Is Taylor Swift Broadway’s Next Celebrity Composer?

???????????????????????We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together! Will Taylor Swift soon be saying those words to the music world? More than likely not. However, that is not hindering the country star icon from looking at making a potential bow on Broadway. Thats right, the country music star known best for her personal songs and narrative stories in music may soon be writing the score to a show on the Great White Way.  Today, Luner on Theatre brings you the news that Taylor Swift may be trading in her usual tunes to pen the score for a potential upcoming Broadway show!

Taylor Swift is a seven time Grammy Award winning American songwriter and singer. Originally from Pennsylvania, Swift moved to Nashville at age 14 to pursue a career in music and quickly signed with a label becoming the youngest songwriter ever hired by a professional label. Since then, Swift has released four albums (Taylor Swift, Fearless, Speak Now, Red) which has sold over 26 million copies and 75 million single downloads. All of these accomplishments have made Swift one of the best-selling artists of all time. Some of her best known song titles are “We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together”, “I Knew You Were Trouble”, “Love Story”, “You Belong With Me” and “The Story Of Us”. In her spare time, Swift is known for doing outreach for charities involving sick children.

t100_weinsteinProducer Harvey Weinstein may be trying to bring the songwriting talents of Taylor Swift to Broadway sometime soon. The veteran Broadway producer, who is currently helming Finding Neverland to the stage for the American Repertory Theatre this summer, made sure the Grammy Award winning artist was in attendance at the April 1st presentation of the show in New York City. Other well know names like Andrew Lloyd Webber and Michelle Williams were also said to be in attendance.

Finding Neverland features a score by U.K. pop songwriters Gary Barlow and Eliot Kennedy. Weinstein reportedly already has an idea of a musical he is interested in having Swift work on. Weinstein was quoted “There’s a specific show I want her to write.”

634.TaylorSwift3.ms.011513So what exactly could Harvey Weinstein be interested in having Taylor Swift pen a score for? We aren’t entirely sure. Celebrity and music icons penning scores for Broadway musicals however is no new concept. It’s been done for the past several decades. Bono and The Edge recently penned the score for Spiderman: Turn Off the Dark while Phil Collins penned the score for Disney’s Tarzan musical back in 2006. Even recently, Cyndi Lauper penned the score last season for the Tony Award winning Best Musical Kinky Boots. Broadway will see other examples of celebrity scores on Broadway this season with Sony providing the music of Carole King for Beautiful: The Carole King Musical and later this season, the lyrics and music of Tupac will appear in the new Broadway musical Holler If Ya Hear Me. But as for the musical Ms. Swift may right? I’m not entirely sure off the top of my head. I can imagine her music going well with some sort of movie adaptation that has a country side to it. Since Taylor’s country music is what has made her well-known, I can only imagine a Broadway production capitalizing off of that.

Only time will tell as the theatre world waits and wonders as if Taylor Swift will make her debut as a Broadway composer. While we aren’t sure of what musical Mr. Weinstein has in mind nor can think of one-off the top of our heads, we can jokingly say if it’s a love story involving heartbreak, the musical might just right up Ms. Swift’s ally. Love you girl! Luner on Theatre will stay tuned to this exciting news about Taylor Swift potentially making her Broadway writing debut and keep you posted and news comes about. For now, visit Taylor Swift’s Official Website for more information about her as an artist. Be sure to check Luner on Theatre on Facebook and Follow Us on Twitter as well! We are constantly updating these pages with information! And of course, check out the rest of Luner on Theatre for all your theatre news you don’t only need but want to know and so much more!

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Encores! The Most Happy Fella (Photos)

Encores! is at it again as another stellar production heads to the stage this week! The Most Happy Fella, which features a book, music and lyrics by Frank Loesser, is based on the play They Knew What They Wanted and tells the story of a love triangle between a Napa farmer, a younger waitress and a relentless farm hand. The musical features well-known hits such as “Somebody Somewhere”, “My Heart Is So Full Of You” and “Standing On The Corner”. The Encores! engagement features Shuler Hensley, Tony Award winner Laura Benanti and Cheyenne JacksonToday, Luner on Theatre brings you a look at Encores! production of The Most Happy Fella!

