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SH-K BOOM To Release THE LAST FIVE YEARS

Posted by: Showbiz Chicago (December 18, 2014)

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The Last Five Years - Soundtrack CoverSh-K-Boom Records has announced the release of THE LAST FIVE YEARS (ORIGINAL MOTION PICTURE SOUNDTRACK), the musical companion to the eagerly anticipated RADiUS-TWC film. THE LAST FIVE YEARS (ORIGINAL MOTION PICTURE SOUNDTRACK) will be available beginning Tuesday, February 10The Last Five Years arrives in theatres and VOD onFriday, February 13.

THE LAST FIVE YEARS (ORIGINAL MOTION PICTURE SOUNDTRACK) stars Academy Award® nominee Anna Kendrick (Up in the AirPitch PerfectInto The Woods) and Tony Award® nominee Jeremy Jordan (Newsies) in the eagerly anticipated film adaptation of 3x Tony Award® winner Jason Robert Brown’s acclaimed musical written for the screen and directed by Richard LaGravenese (The Fisher KingBehind The Candelabra). The 14 track collection features nine songs sung by Kendrick, who scored a 3x RIAA platinum certified, top 10 hit with 2013’s “Cups (Pitch Perfect’s When I’m Gone).” The “Cups” companion video also proved an undeniable online phenom with more than 168 million page views and counting. The album was produced by Kurt DeutschLawrence Manchester and Richard LaGravenese, executive produced by Steve NormanLauren Versel and Janet Brenner, with new orchestrations by Jason Robert Brown.

 

 

THE LAST FIVE YEARS (ORIGINAL MOTION PICTURE SOUNDTRACK) follows Sh-K-Boom Records’ best-selling THE LAST FIVE YEARS (PREMIERE CAST RECORDING), the Grammy and Drama Desk Award-winning label’s first-ever cast album released in 2002.

“Releasing this record is like coming full circle for our label,” says Grammy Award winning producer and president of Sh-K-Boom Records Kurt Deutsch. “The first cast album we ever released was the original off-Broadway recording of The Last Five Years, so this material has been very close to our hearts and souls, and it makes perfect sense that it would be the first film we ever produced. We are incredibly fortunate to have these amazing artists be a part of this project. It’s a dream come true.”

Funny, passionate, and exuberantly romantic, The Last Five Years takes an intimate look at one young New York City couple’s half-decade relationship, telling their story almost entirely through song. Brown’s Drama Desk Award-winning book and score – first produced Off Broadway in 2002 – is a wonder of invention and originality, blending complex character and creative chronology to illuminate the couple’s multifaceted emotions and constantly shifting feelings towards each other.

The Last Five Years had its world premiere earlier this year at the Toronto International Film Festival, earning critical applause from all corners. “The best stage-to-film musical adaptation of the entire post-Chicago boomlet,” decreed the Boston Globe, hailing Kendrick to be “the first bona fide movie-musical star of her generation.” “A return to the sort of musical that was popular in Hollywood during the genre’s Golden Age,” declaredThe Hollywood Reporter, while Variety simply raved, “(The Last Five Years) sounds fantastic.” The film’s trailer is streaming now at www.youtube.com/watch?v=9FKjLJZdycI.

For more, please visit lastfiveyears.com,  www.facebook.com/TheLast5YearsMovie,twitter.com/last5yearsmovieinstagram.com/last5yearsmovie, and www.shkboom.com.

