Feb. 21, 2013 | 9:09 a.m.

Shia LaBeouf wages Twitter war after quitting Broadway play

Shia LaBeouf appears to be taking his case to the people’s court — via Twitter. The “Transformers” star is using the social media platform to post a series of personal emails to reflect the “creative differences” that led him to bow out of the upcoming revival production of the play “Orphans,” as reported by our sister blog, Culture Monster. LaBeouf’s departure led to talk that he clashed with costar Alec Baldwin. But Thursday’s news cycle is all about LaBeouf’s take-no-prisoners approach: He is using the social media platform to tell his side of the story by posting what purports to be personal emails involving Baldwin; another costar, Tom Sturridge; and the play’s director. PS4: 10 things you must know What do you think about LaBeouf’s tactics? A smart way to get his point across? Do you think the email senders feel like their […]
April 14, 2012 | 8:00 a.m.

Superman sings! Bob Holiday on Broadway and Man of Steel brotherhood

This post has been corrected. See below for details. Pop quiz: Name the Broadway musical based on a comic book in which an actor playing a superhero fell from his safety harness while flying through the air. If you answered, “Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark,” you’d be wrong. Spider-Man doesn’t fly; he swings. The correct response is “It’s a Bird … It’s a Plane … It’s Superman,” the 1966 musical about the Man of Steel. The show boasted an impressive pedigree; it was directed by Hal Prince (who made a name for himself with “West Side Story” and “Cabaret”), with music and lyrics by Charles Strouse and Lee Adams (the team behind “Bye Bye Birdie”) and the book was written by David Newman and Robert Benton (who, more than a decade later, would co-write Richard Donner’s “Superman: The Movie“). For the dual […]
Feb. 14, 2012 | 8:18 p.m.

William Shatner boldly goes just about everywhere in his career

William Shatner is standing in a mostly bare rehearsal room in Hollywood, his arms outstretched as he recites the closing lines to his Broadway-bound one-man show. Naturally, the subject of the moment is his career — that strange, constantly mutating accumulation of TV series, movies, guest spots, online projects, commercials and more. “It’s easy to say no,” he says, addressing an invisible audience. “Saying yes carries more danger to it. Saying yes is risky business — but how much richer my life has been because of it.” If there is one inviolable law of the Shatnerverse, it is simply that: Say yes. Shatner’s career is defined by a bottomless capacity to try it all. Nothing is too weird or outlandish; selling out is nothing to be ashamed of. His oddball career choices form the backbone of “Shatner’s World: We Just […]
June 19, 2011 | 7:29 a.m.

‘Harry Potter’ star Daniel Radcliffe: It would be ‘self-defeating’ to ever reprise role

What’s J.K. Rowling about to announce with the mysterious “Pottermore” project? Daniel Radcliffe says he’s in the dark on the topic, and, yes, he’s quite ready to say goodbye to the boy wizard at this point anyway. “I know nothing about that whatsoever,” Radcliffe said of the cryptic new website that is meant to stir interest in the June 23 announcement of some new endeavor. “I’m sure that Jo will be writing a lot more in the coming years. I’m sure she has a lot more in her than we’ve read and a lot more stories to tell.” And he added, with a bit of a chuckle:  “As long as they don’t involve Harry, I’m quite happy to buy them.” There was a great stir of interest in the Muggle world in recent days with news coverage of the website, which is so far […]
June 14, 2011 | 10:16 a.m.

‘Spider-Man’ opens on Broadway, falls on ‘Sesame Street’

After more than six months of preview shows and calamity, “Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark” will actually “open” Tuesday night on Broadway, but the show is already one of the great pop-culture stories of 2011. It’s even made it (sort of) to “Sesame Street”… Hey, wait, was that Super Grover? — Geoff Boucher RECENT AND RELATED New “Cap” trailer premiering at L.A. festival Favreau, Downey stage “Iron Man” reunion Downey shocks Hero festival audience Stan Lee: The Marvel creation I didn’t like was… Johnston: ‘Our Bucky isn’t a sidekick’ Johnston: This movie will surprise people 18 images from “Captain America” Favreau brings “Iron Man” to L.A. festival Capt. America film gets title change in Russia Capt. America will be USO performer in movie Johnston: Steve Rogers won’t be ‘flag waver’ Stark Expo links ‘Iron Man 2,′ ‘Capt. America’  
Dec. 21, 2010 | 8:09 a.m.

