In Broadway news this week, there's good news for shows like Holler If Ya Hear Me, Hedwig and the Angry Inch, and Lady Day at Emerson's Bar & Grill. Plus, the countdown till the Tony nominees is on!
Holler If Ya Hear Me Gets a Star
Last July, it was announced a musical based on the music of Tupac Shakur would be heading to Broadway. Alas, there was no date, just a vague time frame and the knowledge that Tupac's music was the catalyst behind the production. Recently, the show not only got a firm debut date (June 19, 2014, with previews beginning May 26, 2014), but the cast was announced, too. Renowned slam poet, singer, and actor Saul Williams will take the title role in Holler If Ya Hear Me, alongside other Broadway veterans, such as Christopher Jackson (After Midnight), Saycon Sengbloh (Fela!), and Ben Thompson (Matilda). Tonya Pinkins, John Earl Jelks, Joshua Boone, and Dyllon Burnside round out the cast.
Like many Broadway greats before it, including Hairspray, Rent, and The Phantom of the Opera, the Tony-winning show Jersey Boys gets its own film adaptation. The movie, an adaptation by Clint Eastwood, follows the same basic premise of the show, chronicling the early-rock group the Four Seasons and their rise to fame.
The film stars John Lloyd Young, who won a Tony award for his role as Frankie Valli in the Broadway version, as well as Erich Bergen, Michael Lomenda and Vincent Piazza as the Four Seasons. Christopher Walkenwill play a mobster.
"Jersey Boys" is expected to open in theaters June 20. Check out the trailer behind the jump and comment to let us know what you think!
Even with the upcoming holidays, there are still a bunch of events going on sale between now and Tuesday. In this case, however, some of the bigger onsales have shifted back a day to today. That is the case with Latin singer Marc Anthony, as well as the 28-date The Voice Tour, whose onsales began this morning. NBA Playoffs home game onsales for the Indiana Pacers and Atlanta Hawks began this morning as well.
All that covered, the highlight of the weekend is 3 Doors Down, which announced yesterday that it is adding 18 additional dates to its acoustic-heavy Songs From The Basement Tour. The outing, which begins on June 3 in Coquitlam, British Columbia, will run for 32 dates before ending on September 11 in Louisville, KY. The band has also scheduled appearances at a number of fairs and festivals throughout the summer, where it will plug back in. Most of the new dates go on sale this Friday, but one concert in Beaumont, TX, goes on sale Saturday, and one in Cincinatti, OH, goes on sale Tuesday.
There are a lot of onsales happening in the next few days, so let's get right to it.
Theater is particularly active this week. First off, the new Broadway musical Aladdin has over 90 shows on sale this coming Sunday for dates on and after September 1. Meanwhile, the tour Jesus Christ Superstar Arena Spectacular has 23 onsales this coming Friday and Monday, and the production of Jersey Boys in San Jose, CA, has eight shows onsale Friday.
Switching to concerts, rock band Aerosmith is joining up with Slash for a tour that begins in May and runs until early September. All 23 concerts go on sale this weekend, with a couple Nevada shows on sale tomorrow, one Illinois show on sale Saturday, and the rest of the concerts on sale Monday.
It's been a rock album, a film, and now it'll be an arena spectacular: Jesus Christ Superstar will head out on an arena tour starting June 9 in New Orleans, LA. Tickets go on sale tomorrow, Friday, April 11.
The musical is the biggest North American arena tour of this show. A collaboration between Tim Rice (The Lion King) and Andrew Lloyd Webber (The Phantom of the Opera), this rendition of Jesus Christ Superstar will feature a star-studded cast. First, Ben Forster, who led the UK and Australian arena tours, will reprise his role as Jesus. Michelle Williams, of Destiny's Child fame, will star as Mary Magdalene; Brandon Boyd of Incubus will star as Judas, JC Chasez (yes, from 'N Sync) will star as Pontius Pilate, and John rotten Lydon from the Sex Pistols will play King Herod.
See below for the tour dates and visit the Jesus Christ Superstar page for more information on tickets.