Posts Tagged ‘Broadway’

Tony’s better than Oscar

Wednesday, June 15th, 2011

Doctor, sailor, bro.

On the biggest of all nights for musical theatre, songs were sung, laughs were met, and entertainment was provided where the Oscars did not.

To see Doogie Howser (yes, my father, Doogs Snr.) hosting the Tony Awards reminded me of something.

When Hugh Jackman was hosting the Tony Awards, most people saw him as Wolverine, even though most in the audience see him vividly as The Boy from Oz. Hugh Jackman’s best story about this very realisation was in a moment where his character is about to kiss another man, someone in the audience shouted: “Don’t do it Wolverine!”

Neil Patrick Harris on stage reminded me of Barney Stinson, as I’m sure most people did. But Neil’s been…sorry, I’m just going to call him Doogs Snr., has been quite the Broadway actor. You could tell he was very comfortable on that stage, and I’m sure he’ll be at home typing on his old computer about how he learned something that day, pause and smile, then finish his sentence (Howser M.D. reference!).

This occurence of seeing actors for a role completely different happened yet again when Harry Potter walked on stage (See? You’re all thinking about Daniel Radcliffe, aren’t you?). This isn’t a bad thing. In fact, I’m sure it’s surprised many that an actor can work in more than one medium. Some, if anyone saw Brooke Shields’ mess-up, should stick to what they’re most comfortable with.

The Book of Mormon absolutely smashed it this year. Coming from the collected minds of South Park and Avenue Q, it was pretty obvious that it would cater to that specific audience. What the rest of the world didn’t expect was that same show making them laugh as well. If you read the previous blog about South Park possibly ending, you might’ve seen a glimpse of what their next stage of entertainment will revolve around.

The very nature of musicals shows where talented singers and dancers are most at home. As Doogs Snr. mentioned in the opening number, it’s like a 2-hour unmimed version of Glee.

My favourite of all time though is definitely Into The Woods.

Have you seen a musical you found to be amazing? Possibly something that made you laugh? Have you seen Avenue Q (in which case did it make watching Sesame Street just a little bit stranger)?


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Bono wants to save Spiderman

Monday, September 13th, 2010

Just hangin'...

U2 have broken records on records, made a living by playing single notes with thirty different effects turned on, and generally getting mass attention because of Bono’s charity work.

They’ve saved the lives of many, but can they save the image of Spiderman?

In November, Broadway will be putting on preview shows of a $60 million production called ‘Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark‘.

The director behind all this is Across the Universe genius Julie Taymor, which U2 actually requested be on board before they would confirm joining in.

She was also responsible for the Tony Award winning show The Lion King, but last year the whole Spiderman production was put on hiatus because producers ran out of money (for a budget of $45 million).

I think it would’ve been great as a stage play BEFORE the movies, but now because the almighty U2 have attached themselves to this project, it seems nothing can die when Bono’s in charge.

He can feed masses of starving children, but he can’t give them caviar. I hope it’s not the same for this.


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DVD Of The Week: Sweeny Todd – Demon Barber Of Fleet Street

Friday, May 23rd, 2008

Sweeny_todd Sweeney Todd – The Demon Barber Of Fleet Street
This is the film version of the Broadway musical written by Stephen Sondheim, directed by the brilliant Tim Burton (Nightmare Before Christmas) who brings his typical dark Gothic style to the production.

The musical was based on the 19th Century legend of Sweeney Todd, who has been traced back to a real life barber!
A man wronged by villainous Judge Turpin (Alan Rickman), Sweeney Todd, played by long time collaborator of Burton’s Johnny Depp, returns to London after being sent to prison, unjustly, by the Judge.

Sweeney opens a barber shop and vows to get his revenge, not only for that cruel punishment, but for the devastating consequences of what happened to his wife and daughter. We follow him as he starts to extract his revenge after the appealing Mrs Lovett (Helena Bonham Carter), Sweeney’s amorous accomplice, takes the shop next door. She’s not too fussy about what meat she puts in her pies and soon she gets the reputation of selling "the worst pies in London."
With the help of Mrs. Lovett, Sweeney tries to rid the world of all the people who have ever done him wrong and hopes to be reunited with his daughter, Joanna, who is now Judge Turpin’s ward.

Here is the official Film Trailer, courtesy of the nice people at YouTube;

For those of you who didn’t know this is a full on musical, and Depp does a good job in the lead role. Fans of Broadway and Sondheim should relish this new adaptation and fans of Burton and Depp will be surprised at how much they like the musical style.
This film is not for the squeamish, it is full of gore, but none the less it is wholly appropriate for the story.

This Special Edition comes with these stunning extra Features:

  • Behind the scenes featuring: Tim Burton, Johnny Depp and Helena Bonham Carter
  • Musical Mayhem: Sondheim’s Sweeney Todd
  • Sweeney Todd is Alive: The Real History of the Demon Barber
  • Sweeney’s London
  • Recreating Fleet Street
  • Grand Guinol: A Theatrical Tradition
  • Sketchbook (a look at the creation of sketches of the story)