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Aaron Sorkin and Bartlett Sher Adapt 'To Kill a Mockingbird' to the Stage

Aaron Sorkin Walking and Talking His Way Back to NBC >>

Aaron Sorkin is coming back to NBC. The 'West Wing' creator and writer’s play 'A Few Good Men' will live broadcast in 2017.

Taissa Farmiga

‘Buried Child’ Streaming Live Tonight with Taissa Farmiga >>

'Buried Child' is currently playing Off-Broadway, but you don’t have to be in New York, NY to see the show. Tonight, the show can be streamed live online. The revival of Sam Shepard's’ hit play stars Taissa Farmiga ('American Horror Story: Murder House,' 'Coven'), Ed Harris ('Radio') and Rich Sommer ('Mad Men').

Chris Daughtry

Chris Daughtry Talks Fox Live Musical ‘The Passion’ >>

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.

American Psycho the Musical

Weekly Reprise: ‘American Psycho the Musical’ London Recording & UK ‘Kinky Boots’ Live Albums Coming >>

We here at 'Classicalite' understand that the week can be long and sometime some stories go unread. That is why we have devised the Weekly Reprise to keep you up to date on all the latest buzz. Show-Tune junkies get ready for next fix. It was recently announced that the London cast recording of 'American Psycho the Musical' will be released alongside the show’s Broadway debut. Starring 'Doctor Who’s' Matt Smith and featuring music by Spring Awakenings own Duncan Sheik, this blood soaked ode to the 80’s is a must grab. Speaking of must. Sony Masterworks is gearing up to release a live audio recording of the UK’s production of 'Kinky Boots.'

Disney's 'Frozen' Characters

Disney’s ‘Frozen’ Live Theme Park Theater Experience Coming “In Summer” >>

If you are a parent who finally thought your child was ready let, “Let it Go,” go, think again. Disney is building on the hype of the hit film with an all new sequel film, a Broadway show and now a theme park theater experience. 'Frozen' - Live at the Hyperion is getting ready to debut this May in California. So go ahead and save up those caps and enjoy the silence while you can, but Winter is coming this Summer.

Harvey Fierstein

NBC Drafts ‘Hairspray’ Vet Harvey Fierstein to Write Live Event Musical >>

The premiere date for NBC’s Live adaptation of 'Hairspray' was announced for December 7. However, there is even bigger news for all you hair-heads out there. (That is what Hairspray super fans are called, right?) 'Hairspray' vet Harvey Fierstein has been drafted to write the adaptation of the live musical event. Fierstein won the 2003 Tony Award for Best Leading Actor in a Musical for originating the role of Edna Turnblad on Broadway. Check out the report below to see what NBC’s Robert Greenblatt had to say about Fierstein’s new role.

Cyndi Lauper, Harvey Fierstein & Jerry Mitchell Celebrate L.A. Premiere Of 'KINKY BOOTS' At Hollywood Pantages

Sony Masterworks Releasing Live Recording of ‘Kinky Boots’ on The West End this Spring >>

Sony Masterworks will be producing a live recording of 'Kinky Boots' from the London's Adelphi Theatre. Kinky Boots originated in Chicago in 2012 and landed on on Broadway in 2013 winning six Tony Awards. The orginal cast started Stark Sands as Charlie Price and Billy Porter as Lola/ Simon. Famed rocker Cyndi Lauper wrote the music for the show with actor/writer Harvey Fierstein ('Hairspray') provided the book. The current West End production stars Killian Donnelly as Charlie and Matt Henry as Lola.

Lifetime television series 'Bring It!'

'Bring It' Miss D & Her Dancing Dolls Head to NJPAC Aug. 4 >>

New Jersey Performing Arts Center (NJPAC) presents an evening with Miss D and her Dancing Dolls. The stars of Lifetime's hit series 'Bring It!' will perform live at the NJPAC in Newark on Thursday, August 4, 2016 at 8 p.m. as part of the TV show's 'Bring It! Live Tour.'

Host Neil Patrick Harris performs during the American Theatre Wing's 66th annual Tony Awards in New York, June 10, 2012.

NBC Boss Talks Canceled Neil Patrick Harris Show ‘Best time Ever’ >>

In recent years, NBC has brought live TV back with special events like 'The Sound of Music Live,' 'Peter Pan Live,' 'The Wiz Live' and regular series like 'Undateable' (Season 3) and Neil Patrick Harris’ 'Best Time Ever.' Now, NBC boss Robert Greenblatt is opening up about why Neil Patrick Harris’ variety show was unfortunately canceled and the future of live TV.

'Wicked' Sheet Music

Why NBC is Not Feeling 'Wicked' This Hoilday Season >>

In the past few years, NBC has changed the way we think of the holidays by producing a string of live musical events. Now, NBC boss Robert Greenblatt is opening up about how they make sections, and why 'Wicked' is off the table.


NBC Boss Talks Fox’s ‘Grease’ and Possible Live Audience for 'Hairspray' [FALL 2016] >>

There is no doubt about it. Fox’s 'Grease: Live' was a knockout success. Even NBC liked the production. Using multiple studios stretching acres of lot and a live audience, Fox managed to take the live musical trend in a whole direction. Now, NBC’s Rob Greenblatt is opening up about Fox’s impressive production, including why they didn’t chose to not use a live audience for their past productions ('Wiz,' 'Peter Pan,' 'Sound of Music') and how that all might change with till fall’s 'Hairspray.'

The Passion

Fox’s ‘Passion’ Gets Kissed By A Rose >>

The main cast for Fox’s The Passion is almost complete. Grammy Award winning singer, Seal, is joining the upcoming live Palm Sunday production of the musical retelling of the story of Christ. Seal will be playing Pontius Pilate.


Run And Tell That: NBC Plans 'Hairspray' For Winter 2016 Live Muscial Event >>

NBC is heading to the sixties. In the tradition started with 2013 'The Sound of Music,' NBC’s new live winter musical will be 'Hairspray.' NBC Entertainment chairman Bob Greenblatt announced the musical event during the Television Critics Association press tour in Pasadena, Calif. Just as with the 2007, NBC is looking to cast an unknown to play the lead role of Tracy Turnblad.

Tyler Perry

‘The Passion’ Musical Coming to Fox Live from New Orleans >>

Hot on the heels of Fox’s ultra successful production of Grease Live comes The Passion. The musical story of Christ set in modern day New Orleans will make use of the actually city as the backdrop for the production. The Passion will be hosted by Tyler Perry and performed on Palm Sunday.

Teatro Lux

Italin Actor Raphael Schumacher Declared Brain Dead After Live Hanging >>

Like something out of an urban legend, Italian actor Raphael Schumacher was accidently hung in a hanging scene gone horribly wrong. The incident took place during a walkthrough experimental production of Mirages at the Teatro Lux Pisa on Jan 30, during a lynching scene. A member of the audience who is a med school graduate, tried to save Schumacher, who was declared brain dead after spending five days in a coma. The theatre has since suspended all productions.

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