June 19, 2015

Vacation time!

A cappella can sure be a lot of work when you do it for a living and it's a job I enjoy very much. So now the Harmony Sweeps season is over and before the busy fall retail season begins I am taking a break and going to England to visit my elderly parents. They are so looking forward to spending time with the grandkids and we have several fun things lined up. As it is such a long (and expensive) flight we are going to spend over a month there and probably won't have the opportunity to post here on the blog. So this space will be quiet for a few weeks but I'm sure I'll come back to all kinds of interesting a cappella news to tell!

Have a great summer everybody.

John Neal

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June 18, 2015

Acappella The Musical

A new musical is coming to the New York Musical Theatre Festival (NYMF) this summer called Acappella The Musical and features the songs of Keith Lancaster and The Acappella Company. The press release states - "It’s the tale of a gospel singer turned teen pop-idol who returns home to find his voice. The story is captivating and the music is soul stirring!"

The performance are July 7 thru 14th at the PTC Performance Space. My info on the web site.

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June 13, 2015

Auditions for a cappella tour

Deke Sharon is working on a new a cappella touring show and the production is auditioning singers for both the tour and associated recording. A great opportunity for professional level singers. Audition info here.
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June 11, 2015

'Pitch Perfect 3' Moving Forward at Universal

Hollywood Reporter

There will be more, dear pitches, but it won't be cheap. With Pitch Perfect 2's massive $160.9 million in domestic box office (and counting), Universal and Gold Circle are moving ahead on a third installment.

Sources say negotiations have begun with Kay Cannon, who wrote the first two movies, to return for a third. It remains to be seen whether co-star Elizabeth Banks, a steward of the franchise as one of its producers, will return to the director's chair.

How a story would reunite the core Barden Bellas now that (spoiler alert) most have graduated college will be easier than making deals for such stars as Anna Kendrick and Rebel Wilson, who sources say were paid about $2 million each for Pitch 2, which cost $29 million to make. That's a step up from their fees for the original 2012 film, which were in the low-six figures for Kendrick and less than $100,000 for Wilson, whose Fat Amy became the breakout.

Deals for a third movie will be costly because options aren't in place for the pair. In contrast, say sources, Universal and Gold Circle were smelling a franchise when they made sure to lock in series newcomer Hailee Steinfeld for a follow-up.

Photo is of Kay Cannon

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