THE LAST FIVE YEARS (ORIGINAL MOTION PICTURE SOUNDTRACK)

(SH-K-BOOM RECORDS)

Release Date: February 10th, 2015

COMPLETE TRACKLISTING:

  1. Still Hurting – performed by Anna Kendrick
  2. Shiksa Goddess – performed by Jeremy Jordan
  3. See I’m Smiling – performed by Anna Kendrick
  4. Moving Too Fast – performed by Jeremy Jordan
  5. A Part Of That – performed by Anna Kendrick
  6. The Schmuel Song – performed by Jeremy Jordan
  7. A Summer In Ohio – performed by Anna Kendrick
  8. The Next Ten Minutes – performed by Anna Kendrick & Jeremy Jordan
  9. A Miracle Would Happen / When You Come Home To Me – performed by Anna Kendrick & Jeremy Jordan
  10. Climbing Uphill – performed by Anna Kendrick
  11. If I Didn’t Believe In You – performed by Jeremy Jordan
  12. I Can Do Better Than That – performed by Anna Kendrick
  13. Nobody Needs To Know – performed by Jeremy Jordan
  14. Goodbye Until Tomorrow / I Could Never Rescue You – performed by Anna Kendrick & Jeremy Jordan

 About Sh-K-Boom:

Sh-K-Boom with its imprint Ghostlight Records has become the leading independent force in Original Broadway Cast Recordings – building a library of over 150 records in the last 15 years, featuring some of the most successful Broadway musicals and solo albums by Broadway’s brightest stars. Founded by Grammy Award winner Kurt Deutsch and three time Tony Award nominee Sherie Rene Scott, Sh-K-Boom/Ghostlight has won two Grammy Awards (for The Book of Mormon and In the Heights) and is a frequent nominee, most recently for the OBCRs of the 2014 “Best Musical” Tony Award winner A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder and Beautiful – The Carole King Musical.

Other notable recent releases include the 2014 “Best Score” Tony Award winner The Bridges of Madison County, Disney’s Newsies, Pippin and Rodgers + Hammerstein’s Cinderella, plus the OBCR’s of Next to Normal, Hair, Legally Blonde, Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson, Everyday Rapture, Passing Strange, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee and The Drowsy Chaperone and many more Broadway and off-Broadway shows. The label has also released solo albums from some of Broadway’s biggest names: Patti LuPone, Sherie Rene Scott, Adam Pascal, Sutton Foster, Kelli O’Hara, Alice Ripley, Christine Ebersole, Melissa Errico and Ben Vereen. The label has also contiues to support the new generation of musical theatre composers with their extensive relationship with Michael John LaChiusa (GiantSee What I Wanna See,Little Fish), Michael Friedman (Bloody Bloody Andrew JacksonLove’s Labour’s LostThe Fortress of Solitude), as well as Lin-Manuel Miranda, Tom Kitt, Pasek & Paul, Joe Iconis, Ryan Scott Oliver, Shaina Taub, Dave Malloy, Kerrigan & Lowdermilk and Adam Gwon. The label recently created a new joint publishing venture with Razor & Tie to represent songwriters that fuse theatrical and pop music.  Sh-K-Boom Entertainment is a producer of the upcoming film version of The Last Five Years, written and directed by Richard LaGravenese and starring Anna Kendrick and Jeremy Jordan.  www.sh-k-boom.com

 
 

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Posted by: Alison Shan Price (December 17, 2014)

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Thank you for accepting me on your marvellous website. In Kuwait we are just winding down after our last major production 'Evita' with international opera singer Oana Severin from Romania as Eva and Kuwaiti actor Hamad al Jenaie as Che. Our actors are into rehearsal for 'Antigone' to be presented in both English and Arabic and The One World Shakespeare Festival. We are now looking to the magnificent musicals of MTI for our future musical theatre shows.

Sing Your Way Into the Woods: A Musical Contest

Posted by: Showbiz Chicago (December 6, 2014)

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Disney invites you to show off your singing skills and your love for the Stephen Sondheim musical “Into the Woods” with the online musical contest “Sing Your Way Into the Woods”.

The winning video will be selected by legendary eight-time Tony®, Grammy® and Oscar®-winning composer and lyricist Stephen Sondheim and Tony® winner James Lapine, who also wrote the screenplay. All videos will be judged based on their musicality, creativity and execution. The winner(s) will receive a private advance screening of Disney’s “Into the Woods” and the winning video and the videos from the three runner-up’s will be featured on the film’s official Tumblr site. 

