Although I've already hand-picked some of what I felt were our strongest posts from 2013, the numbers don't lie: you guys really dug our boy bands posts last year. Of our 10 most popular blog posts, three of them were about boy bands. Other things you enjoy: soccer, television, and Australia. Strange lot, aren't ya?
Without further ado, TN Team Blog's 10 most visited blog posts of 2013 are...
Following research into the curses surrounding Macbeth, this post delves into 10 very real, sometimes funny superstitions that exist in the theater world.
J.K. Rowling announced yesterday that she will be working on a play set in Harry Potter's magical world. In a statement, Rowling said that the show will "explore the previously untold story of Harry's early years as an orphan and outcast."
The production will open in the West End in London within the next two years. Although Rowling won't write the play, she will co-produce, alongside Sonia Friedman (The Book of Mormon) and Colin Callender (Lucky Guy). Rowling will also collaborate with the playwright.
For Harry Potter nerds like me who wish the series and film saga had never ended, this could be exciting. But I'm stuck on the part where they'll be focusing on Harry's life before Hogwarts. What? That sounds really depressing! We already know how cruel the Dursleys were to Harry, and we know he was an orphan, and we know he was an outcast. There won't even be magic?
Given that Rowling is actually involved, I know better than to prematurely pass judgment on this play... but still. I already live in the muggle world, and it is boring. Let me learn more about the wizard world, please.
What do you think?
Shakespeare is having a moment. Again. Given that William Shakespeare is arguably the most memorable playwright of all time, it's no surprise that his shows continue not just to be shared and acted in schools, but also on the Broadway stage.
This year, four of Shakespeare's plays made it to the Great White Way — and one was so enthralling, it was worthy of two different renditions.
While some of the Shakespeare shows were modernized (Romeo and Juliet), others stay as close to the original 17th century performances as possible (Richard III/Twelfth Night). Here's a breakdown of the shows that helped make 2013 the "Year of Shakespeare" on Broadway.
Alan Cumming's Macbeth
Starring: Alan Cumming
Opening Date: April 21, 2013
Closing Date: July 14, 2013
About This Rendition: Performed at the Ethel Barrymore Theatre, Alan Cumming's one-man rendition of Macbeth was called a "tour-de-force that redefines the term" by Associated Press. The critically acclaimed show featured Cumming playing each role in Macbeth, but with a twist: the entire thing took place in an asylum ward.
It was announced this week that Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark will be closing its doors Jan. 4, 2014. But the show, which is currently performed at Foxwoods Theatre, won't be gone for good. Instead, the flashy production will head to Las Vegas, joining other theater shows such as Jersey Boys and Blue Man Group.
When Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark opened on Broadway, many feared it wouldn't last long. Prior to its debut, it had gained quite a bit of traction, but for all the wrong reasons; many were talking about its production-related troubles, including a need to retool the book and score, as well as stunt-related issues. Rehearsals and previews were both dragged on longer than anticipated when several actors were injured during the process. In fact, Spider-Man currently holds the record for longest preview period in history, with 182 performances.
Michael Cohl — producer for Spider-Man — told AP, "We can have a more exciting and better show in Las Vegas. To me, Las Vegas is the town of show business. ...If you look at our show, it's much, much more a spectacle and a Vegas show than a Broadway show. So I think we're going to have a great time there."
Alanis Morissette's 1995 album, Jagged Little Pill, might just be heading to Broadway. Morissette and Tom Kitt (a Pulitzer Prize winner who has previously worked on Broadway shows like If/Then) are said to be collaborating on a musical that will be inspired by the iconic '90s album.
If all goes well, a workshop production of the musical will debut in New York come 2014. It would include the entire album's tracklist, as well as songs from other Morrisette albums and some new songs she'll compose specifically for the production.
Friendly reminder: Angsty "You Oughta Know" — Morisette's first single off of Jagged Little Pill — is rumored to have been written about Dave Coulier, who played Joey Gladstone on "Full House."