On the heels of winning a whopping nine Tony Awards—including Best Musical—Broadway smash The Book of Mormon racked up another accolade today: The original cast recording of its soundtrack moved 61,000 units this week to reach number three on the Billboard charts, just behind Adele’s 21 and Lady Gaga’s Born This Way. That’s the first top-ten showing for a Broadway musical soundtrack since 1967’s Hair. READ FULL STORY
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It promises to be as wildly successful as her previous stint in Sin City, which saw her play around 600 shows over the course of four years, playing to over three million ticket-buyers and grossing somewhere in the neighborhood of $400 million. That buys a lot of rock shrimp at the buffet.
Now Dion wants to share the wealth; in an interview with Britain’s Daily Star, she encouraged both Britney Spears and Kylie Minogue (both of whom have been rumored to be setting up shop in the Nevada desert) to put down stakes on the Strip. READ FULL STORY
Charlie Sheen’s My Violent Torpedo of Truth/Death is Not an Option Tour begins in a few days, and no one has a clue what’s in store for those in attendance.
But he may have given us a hint via Twitter over the weekend. E! spotted a twitpic that shows him, rapper Snoop Dogg, and the tour’s music director Robert Patterson (also the former guitarist for Korn) working on some tunes.
Cyrus’s 2009 world tour was technically global, but considering it only hit the U.S., the U.K. and Ireland, this will be the first truly international tour for the onetime Disney Channel star.
It kicks off in Ecuador on April 29 and hits Peru on May 1, but after that, it looks like Miley is open to suggestions. “Where should I go next?” she wrote on her official Facebook page. “More tour dates will be announced soon!” (Take our poll after the jump.) READ FULL STORY
The band’s reps announced the casting via press release, explaining that American Idiot‘s usual St. Jimmy, Tony Vincent, is on “a leave of absence due to a personal family matter.” Armstrong is temporarily replacing him from Sept. 28 (tomorrow) through this Sunday, Oct. 3. After that, Armstrong will head to Venezuela for a Green Day tour; Vincent’s understudies will cover the role until Vincent’s Oct. 12 return.
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'Waiting for Superman' shows: Elton John, Elvis Costello, and Jeff Bridges to play documentary-inspired benefit concerts
Elton John, Elvis Costello, Jeff Bridges, Gregg Allman, John Mellencamp, and other stars will perform at a pair of shows to benefit The Participant Foundation, which supports music and arts education in public schools. The concerts will take place on October 16 at the Wang Center in Boston and October 20 at the Beacon Theater in New York City.
The shows are being curated by famed producer T Bone Burnett and are timed to coincide with the release of the documentary Waiting for Superman, which explores the state of public education. The film is directed by Davis Guggenheim who previously made the Oscar-winning An Inconvenient Truth.
The concerts are the first to be presented under the banner of The Speaking Clock Revue and will feature a house band. “The privacy and the intimacy of the studio afford artists the freedom to create,” Burnett explained in a statement, “but something thrilling happens in getting away from the machines and into the live communication of real time storytelling in the larger community. We are looking forward with great anticipation to getting The Speaking Clock Revue up and running this fall and continuing it in the years to come.”
Early in his career, Burnett played with the Bob Dylan-featuring Rolling Thunder Revue, which toured extensively during the mid-’70s. After the jump you can find a clip of Dylan and the Rolling Thunder band performing the legendary songsmith’s track “Isis,” as well as the trailer for Waiting for Superman.
Tickets for The Speaking Clock Revue shows go on sale Monday, September 27 at noon, through Ticketmaster.
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If you’ve never had the pleasure of watching the raucously funny spoof show A Very Potter Musical you may not have heard of Darren Criss, but take our word for it, the 24-year-old singer-songwriter has had a pretty wild year. Part of a theater company from the University of Michigan that call themselves Team StarKid, he became a web celeb last year when a recording of A Very Potter Musical (in which he plays Harry Potter) went viral. Since then, Criss has appeared on ABC’s Eastwick and written the music for another hugely successful StarKid show (Me And My Dick), and just last week he made his return as the boy who lived in A Very Potter Sequel, which has already garnered millions of views on YouTube. Now Criss, who composed all the music and lyrics for Sequel, has a new independently produced five-song EP out called Human, which debuted at No. 30 on Billboard‘s Heatseekers chart last week. (Also impressive is Team Starkid’s A Very StarKid Album, which debuted at No. 19 on the Top Compilations chart.) I met up with the multi-talented singer this week in New York City to talk about his new EP, his plans for StarKid, YouTube musicians, and (of course) Disney covers.
ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY: How would you describe the sound of your music?
DARREN CRISS: Oh man, that’s tough. I have no idea–in fact, that’s been a problem for me, because I am kind of all over the place. If you know my musicals or anything, I’m a lover of genre…
And a lover of love songs.
And a lover of long songs, and a lover of many things. So because of that, I really don’t know. I’m still working on defining that, and that’s been a problem for me when I’m getting any kind of attention from labels. They’re like, “What’s your deal?” I’m like, “I don’t know. I like anything.” I like to say that we are of the iPod generation. We are the first generation that has so much accessibility and exposure to so many different things, and it isn’t so weird anymore to have on a playlist Beethoven, Tupac, Miley Cyrus, and Barbra Streisand. That’s not weird. Well, maybe a little weird.
Yeah, maybe a little weird. READ FULL STORY
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