Andrew Lloyd Webber thinks Madonna would make the perfect Norma Desmond in a film version of his musical Sunset Boulevard, but he says she won’t even talk with him on the phone about the movie. “She’s the right age,” Webber said on Piers Morgan Live! earlier this week. “I’ve not got through to her. She hasn’t taken my call this time.” Michael Musto suspects its the age thing that has Madonna running scared in an article for The Village Voice. “…Performers—especially women—tend to shy away from roles in which they play characters advancing towards the afterlife.” Musto’s column comes on the heels of his April Fool’s joke in which he said Madonna was being awarded a special Oscar for acting. Madonna won a Golden Globe for starring in the movie musical Evita.
I love Madonna as much as the next guy (and living in a gay neighbourhood in downtown Vancouver, that might be too much to say) and yes, she won a Golden Globe for “Evita”, but does anybody really thinks of her as a serious actress? I mean, I don’t think she has the versatility to act as Cher, Barbra or any other singer-actress. But still, I’d totally watch her movies (not more than once, but still).
The Book of Mormon, a forthcoming original musical co-written by South Park creators Trey Parker and Matt Stone and Avenue Q’s Robert Lopez, is the “filthiest, most offensive” and “sweetest” show bound for Broadway next year, according to Vogue. Vogue describes the musical as “the story of a pair of teenage missionaries who get sent to Uganda, where can-do Mormon pep meets its match in disease, starvation, and warlords who shoot people in the face.” One of the lead characters in the show is gay and will attempt to contain his sexuality. The magazine goes on to call Book of Mormon ”hands down, the filthiest, most offensive, and—surprise—sweetest thing you’ll see on Broadway this year, and quite possibly the funniest musical ever.” While The Book of Mormon is the first Broadway musical by Parker and Stone, the duo is no stranger to the form or inserting subversive and explicit gay content into their projects, such as their acclaimed 1999 animated musical, South Park: Bigger, Longer & Uncut. The Book of Mormon will begin previews February 24 at the Eugene O’Neill Theatre with an official opening planned for March 24.
Filmmaker Andy Fickman said he is working on a theatrical piece based on the life and career of pop legend Cher.
“We’ll be making announcements about that project coming together shortly,” he told PopEaterThursday. “She’s a fairly phenomenal character, Cher — as a human being I think she’s one of the great icons of all time, a force to be reckoned with. The way she looked onstage with Lady Gaga [at Sunday’s MTV Video Music Awards], well, it’s one for the books.”
Fickman’s latest film, You Again, starring Kristen Bell, Sigourney Weaver, Jamie Lee Curtis, Kristin Chenoweth, and Betty White, hits theaters September 24.
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