 
The contest is open to choir groups, choral companies, musical theater departments, glee clubs and anyone with a passion for the landmark musical “Into the Woods.”  You decide which part you want to sing and perhaps your wish to win a screening will come true!  Anyone 13+ can participate, however the actual video needs to be uploaded by someone 18+.

Go to http://www.intothewoodscontest.com to watch the trailer for
Disney’s “Into the Woods” for inspiration, download the official
music and lyrics to the Prologue and gather your friends and record your own version of the last two-minutes of the iconic Prologue from “Into The
Woods”. 

Rules, guidelines and regulations are posted on the site.  Deadline for all submissions is 2 PM (PST)  December 12, 2014.

 

 

THE LION KING Lives

Posted by: Showbiz Chicago (December 1, 2014)

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Jelani Remy as “Simba” from THE LION KING National Tour. ©Disney. Photo Credit: Joan Marcus.

Reviewed by: Matthew Perta   Highly Recommended

Walt Disney once said, “When you believe in a thing, believe in it all the way.  Implicitly and unquestionably.”

Uncle Walt would be pleased to know his company’s presentation of The Lion King, now playing in Milwaukee, is implicitly and unquestionably an amazing creation that scores of talented artists believe in with all their heart. 

It’s that obvious: Julie Taymor’s Tony Award-winning direction and costumes; Elton John’s and Tim Rice’s phenomenal score, boasting such rousing numbers as “I Just Can’t Wait to Be King” and “Hakuna Matata” to the moving “Can You Feel the Love Tonight”, and more stirring music and lyrics by South African Lebo M, Mark Mancina, Jay Rifkin, Hans Zimmer and Taymor; stunning choreography by GarthFagan, breathtaking scenic design by Richard Hudson, lighting by Donald Holder and sound by Steven Canyon Kennedy; jaw-dropping masks and puppets by Michael Curry and Taymor, and hair and makeup by Michael Ward.

These are not just names in a playbill.  They are supremely gifted craftspeople deserving a standing ovation for rising to the daunting challenge of transforming an animated film to the stage.

The Lion King is the coming-of-age tale about Simba, the lion cub who eventually triumphs over trial and tribulation to become King of the jungle.

A high-energy cast makes the merging of human and animal look seamless.  Standouts in the cast were Patrick R. Brown as Simba’s scheming uncle Scar, exhibiting the perfect mix of evil, sarcasm and dry wit, and Tre’ Jones, an 11-year-old actor from Virginia, nailing the role of the inquisitive and lively young Simba.

This production roars with imagination, ingenuity and electricity – it’s a gigantic storybook coming to life and sweeping an audience along, leaving it mesmerized.

The Lion King is so extraordinary that we in the audience not only rose to our feet at curtain call but also were cheering.  For someone like me who thrives on pageantry and spectacle, not to mention shape, form and color, Ifound The Lion King to be a scrumptious visual feast on Thanksgiving weekend, surpassing pumpkin pie.

The Milwaukee engagement of The Lion King is being presented by the Marcus Center for the Performing Arts and Broadway Across America.

Chicagoans have until Dec. 7 to experience the magic of The Lion King now playing at the sprawling Milwaukee Theatre, located at 500 W. Kilbourn Ave. in downtown Milwaukee.  Keep in mind this tour won’t be coming to Chicago this season, so if you want tickets, now is the time to act.  Tickets start as low as $24 and are available by calling the Marcus Center Box Office at (414) 273-7206 or by visiting marcuscenter.org.

 
 

THE LION KING Lives

Posted by: Showbiz Chicago (December 1, 2014)

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Jelani Remy as “Simba” from THE LION KING National Tour. ©Disney. Photo Credit: Joan Marcus.

Reviewed by: Matthew Perta   Highly Recommended

Walt Disney once said, “When you believe in a thing, believe in it all the way.  Implicitly and unquestionably.”

