The musical version of Brett Easton Ellis' book American Psycho will open on Broadway next year (15). Just days after an off-Broadway run of the show at Second Stage Theatre was cancelled, producers are in talks to take the production directly to the Great White Way.
Sources tell the New York Times that the arrangements with Second Stage "just weren't in the best interests of the production and its continuing life," adding that Broadway producers Jeffrey Richards and Jerry Frankel were among many offering to take the show straight to New York's theatre land.
Richards tells the publication, "I just felt the proposal by Second Stage was something that did not serve the best interests of the production... We were all asked for advice, and we gave it. I saw American Psycho in London, and I thought it was terrific."
The show, which opened at the Almeida Theatre in London in December (13), follows the fortunes of a successful businessman who leads a double life as a serial killer.
The off-Broadway adaptation of American Psycho has hit a roadblock after the show's commercial backers pulled out of the musical. The Second Stage Theatre production was slated to debut next year (15), but bosses at the the company have since opted not to move forward with the production.
A statement from Artistic Director Carole Rothman reads, "We are disappointed that we will not be producing American Psycho this season, but the rights holders, Act 4 Entertainment, have decided to not move forward with the production at Second Stage.
"We will be announcing a new production in its place in the coming weeks."
Benjamin Walker was set to to play serial killer Patrick Bateman in the Second Stage Theatre adaptation of Bret Easton Ellis' controversial 1991 novel. The cancellation could suggest backers are planning to move forward with a full Broadway run.
The musical, written by Duncan Sheik and Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa, won rave reviews during a sold-out run in London's West End earlier this year (14). It featured former Doctor Who Matt Smith.
Singer/actress Keke Palmer made history on Broadway on Tuesday night (09Sep14) when she became the first African-American to play fairytale princess Cinderella. The Akeelah & the Bee star hit the stage for the final run of the hit musical and she admits she knows how important the role is.
She says, "Young black girls that think that certain things aren't possible, it's good for them to just be able to see someone that looks like them and lets them know it's possible, but it also lets them know that just because you have never seen it, doesn't mean that you can't be it."
And Palmer admits she was one of those girls who couldn't dream of playing Cinderella: "I didn't think I'd become an actress."
British actor and comedian James Corden is preparing to relocate to America after officially landing the role as the new host of TV's The Late Late Show. The Begin Again star will take over from fellow Brit Craig Ferguson, who will depart the programme after nine years as host in December (14).
Monday's (08Sep14) announcement from CBS network bosses comes a month after reports initially surfaced revealing Corden was the frontrunner for the job, and the 36 year old can't believe his luck.
A statement released by Corden reads: "I can't describe how thrilled and honoured I am to be taking over from the brilliant Craig Ferguson.
"To be asked to host such a prestigious show on America's No. 1 (sic) network is hugely exciting. I can't wait to get started, and will do my very best to make a show America will enjoy."
Corden is no stranger to U.S. audiences - he won a Tony Award in 2012 for his star turn in Broadway show One Man, Two Guvnors, while he also appeared in the 2006 film adaptation of The History Boys, and landed a role alongside Keira Knightley and Mark Ruffalo in comedy drama Begin Again, which was released earlier this year (14).
He is also set to hit the big screen as The Baker in the highly-anticipated Into the Woods movie musical, which will hit theatres in the U.S. at Christmas (25Dec14), and American cinema audiences will also be able to see him as Britain's Got Talent winner Paul Potts when hit 2013 biopic One Chance is released this autumn (14).
America's The Late Late Show airs Monday to Friday after The Late Show With David Letterman.
Pop star Jessie J has been tapped to contribute a song dedicated to the people of Boston for the Finding Neverland musical's upcoming concept album.
The musical adaptation of the 2004 film starring Johnny Depp as Peter Pan playwright J.M. Barrie is currently having a successful run at the American Repertory Theatre in Cambridge, Massachusetts.
Prior to its move to Broadway next March (15), the show's producers, including Hollywood heavyweight Harvey Weinstein, are planning a concept album featuring some of music's biggest stars. The Price Tag singer is among the artists to be featured on the album, singing a track called Stronger, which Weinstein has dedicated to the people of Boston in light of the Boston Marathon tragedy in 2013, according to the New York Post.
