Wednesday, April 24, 2024

Best Musical “Once” Launching Projects for All Its Creators


The new Best Musical on Broadway is already proving fruitful for its creators. John Carney, who directed the original film. has a new project starting imminently. Scarlett Johannson is out, but Mark Ruffalo, Kiera Knightly, and Hailee Steinfeld are in. Judd Apatow is producing Carney’s music film called “Can A Song Save Your Live?” with these two young women vying for the attention of a washed up music producer. The production just put out a casting call for supporting roles and expects to start shooting in June. It’s not clear what the original music will be like, or who’ll be writing it.

But… in a related story, Glen Hansard, who wrote the music for “Once” with Marketa Iglova, has a new album out on June 19th. I’m pleased to say that it’s top notch and quite fine, with hits aplenty especially if radio will make the connection between “Once” the Tony award winning show and Hansard. I’m crazy about “Maybe Not Tonight,” But there are lots of catchy tracks. There’s more from “Rhythm and Repose” at The album is a winner. And meanwhile, Marketa is playing dates all over the place.

Now all we need is an album of new songs from star Steve Kazee. Don’t worry, it’s coming. If I were a record label (Decca?) I’d get right on it.

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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