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Percy Jackson is Headed to Broadway

We’ve all been there. You’re struggling in school and dealing with the everyday hardships of being a teenager- friends, relationships and changing bodies. Oh, and you just found out that your dad is Poseidon, the God of the Sea. Casual stuff.

 

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If this doesn’t apply to you, you’re probably not Percy Jackson, the protagonist of the 2005 bestselling young adult fantasy novel, Percy Jackson and the Olympians: The Lightning Thief. Rick Riordan’s novel intersects adolescence and Greek mythology in a completely relatable, yet absurd way. The novel was adapted into a movie in 2010 starring Logan Lerman and Alexandra Daddario. Apparently, fans were still not satisfied because in 2014, the story took the stage for the first time. After a thirty two city national tour, The Lightning Thief: The Percy Jackson Musical will hit the stage on Broadway for the first time.

 

 

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According to the Hollywood Reporter, performances will begin on September 20 with an opening night date of October 16. The musical will run for a limited time, planning to close in early January 2020. Chris McCarrell will continue his title role of Percy from the national tour to the Broadway stage at Longacre Theater.

 

For the first time, fans can see Percy and his demigod comrades fight monsters, fall under the spell of sirens and confront their mythological parents on a Broadway scale…with a few songs here and there.

 

 

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T.S. Eliot Would Have Approved of ‘Cats’ Film, Estate Says

The trailer for the upcoming musical adaptation Cats debuted last week, and the responses ranged from “curious” to “horrified”. The CGI-versions of the main cast as anthropomorphic cats was widely criticized on social media, but not from the estate of the author whose poems inspired the musical.

 

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Speaking to The Guardian, Clare Reihill, who administers the Elliot estate, said that the late author would have been pleased with how disturbing the characters look within the film.

 

“I think Eliot might have enjoyed the rich strangeness of the blurring of the boundary between human and cat in the trailer, which is in keeping with the elusiveness of the world of the poems – or indeed the nocturnal surrealism of something like Rhapsody on Windy Night [the basis of the song Memory]. He was also a great fan of Jacques Tati’s movies, with their surreal urban ballets.”

 

 

The musical is based on a series of poems compiled into a book titled Old Possum’s Book of Practical Cats. Reihill commented that the world in the poems is as strange as the one in the trailer:

 

“The cats in the poems inhabit a world that is slightly unfixed: sometimes the cats seem to exist in a normal human world, sometimes they seem to inhabit an all-feline one – it’s never quite clarified.”

 

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Cats will hit theaters this Christmas.

 

 

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Queer Musical ‘The Prom’ Getting YA Novel Adaptation!

Dance your way to the bookstore because the Broadway hit The Prom will be adapted into a young adult novel.

 

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Ah, high school prom! For those of you who attended your prom you’ll remember how much of a mess it was to make it there. The planning and organizing, between car or limo arrangements to hair, make-up, and what to wear, and then there was dealing with the pressure of asking for a date! So glad to be done with that!

Now all of that is hard enough for your average high schooler trying to fit in and be “normal”, but what about those who dared to be original and stray away from the norm so they can be who they truly are?

This is what the Broadway musical The Prom is all about.

 

The show…tells the story of Emma, a high school student in Indiana who becomes the center of a media scandal for wanting to bring her girlfriend to the prom. When her plight catches the attention of some Broadway eccentrics, Emma’s story goes from small-town scandal to theatrical, jazz hand-laden frenzy.

-Playbill, 2019

 

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Confirmed in an Entertainment Weekly exclusive, as well as by Playbill in an article of their own, the musical will be released this upcoming Fall of 2019 as a young adult novel.

 

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YA author Saundra Mitchell, who wrote the teen anthologies Defy the Dark and All Out: The No-Longer-Secret Stories of Queer Teens Throughout the Ages, will be writing the adaptation alongside the the musical’s three writers—Chad Beguelin, Bob Martin, and Matthew Sklar. With the book in the hands of these fantastic writers, we know that the musical’s energy and humor, as well as its message of acceptance and inclusion will be upheld.

