Thursday, December 18, 2014

Two Shows Coming to New York

There are two shows coming to New York that I want my readers to know about.  One will be a one-night-only benefit version of a mythical musical and the other is a new Andrew Lloyd Webber musical -- the first new show he's had on Broadway since 2005's The Woman in White.

The mythical musical coming to New York is  a benefit concert version of Bombshell -- the fictional musical whose creation was chronicled in the TV show Smash.  The musical tells the life story of Marilyn Monroe and features a score by Tony-winning composers Marc Shaiman and Scott Whittman. It is expected that the staging will include all 22 songs features during the course of the TV series, and will include cast members from the short-lived show.  It is also presumed that the staging will be held at one of Broadway's 40 theaters.  The staging will be choreographed by Emmy winner Joshua Bergasse, who is currently represented on Broadway with the revival of On the Town.

The new Andrew Lloyd Webber show is going to be an adaptation of the Jack Black movie School of Rock.  The show is scheduled to play the Winter Garden Theatre starting in November, 2015, with an opening scheduled for December 6, 2015.  Julian Fellowes will write the show's book, and the lyrics will be by Glenn Slater.

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