Uncle Walt would be pleased to know his company’s presentation of The Lion King, now playing in Milwaukee, is implicitly and unquestionably an amazing creation that scores of talented artists believe in with all their heart. 

It’s that obvious: Julie Taymor’s Tony Award-winning direction and costumes; Elton John’s and Tim Rice’s phenomenal score, boasting such rousing numbers as “I Just Can’t Wait to Be King” and “Hakuna Matata” to the moving “Can You Feel the Love Tonight”, and more stirring music and lyrics by South African Lebo M, Mark Mancina, Jay Rifkin, Hans Zimmer and Taymor; stunning choreography by GarthFagan, breathtaking scenic design by Richard Hudson, lighting by Donald Holder and sound by Steven Canyon Kennedy; jaw-dropping masks and puppets by Michael Curry and Taymor, and hair and makeup by Michael Ward.

These are not just names in a playbill.  They are supremely gifted craftspeople deserving a standing ovation for rising to the daunting challenge of transforming an animated film to the stage.

The Lion King is the coming-of-age tale about Simba, the lion cub who eventually triumphs over trial and tribulation to become King of the jungle.

A high-energy cast makes the merging of human and animal look seamless.  Standouts in the cast were Patrick R. Brown as Simba’s scheming uncle Scar, exhibiting the perfect mix of evil, sarcasm and dry wit, and Tre’ Jones, an 11-year-old actor from Virginia, nailing the role of the inquisitive and lively young Simba.

This production roars with imagination, ingenuity and electricity – it’s a gigantic storybook coming to life and sweeping an audience along, leaving it mesmerized.

The Lion King is so extraordinary that we in the audience not only rose to our feet at curtain call but also were cheering.  For someone like me who thrives on pageantry and spectacle, not to mention shape, form and color, Ifound The Lion King to be a scrumptious visual feast on Thanksgiving weekend, surpassing pumpkin pie.

The Milwaukee engagement of The Lion King is being presented by the Marcus Center for the Performing Arts and Broadway Across America.

Chicagoans have until Dec. 7 to experience the magic of The Lion King now playing at the sprawling Milwaukee Theatre, located at 500 W. Kilbourn Ave. in downtown Milwaukee.  Keep in mind this tour won’t be coming to Chicago this season, so if you want tickets, now is the time to act.  Tickets start as low as $24 and are available by calling the Marcus Center Box Office at (414) 273-7206 or by visiting marcuscenter.org.

 
 

THE LION KING Lives

Posted by: Showbiz Chicago (December 1, 2014)

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Jelani Remy as “Simba” from THE LION KING National Tour. ©Disney. Photo Credit: Joan Marcus.

Reviewed by: Matthew Perta   Highly Recommended

Walt Disney once said, “When you believe in a thing, believe in it all the way.  Implicitly and unquestionably.”

Uncle Walt would be pleased to know his company’s presentation of The Lion King, now playing in Milwaukee, is implicitly and unquestionably an amazing creation that scores of talented artists believe in with all their heart. 

It’s that obvious: Julie Taymor’s Tony Award-winning direction and costumes; Elton John’s and Tim Rice’s phenomenal score, boasting such rousing numbers as “I Just Can’t Wait to Be King” and “Hakuna Matata” to the moving “Can You Feel the Love Tonight”, and more stirring music and lyrics by South African Lebo M, Mark Mancina, Jay Rifkin, Hans Zimmer and Taymor; stunning choreography by GarthFagan, breathtaking scenic design by Richard Hudson, lighting by Donald Holder and sound by Steven Canyon Kennedy; jaw-dropping masks and puppets by Michael Curry and Taymor, and hair and makeup by Michael Ward.

These are not just names in a playbill.  They are supremely gifted craftspeople deserving a standing ovation for rising to the daunting challenge of transforming an animated film to the stage.

The Lion King is the coming-of-age tale about Simba, the lion cub who eventually triumphs over trial and tribulation to become King of the jungle.

