Tom Cruise in Rock of Ages اشرايكم بصورة توم كروز بشكل روك ستار؟

انا للحين أذكر توم كروز من أفلامه القديمة مثل: توب غن، كوكتيل، الرابع من يوليو، راين مان….  أيام ماكان خوش ولد، و قبل لا يجن و ينط على قنفة أوبرا و يشترك بكنيسة المجانين اللي اسمها ساينتولوجي…. كان ذهبة بأيام الأول، حسافة عليه

الأخ العزيز قاعد يمثل في فيلم جديد اسمه روك أوف أيجز، مع مجموعة كبيرة من الممثلين المشهورين من طقة آليك بولدوين و راسل براند و كاثرين زيتا جونز، بالإضافة الى المغنية الأمريكية المشهورة ماري جي بلايج….. الفيلم تحت التصوير حاليا و سوف يتم عرضه الصيف القادم انشاءالله

عموما، الفيلم الجديد مقتبس من المسرحية الغنائية المشهورة بنفس الاسم، و اهي حاليا تعرض على مسارح برودواي منذ عام ٢٠٠٦، و سوف يتم عرضها في لندن ابتداء من سبتمبر الياي

This is the first picture of Tom Cruise as Stacee Jaxx in the new movie, Rock of Ages, which is based on the best-selling broadway musical of the same name. The movie is currently under production, and will be shown summer of next year. Alic Baldwin, Russell Brand, Catherine Zita Jones, and Mary J. Blaije are all on the movie.


A Night of Culture in Dubai: West End Class Musicals

While we were in Dubai a few days ago, we went to see a musical called “The Three Phantoms“, at the Centre Point theatre in the Mall of the Emirates. The musical of part of the 2011/2011 DUCTAC season.

The musical is about the amazing music of  the different play versions of “The Phantom”, but mostly Andrew Lloyd Weber’s “The Phantom of the Opera” successful version that has been playing in both Broadway and the West End for more than 25 years.

The music and songs and standards were more than amazing, it’s exactly what you would expect from a highly successful West End or a Broadway show. This was not an amateur performance, but rather felt more like a private VIP show of the best musical Theatre actors in the world.

  • The three actors have previously played the real Phantom in Andrew lloyd Weber’s London show, and have clocked more than 6,000 performances between the three of them.
  • The actress has just finished playing Christine, the Phantom’s love interest, after doing so for the past two years in Weber’s London show.
  • The Musician who played all of the music for us was the same one Musical Director of Weber’s London play, for more than three years.

We weren’t allowed to take photos, but I managed to get a sneak at the curtains, before the show starts. I also noticed that one of the chairs in the theatre was donated by none other than our local Kuwait Food Company (Americana). That made me feel sad to realize that Kuwaiti companies do actually know how to support arts of international standards, but are too selfish to do that in Kuwait.

Check out the Golden Piano. It was the star of the night. And for once, I’m not going to make fun of Dubai’s superficial fascination with gold. This night was Gold, the beautiful performances deserved the Gold Piano.

This was my first time at this kind of event in Dubai. But from what I’ve seen this night, I’m always going to check out performances and book tickets every time I’m in Dubai again.

Tickets were between Dh 120-250, which is basically KD 10-20 for both a top notch theatre and performance. Maybe now you can understand why I was complaining about the KD 75 Abracadabra magic show that’s coming to the Skating Rink next weekend.

Gold Piano in Dubai

Update: Here’s a complete review of the show.

This gold piano, that also lights up in sparkly lights, was the one used in tonight’s “Three Phantoms of the Opera”.

And let me tell you this, the show was amazing. The performers deserved to be accompanied by a golden piano.

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Phantom of the Opera is playing in Dubai

The Three Phantoms is playing for 3 nights, starting tonight, at the Mall of Emirates Theatre. The show will have three of the actors that played the role of the Phantom, plus the actress that played the lead lady for 2 years.

And I also just found out that all actors are staying at my hotel, so I’m crossing my fingers and hoping to see them there later.

The show is running for 3 nights, and will end on Sat Feb 19. Tickets are from Dh 120 to Dh 250.

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Ghost the movie is being turned into a London Musical

Remember the 1990 movie Ghost, starring Patrick Swayze and Demi Moore?

Well, it’s going to be turned into a West End Musical in London. Ghost musical will debut in Manchester in March 2011 for a 7 week show there, before moving to London in June 2011. Its going to play in the Piccadilly Theatre, which is currently housing Grease.

This should be a good play to watch next summer in London, will bring back fond memories of the soft romantic movie.

An older related post can be found here.

Masra7iyat 3eed elfe6er مسرحيات عيد الفطر

These are some of the plays (masra7iyat) showing this 3eed elfe6er. If you have kids, you should try to take them to one. kids love this sort of thing.

Great News, the W hotel is opening in London

Finally, the W Hotel will open up in London, England. The W London hotel will be located in Leicester Sq., and set to open in February 2011 AND will have its famous Bliss Spa.

The W London will be in the place of the Swiss Corner building, right on Leicester Sq. I was really excited to know the W is opening in London, but when I knew where it was opening; I kind of lost my enthusiasm.

I don’t think Leicester Sq. is the ideal location for the W. It’s noisy and crowded. And I feel  that all the superbness of the W experience is wasted in this terrible location.

Anyways, booking is open for February stays ,and I will definitely give it a try. Don’t get me wrong, it’s not every time you can try out a brand new hotel in London, and the W is worth a stay for sure. Prices start from 330 Sterling pounds a night.

Spiderman’s musical finally comes to Broadway

Broadway’s latest and newest musical is Spiderman. It’s set to soft open to November 14, with the official opening held on Dec 11.

The musical is called “Spiderman, turn off the Dark“. It stars Reeve Carney as Spiderman, Jennifer Damiano as the girlfriend (I think), and Patrick Page as the Green Goblin. The play’s cost so far is $50 Million, and the music was done by Bono and The Edge from the famous Rock band U2.

I wonder when will Spiderman, the play, makes it to the West End, London.