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Born to Be Live: ‘Easy Rider’ Gets a Concert/Screening Premiere at Radio City

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Born to Be Live: ‘Easy Rider’ Gets a Concert/Screening Premiere at Radio City
In a year full of major 50th anniversary commemorations — from Woodstock to the moon landing — why not one for “Easy Rider,” Dennis Hopper’s hippie-biker flick that was released on July 14, 1969?

That was the idea when a rep for Peter Fonda, who starred in the film as the laid-back Captain America, reached out to New York impresario Peter Shapiro and Live Nation earlier this year about staging an event where the movie would be screened with the soundtrack performed live by some of the legendary musicians who appeared on it.

When Friday night’s “Easy Rider Live” show at Radio City Hall Music in New York was announced in late July, Fonda had not yet passed away from lung cancer. Before his death at age 79 on August 16, Fonda encouraged fans to come, saying, “Enjoy the new print. Sing along with the songs. Laugh with the humor! Remember the spirit! Find the love.
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‘Beautiful: The Carole King Musical’ Sets Broadway Closing Date

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‘Beautiful: The Carole King Musical’ Sets Broadway Closing Date
Beautiful: The Carole King Musical, one of the most popular Broadway shows in recent seasons and the rare jukebox musical as beloved by critics as by audiences, will end its nearly six-year Broadway run on October 27, producers announced tonight.

Based on the songs of its titular pop legend and her inner circle, Beautiful earned seven Tony nominations in 2014 and won a pair, including one for lead actress Jessie Mueller. The musical will close having played 2,418 regular performances and 60 previews. It’s Broadway’s second-longest-running bio-musical and the longest-running and highest-grossing show in the Stephen Sondheim Theatre’s history.

The production recouped its $13 million capitalization within nine months, but even it wasn’t immune to a generally tough summer for Broadway. In recent weeks, Beautiful has been grossing at about half, or just above half, of its $994,804 weekly potential. Although the summer has been hard on newer shows — with recent or
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Jakob Dylan, Stephen Stills and More Gather to Celebrate Laurel Canyon’s ‘Echo’

Jakob Dylan, Stephen Stills and More Gather to Celebrate Laurel Canyon’s ‘Echo’
“Turn everything up!” declared Jakob Dylan, standing with a band of journeyman players at the Cinerama Dome movie theater in Los Angeles on Thursday. The occasion was the premiere of Echo in the Canyon, a documentary on the jangly, perceptive folk-rock of mid-Sixties Laurel Canyon that inspired him and generations of musicians.

The eight-song performance followed the 90-minute film, and included songs performed by pioneering Laurel Canyon players Stephen Stills (Buffalo Springfield) and Roger McGuinn (the Byrds). For the Mamas and Papas’ “Go Where You Wanna Go,” the singer Jade
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Exclusive Photo: Peter Tork, Member of 'The Monkees,' Dies at 77

Chicago – Hey, hey, he (was) a Monkee, and Peter Tork liked Monkee-ing around. The eternally optimistic-but-doofus character of the “Pre-Fab Four” 1960s pop group The Monkees was also a consummate musician, and was one the first members of the made-for-tv band that protested the false backing tracks to their playing and singing. Tork died on February 21st, 2019. He was 77.

Peter Halsten Thorkelson was born in Washington, D.C., and was cast perfectly into the era of the baby boomer 1960s, when he moved to New York City after a stint in college to join the burgeoning folk scene in Greenwich Village. He became a Monkee accidentally, when his friend Stephen Stills suggested that Tork could fulfill the look that the producers wanted for the TV show. He got the gig, and along with fellow band mates Mike Nesmith, Micky Dolenz and Davy Jones, romped on the TV series, released several
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Abby Mueller and Ben Jacoby Will Lead The Last Five Years in Montana

The Warren Miller Performing Arts Center Executive Director John Zirkle in Big Sky Montana announced today it will present a limited engagement of Jason Robert Brown's award-winning musical The Last Five Years, directed by Jason McDowell-Green and starring Abby Mueller as Cathy and Ben Jacoby as Jamie. Mueller and Jacoby were recently seen together on Broadway in Beautiful The Carole King Musical, where the pair starred as Carole and Gerry Goffin, King's first husband.
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Carole King Makes Surprise Appearance At ‘Beautiful’ 5th Anniversary Show

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Carole King Makes Surprise Appearance At ‘Beautiful’ 5th Anniversary Show
Carole King surprised the Broadway audience at last night’s fifth-anniversary performance of Beautiful, the musical about her journey through the music business, performing the title song that caps the show.