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The Most Happy Fella New York City Center

The Most Happy Fella New York City Center

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The Most Happy Fella New York City Center

The Most Happy Fella New York City Center

The Most Happy Fella kicked off performances last night at New York City Center! The show will perform at New York City Center through April 6th! The production is directed by Casey Nicholaw and features music direction by Rob Berman. The production features a cast of 38 with a matching orchestra of 38 musicians.  Thanks to Joan Marcus for the photos used in this blog post. For more information, check out City Center’s Encores! Official Website! Be sure to check Luner on Theatre on Facebook and Follow Us on Twitter as well! We are constantly updating these pages with information! And of course, check out the rest of Luner on Theatre for all your theatre news you don’t only need but want to know and so much more!

 

The Realistic Joneses (Photos)

Fantasy versus reality for two families in the same neighborhood who not only have identical homes but last names as well. The Realistic Joneses, a new comedy written by Will Eno, tells the story of Bob and Jennifer who move to a suburban neighborhood and meet their neighbors John and Pony. The two couples explore their joys and sorrows in their lives which they realize define them according to how they choose to face them daily. Today, Luner on Theatre brings you a first look at The Realistic Joneses on Broadway!

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The Realistic Joneses is now in performances on Broadway! The show began previews March 13th, 2014 and is set to officially open April 6th at The Lyceum Theatre. The play is directed by Sam Gold and marks the Broadway debut for playwright Will Eno. Thank you to Joan Marcus for the photos used in this blog post! For more information, visit The Realistic Joneses Official Broadway Website. Be sure to follow Luner on Theatre on Facebook and Follow Us on Twitter as well! We are constantly updating these pages with information! And of course, check out the rest of Luner on Theatre for all your theatre news you don’t only need but want to know and so much more!

2014 Lucille Lortel Award Nominations Announced

1Ready or not New York, here comes theatre awards season! While it may only be the first couple days of April, awards season for the New York theatre community is upon us! Yesterday, the Off-Broadway League took the first swing as they proudly announced their nominations for the 2014 Lucille Lortel Awards. As always, Luner on Theatre has now officially kicked off its awards season coverage as we countdown to Broadways biggest and best night, the 2014 Tony Awards! Today, Luner on Theatre brings you a complete list of the 2014 Lucille Lortel Award nominations!

The Lucille Lortel Awards are awards that recognize excellence in theatre Off-Broadway. The awards, which began in 1986, are named after famous actress and producer Lucille Lortel. Representatives of the Off-Broadway League, Actors’ Equity Association, Stage Directors & Choreographers Society, the Lucille Lortel Foundation, in addition to theatre journalists, academics and other Off-Broadway professionals, serve on the Voting Committee.

Here is the full list of your 2014 Lucille Lortel Award nominations:

Outstanding Play

Bad Jews
Produced by Roundabout Theatre Company
Written by Joshua Harmon

Domesticated
Produced by Lincoln Center Theater
Written by Bruce Norris

The Night Alive
Produced by Atlantic Theater Company
Written by Conor McPherson

The Open House
Produced by Signature Theatre
Written by Will Eno

Outstanding Musical

Fun Home
Produced by The Public Theater
Music by Jeanine Tesori, Book and Lyrics by Lisa Kron
Based on the Alison Bechdel book

Here Lies Love
Produced by The Public Theater
Concept and Lyrics by David Byrne, Music by David Byrne and Fatboy Slim,
Additional Music by Tom Ganey and J Pardo

Natasha, Pierre and the Great Comet of 1812
Produced by Howard & Janet Kagan, Paula Marie Black, John Logan, Lisa Matlin, Daveed Frazier,
Tom Smedes, Vertical Ent./Roman Gambourg/Lev Gelfer
Written by Dave Malloy

What’s It All About
Produced by New York Theatre Workshop
Music by Burt Bacharach, Lyrics by Hal David and Others
Conceived by Kyle Riabko and David Lane Seltzer

