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The Next 'Cop Rock'? ABC Readying Musical Police Drama From Five for Fighting

It's cop rock time on ABC.

The Disney-owned network is teaming with Grammy- and Oscar-winning composer Stephen Schwartz (Wicked), Five for Fighting's John Ondrasik and The Fosters creators Bradley Bredeweg and Peter Paige for a musical cop drama called Harmony.

The project, which has received a sizable production commitment from the network, revolves around the residents of Harmony, New York, who have the most unique dialect in the world: They sing their feelings and dance their emotions. When a brutal murder rocks the thriving tourist destination, a repressed detective must return to the musical town he left as a teen...
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10 Things to Know About Breakout Star Ben Platt

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Image Source: Getty / Angela Weiss Ben Platt is certainly having a crazy year! After stealing the hearts of audiences everywhere with his starring role in Broadway's Dear Evan Hansen, the 24-year-old has been making a major name for himself, both on and off stage. Even if you're not heading to the theater anytime soon, you'll probably be seeing his face (and hearing his voice) everywhere. He's set to appear in the Will & Grace reboot and recently signed a deal with Atlantic Records. Brush up on these key facts about the rising star below. He was born and raised in La. Even though Ben is a Broadway sensation, he actually grew up on the West Coast. He attended the prep school Harvard-Westlake School in La and graduated in 2011. He is still close friends with his high school classmate Beanie Feldstein, who is Jonah Hill's sister. He grew up in a musical family.
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TV News Roundup: Fox’s ‘Rent’ Live Musical Sets 2019 Debut, Sanaa Lathan Joins ‘The Affair’

TV News Roundup: Fox’s ‘Rent’ Live Musical Sets 2019 Debut, Sanaa Lathan Joins ‘The Affair’
In today’s roundup, the live musical production of “Rent” will premiere in 2019, Paramount Network offers a first look at Taylor Kitsch in “Waco,” and Sanaa Lathan joins the cast of Showtime’s “The Affair.”

Premiere Dates

The live musical production of the musical “Rent” will air Sunday, Jan. 27, 2019 on Fox. More details and casting will be announced later. Set in New York City’s East Village, “Rent” tells the story of seven artists struggling to follow their dreams during a time of great social and political turmoil. A re-imagining of Puccini’s “La Boheme,” the Broadway show celebrates its 20th anniversary this year. “Rent” will be executive-produced by Marc Platt (“Grease: Live,” “La La Land,” “Wicked”), Adam Siegel, Julie Larson, Al Larson, and Revolution StudiosVince Totino, Scott Hemming and Marla Levine.

The upcoming HBO documentary “The Newspaperman: The Life and Times of Ben Bradlee” will debut on Dec. 4. Told
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Watch: Jennifer Nettles Reinvents Wicked's 'No Good Deed' in #OutOfOz Studio Sessions Turn

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She’s not in Nashville anymore, Toto!

After a string of starring roles in musicals like Chicago and Mamma Mia!, Country superstar Jennifer Nettles is joining the ranks of stars reinventing songs from the hit musical Wicked — appearing in the show’s #OutOfOz: Wicked Studio Sessions video series.

People has the first look at the 43-year-old Grammy winner’s take on “No Good Deed,” one of two tunes Nettles tackles in the popular YouTube show — which has seen Wicked alums like Idina Menzel, Kristin Chenoweth, Aaron Tveit and more take a new stab at Stephen Schwartz’s songs.

For Nettles,
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An Obi-Wan Kenobi Movie Looks Like It Is Coming Our Way

Lucasfilm are reportedly looking at brining an Obi Wan movie our way in the not too distant future, and they have already reportedly hired a director. Well, we say hired – they are in early talks at the moment, and the man with the task of bringing an origin story revolving around Obi-Wan Kenobi, who has been played by both Alec Guinness and Ewan McGregor, is none other than Billy Elliott, The Hours and The Crown helmer Stephen Daldry.

Image // Lucasfilm Stephen Daldry in talks to direct Obi Wan movie

Daldry is set to be involved at script level on the planned film, which will follow the previous stand-alone Star Wars movie, Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, and the forthcoming Han Solo film, which is in-production for a 2018 release.

