This Sunday, Fox is airing their next live musical event, The Passion from New Orleans. The production, hosted by Tyler Perry is based on the annual event held in the Netherlands which re-tells the story of the Christ death and resurrection in a different city with different pop songs each year: This year’s cast includes Jencarlos Canela as Jesus Christ and American Idol alum Chris Daughtry as Judas Iscariot.
'The Color Purple,' though, has one thing that 'Fiddler on the Roof 'does not have: a famous pop singer. And, least we forget, Danielle Brooks (i.e. "Taystee" from 'Orange is the New Black').
UPDATE: Like ex-SPIN scribe Charles Aaron tweeted at the start of the fracas, the best way to get another critic to recognize your work is to simply slag them off. And so, Jody Rosen of New York magazine's Vulture blog did just that...with a shelfie.
A very interesting piece comes to us from Ted Gioia at The Daily Beast about music criticism, or rather its death, or rather its inability or unwillingness to use technical language or display, you know, any kind of actual knowledge. It's especially interesting because it seems to take the viewpoint of mainstream, pop music criticism, referencing outlets like Billboard and even American Idol (I know, that last isn't exactly a bastion of intelligent criticism but apparently Harry Connick, Jr. was sniggered at for using the word "pentatonic"). Sigh.
In a recent press release from ABC and BBC Worldwide Productions, the hit reality-television dance show Dancing With the Stars announced today that it will instate Ray Chew as the new Music Director of the show.
Now, he may not deliver quite like Jennifer Lopez, but Harry Connick, Jr. is certainly an aficionado that stands up to his newly found reputation of discerning those worthy from those who aren't. He may also be the charmer-cum-critic that the other two judges are weary of becoming.
"American Idol" returns on Wednesday with the tantalizing promise of fame, fortune and feuds - and that's just among the celebrity panel hired to find the next pop music sensation.