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‘Usagi Yojimbo’ comes to life in trailer for stage production

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Southwark Playhouse in London has released a trailer for its Christmas show, a stage production of Stan Sakai’s long-running historical fantasy Usagi Yojimbo.

Adapted by Stewart Melton for ages 7 and up, the play opened Nov. 28 to positive reviews, with particular attention given to its production design and original live music (you get a little taste of both in the trailer). It closes Jan. 4.

While Usagi Yojimbo may not be what comes to mind when you think “Christmas show,” in previous years Southwark Playhouse has staged Howl’s Moving Castle and Anansi: An African Fairy Tale for the holidays. So, more kids’ fare than Christmas fare.

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‘The Marvel Experience’ tour reveals character lineup

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All 13 characters have been revealed for The Marvel Experience interactive tour, and at least a couple may surprise you.

As depicted in the above image, debuted by Yahoo, the usual suspects — Spider-Man, Iron Man, Captain America, Thor and the Incredible Hulk — will be joined by Wolverine, Black Widow, Nick Fury, Maria Hill, The Vision, She-Hulk, Iron Fist and Black Panther.

“This is the only place you’ll see them together, and we’re proud of that,” Rick Licht, CEO of tour producer Hero Ventures, is quoted as saying. That’s in part because the film rights to Wolverine and Spider-Man are held by Fox and Sony, respectively.

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NYCC | ‘The Marvel Experience’ tour reveals first dates

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The first cities and dates have been revealed for The Marvel Experience, billed as “a first-of-its-kind, hyper-reality attraction.”

At a press conference held today at the Marvel booth at New York Comic Con, producer Hero Ventures announced the tour will hold previews Dec. 12-Jan. 2 in Phoenix before staging its world premiere Jan. 9 in Dallas. From there, it will head to San Diego and San Francisco before moving to the East Coast. Additional stops will be announced later; the tour will remain in each city for about three weeks.

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Van Lente & Skillman launch Kickstarter for ‘King Kirby’ play

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The husband-and-wife team of Fred Van Lente and Crystal Skillman have launched a Kickstarter campaign to help fund King Kirby, a play about the life of legendary comics creator Jack Kirby. Characterized as “a real-life Adventures of Kavalier & Klay,” the production is set to be staged at Brooklyn’s Brick Theater as part of the Comic Book Theater Festival on June 20, the day the campaign ends.

“King Kirby has been a long-term passion project of mine,” Van Lente, known for his work on such comics as Action Philosophers, Archer & Armstrong and The Incredible Hercules, said in a statement. “With Crystal’s help, it’s down on paper. Now, with your help, we’ll bring this crucial piece of comics history to life on stage.”

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‘Marvel Universe Live!’ teases stunts, explosions & Cap’s shield

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Feld Entertainment has released a new look behind the scenes of Marvel Universe Live!, complete with explosions, flipping S.H.I.E.L.D. vehicles, dirtbikes, a skateboarder, Captain America’s flying shield … and a cameo by Marvel Chief Creative Officer Joe Quesada.

Employing a combination of state-of-the-art special effects, pyrotechnics and aerial stunts, the multimillion-dollar arena tour show centers on the Cosmic Cube, which has been split into pieces by Thor to keep the device out of the wrong hands. But when Loki hatches a plan to clone the item’s powers, the Marvel superheroes must unite for a globe-spanning mission to secure all of the pieces before the villains can.

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Bechdel & Co. are bringing ‘Fun Home’ musical to South Carolina

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In the wake of the uproar in South Carolina over her graphic memoir Fun Home, cartoonist Alison Bechdel has joined with the producers and cast of the musical adaptation to bring the acclaimed off-Broadway show to the College of Charleston.

The Post and Courier reports tickets went on sale Tuesday for two concert-version performances to be held April 21 at Memminger Auditorium; about 750 were sold within the first 24 hours. The show, which premiered in September, was announced this week as finalist for the Pulitzer Prize for Drama.

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‘Marvel Universe Live!’ will center on race for Cosmic Cube

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Concept art for Tony Stark’s workshop

USA Today has confirmed story details for Marvel Universe Live!, the upcoming arena tour show from Marvel and Feld Entertainment.

Employing a combination of state-of-the-art special effects, pyrotechnics and aerial stunts, the production centers on the Cosmic Cube, which has been split into pieces by Thor to keep the device out of the wrong hands. But when Loki hatches a plan to clone the item’s powers, the Marvel superheroes must unite for a globe-spanning mission to secure all of the pieces before the villains can. Early teasers for Marvel Universe Live! had hinted at the Cosmic Cube as a plot element.

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First look at ‘The Marvel Experience’s’ massive Dome

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Hero Ventures has unveiled concept art of the 2-acre domed complex for The Marvel Experience, its $30 million interactive tour set to launch in the spring.

Announced in August, the traveling attraction is characterized as a “first-person superhero adventure,” with audiences becoming part of the action through state-of-the-art multimedia technology, including a 4D motion ride and 3D-animated features.

The Marvel Experience is designed to resemble a S.H.I.E.L.D. mobile command center, with the Dome reach more than six stories in height. Inside, there will be a maze of connected domes that lead guests through interactive games and original animated short films that lead to the centerpiece, the motion ride.

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Final curtain falls on ‘Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark’

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In an ending that The New York Times could only describe as “fitting,” the $75 million musical Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark closed its tumultuous Broadway run on Saturday with a technical glitch — one that required a crew member to run on stage during the performance to deal with a door that didn’t shut properly.

