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Posted Sunday 1/07/18 at 3:33AM EST
Sara Bareilles joins NBC’s Jesus Christ Superstar Live in Concert! as Mary Magdalene
The singer-songwriter will star opposite John Legend and Alice Cooper on the April 1 Easter Sunday production.
Posted Tuesday 12/19/17 at 10:26AM EST
John Legend to play Jesus in NBC’s Jesus Christ Superstar live musical
Legend will play the title role on the Easter Sunday April 1 live production of the famous musical, officially titled Jesus Christ Superstar Live in Concert! This score demands a singer with an amazing range and an actor with great depth, and there isn’t anyone better to bring this story to a new audience,” says NBC Entertainment chairman Robert Greenblatt, in a statement. “His casting is also groundbreaking as the traditional image of Christ will be seen in a new way.” Legend said he’s “humbled” to accept the role, adding: “We've already formed an incredible team, and, as we finish casting, I'm certain we will put together some of the greatest talents around to do this work justice.” ALSO: Can Legend revive the live TV musical genre after Fox's A Christmas Story Live! stumbled?
Posted Monday 12/18/17 at 5:56PM EST
About 4.5 million watched A Christmas Story Live! — compared to 12.2 million for Grease Live!
Even NBC’s notorious Peter Pan Live! had more than double the viewership of last night’s Fox musical.
Posted Monday 12/18/17 at 11:28AM EST
Fox’s disappointing A Christmas Story Live! was a “choppy, flashy affair” that never let its audience breathe
“For viewers who love the original film, the musical didn’t look much like it,” says Sonia Saraiya. “The film has an intimate quality, but the musical was a big, loud, constantly moving production. And in place of adult Ralphie as onscreen narrator, the musical placed him onstage —a ghost unseen by his younger self or the rest of his family. The effect was that adult Ralphie (Matthew Broderick) was stalking or even haunting the family of his youth, while shamelessly gossiping about them to the audience at home. It’s creepy, and the device never quite resolved itself as the musical wears on. But in Broderick’s defense, the musical never quite resolved itself, either. It’s a choppy, flashy affair, with so many different sets that it struggled to cultivate a sense of place.”
- A Christmas Story Live! had a “too-gooey center and a phony sense of seasonal exuberance”
- A Christmas Story Live! missed the light fun of the holiday classic
- Turns out A Christmas Story becomes grating once you add music
- The co-directors “threw down the gauntlet from the start with a technically complex opening that moved with cinematic fluidity”
- The staging was clear and fun and the performances ranged from good to fantastic
- Surprisingly, most of the gaffes came from stage veteran Matthew Broderick
- Broderick was a high *AND* a low of the entire production
- The Greatest Showman live movie trailer “was one big act of controlled chaos on the studio lot”
- Twitter joyously roasted A Christmas Story Live!
- The original Christmas Story barely has enough story to sustain a 90-minute movie, let alone a three-hour musical
- How A Christmas Story Live! made the Chinese restaurant scene less racist
- Every other broadcast show beat A Christmas Story Live! in preliminary ratings
Posted Friday 12/15/17 at 10:35PM EST
How will A Christmas Story Live! differentiate itself from the iconic holiday movie?
“Audiences know the movie back and forth,” says executive producer Marc Platt, who also produced Grease Live!. “So, it’s really our responsibility to make sure that we’re digging into the emotional moments. It’s really a dance that we’re always trying to do to figure out in how we can make a moment larger than life and then figure out how to preserve the moments that you really want to see. Trying to find that kind of balance is really important.”
Posted Friday 12/08/17 at 1:38PM EST
Alice Cooper to play King Herod on NBC’s Jesus Christ Superstar Live!
NBC Entertainment chairman Robert Greenblatt said of casting the rock 'n' roll legend on the live musical: “Alice Cooper, whose theatricality is the stuff of legend, is the perfect rock star to play Herod in our live production. Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice wrote a showstopping musical number for Herod and we all look forward to the ‘King of Shock Rock’ taking on the King of Judea. As the casting for Superstar ramps up, we can feel the excitement building for this brand new concert experience of what has long been considered the original rock musical.”
Posted Thursday 11/30/17 at 6:24PM EST
A Christmas Story Live! adds David Alan Grier as Santa Claus, plus Ken Jeong
Grier will play Santa, while Jeong will play a Christmas tree salesman and a restaurant owner on the Fox live musical event.
Posted Monday 11/13/17 at 2:17PM EST
Kristen Bell and ABC are reuniting high school classmates to perform their old musicals
Titled Encore, the show is currently seeking veterans of high school musicals from the early 1990s through the 2000s.
Posted Thursday 11/02/17 at 4:50PM EDT
ABC mulls bringing back singing cops
The network that infamously made Cop Rock in 1990 is developing a musical cop drama called Harmony from the creators of The Fosters.
Posted Wednesday 11/01/17 at 3:54AM EDT
Fox unveils the first A Christmas Story Live! promo
The live musical event will apparently feature a leg lamp, like the one seen in the iconic 1983 holiday classic.
Posted Friday 10/27/17 at 10:04PM EDT
Former Smash showrunner is creating a Fox musical drama called Mixtape
Joshua Safran, who also created Quantico, says his planned show is a “full-out musical. As much music as SMASH.” Safran is also developing a ghost drama for AMC.
Posted Thursday 10/26/17 at 3:36AM EDT
Ana Gasteyer is reuniting with SNL alum Maya Rudolph on Fox’s A Christmas Story Live!
Gasteyer, who appeared on Fox’s Grease Live! will play the mother of one of Ralphie’s friends.
Posted Wednesday 10/18/17 at 2:18PM EDT
Fox’s A Christmas Story Live! adds Jane Krakowski and Chris Diamantopoulos
She’ll play Ralphie’s teacher. He’ll play Ralphie’s dad.
Posted Wednesday 10/11/17 at 5:14PM EDT
Fox has found its Ralphie for A Christmas Story Live!
Andy Walken, age 11, was one of 350 actors to apply for the role of Ralphie Parker.
Posted Wednesday 10/04/17 at 10:47PM EDT
Black-ish’s "Juneteenth: The Musical" was a comedy, a work of education and an indictment
“Every once in a while,” says Megan Garber, “a show will break out of the comfortable paradigm to engage in something much more productive than comfort alone—every once in a while, a primetime network sitcom will double as an urgent argument about the way we live now and the way we might live better. Black-ish, on ABC, offers episodes like that as a matter of course, and the show’s Season 4 premiere, ‘Juneteenth: The Musical,’ is the most powerful breakout so far. Tuesday evening’s Black-ish is, as its title suggests, largely a musical episode, inspired in turns by Hamilton and Schoolhouse Rock! It is also, as its title further suggests, a consideration of a holiday that is not (yet) nationally celebrated—and, in that, also a meditation on cultural memory and national apology and monuments and flags and kneeling and history as something that is both shared among all Americans and extremely biased in its vision.”