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A Pop of Broadway: Emily Blunt and John Krasinski meet ‘Ain’t Too Proud’ Stars, ‘Wicked’ Movie & More

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|by Robert Peterpaul |


Plus, John Mulaney talks channeling Sondheim

The streets of NYC might be frigid and sloshed with snow, but – never fear – the Broadway news remains hot. After all, the cold never bothered us Broadway fans anyway. We couldn't resist the Frozen pun, because this week featured big news from the frosty franchise, in addition to heaps of other pop culture and celebrity cross-overs, of course. Read on for your Pop Broadway buzz.

Stephen Sondheim and John Mulaney; the cast of 'Ain't Too Proud'; John Krasinski and Emily Blunt (Photos: Walter McBride/Wire Image; Matthew Murphy; Lester Cohen/WireImage)

Stephen Sondheim and John Mulaney; the cast of 'Ain't Too Proud'; John Krasinski and Emily Blunt (Photos: Walter McBride/Wire Image; Matthew Murphy; Lester Cohen/WireImage)

Was Emily Blunt and John Krasinski's date night crashed by the Temptations?
Love lingers in the air during Valentine's week, which heightens the chances of seeing our favorite entertainment power couples out and aboutEmily Blunt and John Krasinski enjoyed a glamorous date night in New York City at an event for the new film Fighting With My Family. While there, they were seen mingling with Jawan Jackson and Derrick Baskin of the upcoming Temptations Broadway musical, Ain't Too Proud.

Why no one can stop talking about the Frozen 2 trailer
We knew once the highly anticipated Frozen 2 trailer dropped, no one would be able to let it go. And for good reason, we love Frozen here at ST, too. However, it was a bit comical to see that Elsa's pants were trending, as if it was some bold new entity. Any fan of Frozen on Broadway will know that the musical’s Elsa, Caissie Levy, has been serving up pants realness since previews. 

Ben Platt drops heart-tugging music video with Desperate Housewives star
The Ben Platt new music train is full steam ahead, as the Tony winner recently released the music video for his track Ease My Mind. The emotional song from his forthcoming album is like a black-and-white love letter. Most surprising of all, it features Desperate Housewives and Teen Wolf star Charlie Carver as Ben's boyfriend. Grab the tissues for this one!

Is Gypsy getting the Gilmore Girls treatment?
Will everything come up roses on the big screen again? Amy Sherman-Palladino, acclaimed creator and showrunner of the charmingly fast-talking hit series Gilmore Girls and The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel is in talks to direct a remake of Gypsy. You may recall Barbara Streisand's public proposal for the film back in 2016. Here's to hoping this gets greenlit so we can call Mamma “The Marvelous Miss Rose.” 

John Mulaney spoofs Stephen Sondheim
John Mulaney gave everyone a special Valentine's Day treat when he stopped by Late Night With Seth Meyers on Feb. 14. The comedian, who made his Broadway debut alongside Nick Kroll in Oh, Hello on Broadway, showcases his passion for musical theater in a new episode of his and Seth's IFC series, Documentary Now!

The third season, which premieres on Feb. 20, spoofs the documentary Original Cast Album: Company. While the 1970s doc captures the intense recording process of the original cast album of Stephen Sondheim's musical, the Documentary Now! version is a bit more playful. Dubbed Original Cast Album: Co-Op, Mulaney, Taran Killam (Saturday Night LiveHamilton), and James Urbaniak lead the episode as the album's three producers. The episode is rounded out with a powerhouse "fake" cast: Renee Elise Goldsberry (Hamilton), Richard Kind (Dirty Rotten Scoundrels) and Alex Brightman (BeetlejuiceSchool of Rock).

While on Late Night, John and Seth spoke about the process of writing fake Sondheim songs – you can watch their hilarious exchange below.

Wicked movie gets release date 
Rejoicify! After years of walking down Hollywood's long and winding yellow brick road, it looks Wicked may have finally reached a movie wizard. The Tony award-winning Broadway musical is set to fly into theaters under Universal Pictures on Dec. 22, 2021. The adaption will be directed by Stephen Daldry (Billy Elliot) and written by Winnie Holzman and, of course, composer-lyricist Stephen Schwartz, who worked his magic on the original musical.

“We're making really good progress," Stephen said in an interview with The Hollywood Reporter. "The screenplay has gone through a few drafts. In fact, I'm going to be seeing Winnie Holzman, and we're working on the most recent draft." 
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For more of the best of Broadway, check out our list of the Top Shows in New York in February 2019.

 

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