 

 

 

The novel is already available for pre-order. Be the first to read and add this beautiful story of love, acceptance, and being true to yourself to your library this Fall.

 

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New TV Adaptation of  Les Misérables Is Here!

In the preface to Les MisérablesVictor Hugo wrote:

 

As long as there are ignorance and poverty on Earth, books such as this one may not be useless.

 

Those words have held true. The book was published in 1862— over a 150 years ago—and it was a breakout hit that still hasn’t lost its popularity nor its relevance.

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This might have something to do with the musical. Heck, maybe it has everything to do with the musical, but to test that theory out is PBS, who is coming in at full swing.
PBS’ adaption of Les Miserables isn’t a musical, but instead an in-depth look at the classic story about poverty, desperation, and redemption. Forbes writes that the screenwriter, Andrew Davies, who is known for his adaptions such as Pride and Prejudice (1995 TV series) and War & Peace (2016 TV series)preserves Hugo’s intricate plotting, striking historical vignettes, powerful themes and evocative characterizations”.
The television series is set to be a six-part adaptation of the famous story. Here, we follow fugitive Jean Valjean, played here by Dominic West (James ‘Jimmy’ McNulty on The Wire) who is relentlessly followed by Inspector Javert, played here by David Oyelowo, who infamously took on the role of Dr. King in Selma.
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The rest of the cast includes Lilly Collins, who played Collins Tuohy in The Blind Side and more recently led Netflix film To the Bone will be Fantine, a young woman forced into prostitution.
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Adeel Akhtar, who played Naveed in The Big Stick, will be devious and devious Thénardier.
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Olivia Colman, who plays Queen Elizabeth II on Season 4 of The Crown and just won the Best Actress Oscar for her role in The FavoriteI, will be devious and cruel Madame Thénardier.
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Ellie Bamber, who played Lydia Bennet in Pride and Prejudice and Zombies, will be Cosette, the daughter of Fantine and the adopted daughter of Valjean. Josh O’Connor, plays Prince Charles on Season 4 of The Crown, will be Marius, Cosette’s young lover.
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The first episode premiered on April 14th at 9/8c. You can check it out for yourself here and see if you like it. The second episode comes out the 24th at 9/8c.

 

 

“Lilly [Collins] was saying the other day that, you know, in one song lyric, in one line, she has a whole episode. You know, what happened to her? Where did she come from? Who did she fall in love with, how did he treat her? How did she end up a prostitute on the street? And we get to see all that. And so I think that anyone who loved the musical would really love this.”

A greater understanding of characters I already love? That’s got my ear, so I’ll tune in.
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‘The Secret Life of Bees’ Is Now a Musical!

Exciting news for literature and musical fans! The Secret Life of Bees by Sue Monk Kidd was already critically acclaimed as both a novel and its feature film adaptation starring Dakota Fanning, Alicia Keys, Jennifer Hudson, and Queen Latifah. The novel was a bestseller on the New York Times’s bestsellers list. The novel itself dealt with weighty emotional issues, including child abuse and trauma. Beautifully written, it deals with its issues with maturity and grace, making for a potentially excellent stage adaptation.

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LaChanze, famed for her role in The Color Purplewill play beekeeper August Boatwright. Other cast members have been announced to be Eisa Davis as June, Manoel Felciano as T-Ray, Lily’s abusive father, Brett Gray as Zach, and Anastacia McCleskey as May. Set to begin previews on May 12th, 2019, the play will begin an off-Broadway show starting in June and eventually is eyeing a Broadway transfer. The play will feature music by Duncan Sheik and will be directed by Sam Gold. Performances will end July 7th but we hope this proves popular enough to get the eyes of Broadway! The show will deal with themes of faith, spirituality, and healing.

We can’t wait to see this book come alive on stage!

 

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