Outstanding Revival

Good Person of Szechwan
Produced by The Public Theater and The Foundry Theatre
Written by Bertolt Brecht, Translation by John Willett

Hand to God
Produced by MCC Theater
Written by Robert Askins

London Wall
Produced by Mint Theater Company
Written by John Van Druten

The Model Apartment
Produced by Primary Stages
Written by Donald Margulies

The Weir
Produced by The Irish Repertory Theatre
Written by Conor McPherson

Outstanding Solo Show

Buyer & Cellar
Produced by Darren Bagert, Dan Shaheen, Ted Snowdon, Daryl Roth, Martin Massman, Pat Flicker Addiss,
Doug Nevin, Joan Raffe & Jhett Tolentino, Andrew Tobias, Rattlestick Playwrights Theater
Written by Jonathan Tolins
Performed by Michael Urie

How I Learned What I Learned
Produced by Signature Theatre
Written by August Wilson, Co-conceived with Todd Kreidler, in collaboration with Ruben-Santiago Hudson
Performed by Ruben Santiago-Hudson

Satchmo at the Waldorf
Produced by Long Wharf Theatre, Shakespeare and Company, Scott and Roxanne Bok, Roz and Jerry Meyer, Ronald Guttman, Shadowcatcher Entertainment, John LaMattina
Written by Terry Teachout
Performed by John Douglas Thompson

Outstanding Director
Rachel Chavkin, Natasha, Pierre and the Great Comet of 1812
Lear deBessonet, Good Person of Szechwan
Sam Gold, Fun Home
Alex Timbers, Here Lies Love
Moritz von Stuelpnagel, Hand to God

Outstanding Choreographer
Martha Clarke, Chéri
Marguerite Derricks, Heathers: The Musical
Danny Mefford, Fun Home
Annie-B Parson, Here Lies Love
Sonya Tayeh, Kung Fu

Outstanding Lead Actor in a Play
Steven Boyer, Hand to God
Jon DeVries, Regular Singing
Peter Friedman, The Open House
Taylor Mac, Good Person of Szechwan
Armando Riesco, The Happiest Song Plays Last

Outstanding Lead Actress in a Play
Tracee Chimo, Bad Jews
Diane Davis, The Model Apartment
Carolyn McCormick, The Open House
Laurie Metcalf, Domesticated
Andrus Nichols, Bedlam’s Hamlet and Saint Joan

Outstanding Lead Actor in a Musical
Jeff Blumenkrantz, Murder For Two
Michael Cerveris, Fun Home
Jose Llana, Here Lies Love
Kyle Riabko, What’s It All About
Conrad Ricamora, Here Lies Love

Outstanding Lead Actress in a Musical
Sydney Lucas, Fun Home
Ruthie Ann Miles, Here Lies Love
Alexandra Socha, Fun Home
Phillipa Soo, Natasha, Pierre and the Great Comet of 1812
Barrett Wilbert Weed, Heathers: The Musical

Outstanding Featured Actor in a Play
Carson Elrod, The Explorers Club
Philip Ettinger, Bad Jews
Russell G. Jones, The Call
Jeremy Shamos, Dinner With Friends
Fred Weller, Reasons to Be Happy

Outstanding Featured Actress in a Play
Hannah Bos, The Open House
Lynn Cohen, I Remember Mama
Lisa Kron, Good Person of Szechwan
Molly Ranson, Bad Jews
Sarah Stiles, Hand to God

Outstanding Featured Actor in a Musical
Heath Calvert, Nobody Loves You
Nick Choksi, Bunty Berman Presents…
Blake DeLong, Natasha, Pierre and the Great Comet of 1812
Noah Hinsdale, Fun Home
Lucas Steele, Natasha, Pierre and the Great Comet of 1812

Outstanding Featured Actress in a Musical
Uzo Aduba, Venice
Brittain Ashford, Natasha, Pierre and the Great Comet of 1812
Melody Butiu, Here Lies Love
Judy Kuhn, Fun Home
Shaina Taub, Natasha, Pierre and the Great Comet of 1812

