first_imgOver the summer, the Michael Jackson estate announced their partnership with Broadway production company Columbia Live Stage, to develop a new musical inspired by the iconic pop star’s life and music. Today, the estate announced that the musical, dubbed Don’t Stop ‘Til You Get Enough, will premiere at Chicago, IL’s James M. Nederlander Theatre beginning on October 29th and running through December 1st, before transferring to its more permanent home on Broadway in 2020.Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Lynn Nottage will write the book for the production, and Tony-winning choreographer Christopher Wheeldon will direct and choreograph the show. The musical’s score will comprise hits from across Jackson’s illustrious career.While the planned musical will mark the first Broadway venture for the Jackson estate, it won’t be the entity’s first foray into the theater. The estate has already backed two Cirque du Soleil shows—Michael Jackson: The Immortal World Tour and Michael Jackson: One.Jackson, one of the best-selling artists in the history of music, died in 2009 at the age of 50. In 2015, his 1983 album Thriller became the first LP to sell more than 30 million copies in the United States, proving that his popularity continues to endure long after his passing.Head to the musical’s event page for upcoming ticketing information and more.[H/T Rolling Stone]last_img read more

first_img A plagiarism lawsuit has been served on the producers of Anastasia, which is set to begin performances on March 23, 2017 at the Broadhurst Theatre and will officially open on April 24. According to the New York Post, Jean-Etienne de Becdelievre, an heir of Marcelle Maurette, who wrote a 1952 play called Anastasia, wants to stop the show until an agreement on licensing can be made.A production spokesperson sent the following statement on behalf of the producers. “Plaintiff’s case is wholly without merit. While the works may start with the basic idea of the historical story of the real-life Anastasia Romanov, copyright law does not protect ideas or historical facts. Moreover, the works involved are not similar: the Broadway production has a different plot, different characters, and different settings, not to mention the numerous songs that appear in the Broadway musical that do not appear in Plaintiff’s straight play. We are particularly disappointed about the filing as the production went out of its way to explain these myriad differences to Mr. Becdelievre to resolve the issue. We look forward to responding to the claims in court.”Directed by Tony winner Darko Tresnjak, the production reunites the Tony-winning creative team behind Ragtime: book writer Terrence McNally, composer Stephen Flaherty and lyricist Lynn Ahrens. The cast will include Christy Altomare, Derek Klena, Ramin Karimloo and Mary Beth Peil.From the twilight of the Russian Empire to the euphoria of Paris in the 1920s, the new musical is the romantic, adventure-filled story of a brave young woman attempting to discover the mystery of her past. The tuner features songs from the Twentieth Century Fox animated film, including Ahrens and Flaherty’s Oscar-nominated “Journey to the Past,” as well as new additions to the score. Anastasia Show Closed This production ended its run on March 31, 2019 View Commentscenter_img Derek McLane & Christy Altomare (Photo: Joan Marcus) Related Showslast_img read more

first_imgHarold “Mick” James Edwards Sr. of Versailles passed away on Friday, August 14, 2020 at the age of 88. He was surrounded by his family at his time of death.  Mick was born on October 11, 1931 to the late Harry and Bethel (Gray) Edwards in Saginaw, Michigan.After finishing school, Mick proudly served in the United States Army. He was stationed in both Japan and Korea.  Upon completion of his time in the service, he entered the workforce.  He spent 40 years working as a railroad conductor for CXS Railroad.Mick was married to the late Vivian Jeanne Degroat.  They would spend over 50 years together until her passing in 2004.  He was able to find love again marrying Marian Forwalt and they have enjoyed the last 16 years together.Mick enjoyed creating woodwork pieces, solving crossword puzzles, and target shooting.  He had a passion for the outdoors and camping was a favorite way of enjoying that.  He had a love for all the M&M candy, often he was found with his favorite peanut butter M&M’s.Mick is survived by wife Marian Edwards, son Harold J. (Luci) Edwards of Arizona, daughter Cynthia (Rick) Bidar of Kentwood, MI., sister Margaret,  stepdaughter Stefanie (Matt) Alering of Versailles, granddaughters Kelley R. (George)  Cummins, Letha (Martin) Robles, Nicole Huskey, Rachel Huskey, and LJ McQueen and grandsons Harold J. (Korey) Edwards III, Samuel G. (Crystal) Edwards, and Dillan McQueen, along with numerous great grandchildren.  He was preceded in death by wife Vivian Edwards, daughter Andrea Luplow, step- daughter Lana Huskey, brother Harry Edwards, sisters Delphine, Betty, Elcina, and Ruth.Visitation will be held on Monday August 17, 2020 from 10 am.-12 pm., at Neals Funeral Home in Osgood.  Funeral services will be held also Monday at 12pm., at the funeral home.  Burial will be at Roselawn Memorial Gardens Association in Saginaw, MI on Tuesday August 18, 2020 at 1:00 pm.  Memorials may be given to the Ripley County Humane Society in care of the funeral home.   In accordance with Indiana State mandates, social distancing and mask will be required.  Online condolences can be placed at Nealsfuneralhome.netlast_img read more