Years before Jonathan Larson’s hit rock musical, Rent, exploded in the theatre world, he was a struggling, up-and-coming composer, making ends meet by working at a local diner in New York, while the AIDS epidemic was raging on and taking lives of people he knew. All this and more was documented in an autobiographical musical he wrote called tick, tick… BOOM!, which originally premiered Off-Broadway in 2001, five years following his untimely death.Continue reading “Official Trailer for Netflix’s ‘tick, tick… BOOM!’ Has Arrived”
Super Smack is a Filipino American rapper that has been leveling up in the music game ever since his first ep, Neon Red, hit streaming services. With a unique blend of gaming culture, anime references, good vibes, and a message for change, Super Smack’s pens music that blend pop and rap in ways that make the nerd in any of us step on the dance floor.Continue reading “Super Smack is Ready to Smash Stereotypes and the Industry with New EP”
When you’re a NOC you’re a NOC all the way from your first bubble tea to your last dying day! The boss, Keith Chow, stops by to talk musicals!Continue reading “FDI Cast 120: I Want to Cast in America!”
The Walt Disney Company has just shared a new trailer, poster, and stills for Steven Spielberg’s film adaptation of the iconic musical, West Side Story. The screenplay comes from Tony Kushner and will tell the classic tale of fierce rivalries and young love in 1957 New York City. The cast includes Rachel Zegler, Ansel Elgort, Ariana DeBose, David Alvarez, Mike Faist, Josh Andrés Rivera, Ana Isabelle, Corey Stoll, Brian d’Arcy James, and Rita Moreno.Continue reading “Here’s the Official Trailer and Poster for Steven Spielberg’s ‘West Side Story’”
The talented Idina Menzel plays the role of Vivian in the Amazon Original movie Cinderella. The new film is a musically-driven bold version of the traditional story you grew up with, following an ambitious young woman whose dreams are bigger than the world will allow. Cinderella is coming to Prime Video on September 3.Continue reading “NOC Interview: Idina Menzel Discusses Her New Film, ‘Cinderella’”
Since the pandemic closed theaters, the Big Apple has been longing for the amazing allure of the Broadway lights, sights, and songs! Thankfully, Broadway is making a major comeback this fall, so fans can immerse themselves in the glory of the stage once more. But while we all await the rise of live curtains, theater geeks everywhere can at least get their fix through the magic of streaming, from the debut of Hamilton on Disney+ last year, and now once more with the upcoming premiere of Come From Away on Apple TV+.Continue reading “Broadway Smash, ‘Come From Away’ is Coming to Apple TV+”
Cinderella stars Camila Cabello as the title role, along with Idina Menzel, Minnie Driver, Nicholas Galitzine, Billy Porter, and Pierce Brosnan. James Corden, Leo Pearlman, Jonathan Kadin, and Shannon McIntosh serve as the film’s producers and executive producers include Louise Rosner and Josephine Rose. Cinderella was written for the screen and directed by Kay Cannon. The official trailer and poster for the new Prime Video movie has just been released!Continue reading “Watch the Official Trailer for Prime Video’s ‘Cinderella’”
Cartoon Network Studios is teaming up with award-winning filmmaker Matthew Cherry (Hair Love) and award-winning director Chaz Bottoms (Dear John: Legendary Love Letters) to bring us a beautiful new animated series that celebrates the creative arts culture of Chicago, set to a sonic landscape inspired by hip-hop beats and classical broadway melodies.Continue reading “Matthew A. Cherry and Chaz Bottoms Bring Us New Animated Series ‘Battu’”
Amazon Studios’ Cinderella was written for the screen and directed by Kay Cannon. Camila Cabello will take on the iconic title role. The rest of the legendary cast is made up of Idina Menzel, Minnie Driver, Nicholas Galitzine, Billy Porter, and Pierce Brosnan. James Corden, Leo Pearlman, Jonathan Kadin, and Shannon McIntosh serve as producers, while Louise Rosner and Josephine Rose are executive producers.Continue reading “Amazon Studios’ Releases Teaser and Poster for ‘Cinderella’”
Loren Bouchard and Nora Smith are the creators, writers, and executive producers of Central Park season two alongside Josh Gad. The animated musical comedy series first premiered last May and is produced by 20th Television for Apple. It has also been recognized with an Emmy Award nomination for star Leslie Odom Jr., as well as an NAACP Image Award nomination in the Outstanding Animated Series category. The complete first season of Central Park is now streaming on Apple TV+.Continue reading “NOC Interview: Loren Bouchard and Nora Smith Tease ‘Central Park’ Season 2”
The news of the Disney+ series comes as fans all over the world celebrate the 30th anniversary of the iconic animated 1991 classic! Stars Luke Evans and Josh Gad will be reprising their roles as Gaston and LeFou (Louie) in the eight-episode prequel. Briana Middleton will also be joining Beauty and the Beast as Louie’s stepsister, Tilly.Continue reading “Disney+ Greenlights New Limited Musical Series, ‘Beauty and the Beast’”
If you have Disney+, you might have heard of a little show called High School Musical: The Musical: The Series. That tongue twisting title, which will be abbreviated to HSMTMTS from now on, headlines the story of the next generation of Disney’s premiere high school musical group.Continue reading “Frankie Rodriguez Represents on ‘High School Musical: The Musical: The Series’”
When people think of Jonathan Larson, the first thing to come out is the Tony Award-winning musical Rent. But, Larson had done many musicals before that, one of which, is based on his life called tick, tick… BOOM!
