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Adam McKay and Funny Or Die Join Archie Comics To Create a New Broadway Musical

Archie's bandArchie has met the Punisher, Sharknado, a Predator, but can he handle Broadway?

Writer/Director Adam McKay and Funny Or Die have joined forces with Archie Comics to bring Archie, Betty, Veronica, Jughead and the Riverdale gang to Broadway in an all-new musical.  McKay is slated to bring his singular brand of comedy to the musical, writing the book for the show, with a creative team and timing for a New York run to be announced at a later date.

Funny Or Die will serve as a presenting partner. CEO Jon Goldwater and CCO Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa will oversee for Archie Comics. The partnership was packaged by Triptyk Studios who will reteam with their You’re Welcome America partners for the endeavor. Tara Smith, B. Swibel and Adam Westbrook will oversee development for the company and present on Broadway.

A website has already been launched and you can follow the show on Twitter to keep up with the development.

So, who’s excited to see Archie on Broadway?

Fun Home Ties for Most Tony Nominations

fun home coverToday the Tony Awards announced their nominees for this year, and Fun Home tied for the most nominations. The musical received 12 total. An American in Paris also received 12. The musical is based on the graphic novel by Alison Bechdel.

The full list of the nominations are for Best Musical, Best Score, Best Book, Best Director, Best Actor in a Musical (Michael Cerveris), Best Actress in a Musical (Beth Malone), three in the Best Featured Actress category ( Judy Kuhn, Sydney Lucas and Emily Skeggs,), Best Scenic Design, Best Lighting Design, and Best Orchestration.

The musical has been in development since 2009 and opened off-Broadway in 2013. It has won numerous awards since it began. It opened on Broadway with previews in March 27, 2015 and the official opening on April 19, 2015. By my count it has been nominated for numerous awards 33 times so far (not including the Tony Awards) and has won 8 times, five of which were versions of “Best Musical.”

The Tony Awards celebrate the best of Broadway, and will air June 7 on CBS.

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New York Comic Con is over and it’s a new week of geeky goodness! What’s your favorite announcement from the show?

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KQED/NPR – Musical Theatre Is Superman’s Kryptonite – I really want to see this.

Gamespot – The Amazing Spider-Man 2 coming to Xbox One, PS4 – Um, shocker?

Iowa State Daily – Pop Thoughts: The Humanity of Comic Books – A good read.


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ScienceFiction.com – Superman/Wonder Woman #1

SDCC 2013: Tom Lenk stars in LIVE 30 Minute Musical Version of Jurassic Park

Inline image 3You can’t say that San Diego Comic-Con isn’t entertaining… and varied in it’s content.

Dinosaurs come to life in 30 Minute Musicals’ version of the classic film, Jurassic Park directed by Brooke Seguin. This time in 4D! That’s right, 1-D better than Spielberg. So, don’t miss this ONE NIGHT ONLY event at The Horton Grand Theatre.

Dinosaurs and man, two species separated by 65 million years of evolution…How can we possibly have the slightest idea what to expect?”

What we can expect is original songs, dinosaurs that sing and dance and lots of laughs (at least that’s what I’ve been told, I haven’t seen this).

When: July 18, 6:oopm

Where: The Horton Grand Theatre, 444 4th Ave, San Diego, CA 92101

Starring: Tom Lenk, Sandeep Parikh, Tara Perry, Brooke Seguin, Tommy Hobson, Michael Bernardi, Tom Detrinis, Tania Possick, Greg Lynch, Leslie Marrero, Jim Hanna, and Lindsay Wray

After six original musical theatre adaptations of cult-classic and blockbuster films  (Showgirls, Jurassic Park, Top Gun, Teen Witch, Home Alone and Ghostbusters), and a “Best Musical” nomination at the 2012 Hollywood Fringe Festival, 30 Minute Musicals is back and bigger then ever at Comic-Con 2013!!

Ticket prices are $25 at the door and $20 in advance through:

Jurassic Park Tickets: http://30mmsdcc.bpt.me/

Fun Home Comes to Public Theater’s Season

New York City’s Public Theater’s 2013-14 season, which was announced on Tuesday, will include the new musical Fun Home, based on the graphic novel by Alison Bechdel.

The musical will run from October 1 through November 3. The production received a developmental production in the Public’s Lab series last fall. The show’s music is by Jeanine Tesori and lyrics and book by Lisa Kron; the director is Sam Gold. The actress Judy Kuhn will be in the cast, though no other performers have been announced. Kuhn was in the previous production.

