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What If Your Life Was a Musical Four New Shows Explore This Idea, Including Disney’s ‘Bob the Musical’

What If Your Life Was a Musical? Four New Shows Explore This Idea, Including Disney’s ‘Bob the Musical'

Jul 2014 09:25AM EDT

For anyone who wishes that their life had musical accompaniment, or that everyday people spontaneously broke into song like they do in musicals, several new shows could be for you, including Adam Overett's 'My Life Is a Musical' and an upcoming movie from Disney, ‘Bob the Musical.'READ MORE

'What's Opera, Doc?'

'Ride of The Valkyries' in Film and Television

Jul 2014 16:28PM EDT

The Bayreuth Opera Festival in Germany might have gotten off to a rough start, so Music Times figured it would try to help by offering a tribute of its own to Richard Wagner, the key honoree of the annual opera fest. Thanks to the epic nature of the instrumental charge, the theme has been used over and over again in popular television and film. Some of the best, most renowned (and most loathed) examples are listed.READ MORE

Richard Wagner, looking happy as ever.

Bayreuth Festival Opens with Disastrous Rendition of Richard Wagner's 'Tannhäuser'

Jul 2014 12:17PM EDT

Opera festivals rarely raise eyebrows outside of the cities in which they are staged but this year's version of the Bayreuth Opera Festival has gotten off to a rough start. The yearly event, which is held at the titular German city, is dedicated entirely to the works of composer Richard Wagner, a native of Leipzig. The festival allows for experimentation to be conducted with the classic compositions and narratives, which is where our story begins.READ MORE

The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time

'The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time' Broadway Tickets Now On Sale

Jul 2014 15:51PM EDT

Simons Stephens's adaptation of Tom Haddon's award-winning bestseller won seven Olivier Awards last year.READ MORE

Oh! That ol' Stanford marching band!

Ohio State Ain't Got Nothing on Stanford: A List of The Most Shocking Moves from The Nation's Most Shocking Band

Jul 2014 15:03PM EDT

Ohio State University is suffering a black eye at the moment thanks to the inappropriate shenanigans of The Best Damn Band in The Land and the inappropriate lack of repercussions for those actions. If you want a lightning rod for controversy however, there is no college band that has pushed boundaries and ruffled feathers like the Leland Stanford Junior University Marching Band.READ MORE

Peter Gelb of Metropolitan Opera to Union Workers: Prepare for Lockout

Peter Gelb of Metropolitan Opera to Union Workers: Prepare for Lockout

Jul 2014 11:12AM EDT

Peter Gelb, the Metropolitan Opera's general manager, warned that a lockout of union workers is imminent if the opera house’s singers, orchestra members, stagehands and other employees cannot reach a labor agreement with management by next week.READ MORE

Ian McKellen, Patrick Stewart Star in 'Waiting for Godot,' 'No Man's Land' on Broadway

LINKS: Ian McKellen Says Actors Deserve a Living Wage, the Problem of Unpaid Gigs, Music Streaming Kills Jazz and Classical

Jul 2014 11:07AM EDT

All this week, news stories have been highlighting the precarious financial situation of many artists. First Salon.com reported that music streaming sites are reducing the royalties paid out to classical and jazz musicians. Then writer Daphne Carr addressed the problem of unpaid gigs. And finally, actor Ian McKellen called for a living wage for stage actors.READ MORE

'Script Oh-my-gawd.'

Ohio State University Fires Director of 'Best Damn Band' Following 23-Page Report Full of Sexual Depravity

Jul 2014 10:13AM EDT

Ohio State University fired Jonathan Waters—the director of what fans affectionately refer to as "The Best Damn Band in The Land—for ignoring a "culture" of sexual harassment. The OSU Office of Compliance and Integrity released a 23-page report listing a litany of depraved and sometimes bizarre behavior from band members.READ MORE

Sasha Grey, formerly of aTelenine.

5 Musicians Who Made It in Porn

Jul 2014 14:56PM EDT

Coolio set the record straight with Rolling Stone this week—he only released one promo song for Pornhub, not an entire album!—but he wouldn't be the first musician to find money in the sex video industry. And we're not talking about recording soundtracks. Check out the list of performers who have made the jump from one platform to the other.READ MORE

Music for Revolution: Fela Kuti Immortalized in Latest Doc 'Finding Fela' with Appearances from Paul McCartney and Questlove

New Fela Kuti Documentary, 'Finding Fela,' Continues What 'FELA!' the Musical Started

Jul 2014 09:04AM EDT

Directed by Academy Award-winner Alex Gibney (Taxi to the Darkside, Enron: The Smartest Guys in the Room), the film takes a deeper look into a story told by the three-time Tony-winning musical FELA!, which had its Off-Broadway premiere in 2008--recently revived on Broadway in 2012.READ MORE

BAM Awarded National Medal of the Arts

President Barack Obama to Honor Brooklyn Academy of Music with National Medal of Arts

Jul 2014 08:58AM EDT

President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle announced yesterday that the Brooklyn Academy of Music (BAM) is the first institution to receive the National Medal of Arts, the highest award given to artists and arts patrons by the United States government. The National MedalREAD MORE

Long Beach Opera Presents ‘I Was Looking at the Ceiling and then I Saw the Sky’ by John Luther Adams and June Jordan

Long Beach Opera Presents ‘I Was Looking at the Ceiling and then I Saw the Sky’ by John Luther Adams and June Jordan

Jul 2014 11:17AM EDT

“I was looking at the ceiling and then I saw the sky” is the title of a song-play by contemporary composer John Luther Adams and poet June Jordan. The Long Beach Opera will present the Southern California premiere of 'Ceiling/Sky' at the Ford Amphitheatre on August 23READ MORE

‘Evil Dead: The Musical,’ Possessed by Demons and Infectious Harmonies, Lurches into Chicago on Its North American Tour

‘Evil Dead: The Musical,’ Possessed by Demons and Infectious Harmonies, Lurches into Chicago on Its North American Tour

Jul 2014 10:54AM EDT

'Evil Dead: The Musical' refuses to die. Its misbegotten life started in Toronto 10 years ago, where it was an instant hit. And now it's coming to Chicago, preparing to wreak three weeks of musical mayhem at the Broadway Playhouse from September 23 to October 12.READ MORE

Josh Young

Josh Young Leads Cast in Pre-Broadway Chicago Engagement of New Musical 'Amazing Grace'

Jul 2014 09:45AM EDT

The new musical explores the life of English poet and clergyman John Newton, author of the words to the hymn 'Amazing Grace.'READ MORE

'American Psycho' the Musical Gets an Off-Broadway Premiere for February 2015, Second Stage Theatre to Produce

'American Psycho' Goes Off-Broadway Musical Thanks to Duncan Sheik, Second Stage Theater in February 2015

Jul 2014 09:52AM EDT

Patrick Bateman hasn't left Manhattan just yet, and a new incarnation of the serial killer is about to hit the off-Broadway stage. Second Stage Theatre announced Monday that it will mount a musical adaptation of Bret Easton Ellis' famous 1991 thriller, American Psycho. A premiere has been set for February 2015, though no cast has been announced.READ MORE

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