While the start of each year tends to inspire a lull on Broadway, there are lots of shows to look forward to in 2014. Shows about the French revolution; shows about German rockstars; shows about poor-beggars-turned-princes; and shows about... Rocky Balboa? Here are a few Broadway productions to look forward to this year.
Type of Show: Musical
Previews: February 11, 2014
Opening Date: March 13, 2014
Synopsis: A debt collector turned club fighter gets the opportunity of a lifetime when he's offered a chance at the world heavyweight championship.
Why Non-Theater Lovers Should Care: Curiosity's sake will probably drive a few to check out Rocky. Rocky Balboa is a character you can root for and it'll be weirdly interesting to see how they managed to turn the film into a musical. Plus, Sylvester Stallone — the writer, director, and star behind the original "Rocky" film — is involved in the project. It may sound bizarre in theory, but the musical could work.
Carly Rae Jepsen will go from "Call Me, Maybe" to "Bippity Boppity Boo." Jepsen will make her Broadway debut in Rodgers & Hammerstein's Cinderella. She will play the lead role as Cinderella for 12 weeks, beginning Feb. 4.
Jepsen — who first rose to fame when she placed third in the fifth season of "Canadian Idol" — will replace original cast member Laura Osnes. Osnes has received a Tony Award nomination for her role.
Although this is the first time Jepsen will perform on Broadway, she has previous theater experiencing, including her time at the Canadian College of Performing Arts.
Of the role, Jepsen has said, "Broadway has been a dream of mine since I was a little girl and I look forward to working with this incredibly talented cast to tell this classic tale. These last few years have been a real fairy tale come to life for me, so I feel especially blessed to play this part and be reminded that you must never stop dreaming!"
While "Modern Family" star Sarah Hyland isn't happy about the casting, what do you think?
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.