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2006-05-16 14:58:01

By Claudia Parsons NEW YORK (Reuters) - "The Drowsy Chaperone," a parody of 1920s musicals, swept the board with 13 Tony Award nominations on Tuesday while big names such as Julia Roberts and Disney were shut out of Broadway's biggest honors. Alan Bennett's "The History Boys" was confirmed as favorite for best new play with seven nominations. The nominations for the U.S. theater version of the Oscars went largely as predicted by critics, though Oprah Winfrey's "The Color Purple,"...

2006-05-11 10:15:10

By Claudia Parsons NEW YORK (Reuters) - Disney's latest mega-musical "Tarzan" swung into town with a spectacular shipwreck scene and bungee-jumping apes but the critics were lukewarm and several resorted to phrases such as "bungle in the jungle." "Tarzan," which opened on Wednesday night, is among the most expensive musicals on Broadway with a budget reported at between $15 million and $20 million. It is Disney's latest effort to match the success of hit movie-based musicals such as...

2006-04-26 13:56:35

Please read day in first paragraph as Wednesday, instead of Thursday By Claudia Parsons NEW YORK (Reuters) - The third vampire musical to try its luck on Broadway in four years drew all the familiar puns in scathing reviews on Wednesday that said "Lestat" was "bloody awful," "sucked of life" and the "kiss of death." "Lestat" was Hollywood studio Warner Bros.' first attempt to challenge Disney's dominance of the mass-market musical genre, reportedly with a budget of up to $12...

2006-04-26 11:15:00

By Claudia Parsons NEW YORK - The third vampire musical to try its luck on Broadway in four years drew all the familiar puns in scathing reviews Thursday that said "Lestat" was "bloody awful," "sucked of life" and the "kiss of death." "Lestat" was Hollywood studio Warner Bros.' first attempt to challenge Disney's dominance of the mass-market musical genre, reportedly with a budget of up to $12 million. Based on Anne Rice's vampire novels, the show features songs by Elton John and his writing...

2006-04-24 11:30:00

By Claudia Parsons NEW YORK -- The lines are drawn for a classic Broadway musical showdown -- Disney, Tarzan and Phil Collins on one side, Warner Brothers, the vampire Lestat and Elton John on the other. The reigning champion of Broadway with long-running hits such as "The Lion King" and "Beauty and the Beast," Disney's latest mega-musical about the jungle man Tarzan is one of the most expensive shows ever mounted. Rival Hollywood studio Warner Bros. is challenging Disney with its first foray...

2006-02-03 16:49:05

By Michael Kahn SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Can a stage musical about vampires -- with a score by Elton John -- rise from the dead after reviewers called it lifeless, dreary and dull, doing their best to drive wooden stakes through its heart? That's the question facing "Lestat," a Broadway-bound musical based on Anne Rice's best-selling "The Vampire Chronicles," which just finished a six-week run in San Francisco, grossing $4.3 million but at the expense of those life-threatening...

2006-02-03 15:35:00

By Michael Kahn SAN FRANCISCO -- Can a musical about vampires -- with music by Elton John -- rise from the dead after reviewers called it lifeless, dreary and dull and did their best to drive wooden stakes through its heart? That's the problem facing "Lestat," a Broadway-bound musical based on Anne Rice's best-selling "The Vampire Chronicles," which just finished a six-week run in San Francisco, grossing $4.3 million but at the expense of those life-threatening reviews. The producers of...

2005-09-27 07:40:44

By Jonathan Cohen NEW YORK (Billboard) - "Lestat," the first musical Elton John and longtime lyricist Bernie Taupin have written together, will open April 13 on Broadway at the Palace Theater, with preview performances due to begin March 11. The musical will premiere December 17 at San Francisco's Curran Theater, where it will run through January 29. The title role will be played by Hugh Panero ("Phantom of the Opera"), while Carolee Carmello and Jack Noseworthy will star as...

2005-09-03 10:55:17

By Melinda Newman LAS VEGAS (Billboard) - At the top of every hour the clock in Elton John's dressing room at Caesars Palace breaks wind. And every hour, the farting clock makes John laugh. The British superstar has every reason to smile. His Las Vegas run, in which he alternates with Celine Dion at Caesars' 4,100-seat Colosseum, has been extended from 75 shows during a three-year period to 225 shows during a five-year span ending in 2008. Every show of "The Red Piano" has been a...


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