Archive for June, 2012


Alec Baldwin Returns to Broadway!

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Alec Baldwin is no stranger to Broadway and next spring he’s coming back, to appear in Lyle Kessler’s Orphans.

Set in Philadelphia, Orphans tells the story of two brothers, Treat and Philip, who are broke and orphaned and living in a shabby townhouse. Philip is the younger of the two and he’s also disabled, leaving Treat to care for him on his own. Having no money but many needs Treat turns to stealing from the rich, and even kidnapping one of them. Enter Harold, played by Alec Baldwin, the rich man that they bind, gag and kidnap in attempt to steal all his money. However, the plan takes an unexpected turn for the two brothers when Harold ends up becoming a father figure to the two broken thieves.

The play is not a new one to the stage, either. It first premiered in 1983 at The Matrix Theatre in Los Angeles and then went to off-Broadway in 1985. Alec Baldwin has not yet commented on his return to Broadway but Daniel Sullivan will be the director for this newest revival; and Baldwin has said in the past that he’s always desperately wanted to work with Sullivan on a play. Baldwin has taken the role of Stanley Kowalski in Gregory Mosher’s 1992 Streetcar Named Desire and more recently, in 2004 when he appeared in Twentieth Century.

No other cast or crew members have yet been announced; but it is known that Orphans will play at a Shubert-owned theatre.

Radiohead Postpones Concerts to Grieve

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As Radiohead was preparing for a show in Toronto’s Downsview Park last Saturday, a drum technician for the band, Scott Johnson, was working on stage when it collapsed around him, killing him in the process and injuring three other crew members. On Thursday the band announced on their website that due to the accident, several of the band’s European tour dates would be postponed until at least July 9.

Understandably, the band and the rest of the crew need time to grieve and recover, but the band says that there are elements of the show that need to be taken into consideration as well.

The announcement regarding the cancelled dates was posted on the band’s website said, “This show was unique and will take many weeks to replace. The collapse also caused serious damage to our backline, some elements of which are decades old and therefore hard to replace. Whilst we all are dealing with the grief and shock ensuing from this terrible accident there are also many practical considerations to deal with and consequently we have to try and reschedule.”

A total of seven dates were cancelled in all, including the dates from June 30 — July 9. The band also announced on their website that dates for the new shows will be announced today; and that arrangements will be made for those who cannot attend the rescheduled shows.

Radiohead’s drummer Phil Selway released his own statement regarding his technician’s death saying Scott was “a lovely man, always positive, supportive and funny; a highly skilled and valued member of our great road crew. We will miss him very much.”

Al Pacino Comes Back to Broadway!

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Al Pacino is no stranger to the Pulitzer-prize winning play, Glengarry Glen Ross; he played one of the lead characters, Ricky Roma, in the remake movie in 1992. Pacino was nominated for an Academy Award and a Golden Globe for his portrayal, but lost out to Gene Hackman (”Unforgiven”) and Tommy Lee Jones (”The Fugitive”) respectively. Now Pacino will have another chance but this time, in its original format, on the Broadway stage. And he won’t be taking up the familiar role of Ricky either.

This time he’ll be playing the role of Shelly Levene — one of four down-on-their-luck real estate agents that’s at the mercy of their ruthless boss, John Williamson. All of the agents despise Williamson but need him, because he’s the office manager that hands out the leads (as well as all the dirty tricks to use in order to capture those leads.) Levene, who was once very successful, has now become desperate and when sucking up to the boss isn’t enough, he starts to use his own dirty tricks — talking about how he needs to support his daughter.

Producing the play is Jam Theatricals, the same production team that won the play a Tony Award when it appeared as a revival on Broadway in 2005. Jeffrey Richards and Jerry Frankle will also be helping with the play’s production; and Daniel Sullivan will be directing.

The play will be running at the Gerald Schoenfeld Theater with previews beginning on October 16 and the official opening set for November 11.

Empire: It’s a Sexy, Funny and Amazing Show!

