Ever the showman, Weinstein’s musical entertainment for the night, which was truly terrific, came courtesy of the stars of the upcoming musical Finding Neverland — Barlow, Kelly and Alexander — which Weinstein is producing and which will debut this summer at the American Repertory Theater in Boston and then open in London’s West End at the end of the year. Bono and Taylor Swift led standing ovations after several of the songs, the loudest of which came for the closer — “Stronger” — for which the play’s stars were joined by the trio of singers who were featured in 20 Feet from Stardom.
—Taylor gave a standing ovation to music from Finding Neverland at The Weinstein Company’s party x
The seating plan at the Montage Hotel in Beverly Hills had the pair sitting just a few tables apart. But fortunately they were very mature about it and cleared the air with a friendly 10-minute chat.
—Harry and Taylor at pre-Oscar party x
Harvey Weinstein revealed that Taylor Swift will contribute music to an all-star soundtrack album for his upcoming musical Finding Neverland.
"The songs are fantastic," said Weinstein, speaking at his pre-Oscar party on March 1. "We’re going to release an album before we open in the West End."
“Finding Neverland” tells the story of the growing bonds between writer J.M. Barrie and a woman and her young boys, which became the inspiration for “Peter Pan.” The events were the subject of a 2004 film starring Johnny Depp.
Weinstein’s first major theatre project is set to debut in winter 2015 in London, followed by a production on Broadway during the 2015-16 season. He has hired Tony Award winner Diane Paulus (“Pippin”) as the director and the British musician Gary Barlow to write new songs.
Universal Music are in talks to release the soundtrack album. x
Despite being seated at separate tables at the glitzy affair at the Montage Hotel in Beverly Hills, the couple were seen having a civil conversation. An onlooker said: ‘They looked totally fine considering all their history.’
—Taylor Swift and Harry Styles met at The Weinstein Company Pre-Oscar Party on March 1 x
Taylor Swift is the second most influential artist working. The first is the rappers. Anyone can be a rapper, note I didn’t say a GOOD rapper, but a rapper. Learning how to play an instrument and write songs requires a bigger investment. But people are making it. Just like Mariah Carey begat Christina Aguilera and the Melisma Maddies of TV singing competitions, we’re going to have a bunch of girls singing songs from the heart. Ms. Swift is the biggest star in America, if you’re not trying to replicate her success, you’re looking up a blind alley. She represents everything classic rock used to…catchy stuff sung from the heart that sets your mind free.
—Bob Lefsetz in February 2014 x
Yeah we are [different]. But I think the cool thing about Taylor is she is pretty willing to go a lot of places with music. I think that last record in particular, everyone was like ‘Woah’, a lot of ground has been covered. And I think with an artist like her the sky is the limit. But I don’t know.
—Lorde on a potential collaboration with Taylor Swift x