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10 Amazing Musicals That Deserve Movie Adaptations

2021 has been a banner year for film musicals, with movies that tell original stories, adapt famous Broadway classics, and reimagine beloved favorites from new perspectives. Steven Spielberg's upcoming adaptation of "West Side Story" isn't the first time that Stephen Sondheim's tragic love story has been adapted to the big screen, as the beloved 1961 feature from Jerome Robbins and Robert Wise is a best picture-winning classic in its own right. However, Spielberg and screenwriter Tony Kushner lo...
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New face

I mentioned in this space the other day that “personal distractions” were among the things that had kept me from posting for three weeks. The main one is the fact that I have fallen in love.  The woman in question is Cheril Mulligan, a theater-and-film buff from and lifelong resident of Long Island. We became acquainted through Twitter, on which she tweets under a pseudonym, and “Three on the Aisle,” the theatrical podcast that I do with Peter Marks and Elisabeth Vincentelli. We got to k...
Tags: Art, Stephen Sondheim, Manhattan, Adam Driver, Long Island, Ajblogs, HILARY, Liv Tyler, Bill Evans, John Hiatt, Noah Baumbach, Joao Gilberto, Rio Bravo, Cheril, Peter Marks, Elisabeth Vincentelli

12 Tim Burton Movies You Should Watch This Halloween

Over the course of his career, Tim Burton has become a master of the spooky aesthetic. Ever since the release of his debut directorial feature, 1985's "Pee-Wee's Big Adventure," Burton has been a singular voice in Hollywood who speaks for outcasts, weirdos, and everyone looking for a place to belong in the world. In addition, his films often feature bizarre creatures, supernatural hijinks, and a macabre sense of humor. As a result, his films make great choices for your Halloween movie marathon.W...
Tags: Hollywood, Movies, Jack Nicholson, Wales, Tim Burton, Bela Lugosi, Stephen Sondheim, Johnny Depp, Penguin, Victoria, Christopher Walken, Frankenweenie, Kim, Gotham City, Bruce Wayne, Batman

The 25 Best Horror Movies, Ranked

Halloween means Halloween movies — and for some, Halloween movies most definitely means horror movies. To help you make the most of the fall season, we’ve put together a countdown of the 25 best horror movies of all time, from “Psycho” to “A Quiet Place.” The list is based on horror rankings from the movie-review aggregate site Metacritic. Movies are ordered from good to excellent — there are no bad horror movies on this list. Most ties were broken by looking at the total number of reviews that ...
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West Side Story Lyricist Stephen Sondheim Prefers Spielberg's Movie To The Original

Stephen Sondheim is undoubtedly one of the most important figures in all of 20th century musical theatre. The man is responsible for monumentally influential pieces like "Into the Woods," "Gypsy," "Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street," "Company," "Merrily We Roll Along," "Assassins," and perhaps his lyrical magnum opus, "West Side Story."Sondheim wrote the lyrics for the original Broadway production of "West Side Story" (with a book by Arthur Laurents and music by Leonard Bernstein) a...
Tags: Movies, News, Stephen Colbert, Munich, Stephen Sondheim, Broadway, Lincoln, Spielberg, Steven Spielberg, Rita Moreno, Sondheim, Leonard Bernstein, West Side Story, Jerome Robbins, Arthur Laurents, Tony Kushner

Stephen Sondheim, At 91, Is Working On A New Musical

As he told Stephen Colbert this week, “I’ve been working on a show for a couple years with a playwright named David Ives, and it’s called Square One. … With any luck, we’ll get it on next season.” – The New York Times
Tags: Art, Stephen Colbert, Theatre, Stephen Sondheim, David Ives

Jane Powell dies at 92; tiny actress brought big singing voice to movie musicals

By Carmel Dagan | Variety LOS ANGELES — Jane Powell, who starred as an angelically visaged young actress in a number of MGM musicals including “Royal Wedding” and “Seven Brides for Seven Brothers” during the 1940s and ’50s, has died of natural causes. She was 92. Powell, from left, Fred Astaire and Greer Garson pose for a photo in Los Angeles in 1953. The blonde, blue-eyed Powell usually played characters with a gentle mischievous streak in her musical comedies, but she would shatter the lig...
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Watch trailer For Steven Spielberg's film adaptation of West Side Story

Fifty years after the release of Robert Wise and Jerome Robbins' film adaptation of the Jerome Robbins' stage musical, West Side Story, Steven Spielberg is giving it a go. The new version will feature the original songs by Leonard Bernstein and Stephen Sondheim. — Read the rest
Tags: Video, Musicals, News, Stephen Sondheim, Steven Spielberg, Leonard Bernstein, West Side Story, Jerome Robbins, Robert Wise

"Michelle Obama said that it was 'the best piece of art in any form that I have ever seen,' an observation that put Michelangelo, Mozart and Miles Davis in their place."