The original story for the news comes from The Hollywood Reporter, who also state that the studio are also looking
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Obi-Wan Kenobi Movie Wants Wicked Director Stephen Daldry

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News of the Obi-Wan Kenobi movie finally emerged today and rumors are suggesting that Stephen Daldry (Billy Elliot, The Hours) will direct the often talked about spin-off. This is terrific news for Star Wars fans who have been bothering Ewan McGregor for years about an Obi-Wan spin-off movie. Castings have not been announced yet, but McGregor has expressed interest over the years about reprising his role as the sensitive Jedi Master. It has also been reported that there is not a script just yet, so it could be a while before we end up seeing the project.

The Hollywood Reporter were the first to announce the next Star Wars Story. It has been reported that Stephen Daldry is in the very early stages of talking to Disney about possibly helming the Obi-Wan Kenobi movie. Looking at the Tony Award winning director's slate shows that he's directing the big screen adaptation of Wicked next,
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Obi-Wan Kenobi Movie Is Next Star Wars Spin-Off

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Obi-Wan Kenobi Movie Is Next Star Wars Spin-Off
It looks like Ewan McGregor will finally be able to stop getting asked about the often discussed Obi-Wan Kenobi movie. After months and months of whispers that it may be happening, a new report states that Lucasfilm is currently in the early stages of actually making the Obi-Wan movie actually happen. As it stands, the studio is in very early discussions with Oscar-nominated director Stephen Daldry (The Hours, Billy Elliot), who will direct and oversee the production of the movie for Lucasfilm.

The news comes to us from The Hollywood Reporter, who state that these discussions with director Stephen Daldry to helm the Obi-Wan Kenobi standalone are in the "earliest of stages" and that the project still has no script. So even if Lucasfilm does manage to close a deal with Daldry, it will likely be awhile before we actually see this movie come together. Daldry is also attached to direct the upcoming Wicked movie.
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“Wicked” Becomes the Second-Highest-Grossing Broadway Show of All Time

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Elphaba and Glinda continue to make magic on Broadway. “Wizard of Oz” prequel “Wicked” crossed the $1 billion benchmark last March in record time, and after raking in just short of $2 million in the week ending July 9, it has overtaken “The Phantom of the Opera” to become the second-highest-grossing Broadway show ever, Playbill reports. “The Lion King,” directed by Julie Taymor, retains the top spot.

Wicked” is an adaptation of Gregory Maguire’s best-selling novel, which tells the story of the Wicked Witch of the West from the perspective of the Witch, here named Elphaba. The musical chronicles the complicated friendship between Elphaba and Glinda, the Good Witch. Maguire based the novel on the 1939 film adaptation “The Wizard of Oz,” and L. Frank Baum’s original Oz books.

My So-Called Life” creator Winnie Holzman wrote the book for “Wicked,” for which she received a Tony Award nomination and a Drama Desk Award. The show launched in October 2003 at the Gershwin Theatre, and was nominated for 10 Tony Awards and won three. The production launched the careers of Idina Menzel (“Frozen”) and Kristin Chenoweth (“Glee”), and was such a big hit that it recouped its $14 million investment in a little over a year.

Thus far, “Wicked” has grossed approximately $1.12 billion. “The Lion King” is Broadway’s third longest-running show and has taken in $1.38 billion.

Wicked” Becomes the Second-Highest-Grossing Broadway Show of All Time was originally published in Women and Hollywood on Medium, where people are continuing the conversation by highlighting and responding to this story.
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‘Wicked’ Passes ‘The Phantom of the Opera’ to Become Broadway’s No. 2 Top-Grossing Show Ever

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Wicked,” the hit Broadway musical about the making of Oz’s wicked witch of the West, quietly passed “The Phantom of the Opera” this spring to become the second-biggest grosser of all time on the Great White Way. According to figures from the Broadway League, “Wicked” has earned $1.12 billion from its first performance in 2003 through July 9 — just ahead of the $1.11 billion reaped by Andrew Lloyd Webber’s classic 1988 rock opera over its three-decade run. And “Wicked” did it in half the time. The show, produced by David Stone and Marc Platt, is also inching up on Broadway’s...
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‘Wicked’ Composer Stephen Schwartz Honored in Words and Song at Ascap Screen Music Awards

Broadway and film composer Stephen Schwartz received the Founders Award of the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (Ascap) at its annual Screen Music Awards Tuesday night at Los Angeles’ historic Wiltern Theatre.

