A controversial player follows up a disappointing NBA career
with a major success
in the Chinese Basketball Association, including two national titles with the Beijing Ducks (yes, they're named after the delicious Peking Duck dish). Now, he's Starring in a musical about himself in Beijing.
The Light-Blue Puppy
is a visually extraordinary India Ink-animated Soviet musical children's cartoon made in 1976
, only recently translated into English. It tells the tale of a small, sad puppy who has been rejected by his peers for his unusual color, but nevertheless manages to find his way in the world (with some help from a few other colorful characters, of course). On its surface it appears to be a cute, cleverly-animated story with a simple message of tolerance. [more inside]
SF/F legend Connie Willis pours a preview of a near-future version of the story of backstage back-stabbing, " All About Eve" with "All About Emily
" for Asimov's Science Fiction Magazine.
Neil Patrick Harris is getting glowing reviews
for his turn in the title role in Hedwig And The Angry Inch, now playing on Broadway. But wait, why is "internationally ignored song stylist" Hedwig even playing Broadway in the first place? Because the Belasco Theater was suddenly available because Hurt Locker: The Musical opened and closed on the same night. In fact, the floor of the theater is found to be littered with discarded Playbill magazines for the failed production
. [more inside]
Written for the dedication of The John F. Kennedy Center For The Performing Arts in 1971, Leonard Bernstein created MASS: A Theatre Piece for Singers, Players, and Dancers
as a memoriam for John F Kennedy and as a thoroughly modern theater musical piece to reflect both its current times and universal questions of faith and existence. A recasting of the Tridentine Mass (in Latin)
, featuring additional lyrics by Stephen Schwartz and a brilliant lyric quatrain from Paul Simon, the full staging requires multiple choruses, a full stage performance company (including ballet cast), a marching band, a rock band, and many others. The 2012 BBC Proms featured a concert performance
[1h56m, including introduction sequences]. MASS has had very few full theatrical stagings since its premiere, although now, over 50 years after its creation, it is beginning to find new acclaim and appreciation. [more inside]
Since the taxonomical work of Erich Moritz von Hornbostel and Curt Sachs*
in the early twentieth century, organologists have classified musical instruments into four major categories, each distinguished by its primary sound-producing mechanism: idiophones (vibrating body), membranophones (vibrating membrane), chordophones (vibrating strings) and aerophones (vibrating air columns). Beyond these basic divisions, scholars have proposed such logically consistent additions as electrophones (for electronic instruments) and corpophones (for the human body as a source of sound). We propose a seventh category: fictophones, for imaginary musical instruments. Existing as diagrams, drawings or written descriptions, these devices never produce a sound. Yet they are no less a part of musical culture for that. Indeed, fictophones represent an essential if hitherto unrecognized domain of musical thought and activity, and it is in order to catalog these conceptual artifacts that we have established the first institution of its kind: The Museum of Imaginary Musical Instruments
Back in 08', filmcow.com, the people behind Charlie The Unicorn and other such Internet nonsense, released a darling little video about adorable singing ferrets signing about the things they love, "Make Me Smile
Magic: The Musical
: A Magic: The Gathering Puppet Musical [more inside]
Anatomy of a Song (1976)
is a half hour documentary (part two here
) about Stephen Sondheim's song Someone in a Tree
, from the musical Pacific Overtures. Sondheim talks about the challenges and thought processes behind what he calls his favourite of his own songs. See the original 1976 show in full here
. Also see this earlier post
on the same song.
In 1975, CBS aired the half hour animated special "Really Rosie" with story and lyrics by Maurice Sendak (based on five of his children's books) and with music composed and performed by Carole King.
Many have fond memories
of the broadcast ("Chicken Soup with Rice"
is a particular childhood earworm), and though it has yet to make it to DVD, you can watch it in full
on YouTube. The special was later turned into an Off-Broadway
production in 1980 and continues to be performed
by kids across the country.
A full hour-long musical based on Breaking Bad and inspired by Andrew Lloyd Webber, as performed last month at the Upright Citizens Brigade theater in Los Angeles: Walter White And The Amazing Blue Crytal Meth
French film Amélie (2001) is going to be adapted into a Broadway musical
by American composer Dan Messe (Hem
), who will be creating new music for the score. Director Jean-Pierre Jeunet is disgusted by these plans
, but sold the rights anyway to support a charity.
Theatre and film composer and GLAAD award winner
Damon Intrabartolo has died
at the age of 39. Intrabartolo is best known for the cult off-Broadway musical bare: a pop opera
, the modern day Romeo and Juliet story of two boys who fall in love at a Catholic high school. [more inside]
You! The Musical!
is a group of professional actors and musical theatr
e writers in New York who will literally write a musical
about your loved one for their big day.
