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I spend a lot of time at either the cinema or theatre. You will then find reviews from these films and shows!

Broadway

Broadway – Bette Midler in Hello, Dolly!

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Bette Midler is back on Broadway in Hello, Dolly! A few days ago the first productional photos were released for the show which has started previews this week and opens in April. The best thing about this though? I have tickets for my birthday in July when I am in NYC, on Sunday 16th July. I mean we probably won’t be able to see much as we are so high up but we will be in the Theatre.

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Tony Awards 2011

The 2011 Tony Awards are taking place in a couple of weeks now and a lot of my favorite actors and actresses are going to be attending the event. I think its also very good to see how many of them have crossed over from the stage to the silver screen and starring in many different films.

Daniel Radcliffe, Catherine Zeta-Jones and Whoopi Goldberg will present Tonys during the June 12 ceremony honoring Broadway’s best.

Also slated to hit the stage at the Beacon Theater are Chris Rock, Alec Baldwin, Samuel L. Jackson, Kelsey Grammer, Viola Davis, Vanessa Redgrave, James Earl Jones and Harry Connick, Jr.

Christie Brinkley, David Hyde Pierce, Marg Helgenberger, Matthew Broderick, Angela Lansbury, Jim Parsons, Joel Grey, Patrick Wilson and Robert Morse will also appear.

Emmy winner Neil Patrick Harris returns to host the 65th annual show, after a successful attempt last year.

I actually attended the 2008 Tony Awards when Whoopi Goldberg was the presenter.


Catherine Zeta Jones – Tony Award Winner 2010

With my major lack of updates over the past few months, I missed posting about one of my favorite actresses who has taken Broadway by storm with her debut in A Little Night Music. Which she won the Tony Award for best leading actress in a musical. She also performed Send in the Clowns that night and she really is a very talented performer.

I have been a huge fan of Catherine from the first time I saw her sing “All That Jazz” from “Chicago” the movie musical in which she won her Oscar for. Just a shame I came home from the USA a month or so before Catherine made her debut as I would have made sure I went to see her on the stage. Lets hope that she signs up for another movie musical or even makes her way back to where it all began on the West End stage!

I love her reaction when she found out that she won the award, total classic moment. Looks like she was trying to get Michael to go onto the stage with her!


Broadway: A Little Night Music

Two of my absoloute favorite actresses are going to be starring in “A Little Night Music” which starts later this month for press viewing. Broadway Legend Angela Lansbury and making her Broadway Debut Oscar winner Catherine Zeta Jones. I would just love to be able to get to New York to see this, would be a fantastic experience. Here are a couple of pictures from a meet and great held in New York on Friday.

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Broadway – Hamlet

I have just read that from September Jude Law is bringing Hamlet to Broadway !!! I think he got pretty mixed reviews in the West End, but still some very good praise. Yes this does mean I hope to hit Broadway again in September !!!


Broadway: Wicked Review

This has been an obsession of mine for quite a while now, and I am so glad that I have eventually seen it and that it was on Broadway !!!

Cast

Nicole Parker as Elphaba

 Alli Mauzey as Glinda

Rondi Reed, Madame Morrible
Kevin Kern, Fiyero
Brynn O’Malley, Nessarose
Alex Brightman, Boq
Timothy Britten Parker, Doctor Dillamond
P.J. Benjamin, The Wizard

It is a show which really does have everything, drama, romance, comedy and pretty much life. At so many points and moments in the show I related with how a character was feeling as I either feel like that now or have felt like that in the past about someone or something that has happened. I found it a very emotional experience and felt myself wanting to cry in parts, but then laughing. The friendship which came about after so much hatred between the two. So many twists and turns throughout the show, one of which I had no idea of from listening to the soundtrack over and over. But I know like that I have pieced together the full story from seeing the show.

 I think the biggest show stopping moment is “defying gravity”. Which takes place at the end of the first act, just before the interval and it really is just incredible and fantastic.

