October 29, 2018 at 12:18 pm #1202664327
Greif’s probably the best choice to direct, as he knows the material better than anyone else. As for the casting, I think Vanessa Hudgens could really knock it out of the park as Maureen.January 5, 2019 at 8:34 am #1202719416
The final slate of casting for Rent: Live has been announced. http://www.playbill.com/article/matthew-saldivar-j-elaine-marcos-alton-fitzgerald-white-more-round-out-foxs-rent-live-castJanuary 11, 2019 at 9:51 pm #1202730519
I’d love to see Dreamgirls Live! on NBC by December 2021, to celebrate the iconic musical’s 40th anniversary. With an all African-American ensemble and the original set design, it would be a ratings bonanza and would earn Emmy and Grammy nominations/wins for all involved. My ideal casting would be as follows:
Patina Miller as Deena Jones
Danielle Brooks as Effie White
Denee Benton as Lorrell Robinson
Adrienne Warren as Michelle Morris
Nick Rashad Burroughs as Curtis Taylor Jr.
Luke James as James “Thunder” Early
Ephraim Sykes as C.C. White
Norm Lewis as Marty Madison
And yes, I know exactly what categories everyone would be nominated for at the Emmys and Grammys.
FYC 2019 Emmys: Issa Rae (Insecure), Billy Porter (Pose), Carmen Ejogo (True Detective), Glynn Turman (HTGAWM), and Phylicia Rashad (This Is Us).January 12, 2019 at 6:53 am #1202730705
I was thinking the same thing (especially if the recent West End production doesn’t end up making it to Broadway as previously rumored). In fact, Amber Riley could reprise her role as Effie White and I could also see people like Cynthia Erivo and Brandon Victor Dixon joining the cast along with the people you’ve suggested like Patina Miller and Norm Lewis.
January 21, 2019 at 9:05 am #1202741802
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In a recent interview with The Hollywood Reporter, producer Bob Greenblatt talked about how things are going with Hair as well as hinting at a possible live musical for Christmas.
https://www.broadwayworld.com/article/Bob-Greenblatt-Addresses-the-Nudity-in-HAIR-LIVE-and-Hints-at-Live-Christmas-Musical-for-NBC-20190121January 21, 2019 at 7:14 pm #1202742611
The Rent: Live soundtrack will be digitally released on February 1. http://www.playbill.com/article/foxs-live-rent-to-release-soundtrackFebruary 4, 2019 at 6:44 pm #1202761644
To anyone who was looking forward to NBC’s live broadcast of Hair, plans have been scrapped. The peacock network has decided to refocus on more family friendly shows.
February 5, 2019 at 5:08 am #1202762032
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This is probably for the best.May 17, 2019 at 9:53 am #1202897737
As Hair Live! was suppose to be broadcast on NBC this Sunday night, NBC Entertainment chairman George Cheeks has recently shared the reasons why the production was shelved.
“As soon as we heard of the announcement of the Game of Thrones series finale, it gave us tremendous pause,” said Cheeks. “It’s always challenging when you have big events like that to move the date. So that was the first thing that made us think, maybe this is not the right move.”
After they decided to shelve the live musical on May 19, the executives continued to debate, and came to the conclusion that the best course of action would be not to reschedule, but to scrap Hair Live! entirely.
“The other thing we’ve learned, not just with Rent but with all the live musicals, is that the bigger, broader, four quadrant, family-friendly musicals are the ones that work,” said Cheeks.
Cheeks wanted to ensure that he and fellow NBC chairman Paul Telegdy are “both are 100% behind” live musicals.
“I would give Bob Greenblatt a run for his money in terms of [being a] musical theater geek, I promise you that, but what we struggled with was, we didn’t want the perception to be that canceling Hair meant we were not in this space,” said Cheeks. “We are still very much in this space. We’re actually negotiating to acquire a couple titles that we feel are broader and will have more co-viewing opportunities. But this is not in any way us saying goodbye to that very important live musical franchise.”
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