Florence Welch

NME

Florence Welch of Florence and the Machine has given us iconic hits like "Dog Days Are Over" and sleeper gems like "Seven Devils," but she's now utilizing a brand new skill-set.

The singer will write the music and lyrics for a musical version of The Great Gatsby. She will collaborate on the lyrics with Thomas Bartlett (AKA Doveman), who co-wrote Sufjan Stevens' Oscar-nominated track "Mystery of Love" and Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Martyna Majok.

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Music Features

New York Entertainment Venues Can Open at 1/3 Capacity in April

Governor Cuomo announced that indoor venues can open to 33 percent, with a 100-person maximum.

On April 2, concert venues and other performance spaces in the state of New York will be able to open at limited capacity.

Governor Andrew Cuomo announced Wednesday at a conference in Albany that arts, entertainment, and events venues could reopen April 2 at 33 percent capacity, with an indoor limit of 100 people and outdoor limit of 200 people. While live music fans might rejoice in this new, these restrictions may not be enough to keep business afloat for many well-known venues across New York City.

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Film News

See the First Trailer for Steven Spielberg's "West Side Story" Remake

After a year-long delay, the film is set to premiere this December, coinciding with the original's 60th anniversary.

20th Century Studios

After being delayed an entire year from its original release date, Steven Spielberg's upcoming West Side Story adaptation finally has a trailer.

The minute-and-a-half clip, which premiered during the Oscars last night, offers no dialogue. But there's plenty of dancing, some vague fight shots, and a snippet of "Somewhere," a song from the original Broadway musical as well as the 1961 film. Watch the trailer below:

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Culture News

Broadway’s Billy Hipkins Launches Bonnet-Making Campaign for COVID-19 Relief

It looked like there would be no Easter Bonnet competition this year—at least until legendary designer Billy Hipkins stepped in.

Each spring since 1987, Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS has honored the season by hosting an Easter Bonnet Competition.

On a chosen date, Broadway stars and employees come together to share songs and to show off their unique, creative bonnet designs, all while raising money for a good cause.

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Music Reviews

Jonas’s “Spaceman” Is Sanitized and Unsatisfying

The new Nick Jonas album is perfect ambient noise and not much else

Nick Jonas in "Spaceman"

The formula is simple: Leave your boyband; shave your head; release an evocative, sensual debut album.

For male teen stars looking to transform into commercial artists, breaking out of the tween-box means redefining their appeal for a more grown up audience. Justin Timberlake did it when leaving N'SYNC, Zayn Malik did it after his One Direction era, and Nick Jonas did it after leaving the Jonas Brothers to strike out on his own and release his eponymous album, Nick Jonas in 2015.

It's a tried-and-true formula that transformed Nick from the curly-haired drummer and secret weapon of the band to the clear star of the trio. His debut was preceded by the addictive singles "Jealous" and "Chains," which set a high bar that the album lived up to in spades. From the explosive leading tracks to the practiced seduction of tracks like "Close" and "Teacher" and the ungarnished emotion of "Santa Barbara" and "Push," Jonas showed off his maturity and range.

Since his debut, Nick Jonas has done everything from a stint on Broadway, pursuing his acting career, getting married, and even getting the band back together. But his most recent album, written mostly in quarantine, sees him venturing out on his own again, this time a Spaceman.

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Ratatouille Musical

Certainly musical theatre industry workers were some of the many whose worlds changed in 2020.

Early on in the pandemic, we watched Broadway shut down, and it has stayed dark. Actors and creators who had spent their lives fighting for their big breaks found themselves back where they started, at home. The show did not go on.

Like every other form of art during this pandemic, musical theatre has slowly, shakily attempted to go digital. A Zoom live show has nothing on actual live theatre, of course — part of live theatre's magic is being in the room, close to the stage, hearing the rustle of the curtain and feeling the lights — but still, creators tried ever more innovative approaches to interactive theatre.

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