"There have been a few detractors but most have been confined to isolated pockets of social media, like guerrilla fighters facing overwhelming odds. What is it that generates so much excitement?... [W]hatever [Hamilton]’s true merits, it has at least bridged the ever-growing gap between Broadway and popular song. Think of it, if you like, as Les Mis for the beatbox generation. Just as the Boublil and Schönberg celebration of life on the Parisian barricades goes overboard with the bombast, so Mir...
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Every Tim Burton Film Ranked From Worst To Best

Few careers in Hollywood seem as stable, yet somehow still wild, as Tim Burton's. One of the premier genre filmmakers since the '80s, Burton has created some of the most iconic and enduring movies of the last few decades. He has also, perhaps, relied on his keen sense of style at the expense of his stories, leading to a run of films that are beautiful to look at but emotionally empty. When Burton is at his best, his films are bright, creative, imaginative, and almost magical. However, although a...
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Diva Birthday Bash Part II: Who doesn’t sweat a lot better in the dark?

Dick Tracy Welcome to Screen Gems, our weekend dive into queer and queer-adjacent titles of the past that deserve a watch or a re-watch. The Forgotten: Dick Tracy Continuing our Diva Birthday Bash here at Screen Gems, we honor Madonna who turned 63 this week by reviving one of her most successful–and most forgotten films. Nobody back in 1990 would have ever believed that the world would have all but forgotten Dick Tracy some 30 years later. The movie, produced by Disney, arrived in theatres...
Tags: Feature, Hollywood, Entertainment, Disney, Lifestyle, Stephen Sondheim, Madonna, Beatty, Batman, Dick Van Dyke, Ad Friendly, Queerty, McDonald, Sondheim, Blu Ray, Dick Tracy

Singer Judy Collins recalls Leonard Cohen, and talks new podcast, album and tour

Judy Collins says she is more than happy to give credit where it is due: Her new podcast, “Since You’ve Asked,” was her manager’s idea. “I’m so happy to be able to say that,” the singer says by phone from her home in New York City recently. “My manager is so smart. She said, ‘I’d like you to do some podcasts,’ and I said, ‘Great!’” But it’s Collins’ own intelligence and curiosity that makes “Since You’ve Asked” such an engaging listen. Episodes have so far included writer and teacher Julia Camer...
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Just because: Donna Murphy sings Sondheim

Donna Murphy sings Stephen Sondheim’s “Loving You” in the original 1994 Broadway production of Passion, directed by James Lapine: (This is the latest in a series of arts- and history-related videos that appear in this space each Monday, Wednesday, and Friday)
Tags: Art, Stephen Sondheim, James Lapine, Broadway, Ajblogs, Sondheim, Donna Murphy

Catch-up time

As I wrote in this space on Monday, I was forced to take a three-week hiatus from blogging because of overwork and technical problems. Now that I’m back again, I want to post links to the things I wrote and did elsewhere during my absence: • I reviewed streaming webcasts of two plays, Quintessence Theatre’s production of Thornton Wilder’s The Skin of Our Teeth and American Players Theater’s production of Tom Stoppard’s Rough Crossing. • I reviewed three live shows, Shakespeare & Compan...
Tags: Art, New York City, America, New Hampshire, Stephen Sondheim, James Lapine, Broadway, Wall Street Journal, Tom Stoppard, Ajblogs, Peter, Eleanor, Lincoln Memorial, HILARY, Lear, Elisabeth

Alvin Ing, Pioneering Asian American Broadway Actor, Dies at 89

Alvin Ing, a pioneering Asian American Broadway actor who appeared in Rodgers and Hammerstein’s “Flower Drum Song” and Stephen Sondheim’s “Pacific Overtures,” died at Providence Saint Joseph Medical Center in Burbank, Calif. on July 31. He was 89. Ing’s representatives said that the fully-vaccinated actor was diagnosed with pneumonia in mid-July and then contracted COVID-19 […]
Tags: News, Obituaries, Stephen Sondheim, The Doctors, Rodgers, Hammerstein, Burbank Calif, Fantasy Island, ING, Providence Saint Joseph Medical Center, Alvin Ing

“Sunday In The Park With George” Barely Escaped Being A Disaster

To start, Stephen Sondheim couldn’t come up with songs because he didn’t think James Lapine’s script needed any. Thus began a cascade of near-calamities, right up to the Broadway opening, until the show shocked everyone involved by getting 10 Tony nominations and a Pulitzer Prize. – The New York Times
Tags: Art, Theatre, Stephen Sondheim, James Lapine, Broadway, Tony

