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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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DENPASAR: Tourists fled their hotels in panic on Bali Wednesday after the popular Indonesian holiday island was rattled by an early morning earthquake. The 5.5-magnitude quake struck inland about 10km northeast of the Balinese capital, Denpasar, and not far from the concentration of holiday resorts in the south of the island. There were no reports of casualties and damage after the quake struck just after 7am at a depth of 118km, but some holidaymakers got a shock. "Dozens of our guests ran out of their rooms when the quake happened," Nyoman Pasek, a staff member at the Hotel Sayang Maha Mertha in the popular tourist area of Kuta, told AFP. "Everything is now under control again, back to normal." Carla Beharry, a Twitter user on the island, wrote: "Definitely felt the biggest EARTHQUAKE I've ever felt this morning in Bali." Local residents also said the quake briefly caused panic on the neighbouring holiday island of Lombok.
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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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Mother-of-two Connor had maintained her innocence, insisting she only intervened to try to break up the fight, but this was rejected by the judges who said she held down the victim as Taylor beat him. "The defendant's actions meant the victim could not get up and move his body to resist," said I Wayan Sukanila, one of the judges ruling on Connor's case. Chief judge Made Pasek handed down the verdict and sentence in the Australian woman's case, saying she had been "legally and convincingly proven guilty" of group assault causing death. The verdict in Taylor's case was handed down at a separate hearing shortly before. Row over handbag Their sentences were shorter than the eight years each previously recommended by prosecutors, and will be reduced by the seven months they have already served in detention. Taylor said he accepted the sentence, but prosecutors said they would consider whether to appeal it.
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Mother-of-two Connor had maintained her innocence, insisting she only intervened to try to break up the fight, but this claim was rejected by the judges. Chief judge Made Pasek handed down the verdict and sentence in Connor's case, saying she had been "legally and convincingly proven guilty" of group assault causing death. The verdict in Taylor's case was handed down at a separate hearing shortly before. Their sentences were shorter than the eight years each previously recommended by prosecutors, and will be reduced by the seven months they have already served in detention. The couple had been enjoying a romantic rendezvous on the beach when they realised that Connor's handbag was missing. Taylor confronted Sudarsa and accused him of stealing the bag, which led to the fight. They fled the scene but Connor's driving licence and ATM card were found next to the body.
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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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" Pasek and Paul are also currently represented on Broadway by the hottest ticket of the season so far, the heartrending Dear Evan Hansen . Also from La La Land , Emma Stone garnered a nomination for Best Actress. Stone made her Broadway debut in the 2014 revival (of the 1998 revival) of Cabaret , receiving very strong notices in the process. For theater fans, one of the biggest stories to emerge from this year's Oscar nods is the fact that wonder boy Lin-Manuel Miranda has a chance to earn that most coveted of distinctions, the EGOT (Emmy, Grammy, Oscar, Tony). Miranda has won numerous Tonys, most notably for the smash hit Hamilton . He also won Grammys for the cast recordings of both Hamilton and In the Heights . He even snagged an Emmy writing music and lyrics for the 67th Annual Tony Awards. All that leaves is the Oscar, and Miranda seems a very strong contender indeed for his song "How Far I'll Go," from the Disney hit, Moana .
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, 2001). Another study found a relationship between young children’s construction skills (such as playing with jigsaw puzzles and blocks) and strong number sense and success in solving mathematical word problems (Nath & Szücs, 2014). In fact, as Mix and Cheng (2012) report, “The relation between spatial ability and mathematics is so well established that it no longer makes sense to ask whether they are related” (p. 206). Researchers have underlined that the link between spatial reasoning and math is so strong that it is “almost as if they are one and the same thing” (Dehaene, 1997, p. 125). Reecting on the strength of this relationship, others have noted that “spatial instruction will have a two-for-one effect” that yields benets in mathematics as well as the spatial domain (Verdine, Golinkoff, Hirsh-Pasek, & Newcombe, 2013, p. 13). Of course, the practices of mathematicians also benet from spatial reasoning; many mathematicians stress that their work relies strongly on visual and spatial representations and forms of understanding (Whiteley, Sinclair, & Davis, 2015).
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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.