Fans of The Beatles will get a chance to hear some of their iconic music on stage. Let It Be, a musical currently playing in London's West End, will transfer to Broadway for a limited summer run.
More than 40 of The Beatles' biggest songs, like "Hey Jude," "Twist and Shout," and the title song, "Let It Be," will all be part of the production that originally opened to commemorate the band's 50th anniversary. The show will continue to run in London, with NYC previews beginning July 16 at St. James Theatre. Opening night is scheduled for July 24, with a closing date of Dec. 29.
We're a society that toootally believes in superstitions. We wear certain items for luck, we cross our fingers when we want things to happen, we refuse to walk under ladders, and we think a broken mirror causes seven years of awful luck.
These beliefs carry over into the theater world, too. Like the alleged curse surrounding Macbeth, which prevents actors, audience members, and everyone else from uttering the production's name, here are 10 other theater superstitions.
Is it May already? This month, concert festivals really kick it into high gear, and many artists launch their summer tours. The NBA Playoffs are under way, and now that the weather is nicer, it's time for the The Players Championship.
Although no new Broadway shows are opening this month, many will likely flock to see the productions recently nominated for Tony Awards, including Pippin and I'll Eat You Last. Plus, there are plenty of touring shows around the country. So in addition to some May flowers, here are the month's upcoming events in concerts, sports, and theater:
The Package Tour: Can't get enough of boy bands? Thankfully, you don't have to, as New Kids on the Block, 98 Degress, and Boyz II Men launch their tour May 28.
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Brad Paisley's Beat This Summer Tour: The first leg of this tour kicks off May 9 in St. Louis, Mo. From there, it will hit more than 29 cities in the U.S. and Canada.
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Warped Tour: Part-music fest, part-extreme sports fest, Warped Tour starts May 28 and runs all through August 4.
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If you ever thought "Rocky" wouldn’t work as a theatrical musical, apparently you were… wrong? The stage adaptation, developed by Sylvester Stallone, who wrote and starred in the original film, had its world premiere in Hamburg, Germany, back in November 2012. It received positive reviews, particularly for its staged boxing sequences and "gritty realism". Now Rocky is slated to move to the Great White Way in February 2014 at the Winter Garden Theater.
Zachary Quinto, who some might know from his acting role on NBC's "Heroes" or his revival of Spock in the "Star Trek" film franchise, will also head to Broadway. Quinto will star in Tennessee Williams' play The Glass Menagerie, which will open Sept. 26, 2013. Although Quinto was recently recognized for his off-Broadway performance in Angels in America, this will be his Broadway debut.
Meanwhile, last week rumors began to swirl that Anne Hathaway ("Les Miserables"; "The Dark Knight Rises") would be making her Broadway debut in a revival of Cabaret. Hathaway's rep quickly shut down those rumors, and now many are saying Emma Stone ("Easy A"; "The Amazing Spider-Man") will fulfill that role instead. Nothing is confirmed, but whoever is selected will star opposite Alan Cumming, who is currently doing a one-man performance of Macbeth at Ethel Barrymore Theatre.
So who are you most excited about seeing? Emma Stone? Spock? Or Rocky?
When Broadway's Macbeth opened on Sunday, guests were asked to do something a little out of the ordinary: refrain from speaking the play’s name while inside the venue.
Signs were posted on all of Ethel Barrymore Theatre's doors, requesting that audience members adhere to the rule. Written in capital letters, each sign read, "Warning! You are about to enter the Ethel Barrymore Theatre. The producers ask that you please refrain from speaking the name of the play you are about to see while inside these walls."
If it sounds weird, that's only because it is, but with good reason. The play is cursed. Or at least it’s believed to be, despite the fact that this version of Macbeth is a one-man show, performed by Alan Cumming, with modern twists that move it away from its traditional Shakespearean roots.
According to the legend, mentioning the title of a Shakespeare while in a theater evokes some type of disaster — but it’s worst for Macbeth, so actors often call it "The Scottish Play" or "The Bard's Play" instead. If an actor accidentally mentions the name of the play (in the theater, prior to a performance), then he or she must leave the building, spin around three times, spit, curse, and then knock in order to be let back in. (There are a few variations, but the gist is always the same.) Other precautions include actors refraining from quoting any of the lines from Macbeth prior to a performance (must make rehearsal a bit challenging?), especially the Witches’ incantations. This is serious stuff, guys!