The moment, which recreates King’s triumphant 1971 Carnegie Hall concert, brought audience members to their feet. (See video below.)

After the finale, King joined the cast during the curtain call, appearing alongside Chilina Kennedy, who currently plays the lead role. After King and the cast performed the encore (“I Feel The Earth Move”), she reflected on the phenomenon the show has become.

“What a night!” King said. “It was amazing to be a part of this. This musical has been such a magical experience. To be here and celebrate our fifth anniversary with so much joy and love is amazing.”

In a press release, producers Paul Blake and Mike Bosner described the show as “an experience unlike any other.
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A Pair of Monkees Puzzle Over Their Own ‘Head’ Trip at 50th Anniversary Screening

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A Pair of Monkees Puzzle Over Their Own ‘Head’ Trip at 50th Anniversary Screening
The rough, sometimes druggy genesis of the American independent movie business of the ‘60s and ‘70s was recalled by Micky Dolenz and Michael Nesmith of the Monkees during a sold-out 50th anniversary American Cinematheque screening of the band’s ill-fated feature film “Head.”

Looking out into the Egyptian Theatre before the film unspooled, Dolenz drolly asked one audience member, “You’ve seen it? Can you tell me what it’s about?”

The evening was hosted by the Monkees’ Boswell, producer Andrew Sandoval, who asked for a show of hands of how many in the crowd were returning “Head” cultists and how many were seeing it for the first time. The 60 percent or so making return trips were hugely enthusiastic, but Sandoval wasn’t making any promises to the 40 percent newbies, warning dryly, “We’ll see how many of you are here when we’re done.”

Relentlessly post-modern and lacking anything
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The Monkees’ Psychedelic ‘Head’ Returns to Hollywood for 50th Anniversary Screening

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The Monkees’ Psychedelic ‘Head’ Returns to Hollywood for 50th Anniversary Screening
Michael Nesmith and Micky Dolenz of the Monkees will be on hand for a Q&A session at the Egyptian Theatre in Hollywood on Nov. 1 when an American Cinematheque screening of the band’s 1968 feature “Head” commemorates the 50th anniversary of the film’s release.

The Pre-Fab Four’s big-screen debut was a self-referential and surrealistic picture starring the band – Nesmith, Dolenz, Peter Tork and the late Davy Jones – and featuring an eclectic cast that included Frank Zappa, Annette Funicello, Victor Mature, pro football linebacker Ray Nitschke, prizefighter Sonny Liston and topless dancer Carol Doda. Co-written by Bob Rafelson (who also co-produced the film with Bert Schneider) and Jack Nicholson, it marked Rafelson’s feature directing debut.

Shot following the cancellation of the Monkees’ popular TV show, the movie, which premiered in New York on Nov. 6, 1968 — and in Hollywood two weeks later — sported a soundtrack that included songs by Harry Nilsson
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La Film Festival Uses Music Doc ‘Echo in the Canyon’ to Smooth Risky Move to September

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“Echo in the Canyon,” which opened the 2018 Los Angeles Film Festival on Thursday, is the first documentary ever chosen for the opening-night slot at Laff. But the festival has clearly learned a lesson from fests like Sundance and Toronto: If you want to kick off your festival with a guaranteed crowd-pleaser, pick a music doc.

So as Sundance has done in recent years with “20 Feet From Stardom” and “What Happened, Miss Simone?” and Toronto did with the U2 film “From the Sky Down,” Laff had a celebratory opening with “Echo in the Canyon,” first-time director Andrew Slater’s look at the Laurel Canyon music scene of the 1960s in Los Angeles. The open-air screening at the John Anson Ford Amphitheatre was followed by a concert at which Jakob Dylan and a handful of guests, including Jackson Browne, performed music of the era.

