**UPDATE 3/5/11: Alec Baldwin will be joining the cast of “Rock of Ages”. He will be playing Dennis, who is the narrator in the stage musical. Adam Shankman posted a tweet on Twitter confirming Baldwin’s role in the film.**
Julianne Hough from “Dancing with the Stars” will be playing Sherrie Christian in the film adaptation of the stage musical “Rock of Ages”. Adam Shankman, who will be directing and choreographing the upcoming film, posted a tweet on Twitter confirming Hough as snagging the female lead. Hough can next be seen in the remake of “Footloose” which is due out in theaters in October (2011).
Other Rock of Ages’ cast members include Tom Cruise, who will be playing Stacee Jaxx (a self absorbed rocker), and Mary J. Blige who will play Justice (a gentleman’s club owner).
I must admit, I do have high hopes for this film. I really enjoyed the musical and with Adam Shankman assuming double duty (director and choreographer) as he did for the film adaptation of the stage musical “Hairspray”, it looks to be a great time at the movies.
The 64th annual Tony Awards were held on June 13, 2010. Sean Hayes hosted the venue and was quite a performer opening the show with a piano medley and accompanied some of the nominated show’s cast while they performed a song from their respective shows. A lot of first time nominees won their respective categories and the Hollywood stars swept most of the Tony Awards. Scarlett Johannson, Catherine Zeta-Jones, and Denzel Washington won their categories but the top honors went to “Memphis” for winning Best Musical and “Red” for winning Best Play.
One of the highlights of the awards ceremony were performances by Lea Michele and Matthew Morrison from “Glee”. Matthew Morrison performed All I Need Is The Girl from “Gypsy”. Lea Michele performed Don’t Rain On My Parade from “Funny Girl”. Morrison and Michele are no strangers to the stage as both were nominated for Tony’s before. Lea Michele for “Spring Awakening” and Matthew Morrison for a fantastic performance in “The Light in the Piazza”. If you missed their performance or want to watch it again, click on the link below to see the video from the 2010 Tony Awards as well as some of the winners of the night.
Source: Broadway World
In a recent interview from Good Day, New York, Neil Patrick Harris talks about directing the premiere of “Rent” in the Hollywood Bowl. He also talks briefly about his support toward the casting of Vanessa Hudgens (“High School Musical”) as Mimi.
Other cast members in this production include:
The Pussycat Doll’s lead singer Nicole Scherzinger as Maureen
Wayne Brady (“Who’s line is it Anyway”) as Tom Collins
Aaron Tveit from the Pulitzer Prize winning show “Next to Normal” will play Roger
“Spring Awakening” star Skylar Astin as Mark
Tracie Thoms from the movie adaptation of “Rent” will reprise her role of Joanne
Tony Award winning musical “La Cage aux Folles” is making its way back to Broadway. Read more about it here. This would be the second revival of the show, the last revival (2004) won the Tony Award for Best Musical Revival.
In terms of Broadway Revivals, I wish they would bring back “Jekyll & Hyde” (1997). The music was beautiful and I’m still hoping that “Jekyll & Hyde” can follow in the Broadway to Movie trend like “Phantom of the Opera” and “Rent”. That would be fantastic! ::crossing fingers::
In the Heights: Chasing Broadway Dreams is a documentary chronicling the journey of turning a vision into a Tony Award winning musical. The documentary contains behind-the-scenes footage and cast interviews, including Tony award winner Lin Manuel Miranda. The documentary will premiere on May 27, 2009 on PBS. I think this documentary could be quite interesting and the story of the show’s humble beginnings turned into award-winning success is an amazing “Cinderella” story in itself. Video trailer is courtesy of the In the Heights website.
“In the Heights” is a story about hope, love, family, and community set in the backdrop of Washington Heights in New York City. The music is fun and vibrant and the show is definitely energetic and an instant crowd pleaser. For more information about the show or the documentary, visit the In the Heights website.
According to a New York Times article, Universal Pictures has already purchased the rights to the show, so an “In the Heights” movie adaptation is not that far behind. Personally, I think this is great news as motion pictures allow for a bigger audience at an affordable price especially if you cannot see the show live on Broadway or on tour.