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The Karate Kid Will 'Wax On' to the Stage in New Broadway-Bound Musical

The Karate Kid Will 'Wax On' to the Stage in New Broadway-Bound Musical
Get ready to see The Karate Kid like you never have before.

The beloved 1984 film franchise will join the long list of popular motion pictures to receive stage adaptations, with plans for a new Broadway-bound musical announced on Wednesday by producers Kumiko Yoshii, the Kinoshita Group, and Michael Wolk.

Robert Mark Kamen — who wrote the original film and its many sequels — will pen the musical’s book, with a score by Drew Gasparini (Smash).

The production will be directed by by renowned Japanese director Amon Miyamoto and choreographed by MTV Vma nominees Keone and Mari Madrid. Tony-winning set designer Derek McLane
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Wax On! A ‘Karate Kid’ Musical Is Coming to Broadway

  • The Wrap
Wax On! A ‘Karate Kid’ Musical Is Coming to Broadway
The All Valley Karate Championship is coming to Broadway as the 1984 cult film “The Karate Kid” will be adapted into a stage musical, producers Kinoshita Group announced on Wednesday.

Japanese director Amon Miyamoto will helm the project and work from a book written by “Karate Kid” screenwriter Robert Mark Kamen. Drew Gasparini will write music and lyrics for the production while Keone and Mari Madrid will choreograph. Kumiko Yoshii and Michael Wolk are producers.

“Never in my wildest dreams did I think this little movie would reach across generations the way it has,” said Kamen in a statement. “And beyond my wildest dreams did I think what started out as a love letter to my devotion to Okinawan Karate and the man who taught me would become a full-blown Broadway musical. But here it is. Here I am. And here is hoping that what comes to the stage brings the
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On ‘Cobra Kai,” Things Are Getting ‘Dangerous’ For William Zabka

When William Zabka was cast in the role of Johnny Lawrence in 1984’s The Karate Kid, it’s safe to say the last thing he was thinking about was how he would play the character as a middle-aged man 35 years later. Fate works in mysterious ways, however, and that’s exactly what he finds himself doing, [...]

The post On ‘Cobra Kai,” Things Are Getting ‘Dangerous’ For William Zabka appeared first on Hollywood Outbreak.
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Karate Kid Actor Robert Garrison Has Passed Away and William Zabka Offers a Heartfelt Tribute

Robert Garrison, the actor who played Tommy in The Karate Kid and also reprised his role years later in Cobra Kia Season 2, has passed away.

Garrison was 59 years old, and his sister-in-law told TMZ that he died Friday morning at a hospital in West Virginia. She went on to say that his passing wasn't sudden, “he had been in the hospital for over a month dealing with kidney and liver issues, and his organs shut down.”

Garrison played a member of the Cobra Kai team who famously yells, "Get him a body bag! Yeah!" The character later died in the Cobra Kai series after a motorcycle road trip with his friends.

Garrison also had small roles on TV shows like MacGyver, Columbo, and Coach. He is survived by his brother, Patrick, and Patrick's wife, Linda.

Our thoughts go out to his family and friends. Karate Kid’s William Zabka shared
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Karate Kid & Cobra Kai Actor Rob Garrison Dies at 59

  • MovieWeb
Karate Kid & Cobra Kai Actor Rob Garrison Dies at 59
Rob Garrison has passed away. He was 59-years old. Garrison is arguably best known for playing Tommy in 1984's The Karate Kid, a role which he reprised this year for YouTube's successful Cobra Kai series. The actor died Friday morning in a hospital in West Virginia. According to his sister-in-law, Garrison was suffering liver and kidney problems and was in the hospital for over a month. He died as a result of his organs shutting down. His family is currently setting up funeral arrangements.

