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Netflix's most expensive original show ever cost $120 million

Netflix's hip-hop musical show, "The Get Down," is its most expensive TV series ever.With "Moulin Rouge" director Baz Luhrmann acting as showrunner, "The Get Down" cost $120 million to produce, according to Variety.

Did Mary Poppins really inspire Stairway To Heaven?

Los Angeles - In court, during the plagiarism dispute about the song 'Stairway to Heaven', Jimmy Page has countered that the 1960s musical Mary Poppins was, in actual fact, the source of his inspiration.

John Paul II Superstar: Poland plans papal musical

Varsovia - It's a tale of saints and singers: a new Polish musical is bringing some pizzazz to the story of its beloved native son, the late pope John Paul II."We're trying to create something big," says the show's writer Michal Kaczmarczyk.

Review: Toronto ‘Marat/Sade’ remount picks spectacle over substance Special

Toronto - Overheard during the intermission at the Soulpepper theatre company’s new production of “Marat/Sade” last night: First dude says, “This is totally amazing, huh?” Second dude replies, “Yeah... but it’s also kind of exhausting, isn’t it?”

Review: Toronto production of ‘Cannibal! The Musical’ is great silly fun Special

Toronto - When “South Park” co-creator Trey Parker made a three-minute joke trailer for “Alferd Packer: The Musical” for film school in 1992, he probably didn’t imagine that it would evolve into a sellout stage show in another country two decades later.

Review: Idina Menzel magnificent on 'If/Then' Broadway musical Special

New York - On December 27, Digital Journal had the pleasure to see Tony-winning actress Idina Menzel perform on "If/Then" on Broadway.

Review: Something is lost ‘Into the Woods’ Special

‘Into the Woods’ merges several fairy tales into an unexceptional musical about a baker and his wife tasked with collecting four magical items for a witch.

Billy Elliot live is U.K. cinema hit

A live screening of "Billy Elliot the Musical Live" has topped the U.K. and Ireland box office. This is the first time an event screening has reached number one.

Cats and Evita revived for the London stage

London - The Andrew Lloyd Webber musicals Cats and Evita are both returning to the West End of London, it was announced on Friday The pair are returning for limited seasons.

Musical 'Holler if Ya Hear Me' related to Tupac bombs on Broadway

New York City - After a rocky start the musical "Holler if Ya Hear Me" has failed on Broadway. The public simply was not interested in hearing a different take on the music of Tupac Shakur.

'Of Human Bondage', 'London Road' top the Dora Awards in Toronto Special

Toronto - It was an evening full of bondage and murder at the Dora Mavor Moore Awards last night — with local productions “Of Human Bondage,” “Venus in Fur” and “London Road” among the big winners at the annual awards ceremony for theatre in Toronto.

X-Factor musical to close early

A London West End musical based on The X Factor is to close after just two months. The show was well received but ticket sales were lower than anticipated.

Review: Alive from the Scrapheap tells a beautiful story

New York - Christina Rubino is a New York native who strives to tell a meaningful story. “Alive from the Scrapheap” tells a beautiful story. It’s about an artist who got lost trying to find herself and only found herself when she was lost.

The new Legends of Oz trailer that made @MsLeaMichele 'happy'

On the Instagram account of esteemed performer Lea Michele, it was announced via photo that the actress of Glee fame is "Happy to share" that the new trailer for Legends Of Oz: Dorothy's Return was expected out exclusively on Yahoo! Movies.

Review: ‘London Road’, making its Toronto debut, is a bona fide original Special

Toronto - In all the years I've been writing sporadic theatre reviews — from student papers through local weeklies to “Digital Journal” — this is the first time I’ve ever had to write these words: I’ve honestly never seen anything like this play.

NBC's next live musical event will be 'Peter Pan,' cast TBA

After the ratings success of "The Sound of Music," the execs at NBC have decided that the network's next live musical event will be "Peter Pan."

Jeff Timmons from 98 Degrees to host male musical revue

Fresh off his "Package Tour" with Boyz II Men and New Kids on the Block, Jeff Timmons has a new venture in the works, a docu-series entitled "Men of The Strip."

Review: Smaller space gives 'next to normal' intimate feel in Toronto Special

Toronto - Many contemporary stage musicals, especially big ones, can't help reminding you of the old “Futurama” line: “You can't just have your characters announce how they feel. That makes me feel angry!” That advice could have helped “next to normal”.

Review: Frothy summer fun with a Cole Porter classic Special

Toronto - "Anything Goes" is a fun, lively time at the theater. For jazz lovers especially, it's a heavenly ride. The touring production of the music, on now in Toronto, offers great singing, glamorous costumes, and dazzling dance numbers.

Review: 'Cats' remains a crowd-pleaser, in a smaller Toronto revival Special

Toronto - Say what you want about Andrew Lloyd Webber's “Cats”, but it's a show that knows how to captivate and move an audience. The current Toronto reboot, which opened last night, is lots of fun all the way through.

Tony Awards: 'Kinky Boots' kicks its way to six wins

New York - With Neil Patrick Harris as host, the 67th Annual Tony Awards were handed out at Radio City Musical Hall in New York City tonight (June 9).

All-Canadian cast remounts the classic musical 'Cats' in Toronto Special

Toronto - As the song says, “Let the memory live again.” It's been more than three decades since “Cats” opened in London's West End and on Broadway, redefining the stage musical. Now, the beloved show is back to win over a new generation – in Toronto.

Op-Ed: Touring 'Book of Mormon' blends bad taste with genuine heart

Edgy, un-PC humour isn't in vogue this year. Neither is irony, it seems. One wonders if that could become a problem for 'The Book of Mormon' (the Broadway musical, not the religious book) as touring productions reach audiences outside New York.

Review: ‘Les Misérables’ is first-rate but a little too intimate Special

‘Les Misérables’ is an epic musical adapted for the big screen with a stellar cast portraying the wretched characters as they try to survive during the years leading up to and during the French Revolution.

Preview: 'Landfill Harmonic', music from a Paraguay slum

A preview for an upcoming documentary, "Landfill Harmonic", about Cateura, a slum in Paraguay situated on a landfill, where residents create music from the trash and have started "The Recycled Orchestra."

Spice Girls musical 'Viva Forever!' opens in London

London - The Spice Girls reunited Tuesday for the premiere of a West End musical based on their rise to fame. All five members of the popular 90s girl group attended the launch of show, "Viva Forever!''

Star-studded world premiere of 'Les Misérables' in London Special

London - The stars aligned on the red carpet at the world premiere of Les Misérables, including Hugh Jackman, Anne Hathaway, Russell Crowe, and Helena Bonham Carter.

Review: La Cage is a fun if tame folly Special

Toronto - George Hamilton opened the musical version of La Cage Aux Folles in Toronto this past week. He looks great in a suit, but doesn't quite fit the part.

Review: Sister Act offers divine fun Special

Toronto - Sister Act, the musical based on the 1992 movie, opened in Toronto as part of a national tour following its Broadway run. It's a fun-filled spectacle that cleverly riffs on classic dance tunes while keeping the mood light-hearted.

Review: Backbeat offers a bombastic Beatles history lesson Special

Toronto - Long before The Beatles were famous, they cut their creative teeth in the gritty clubs of Hamburg, Germany. A new musical based on the 1994 movie explores this time, and the complex relationship between John Lennon and Stuart Sutcliffe.
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Sabryn Rock and Arlene Duncan
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The First National Tour of West Side Story.
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Santa and his elf watching Improv Everywhere singing. (Screen capture)
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