08:16 PM EDT 12/18/2014
Originally posted 12/17/2014 05:00PM
Sting's musical The Last Ship hit Broadway this fall, so it's no surprise the rocker-turned-composer sat down for an interview with one of the hottest theater critics around – a kindergartner from Arlington, Virginia named Iain Armitage.
Originally posted 11/12/2013 05:30PM
One of the biggest albums of the '90s alt-rock scene, Alanis Morissette's Jagged Little Pill, is coming to the Broadway stage.
In the latest sign that Gen X culture has gone totally mainstream, Morissette announced on Friday that she would be turning her landmark 1995 LP into a Broadway musical, debuting in workshops some time in 2014. The concept is similar to other "jukebox musicals" based on hit tunes by diverse acts such as The Beatles, Billy Joel and Green Day among others. The difference? Morissette's anthemic tunes were mainly about being an angry grrrl with a lot of bad boyfriend baggage.
"I look forward to taking the heart of Jagged Little Pill and expanding its story, fleshing it out into ever deeper layers of emotionality, specificity, humanity, power, physicality, spirit and fabulism," Morissette said in a statement.
Originally posted 06/14/2013 06:00AM
At least this stage crasher had some manners.
A day before the news of her parents' divorce broke, Miley Cyrus hopped on stage sporting a crop top, baggy pants and a fauxhawk and started dancing while Robin Thicke and Pharrell Williams performed their hit "Blurred Lines" at a Myspace party in Los Angeles. The guys didn't seem to mind, though: After her impromptu routine, Cyrus hugged both singers and earned cheers from the crowd.
The starlet – sans fiancé Liam Hemsworth – was just one of many stars at the Wednesday night party, a re-launch for the social networking site held at the El Rey Theatre.
Originally posted 11/20/2012 06:00AM
Hanks a lot!
Tom Hanks and Rita Wilson enjoyed a live performance of Room 105 – The Highs and Lows of Janis Joplin at the MACHA Theater in West Hollywood on Sunday.
Sporting a mustache, Hanks and Wilson entered the theater from the parking lot side entrance just before the show began, avoiding the lobby, an onlooker tells PEOPLE.
The couple then took their seats – stopping to chat with the older couple sitting behind them.
"Wilson clapped vigorously after each song but Hanks was much more reserved with his applause," the source adds. "There was no hand holding or major interaction between the two during the show."
But "both took part in the standing ovation" and as the couple left the theater, an elderly woman told Hanks "I love you." "He gave her a hug and spoke with her briefly before leaving," the source says.
– Patrick Gomez
Originally posted 09/09/2012 12:15PM
Tom Cruise took a break from filming to experience acting from a different angle: as an audience member.
Cruise took his seat at London's famed Globe Theatre for a performance of William Shakespeare's classic, Richard III – and like his fellow theatergoers, that seat was atop a cushion on a wooden bench.
After dining at China Tang at The Dorchester restaurant, Cruise, 50, in the U.K. shooting All You Need Is Kill (and supporting his 17-year-old son Connor at deejay gigs), arrived about 10 minutes before show time looking casual in a tight white T-shirt and jeans.
Originally posted 08/01/2012 06:00AM
In her continuous efforts to keep a low profile since leaving treatment in March, Demi Moore took in a showing of the musical Dogfight in N.Y.C. on Saturday at Second Stage Theatre, "clearly not trying to be spotted," according to a source.
With a female pal in tow, the actress, wearing minimal makeup, "seemed very healthy and present," the source tells PEOPLE, adding, "She was beautiful in person."
Moore appeared to be in "deep conversation" with her pal, according to the source, who adds that once the musical wrapped up, "She talked about how much she loved the show," and she gave a standing ovation before chatting with some of the cast.
– Kevin O'Donnell
Originally posted 07/24/2012 06:00AM
It was a wet and wild night for Steven Tyler on Sunday.
The former American Idol judge took in a showing of Fuerza Bruta with two pals and his bodyguard at the Daryl Roth Theatre in N.Y.C.
Known for its iconic Mylar pool scene, Tyler wanted to experience it for himself.
"Steven actually got into the pool with the [female cast members] and [seemed to] love every minute of the experience," a source tells PEOPLE.
Calling the Aerosmith front man "incredibly generous," the source goes on to say that he even invited the entire cast to come out and see his show the following night.
– Aaron Parsley
Originally posted 07/20/2012 06:00AM
Fans of buzzed-about new R&B artist Frank Ocean were in for a special treat on Tuesday when they came to his show at the Wiltern in L.A.
Aside from being treated to his smooth sounds, the crowd also got a glimpse of Drake, who made a surprise appearance in the VIP section of the venue.
"He showed up in a white T-shirt and jeans, with a date on his arm," a concertgoer tells PEOPLE. "As the crowd noticed him walking in, they screeched and created a spotlight on him with their cell phones while taking his picture."
Once settled, the source says a head-bobbing Drake, "sang along to a majority of the tunes and seemed in great spirits while occasionally joking around with pals and taking pictures with fans."
The "Take Care" artist didn't show any overt PDA with his unidentifiable guest, but he "occasionally whispered in her ear," according to the insider.
Sara Bareilles and Keri Hilson were also guests at the show.
– Jessica Herndon
Originally posted 06/15/2012 06:00AM
Katy Perry's fans were in for a big surprise on Wednesday night when they attended a screening for the pop star's Paramount documentary, Katy Perry: Part of Me.
Clad in a red floral dress with an open back, the "Wide Awake" singer popped up at the theater inside The Grove in Los Angeles just as the lights went down for the viewing to begin.
Once Perry arrived, she told the crowd, "You guys are all so cute, even all the way to the back," an onlooker tells PEOPLE.
"Little girls rushed the screen as Katy walked around slapping hands and greeting fans," the source says. "She managed to sign some autographs and pose for a few pictures before trying to disperse the massive crowd that had gathered around her."
Perry, who said a few more sweet things to her admirers on the mic, "was all smiles and seemed genuinely excited for her young fans to see the film," the insider says, adding, "The start of the screening was delayed a good 10-15 minutes before Katy sat down in the middle of the screaming crowd for a bit."
– Jennifer Garcia
Originally posted 05/15/2012 04:45PM
Nothing like enjoying a little theater in the West End while in London!
Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie attended a recent matinee of Billy Elliot the Musical at the Victoria Palace Theatre, a source tells us, for themselves and several of their children. (The source could not confirm which of the Jolie-Pitt kids attended the show, though seven tickets were booked in total.)
The family, who recently visited the U.K.'s Legoland together, sat in the dress circle – not separated from the rest of the audience for the 2:30 p.m. performance. After the show, Brad and Angelina went backstage to meet Adam Vespermann, a Seattle-native, who played Billy. When it was time to go, they left via the stage door and also signed autographs for some fans who were assembled.
– Phil Boucher
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