Curse of the Spider-Man? Fourth accident for troubled Broadway production

From the Associated Press The Broadway musical “Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark” experienced its fourth accident since it began previews last month as an actor performing an aerial stunt fell about 30 feet, New York fire officials said. Firefighters were called to the Foxwoods Theatre at about 10:45 p.m. Monday after the 31-year-old actor fell near the end of the latest preview performance. He was taken to Bellevue Hospital with minor injuries, police said. Police did not release the actor’s name, but a performer in the show identified him as Christopher Tierney. The performer spoke on condition of anonymity because the performer was not authorized to speak publicly about the accident. A nurse at Bellevue Hospital said a Christopher Tierney was admitted and was in stable condition but would not provide details. Tierney is the show’s main aerialist and performs […]
Dec. 12, 2010 | 6:48 a.m.

Spider-Man musical: Julie Taymor’s high-wire act and outsider spirit

John Horn reports from New York where he went behind the scenes with Julie Taymor and her Spider-Man musical.  Jammed with computers, cables and technicians, the orchestra section inside the Foxwoods Theatre looked like the control room at a particle accelerator, yet it was a very different kind of physics experiment Julie Taymor was trying to manage. Standing in front of rows of oversized monitors staffed by her creative team inside the darkened Broadway auditorium in mid-November, Taymor was running through one of the most elaborate, gravity-defying fight sequences in “Spider-Man: Turn off the Dark,” her creatively and financially audacious musical The sequence called for the titular web slinger to battle the villainous Green Goblin as both characters zoomed around on wires anchored to the cavernous theater’s roof. The aerial system’s powerful motors, which can fly performers at speeds approaching 35 […]
Dec. 06, 2010 | 9:44 a.m.

VIDEO: ‘SNL,’ Kimmel and Conan pile on ‘Spider-Man’ musical

Over at Culture Monster, our refined sister blog and a must-read for followers of the arts, Lisa Fung surveys the jokes and jabs aimed at the troubled Spider-Man Broadway musical. It’s still more than a month before “Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark” opens on Broadway Jan. 11, but print news outlets seem to be having a heyday with their reports (or reviews?) on the preview performance glitches, the exorbitant cost (reportedly $65 million and counting), problems with the book and several cast injuries. TV news soon followed, starting with a “60 Minutes” behind-the-scenes segment, then various reports from “The Today Show” and others. Seems as if everyone wants a piece of the musical. Now that includes the late-night shows, with Jimmy Kimmel, Conan O’Brien and others joining the news media, bloggers, tweeters and others in the free-for-all. The latest to take […]
Nov. 30, 2010 | 5:32 a.m.

Broadway’s ‘Spider-Man’ gets off to shaky start

David Ng at our sister blog, Culture Monster, has been keeping tabs on Broadway’s $65 million “Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark” to see if the new musical can in fact do whatever a spider can…  On Sunday, Broadway’s “Spider-Man: Turn off the Dark” began preview performances at the Foxwoods Theatre in New York. The event marks the first time that a paying public audience was able to experience the long-delayed stage musical. But according to reports in the New York press, the first performance was marred by a number of technical mishaps. New York Post columnist Michael Riedel reported that “overhead stage wires dropped on the audience, scenery appeared on stage missing pieces — and the show’s star [Reeve Carney] was even left swaying helplessly over them midair during what was supposed to be the climatic end to the first […]
Nov. 15, 2010 | 4:56 p.m.

‘Spider-Man’ musical, framed by Annie Leibovitz and Vogue

You don’t see a lot of superhero scoops in the pages of  Vogue, but writer Adam Green and photographer Annie Leibovitz have gone behind the scenes of “Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark,” the Broadway musical from Julie Taymor that, by all early appearances, will challenge “Catwoman” and “Howard the Duck” for the title of most calamitous comic-book adaptation of all time. You can find the story right here and the Leibovitz photo gallery right here. Here’s a quick excerpt from the article: It’s not difficult to see why Taymor, with her penchant for folk tales and fascination with the cycles of life, would be attracted to the epic tale of an ordinary boy who must cross the thresholds of death and rebirth to claim the mantle of hero. “Spider-Man is a genuine American myth with a dark, primal power,” Taymor says. […]
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