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FOX has announced the next two live musicals following the success of Grease Live ! First up is Rent , which Fox will put on in celebration of its 20th anniversary! OMG we can't believe it either! Then, during the holiday season -- up against rival NBC 's production of Bye Bye Birdie -- Fox will bring out the big guns, of the Red Ryder BB variety, with a live version of A Christmas Story The Musical ! Perez Reviews: A Christmas Story The Musical Benj Pasek and Justin Paul , who adapted the film into a musical back in 2012 (and went on to create the PHENOMENAL Dear Evan Hansen ), will write all new songs for the TV production! Marc Platt , who won an Emmy for producing the network's acclaimed version of Grease , will coproduce both shows. No dates have been announced yet, but expect casting announcements soon, especially on Rent . Are YOU stoked for Fox's next live musicals??
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And there's a slew of other live-action musicals in the works, a combination of originals, sequels and remakes. This Christmas, we'll have Hugh Jackman as P.T. Barnum in The Greatest Showman, with music by La La Land lyricists Benj Pasek and Justin Paul. A year later will come the high-profile Mary Poppins Returns with Emily Blunt, Lin-Manuel Miranda and Meryl Streep, among others. Also reportedly on tap: a Will Ferrell-Kristen Wiig original musical about the little-known world of corporate musicals, and a Josh Gad musical with songs by Broadway luminaries Alan Menken and Stephen Schwartz. A musical version of the Broadway megahit Wicked is also coming down the pike. "Good movies beget other good movies," said Marc Platt, a producer of La La Land, not to mention the upcoming Mary Poppins Returns and Wicked films. "So when a movie captures the imagination and hearts of people around the world, it's going to have a positive influence on similar genres getting made.
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Dear Evan Hansen is a heart-scorching musical about a teen boy so bound up by anxiety and loneliness that he makes mistakes he can't fix and gets stuck in the quicksand of social-media adulation. But eventually, he finds a way to leave self-loathing behind. It's also about parents reaching for their kids as they disappear into their phones and laptops. And it's about the struggle to connect in an era when it seems as if we're all awash in emotional hyperbole online and off. Sounds like a fun time, right? In fact, the play, which has become a huge hit on Broadway since it opened there in December, is cathartic and real and often so funny it's hard to believe that the catalytic event is the suicide of a kid we barely meet. The songs were written by Benj Pasek and Justin Paul, the pair who just won an Oscar for their work on La La Land . This music reaches a generation that can seem jaded or desensitized having come of age with access to the entire world's pain and tribulations in the palm of their hand.
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What is exciting is ... to be able to really feature the musicians and show exactly what they're doing." Tickets go on sale Friday. For the live shows, Hurwitz said they are using the same orchestra contractor from the movie. Following the Memorial Day dates in Los Angeles, the live production will visit Atlanta; San Diego; San Antonio; Nashville, Tennessee; Washington, D.C.; and other U.S. cities. It will also travel internationally to the United Kingdom, Mexico, Italy, Turkey, Switzerland and Canada. Those dates, along with more cities, will be announced later. La La Land won six Academy Awards, including best director for Chazelle and best actress for Stone. Hurwitz won best original score as well as best original song for "City of Stars," shared with songwriters Benj Pasek and Justin Paul. "There have been a couple times where I was in my apartment and I saw two Oscars sitting there [and] it almost took me a second to register what they were.
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This time, Stone's character Mia, an actress, adds in lines including, "Now our dreams / They've finally come true." The song -- featuring lyrics by Benj Pasek and Justin Paul -- was one of two from "La La Land" nominated in the song category along with Stone's solo "Audition (The Fools Who Dream)." "It's a dream for a composer to create music that can help resolve a story in as fundamental a way as it does in this movie," Hurwitz told the online cultural magazine PopMatters. Hurwitz, who was raised in the suburbs of Milwaukee, became friends with "La La Land" director Damien Chazelle when they attended Harvard University. As students, Chazelle introduced him to a number of musical films, and Hurwitz said he was captivated by how the songs could help develop the characters. "At the end of the day, even if musicals have 'gone out of style' for a certain period of time, it comes down to the story.
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After scooping the pool at the Golden Globes , La La Land is now tipped to win big at the Oscars. Here are five reasons you should see it, plus one big criticism. The stars Gosling and Stone live up to the hype, says Gary Kramer in Salon. There's a "palpable chemistry" between them in their third film together and there are some "entrancing sequences" between Mia and Sebastian. It's a "worthy showcase for the magnificent Stone's talents, and she is heartbreaking throughout", says the critic, who adds: "Gosling is also in top form." The music Ian Freer at Empire calls La La Land "a funny Valentine" to the entire history of the musical genre. It also has a "clutch of great new songs", says the critic, and songwriters Justin Hurwitz, Benj Pasek and Justin Paul should "take a bow". It "opens spectacularly", with a traffic jam on the LA freeway that turns into a single-take song-and-dance number, says Deborah Ross in The Spectator , adding that she almost "expired with the enchanted gorgeousness of this film".