The “Wicked” and “Prince of Egypt” songwriter was praised as “a genius” by fellow songwriter Paul Williams, president and board chairman of the performing-rights organization, citing such classic songs as “Day by Day” from “Godspell” and “Colors of the Wind” from “Pocahontas.”

Schwartz was serenaded by an eight-person chorus of younger Broadway songwriters who had been mentored by Schwartz over the years; they sang “For Good” from “Wicked.” Schwartz has served as artistic director for Ascap’s Musical Theatre workshop in New York and Los Angeles for more than 20 years.

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Stephen Schwartz: ‘Wicked’ Movie to Feature ‘at Least Two’ New Songs

Schwartz said Ascap “has always had my back as a songwriter, and has
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Stephen Schwartz: ‘Wicked’ Movie to Feature ‘At Least Two’ New Songs

Stephen Schwartz: ‘Wicked’ Movie to Feature ‘At Least Two’ New Songs
Stephen Schwartz, who will receive the founders award at Tuesday night’s Ascap Screen Music Awards in Los Angeles, says the forthcoming movie of his Broadway mega-hit “Wicked” will feature “at least two” new songs.

“Director Stephen Daldry is waiting on us for a draft of the screenplay,” Schwartz tells Variety, referring to himself and original book writer Winnie Holzman. “We’re just having so much fun, revisiting that material we love so much, and thinking about everything you can do on screen to retell the story.”

Schwartz says he hasn’t written any new music yet, “but there are new songs planned.” And, he says, fans expecting a carbon copy of the Broadway show should steel themselves for a new experience. “There are things that work on stage but won’t work on film,” the songwriter notes. “In order to do something that will work on its own merits,
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‘Rent’ Live Musical Event from Marc Platt to Air on Fox

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‘Rent’ Live Musical Event from Marc Platt to Air on Fox
A live production of Jonathan Larson’s groundbreaking musical “Rent” is in the works at Fox. The network announced Friday that Marc Platt, the acclaimed film, television and theater producer behind “La La Land,” “Wicked” and last year’s “Grease: Live!,” will executive produce the show, along with Larson’s estate.

Read More: ‘A Christmas Story’ Live Musical Event from Marc Platt to Air on Fox This December

Larson’s re-imagining of Giacomo Puccini’s opera “La Bohème” is set in New York City’s East Village. It tells the story of seven artists and their struggle to follow their dreams during a time of great social and political turmoil. The musical earned Larson four Tony Awards in 1996, including Best Musical and Best Original Score Written for the Theatre, and the Pulitzer Prize.

“‘Rent’​​ was Jonathan’s dream of sharing the ​theater and the passion he had for it with a whole new generation,
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‘Rent’ Live Musical Event from Marc Platt to Air on Fox

‘Rent’ Live Musical Event from Marc Platt to Air on Fox
A live production of Jonathan Larson’s groundbreaking musical “Rent” is in the works at Fox. The network announced Friday that Marc Platt, the acclaimed film, television and theater producer behind “La La Land,” “Wicked” and last year’s “Grease: Live!,” will executive produce the show, along with Larson’s estate.

Read More: ‘A Christmas Story’ Live Musical Event from Marc Platt to Air on Fox This December

Larson’s re-imagining of Giacomo Puccini’s opera “La Bohème” is set in New York City’s East Village. It tells the story of seven artists and their struggle to follow their dreams during a time of great social and political turmoil. The musical earned Larson four Tony Awards in 1996, including Best Musical and Best Original Score Written for the Theatre, and the Pulitzer Prize.

