‘We Will Rock You’ electrifies Los Angeles’ Ahmanson Theatre

We Will Rock You

Recently I attended the Los Angeles premiere of We Will Rock You, which is playing at downtown's Ahmanson Theatre (now through August 24th), and to be honest my expectations were quite low. The show had been running for over a decade in London's West End theatre district, and some of the reviews I found were not exactly kind. Yet by the end of We Will Rock You (featuring the legendary music of Queen), the extravagant and over the top production MORE

See NPH’s face-humping performance at the Tony Awards

Neil Patrick HArris

In case you haven't heard, the 2014 Tony Awards were last night honoring the best of Broadway, and just like the Oscars, a bunch of critically-acclaimed shows you didn't see won. Anyway, the big winners last night were Audra McDonald, the revivals of A Raisin In The Sun and Hedwig and the Angry Inch, plus the musical A Gentleman's Guide to Love and Murder and the play All The Way. Which brings me to this rousing drag performance by Neil Patrick MORE

‘The Gershwins’ Porgy and Bess’ was incredible!

The Gershwins' Porgy and Bess

The other night I attended the opening night of The Gershwins' Porgy and Bess at Center Theatre Group's downtown Ahmanson Theatre. The very same Broadway production that nabbed the Tony Award for Best Revival of a Musical back in 2012. Being a huge musical aficionado, I've always wanted to see a production of Porgy and Bess which was first performed almost eighty years ago back in 1935. With music by the legendary George Gershwin and lyrics by MORE

The trailer for the ‘Annie’ remake is here

Annie

All right kids, here's the trailer for the Annie remake (December 19th) starring Quvenzhané Wallis, and ... well, the good thing is that she makes for a great Annie! It's the older actors that worry me. Cameron Diaz as Miss Hannigan is pretty rough, let's be honest about it. She's playing that abrasive Brooklynite character that every improv actor has defaulted to at least once in their career, and it's not bad, it just feels like she needs to MORE

‘Pushing Daisies’ might be coming back … as a musical!

Pushing Daisies

About five years ago, Pushing Daisies was canceled after the writers' strike, and I swore never to become emotionally invested in another television show again. I have not upheld that promise, but still, it stings. Anyway, there's a bit of good news! Half a decade later, Pushing Daisies may be returning as a Broadway musical! Broadway World reports ... A stage musical adaptation of the short-lived but beloved cult TV series Pushing Daisies is MORE

‘A Chorus Line’ is now available on Blu-ray!

A Chorus Line

Gosh, I have loved the Broadway musical, A Chorus Line (first performed back in 1975), for as long as I can remember! I finally got to see it performed on stage a couple of years ago during its 2006 Broadway revival, and it still remains one of my favorite musicals of all-time, with seriously incredible music provided by Marvin Hamlisch and Edward Kleban (may they both rest in peace). There was also a film adaptation back in 1985 starring Michael MORE

The hills are alive with the sound of SHADE

Carrie Underwood

Last night, NBC aired a live version of The Sound of Music, which I sat through because (A) I've never seen the movie or the musical before, and I wanted to see what all the fuss was about, and (B) I had to write a musical opening sketch, and I figured it would inspire me. Turns out, writing music while listening to other music is damn near impossible. But I digress. I thought they did a decent enough job, and everyone was at least putting their MORE

World Premiere Musical: The Black Suits

The Black Suits

Last weekend I attended the official opening night of the brand-new musical, The Black Suits, down at Culver City's Kirk Douglas Theatre (operated by the Center Theatre Group). Of course being a huge fan of musicals, I simply had to see this, plus the book and lyrics are by Joe Iconis, whose songs were featured on the second season of SMASH (which I absolutely loved). The show, set in Long Island's Garden City, centers around four childhood MORE

First Look: Carrie Underwood in ‘The Sound of Music’

Carrie Underwood | The Sound of Music

NBC's live production of The Sound of Music is set to debut December 5th, and a recently-released promotional poster shows star Carrie Underwood looking every bit the part of Maria von Trapp! Although the 1965 film adaptation starring Julie Andrews is a certifiable classic, I have a feeling NBC won't disappoint. Underwood certainly looks the part, and her vocal talent is undeniable. Although this is her first major acting gig, I expect to be MORE

Vampire Bill is going to star in ‘The Sound of Music’

Stephen Moyer

If the idea of Ben Affleck starring as Batman is enough to blow your gawddamn mind, prepare to have it DOUBLE BLOWN. True Blood's Stephen Moyer is set to star in NBC's upcoming live production (taking place on December 5th) of Rodgers & Hammerstein's classical musical The Sound of Music, alongside Carrie Underwood. Because when you think lavish Broadway musicals, you think of the undead guy who ripped Arliss Howard's head off while high on fairy MORE

On Broadway: Let It Be

Let It Be

In Lady Gaga’s new single, “Applause,” she claims that she’s overheard a theory that “nostalgia’s for geeks.” Well if that’s true, Broadway is full of these aforementioned geeks. Whether it’s a revival of a show that hasn’t seen the lights of the Great White Way for years or a jukebox musical that pays homage to the works of legends like Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons (Jersey Boys), ABBA (Mamma Mia), Elvis Presley (All MORE

DO NOT MISS: ‘The Scottsboro Boys’ in Los Angeles

The Scottsboro Boys

This past week I attended the official opening night of the Tony-nominated musical The Scottsboro Boys (the show received twelve nominations including Best Musical back in 2011) here in Los Angeles at downtown's Ahamanson Theatre. Going into the show, I really wasn't sure what to expect (especially with such heavy source material) but I did hear great things so I went in with an open mind. After it was finished, it was clear to me that The MORE

Don’t miss seeing Michelle Williams star in FELA!

Michelle Williams in Fela!

This past Friday evening I attended the opening night of FELA! which is now back at downtown Los Angeles' Ahmanson Theatre by popular demand! I saw the musical (which originally premiered on Broadway back in 2009) a couple of months ago when it first played here in LA, and I loved it, so I couldn't resist seeing it for a second time. This time the lovely Michelle Williams (of Destiny's Child fame) joined the cast as Sandra Isidore, the woman who MORE

12 Things We Learned from ‘Les Misérables’ on Blu-ray!

Les Misérables

Win a copy of Les Misérables on Blu-ray Combo Pack from PopBytes! Few movies this last year seemed to be as divisive as Les Misérables. The film adaptation of the hit stage musical split critics and audiences like the Red Sea. On one side, there were those who found Tom Hooper’s in-your-face directing to be haunting, enthralling, and downright beautiful. On the other side, there were those who missed the grand-scale production of the MORE