"Rob was a great person and ambassador to The Karate Kid legacy," said his talent manager Rick Henriques in a statement. Henriques went on to say, "His performance in season 2 of Cobra Kai, being his last, was simply amazing and he stole the episode." Garrison's Tommy character was the one in Karate Kid who excitedly cheered on William Zabka's Johnny Lawrence during his final match with Ralph Macchio.
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Karate Kid Star Rob Garrison Dies at 59 After Month-Long Hospitalization

  • PEOPLE.com
Karate Kid Star Rob Garrison Dies at 59 After Month-Long Hospitalization
Rob Garrison, who starred as one of the Cobra Kai members in the hit 1984 film The Karate Kid, had died at 59, according to Entertainment Weekly.

The actor died Friday morning at a hospital in West Virginia after a month-long hospitalization due to kidney and liver failure, TMZ reported.

“This is a sad day for the Karate Kid / Cobra Kai family,” Karate Kid star Ralph Macchio says in a statement obtained by People. “Rob Garrison was a kind gentleman from the first day I met him to the last day we spoke. I am so glad he had the opportunity to
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Rob Garrison, Actor Who Played Tommy in ‘The Karate Kid,’ Dead at 59

Rob Garrison, Actor Who Played Tommy in ‘The Karate Kid,’ Dead at 59
Actor Rob Garrison, who was best known for playing Tommy in The Karate Kid, has died at the age of 59.

Garrison’s representative, Rick Henriques, confirmed his death to Rolling Stone, adding via Garrison’s family that the actor had been hospitalized in West Virginia for over a month as he dealt with kidney and liver issues.

“Rob was a great person and ambassador to The Karate Kid legacy,” Henriques said. “His performance in Season 2 of Cobra Kai, being his last, was simply amazing and he stole the episode. He
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Stream Season One of Cobra Kai For Free on YouTube Now

Have you put off watching season one of Cobra Kai because you didn’t want to subscribe to another service? Well while you wait for YouTube Premium to become available for free with ads, which we’ve heard will be available at the end of September, you can stream the first season now for free! But you’ll have to hurry. It’s only available during the window from now until September 12th, then you’ll have to wait a couple of weeks until it’s re-released with the rest of the content. But you could easily breeze through the season, as the episodes are pretty short, and it’s so great, you won’t want to stop!

The series follows the characters brought to life by the Karate Kid movies from our youth. Daniel (Ralph Macchio) and Johnny (William Zabka) are adults now, trying to navigate fatherhood, business, and old rivalries.
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Cobra Kai's first season now showing no mercy for free on YouTube

  • JoBlo
Ch-ch-ch-changes are coming to YouTube by way of the video platform's move to Avod (ad-supported video on demand). To celebrate the change, YouTube is granting everyone access to the first season of Cobra Kai, the mega-popular TV series spinning out of The Karate Kid franchise starring Ralph Macchio and William Zabka. Access to Cobra Kai's first season will only be available…
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YouTube Drops Paywall With ‘Cobra Kai’ Release, Sets ‘Impulse’ & ‘Liza on Demand’ Returns, Johnny Cash Docu

  • Deadline
YouTube is officially kicking off its shift to Avod (ad-supported video on demand) today by dropping the first season of its most popular original scripted series Cobra Kai, starring Ralph Macchio and William Zabka, in front of the paywall for a limited time.

The streamer also has set Season 2 premiere dates for comedy series Liza on Demand, headlined by YouTube star Liza Koshy., on September 25 and drama Impulse on October 16, along with free windows to catch up with each series’ first season.

As part of the kickoff, YouTube today also announced a pickup and October 8 premiere date for the Johnny Cash documentary film The Gift, which had premiered at SXSW, as well as premiere dates for a slate of three original European non-scripted programs announced at Edinburgh last week, including Virtually History, a special commemorating the 30th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall. In the coming months, YouTube
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'Cobra Kai's' Sensei William Zabka Recommends Martial Arts To Combat Bullying

  • CineMovie
Cobra Kai rewrites Karate Kid movie history to make Johnny Lawrence, played by William Zabka, less of a bully and more of an anti-hero in a follow up to the 80s movie. The actor knows a thing or two about being on both sides, and CineMovie asked William at Comic Con about how bullying has changed over the years, and why martial arts is the answer.  Watch below.
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Cobra Kai Season 3: What Does Kreese’s Return Mean?