“‘Rent’​​ was Jonathan’s dream of sharing the ​theater and the passion he had for it with a whole new generation,
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A Christmas Story Is Becoming a Live Musical at Fox

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A Christmas Story Is Becoming a Live Musical at Fox
Fox Broadcasting Company and Warner Horizon Unscripted Television have partnered with award-winning film, television and theater producer Marc Platt (Grease: Live, La La Land) on the live musical event A Christmas Story, inspired by the holiday classic feature A Christmas Story and the Tony Award-nominated Broadway production A Christmas Story: The Musical. The three-hour live television production of A Christmas Story will air this December on Fox.

Benj Pasek and Justin Paul, recent Tony Award nominees for the musical Dear Evan Hansen, and lyricists of La La Land's Academy Award-winning song, "City of Stars," also scored A Christmas Story: The Musical, and will compose several new songs for the Live television event, with Jonathan Tolins and Robert Cary (Grease: Live) adapting the book. Here's what David Madden, President, Entertainment, Fox Broadcasting Company, had to say in his statement.

"A Christmas Story is one of the most beloved
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‘Rent’ Selected as Fox’s Next Live Musical

‘Rent’ Selected as Fox’s Next Live Musical
Rent” is heading to television.

The award-winning musical is being adapted as one of Fox’s next live productions, Variety has learned. Fox’s show comes as the musical celebrates its 20th anniversary this year.

Rent” tells the story of seven artists struggling to follow their dreams during a time of great social and political turmoil, under the shadow of AIDS. Set in New York City’s gritty East Village, the show is a re-imagining of Puccini’s “La Bohème.”

With the estate of the late original playwright Jonathan Larson, Marc Platt — who worked on Fox’s “Grease: Live” musical,” “La La Land” and “Wicked” — will executive produce the event. Other executive producers are Adam Siegel, Julie Larson, Al Larson and Revolution StudiosVince Totino, Scott Hemming and Marla Levine.

More details and casting will be announced later. No premiere date has been set for “Rent.”

“We are so honored to partner with the estate of the
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'Rent' Set as Fox's Next Live Musical

Fox has found its follow-up to Grease Live.

Following prolonged negotiations, Jonathan Larson's Tony-winning HIV/AIDS-themed musical Rent is set as the network's next live musical, The Hollywood Reporter has learned. Larson's estate is on board to exec produce alongside Marc Platt (La La Land, Wicked). Rent marks Platt's latest live project for following NBC's Jesus Christ Superstar and Fox's newly announced A Christmas Story and last year's Grease. Additional auspices, as well as a premiere date and casting, will be announced later.

The rock musical — loosely based on La Boheme — tells the story of a...
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Jesus Christ Superstar Live!: NBC Plans Andrew Lloyd Webber Hit for Easter

Jesus Christ Superstar Live!: NBC Plans Andrew Lloyd Webber Hit for Easter
Hosanna, hey sanna sanna sanna ho: NBC will ring in Easter 2018 with Jesus Christ Superstar Live!.

The network will stage the Andrew Lloyd Webber-Time Rice 1971 rock opera on Easter Sunday, April 1.

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“As we continue to expand the profile of our live musicals, we are thrilled to be partnering with Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice to bring a new live staging of the iconic Jesus Christ Superstar to NBC,” NBC Entertainment chairman Robert Greenblatt said in a statement. He added that casting — which will focus heavily on recording artists — had just begun.
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How Pitch Perfect’s Ben Platt Became a Tony-Nominated Broadway Sensation with Dear Evan Hansen

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How Pitch Perfect’s Ben Platt Became a Tony-Nominated Broadway Sensation with Dear Evan Hansen
Broadway has a bright new star, and his name is Ben Platt.

The 23-year-old L.A. native — movie fans may know him as Benji from Pitch Perfect — is currently playing to sold-out-crowds and earning rave reviews for his emotionally raw performance in Dear Evan Hansen, the new musical from composers Benj Pasek and Justin Paul (the lyricists for the Golden Globe-winning film La La Land).

The musical has now been nominated for nine Tony Awards, including best musical and — yes — lead actor in a musical for Platt.