Who needs to wait a week for the Final Eight when instead one can just watch Breaking Bad: The Middle School Musical
? [more inside]
A clever bit of constrained writing in song
from Matilda the Musical and Tim Minchin
. [more inside]
What happens when the executive director of your lobbyist organization is hosting the national conference with a technical theater degree burning a hole in his pocket? A bewildering and Christopher Guestian piece of musical theater called "I'm In Payroll
are an Australian comedy trio primarily known for the parodic humor
, amusing lyrics
, and musical talent
displayed in their many performances
on TV and at festivals. In 2010, Scod, Yon, and Gatesy teamed up with jazz singer Elana Stone
to perform their greatest work yet: a two hour musical set in a Dungeons and Dragons campaign
Awesome rendition of Jimi Hendrix' Voodoo Chile played on a gayageum
, a Korean stringed instrument | Scuttle Buttin
on the gayageum rocks as well | Joe Satriani's Starry Night,
the gayageum version | Luna Lee's
YouTube channel. A little about the gayageum
For Your Consideration
- Anne Hathaway (Emma Fitzpatrick) reminds the Academy to think of her on Oscar night via the magic of song.
Want to watch a film based on a musical by Claude-Michel Schönberg and Alain Boublil? No, for that one you'll have to wait until Christmas
. Until then: Martin Guerre: A Musical Journey.
In 1994, Tony Randall and Mandy Patinkin's car broke down outside David Letterman's studio and they needed a place to rehearse. Did Dave mind if they used the stage
? Great take it away Mandy
! [more inside]
From the guy who brought you Actual Cannibal Shia Labeouf
and Christian Bale is at Your Party
comes a new musical:
In every disaster movie, some guy bursts into the Oval Office and says, "Mr. President! There's an asteroid headed directly for the earth!" This is that guy's story. [password: calvert]
is a number from Eric Idle
's new musical, What About Dick?
, which will be available for download on the 13th.
[27m14s] was a 1985 VHS release hosted by Sir Tim Rice comprising of the five music videos made to promote the 1984 album Chess. The individual videos are One Night In Bangkok
(Murray Head), Nobody's Side
(Elaine Paige), The Arbiter
(Björn Skifs), I Know Him So Well
(Elaine Paige & Barbara Dickson), and Pity The Child
(Murray Head). [more inside]
"I Want Fakht You"
is a semi-show-stopping musical number in the new Hindi comedy/fantasy film "Joker"
), a rather odd movie
(by Bollywood standards) about what happened after the Inmates literally started running the Asylum (plus a rocket scientist, some post-colonial history, a media circus and maybe
aliens!).It MUST be noted that the word "Fakht" is Hindi for "Just", so the lyric is "I Want Just You", but the audio may still be NSFW for clueless Anglophones.
From TOR.com: What Everybody Gets Wrong About Jekyll and Hyde
: 'And when I say everybody, I mean everybody.' [more inside]
Before Kristina från Duvemåla
, before Chess
, certainly long before Mamma Mia
, Benny Andersson and Bjorn Ulvaeus of ABBA were experimenting with storytelling through music. As part of their 1977 world tour, ABBA closed out their shows with the mini-musical The Girl With The Golden Hair
[~25m, illustrative video (not a live filming), 1977 bootleg-quality audio] (full lyrics
). [more inside]
The First Photo on the Web
: A story of crossdressing, particle physics, humorous science-based novelty songs, and terrible photoshop.
The Tony Awards' 2012 Opening Number - What If Life Were More Like Theater?
- with Neil Patrick Harris, Patti LuPone, Amanda Seyfried, and Jesse Tyler Ferguson
What is Cyndi Lauper doing to follow up her brilliant, well-received (and award winning) 2010 album Memphis Blues
? Why, she's writing a musical! A stage adaptation of the charming UK film Kinky Boots
which will be opening in Chicago later this year, with an anticipated move to Broadway in 2013. Eager for a preview? EW is hosting a sneak peek of the track The Sex Is In The Heel
(scroll down for player), and the track will be available for free download at the musical's website
starting tomorrow. Lauper will also be performing the track live at the NYC Pride Parade this weekend, where she will be Grand Marshall.
Four Valjeans sing "Bring Him Home".
From the encore of the Les Miserables
25th anniversary concert (previously
). Another highlight: One Day More
from the encore, featuring most of the original cast. The entire show is also available in 12 parts on Youtube
: [more inside]