A high-energy cast makes the merging of human and animal look seamless.  Standouts in the cast were Patrick R. Brown as Simba’s scheming uncle Scar, exhibiting the perfect mix of evil, sarcasm and dry wit, and Tre’ Jones, an 11-year-old actor from Virginia, nailing the role of the inquisitive and lively young Simba.

This production roars with imagination, ingenuity and electricity – it’s a gigantic storybook coming to life and sweeping an audience along, leaving it mesmerized.

The Lion King is so extraordinary that we in the audience not only rose to our feet at curtain call but also were cheering.  For someone like me who thrives on pageantry and spectacle, not to mention shape, form and color, Ifound The Lion King to be a scrumptious visual feast on Thanksgiving weekend, surpassing pumpkin pie.

The Milwaukee engagement of The Lion King is being presented by the Marcus Center for the Performing Arts and Broadway Across America.

Chicagoans have until Dec. 7 to experience the magic of The Lion King now playing at the sprawling Milwaukee Theatre, located at 500 W. Kilbourn Ave. in downtown Milwaukee.  Keep in mind this tour won’t be coming to Chicago this season, so if you want tickets, now is the time to act.  Tickets start as low as $24 and are available by calling the Marcus Center Box Office at (414) 273-7206 or by visiting marcuscenter.org.

 
 

SHOWBIZ NATION WITH MICHAEL ROBERTS Episode 2 HAL LINDEN

Posted by: Showbiz Chicago (November 23, 2014)

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SHOWBIZ NATION WITH MICHAEL ROBERTS Episode 2 HAL LINDEN from SHOWBIZ CHICAGOon Vimeo.

Stage and television legend Tony and Emmy Award winning actor HAL LINDEN discusses his amazing career which has spanned more than 60 years.  Michael Criste is our episode co-host.  For more information visit www.HalLinden.net

 

Podcast with Playwright/Composer RUPERT HOLMES from SHOWBIZ CHICAGO on Vimeo.

Posted by: Showbiz Chicago (November 23, 2014)

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Podcast with Playwright/Composer RUPERT HOLMES from SHOWBIZ CHICAGO onVimeo.

Podcast with Playwright/Composer RUPERT HOLMES

ruperRupert Holmes is one of theatre’s most prolific playwrights and composers. From The Mystery of Edwin Drood to Curtains, Mr. Holmes has the uncanny ability to create a theatrical experience that stays in your collective memory for a lifetime. With his 1992 play Solitary Confinement being remounted at the Jedlicka Performing Arts Center through November 15th, Mr. Holmes discusses his amazing career.

Additional podcast photo credit: Michael Brosilow (Solitary Confinement) 

Rupert Holmes’ first work for theater was The Mystery of Edwin Drood, for which he created the book, music, lyrics and orchestrations. When Drood won the Tony Award for Best Musical, Holmes simultaneously became the first sole recipient of Tony awards for both Best Book and Best Score. Drood and Holmes received the same honors from the New York Drama Desk, with a fourth award going to Holmes in the additional category of Best Orchestration. Holmes also received the coveted Edgar Award from the Mystery Writers of America, the first Broadway author-composer to be so honored. Accomplice is his second work for theater and his first non-musical.  Holmes is also an accomplished singer/songwriter who is widely known for his number one pop hit “Escape (The Piña Colada Song)” and the song “Him”, which reached the number 6 position on the Hot 100 U.S. pop chart in 1980.  More information on Mr. Holmes can be found atwww.rupertholmes.com.

SHOWBIZ NATION LIVE! October 27, 2014 with Guests CHEYENNE JACKSON & KAREN MASON from SHOWBIZ CHICAGO

Posted by: Showbiz Chicago (November 23, 2014)

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SHOWBIZ NATION LIVE! October 27, 2014 with Guests CHEYENNE JACKSON & KAREN MASON from SHOWBIZ CHICAGO on Vimeo.