And while the film seems unlikely to
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‘Beautiful’ Review: Carole King Musical Is A Fine “Tapestry” Of A “Natural Woman”

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‘Beautiful’ Review: Carole King Musical Is A Fine “Tapestry” Of A “Natural Woman”
The beginning of Beautiful, which opened in Los Angeles at the Pantages Theater this week, isn’t a full-blown orchestral overture to introduce the story of legendary singer-songwriter Carole King as one might expect from a Broadway musical. Instead, it starts with a lone baby grand on the stage and Sarah Bockel, who plays the titular music icon, walking out on stage as if this is her memorable 1971 concert at Carnegie Hall. She sits at the piano and starts performing “So Far Away”, swaddling the audience with the emotional song about two distant lovers, setting the tone for this jukebox musical that doesn’t feel anything like a jukebox musical.

As Bockel sings the words from “So Far Away”, she embodies quintessential 1971 King with her gorgeous mane of hair and a pre-disco era maxi dress that flows with Earth mother realness. With a tinge of a Brooklyn accent, she talks to the audience,
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Remembering Aretha Franklin: Her Greatest Live Performances

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Remembering Aretha Franklin: Her Greatest Live Performances
Legendary soul singer Aretha Franklin died on Thursday at 76 after a battle with cancer, but her decades-long career featured some of the most memorable live performances in modern music history.

From her legendary 1968 tour dates in Sweden and Amsterdam to her melodic tributes at presidential inaugurations, Franklin brought audiences to their feet and to tears just about anywhere and anytime she took the stage, which makes choosing her best moments nearly impossible.

In memoriam, here’s a sample of Franklin’s most iconic live performances throughout her life.

“Night Life,” Sweden, 1968

Franklin’s 1968 European tour included a number of unforgettable performances, featuring live renditions of songs primarily from the three albums she’d released on Atlantic to date. But one in particular that has withstood the test of time is bluesy cover of Willie Nelson’s “Night Life.”

“Nessun Dorma,” Filling in for Luciano Pavarotti at the 1998 Grammy Awards

Just
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Flashback: Aretha Franklin Owns ‘A Natural Woman’ Alongside Mariah Carey and Others

In 1998, VH1 launched one of its most memorable franchises: an annual special called Divas that features multiple generations of iconic vocalists singing their hits as well as each other’s on the same stage. Of course, you can’t debut a series called Divas without including Aretha Franklin, who was joined by Mariah Carey, Gloria Estefan, Celine Dion, Shania Twain and Carole King at that year’s festivities.

The concert was stacked with larger-than-life vocal moments from each singer, as the participants took the stage for both solo and duet moments.
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Concert Review: James Taylor Brings Heart and Soul to Hollywood Bowl

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Concert Review: James Taylor Brings Heart and Soul to Hollywood Bowl
James Taylor is Martha’s Vineyard in the 1970s, campfire circles in the New England woods and sun-drenched barbecues in western Massachusetts. He’s Boston’s Fenway Park and preppy college frat parties in the 1980s and acoustic guitar by the Charles River on muggy summer nights. And today, Taylor, American folk-rock hero with over 100 million records sold worldwide and five Grammys to his name, remains, at age 70, one of the most impactful singer-songwriters in the American music canon, a wistful and winsome troubadour with sweeping cross-generational influence. Just ask any of the gangly tweens sitting cross-legged around a bonfire roasting marshmallows at sleepaway camp this summer while singing “You’ve Got a Friend,” the Carole King-penned classic included on “Tapestry” but made famous on Taylor’s 1971 album “Mud Slide Slim and the Blue Horizon.”

Taylor brought his All-Star Band and special guest Sheryl Crow to Thursday night’s Hollywood Bowl performance,
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Melissa Benoist To Star In ‘Beautiful: The Carol King Musical’ In Broadway Debut

Melissa Benoist To Star In ‘Beautiful: The Carol King Musical’ In Broadway Debut
Melissa Benoist, who stars on the CW’s Supergirl, will star beginning next month as the lead of Beautiful: The Carole King Musical, which will mark her Broadway debut. The limited run begins June 7 through August 4.

The current Broadway cast features Chilina Kennedy as Carole King at the Stephen Sondheim Theatre, where it opened in 2014; the musical just became the highest-grossing production ever at the venue. Jessie Mueller originally played King and won the Tony Award for Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role in a Musical. Kennedy will return to the role after Benoist’s run.

“We are over the moon to welcome Melissa into the Beautiful family this summer,” producers Paul Blake and Sony/Atv Music Publishing said in a joint statement announcing the casting. “We’ve always loved Melissa’s singing on Glee and, added to that, her great work as Supergirl promises that our
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Theatre Review: ‘Beautiful, The Carole King Musical’ Review (UK Tour)

Beautiful The Carole King Musical UK Tour Review: As one would hope, an extravaganza of Carole King.

