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‘Summer: The Donna Summer Musical’ Review: Broadway’s Last Days Of Disco

Anyone who worked as hard for her money – and for a professional respect that came too late – as Donna Summer did deserves so much more than this. A jukebox musical that could undo all the genre rehab delivered by superior shows built around Carole King and, if you want to stretch the definition a bit to include Lazarus, David Bowie, Broadway’s Summer: The Donna Summer Musical, opening tonight, is as unimaginative as its title. With the saving graces of really fine vocal… Read

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Big Tribeca Deal: Apple Pays 7-Figures For Ed Sheeran Documentary ‘Songwriter’

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EXCLUSIVE: Apple just won an auction for world screen rights to Songwriter, the Murray Cummings-directed documentary that shows singer Ed Sheeran as he finds the handle on writing and performing his distinctive songs. Deal is low to mid-seven figures for world rights, and Apple will make it an event release that includes a theatrical component along with release on Apple’s multiple platforms. The film made its world premiere in Berlin, and tonight the docu is making its… Read

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‘American Idol’ First: Simulcast Will Allow Live Voting Across The US

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No longer will west coast American Idol viewers feel like second-class citizens. Starting Sunday, April 29, the ABC-TV show will offer a first – a simulcast that will allow viewers across all time zones to watch and vote at the same time. The simulcasts will take place for three weeks, running 8 PM-10 PM ET/5 PM-7 PM PT. Viewers can vote for their favorite performers via text, at the American Idol.com web site, and on the American Idol app. Results will be revealed at the… Read

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Tencent Music Explores Anticipated Huge IPO For Its Streaming Music Service

China’s largest music streaming company, Tencent Music Entertainment Group, is poised to create an initial public offering (IPO) and is negotiating with several banks for underwriting. The Wall Street Journal reported that the successful debut of Spotify Technology SA is the motivator for Tencent. If all goes as planned, the IPO would bow in the second half of 2018 and is anticipated to be one of the largest of the year. The IPO would likely be listed in the US, but… Read

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Avicii Death Examinations Yield “No Criminal Suspicion” – Oman Police

Post-mortem exams following the unexpected death of EDM star Avicii have yielded "no criminal suspicion," according to reports citing Oman police sources. The Swedish star – real name Tim Bergling – died at a Muscat Hills resort yesterday at age 28. Two post-mortem examinations have been conducted so far, with authorities apparently ruling out foul play or other criminal activities. His older brother, David, has arrived in Oman, reports state. Avicii had suffered from… Read

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Record Store Day Spotlights Vinyl Releases By Taylor Swift, Springsteen, Led Zep

New collector’s item records from Bruce Springsteen, Taylor Swift, Led Zeppelin, the Cure and more highlight today’s Record Store Day, an annual celebration by music geeks of independent retail institutions that largely struggle, but keep the vinyl flame alive. The participating artists support the endeavor by making special editions of their music available on vinyl, all with the goal of driving traffic into the stores for at least one day. For example, the Cure is… Read

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John Legend Took On Asian Tour Weeks Before ‘Jesus Christ Superstar Live In Concert’ — Tribeca Studio

Doing a lot of singing and a good deal of musical theatre throughout his youth, Grammy Award-winning singer-songwriter John Legend largely gave up the latter pursuit in college and beyond, only returning to the stage for a live theatrical performance recently with NBC’s Jesus Christ Superstar Live in Concert. The latest in a string of live, televised musicals from the network, Jesus Christ Superstar aired on Easter Sunday, reuniting Legend with many familiar faces… Read

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Avicii Remembered By Musicians, Hollywood & Others Around The World

Refresh for latest… Tributes are rolling in from entertainment figures around the world for Tim Bergling, the Swedish superstar DJ and producer who was found dead today at 28. No cause of death was reported, but he had been battiling health problems since the early 2010s, which led to his retirement from touring in 2016. Sony/ATV Music Publishing, which has been his music publisher since 2010, issued this statement: "We are mourning the incredibly sad loss of an… Read

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Avicii Dies: Swedish EDM Star was 28

Avicii, the Swedish DJ and producer born Tim Bergling who rose to the top of the electronic dance music scene but retired from touring in 2016 because of health concerns, was found dead today in Oman. He was 28. His publicist confirmed the news but gave no cause of death. “It is with profound sorrow that we announce the loss of Tim Bergling, also known as Avicii,” Diana Baron said in a statement. “He was found dead in Muscat, Oman this Friday afternoon local time, April… Read

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‘Songwriter’ Director Murray Cummings On Evolution In Ed Sheeran’s Songwriting Process — Tribeca Studio

Setting his sights on the songwriting process of Grammy-Award winning singer-songwriter Ed Sheehan with Songwriter—his feature debut, which screened at the Berlin International Film Festival before moving on to Tribeca—Murray Cummings’ documentary came about as unusually and organically as any could. The Songwriter journey began with a family connection, Cummings being Sheeran’s cousin. “Our family's really close, so all the way through growing up, we would hang out and… Read

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‘Scandal’ Finale To Feature New Track By An R&B Legend; Watch Featurette About Series Ender

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Tonight’s anticipated finale of ABC’s Scandal will see Kerry Washington’s Olivia Pope and her gladiators take their final bows. Details are scarce of what might occur during the series ender, but ABC has shared one thing that will happen: The finale will feature a brand-new track by Stevie Wonder that will air as the last song of the series. No additional details, so keep an ear peeled. Meanwhile, ABC has released a featurette about the Shondaland drama’s series ender in… Read

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‘Lost In Space’ Composer Christopher Lennertz On Project He’s Been Waiting For His Whole Career – Production Value Video Series

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“It's easy to talk about why I love what I do because I'm a geek at heart. I'm a complete movie buff who loves fantasy movies, who loves science fiction and sports movies,” composer Christopher Lennertz says. “I love the movies where the music creeps in, and all of the sudden, you can feel your throat start to get tight. You can feel tears in your eyes, and you don't even know why.” And with that, the Emmy-nominated composer perfectly sums up the thrust of Deadline’s new… Read