496186647_295x166Broadway and television star CHEYENNE JACKSON discusses his upcoming concert “Music From The Mad Men Era” at the McCallum Theater in Palm Dessert.

downloadBroadway and cabaret artist KAREN MASON discusses her incredible career from starring in SUNSET BLVD., MAMMA MIA and WUNDERLAND we well as her upcoming concert at the Acorn Theatre in Three Oaks Michigan. For more information visit KarenMason.com

 

Robert Hill Creates a Sensual and Sensational CARMINA BURANA

Posted by: Showbiz Chicago (November 23, 2014)

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David Kiyak, from the 2013 production: Photo Credit: Michael Cairns drphillipscenter.org

David Kiyak, from the 2013 production: Photo Credit: Michael Cairns drphillipscenter.org

The merging of the performance arts was magnificently displayed at the new Walt Disney Theatre with the final event in their Grand Premiere festivities of the Dr. Phillips Center.  A remount of the Bach Festival of Winter Park and the Orlando Ballet‘s 2013 production of Carl Orff’s Carmina Burana was, quite simply, breathtaking in every since of the word.  Mr. Orff’s 1935 work which many times gets categorized as opera, is certainly not.  Instead it is a meticulously crafted song cycle of 24 medieval poems that remarks on the nature, the perils love, lust, wealth and redemption.    As a stand alone oratorio, Carmina Burana always makes for a good listen.  To that end, the Chicago Symphony Orchestra‘s recent tour and recording under the baton of Riccardo Mutti is the new benchmark of Orff’s work.  It also a favorite of my friend, Ashley Wheater, Artistic Director of the fabled Joffrey Ballet, as we discussed here.

But there is something viscerally transcendent when dance is merged with the piece.    In the past few years, I have seen at least three different productions by various ballet companies (and one modern dance company) but none have come close to the ornate beauty and sexual energy of Orlando Ballet Artistic Director Robert Hill’s vision.  The reason for this is that Mr. Hill’s company of exquisite dancers also have an innate since of the truth they are conveying as actors to each of the sequences of Orff’s work.  Perfect examples of this can be seen in David Kiyak, whose “Omnia sol Temperat” had myself and those seating around me in tears.  Why? Because movement and story become one.  Same with Arcadian Broad’s electric “Were All The World Mine”.

This was also a vocally perfect production with Gabriel Premisser’s precise diction adding a new level of understanding the composer’s lyrics.  Soprano Julia Foster brought down the house and tenor James Hall, which miraculous vocal agility, certainly has another job waiting for him in the role of Mary Sunshine in the musical Chicago!

Artistic director and conductor of the Bach Festival Social of Winter Park, John V. Sinclair was in expert control of the entire evening via his baton.  Mr. Sinclair took some of the pieces a bit more uptempo then I have usually heard, but this was a welcome change as it created a more energetic piece as a whole.

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This is the second time seeing a production at this magnificent center, the first being theBroadway and Beyond gala in which the the Walt Disney Center proved a perfect fit.   The utilitarian aspect of  detail is also well suited for this grand combined work as well, as the sound was crisp and clear.  However, there were some major sight line issues from the far left side where I was seated, and  times when at times only half of the dancers were visible.  This issue which made several patrons near me request other seats.   The Walt Disney Theatre is certainly not unique with this issue and is a problem easily solved by sectioning off those seats for intimate performances.

That is a minor quibble though.  Mr. Hill and his collaborators have created the benchmark of Mr. Orff’s work that other companies must now work to strive for.  For anyone that ever doubted that theatre is a living and breathing thing, then they only would need to see these magnificent dancers, orchestra and vocalists in their natural habitat….the stage.

Carmina Burana was presented on Saturday, November 22, 2014 at the Dr. Phillips Center For The Performing Arts, 45 S Magnolia Ave, Orlando,
(407) 839-0119.  For more information on upcoming events visitdrphillipscenter.org,bachfestivalflorida.org and orlandoballet.org