Country music icons Loretta Lynn and the late Patsy Cline have both had separate big-screen features focusing on their lives, including Coal Miner’s Daughter which won Sissy Spacek a Best Actress Oscar as Lynn in 1981, and Sweet Dreams for which Jessica Lange was Oscar nominated for playing Cline.
A musical stage adaptation of NBC’s Smash is in development for Broadway, with Steven Spielberg, Robert Greenblatt and Neil Meron on board as lead producers. Marc Shaiman and Scott Wittman, who wrote more than 20 songs for the 2012-13 TV series, will write the musical’s score, with a book co-written by Bob Martin (The Prom, The Drowsy Chaperone) and Rick Elice (Jersey Boys, Peter and the Starcatcher).
The event, announced by The Actors Fund in association with PEOPLE, will feature the never-seen sold-out live performance of Bombshell in Concert on Broadway from 2015, with a Smash reunion at intermission
The original song was featured in the first season of the NBC musical drama series in 2012
Cause the world keeps spinnin’ round and round — even in quarantine!
45th ANNUAL GRACIE AWARDS WINNERS ANNOUNCED BY THE ALLIANCE FOR WOMEN IN MEDIA FOUNDATION
This week, The Alliance for Women in Media Foundation (AWMF) announced the winners of the 45th annual Gracie Awards. The list of honorees includes such esteemed honorees as Michelle Williams, Amy Poehler, Natasha Lyonne, Tamron Hall, Naomi Watts, Angela Yee, Norah O’Donnell, Niecy Nash, Stephanie Beatriz, and Soledad O’Brien, along with more than 100 of the most talented women in television, radio and digital media.
We are excited to announce that Zadan/Meron Productions and the Shubert Organization are producing the Chicago pre-Broadway engagement of Some Like It Hot – a new musical with score by Marc Shaiman & Scott Wittman and book by Matthew Lopez. Direction and choreography by Casey Nicholaw based on the MGM classic film. Also on the producing team are Bob Greenblatt, Roy Furman and the Nederlander Organization. Premieres at the Cadillac Theatrre from March 2 – April 4th 2021
By Caitlin Moynihan // Broadway Buzz
The 2020 Critics’ Choice Award nominations are in! An accomplished group of theater stars have been recognized for their work in movies and TV for the 25th annual awards ceremony that will take place on January 12, 2020 on The CW.
Stage alums of note include six-time Tony winner Audra McDonald for her work on The Good Fight, Tony winner Jessie Mueller, who will appear in this season’s The Minutes, and Tony nominee Megan Hilty for their co-starring turns in Patsy & Loretta, Emmy and Tony winner Billy Porter for Pose, Tony winner Cynthia Erivo for her upcoming starring turn in Harriet, as well as Sam Rockwell, who will appear in this season’s American Buffalo, and Tony nominee Michelle Williams for their work as stage icons Bob Fosse and Gwen Verdon in Fosse/Verdon.
By Nellie Andreeva // Deadline
EXCLUSIVE: Peacock, NBCUniversal’s upcoming streaming platform, is developing hourlong musical drama Olympic Boulevard, I have learned. The project hails from writer Paula Yoo (The Perfectionists, Supergirl), producer Neil Meron and choreographer Kyle Hanagami.
Penned by Yoo, Olympic Boulevard is about a disgraced Korean American former K-Pop star who finds his chance at redemption and a possible comeback when he agrees to teach at one of the first K-Pop training schools in America.
By Logan Culwell-Block
Education Theatre Foundation’s annual Thespians Go Hollywood benefit raised more than $180,000 to support theatre education in underserved schools.
Held November 18 at Hollywood, California’s The Avalon, the gala honored three-time Tony recipient Bernadette Peters with performances from Rachel Bloom, Merle Dandridge, Megan Hilty, Cheyenne Jackson, Jennifer Kumiyama, Matthew Morrison, Juan Pablo Di Pace, and Marissa Jaret Winokur. The evening was hosted by Nia Vardalos. Watch highlights from the even above.
by BWW News Desk Nov. 19, 2019
Broadway legend Bernadette Peters was honored with the Craig Zadan Theatre for Life Award by the Educational Theatre Foundation (ETF) at the annual star-studded Thespians Go Hollywood Gala held on Monday, November 18, at The Avalon in Hollywood, California. Over 300 people were on hand to help raise more than $180,000 that will support ETF’s national theatre education programs for schools in need.
by Jim Casey | @TheJimCasey | October 8, 2019
On Oct. 7 at New York City’s Carnegie Hall, Lifetime hosted a premiere of its upcoming friendship flick, Patsy & Loretta, which chronicles the real-life bond between Patsy Cline and Loretta Lynn in the 1950s and ’60s. Patsy & Loretta is set to debut on Lifetime on October 19 at 7 p.m. CT.
EXCLUSIVE: NBC has put in development Brain Trust, a drama from Ringercreators Eric Charmelo and Nicole Snyder, Neil Meron (Jesus Christ Superstar Live in Concert, Patsy & Loretta) and Universal Television, where Charmelo and Snyder are under an overall deal.
Written by Charmelo, Snyder and Katie Lunskis (Midnight, Texas), Brain Trust asks what would you do if you could project your mind into another person’s body? What if you could experience the life of anyone you wanted? The Brain Trust centers on a group of young grad students who have developed cutting-edge technology to do just that, but they soon will learn that everything has consequences — some darker than they could have ever imagined.
Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Ringer alumna Sarah Michelle Gellar is eying a return to primetime. Gellar has reteamed with Ringer creators Eric Charmelo and Nicole Snyder for dramedy Other People’s Houses, which has been set at Fox for development. Gellar will star and executive produce the project, based on the book by Abbi Waxman. It hails from Neil Meron (Jesus Christ Superstar Live In Concert) and Universal Television, where Charmelo & Snyder and Meron have overall deals, with Fox Entertainment co-producing.
The Televsion Critics Association 2019 Summer Press Tour is currently underway, and the stars of TV’s upcoming projects have been filing into the TV Insider portrait studio for some photo fun.
Link to Photos
On Day 1, stars from Lifetime’s upcoming film Patsy & Loretta dropped by, including Patsy Cline’s own daughter. Stars from America’s Top Dog also stopped by with their furry friends for a sweet photo-op.
Former Smash actress Megan Hilty plays Patsy Cline and Broadway actress Jessie Mueller plays Loretta Lynn in Lifetime’s new film, Patsy & Loretta
The untold true story of Patsy Cline and Loretta Lynn’s friendship will soon hit the small screen.
A new biopic titled Patsy & Loretta, which is set to premiere on Lifetime in the fall, follows the two country legends as they help each other make their marks on the industry — and PEOPLE has an exclusive first look at the trailer.
By Movie Geeks | June 6, 2019
To say we’re big fans of these women is an understatement. We grew up watching COAL MINERS DAUGHTER (Academy Award for Best Actress Sissy Spacek – who did her own singing) in 1980, followed by SWEET DREAMS in 1985 starring Jessica Lange as Patsy Cline.
Spacek’s co-star Beverly D’Angelo, who played Patsy Cline, also did her own singing rather than lip-synching; she was nominated for a Golden Globe as was Tommy Lee Jones.
Now comes Lifetime’s Patsy & Loretta.
The official Loretta Lynn Facebook page debuted this first poster from the upcoming film.
The movie will star Megan Hilty (Smash, The Good Wife) as music legend Patsy Cline and Grammy winner Jessie Mueller (Broadway’s Waitress, Beautiful: The Carole King Musical) as country icon Loretta Lynn.