It’s Jets vs. Sharks in the West Side Story Special Look Teaser

20th Century Studios has released a special look teaser for Steven Spielberg’s long-awaited film adaptation of the classic Broadway musical West Side Story, starring rising actress Rachel Zegler, and Ansel Elgort as star-crossed lovers Tony and Maria. The new video continues to tease the iconic pair’s first meeting as well as the heated confrontations between the Jets and the Sharks. It also highlights some of its grand musical numbers including the film’s version of Leonard Bernstein and Stephe...
Tags: Apple, Video, Movies, Ansel Elgort, New York City, Netflix, Stephen Sondheim, Sharks, Maria, Steven Spielberg, Rita Moreno, Tony, Leonard Bernstein, West Side Story, Justin Peck, Gustavo Dudamel

West Side Story: Release Date, Cast and More

(Welcome to …And More, our no-frills, zero B.S. guide to when and where you can watch upcoming movies and shows, and everything else you could possibly stand to know.) Steven Spielberg finally gets to make a musical with West Side Story, a new adaptation of the 1957 Broadway musical by Arthur Laurents, Leonard Bernstein, and Stephen Sondheim. West Side Story will arrive this December, but for now, here’s everything you need to know about the movie in advance, including the release date, cast an...
Tags: New York, Movies, Ansel Elgort, New York City, Munich, Stephen Sondheim, Brian, Lincoln, Sharks, Spielberg, Vanity Fair, Maria, Steven Spielberg, Romeo, Rita Moreno, Tony

Replay: The original cast of West Side Story performs “Cool”

The original cast of West Side Story performs “Cool” on The Ed Sullivan Show. The song is by Leonard Bernstein and Stephen Sondheim and the choreography is by Jerome Robbins. This episode was originally telecast by CBS on September 14, 1958: (This is the latest in a series of arts- and history-related videos that appear in this space each Monday, Wednesday, and Friday)
Tags: Art, Stephen Sondheim, Cbs, Ajblogs, Leonard Bernstein, Jerome Robbins

Stephen Colbert and Christine Baranski Bring Sondheim Back to Broadway With ‘Side by Side’ Duet

The hits of Stephen Sondheim are finally back on Broadway — kind of, anyway. A week after moving back to live audiences for the first time since the COVID-19 pandemic, Stephen Colbert welcomed “The Good Fight” star Christine Baranski as a guest on “The Late Show” on Wednesday, and acknowledged that while they chatted during […]
Tags: News, Stephen Colbert, Stephen Sondheim, Broadway, Christine Baranski

The Annette Trailer Takes Adam Driver on a Surreal Journey Into Fatherhood

One of the world’s most perfect couples has a daughter who may outshine them both—and they sing through it. That’s the idea behind the first trailer for Adam Driver’s Annette, a strange and surreal new film from the director of Holy Motors.Read more...
Tags: Science, Films, Actors, Stephen Sondheim, Oscar, Musicians, ANN, Marion Cotillard, Adam Driver, Edgar Wright, Sparks, Henry, Denis Lavant, Ron, Annette, Human Interest

Timotheé Chalamet’s Harry Styles Costume From ‘SNL’ Up for Sale in Actors Fund Auction

It was this week a year ago that Christine Baranski, Meryl Streep and Audra McDonald went viral with their boozy rendition of “Ladies Who Lunch” during a virtual birthday celebration for Stephen Sondheim that raised money for Artists Striving to End Poverty. “It was a sloppy, drunken mess done in our back offices,” Baranski cracks. […]
Tags: Fashion, News, Lifestyle, Stephen Sondheim, Harry Styles, Audra McDonald, The Actors Fund, Baranski, Timothee Chalamet, Christine Baranski Meryl Streep, Just For Variety

‘West Side Story’ Trailer: Steven Spielberg Remakes the Classic Musical For a New Generation

Steven Spielberg has always wanted to make a musical, and now he has, with West Side Story. Based on the Broadway musical that first launched in 1957, and was then turned into a film in 1961, West Side Story is the tale of star-crossed lovers in 1957 New York. Unlike the 1961 film, Spielberg only wanted actors with Hispanic backgrounds to play Hispanic characters, and he’s assembled a cast of familiar faces and new names. He’s also brought back Rita Moreno, who won an Oscar for her role in the ...
Tags: New York, Movies, Ansel Elgort, Stephen Sondheim, Broadway, Adaptation, Movie Trailers, 20th Century Fox, Spielberg, Steven-Spielberg, Rita Moreno, David Newman, Leonard Bernstein, Abe, West Side Story, Arthur Laurents

