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DANCING WITH THE STARS RECAP: THE SEMI FINALS AND ANOTHER SHOCKING ELIMINATION
Can a ballroom be scarier than the Olympics? According to four-time gold medalist Simone Biles, the answer is absolutely. But you’d never know she struggled with her dances based on not one, but two perfect scores this week… The only dancer to turn in 80 points this season. There were twists and turns with two dances per couple, but the whole point of the night was to determine which pro would not advance to the finals. Ultimately, not even two perfect scores could keep Simone and Sasha in the competition. In the final moments of the night, it was revealed that they had been eliminated and missed the finals by one spot. The judges were clearly as shocked as everyone else — though it seemed no one was more shocked than David Ross who has been trailing everyone else still in the running for weeks. Biles' elimination leaves former Chicago Cubs catcher David Ross and partner Lindsay Arnold, NFL free agent Rashad Jennings and partner Emma Slater, and Fifth Harmony singer Normani Kordei with last year’s Mirror Ball Champion, Valentin Chmerkovskiy in the running for the crown at the finale.
ABC WILL GO UNDER THE SEA WITH THE LITTLE MERMAID LIVE MUSICAL
ABC will present a live musical version of Disney’s The Little Mermaid on October 3. In a unique hybrid, The Wonderful World of Disney: The Little Mermaid Live! will blend elements from Disney’s animated musical with live performances. Celebrity artists are expected to be a part of the cast, performing Alan Menken and Howard Ashman’s songs from the 1989 film. Menken and Ashman won a pair of Oscars for their contributions to the film, one for the score overall and one for the song Under the Sea. Jodi Benson voiced the title role in the animated film with Samuel E. Wright as the high-singing Sebastian and Pat Carroll as Ursula. A 2008 Broadway musical adaptation featured Sierra Boggess as Ariel with Tituss Burgess as Sebastian and Sherie Rene Scott as Ursula. The Broadway version included songs from the film as well as trunk songs by Menken and Ashman and additional new numbers by Menken and Glenn Slater.
A CHRISTMAS STORY WILL BE A FOX LIVE MUSICAL EVENT
A Christmas Story will be Fox's next live musical television event this December. The production will be inspired by both the beloved 1983 film and Tony-nominated Broadway musical. Dear Evan Hansen's Tony-nominated music duo Benj Pasek and Justin Paul (who received 2013 Tony noms for A Christmas Story's score) will write several new songs for the broadcast. Grease: Live's Jonathan Tolins and Robert Cary are set to adapt the book. A Christmas Story was nominated for three Tony Awards, including Best Musical, Best Original Score and Best Book of a Musical. The tuner was based on the motion picture A Christmas Story, written by Jean Shepherd, Leigh Brown, and Bob Clark, and based on Shepherd’s novel In God We Trust: All Others Pay Cash. Fox's past musical events include the highly successful Grease: Live and The Rocky Horror Picture Show.
RENT TO AIR ON FOX AS A LIVE MUSICAL EVENT
Fox has revealed that Rent will be broadcast in addition to A Christmas Story. Marc Platt has been tapped to produce both live musicals. Jonathan Larson's beloved musical about a group of friends surviving and thriving in New York City at the height of the AIDS crisis has garnered numerous awards, including the 1996 Tony Award for Best Musical and a Pulitzer Prize. A film version was made in 2005 starring many of the original cast members, including Idina Menzel, Anthony Rapp, and Adam Pascal. There have been countless productions of the tuner all over the world since it bowed on the Great White Way. There are currently national tours of the show running in the United States and London.
MEAN GIRLS MUSICAL LOOKS LIKELY FOR MARCH 2018 BROADWAY PREMIERE
The new stage-musical adaptation of the film favorite Mean Girls will land on Broadway in March 2018, according to an Equity casting notice. Rehearsals for a Broadway run will begin on February 12 for a first Broadway performance scheduled between March 10-12. The musical, with a book adapted by the film's screenwriter, Tina Fey, will include an original score by Jeff Richmond with lyrics by Nell Benjamin. It will be directed and choreographed by Broadway hit maker Casey Nicholaw (The Book of Mormon, Aladdin). Saturday Night Live creator and producer Lorne Michaels (who also produced the 2004 film) will produce the tuner alongside six-time Tony winner Stuart Thompson.
The new Broadway revival of Tennessee Williams' The Glass Menagerie, starring Sally Field, will play its final performance at the Belasco Theatre on May 21. It was initially scheduled to run until July 2… Dear Evan Hansen will launch a national tour October 2018. The touring production of the hit Tony-nominated musical will kick off in Denver before continuing to cities all across the country. The show was nominated for nine 2017 Tony Awards, including Best Musical...
MICHAEL ARDEN-HELMED ONCE ON THIS ISLAND REVIVAL FINDS ITS BROADWAY HOME
The Broadway revival of the musical Once on This Island will play the Circle in the Square Theatre, which was previously home to In Transit and Fun Home. The Michael Arden-helmed revival will begin previews on November 9 and open on December 3. Camille Brown will choreograph this production of Lynn Ahrens and Stephen Flaherty’s musical. The new production will feature new musical arrangements by original orchestrator Michael Starobin. Once on This Island premiered on Broadway in 1990. It received eight Tony Award nominations, including Best Musical, Best Score, and Best Performance by a Featured Actress for LaChanze.
WILL & GRACE REVIVAL COULD FEATURE MUSICAL EPISODE
Tony nominee and Emmy-winning star of Will & Grace, Sean Hayes, tweeted a teaser to the hit comedy’s upcoming 12-episode revival. Hayes and his three co-stars, Eric McCormack, Debra Messing, and Megan Mullally are all Broadway vets, so the prospect of an episode featuring singing and dancing is so exciting. On May 15th, the fab four paid homage to the Great White Way in the highly anticipated full-length trailer for the reboot. They sang a hysterical parody of Sunset Boulevard's classic standard As If We Never Said Goodbye. Many are hoping this is the first of many musical numbers for the Will and Grace reboot.
NBC TO PRESENT JESUS CHRIST SUPERSTAR LIVE! ON EASTER 2018
NBC will present Jesus Christ Superstar Live!, a television version of Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice’s 1971 musical, on Easter Sunday, April 1, 2018. According to reports, casting has already begun. Jesus Christ Superstar was originally conceived as a concept album that hit #1 on the Billboard charts, and eventually made its way to the stage in 1971. It was nominated for five Tony Awards, including Best Performance by a Featured Actor in a Musical for Ben Vereen. The musical has been revived on Broadway three times. The most recent revival, in 2012 at the Neil Simon Theatre, starred Paul Alexander Nolan as Jesus and Josh Young as Judas. NBC's other live musicals have included The Sound of Music Live!, Peter Pan Live!, The Wiz Live!, Hairspray Live!, and the upcoming Bye Bye Birdie Live!.
ABC announced at its Upfront presentation on Tuesday that Katy Perry will be one of the new judges on the reboot of American Idol when it returns to TV this fall at its new network. Idol ended its 15-season run on Fox in April 2016, only to be revived by ABC earlier this month. Despite Ryan Seacrest recently landing the gig of being Kelly Ripa's co-host on ABC's Live With Kelly and Ryan, his Idol comeback is ‘almost certain’...