“It’s completely beyond my wildest dreams,” Platt told People in January of
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Joseph Gordon-Levitt in Talks to Direct, Star in Musical Comedy With Channing Tatum (Exclusive)

Joseph Gordon-Levitt in Talks to Direct, Star in Musical Comedy With Channing Tatum (Exclusive)
Joseph Gordon-Levitt is eyeing a return to the director’s chair, tackling a movie musical with Channing Tatum by his side.

Sources tell Variety that Gordon-Levitt is in early negotiations to direct Universal’s R-rated musical comedy with the running title “Wingmen.” He’s already attached to star in the movie alongside Tatum.

Universal landed the pitch that Gordon-Levitt and “21 Jump Street” scribe Michael Bacall hatched last year following a competitive bidding war that saw several studios chasing the project.

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The story follows two pilots who crash-land in Las Vegas. According to sources, the film is in the vein of “Pitch Perfect” meets “Book of Mormon,” with the dup covering Top 100 hits with a touch of adult humor.

The studio courted filmmakers that included Seth Gordon, James Bobin, and “Book of Mormon” director
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Film About Olympian Swimmer and Syrian Refugee Yusra Mardini in the Works

Yusra Mardini: Mardini’s Instagram account

In 2015, Yusra Mardini and her sister Sara saved themselves and the fellow refugees on their dinghy by jumping into the freezing Aegean Sea and swimming the boat to safety. The Mardini sisters had fled Syria and were en route to the Greek island of Lesbos when the dinghy began to sink. Mardini’s story came to light when she swam at the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, and now it’s getting the big screen treatment. Deadline reports that Working Title Films has acquired the rights to Mardini’s life story and is planning to develop it into a film.

According to the source, Stephen Daldry (“The Reader”) will direct the project, while Working Title’s Tim Bevan and Eric Fellner will produce with Ali Jaafar (“The Idol”).

After surviving the journey from Syria, Yusra and Sara settled in Berlin. “Without any other family or friends, Mardini and Sara were forced to fend for themselves before Mardini met local swimming coach Sven Spannekrebs, who took her under his wing,” Deadline writes. “During the 2016 Olympic Games in Brazil, the [International Olympic Committee] launched for the first time ever a Team Refugee. Against the odds, Mardini made it to the Olympics and won her qualifying heat during the games. Since then, she’s become an impassioned champion and ambassador for refugees across the world.”

Since becoming an activist, Mardini has met with leaders like President Barack Obama and Pope Francis and delivered a series of keynote speeches at the World Economic Forum in Davos.

As xenophobia and anti-immigrant sentiments in the U.S. become more widespread and normalized, it’s vital that stories like Mardini’s are shared. The true story of a young woman trying to find a better life for herself and others, and becoming a hero along the way is inspiring in itself. But it’s especially important considering the United States’ shameful response — or lack thereof, really — to the refugee crisis. This film about Mardini has the potential to further galvanize the current resistance to Trumpian policy, inspire empathy in those who equate refugees with terrorism, and provide a much-needed wake-up call in the face to those who are indifferent or ignorant.

This certainly seems to be Daldry’s view: “I am thrilled to be involved in bringing Yusra’s extraordinary story to a wider audience through the medium of film,” he said. “Yusra reminds us of the human cost of the tragedy and the incredible fortitude, perseverance, and hope of one young woman who struggles for a future.”

“In a time of such uncertainty and fear, Yusra’s incredible story is a shining reminder that what binds us together is so much stronger than what keeps us apart,” Jaafar agreed. “At its heart, this is the story of someone who had a dream and was able to overcome the most immense obstacles to achieve it.”

Yusra Mardini will not be the first high-profile woman Daldry brings to the big screen. The director did the same with Virginia Woolf in “The Hours,” and Queen Elizabeth II in the play “The Audience” as well as the Netflix series “The Crown,” on which he serves as a producer. Daldry is set to direct the film adaptation of the musical “Wicked.” Here’s hoping the team behind the Mardini project taps a talented female scribe to write the screenplay.

Film About Olympian Swimmer and Syrian Refugee Yusra Mardini in the Works was originally published in Women and Hollywood on Medium, where people are continuing the conversation by highlighting and responding to this story.
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