January 23, 2020 at 4:35 pm #1203301446
Lots of Broadway types will be involved in the performances of the nominated songs on this year’s Oscar telecasts: Tony winners Elton John, Cynthia Erivo, and Idina Menzel will all be performing.
I could see Elton John opening the telecast just like how Queen did last year. In fact, Kevin Jacobsen & Zach Laws both actually suggested on a podcast that the academy should commission at least one biographical feature film about a musician every year that way if one turns out to be a success, the musician portrayed in the film will open the Oscars. I also would not be surprised if whoever ends up introducing Idina Menzel’s performance makes an ‘Adele Dazeem’ joke.January 26, 2020 at 5:54 am #1203305809
Three-time Tony nominee Kevin Chamberlin has joined the cast of Ryan Murphy’s Netflix film adaptation of The Prom as Sheldon Saperstein.
https://www.broadway.com/buzz/198236/you-happened-three-time-tony-nominee-kevin-chamberlin-joins-cast-of-the-prom-film/January 27, 2020 at 8:11 am #1203314334
Two-time Grammy nominee Ryan Heffington has joined Lin-Manuel Miranda’s upcoming film adaptation of Tick, Tick…BOOM! as choreographer.
https://deadline.com/2020/01/chandelier-choreographer-ryan-heffington-joins-lin-manuel-mirandas-tick-tick-boom-for-netflix-1202841163/January 27, 2020 at 8:13 am #1203314344
BroadwayHD has announced their slate of content coming next month, which includes Stanley Donen’s 1954 Academy Award-winning movie musical, Seven Brides for Seven Brothers.
https://www.broadwayworld.com/article/SEVEN-BRIDES-FOR-SEVEN-BROTHERS-All-Female-THE-TEMPEST-Royal-Ballets-SLEEPING-BEAUTY-and-More-Come-to-BroadwayHD-in-February-20200127January 28, 2020 at 12:26 pm #1203317126
Three-time Tony nominee Joshua Henry and two-time Tony winner Judith Light have both been cast in Lin-Manuel Miranda’s film adaptation of Tick, Tick…BOOM! while Bradley Whitford has also signed on to play Stephen Sondheim.
https://www.broadwayworld.com/article/Joshua-Henry-Judith-Light-Bradley-Whitford-Join-Lin-Manuel-Mirandas-TICK-TICKBOOM-20200128January 30, 2020 at 6:46 am #1203319733
Taron Egerton, Scarlett Johansson, and Billy Porter are apparently in-talks to star in a film reboot of Little Shop of Horrors.
https://fullcirclecinema.com/2020/01/29/taron-egerton-little-shop-of-horrors-remake-exclusive/January 30, 2020 at 2:39 pm #1203320492
According to IMDB, The Ferryman star Fra Free has joined the cast of Cinderella as the Prince’s sidekick, named Hench.January 31, 2020 at 8:42 am #1203321768
Tony winner Ralph Fiennes and Broadway alum Emma Stone may both end up being cast in the upcoming film adaptation of Matilda the Musical.
https://www.broadwayworld.com/article/Ralph-Fiennes-In-Talks-to-Join-MATILDA-Movie-Musical-as-Miss-Trunchbull-Emma-Stone-Eyed-for-Miss-Honey-20200130January 31, 2020 at 7:19 pm #1203323070
A filmed performance of American Utopia directed by Spike Lee will be released sometime later this year. https://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/spike-lee-direct-film-broadway-show-david-byrnes-american-utopia-1275529January 31, 2020 at 8:47 pm #1203323147
Spike Lee actually also did that with Passing Strange back in 2008.February 1, 2020 at 6:52 am #1203323549
And it also marks the second time David Byrne has worked with an acclaimed director on a concert film, as Jonathan Demme directed the iconic Talking Heads concert film Stop Making Sense.February 2, 2020 at 5:36 pm #1203326721
So I saw the Oscar-nominated live action and animated shorts in theaters, and one of the live action shorts in particular had a Broadway connection. The Neighbors’ Window, which I personally think should win the category, features Tony nominee Maria Dizzia in the leading role, and she was extraordinary.
Also, there’s the short Saria; while there’s no direct Broadway connection, one of the characters in it reminded of one of the most iconic Broadway villains. The film, which is set in a Guatemalan orphanage, features an orphanage matron whose cruelty towards the kids is on par with that of Miss Hannigan in Annie.February 3, 2020 at 9:33 am #1203327884
The Broadway production of Hamilton, which was filmed with the original cast back in 2016, will be released in movie theaters on October 15th, 2021.
https://variety.com/2020/film/news/hamilton-movie-lin-manuel-miranda-2-1203490645/February 4, 2020 at 6:24 am #1203329356
Tony-winning book writer/lyricist Steven Sater revealed on Twitter that they may finally be moving forward with the long-awaited film adaptation of Spring Awakening soon.
https://www.broadwayworld.com/article/Steven-Sater-Tweets-Updates-on-SPRING-AWAKENING-Movie-and-ALICE-BY-HEART-Revival-20200203?fbclid=IwAR0rFzzTCt3hy58LZ7Ib0bXL7VmOclJxrHdt47bIBA8wAIpKWZwBCaEl0vQFebruary 5, 2020 at 2:46 pm #1203331734
Lin-Manuel Miranda will be executive producing a new sci-fi movie musical called Neptune Frost, which will be directed by Holler If Ya Hear Me star Saul Williams. https://deadline.com/2020/02/ezra-miller-saul-williams-martyrloserkin-productions-neptune-frost-1202849950/
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