer & Broadway Theater

Disney Confirms Frozen Musical's Schedule, Director, Designer & Broadway Theater

The rumors were true. We now have official confirmation from Disney Theatricals that Tony and Olivier Award-winning director Michael Grandage and his longtime collaborator, Tony and Olivier Award-winning scenic and costume designer Christopher Oram, have been tapped for the Broadway-bound Frozen. They replace Alex Timbers and other creative team members who recently departed the production.

We also now know for ...

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Go to the Hills! National Tour of Rodgers + Hammerstein's The Sound of Music Opens in Cincinnati

Go to the Hills! National Tour of Rodgers + Hammerstein's The Sound of Music Opens in Cincinnati

Your heart will be blessed with the sound of music and you'll sing once more! The national tour of Rodgers + Hammerstein's The Sound of Music opens in Cincinnati on September 27. Directed by Tony Award winner Jack O'Brien, the landmark musical will play Procter & Gamble Hall - Aronoff Center for the Arts through October 9.

Featuring music by Richard Rodgers, lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II and a book by Howard Lindsay and Russel Crouse, The Sound of Music tells the story of the musical von Trapp family and the nun who becomes their nanny and eventual step-mother. Set in Austria on the eve of World War II, the score includes favorites such as the title song, “My Favorite Things,” “Do Re Mi,” “Edelweiss” and “Climb Ev'ry Mountain.”

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Tony Winner Michael Grandage Enlisted to Direct Broadway-Bound Frozen

Tony Winner Michael Grandage Enlisted to Direct Broadway-Bound Frozen

Michael Grandage has been tapped to helm the much-anticipated stage adaptation of Frozen. The New York Post reports that the Red Tony winner has boarded the production after a bit of a switcheroo with the creative team, which saw Alex Timbers depart the project as director, Bob Crowley as designer and Peter Darling as choreographer. Grandage's longtime colleague Christopher Oram ...

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Billy Eichner, Shayna Steele & More Join Cast of NBC's Hairspray Live!; Full Company Set

Billy Eichner, Shayna Steele & More Join Cast of NBC's Hairspray Live!; Full Company Set

It’s Hairspray Live!, you gays! Noted Wicked tailgater Billy Eichner has joined the starry lineup for NBC’s December 7 musical telecast. The Billy on the Street and Difficult People star will make a cameo as Rob Barker, the local WZZT newscaster in Baltimore. New additions to the cast also include Hairspray's original Dynamites trio: Shayna Steele, Kamilah Marshall and ...

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Idina Menzel on Tackling Bette Midler's Role in the New Beaches Movie & Why It Felt Like 'Career Suicide'

Idina Menzel on Tackling Bette Midler's Role in the New Beaches Movie & Why It Felt Like 'Career Suicide'

Idina Menzel has jumped over the moon, defied gravity and, uh, worn blazers and cardigans on Broadway. It seems like there’s nothing the blazing supernova can’t face, but her next project is a real beach of a role—one that she fears could be career-ending.

Menzel, who will star as CC Bloom in the Lifetime TV remake of Beaches, spoke to ...

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