Performed in 1990 Off-Broadway as a one-man show, tick, tick… BOOM! was an autobiographical rock monologue about his experience feeling rejected because of what he considered a failure for his musical, Superbia. After Larson’s death in 1996, it was reworked into a stage musical by playwright David Auburn and musical director Stephen Oremus. Now, making his feature directorial debut, Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award winner Lin-Manuel Miranda takes the story from stage to the big screen.Continue reading “Lin-Manuel Miranda’s Directorial Debut ‘tick, tick… BOOM!’ Releases Teaser Trailer”
Now that In the Heights is officially in theaters and streaming on HBO Max, what better time than now to re-up my convo with Lin-Manuel Miranda, originally recorded for the Hard NOC Life podcast.Continue reading “NOC Interview: Lin-Manuel Miranda on the Making of ‘In The Heights’”
This week on Hard NOC Life, Britney basks in the glory of her favorite superhero, Spider-Woman, finally getting shine as the crew — aka Keith and Dominic — break down news of Issa Rae’s casting in the Spider-Verse sequel, plus sneak peeks at Shazam: Fury of the Gods and Michael Keaton in The Flash.
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The anticipated release of WB’s In the Heights is set to release this week, but the long-lasting impact of the film will affect many BIPOC, especially those from the Latinx community, for a lifetime.Continue reading “NOC Exclusive Interviews with ‘In The Heights’ Director Jon M. Chu and the Cast”
Warner Bros. has moved up the opening of Jon M. Chu’s big screen adaptation of Lin-Manuel Miranda and Quiara Alegría Hudes’s Tony Award-winning musical, In the Heights, a day early. So it won’t be long now!
To hold you over until Thursday night, Chu and Miranda went to social media to announce they’re releasing the first eight minutes of the movie — essentially, the entire opening number — even earlier.Continue reading “Light’s Up on the Opening Number from ‘In the Heights’”
On a new Hard NOC Life, Keith finally talks to Lin-Manuel Miranda about adapting his first musical, In the Heights, for the big screen. But before that, he is joined by Dominic, Britney, and Shawn to break down the Eternals trailer.
In the upcoming retelling of the 101 Dalmatians villainess Cruella de Vil, Disney’s Cruella tells the story of a young Cruella (Emma Stone) and her rise as a famous (or infamous) fashion designer and future dog-killer. The film follows Cruella’s upbringing and the friends (or minions) she makes along the way. One of those friends is queer vintage shop owner, Artie or Art “as in work of art,” played by British actor/singer John McCrea.Continue reading “John McCrea on Playing Cruella’s Ride or Die and ‘Everybody’s Talking About Jamie’”
It seems like only yesterday when national treasure and lyricist genius Lin-Manuel Miranda graced the Richard Rodgers Theatre as Usnavi in the Broadway production of In the Heights. Now, 13 years later, the Tony Award-winning musical is finally premiering on the big screen next month.Continue reading “‘In the Heights’ Captures the Beauty of Washington Heights and the Community Behind It”
Universal Pictures has finally released the trailer to the anticipated film adaptation of the Tony Award-winning musical Dear Evan Hansen. Ben Platt returns to reprise his Broadway role as the troubled teen, Evan Hansen.Continue reading “‘Dear Evan Hansen’ Film Adaptation’s Emotional Trailer Will Be Found Here”