Other singers rumoured to have tracks on the album are Alicia Keys, Taylor Swift and Jennifer Hudson, who performed the song Never Neverland at the Tony Awards in June (14).
The Finding Neverland musical, which stars Jeremy Jordan and Laura Michelle Kelly, has broken attendance records for a single production in the theatre's 34-year history, and will run until 28 September (14).
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The musical adaptation of Johnny Depp's hit Peter Pan film Finding Neverland is officially flying onto the Broadway stage. The production, based on the 2004 movie, in which Depp played Peter Pan creator J. M. Barrie opposite Kate Winslet, will debut at a Nederlander Organisation theatre in March 2015, according to the show's spokesperson. Finding Neverland centres on Barrie and the family which inspired him to write about the boy who never grew up. The musical, which is produced by Hollywood heavyweight Harvey Weinstein, opened at the American Repertory Theater in Cambridge, Massachusetts earlier this week (begs11Aug14) to positive reviews. Jeremy Jordan and Laura Michelle Kelly are currently starring in the Cambridge production, but it is not yet known if the pair will be part of the Broadway show. There's quite a resurgence of all things Pan at the moment - English director Joe Wright is adapting an origins story, featuring Hugh Jackman, Garrett Hedlund and Amanda Seyfried, for the big screen, and Girls star Allison Williams was recently cast as Peter Pan in a live TV version of the tale, which will debut in the U.S. at Christmas (Dec14). And of course, one of Hollywood's most beloved Peter Pans, Robin Williams, died earlier this week (11Aug14). He played Barrie's Pan in Steven Spielberg's Hook.
Actor Benjamin Walker has reportedly been cast as the lead of the upcoming Broadway musical American Psycho. The Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter star has been tapped to play serial killer Patrick Bateman in the stage adaptation of Bret Easton Ellis' controversial 1991 novel, according to Deadline.com.
The musical, written by Duncan Sheik and Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa, recently achieved a sold-out run in London's West End and featured former Doctor Who Matt Smith in his stage debut.
Walker is no stranger to Broadway - last year (13), he starred alongside Scarlett Johansson in the revival of Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, and also played the title role in the musical Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson.
Actress/singer Keke Palmer is set to make theatre history as the first African-American star to portray Cinderella on the Broadway stage. The True Jackson, VP star will make her debut on the Great White Way from 9 September (14), when she takes over from current actress Paige Faure to tackle the lead role in the hit Rodgers & Hammerstein musical.
The 20 year old won't be the first celebrity to step into Cinderella's shoes on Broadway - pop star Carly Rae Jepsen led the cast in a limited 12-week run earlier this year (14), alongside Fran Drescher as her evil stepmother.
Die Hard actor James Shigeta has died at the age of 81. The Asian-American actor passed away on Monday (28Jul14), but the cause of his death has yet to be revealed.
The Honolulu-born star studied acting at New York University before joining the United States Marines and serving during the Korean War.
His career initially started in Japan as a recording artist, but had his big break in 1959 noir film The Crimson Kimono. The following year, he won the 1960 Golden Globe for Most Promising Newcomer along with George Hamilton, Troy Donahue and Barry Coe.
He went on to become the top Asian-American actor in the 1960s, starring in such films as Walk Like a Dragon, Cry for Happy, Bridge to the Sun, and Paradise, Hawaiian Style with Elvis Presley.
Another one of Shigeta's memorable roles came in 1961, in the feature adaptation of Rodgers and Hammerstein's Broadway hit musical Flower Drum Song.
Later in his career, he went on to appear in hit movies such as Lost Horizon, Midway, Cage, Disney's Mulan, and Die Hard, in which he played ill-fated executive Joseph Takagi.
Shigeta also had roles on the small screen, including drama Medical Center, Little House on the Prairie, Fantasy Island, T.J. Hooker, The Love Boat, Magnum, P.I., Simon & Simon and Murder, She Wrote.
Tony Award-nominated singer/actor Constantine Maroulis is heading back to the Broadway musical which launched his stage career, Rock Of Ages. The former American Idol contestant will reprise his role as Drew Boley, a part he originated on the Great White Way, when he returns to the show on 4 August (14). He left the production in 2011 after three years as the leading star. Maroulis also had a small role in Tom Cruise's Rock of Ages film.