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NBC Cancels “Hair Live!”; Seeking Titles with Wide Appeal

Sasha Allen and the 2009 Broadway cast of Hair
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Not too long ago, NBC announced that the musical “Hair Live!” would have life on the network and air May 19 with Broadway director Diane Paulus at the helm, reprising her position from the 2009 Tony-winning revival.

According to Variety, NBC is longer moving forward with the project. This announcement comes a week after “RENT Live” on Fox reported having the lowest ratings of any networks live musical.

NBC previously announced a live version of “A Few Good Men” with Alec Baldwin and a live production of “Bye Bye Birdie.” starring Jennifer Lopez, but the productions were both pushed back multiple times. Both projects remain in limbo.

Paul Telegdy and George Cheeks, co-chairmen of NBC Entertainment said in a statement:

“Live musicals are a part of this network’s DNA, and we are committed to continuing that tradition with the right show at the right time. Since these shows are such enormous undertakings, we need titles that have a wide appeal, and we’re in the process of acquiring the rights to a couple of new shows that we’re really excited about,”

So it is said that NBC “won’t be completely abandoning live musicals” According to an individual with knowledge of the decision, but will no longer plan on airing them as regularly as they have in the past with” The Sound of Music Live!” “Peter Pan Live!,” “The Wiz Live!,” & “Hairspray Live!”

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Dominique Morisseau’s Pipeline Will Air On PBS Feb 8th

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Namir Smallwood and Karen Pittman. Photo by Jeremy Daniel

The Live From Lincoln Center broadcast of Dominique Morisseau’s Pipeline, will debut February 8 at 9 PM ET. The LCT production opened in July 2017 was directed by Lileana Blain-Cruz and starred Karen Pittman as Nya.

The cast also includes Tasha LawrenceMorocco OmariNamir SmallwoodJaime Lincoln Smith, and Heather Velazquez.

Nya, an inner-city public high school teacher, is committed to her students but desperate to give her only son Omari opportunities they’ll never have. When a controversial incident at his upstate private school threatens to get him expelled, Nya must confront his rage and her own choices as a parent. But will she be able to reach him before a world beyond her control pulls him away?

With profound compassion and lyricism, PIPELINE brings an urgent conversation powerfully to the fore. Don’t miss this deeply moving story of a mother’s fight to give her son a future — without turning her back on the community that made him who he is.

“We Were There” Check out our review of the 2017 production

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The Cast of RENT Live Sings a Snippet of “Seasons of Love” Acapella + Soundtrack Will Be Released

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Fox’s RENT Live cast teased audiences with a sneak peek of “Season’s of Love” acapella. The video features Tony, Emmy, and Grammy nominee Brandon Victor Dixon (Shuffle Along) as Tom Collins, Jordan Fisher (Hamilton) as Mark Cohen,Kiersey Clemons as Joanne Jefferson, Vanessa Hudgens (Gigi) Maureen Johnson, Brennin Hunt as Roger Davis, Grammy nominee Mario as Benny aka Benjamin Coffin III, Tinashe as Mimi Marquez, and Rupaul’s drag race favorite, Valentina as the beloved Angel Dumott Schunard.

The Jonathan Larson cult classic, Rent Live will air live January 27, 2019 on Fox. The cast also features Matthew Saldivar, J. Elaine MarcosAlton Fitzgerald White, Bryce Ryness, Emerson, Jennifer Leigh Warren, Debra CardonaDarius CrenshawKhori PetinaudMia DeWeese, Benjamin Rivera, Robert Roldan, Morgan Marcell, Fred OdgaardTilly Evans-KruegerHannahlei Cabanilla, Jessica Lee Keller, Lenin Fernandez Jr., Nick Lanzisera, Sasha Dominique Mallory, and Ty Wells all members of the ensemble.

Sony Masterworks will release a soundtrack album for the Fox Live television event Rent. The soundtrack will be released digitally on February 1 and physically on March 1.

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