Beautiful The Carole King Musical UK Tour Review by Katey Thompson.

Beautiful The Carole King Musical UK Tour review

Beautiful, The Carole King Musical sets out to tell the tale of Carole King’s story from selling her first song to releasing her first album Tapestry. For lovers of Carole King’s music, this is not to be missed.

Gerry Goffin is played with some conviction by Kane Oliver Parry, his weakness of character tugged at Carole’s sympathetic nature, who is successfully portrayed by Bronte Barbe. The production highlights the contrast between the two couples, with Carole and Gerry being a great foil for Cynthia Weil (Amy Ellen Richardson) and Barry Mann (Matthew Gonsalves) who were the competitors for the song that would reach number one.

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Beautiful Announces New North American Tour Cast and Dates for 2017-18 Season

Producers Paul Blake and SonyATV Music Publishing have announced the National Tour of the Tony and Grammy Award-winning hit musical Beautiful- The Carole King Musical will welcome Sarah Bockel Carole King, Andrew Brewer Gerry Goffin, Sarah Goeke Cynthia Weil and Jacob Heimer Barry Mann beginning September 12 in Fort Worth, TX.
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Breaking News: Abby Mueller Is Broadway's Next Carole King; Chilina Kennedy Will Take Beautiful to Toronto!

Producers Paul Blake and SonyATV Music Publishing announced today that Abby Mueller will play the title role in the Broadway company of Beautiful - The Carole King Musical, beginning March 7, 2017. Mueller, who originated the role in the first national tour of Beautiful, will be taking over for Broadway's current 'Carole,' Chilina Kennedy, while Kennedy heads to her hometown to headline the show at Toronto's Ed Mirvish Theater from June 27 - August 20, 2017. Kennedy will be joined in the Toronto production by Liam Tobin, who originated the role of 'Gerry Goffin' on tour. Kennedy will return to the Broadway production following the Toronto run of Beautiful.
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Bww Interview: Jake Epstein Reflects On His Return to Beautiful and the Legacy of Gerry Goffin

The abundantly talented Jake Epstein returns to Broadway's Beautiful The Carole King Musical this fall and is savoring the experience of stepping back into a role he originated almost three years ago, as one of rock and roll's top songwriters. Gerry Goffin wrote the lyrics to some of the most celebrated masterpieces that not only defined a generation, but also continue to pierce the hearts of human beings everywhere -- as they stem from themes that are most pertinent to our nature. Themes of love, loss, confusion, joy, and pain all bleed into the words and melodies that Goffin created with songwriting partner and first wife -- the beloved Carole King. With immortal hits such as 'Will You Love Me Tomorrow' 'Up on the Roof,' and 'You Make Me Feel Like A Natural Woman,' among countless others, Goffin and King were able to explore the depths of
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Tamzin Outhwaite celebrates 1st birthday of Beautiful - The Carole King Musical

Tamzin Outhwaite and Linda Robson were among the stars who celebrated the first birthday of 'Beautiful - The Carole King Musical' at the Aldwych Theatre last night (23.02.16). The former 'EastEnders' star and the 'Loose Women' panellist piled in to the West End theatre yesterday as they watched the impressive performance of the jukebox musical to mark one year since the show hit the London stage. Not only that, they also celebrated the February birthdays of the legendary Carole King, Barry Mann and the late Gerry Goffin, as well as the 45th anniversary of when the singer's Grammy-award winning album 'Tapestry'
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Watch Aretha Franklin Bring Obama to Tears at Kennedy Center Honors

Watch Aretha Franklin Bring Obama to Tears at Kennedy Center Honors
Aretha Franklin performed at the 2015 Kennedy Center Honors during the ceremony's tribute to Carole King, who co-wrote one of Franklin's signature songs, "(You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman." Franklin performed that 1967 single at the Kennedy Center Honors, which aired Tuesday night following its December 6th ceremony in Washington D.C., making a rare appearance at the piano to deliver a rendition that moved many – including President Barack Obama – to tears.

Franklin, herself a 1994 Kennedy Center honoree, wrapped up an all-star tribute that featured songs penned both by King
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