Outstanding Scenic Design
Miriam Buether, Love and Information
David Korins, Here Lies Love
Mimi Lien, Natasha, Pierre and the Great Comet of 1812
Clint Ramos, Appropriate
Matt Saunders, Good Person of Szechwan

Outstanding Costume Design
Gabriel Berry and Andrea Hood, Love and Information
Clint Ramos, Here Lies Love
Anita Yavich, The Explorers Club
Paloma Young, Natasha, Pierre and the Great Comet of 1812
Catherine Zuber, Far From Heaven

Outstanding Lighting Design
Daniel Ionazzi, The Jacksonian
Bradley King, Natasha, Pierre and the Great Comet of 1812
Ben Stanton, Fun Home
Justin Townsend, Here Lies Love
Japhy Weideman, What’s It All About

Outstanding Sound Design
M.L. Dogg and Cody Spencer, Here Lies Love
Clive Goodwin, What’s It All About
Matt Hubbs, Natasha, Pierre and the Great Comet of 1812
Ryan Rumery, The Hatmaker’s Wife
Christopher Shutt, Love and Information

Congratulations to everyone nominated for a 2014 Lucille Lortel Award! This year, Here Lives Love and Natasha, Pierre and the Great Comet of 1812 both broke records leading the Lortel Awards with 11 nominations each. The highly acclaimed Fun Home, which extended multiple times this previous year, came in behind both productions with 9 nominations. The highly acclaimed Hand To Go produced by MCC only received 4 nominations.

The 2014 Lucille Lortel Award nominations have officially kicked off Luner on Theatres 2014 Awards Season coverage! We will be bringing you nominations, winners, pictures and so much more for all of the awards happening in the New York theatre community this year. Stick with us for full coverage! For complete coverage, visit Luner on Theatre’s Awards Season Page. For more information, visit The Lucille Lortel Awards Official Website. Be sure to follow Luner on Theatre on Facebook and Follow Us on Twitter as well! We are constantly updating these pages with information! And of course, check out the rest of Luner on Theatre for all your theatre news you don’t only need but want to know and so much more!

Natasha Pierre & The Great Comet of 1812 received 11 Nominations

Natasha Pierre & The Great Comet of 1812 received 11 Nominations

London: Dirty Rotten Scoundrels (Photos)

The French Riviera has never looked better! The UK premiere of Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, which features music and lyrics by David Yazbek and a book by Jeffrey Lane, is now officially open in London’s West End! The musical tells the story of two con men who realize soon after arriving, the town isn’t big enough for the two of them. With both of them setting their sights on the millionaire heiress living in town, chaos ensues in this hilarious musical comedy! Today, Luner on Theatre brings you a first look at Dirty Rotten Scoundrels in London’s West End!

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Dirty Rotten Scoundrels began previews on March 10th, 2014 and officially opened tonight, April 1st, at London’s Savoy Theatre. This production is the UK premiere of the piece which has been reimagined for the stage since its original Broadway bow. The show is directed and choreographed by Tony Award winner Jerry Mitchell. Thank you to Johan Persson for the photos used in this blog post! For more information visit Dirty Rotten Scoundrel’s Official West End Website. Be sure to follow Luner on Theatre on Facebook and Follow Us on Twitter as well! We are constantly updating these pages with information! And of course, check out the rest of Luner on Theatre for all your theatre news you don’t only need but want to know and so much more!

Christopher Durang to star in Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike

christopher_durangThe Bucks County Playhouse is coming back bigger and better than ever before! The regional playhouse, located in New Hope, Pennsylvania, was at one point in time one of the most beloved regional venues in America. After falling into despair and financial issues, the playhouse closed its doors for a shut while before being purchased, restored and renovated by Kevin Daugherty and Sherri Daugherty. The two have not only restored the venue itself but are slowly and surely restoring the name of one of America’s most beloved regional theatres will a knockout first season complete and stellar second season on the tracks ahead. As if their second season wasn’t already filled with great ideas and productions, it just got a boost from a new name in town that will be appearing this summer. Today, Luner on Theatre brings you the exciting news that Tony Award winner Christopher Durang will star in his Tony Award winning play Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike!