Coming second to “Defying Gravity” in favorite songs from this musical (yes I love them all but have favorites, haha) as to be “As Long As Your Mine” the love song between Elphaba and Fiyero. Its just incredible, two people that you would never put together have fallen in love. Its quite a dark love song in terms of how love songs are in other musicals, but it is so lovely. “Just for this moment, as long as your mine . . . say theres no future for us as a pair . . . ” they both know that it will be difficult for them to be together forever, so they are happy just for this moment, as long as they are together. I find that so refreshing in entertainment where in movies and musicals the whole happily ever after, forever and ever thing going on.

The main story is focused on before Dorothy came to Oz. Although towards the end it kind of overlaps a little bit. But all of the characters are in there and I think its just fantastic how it all fits together so well. Just little details that have been put together, to make everything flow so well. I had attempted to read the book “Wicked” two years ago now. But I never really got into it, however I really do think that I will get it more now and understand more having a background to the story.

I now want the movie version to be made even more than I did before. I also want to see the show again, yes I did say this is an obsession of mine. “Everyone deserves a chance to fly!” I think everyone should go and see Wicked.


Tony Awards 2009

So I am currently sitting watching the Tony Awards, and yes I do realise that this is a movie blog. But so many actors and even shows/plays cross over to the movie genre. I attended the Tony Awards in 2008 and cannot believe that a year has now gone by since I was sitting in the audience myself.

The tribute to the performers who died in the last year has just been on, pictures of the actors who were nominated or won Tony Awards, accompanied by people singing “What I Did For Love” from “A Chorus Line” really broke my heart. I adore that song and some really big named actors have died in the past year. The three that really stick in my head are Paul Newman, Bea Arthur and Estelle Getty. While all of the people were applauded, I could hear a lot of cheers for Bea, she really was loved by the Broadway crowd.

I missed the start of the show which I was so disappointed about! Like the first 10 minutes, so basically the opening number. I turned it on in time to see Liza Minnelli on the stage, which made me smile. I was not too impressed with Shrek in musical form, I don’t no it just did not make me want to go and see it right now. I was however very, very happy when Angela Lansbury won yet another Tony Award. She really is just Mrs. Tony !!! I would not want to be nominated against her, haha.

Frank Langella has just been on presenting and very much amused me, kinda complaning in jest that he was not nominated for the play that he was in, and that award seasons bring out the best in him. He also joked about having an Oscar speech in his pocket still. Yes I am easily amused but he really was fantastic in Frost/Nixon.

Susan Sarandon was also on earlier and looking very good may I add. I cannot believe that this women is in her 60s now and still looking so fantastic, she is in such great shape. She has such a distinctive voice which I also love. Yes I do realise that I have just gone all fangirlish for Susan.

Billy Elliott perfromance was just fantastic, Elton John was on the stage to introduce it too which made it even better in my opinion. It was nice to see a different part of it, and not “Electricity” which was always on UK shows when it first hit the West End. Although my favorite song from this show is “Deep into the Ground”. Very good dancing in this part, it has to win best musical!!!

 I actually loved the Legally Blonde performance, it just looks like it would be a really fun show. Just like the movie is really fun too. Harvey Fierstein then came on to present and OMG his voice is just so incredible. He has won 4 tony awards, but I knew him first in Mrs Doubtfire, love it.

Nice to see Angela Lansbury back on the stage to present the life time achievement award good times. I think she is just fabulous, still going strong at her age is incredible. OMG YAY a clip from La Cage aux Folles . . . “I Am What I Am . . . ”  with George Hearn talking YAY I totally love him. Ok so the La Cage aux Folles now makes sense as it was for the writer or creator of that show. Whos name I cannot remember.

Anne Hathaway is there too, as she is going to be in Twelfth Night. She was introducing the performance from “Hair”. Hmmm I am not really too sure about Hair either, its not something I would rush out to see. Although it was amusing to see the cast jumping around the audience on some A List celebrities, haha.

Kristin Chenowith is a favorite with the Tony’s. She presented the best musical revival which went to Hair. I enjoyed the clip of Stockard Channing. What would a Tony Awards be without David Hyde Pierce ?!?!?! who was introduced by coming out for the second time tonight, hahahahaha.

