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It’s been all that jazz and more for 15 years now as “Chicago” celebrated its 15-year anniversary on Broadway this past Monday. The show is currently the fourth longest running show on Broadway with over 6,200 performances.

Former stars of the show are returning for a limited engagement in honor of the show’s big anniversary. John Hurley will star once again as Billy Flynn (Richard Gere, for those of you who don’t remember character names from the movie) and Charlotte D’Ambroise will play Roxie Hart (Renee Zellweger). D’Ambroise is a strong contender in Broadway Buzz’s poll for the favorite Roxie, with 9 percent of the votes (she’s beating Ashlee Simpson, if you can believe it). A new face, Bahiyah Sayyed Gaines, will star as Velma Kelly.

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Sheryl Crow, best known for soaking up the sun and marrying Lance Armstrong, is taking her song writing talents to a new arena–Broadway. Crow is scoring her first musical, a theatrical adaption of the 1982 film Diner. It’s set to premiere in the fall of 2012.

The film’s screenwriter, Barry Levinson, will pen the book. The film tells the story of a group of high school friends reunited for one of their weddings. In typical 80s movie fashion, it is about the men coming into adulthood and taking responsibility for themselves and their lives.

Usually, the thought of a country star attempting to do Broadway would make me want to gag, (think of someone attempting to make a Taylor Swift musical), and I’m oftentimes not in favor of turning movies in to musicals (not another “Legally Blonde.” There should be no Broadway songs called “Oh My God You Guys”), so I’m a little skeptical of this.

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Disney’s most successful (and let’s face it, only worthwhile) Broadway show, “The Lion King,” has made its way to Syracuse. It’s being performed nightly at the Crouse-Hinds Theater at the Civic Center.

For theater-lovers, Syracuse’s biggest downfall is its lack of theater scene. The Syracuse Stage puts on incredible student and professional productions, but there’s nothing like being in a city filled to the brim with great, professional theater. So when a tour comes to town, I usually jump at the opportunity.

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Remember when Spiderman: Turn Off the Dark  was supposed to open on

Photo courtesy of Vogue.com

Broadway last month? Yeah, we know, it’s hard to keep track of all these extensions. So although it’s not really the protocol to review a show before it opens, we couldn’t wait a whole lot longer. So we moseyed on down to the Foxwoods Theater taking what we were about to see with a grain of salt and taking down an overpriced rum and coke before enduring Julie Taymor’s hot mess express that we’ve been hearing so much about. The consensus? Let’s start with the bad. The music was laughable (as in, laughing at, not with.). Good thing the show is taking a three-week pause and Bono and The Edge are rewriting that god-awful score.  In addition there were large gaping plot holes and characters that we thought were important kind of just fell off the scene. (Too soon for a falling joke?) Oh and of course there was a technical difficulty. We would have been disappointed if there wasn’t. But hey, the special effects were off the charts. If this show ever actually opens it will for sure win the Tony Award for “Best Set Design.” But let me tell you, that is a major “if.”

Check out the preview of the Broadway show for yourself here.

— Amelia Bienstock

It feels as though the past year or so has just been full of every good show closing. When I went home for winter break the only shows I had any interest in were ones that I had already seen. Even over spring break, my only venture into Times Square involved seeing the epic fail that is Spiderman (more on that another day.)

But now there are a whole bunch of kickass revivals and new plays and musicals coloring my favorite place in New York City. It’s going to be a theatre-filled summer. Here are 10 (count ‘em, 10) shows that I’m looking forward to seeing post grad in May. (Besides HAIR of course.) (more…)

“Grammy” and “Green Day” seem to be two phrases (or…a word and a phrase, rather) that seem to really go together these days, and not just because of the alliteration.

Last night, Billie Joe Armstrong (who is currently rocking the role of St. Jimmy in American Idiot on Broadway) took home a Grammy for Best Musical Show Album. This marks the 5th Grammy in his collection which also include 21st Century Breakdown for Best Rock Album 2009,  Boulevard of Broken Dreams for Record of the Year 2005,  American Idiot (the album, not the new Broadway musical, obviously) for Best Rock Album 2004, and Dookie for Best Alternative Music Performance 1994. (Wow, that’s crazy to think that one of my current favorite bands was already winning awards when I was five years old!)

Although Green Day was not up for an award a year ago, they did a pretty kickass performance of  21 Guns featuring the cast of the Broadway show (which did not include BJA at the time.)

In case you’ve forgotten or missed it:

 

 

Tired of Syracuse? Head over to Jingletown and enroll at Idiot U, the unfortunately titled interview series held between the cast of American Idiot (the newish rock musical brought to you by Green Day) and lucky ticket holders.

The events were attended by Green Day’s lead singer and guitarist Billie Joe Armstrong (how we adore his tastefully applied guyliner), director Michael Mayer, and much of the cast and creative team.

Watch John Gallagher Jr. — American Idiot star and Tony winner for his performance in Spring Awakening — explain how he and Billie Joe are, in fact, different people:

Sad you missed it? Me too — apparently Billie Joe called an audience member a cunt for asking something stupid. But that’s not the only reason. American Idiot is still running: get tickets.

For some more inspiration to road trip to New York, Green Day stops by the show whenever they’re in town. Make the middle-schooler in you scream and giggle (internally, of course). No comment on what I did or didn’t do when this photo was taken…

Amelia and Billie-Joe!

~ Amelia Bienstock