For all those Downton Abbey fans still shaken up by a certain car accident, prepare for an “exclusive” look at the first episode of the shows fourth season.
Whose Line is it Anyway star Colin Mochrie becomes Downton Abbey writer Julian Fellows in this parody video in which the show turns the fourth season premiere into a live musical production. Of course, this musical features songs about tea, gay love, and food.
It is almost creepy how all the characters in this live production have an uncanny resemblance to their on screen actor counter parts. Matt Doyle looks exactly like Robert James-Collier, the actor who plays Thomas Barrow. The accents and mannerisms are also spot-on, that this is actually a very convincing Downtown Abbey musical. The musical has unfortunately catchy sounding songs, so this could actually work.
Get on this, Julian Fellows.
Andrew Lloyd Webber (the man behind Cats and Phantom of the Opera) plans to bring the 2003 film School of Rock to the stage, according to an interview he did on the CBC radio show, Q.
He said that while there are opportunities for his own songs in the musical, the film already has some great songs that will work well on stage.
With the right casting and perfectly hysterical musical performances, this has the potential to be an amazing show. This is unlike anything Webber has ever taken on, but I have a sneaking feeling Webber will find success in this totally different brand of show.
Some might have reservations of an iconic theatre composer taking on a modern piece, but he has the experience and knowledge to put into this project.
HERE’S 5 REASONS WHY WE’RE EXCITED FOR THE SCHOOL OF ROCK MUSICAL
1) Finding out who gets to play this kid
2) This monologue will make a great ballad
3) Seeing the movies performances as over the top musical numbers
4) Hearing the movies most quotable lines on stage
5) Jack Black can sing, therefore this should be his Broadway debut 3:12 mark
It’s no secret we love Pitch Perfect. It was just one of the many reasons why we love Rebel Wilson.
Basically, we all think the whole Pitch Perfect cast is flawless, especially Anna Kendrick. We even still very much like the Cup Song from the musical even though everyone, and I mean everyone, has been trying to imitate it.
Andrewpresents on Tumblr claims the movie’s studio was looking to release a radio version of the Cup Song. If, when, why—it all doesn’t matter to us. Just get this on our iPods NOW and we’ll all be happier people for it.
The Oscars are this weekend and we’re placing our bets on Anne Hathaway to win Best Supporting Actress. Her rendition of “I Dream A Dream” in Les Misérables had us crying like little babies in the theatre. Except unlike babies who are adorable even when they’re crying (minus the wailing. That’s never fun), it was a full blown ugly cry session (Think Lauren Conrad with the single mascara tear running down her face).
This video of YouTuber Ijameswalters singing “I Dream A Dream” has us crying for other reasons. He had the brilliant idea to sing the iconic song as Gollum from Lord of the Rings. His facial impressions are pretty priceless. If the studios ever re-make the series (please don’t) and Andy Serkis, the actor who plays Gollum via CGI technology, isn’t available, we hope that Ijameswaters get the role.
Watch Gollum Sing “I Dream A Dream”
This morning Broadway.com and Huffington Post confirmed Tina Fey has plans to send Mean Girls to the Great White Way. Fey told E! News: “I’m trying to develop it, actually, with my husband, who does all the music for 30 Rock. And I think Paramount’s onboard.” She’s also thinking of Mariah Carey for Amy Poehler’s role.
Um, WHAT? Some might find this sad, but I find this oddly exciting. I’m already thinking of the great power houses and melodramatic ballads that need to be included. Naturally, I think Lea Michele needs to be involved. No one does powerhouse, dramatic ballads like her!
People are generally really excited:
The internet has been casting for this musical before Tina Fey confirmed the musical this morning. Lets take a look shall we? Read more…
The new season of AMC’s The Walking Dead premiered last night and we were damn excited. To celebrate its return, Antonius and Vijay from AVbyte (the same guys who did the Disney hipster princesses musical) put together a zombie musical all about singing, dancing and eating BRAINS. It makes the whole life of a zombie seem much more dignified, doesn’t it?
This hypothetical musical about Liam Neeson would easily be one of the most dramatic and successful Broadway sensations of our time. I mean, dude was a Jedi Knight, Grecian god and was hunted by a pack of wild wolves.
This musical, which was created and edited by Jon and Al Kaplan (Conan the Barbarian: The Musical, Off-Broadway’s Silence! The Musical) remind us that every season is Neeson season. We’re basically going to find these guys, wherever they are in the world and give them a gigantic high five.
If Liam Neeson: The Musical was a real thing, I’d totally watch it.
Watch it here:
We’re all eagerly awaiting the upcoming movie Fifty Shades of Grey, based on the book by EL James. Whenever I see someone reading it on the subway I’m all like “oh yeah, I know what you’re reading,” but I can’t really judge them because I recently reserved the book at the library and I’m the 174th person in line. I will wait.
There are so many people who discreetly read the book that it warrants Fifty Shades of Grey The Musical, directed and edited by Vijay Nazareth. Vijay and his brother Antonius Nazareth (who created the music) produce videos every week on their YouTube channel AVbyte.
Everyone has their own opinion of the book, whether you’re the stay at home mom who considers it a piece of important literature, the social studies major who hates the message or the young guy who’s secretly devouring it.
Which are you?
I feel like it’s my birthday because we received extraordinary Spice Girls news today that I’m sure you already heard about because it’s all over the internet and was trending on Twitter (aka if you haven’t heard about it for SHAME).
