School of Rock Preview Goes 360
One of Broadway's newest musicals is keeping up with the times by releasing a preview in 360°. Thursday, the show, based on the 2003 movie starring Jack Black, released a preview video on YouTube where the class rocks to "You're in the Band." What makes this music video a little different than most is the controls in the upper-left corner that allow viewers to pan and tilt the view 360°, allowing the actors to perform around the entire set instead of just a small portion of it. Don't want to spend time clicking? Then check out the video on your phone (or VR device of choice) and move around to see the full view. Oh, and look out...err, around, for a very cool addition.
The last few weeks have been busy in terms of theater news, with several shows announced for the 2013-2014 Broadway season, as well as some general theater news.
To start: Newsies! The Musical celebrated its one-year anniversary on Broadway, while Once had a cast switch-up, adding four new actors and actresses to its roster. (It also opened in London's West End.)
Meanwhile, Matilda and Motown the Musical had or will have their official debut this week. Here are a few other recent theater-related tidbits to know about:
Romeo and Juliet: Shakespeare's classic Romeo and Juliet will hit the Broadway stage September 19, following previews that start August 24. Orlando Bloom — AKA Legolas and That Dude Who Wasn't Captain Jack Sparrow in the "Pirates" franchise — will star opposite Tony Award nominee Condola Rashad. According to NY Theatre Guide, this is the first time in 36 years that Shakespeare's play will be produced on Broadway — and it'll have the new element of an interracial couple. (Yay!)