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It seems a lot of things are going nostalgic today, including fashion, décor, and even the theater. Many are longing for the days of Vaudeville. Add in to that a dash of risqué cabaret, a bit of raunchy comedy, and even a touch of circus and you have Spiegelworld’s newest production “Empire”. Empire is currently scheduled to play from June 2012 until the first few days of September. Those finding themselves in New York, New York have the opportunity to witness this show that is unlike any other. You can catch the show at the 440-seat tent (decked out in mirrors and velvet) on West 45th Street.

Empire is a show that has it all! You will see amazing physical feats that really show off how hard these performers work as well as singing, dancing, juggling, roller skating, ballet, illusions and even the German wheel. We don’t want to give too much away, but at the heart of the show is also a pretty funny story about broke billionaires to tie it all together.

The director is Wayne Harrison and the choreographer is John O’Connell, who has done work on Moulin Rouge, Enchanted, and Strictly Ballroom among others, so you know it is going to be a feast for the eyes. Everything has a bit of a sexy feel to it, as the jokes are bawdy and the girls are scantily clad, and there are even some flashes of male nudity.

This is a summer only show, so getting your tickets early is a smart move. As mentioned before, each show only has 440 seats, and the stage is practically at your fingertips. This is especially fun as you get to see all of the amazing acts really up close and personal. This also means that the show sells out quickly, especially as word spreads and it becomes ever more popular.

See some of the classy shows on Broadway this summer, and then come check out all the naughty, death defying fun at Empire. This is sure to be one of your favorite shows of the season, so don’t miss it!

Macy Gray is going on Tour in Australia

macy-grayIt may not be the first time she’s visited the Land Down Under but when Macy Gray heads there this fall, it will be the first time in 12 years that she’s been there. And fans know that after that long of a wait, she’s going to bring something really special!

That she will with her latest, and sixth, studio album, Covered, which features iconic songs originally performed by Radiohead, Metallica and the Eurythmics. Some of the songs choices, such as that by Metallica, prove just how unique and truly adaptable Gray’s voice is to any singing style or genre. While Gray will only make a total of four stops in Sydney, the Gold Coast, Brisbane, and Melbourne, it’s just the start of a tour that will put the singer back on the map after taking a brief hiatus. More dates have not yet been announced, but fans eagerly await the next countries and venues she’ll be visiting.

Gray is going to be very busy in the coming months. In addition to promoting her album and going on tour, she’ll also be promoting her new movie “Paperboy,” which also stars Nicole Kidman, and which had its huge launch at the most recent Cannes Film Festival.

Gray made her huge debut on the music scene with her first album “On How Life Is,” which contained her massively successful hit, “I Try.” She’s the mother of teenagers and recently revealed that while it’s not easy being a touring singer and mother, an open communication with each of her children makes it all worth it in the end.

Travel Back to the 80s with Blondie and Devo

blondie devo 2012 tourBlondie and Devo were both two of the biggest acts in music during the 80s. And while both have taken hiatuses and been busy doing their own things, the two have now joined together on the Whip It To Shreds tour to bring fans an act so big, they had to wait twenty some-odd years for it. The tour starts out in Woodinville, Washington on September 7 and will take the two groups around on 12 different concert stops throughout the United States on September 26 in Chicago, Illinois.

Blondie has had a bit of remake after their hiatus and the band now include originals Debbie Harry, Clem Burke, and Chris Stein; as well as newcomers Leigh Foxx, Tommy Kessler, and Matt Katz-Bohen. Along the way of the tour they’ll be performing hits from their most recent album, Panic of Girls, which was released last year. Debbie Harry said when talking about the show, “We can’t wait to get out on the road with Devo. It’s going to be an incredible show and we’re excited to share it with our fans.”

Devo is undoubtedly just as excited to be bringing fans their newest music from their 2010 album, Something for Everybody, an album that they’ve been heavily promoting while on tour since its release. The name of the tour comes of course, from Devo’s biggest single, “Whip It.” On the tour original Devo members Mark and Bob Mothersbaugh, as well as Gerald and Bob Casale will all take the stage, as well as Jeff Friedl, who’s along for this tour.