But in the grand scheme of the show’s three-year run — 1,268 performances in all — marked by cast injuries, a ballooning budget, early scathing reviews and the unceremonious firing of director and co-creator Julie Taymor, the snafu was minor. Still, “fitting” is the perfect word for it.

Producers announced in November (nearly three years after previews began) they would close the show Jan. 4, with plans to reopen in 2015 in Las Vegas, where they hope the most expensive production in Broadway history will be able to turn a profit.

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‘Marvel Universe Live!’ calls in the X-Men

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We’ve seen the Avengers, Spider-Man and his rogues, a cadre of villains and a quartet of superheroines, and now Marvel and Feld Entertainment have debuted the first look at the X-Men from the upcoming arena show tour Marvel Universe Live!

CraveOnline has character designs for Cyclops and Wolverine, while the Marvel Universe Live! Facebook page debuts Storm.

“Storm’s look has evolved in many directions,” costume designer Cynthia Nordstorm explained. “I mixed her flair with hints of Egyptian royalty. Pairing leather and boots really sets her up to ‘rock’ alongside her fellow X-Men.”

Launching in July, Marvel Universe Live! will bring Marvel’s most iconic heroes and villains to 85 cities across North America in the show’s first two years. The live-action production will integrate a character-driven storyline with state-of-the-art special effects, pyrotechnics, aerial stunts and martial arts for what producers say will “redefine the live show experience.”

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‘Marvel Universe Live!’ adds Captain Marvel, Black Widow & more

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After introducing Spider-Man and his rogues, and a cadre of villains, Marvel and Feld Entertainment have revealed the roster of female heroes and villains for the upcoming arena show tour Marvel Universe Live!

PopSugar has the first look at Black Widow, Captain Marvel, Maria Hill, Black Cat and Madame Hydra, while the Marvel Universe Live! Facebook page adds Pepper Potts into the mix. They join such previously announced Marvel characters as Iron Man, Thor, Captain America, Spider-Man, the Incredible Hulk, Hawkeye, Falcon, Nick Fury, Doctor Octopus, Green Goblin and the Red Skull.

Launching in July, Marvel Universe Live! will bring Marvel’s most iconic heroes and villains to 85 cities across North America in the show’s first two years. The live-action production will integrate a character-driven storyline with state-of-the-art special effects, pyrotechnics, aerial stunts and martial arts for what producers say will “redefine the live show experience.”

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‘Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark’ could lose $60 million

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Already the most expensive production in Broadway history, when Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark closes on Jan. 4, it also will have racked up historic losses that The New York Times pegs as high as $60 million. That’s compared to the $5 million to $15 million usually lost by “flops,” which, granted, typically cost far, far less than the $75 million musical.

Several investors tell the newspaper they’ve not been repaid any of the money they’ve put into the show, and producer Michael Cohl concedes some of them may lose all of their investments unless Spider-Man is profitable in Las Vegas, where it’s expected to re-open in 2015.

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‘Marvel Universe Live!’ brings on the bad guys

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While Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark may be winding down — on Broadway, at least — another superhero stage production is only getting started: Marvel and Feld Entertainment’s Marvel Universe Live!, which this morning announced more supervillains for the upcoming arena show tour.

IGN.com has the first look at character designs for Loki, Iron Man foe Aldrich Killian, Red Skull, A.I.M. and Chitauri warriors, while the production’s Facebook page debuts a H.Y.D.R.A. agent. They join previously revealed Spider-Man foes Doctor Octopus, Electro, Rhino, Lizard and Green Goblin in the fight against the wall-crawler, Iron Man, Thor, Captain America, Incredible Hulk, Hawkeye, Falcon, Nick Fury and others.

Launching in July, Marvel Universe Live! will bring Marvel’s most iconic heroes and villains to 85 cities across North America in the show’s first two years. The live-action production will integrate a character-driven storyline with state-of-the-art special effects, pyrotechnics, aerial stunts and martial arts for what producers say will “redefine the live show experience.”

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‘Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark’ to close on Broadway

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After a tumultuous three years on Broadway marked by cast injuries, public feuds and, lately, dwindling ticket sales, the $75 million musical Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark will close in January, with plans to reopen in 2015 in Las Vegas.

Although the show has been popular, routinely grossing $1 million or a week in ticket sales (at least until recently), it’s the most expensive musical in Broadway history, costing $1.2 million a week to produce. Spider-Man pulled in just $742,595 last week, with The Wall Street Journal reporting that it’s been running below the break-even point for some time now. The production has grossed $703 million since performances began in November 2010, but because even sold-out performances barely cover running expenses, investors have seen little return.

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‘Marvel Universe Live!’ adds Spider-Man and his foes to lineup

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Marvel and Feld Entertainment revealed the addition of Spider-Man and five of his deadliest foes to the Marvel Universe Live! arena show.

The wall crawler and villains Doctor Octopus, Electro, Rhino, Lizard and Green Goblin will join the previously announced Iron Man, Thor, Captain America, Incredible Hulk, Hawkeye, Falcon, Nick Fury and agents of S.H.I.E.D. when the tour launches in July.

Announced in March, Marvel Universe Live! will bring Marvel’s most iconic heroes and villains to 85 cities across North America in the show’s first two years. The live-action production will integrate a character-driven storyline with state-of-the-art special effects, pyrotechnics, aerial stunts and martial arts for what producers say will “redefine the live show experience.”

The design for the Rhino debuted this morning on the Marvel Universe Live! Facebook page, while the other new additions were unveiled at BuzzFeed.

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