Christopher Durang is an award-winning playwright best known for his absurd comedies. Durang, originally from Montclair, New Jersey, was wildly popular during the 1980′s but his work is still often done today. His latest comedy, Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike, was the winner of the 2013 Tony Award for Best Play and sent Durang back into the spotlight. He has not only written for theatre but also film and television. Durang has also made acting appearances in many films. His theatrical works include A History of the American Film (Tony nomination), Sister Mary Explains It All For YouBeyond Therapy, Baby With The Bathwater, The Marriage of Bette and BooSex and Longing, Laughing Wild, Betty’s Summer VacationMiss Witherspoon (2005 Pulitzer Prize finalist) and Why Torture Is Wrong, and the People Who Love Them.

bucks-county-playhouse-c41d8953f35ed462Producers at the Bucks County Playhouse, located in New Hope, Pennsylvania, proudly announced that Tony Award winning playwright Christopher Durang would be involved in their season even more than previously announced. While the restored regional playhouse previously announced Durang’s Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike would be a part of its 2014 season, producers happily announced yesterday Christopher Durang himself would appear on stage in his latest Tony Award winning drama. Durang is now set to appear as Vanya in the production set to hit the stage this summer from July 17th until August 10th.

Billy-Magnussen-Kristine-Nielsen-Sigourney-Weaver-Genevieve-Angelson-and-David-Hyde-Pierce-in-Vanya-and-Sonia-and-Masha-and-Spike.-1280x845Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike began performances on Broadway March 5th, 2013 at The John Golden Theatre before officially opening March 14th. The show was set to play a limited engagement until June 30th only but ended up extending twice during its run and finally closed August 25th. During that time, the show recouped it’s entire investment of $2.75 million dollars. The show not only was the receipent of the 2013 Tony Award for Best Play but the receipent for Best Play Award for every awards organization in New York City last season including New York Drama Critics’ Circle, the Drama Desk, the Drama League and the Outer Critics Circle. The piece is one of the most popular titles appearing in the regional theatre circuit this year throughout the entire country.

Bucks County Playhouse recently announced their 2014 Summer Season! We will be announcing this on our blog later this week! Be sure to check back for that!

Don’t miss your chance to experience Christopher Durang on stage in his latest Tony Award winning production, Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike this summer in New Hope, Pennsylvania! While it is so rare we get to see playwrights appear in their own works, it is something that has been happening more frequently. If we were in your shoes, we wouldn’t miss this opportunity to see one of the greats at work! For more information, visit the Bucks County Playhouse’s Official Website. Be sure to follow Luner on Theatre on Facebook and Follow Us on Twitter as well! We are constantly updating these pages with information! And of course, check out the rest of Luner on Theatre for all your theatre news you don’t only need but want to know and so much more!

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A Raisin In The Sun (Photos)

55 years ago, Lorraine Hansberry’s A Raisin In The Sun debuted on Broadway and the changed the theatre world forever. It was the first work of theatre written by an African-American woman to ever be produced on Broadway. The story, which is set on Chicago’s South Side, revolves around the dreams and conflicts of an African-American family. When the father of the family passes on and leaves his money behind, the family each discusses their dreams and aspirations despite the tension of prejudice they face in America at the time. The Broadway revival of A Raisin In The Sun stars Denzel Washington in the role of Walter Lee Younger. Today, Luner on Theatre brings you a first look at the Broadway revival of A Raisin In The Sun!

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A Raisin In The Sun began performances March 8th, 2014 on Broadway. The show is set to officially open April 3rd where it will play a strictly limited engagement of 14 weeks only on Broadway. The show is set to close June 15th. The production is being presented at The Ethel Barrymore Theatre, the exact location where the original production debuted on Broadway 55 years ago. Kenny Leon is director of the revival. Thank you to Brigitte Lacombe for the photos used in this blog post! For more information, visit A Raisin In The Sun on Broadway’s Official Website. Be sure to follow Luner on Theatre on Facebook and Follow Us on Twitter as well! We are constantly updating these pages with information! And of course, check out the rest of Luner on Theatre for all your theatre news you don’t only need but want to know and so much more!