Andrew Husband Aug 6, 2019

Martin Kove’s classic Karate Kid villain is back for more Cobra Kai.

In the tumultuous second season finale of Cobra Kai, John Kreese’s (Martin Kove) manipulative calculations and incessant bullying finally pay off for the hated Karate Kid villain. He takes the reopened Cobra Kai dojo back from his former student Johnny Lawrence (William Zabka) and sends the latter on a rather dark and depressing path.

Or, as co-creator Josh Heald explained to Den of Geek while discussing the themes of the first two seasons, “we burned everything down.”

Throughout seasons 1 and 2, Johnny rekindled the Cobra Kai dojo in the hopes of reclaiming the youthful vigor that he and his fellow students once shared. But he quickly learned the dark nature of Kreese’s teachings and, both thanks to his own reflections and his interactions with Miguel Diaz (Xolo Maridueña), a young high school student
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Exclusive Interview – Stunt Coordinators Hiro Koda & Jahnel Curfman discuss their Emmy-nominated work on YouTube’s Cobra Kai

We chat with Stunt Coordinators Hiro Koda & Jahnel Curfman about their Emmy-nominated work on YouTube’s Cobra Kai

In today’s fast paced streaming market, it’s safe to say that networks are only as good as their upcoming premieres. With new content continuously being expected, it only makes sense for networks to revisit some of the classic series audiences have grown up with in order to fill the roster. Examples being Fuller House, The Connors, Murphy Brown, The X-Files and the upcoming BH90210. Another standout example of this successfully being done is YouTube’s Cobra Kai. The story of Cobra Kai is set 34 years after the original The Karate Kid film and follows Johnny Lawrence (William Zabka), who opens the Cobra Kai karate dojo once again, and thus once again begins the rivalry he had with Daniel Larusso (Ralph Macchio). Daniel is finding it difficult to maintain balance in
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My First San Diego Comic-Con: The Good, The Bad, and The Blisters

My first year at San Diego Comic-Con is in the can, and I have a few tips from my experience to pass on to anyone who may need it. My husband, Billy, and the other GeekTyrant originals, Joey and Free, have been going to Comic-Con for over a decade, so when I finally decided I could leave my kids and come to the convention and help carry the writing and editing load, Billy was gracious enough to try to prepare me. But this is where my first tip comes into play:

There is no preparing someone when it comes to San Diego Comic-Con:

I have attended the Phoenix Fan convention a few times, I have even attended Wonder-Con in Anaheim. There is nothing like this convention. It is larger in scope that I can describe. With well over 100,000 people in attendance, and a room (Hall H) that holds 7,000, it’s
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Cobra Kai: What’s Next For Season 3?

Andrew Husband Chris Longo Jul 24, 2019

The co-creators of Cobra Kai discuss the themes season 3 will explore.

From Daniel Larusso’s (Ralph Macchio) return to Okinawa to a September shooting date, audiences learned a lot about the third season of YouTube Premium’s Cobra Kai series at the 2019 San Diego Comic-Con. Despite these and other occasional nuggets of news, however, co-creators Jon Hurwitz, Hayden Schlossberg and Josh Heald were understandably cautious about revealing too much too soon about what’s to come.

Or, as Schlossberg jokes during the trio’s conversation with Den of Geek, “spoilers!”

Thankfully, the Cobra Kai creative team was more than willing to discuss the specific themes that the critically acclaimed series would be exploring in season 3.

“Season 1 was a lot about the rivalry getting reignited between Johnny and Daniel,” Heald reminds us. “Season 2 became this kind of redemptive journey, where we were seeing John Kreese come back.
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Highlights From My Comic-Con Interview With the Cast and Creators of Cobra Kai

My first San Diego Comic-Con was crazy and exhausting and wonderful. I was lucky enough to get into Hall H, see amazing new trailers and footage, make new friends, and interview the cast of my favorite show! Last Thursday, my husband and fellow GeekTyrant writer Billy and I got to go to the roundtable interviews for the cast and creators of the hit YouTube Premium series Cobra Kai. Here are the highlights from each of the interviews, and an extra special surprise at the end.

