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Friday, October 22, 2021

Grammy Awards: Stage and Streamers Meet as Concept Albums Look to Dominate Musical Theater Album Race by Jazz Tangcay

While Broadway lights remained dimmed for much of 2020 and 2021, they flipped back on in September and delayed cast albums finally were released — unleashing potential contenders for the m…

SOURCE: Variety at 03:15PM
Wednesday, July 7, 2021

‘We the People’ Musical Moments, Ranked by Jazz Tangcay

SPOILER ALERT: Do not read if you have not yet watched “We the People,” streaming now on Netflix. “We the People,” doesn’t just teach civics, it also mixes music and animation as …

SOURCE: Variety at 07:49AM

‘In the Heights’ Opening Number Took Months to Cut, Says Editor Myron Kerstein by Jazz Tangcay

As very early Oscar prospects start to emerge, a few pundits are placing bets on how many nods Jon M. Chu’s “In the Heights” could garner. Possible contenders include the original song…

SOURCE: Variety at 07:49AM
Friday, June 11, 2021

‘In The Heights’ Soundtrack Album Reaches the Same Heights as the Movie by Jazz Tangcay

Lin-Manuel Miranda’s joyous celebration of the Washington Heights neighborhood, “In The Heights” has finally arrived on the big screen and HBO Max… and also Spotify, Tidal, Amazon Mu…

SOURCE: Variety at 09:31PM
Thursday, June 10, 2021

How ‘In The Heights’ Production Designer Nelson Coates Constructed the Neighborhood by Jazz Tangcay

“In the Heights” production designer Nelson Coates had an important task from Lin-Manuel Miranda: The bodegas for the film adaptation of the stage show needed to be located east of Broad…

SOURCE: Variety at 08:51AM
Monday, June 7, 2021

‘In the Heights’ Cinematographer Alice Brooks on Capturing the Film’s Stunning Reflection Shot by Jazz Tangcay

While filming Jon M. Chu’s “In the Heights” (out in theaters and HBO Max on Friday) cinematographer Alice Brooks fell in love with “the people, the smells, the sounds and the taste o…

SOURCE: Variety at 07:17PM
Friday, June 4, 2021

From ‘Pose’ to ‘The Politician,’ Composer Mac Quayle on Scoring Ryan Murphy’s Musical Universe by Jazz Tangcay

Whether it’s “Ratched” “Pose” or “The Politician,” Ryan Murphy’s visual canvas is bold and vibrant and often filled with glitz and glamour. You could say the same of the musi…

SOURCE: Variety at 07:39PM

Andrew Lloyd Webber’s ‘Cinderella’ unveils ‘Far Too Late,’ first song from upcoming London production by Jazz Tangcay

“Far Too Late,” the first song from Andrew Lloyd Webber’s “Cinderella,” has been released ahead of the album drop on July 9.

SOURCE: Chicago Tribune Subscription at 01:46PM
Thursday, June 3, 2021

‘In The Heights’ Costume Designer Mitchell Travers on His Real-Life Inspirations by Jazz Tangcay

Costume designer Mitchell Travers took to the streets to research the looks for “In the Heights,” set in Manhattan’s lively Washington Heights neighborhood. Travers spent hours photogr…

SOURCE: Variety at 07:39PM

How Production Designers Crafted Worlds For ‘Zoey’s Extraordinary Playlist,’ ‘The Underground Railroad’ and ‘The Crown’ by Jazz Tangcay

A look at the world building through the eyes of production designers. David Willson (“Zoey’s Extraordinary Playlist”), Martin Childs (“The Crown”) and Mark Friedberg (“The Under…

SOURCE: Variety at 06:04PM

‘Ratatouille: The Musical’ and ‘RuPaul’s Drag Race’ Gear Up for Emmy Consideration by Jazz Tangcay

Outliers in the music supervision field this Emmy season include “RuPaul’s Drag Race,” which used songs by Ariana Grande, Janet Jackson and Britney Spears performed as the queens battl…

SOURCE: Variety at 02:59PM
Wednesday, May 26, 2021

Glenn Close Breaks Down Her Most Iconic Costumes by Jazz Tangcay

From the black leather jacket in “Fatal Attraction” to her zebra-print coat dress from “101 Dalmatians,” Glenn Close has more than 56 costumes and accessories from characters she has…

SOURCE: Variety at 09:37PM
Saturday, May 15, 2021

How ‘Finding You’ Composers Crafted an Irish Musical Landscape by Jazz Tangcay

With the script for Brian Baugh’s “Finding You” (in theaters May 14) centering around violinist Finley (Rose Reid) traveling to the Irish coast for a semester, composer Kieran Kiely co…

SOURCE: Variety at 06:37PM
Friday, May 14, 2021

Why Hollywood Production Crews Won’t Be Taking Off Their Masks Just Yet by Jazz Tangcay

While the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announced Thursday that people who are fully vaccinated against COVID-19 can resume most typical pre-pandemic activities without wearing …

SOURCE: Variety at 09:30PM

‘High School Musical’ Series Choreographer Breaks Down Second Season Opening Number by Jazz Tangcay

The East High Wildcats from “High School Musical: The Musical — The Series” return to Disney Plus for a second season May 14, which opens, appropriately enough, with a big song-and-dan…

SOURCE: Variety at 04:18PM
Saturday, May 1, 2021

‘In the Heights’ to Kick Off Los Angeles Latino International Film Festival by Jazz Tangcay

Jon M. Chu’s “In the Heights” will kick off the Los Angeles Latino International Film Festival with a special preview screening on June 4 at Hollywood’s TCL Chinese Theatre. The film…

