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Thursday, January 12, 2023

‘Here Lies Love,’ David Byrne-Cowritten Musical, to Open on Broadway in Immersive, Standing-Room Setting by Chris Willman

“Here Lies Love,” a celebrated “disco pop” stage musical with a score by David Byrne and Fatboy Slim, dramatizing Imelda Marcos’ rise to prominence and downfall in the Philippines,…

SOURCE: Variety at 09:42AM
Thursday, December 1, 2022

Pat Benatar and Neil Giraldo Give Musical Theater Their Best Shot With L.A. Premiere of ‘Invincible,’ on Heels of Rock Hall Honors by Chris Willman

It’s a few days after the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony when we find Pat Benatar and Neil Giraldo holed up in the green room of a Beverly Hills performing arts center, talk…

SOURCE: Variety at 08:01PM
Thursday, July 28, 2022

Pat Benatar and Neil Giraldo Set Fall Premiere for ‘Invincible’ Musical in L.A. (EXCLUSIVE) by Chris Willman

Incoming Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Pat Benatar and her musical partner and husband Neil Giraldo are announcing an L.A.-area November world premiere for “Invincible — The Musical,” a …

SOURCE: Variety at 03:01PM
Monday, July 18, 2022

‘Freestyle Love Supreme’ Review: With a Co-Creator Leaving, Musical Improv Show Has a Bit of Poignance Amid the Mirth in Pasadena by Chris Willman

There aren’t many Tony-winning productions in which one of the veteran creator-performers can announce that he’s retiring, right in the middle of a performance… and do it in song form…

SOURCE: Variety at 02:35PM
Tuesday, June 28, 2022

‘Wicked’ Songwriter Stephen Schwartz on Why the Movie Must Be a Two-Parter: Nothing Can Follow ‘Defying Gravity’ by Chris Willman

According to Stephen Schwartz, nothing can follow “Defying Gravity.” And for the “Wicked” songwriter, that’s one key reason why the movie version of his blockbuster Broadway musica…

SOURCE: Variety at 04:00PM
Thursday, June 16, 2022

‘King James’ Review: A Shared Fandom for LeBron James Leads to Bonding and Blowups in Mark Taper Dramedy by Chris Willman

“King James,” a new dramedy at the Mark Taper Forum, is a two-hander about a love triangle of sorts. The unseen third point in this romance, per the title: basketball legend LeBron James…

SOURCE: Variety at 06:58PM
Thursday, June 2, 2022

‘Almost Famous’ Musical Set for Fall Broadway Opening by Chris Willman

“Almost Famous” is almost ready for Broadway. The specific New York theater has yet to be announced, but opening dates for the musical adaptation of the Cameron Crowe film were revealed …

SOURCE: Variety at 02:34PM
Saturday, April 16, 2022

Comedian Rebecca Corry on Why the Louis C.K. Sexual Harassment Story is Finally Becoming Part of Her Act by Chris Willman

After the Grammys earlier this month, comedian Rebecca Corry got hit with a flood of press requests, and not for any part she’d played in the proceedings. Everyone wanted to know what she …

SOURCE: Variety at 03:00PM
Sunday, December 12, 2021

Pioneering Alt-Comedy Club UnCabaret Returns to Live Shows … But Is Sticking With Intimate Zooms, Post-Pandemic, Too by Chris Willman

When the pandemic hit, there were many aspects of the performing arts that adopted a livestream model, of course, as a necessity and a stopgap until normal life — and normal live — could…

SOURCE: Variety at 04:50PM
Saturday, September 25, 2021

At ‘Tarantino Live,’ Director’s Soundtracks Come to Life, With a Little Help From Jackie Brown, the Bride and the Gimp by Chris Willman

What do the Bride, Jackie Brown, Django, Mia Wallace, Hans Landa, Cottonmouth, Stuntman Mike McKay, Mr. Pink, Charles Manson and the Gimp all have in common? For one thing, that they’re al…