First we got to interview writers Josh Heald, Jon Hurwitz, and Hayden Schlossberg. We found out that all three of these writers were fans growing up of the original movies and are really excited about the new fanbase that spans multiple generations. When asked if they could give us any hints about the new season, Schlossberg simply said, “Okinawa.”

I then asked if they could
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We talk Cobra Kai Season 3 & more with William Zabka, Ralph Macchio & more

  • JoBlo
One of the most unexpectedly awesome shows on TV is Cobra Kai, a spinoff/follow up of 1984's The Karate Kid (as well as any of the Karate Kid movies that feature Mr. Miyagi), which follows former karate rivals Daniel Larusso (Ralph Macchio) and Johnny Lawrence (William Zabka) as they rekindle their old rivalry and find their legacies being affected in the process.…
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Cobra Kai Season 3: Daniel is Going Back to Okinawa

Joseph Baxter Jul 19, 2019

The third season of Cobra Kai will tap into The Karate Kid Part II, taking Daniel back to Miyagi’s homeland of Okinawa.

Cobra Kai Season 3 is still far away, likely set for YouTube Premium in the spring of 2020. While the show held a Comic-Con panel yesterday, the dais – stars Ralph Macchio, William Zabka and the rest of the cast, with creators Josh Heald, Jon Hurwitz and Hayden Schlossberg – were stingy with the plot details, save for one that was just revealed: The show is heading to Okinawa!

Indeed, the third season of Cobra Kai will see Daniel Larusso return to The Karate Kid Part II’s setting of Okinawa, as first confirmed by Ralph Macchio himself to EW. As Macchio told the magazine:

“For season 3, something I can tease is that, albeit we have a lot of cleaning up to do based on the events of
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Cobra Kai Season 3 Will Go Back To Okinawa and More Info From Our Comic-Con Interview

We (Billy and I) got to interview the cast and series creators of the amazing YouTube Premium show, Cobra Kai. I geeked out harrrd, and professed my lifelong crush for William Zabka straight to his face, and got a picture with him, so I can pretty much just leave Comic-Con now. I can take my blisters and my picture and go home happy. But I won’t because there is still so much to see!

Anyway, we interviewed Zabka, who plays Johnny Lawrence; Ralph Macchio, who plays Daniel Larusso; Martin Kove, who plays John Kreese; plus Xolo Maridueña (Miguel), Tanner Buchanan (Robby), and Mary Mouser (Sam). We also got to grill the creators Josh Heald, Hayden Schlossberg, and Jon Hurwitz. They were all so sweet and gracious, and we got a couple great bits of info for the upcoming season.

The juiciest bit of info divulged by the creators was just one word: Okinawa.
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‘Cobra Kai’ Season 3: Daniel Larusso Will Return to Okinawa

‘Cobra Kai’ Season 3: Daniel Larusso Will Return to Okinawa
[Editor’s Note: The following contains spoilers for “Cobra Kai” Season 2.]

Cobra Kai” will continue to be the best (around) for at least another year. The cast and crew were on hand Thursday at Comic-Con in San Diego to discuss the most recent season and tease what’s coming for Season 3. Among those on the panel were the Karate Kid himself, Ralph Macchio, William Zabka, Martin Kove, Xolo Maridueña, Mary Mouser, Tanner Buchanan, and executive producers/creators Jon Hurwitz, Josh Heald, and Hayden Schlossberg.

In its second season, the YouTube Premium series reached beyond the bad blood between enemies Daniel Larusso (Macchio) and Johnny Lawrence (Zabka) to include the students in their dojo. Add Johnny’s old taskmaster John Kreese (Kove), and the stage is set for a full-blown, rib-cracking dojo vs. dojo war. The season culminates with a rumble in the kids’ high school where Robby (Tanner Buchanan) kicks Miguel (Maridueña) over the railing of a balcony
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