SOURCE: Variety at 07:30AM
Tuesday, April 20, 2021

Meet the Singing Voice of ‘Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom’ by Jazz Tangcay

Viola Davis transforms into the Mother of the Blues for her award-winning role in “Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom” — and while she delivers a powerhouse performance, former Ikette and soul…

SOURCE: Variety at 02:58PM

Anthony Powell, Three-Time Oscar-Winning Costume Designer, Dies at 85 by Jazz Tangcay

Anthony Powell, the three-time Oscar-winning costume designer known for helping shape the looks of Harrison Ford’s Indiana Jones and Glenn Close as Cruella de Vil, has died. He was 85. The…

SOURCE: Variety at 07:16AM
Monday, April 12, 2021

Leslie Odom Jr. Performs Original Song Contender ‘Speak Now’ at BAFTAs (EXCLUSIVE) by Jazz Tangcay

This past weekend, singer, songwriter and actor Leslie Odom Jr. performed “Speak Now” at the BAFTA Awards as part of its opening night ceremony. The evening was hosted by radio and TV pr…

SOURCE: Variety at 07:56PM
Sunday, April 11, 2021

‘Tenet’ and ‘Mank’ Win Top Honors at Art Directors Guild Awards by Jazz Tangcay

David Fincher’s “Mank” and Christopher Nolan’s “Tenet” were among the winners at the Art Directors Guild Awards on Saturday night — both are also Oscar nominees for best produc…

SOURCE: Variety at 07:28AM
Tuesday, April 6, 2021

Leslie Odom Jr. and Variety’s Artisans Award Honorees Offer Advice on Getting Into the Craft by Jazz Tangcay

Double Oscar nominee Leslie Odom Jr. was among the craftsmen and craftswomen at Variety‘s Artisans Awards offering advice on how to get into the field they work in. Odom Jr. said, “Star…

SOURCE: Variety at 12:54PM
Monday, April 5, 2021

Chadwick Boseman Wins Posthumous SAG Award for Best Male Actor for ‘Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom’ by Jazz Tangcay

Chadwick Boseman won a posthumous SAG Award for outstanding performance by a male actor in a leading role for “Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom.” His widow Taylor Simone Ledward accepted the a…

SOURCE: Variety at 06:20AM
Sunday, March 14, 2021

‘Linda Ronstadt: The Sound of My Voice’ Producer on How Filmmakers Finally Got the Legend on Film by Jazz Tangcay

Michele Farinola is no stranger to producing music documentaries: Her credits include “Foo Fighters: Back And Forth,” “George Harrison: Living In The Material World,” and most recent…

SOURCE: Variety at 01:31PM
Wednesday, March 10, 2021

‘Moulin Rouge! The Musical’ Choreographer Sonya Tayeh Tells Story Through Dance in the Tony-Nominated Show by Jazz Tangcay

The Broadway production of “Moulin Rouge! The Musical” was a spectacle that married different dance styles, from cancan and jazz to classic musical theater. Choreographer Sonya Tayeh’s…

SOURCE: Variety at 04:31PM
Sunday, February 28, 2021

Leah Daniels Butler on the Black Casting Directors Who Paved the Way (Guest Column) by Jazz Tangcay

Being in the entertainment industry is challenging but comes with rewards, so when I was asked to talk about what Black history meant to me, I couldn’t start the conversation without menti…

SOURCE: Variety at 05:44PM
Friday, February 26, 2021

Recording Andra Day as Billie Holiday Was an Exercise in ‘Surround’ Sound by Jazz Tangcay

Capturing the right musical ambiance for Billie Holiday in “The United States vs. Billie Holiday” was the product of a year-and-a-half of research and planning, even before shooting bega…

SOURCE: Variety at 06:56PM
Monday, February 22, 2021

Sandy Powell, Deborah Landis and Ellen Mirojnick Celebrate Ann Roth by Jazz Tangcay

The legendary Ann Roth is looking like a frontrunner for the costume design Oscar for her costumes for “Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom.” With over 130 film and television credits, Roth is se…

SOURCE: Variety at 07:17PM
Monday, February 8, 2021

Universal Pictures Moves Jennifer Lopez’s ‘Marry Me’ to 2022 — Film News in Brief by Jazz Tangcay

Mon. Feb 8. Universal Pictures Moves Jennifer Lopez’s ‘Marry Me’ to 2022 Universal Pictures has announced Jennifer Lopez’s “Marry Me” is moving from May 14, 2021 to Feb. 11, 2022…

SOURCE: Variety at 09:13PM
Monday, January 25, 2021

IATSE Offers White House Its Venues and Workforce to Help Vaccinate America by Jazz Tangcay

IATSE, the union that represents the workers behind the scenes, has reached out to the White House and its COVID Response Team offering their venues and workforce to help build and convert v…

SOURCE: Variety at 02:48PM
Thursday, January 21, 2021

Hillary Clinton Recognizes the Costume Industry Coalition in Video Message by Jazz Tangcay

Secretary Hillary Hillary Rodham Clinton recorded a video message in support of the theater community, in which she recognized the Costume Industry Coalition (CIC). In the video, Clinton sha…

SOURCE: Variety at 04:01PM
Saturday, January 16, 2021

IATSE Calls for Live Venues to Become COVID Vaccination Sites Using Union Labor by Jazz Tangcay

As entertainment venues including Broadway theaters, dance centers, arenas and concert halls lie empty across the country due to the coronavirus pandemic, IATSE, the union that represents th…

SOURCE: Variety at 09:04PM