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Little Shop of Horrors

'Little Shop of Horrors' Uproots for New UK Tour >>

Can you feel the sturm and drang in the air? Alan Menken and Howard Ashman’s campy black comedy, 'Little Shop of Horrors,' is about to spread its way across the UK. Tour dates for Sell a Door Theatre Company’s production of the classic show have been announced.

Galavant

ABC ‘Galavant’ Season 2 Alternate Ending Revealed >>

ABC’s underloved musical series 'Galavant'slayed the cancellation bear and earned a second season. Now, fans are hoping beyond all hope that the series will make it past the bear one more time. The series starring Joshua Sasse, Timothy Osmond, Karen David, Vincent Jones, Mallory Jansen & Luke Youngblood became earned a cult following for its Mel Brooks-esque comedy and its amazing music from Disney and Broadway icon Alan Menken. Even if we do not get a third season, there still are few more bits of funny for us all to see. Recently, the official Facebook page for the show posted an “alternate ending featuring a gay wedding scenec between Galavant & Sid.

The Hunchback of Notre Dame

Alan Menken and Stephen Schwartz’s 'Hunchback of Notre Dame' Cast Recording Debut Tops Billboard Charts >>

When you combine the music of Alan Menken with Lyrics by Stephen Schwartz you get a recipe for the perfect musical. Throw that in with a book by, frequent Sondheim collaborator, James Lapine and you have yourself one hell of a show. The name of that show is 'The Hunchback of Notre Dame'. Based on Victor Hugo’s original novel with songs from the 1996 animated Disney classic, both of the same name, this highly anticipated musical sadly didn’t make it to the Broadway stage. However, we now have a way to enjoy this dream collaboration of musical theater talent. On Jan 22 Ghostlight records released the Studio Cast Recording of Hunchback of Notre Dame and the results speak for themselves.

Galavant

‘Psych’ Musical Lead Timothy Omundson to Broadway Icon Alan Menken [GALAVANT FINALE] >>

Alan Menken is one of the most well respected names in showbiz today. The acclaimed composer has the GOT parts of the EGOT (Emmy, Grammy, Oscar,Tony), several times over. So one would hope that his work on ABC’s Galavant could earn him an Emmy or two. So you can imagine how intimidating and thrilling it must have been for actor Timothy Omundson to stand before the Disney and Broadway legend after shying away from musical theater for most of his adult life. Ahead of this weekend’s Season 2 finale of 'Galavant,' Omundson is opening up about how the musical episode of 'Psych' lead to him working with Menken.

Alan Menken

‘Galavant’s’ Timothy Omundson Talks Favorite Show Number From Composer Alan Menken >>

ABC’s musical comedy Galavant is perhaps one of the best things on TV that no one is watching. With music from famed Broadway and animation composer, Alan Menken (Beauty & The Beast, Little Shop of Horrors) and TV & film score composer Christopher Lennertz (Supernatural, Horrible Bosses), the show has everything a fan of musicals could want. The Season 2 finale airs this weekend and with it comes Timothy Omundson’s (Supernatural, Psych) favorite composition from the show.

A Bronx Tale

'A Bronx Tale' Comes to Paper Mill Playhouse, Helmed by Robert De Niro, Jerry Zaks, Score by Alan Menken and Book by Chazz Palminteri >>

A musical adaptation of "A Bronx Tale" will finally be hitting the stage. Though it hasn’t reached Broadway yet, Chazz Palminteri’s semi-autobiographical story will premiere as part of the Paper Mill Playhouse’s 2015-16 season, with Robert De Niro on board to helm the production.

Alan Menken

Alan Menken Joins New Broadway Musical Based on Life of Roy Rogers, Dale Evans >>

Alan Menken has joined the creative team for the new Broadway-bound bio-musical "Happy Trails: The Extraordinary Life and Times of Roy Rogers and Dale Evans in Song & Story." The show focuses on the iconic couple and their influence in American pop-culture history. The creative team for the new show includes director Des McAnuff, who staged the hit "Jersey Boys" and won a Tony for his work on "Big River" and "The Who’s Tommy."

Disney's 'Newsies' Comes to Kimmel Center in Philadelphia for Shows in October and November

Disney's 'Newsies' Comes to Kimmel Center In Philadelphia for Shows In October and November >>

Classicalite reported that the Disney-Broadway sensation Newsies would be hitting a 25-city running tour in October 2014 — well now, after closing on Broadway after 1,005 shows, the production comes to the iconic Kimmel Center in Philadelphia.

Newsies

'Newsies,' 2012's Surprise Broadway Hit, Closes After Just Over a Thousand Performances >>

Disney Theatricals quits while it's ahead and takes its hit musical on the road.

Harvey Fierstein

'Newsies' and 'Casa Valentina' to Close >>

Harvey Fierstein, who wrote the books of both shows, will still be represented on Broadway by 'Kinky Boots.'

'Wicked' Sheet Music

Collateral Damage: Stephen Schwartz, Alan Menken, Lin-Manuel Miranda Campaign Against Sheet Music Piracy >>

Broadway composers are demanding illegal-download websites stop offering unauthorized downloads of copyrighted sheet music.

Disney's 'Frozen' Characters

Disney's 20 Years on Broadway: Lion King, Beauty and the Beast Winners; Tarzan, Little Mermaid Losers >>

As 'The Lion King' continues its reign over Broadway, Disney Theatricals keeps up the pace with an ongoing series of musical adaptations of its hit movies. Next up, look for 'Jungle Book' and 'Frozen.'

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