Stage Whispers

November 4, 2010

* For the second time in as many months I’ve seen someone make an online reference to Jason Robert Brown’s music popping up in a ‘teen movie’, so I decided to investigate. Apparently Someone to Fall Back On is featured twice in Disney’s Bandslam. How can this be? A confused fan tweeted JRB to get the full story, and this is what they got back:

@MrJasonRBrown They paid me lots of money! And I thought it was cool! RT @theRachul: WTF?! JRB song being used in a teen band movie. How does this happen?

I love JRB but, like @theRachul, I am less than impressed with this admission. What with this and his campaign for artist payment, the composing guru is in danger of looking a little cash-obessed. At least it wasn’t V-Hudge singing it.

*Big: the Musical (based on the bizarre 1988 film) has had its UK premiere postponed due to ‘unforseen circumstances.’ It had been set to open in Liverpool next February, starring Holby City alumnus Tom Chambers after enjoying a brief spell on Broadway in 1996. I’m not sure how this wacky coming-of-age tale would have translated to the stage, but I think with Dirty Dancing, Flashdance and soon-to-be-hot Ghost lighting up the West End, we’ve probably got quite enough 80s nostalgia going on.

*Issue 2 of M magazine is hotly anticipated after its exciting online debut last month. The word is out that it will feature a fabulous photoshoot with Spring Awakenings Lucy May Barker

*British composers Stiles and Drewe are already hot on the fringe and cabaret circuit, and are best known for writing the additional material for Cameron Mackintosh’s Mary Poppins, and for the Olivier-award-winning Honk! Packed with witty songs, their Just So is coming to the Tabard Theatre in Chiswick from December 1st.

*Despite the haters, Love Never Dies has extended its booking period again, now until May 2011. The LND team have also uploaded a video with some backstage sneak peaks for fans of the show. The show seems to be the definitive musical Marmite – I’ve met as many enthusiastic audience members as I have depressed ones, and there doesn’t seem to be any correlation with whether they loved the original or not. Do you think Love should live on? Drop me a comment and join the debate.

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3 Responses to “Stage Whispers”

  1. CW82 Says:

    As much as I’m a big fan of 80’s films, i’m not sure of the transfer to stage at the best of times but Big?!? I can not see how this would work and how it would be the same without Tom Hanks and the giant piano!
    Keep up the good work, enjoying reading something a bit more genuine for a change!

  2. Harriet Says:

    I totally agree there is enough 80s nostalgia going on at the moment. Dirty Dancing was a big disappointment as all it does is follow the film scene for scene without any original input, resulting in too many scene changes and a nauseating over-female audience just wanting to scream every time a male takes his shirt off. …….and Dirty Dancing is one of my favourite films!!!
    Thanks for the tip-off about Just So in Chiswick. Will def. be going to see that.


  3. No problem. I do hear on the grapevine that Ghost has an amazing team behind it so I will be booking for that! Not sure how it’ll work, but as long as it’s as romantic and DOESN’T include a cover of Unchained Melody, I’m in. Thanks for reading ladies 😉


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