STARSTRUCK radio

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STARSTRUCK, the eccentric space opera comedy by Elaine Lee and Wm. Michael Kaluta has led a varied multimedia history — while it’s now coming out as a periodical comic from IDW, it started out as a stage play by Lee. Now it’s going back to its roots with a new audio play that will be […]

KCRW to re-broadcast AMERICAN SPLENDOR radio play

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On Friday, KCRW will replay a 1991 radio adaptation of Vince Waldron’s AMERICAN SPLENDOR stage play, starring Dan (Homer Simpson) Castellaneta. The original stage play (which we saw in person) was a wonderful adaptationof the late Harvey Pekar’s work, and this version is has a lot of the same charms. The play will be available ONLY on air and by live stream and will not be available for download, so set those tape recorders.

Spiegelman dances about comics

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The Boston Globe has a full report on a new comics/dance collaboration, to wit: Art Spiegelman, lit comics mainstay, is teaming with the famed Pilobilus dance troupe for a “multimedia homage to early-20th-century cartoons” called “Hapless Hooligan in ‘Still Moving’,’’ which premieres Thursday at Dartmouth College’s Hopkins Center for the Arts. The piece will feature characters based on Happy Hooligan, and Little Lulu and includes an homage to early animator Oskar Fischinger. Pilobilus is known for its abstract, athletic dance, and this piece includes dancers interacting with projected word balloons and other comics elements.

Alan Cumming drops out of Spider-Man musical which will never happen

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EW reports that Alan Cumming, who was slated to play the Green Goblin, has dropped out of the Spider-Man musical due to actually working, namely a regular role on The Good Wife. With potential Mary Jane Evan Rachel Wood also recently exiting, and a slew of delays, restarts, revamps, and some $50 million already spent […]

Jack Kirby’s Julius Caesar the Celestial

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Via the Jack Kirby Museum, the tale of Jack Kirby’s foray at costume design for the stage: In 1969, Sheldon Feldner contacted Marvel Comics, asking if one of Marvel’s artists would be interested in designing costumes for a production of William Shakespeare’s play Julius Caesar by the University Theatre Company at Santa Cruz at the […]

Spidey musical rises again — UPDATED

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Disney, which has been a major player on Broadway since Beauty and the Beast and on with The Lion King, Mary Poppins and many others, has UPDATE: Well, another source, the NY Times Arts Beat states that Disney WASN’T the white knight here, and Spidey got it together on its own. Another executive involved with […]

Swing Dancing Spidey

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If this doesn’t make you smile, nothing will.

Spider-Man musical back on track, Carney official for Peter

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Last week’s Spider-Man musical showdown seems to have had a successful conclusion, inasmuch as it resulted in positive press releases being sent out. Former Live Nation president Michael Cohl has been brought in to make sure the financially beleaguered production actually makes it to the stage; the inexperienced David Garfinkel, whose missteps are widely believed […]

Can the Spidey musical overcome its greatest foes? UPDATE

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UPDATE: It seems that today is the day of decision, as the NY Times and Post report. Today a meeting is being held to decide the future of the show. Fingers crossed! John Horn in the LA Times finally has a fully researched–he’s even read the script– story on the sprawling mess that is the […]

James Bond and Wolverine team up for…ANGST

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MAN WATCH: EW has a first look at Daniel Craig and Hugh Jackman in the Broadway play ‘A Steady Rain’, which, we’re told, is a heavy duty drama about two Chicago cops. Jackman, who won a Tony in 2004 for hoofing it as 1970s singer-songwriter Peter Allen in The Boy From Oz, plays Denny, a […]

A CHECKROOM ROMANCE by Ben Katchor and Mark Mulcahy

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One of the events we were most sorry to miss while away was the workshop premiere of A CHECKROOM ROMANCE by cartoonist/storyteller Ben Katchor and musician Mark Mulcahy. The duo have collaborated on two previous theatrical pieces, which have won rave reviews. Well, we couldn’t do, but luckily, Brian Heaterfilled in with a post at […]

What if…Wolverine SANG?

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Up until now, Hugh Jackman has been able to keep his love of musical theater and his love of slicing people with his claws separate, but don’t think those of us who share those twin loves haven’t fantasized about WOLVERINE: THE MUSICAL. Now, Erik Beck from Indy Mogul and Mark Douglas, from Barely Political, have […]

Bono speaks of Spidey!

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We’ve devoted many items to the eventual Spider-Man musical, and we expect to devote more to it, because the damned thing doesn’t open for months and months. However, there’s one thing we haven’t linked to yet: what songwriter BONO THINKS OF SPIDER-MAN. Luckily, a fact-filled update from The Times UK, delivers the goods: Bono has […]

Gandalf and Picard team up to wait for Godot

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Or, if you prefer, Magneto and Professor X do Beckett. According to a story on the BBC website, Ian McKellen and Patrick Stewart will be doing WAITING FOR GODOT next year. McKellan will play Estragon and Stewart will play Vladimir. Stewart is currently playing Claudius in the RSC production of Hamlet starring soon-to-be-ex Doctor # […]