When joking about the tour Mark Mothersbaugh said, “We are looking forward to performing alongside Blondie and swapping costumes backstage.”

Neil Young & Crazy Horse Rock North America this Fall

neil-youngIt’s been nine years since they released their last album and eight since they’ve taken their act on the road. But the announcement was made on Monday that Neil Young and his band Crazy Horse will be going on tour this fall; and they’ve fit all the big stops into just a few months.

The tour beings on June 4 in Windsor, Ontario and will take the band to over 30 different stops throughout Canada and the United States. Neil Young and Crazy Horse — the band that is made up of Ralph Molina, Billy Talbot, and Frank “Poncho” Sampedro — haven’t performed together since 2004 when they closed out their Greendale tour. That tour was to promote the album of the same name that was released in 2003, but Young and the band promise to make up for that. Not only did they release their newest album “Americana” yesterday, but in an interview with Rolling Stone magazine, they also promised that another one will be coming later this year.

Los Lobos will be opening for Neil Young and Crazy Horse until the November 19th date at the Air Canada Centre in Toronto, Ontario. Picking up from there on November 23 in Montreal, Quebec at the Bell Centre, Patti Smith will take over as the opening act. For a full listing of tour dates and venues, you can check out the Neil Young tickets page at StubPass.com

NBA Conference Finals Couldn’t be More Exciting!

nba-conference-finals-excitingIt’s something that any fan could ever ask for. The NBA Conference Finals are on, and neither series is being completely dominated by any one team. Those who predicted the Heat would make it to the Finals are growing concerned as their series with the Heat is tied at 2-2. And most had the Spurs emerging as the clear winner in the West; but with their series against the Oklahoma City Thunder also tied at 2-2, it’s truly anyone’s guess — and that’s just the kind of basketball fans love best!

On Thursday the Oklahoma City Thunder beat the San Antonio Spurs 102-82 to take one in the Western Conference Finals and put themselves on the board after allowing the Spurs to defeat them in the first two games. They were able to carry that momentum over to Saturday with them, when the Thunder again defeated the Spurs, although this time with a narrower margin of 109-103.

On Saturday it was one of the Thunder’s big guns, Kevin Durant that stepped up with a total of 18 points — but 16 of them came in the fourth quarter when Durant seemed to single-handedly win his team the game. If the Thunder do come back from being down 2-0 and move on to the Finals, they’ll only be the 15th team in NBA history to do it. They’ll have a chance to increase their odds for the record tonight when they face the Spurs in Game 5.

The underdog isn’t dominating in the East either, but the Boston Celtics have clearly played better than anyone thought they would, even if that only means getting this far. After watching the first half of the game between the Heat and the Celtics on Saturday night, fans felt as though they were once again cheering for the team that once was, when the Celtics always seemed to be a frontrunner for any championship. They haven’t been that team in some time, even after making a brief comeback in 2008. But their performance on Sunday was reason enough to give fans hope — at least during the first half.

The Celtics came out narrowly winning the game on Sunday with a final score of 93-91 that was determined in overtime. But while they may have dominated in the first half, they fell apart in the second and watched their lead slowly get whittled away by the Heat. The Celtics also got a lucky break when Dwayne Wade fouled out in the second half — something he hasn’t done ever in his time as one of the Miami Heat, and something the Celtics shouldn’t count on happening again.

The Heat however, also made their fair share of mistakes and the fact that Wade also seemed unconcerned after the game saying, “Got the shot off I wanted and that is all you can ask for,” may also leave fans disconcerted. Is it really the shot you want when it doesn’t make the basket?

It definitely leaves things up in the air, as they are all over the place at this point in the playoffs. No matter what direction you look in these playoffs, there’s a great series happening. And that’s just the stuff that makes championships great to watch.

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