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Gwyneth Paltrow Producing Broadway Musical Based on Music of The GoGos

Gwyneth Paltrow is producing a Broadway musical, Showbiz 411's Roger Friedman reports:

GogosThe show is based on the music of the GoGo’s, the California New Wave girl group of the early 1980s. Paltrow’s partner in the endeavor is Donovan Leitch, son of the 60s rock and folk icon Donovan, of “Mellow Yellow” and ‘Sunshine Superman” fame.

The pair have enlisted Jeff Whitty of “Avenue Q” fame to write the book, and I’m told it’s almost done. The GoGos’ iconic hits included “We Got the Beat” and “Our Lips Are Sealed.” I’m told the idea is for a jukebox show with a twist– it will be set in the 1600s and based on surprising source material that can’t be revealed yet.

A 'Bring It On' Rave


Hey, folks. This is just a personal recommendation (actually, pretty much a rave) from me. Over the weekend I was able to catch Bring It On on Broadway. I brought my mom and my 12-year-old niece, and I have to say I was blown away by the whole production. For many of the cast, this is a Broadway debut, and there is so much energy and talent here.

BioIt's inspired by but not based directly on the film of the same name and is full of acrobatic cheerleading stunts and upbeat musical numbers but at its heart is a show about inclusion, diversity, and acceptance.

Jeff Whitty, a friend, wrote the libretto. You may know him as one of the Tony Award-winning comic geniuses behind Avenue Q. Also involved are Tony Winner Lin-Manuel Miranda (In the Heights) and Tom Kitt (Next to Normal). I can see each of their marks on it.

Go see it.

Watch a brief montage from the show, AFTER THE JUMP...

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'Tales of the City' Musical to Open

Tales The NYT today posted a big story on the new musical based on Armistead Maupin's Tales of the City and its collaborating creative team of director Jason Moore, librettist Jeff Whitty, and composers John Garden and Jake Shears:

The result of that five-year collaboration will make its debut in — where else? — San Francisco this month as a $2.5 million production that includes a company of 21 actors, nearly four dozen characters, at least two pairs of knee-high patent-leather go-go boots and more than 200 other costumes. (And God knows how much polyester.)

It’s the most expensive show ever produced by the American Conservatory Theater, whose schedule usually mixes classical revivals with more experimental pieces. Single-handedly producing new musicals isn’t typically part of its programming, but Carey Perloff, the theater’s artistic director, said that “Tales of the City” fit both the company’s mission of doing work about the Bay Area as well as providing a low-pressure environment for creators.

“It’s a nontraditional kind of piece — lots of characters, lots of story lines, lots of sex and drugs — and I think we fit what they were looking for,” said Ms. Perloff. “This isn’t a particularly ‘Broadway’ audience. This audience is very game for unusual musicals.”

Previews start May 18, and the show opens on May 31.

Watch: Jake Shears, Jason Moore, Jeffy Whitty, and John Garden Discuss 'Tales of the City' Musical

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Director Jason Moore, librettist Jeff Whitty, and composers Jake Shears and John Garden, the creative team behind the forthcoming Tales of the City Musical, talk about how they were introduced to the book.

The show has its world premiere on May 18 at San Francisco's ACT Theatre.


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Maggie Gallagher: Energized About Dead Gay Teenagers


Maggie's back with another message about Maine, AFTER THE JUMP...

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Tales of the City Musical to Debut at CT's O'Neill Center in July

The musical adaptation of Armistead Maupin's Tales in the City we first heard about back in January 2008 is moving along nicely, according to reports.

Maupin2 Variety reports: "The tuner adaptation of 'Tales of the City' and the latest play by Pulitzer-winner Nilo Cruz are among the new works to be developed this year during the O'Neill Theater Center's annual summer sessions. 'Tales,' with book by Jeff Whitty ('Avenue Q') and songs by Scissor Sisters musicians Jason Sellards (aka Jake Shears) and John Garden, will run as part of the O'Neill's 32nd annual National Music Theater Conference..'Tales,' which hopes to tap the Broadway potential of Armistead Maupin's series of books (and subsequent tube adaptations), will be seen at the O'Neill July 4-11."

The show's synopsis, as published by Playbill: "Based on the beloved series of novels by Armistead Maupin, Tales of the City follows a community of friends, lovers, and others who reside at the mythical address of 28 Barbary Lane in 1976 San Francisco. Mary Ann Singleton, a fresh arrival from Ohio, falls into a diverse band of Bohemians and blue-bloods, as families are created and rediscovered under the watchful eye of mystical landlady Anna Madrigal."

Avenue Q and Shrek the Musical director Jason Moore, while not mentioned here, has been attached to direct in previous reports.


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