SOURCE: Variety at 02:57PM
Thursday, September 23, 2021

Alaska 5000, Lea DeLaria Cast as Royal Leads in Pasadena Production of Go-Go’s Musical ‘Head Over Heels’ (EXCLUSIVE) by Chris Willman

Initial casting is being revealed for the Pasadena Playhouse’s production of the Go-Go’s-scored musical comedy “Head Over Heels,” opening in a reconfigured, immersive setting within …

SOURCE: Variety at 03:00PM
Monday, August 23, 2021

Barry Manilow’s ‘Harmony’ Musical Will Finally Get Its First NYC Run in Spring 2022 by Chris Willman

Barry Manilow fans never got to hear the end of his set at Saturday’s “We Love NYC” Central Park concert, after the all-star show got shut down right in the middle of a Manilow medley.…

SOURCE: Variety at 04:08PM
Wednesday, August 18, 2021

Go-Go’s Stage Musical ‘Head Over Heels’ Headed to L.A., Reconfigured as a ‘Dance Party’ by Chris Willman

“Head Over Heels,” the Broadway production that put the song catalog of the Go-Go’s to use as the basis of a narrative musical-comedy, is finally reaching the band’s hometown of Los …

SOURCE: Variety at 09:42PM
Sunday, June 27, 2021

Downtown L.A.’s First Talkie Theater Becomes a Spectacular Apple Store, and Preservationists Are Talking It Up by Chris Willman

One of downtown Los Angeles’ landmark clock towers, the one atop the 1927 Tower Theatre, is no longer right just twice a day. More significantly, the landmark theater below it at 8th and B…

SOURCE: Variety at 06:41AM
Wednesday, June 23, 2021

H.E.R., Beyonce, Bruce Springsteen and Other Top Music Stars Enter Emmy Competition by Chris Willman

More than a dozen of music’s biggest stars, from Beyoncé to H.E.R., would love an Emmy to add to their award shelves. A Variety review of the 535 entries throughout the Television Academy…

SOURCE: Variety at 09:39PM
Tuesday, June 8, 2021

Foo Fighters to Ring Concerts Back In at Madison Square Garden With 100% Capacity June Show by Chris Willman

Dave Grohl is determined to be at the forefront of some post-quarantine firsts. Foo Fighters played the first Los Angeles stadium show of the pandemic era, with a closing set at the filming …

SOURCE: Variety at 02:33PM
Sunday, May 16, 2021

Clive Davis Shares Joni Mitchell’s First Public Interview in Six Years, Chats With DaBaby, Oprah Winfrey, H.E.R. and More by Chris Willman

Clive Davis has a gig as music’s own new Barbara Walters, if he wants it. For the second half of his two-part virtual “Grammy gala” this year, the music mogul doubled down in Saturday …

SOURCE: Variety at 06:56PM
Friday, April 23, 2021

Sara Bareilles Returns to Hollywood Bowl, Sans Audience, to Promote Live Album by Chris Willman

Returning to the scene of the crime seemed to Sara Bareilles like a good way to promote her just-announced live album, “Amidst the Chaos: Live at the Hollywood Bowl,” and so the singer-s…

SOURCE: Variety at 12:58PM
Thursday, April 22, 2021

‘Bat Out of Hell’ Star Lena Hall on the Genius of Jim Steinman, a Writer Who Saw No Distinction Between Stage Music and Rock by Chris Willman

Jim Steinman was an ultimate officiant in the marriage of rock ‘n’ roll and theater. The songwriter, who died April 19, only had a handful of productions play out on the legit stage, inc…

SOURCE: Variety at 11:18PM
Wednesday, April 21, 2021

Clive Davis Sets Joni Mitchell, Paul Simon, H.E.R., DaBaby and Others for Season’s Second ‘Pre’-Grammy Gala by Chris Willman

Clive Davis has announced the second part of his virtual “Pre-Grammy Gala,” delayed from its original date of the night before the awards, with music veterans like Elton John, Joni Mitch…

SOURCE: Variety at 06:30AM
Thursday, April 15, 2021

Adam Schlesinger to Be Celebrated in Online Show by Ex-Bandmates and Dozens of Rockers and Actors by Chris Willman