The graphic novel which came out in 2007, is Bechdel’s personal memoir and considered ground breaking. The work of art charts her fraught relationship with her late father.

Distant and exacting, Bruce Bechdel was an English teacher and director of the town funeral home, which Alison and her family referred to as the “Fun Home.” It was not until college that Alison, who had recently come out as a lesbian, discovered that her father was also gay. A few weeks after this revelation, he was dead, leaving a legacy of mystery for his daughter to resolve.

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It’s new comic book day. For folks living in storm affected areas, there are delays in delivery, so check with shops before going for new releases.

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Mashable – This Is What a Disney Star Wars Universe Looks Like [COMIC]The big news that shook entertainment yesterday.

Deadline – Fox Closes Deal For Bryan Singer To Direct Next ‘X-Men’Be interesting to see how this one does and how they pull it off.

Artsbeat – Settlement Talks Continue in Court Battle Over ‘Spider-Man’ MusicalThis is still going on? Some one should make a musical about it.


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Blogcritics – Escape to Gold Mountain: A Graphic History of the Chinese in North America

IGN – Wolverine and the X-Men #19

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It’s new comic book day, what’s everyone getting?

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The ComiChron – Full August 2012 comics sales estimates online -Some interesting news.

ArtsBeat – ‘Fun Home’ Musical Comes to the Public TheaterI want to see this.

The Mary Sue – New Line May Be Pondering a Y: The Last Man Movie AgainCould be a great movie, but tough to condense.

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100 Scope Notes – A Wrinkle in Time

Talking Comics – Ame-Comi Girls #1

Bleeding Cool – Batman #0

MTV Geek – Blacksad: A Silent Hell

IGN – Daredevil: End of Days #1

CBR – Daredevil: End of Days #1

ICv2 – The Phantom: The Complete Series

Michelle Obama and Daughters See Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark

Spider-man Turn Off the DarkFirst Lady Michelle Obama took her daughters this weekend to Broadway to catch some shows, one of which was Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark on Sunday afternoon.

According to ArtsBeat there was a bomb scare, believed to be unrelated to the Obamas’ visit. This led to the questioning of a theatergoer and a search of his bags by the police and Secret Service agents. A spokesman for the production said; nothing suspicious was found.

Mrs. Obama had the prime aisle seat that’s often set aside for celebrities because Spider-Man lands a few feet away during the show. Actor Christopher Tierney was Spider-Man for the show and he dropped down and saluted the First Lady who laughed and waved back.

SDCC 2012 – Rigamortis: A Zombie Love Story at SDCC 2012

Expect a deluge of press releases and information about San Diego Comic-Con 2012 this week.  I’ll start it off with this entertaining notice. Rigamortis: A Zombie Love Story will be screeing on Friday July 13th at 6:15 PM as a part of the San Diego Comic-Con International Independent Film Festival. After the 36 min screening there will be a 15 min question and answer session with Maxwell Glick, Ted Campbell, Dave Dewes and Matt Olson. All principle cast and crew will be in attendance on Friday as well. Rigamortis: A Zombie Love Story observes the aftermath of a zombie outbreak from the perspective of the last two remaining zombies as they sing and dance their way to freedom from an overly determined zombie hunter with a little too much to prove.

Rigamortis premiered at the 2011 Cedar Rapids Independent Film Festival, walking away with the Audience Choice Award. The film then went on to its world premiere on YouTube and the film’s website, www.RigamortisMovie.com. It was then accepted and awarded prizes at both the 2011 and 2012 Phoenix Comicon. In addition, Rigamortis screened at Houston’s 2011 Comicpalooza, 2011 and 2012 GenCon Indy, and 2011 Dragon*Con, as well as various film festivals across the country.

Chicago-based production company Collateral Damage Productions, which has produced several award winning features and shorts, utilized micro-funding for this independent short film. Soon after completion the project was picked up by web entertainment distributor powerhouse New Video Group. Rigamortis is now available in HD on the iTunes Store.

Rigamortis: A Zombie Love Story is a comedic musical short produced by Jenny Stolte and Matt Olson and written by Dave Dewes. Dave also co-directed the film with Los Angeles director Ted Campbell. The lyrics and music are written by composer/comedian Greg Szydlowski who runs the comedy website PrettySpecialRecords.com.

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