Mean Girls is to be adapted into major motion picture from Paramount Pictures. The film will be produced byLorne Michaelsand Tina Fey.
Cynthia Erivo, Idina Menzel, Elton John and more of Broadway to perform at the Oscars. Erivo has been nominated for two Academy Awards this year as the star ofHarrietand co-writerof the films anthem, Stand Up. She will perform the number during the ceremony. Tony winnerIdina Menzelwill singInto the Unkown fromFrozen II,written by Oscar and Tony winning teamKristen Anderson-Lopez and Robert Lopez. The duo won their first Oscar in 2014 for Let It Go. Tony winner Elton John, who wrote (Im Gonna) Love Me Againfor his biopic,Rocketman will perform, as will Randy Newman, who willsingI Cant Let You Throw Yourself Away fromToy Story 4.Chrissy Metz will perform 11 time Oscar nominee Dianne WarrensIm Standing With You fromBreakthrough.
Over at the Grammys Ben Platt, Debbie Allen, Cyndi Lauper, and more to Perform Fame. The artists will take part in a salute to executive producerKen Ehrlich.
Neil Diamondattended a very private run-through of a Broadway-bound musical about his life and was spotted humming along to his songs. The show, as yet untitled, is now on track to hit New York in August 2021 after an out-of-town tryout. Diamond was delighted byWill Swenson, who played him according to The new York Post.
Broadway Records(Van Dean, President)announced today live at BroadwayCon, that the original cast recording of Emojiland The Musicalis now available for pre-order atwww.BroadwayRecords.com. The album will be available digitally onFriday, February 28, 2020and available physically atwww.Amazon.combeginningMarch 13, 2020.
Not to be confused with, and very much unlike The Emoji Movie,Emojilandis an electric ensemble piece about a diverse community of archetypes who take one another at face value: a smiling face dealing with depression; a princess who doesnt want a prince; a skull dying for deletion; a nerd face too smart for his own good; a face with sunglasses who cant see past his own reflection; and a police officer and construction worker who just want to work together. When a software update threatens to destroy life as they know it, Emojiland faces the most fundamental questions a society and a heart can face: Who are we? And who matters?
The album will feature original cast membersLesli Margherita(Matilda, Dames at Sea) as Princess,Josh Lamon(The Prom, Groundhog Day) as Prince,Lucas Steele(The Great Comet)as Skull,Ann Harada(Avenue Q, Rodgers & Hammersteins Cinderella) as Pile of Poo,George Abud(The BandsVisit) as Nerd Face,EmojilandCo-WriterLaura Scheinas Smiling Face with Smiling Eyes (aka Smize), Emmy Winner & Grammy NomineeFelicia Boswell(NBCsJesus Christ Superstar LIVE, Shuffle Along, Motown) as Police Officer,Natalie Weiss(Everyday Rapture,YouTubes Breaking Down the Riffs) as Construction Worker,Max Crumm(Grease, Disaster) as Man in Business Suit Levitating,Jacob Dickey(AladdinBroadway as Aladdin) as Smiling Face with Sunglasses, (aka Sunny),Dwelvan David(Finding Neverland&TheGershwins Porgy and BessTours) as Guardsman,Heather Makalani(Aladdin) as Kissy Face,Tanisha Moore(Charlie and the Chocolate FactoryTour) as Woman Dancing, andJordan Fife Hunt(A Chorus LineFirst Revival Tour) as Man Dancing.
Emojilandsbook, music and lyrics are written byKeith Harrison & Laura Schein. The musical is directed byThomas Caruso(Southern Comfort, Matilda, Groundhog Day),with choreography byKenny Ingram(The Lion King)and musical