The late rocker and TV/theater composer Adam Schlesinger, who died from complications of COVID-19 in April 2020, will be feted by dozens of musicians and actors in May in an online tribute b…

SOURCE: Variety at 07:26PM
Monday, April 12, 2021

‘Dreamgirls’ Reunion Highlights ‘RWQuarantunes’ Benefit Raising $1.3 Million for Broadway Cares by Chris Willman

A virtual 40th anniversary reunion of the original “Dreamgirls” dream cast — Loretta Devine, Jennifer Holliday and Sheryl Lee Ralph — was among the highlights of a virtual benefit Su…

SOURCE: Variety at 07:56PM
Friday, April 2, 2021

Appreciating Fountains of Wayne’s Adam Schlesinger, A Year After COVID Took One of Modern Rock’s Great Songwriters by Chris Willman

Droll. Adroit. Literary. Observational. Epigrammatic. Empathic. Finely tuned. Waggish. Harmonious. Hilarious. Dryly devastating. These were the qualities that marked Adam Schlesinger’s son…

SOURCE: Variety at 06:20AM
Friday, March 26, 2021

Lil Nas X Lapdances With the Devil in Provocative Video for ‘Montero (Call Me By Your Name)’ by Chris Willman

“Dorothy, I don’t think we’re on the Old Town Road anymore,” as the saying goes. Lil Nas X ditches the quaint world of horseback commuting for the highway to hell in “Montero (Call…

SOURCE: Variety at 05:16PM
Monday, March 15, 2021

Beyonce Breaks Record to Become Most Awarded Woman in Grammy History by Chris Willman

Beyoncé’s 28 wins at the Grammys Sunday made her the most-awarded woman in the history of the awards, moving her ahead of the former champion, Alison Krauss. Among both genders, she trail…

SOURCE: Variety at 08:26AM

Taylor Swift Becomes First Woman to Win Album of the Year Grammy Three Times by Chris Willman

Taylor Swift became the first woman to win the award for album of the year three times when “Folklore” triumphed in that marquee category at the Grammy Awards Sunday night. She previousl…

SOURCE: Variety at 08:26AM

Taylor Swift Brings the ‘Folklore’ to Grammy Stage in Performance With Jack Antonoff, Aaron Dessner by Chris Willman

Taylor Swift performed on the Grammy Awards for the first time in five years, bringing her “Folklore” collaborators Jack Antonoff and Aaron Dessner with her for the first on-stage perfor…

SOURCE: Variety at 08:26AM
Friday, March 5, 2021

Leslie Odom Jr. on How His Theme Song for ‘One Night in Miami’ Echoes Sam Cooke for the Era of George Floyd by Chris Willman

When Leslie Odom Jr. signed up to play Sam Cooke in “One Night in Miami,” he knew that he had a non-acting task awaiting him after shooting: director Regina King had already made it clea…

SOURCE: Variety at 07:46PM
Thursday, February 25, 2021

Taylor Swift’s Attorneys Countersue Evermore Theme Park in Utah, Setting Up Competing Rights Claims by Chris Willman

Taylor Swift’s lawyers have said “It’s on,” effectively, to a Utah theme attraction, Evermore Park, that sued Swift earlier in February, alleging that her “Evermore” album infrin…

SOURCE: Variety at 08:06AM
Saturday, February 13, 2021

Taylor Swift Brought Back Some Original ‘Love Story’ Musicians for the Remake: Who Returned and Who Didn’t by Chris Willman

It’s become clearer that Taylor Swift is making her re-recordings of her older catalog as close to the originals as possible, but the question arises: How difficult is that to pull off wit…

SOURCE: Variety at 08:47AM

Billie Holiday’s ‘God Bless the Child’ Gave Blacks Their Own Mournful But Hopeful ‘Over the Rainbow’ by Chris Willman

Of all the words of wisdom my mother has passed on to me, the earliest ones I remember have been the most useful. She told me I could achieve any goal I set for myself, but being Black, I wo…

SOURCE: Variety at 08:47AM

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