The Spice Girls reunited in London to launch Viva Forever! a new musical based on their hit songs. The show will open on December 11 in London, but we hope they mozy on over to North America stat. The musical is meant to introduce a new generation to Girl Power and explores the bitter reality of fame brought on by a TV talent show. That’s pretty topical, no?
In celebration, we decided to pull out a couple of our favourite Spice Girls gifs. Check them out below.
Listening to this frog is annoying.
But if you click the right buttons on your keyboard, you can turn it into a musical genius.
Here are a list of songs you play with great skill. Press the numbers to make a song!
Imperial March, press: 6 6 6 8 56 8 56, 3 3 3 2 56 8 56 8 56
Mario Theme: 333432 7 577 656 7532 435 646
Tetris Theme 4 765 678 865 567 765 4 6 88
Super Man Theme: 4 4744 2 4 7
Bridal March: 6 4 44 / 6 3 54 / 6 4 32 / 3 44 5 43 / 2344543 / 2344556
For the film adaptation of the Green Day album and Broadway musical, American Idiot, the band is rooting for one vampire to take the lead.
Frontman Billie Joe Armstrong said Robert Pattinson would be the ideal actor to star in the lead role.
“I’m gonna say that kid in Twilight. He’s a good actor. There’s still more to come with that kid,” Armstrong told reporters a few years ago.
MTV says the only reason this quote is being resurrected now is because the film’s beginning the preproduction phase and casting has not been made yet. So, Twilight fans might be seeing Edward on the big screen again, only this time, less fangs and more jazz hands.
Yes, apparently it could be. And hey, it might actually work.
Melanie Brown (known forever as Mel B and/or Scary Spice) told Good Day LA that the ladies are currently working on a Spice Girls musical, according to PerezHilton.
They are apparently working with Judy Craymer, the woman who created the musical Mamma Mia!, which is based off of the songs by Swedish pop group ABBA.
While there are not many details yet, one thing is for sure: this guarantees lots of short skirts and high platform shoes. Um…when can we audition?
As NME.com reports, the musical uses Green Day songs to tell the growing-up tale of three small-town boys as one joins the army, one moves to the big city, and the other stays home and gets his girlfriend pregnant. The musical made its debut in the band’s hometown of Berkeley last year and it is due to make its Broadway premiere on April 20.
It has been long-time rumoured that Green Day would turn their album American Idiot into a film, but now it seems that talks are advancing and this project might actually make it to the silver screen.
Ashanti is off to see the Wizard.
The R&B singer has scored the lead role of Dorothy in this summer’s revival of “The Wiz” in New York City. The role marks Ashanti’s stage debut, though she played the character in the 2005 made-for-TV movie “The Muppets’ Wizard of Oz.”
No other casting has been announced for the musical, which will be directed by Thomas Kail and choreographed by Andy Blankenbuehler with music direction by Alex Lacamoire. The three collaborated previously on “In the Heights,” which won the Tony Award for best musical last year.
Do you have a tux or formal dress and eight hours to spare? Repo wants you!
The musical film, now shooting in Toronto, is looking for 200 extras in an opera scene Wednesday and Thursday.
It’s an opportunity for fans to see Canadian legend Sarah Brightman at work, as well as stars Anthony Head (Buffy the Vampire Slayer), Alexa Vega (Spy Kids), Paul Sorvino (Goodfellas), Billy Moseley (The Devil’s Rejects), Kevin Ogilvie (of Skinny Puppy) and Paris Hilton.
Men and women between 25 and 75 are encouraged to send their name, age, contact number and photo to email@example.com.
Extras will not be paid, but they do get a free lunch – and possibly a venereal disease from being near Hilton.
Jim Carrey and Tim Burton’s film “Believe it Or Not” may have been put on hold again, but don’t worry; the legendary director has another project in the works.
Reuters is reporting that Burton will be adapting the musical “Sweeney Todd” from the stage to the big screen.
The film has yet to be cast, but rumour has it Burton is looking at casting Johnny Depp in the lead role of the Demon Barber of Fleet Street.
Sweeney Todd won a Tony at the theatre awards show held on Sunday ? it walked away with a best director trophy.
“Jersey Boys,” the musical about Franki Valli and The Four Seasons, topped the 60th annual Tony Awards last night to win Best Musical, Reuters reports.
Winner of the best play went to “The History Boys.” The play set a record for the most awards won by a dramatic play. It also won for leading actor for Richard Griffiths, set for Bob Crowley, lighting for Mark Henderson, director for Nicholas Hytner and featured actress for Frances de la Tour.
Despite not winning best musical the Canadian production, “The Drowsy Chaperone,” did not walk away empty handed. It won awards for best set, costumes and best featured actress for Beth Leavel.
Besides winning best musical, “Jersey Boys” also won for best performance by a leading actor in a musical for John Lloyd Young, Christian Hoff won for best supporting actor in a musical and Howell Binkley took home the award for best lighting.
Other award winners include:
- Kathleen Marshall for choreography for the musical “The Pajama Game,” which also won as best revival of a musical.
- John Doyle won for his direction of “Sweeney Todd,” Sarah Travis for her orchestrations of the musical.
- Best leading actress in a musical went to LaChanze for “The Color Purple”
- Cynthia Nixon won best leading actress in a play for “Rabbit Hole”
- Ian McDiarmid won best featured actor in a play for “Faith Heale”
- Lincoln Centre Theatre won for their production of “Awake and Sing!” which was also named best revival of a play and best costume design for a play.