YAY Billy Elliott won best actor(s) for all three of the Billy’s. Fantastic! Its Tony history as well, for 3 actors to be winning the Tony Award. Awwww they were all so cute as well, so shocked and overwhelmed and one of them was almost crying. They really had no idea what to say.  

Liza is also Mrs.Tony she is presenting the best musical award for the second year in a row . . . possibly even more times than that ?!?! I am guessing anyway. YAY of course Billy Elliott just had to win it, its incredible and from my neck of the woods in the North East England. LOVE IT LOVE IT. Geordie accents all round, haha. The kids just totally loved it.


News: 007 Craig To Make Broadway Debut With Help From Wolverine

OMG that would be heaven !!! I hope I can get tickets to go and see it 🙂

Action movie hunks Hugh Jackman and Daniel Craig are bringing Hollywood glamour to Broadway – they are teaming up to hit the New York stage for a new play.

The 007 star will make his Broadway debut alongside seasoned theatre star Jackman in new drama A Steady Rain.

The play, written by Keith Huff and produced by James Bond’s Barbara Broccoli, follows two cops from Chicago, Illinois whose close friendship is pushed to its limits after becoming involved in a domestic dispute in a poor neighbourhood, reports the New York Post.

Craig performed small roles on the London stage before breaking into Hollywood, while X-Men star Jackman won a Tony Award in 2004 for his turn in Broadway musical The Boy From Oz.

A Steady Rain is due to open this autumn.


Rent: Filmed Live on Broadway (2008) Review

I love Rent.

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Billy Elliot Takes 15 Tony Award Nominations

I know its not movies . . . but I love Broadway.

2009 Tony Award Nominations are :

Billy Elliot, The Musical is leading the way at this year’s Tony Awards after scooping 15 nominations – tying with The Producers for the most nominations ever garnered by one show.

The production, based on the 2000 film about a coal miner’s son who dreams of becoming a ballet dancer, will go up against Next To Normal, Shrek The Musical and Rock Of Ages in the coveted Best Musical category at the 63rd annual prizegiving, which honours the best on Broadway.

Sir Elton John, who has been nominated for the show’s original score, says of the nomination: “It’s been an amazing experience. It’s made an incredible impact on my life.”

The drama 33 Variations was nominated for Best Play, competing against God of Carnage, Dividing the Estate and Reasons to be Pretty.

Meanwhile, Hollywood actors James Gandolfini and Jeff Daniels, who both star in God Of Carnage, have been pitted against each other for the Leading Actor In A Play award.

Their co-stars Marcia Gay Harden and Hope Davis will battle it out in the Leading Actress In A Play category, which also includes veteran actress Jane Fonda for her role as a dying musicologist in 33 Variations.

The winners will be announced on 7 June at Radio City Music Hall in New York City.

The main list of nominees is as follows:

Best Play:

Dividing the Estate – Horton Foote

God of Carnage – Yasmina Reza

Reasons to be Pretty – Neil Labute

33 Variations – Moises Kaufman

Best Musical:

Billy Elliot

Next to Normal

Rock of Ages

Shrek the Musical

Leading Actor in a Play:

Jeff Daniels – God of Carnage

Raul Esparza – Speed-the-Plow

James Gandolfini – God of Carnage

Geoffrey Rush – Exit the King

Thomas Sadoski – Reasons to be Pretty

Leading Actress in a Play:

Hope Davis – God of Carnage

Jane Fonda – 33 Variations

Marsha Gay Harden – God of Carnage

Janet McTeer – Mary Stuart

Harriet Walter – Mary Stuart

Leading Actor in a Musical:

David Alvarez, Trent Kowalik, Kiril Kulish – Billy Elliot

Gavin Creel – Hair

Brian d’Arcy James – Shrek the Musical

Constantine Maroulis – Rock of Ages

J. Robert Spencer – Next to Normal

Leading Actress in a Musical:

Stockard Channing – Pal Joey

Sutton Foster – Shrek the Musical

Allison Janney – 9 to 5

Alice Ripley – Next to Normal

Josefina Scaglione – West Side Story

Score:

Billy Elliot

Next to Normal

9 to 5

Shrek the Musical.