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In lots of different ways, 2016 was ... far from ideal. Which made various theatrical productions both serious and not so serious a welcome escape for many fans, whether that come in the form of taking in a show or listening to a cast album on repeat or marathoning YouTube clips in between rage-reading politics articles. In no particular order, here are eight shows that soared in 2016 (to pre-empt angry emails, a reminder that the excellent Hamilton, which you spent most of 2016 listening to on repeat, opened on Broadway in 2015). SEE ALSO: 10 movies we can't wait to see in 2017 1. Dear Evan Hansen Broadway's newest hit (it opened just a few weeks ago) stars Pitch Perfect 's Ben Platt as an awkward and deeply anxious teen who gets caught up in a big lie following the death of a classmate. Soaring and sad, with music by La La Land duo Benj Pasek and Justin Paul, the show explores that all-too-familiar feeling of being an outsider in your world and what happens when you attempt to change that, in one troubling way or another.
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In lots of different ways, 2016 was ... far from ideal. Which made various theatrical productions both serious and not so serious a welcome escape for many fans, whether that come in the form of taking in a show or listening to a cast album on repeat or marathoning YouTube clips in between rage-reading politics articles. In no particular order, here are eight shows that soared in 2016 (to pre-empt angry emails, a reminder that the excellent Hamilton, which you spent most of 2016 listening to on repeat, opened on Broadway in 2015). SEE ALSO: 10 movies we can't wait to see in 2017 1. Dear Evan Hansen Broadway's newest hit (it opened just a few weeks ago) stars Pitch Perfect 's Ben Platt as an awkward and deeply anxious teen who gets caught up in a big lie following the death of a classmate. Soaring and sad, with music by La La Land duo Benj Pasek and Justin Paul, the show explores that all-too-familiar feeling of being an outsider in your world and what happens when you attempt to change that, in one troubling way or another.
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In lots of different ways, 2016 was ... far from ideal. Which made various theatrical productions both serious and not so serious a welcome escape for many fans, whether that come in the form of taking in a show or listening to a cast album on repeat or marathoning YouTube clips in between rage-reading politics articles. In no particular order, here are eight shows that soared in 2016 (to pre-empt angry emails, a reminder that the excellent Hamilton, which you spent most of 2016 listening to on repeat, opened on Broadway in 2015). SEE ALSO: 10 movies we can't wait to see in 2017 1. Dear Evan Hansen Broadway's newest hit (it opened just a few weeks ago) stars Pitch Perfect 's Ben Platt as an awkward and deeply anxious teen who gets caught up in a big lie following the death of a classmate. Soaring and sad, with music by La La Land duo Benj Pasek and Justin Paul, the show explores that all-too-familiar feeling of being an outsider in your world and what happens when you attempt to change that, in one troubling way or another.
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The score by Benj Pasek and Justin Paul provides soaring melodies that burrow in the subconscious but unfortunately the lyrics too often fall victim to simple rhymes. With Michael Greif at the helm though, these can be shrugged of as the world of "Dear Evan Hansen" is truly enthralling. I was intrigued when I heard that Classic Stage Company was staging a play adaptation of "Dead Poets Society" helmed by the theater's new artistic director, the inventive John Doyle. His take on Rodgers and Hammerstein's "Allegro" was a thrilling highlight of 2014. Unfortunately, DPS feels like it's always a couple notches below its desired emotional resonance. Part of this has to do with the sheer numbers discrepancy between the stage and screen. Tom Schulman wrote both the screenplay and this adaptation but fails to find the theatrical equivalent to an army of young actors belting "O Captain! My Captain.
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Her toothy smile and huge eyes leave little unclaimed terrain on her face. Gosling is smitten and they move in together. The steps to success lead him to play with his old friend, mentor, alter ego and band leader, Keith (John Legend). Legend is seamless and winning as he pushes Gosling onto the road to success: travel and the sacrifice of personal life. They also make great music together. The soundtrack to success is a bit more pop than jazz, spirited melodic compositions which weave together the high gloss, bright colored look and mood of LA sets (by David and Sandy Reynolds Wasco) vaguely harkening back to the optimism of the thirties and musicals of the forties and fifties. The dash of contemporary angst doesn't dampen the spirit as much as whet the appetite for success. The spirited Justin Hurwitz music is well complemented by songwriters Benj Pasek and Justin Paul (School mates who met at University of Michigan).
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I saw Les Miz in London and again at the Kennedy Center long before it came to Broadway. I saw a preview of "Rent" in the East Village. I saw a dress rehearsal of "Ragtime." And best of all, I saw "Hamilton" at the Public. And last night at the Music Box Theater I saw "Dear Evan Hansen," and though it wasn't an early performance--like those in Washington and at the Second Stage--it did feature one of the most amazing performances I've ever seen including all of the above. In today's Times, Katherine Rossman has a "Styles" feature on the gossip writer and Trump-and-Roy Cohn-and-George-Steinbrenner-and-Rupert-Murdoch-lover, Cindy Adams. In its opening scene, Adams can be heard (read?) complaining that there are no boldface names at her performance of the show. Sad! (though I imagine this is a typical reaction of Trump lovers to any cultural event that does not invite pussy-grabbing and peeping-tomming backstage (An aside: What she does get are " Justin Paul and Benj Pasek, the composers of the musical and also the lyricists of the film "La La Land.