Zooey Deschanel is to play Loretta Lynn on Broadway.
The 32-year-old singer-and-actress will portray the country music legend in an adaptation of 1980 film Coal Miner's Daughter after Loretta announced the casting at a live show at Nashville's Ryman Auditorium on Thursday, and she brought the New Girl star out to perform with her.
"It's a long way from Butcher Holler to Broadway in New York City. I never imagined I'd see Coal Miner's Daughter on a movie screen, and now I can't believe it's going to be on a stage for people to see. I'm going to be right there in the front row. And I know Zooey is going to be great - she sings and writes her own songs just like I do, and we even have the same color eyes!" the 77-year-old star said in a statement.
Zooey admitted it is a "dream come true" to have landed the part - played by Sissy Spacek in the movie, a biopic which documented Loretta's rise from poverty to fame - as she regards Loretta as a "true legend." The brunette beauty explained, "She is a true legend and to be chosen to play such an iconic woman is a dream come true."
How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying hasn’t yet opened on Broadway, but someone managed to sneak a video recorder into one of the preview shows. We’re using their daringness to bring you a video of
Harry Potter Daniel Radcliffe singing on the big stage. Frankly, we’re pretty impressed. Not too bad for a boy wizard!
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Glee didn’t just top the ratings charts last season, it orchestrated plenty of musical chart-toppers in its own right. The September 21 premiere of Season 2 will be jam-packed with exciting tunes that represent a mix of musical genres.
Jay-Z‘s “Empire State of Mind,” Poison’s “Every Rose Has Its Thorn,” Lady Gaga’s “Telephone,” Travie McCoy’s “Billionaire” and three Broadway standards—“What I Did for Love,” “Getting to Know You” and “Listen”—will all be featured in the premiere episode.
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-Hole’s new album, Nobody’s Daughter, will finally come out on April 27 after five years in production. Maybe this will keep Courtney Love out of Frances Bean’s trust fund?
-American Idol‘s Ace Young and Diana DeGarmo are both expected to go nude during their stint in Hair. Their Broadway run begins March 9.
-Doug Fieger, lead singer of The Knack, died over the weekend after a long battle with cancer. The group’s most famous tune, “My Sharona,” was one of George W. Bush’s iPod songs.
-Kenny Rogers will celebrate half a century in the music business with a televised special. Kenny Rogers - The First 50 Years will be taped April 10 at the MGM Grand At Foxwoods in Connecticut. A broadcast date has not yet been announced.
-It’s no secret that Stephen King is a music lover, so why not help Shooter Jennings with his upcoming concept album?
-Destiny’s Child singer Michelle Williams will soon be following Ashlee Simpson-Wentz’s shoes. She’ll start playing Roxie Hart in Chicago next month.
-Speaking of Broadway, that’s where Green Day’s musical is headed. American Idiot will kick off on April 20.
-It’s time to unpack your flannel. Chris Cornell has confirmed that Soundgarden will be reuniting. The band split in 1997.
-And while we’re on the grunge page, let’s talk about Courtney Love. The singer will be touring with her band Hole next month in Europe.
Run-DMC are in talks to turn their story into a Broadway production.
The two surviving members of the pioneering hip-hop group - Reverend Run and DMC - have met with a Hollywood producer to discuss turning the story of their career into a musical. The project is to being headed up by Paula Wagner - who produced Hollywood films Mission: Impossible and Valkyrie.
“Run-DMC’s lyrics and music are infectious. It’s vibrant, it’s alive,” Paula said. “Who they are and what they did was a culturally defining moment. It embraced everybody. Their rise to fame is innately theatrical. It speaks to everybody.”
Whether they loved it or hated it, everyone seems to have an opinion about American Idol 8‘s finale.
Even though he fully believes Adam Lambert will have a brighter career than Kris Allen, Gene Simmons doesn’t necessarily agree with the contestant’s musical leanings. The KISS bassist - who performed with Adam during the recent finale - told fans that he doesn’t see rock n’ roll in Lambert’s future.
“Respectfully, I don’t think Adam is a rock singer,” Simmons wrote on his website. “He sounds much more convincing singing ballads and Broadway shows. His voice doesn’t seem to have a ‘rock quality.’ But, I’m sure he’s going to do just fine.”
Hmmm, Broadway? Maybe Lambert has more in common with Clay Aiken than the Season 2 contestant would like to admit!
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