Steven Spielberg’s West Side Story Trailer Shows the Sharks and Jets

During the 2021 Academy Awards show, Steven Spielberg premiered the first West Side Story trailer. RELATED: Check Out Steven Spielberg’s West Side Story Photos! The drama is a fresh adaptation of the hit 1957 musical by Arthur Laurents, Leonard Bernstein and Stephen Sondheim. It once again revolves around the love lives of two teenagers, Tony and Maria, who fall in love despite being affiliated with rival gangs. It stars Rachel Zegler and Ansel Elgort (Baby Driver) in the lead roles. West Side ...
Tags: Movies, Ansel Elgort, Drama, New York City, Stephen Sondheim, Musical, Spielberg, Maria, Steven Spielberg, Bernstein, Tony, Jeanine Tesori, Millie, West Side Story, Gustavo Dudamel, ComingSoon

EP220: Meet actor/Broadway star, Chip Zien

Chip Zien has been in 13 Broadway shows, has over 65 TV and movie credits, and was the voice of Howard the Duck.  He starred in INTO THE WOODS and discusses working with Stephen Sondheim along... [Author: By Ken Levine]
Tags: Stephen Sondheim, Broadway, Humor, Howard, Ken Levine, By Ken Levine, Chip Zien

The Morning Watch: The Legacy of ‘Dick Tracy’, ‘Godzilla vs. Kong’ Fight Scene Breakdown & More

The Morning Watch is a recurring feature that highlights a handful of noteworthy videos from around the web. They could be video essays, fanmade productions, featurettes, short films, hilarious sketches, or just anything that has to do with our favorite movies and TV shows. In this edition, a new video essay from Patrick (H) Willems takes a look back at Dick Tracy, a movie that won three Oscars but was so expensive that it forced Disney to re-evaluate their business model. Plus, listen as direc...
Tags: Movies, Disney, Netflix, New York Times, Stephen Sondheim, Madonna, Warren Beatty, Eric Andre, Godzilla, Bad Trip, Kong, Dick Tracy, Video Of The Day, Adam Wingard, King-Kong, Godzilla vs. Kong

When you're a Jet and a Shark: West Side Story's George Chakiris

The Oscar-winning star portrayed rival gang leaders in the stage and screen versions of the classic musical. He remembers dancing with Marilyn Monroe, playing Dracula and his role as a trombone“I don’t think I was good enough,” confesses George Chakiris. “I was too nervous.” Zooming from Los Angeles, the 86-year-old star is not appraising his Oscar-winning role in West Side Story or his stints as a chorus dancer in golden age musicals with Marilyn Monroe and Cyd Charisse. He is recalling appeari...
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Patti LuPone meets Jonathan Bailey: ‘You’re the biggest star in the world!’

The stars of Netflix’s Bridgerton and Hollywood talk about singing in the shower, the alchemy of the theatre – and why no one in Stephen Sondheim’s Company would ask LuPone to dancePatti LuPone and Jonathan Bailey starred in a revival of Stephen Sondheim’s musical Company in London in 2018. The pair, who had lockdown Netflix hits with the series Hollywood and Bridgerton respectively, caught up to talk about rehearsal-room nerves, the best night of the week to watch a musical and the Covid crisis...
Tags: Hollywood, London, Musicals, Theatre, Netflix, Culture, Stephen Sondheim, Stage, West End, Johnny, Patti LuPone, LuPone, Bridgerton, Jonathan Bailey, dancePatti LuPone

February 9 Blu-ray, Digital and DVD Releases

BEGIN SLIDESHOW February 9 Blu-ray, Digital and DVD Releases Welcome to’s February 9 Blu-ray, Digital HD and DVD column! We’ve highlighted this week’s releases in detailed write-ups of different titles below! Click each highlighted title to purchase through Amazon!  if ( ! ezoic_test() ) { PB = PB || {}; PB.gptStandAlone = PB.gptStandAlone || {}; PB.gptAutoRefresh = PB.gptAutoRefresh || {'gptAds':[], 'gptStandAl...
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COVID Baby (with apologies to Mr. Sondheim)

(to the tune of Sondheim's "Broadway Baby") I'm just a COVID Baby,Isolating all day long,Fearing the infected throng,Surviving somehow.COVID Baby,Learning how to work from home,Like I'm sealed inside some dome;Apocalypse Now!Gee,It seems to meWe should agreeTo take on this task;It's true, The one thing youJust have to doIs wear a damn mask!COVID Baby,Captive of conservatives,Left to wonder just what gives,And why they're so mad. Hey! COVID denier!Your country's on fire!You and QAnon --You fell...
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