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Battle Brews Over Dueling NYC ‘Rent’ Prods

Battle Brews Over Dueling NYC ‘Rent’ Prods

What started out as a warm fuzzy tribute to Jonathan Larson’s Pulitzer Prize-winning play Rent has turned into a bit of a musical tussle. The Harbor Lights Theater Company in Staten Island, which just began touting its September 18 through October 4 production was blindsided today by news of another production by the  5th Floor Theatre Company, whose […]

Shakira, Opetaia Foa’i Join Disney Lineup

Shakira, Opetaia Foa’i Join Disney Lineup

Pop star Shakira and New Zealand songwriter Opetaia Foa’i of the band Te Vaka are among the music talent signed for upcoming Disney Animation Studios features. Shakira, who voices the character of Gazelle in the March 2016 Walt Disney release Zootopia,  will record original songs for the film’s soundtrack, it was revealed by the studio at the D23 […]

Debney and Music of Horner Highlight 5th Transatlantyk Fest

Debney and Music of Horner Highlight 5th Transatlantyk Fest

The 5th Annual Transatlantyk Film Festival held in Poznan, Poland wrapped to critical acclaim. The festival — founded by Oscar-winning composer Jan A.P. Kaczmarek to gather creative professionals in his native Poland — celebrated film and music, August 7-14. Opening night featured the world’s first tribute concert to honor the memory of composer James Horner, whose June […]

Commons Occurence

Commons  Occurence

British blues-rocker Jamie N Commons is the hot artist of the moment for backing tracks, making his mark with commercials, on TV series and games. Karma, the tune he wrote for EA’s “Battlefield Hardline” game, is getting the most attention, landing on a fresh Hyundai commercial and the new trailer for HBO’s “Show Me a Hero,” and […]

Trent Reznor’s ‘Strange’ New Project?

Trent Reznor’s ‘Strange’ New Project?

Will Trent Reznor’s next project be David Fincher’s Strangers, a remake of the Hitchcock classic Strangers on a Train? That was the provocative question posed by consequencesofsound.net back in January. Six months later, the Magic 8 Ball is tilting toward yes!  Although Reznor’s name hasn’t been formally attached to the project, given his history of successful […]

Streep Rocks the Room in ‘Ricki’

Streep Rocks the Room in ‘Ricki’

Sondheim fans know Meryl Streep can sing — she earned raves for her performance on 2014’s Into the Woods. And in Mama Mia! (2008), “She sings! She dances! She does the splits!”  But who knew she could rock? She can, as everyone is discovering with Ricki and the Flash. Streep is Ricki Rendazzo, a mother of three who refused […]

Morricone at bat for Tarantino

Morricone at bat for Tarantino

Finally, after numerous flirtations and a tiff, Italian composer Ennio Morricone will officially team with director Quentin Tarantino, signing on for The Hateful Eight. The  marks Morricone’s return to the Western — the genre that made him famous — in 40 years. The five-time Oscar winner’s haunting and hynotic scores vaulted him to international prominence  […]

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