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Steve Martin and Edie Brickell

Steve Martin's ‘Bright Star’ Musical Original Cast Recording Announced >>

Steve Martin and Edie Brickell’s all new musical 'Bright Star' is taking Broadway by storm and pretty soon audiences from all over will be able brighten up their own homes with a little piece of the musical. Ghostlight records recently announced the upcoming release of the Bright Star original cast recording latter this Spring.

Laura Benanti

Laura Benanti Talks Difference Between Broadway and TV >>

Laura Benanti recently left TV ('Supergirl,' 'Nashville') behind to make her return to Broadway in the revival of She Loves Me. Now Benanti is opening up about the differences between TV and Broadway as well as her plans to blend the two.

Tyler Perry

Fox’s ‘The Passion Live’ Will Have Pre-Taped Elements >>

Fox changed the live TV musical game when they added a live audience and a studio lot to 'Grease: Live.' This weekend Fox plans to top that, with 'The Passion,' spanning various locations throughout the city on New Orleans. However, it is going to take a miracle to pull of a live musical of that scale, and that miracle is called video tape. That is right. A portion of the “live” event will be pre-taped, with actual live elements added.

Laura Benanti

Laura Benanti Talks ‘Supergirl’ and ‘Nashville’ for ‘She Loves Me’ >>

Tonight the Broadway revival of She Loves Me opens at the Roundabout Theater’s Studio 54. The romantic comedy stars Zachary Levi ('First Date') and Laura Benanti ('Gypsy'). The Tony Winning actress left two big roles on 'Supergirl' (CBS) and 'Nashville' (ABC) to make her return to Broadway. Recently, Benanti opened up why she chose the stage over the screen.

Jose Llana

Jose Llana Returns to ‘King and I’at The Lincoln Center: Releasing New Album ‘Altitude’ >>

Broadway star Jose Llana is getting ready to revive his role as Lun Tha in 'The King and I' at the Lincoln Center later this Spring. That isn’t all. Llana will also be releasing a new album, 'Altitude' based on his favorite numbers throughout his career.

Sir Simon Rattle

Sir Simon Rattle Conducts St Thomas Choir of Men and Boys & Orchestra of St Luke’s Tribute to John Gavin Scott >>

Famed Conductor Sir Simon Rattle is set to conduct The Saint Thomas Choir of Men and Boys and Orchestra of St. Luke’s in a special benefit concert this September. The concert is a tribute to Maestro John Scott who passed away in August of 2015.

Chris Daughtry

Chris Daughtry Talks Fox Live Musical ‘The Passion’ >>

This Sunday, Fox is airing their next live musical event, The Passion from New Orleans. The production, hosted by Tyler Perry is based on the annual event held in the Netherlands which re-tells the story of the Christ death and resurrection in a different city with different pop songs each year: This year’s cast includes Jencarlos Canela as Jesus Christ and American Idol alum Chris Daughtry as Judas Iscariot.

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‘White Rabbit Red Rabbit’ Performance Date Revealed Listed for ‘Kinky Boots’ Wayne Brady >>

Wayne Brady is used to performing without a script. The 'Kinky Boots' star came to fame on the hit improv series 'Whose Line is it Anyway.' So 'White Rabbit Red Rabbit' shouldn’t be too far out of Brady’s league. Brady is one the many talented and brave actors tackling the Off-Broadway production of Nassim Soleimanpour’s directorless play. Nathan Lane and Whoopi Goldberg have already performed the play. The schedule for Brady and many of the remaining performers has recently been listed.

Stephen Sondheim

Stephen Sondheim Speaks Against the Commercialization of Broadway: Wants “Supermarket of Musicals” >>

Famed Broadway composer and lyricist Stephen Sondheim ('Company,' 'Into the Woods,' 'Sweeney Todd') has never been afraid to take a risk. While each of his works maintain certain signatures, they don’t all fit the same cookie pattern. Sondheim’s song structure varies far from the norm. So it is no wonder that Sondheim wants more variety from Broadway. Recently, Sondheim came out against the commercialisation of Broadway, calling for a “supermarket of musicals.”

Ivy Levan

Ivy Levan Joins the Cast of Fox's 'Rocky Horror Live' as The Usherette >>

The cast for Fox’s, upcoming live musical event, 'Rocky Horror: Live' is now complete, if you don’t include Ralph and Betty Hapschatt. It was recently announced that “Biscuit” singer Ivy Levan will open and close out the show as The Usherette. Levan joins an already star studded cast which include 'Orange is the New Black' star Laverne Cox as Frank N Furter and original West End/Broadway/Picture Show Frank actor Tim Curry as the Narrator.

Patrick Warburton

Patrick Warburton Cast in ‘Unfortunate Events’ with Neil Patrick Harris >>

It was recently announced that Tony Award winner, Neil Patrick Harris ('Hedwig and The Angry Inch,' 'Assassins') was cast as the villainous Count Olaf in Netflix’s upcoming adaptation of 'Lemony Snicket’s A Series of Unfortunate Events.' Now it has been revealed that Patrick Warburton ('Seinfeld,' 'Family Guy,' 'Tick') has been cast as Lemony Snicket himself.

Pink Triangle

Seattle’s Music of Remembrance ‘Out of Darkness’ Opera Focuses on Krystyna Zywulska & LGBT Victims >>

Seattle’s Holocaust remembrance and educational organization, Music of Remembrance (MOR) is getting ready to premiere their all new opera, 'Out of Darkness' this May. The new production by Composer Jake Heggie & Librettist Gene Scheer, will be performed in both Seattle and San Francisco. The opera's first act will focus on Aushcwitz prisoner Krystyna Zywulska, with the second act focusing on LGBT Holocaust victims.

Hamilton

Obama Welcomes ‘Hamilton’ to The White House, Refuses to Freeze Ticket Prices >>

Lin-Manuel Miranda's Hamilton musical is one of the hardest Broadway shows to get tickets to today. However, one of the perks of being the most powerful man in the world is that you can get Broadway to show up at your doorstep. On Monday, President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama welcomed the cast of 'Hamilton' to the White House. This isn’t the first time that Lin-Manuel Miranda has performed at the White House. Miranda performed the opening number from the musical in 2009 at the White House Evening of Poetry, Music, and the Spoken Word. Check out the report below for a look at the cast performance as well as Obama’s comments on his role in 'Hamilton’s' origins.

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‘Waitress’ Sara Bareilles Performs “Brave” at White House >>

It is current year, and that esoteric reference can only mean one thing. Justin Trudeau is back in the news. The uber left leaning Canadian Prime Minister recently joined President Obama at the White House. However, the real star of the evening was Sara Bareilles. The Waitress songwriter performed her hit song “Brave” for the two Heads of State. Bareilles wasn’t alone. She was joined by Children of the Gospel Choir who shared her standing ovation.

B.D. Wong

From Broadway to 'Gotham' Tony Winner BD Wong Turned Super Villain Hugo Strange >>

Fans of comic book TV shows/movies and musical theater have a lot in common. Both the theater and comics require a rather large central conceit,(breaking out into song and dance and super natural powers, respectively), but offer you an inside glance at some pretty detailed characters. Action figures allow kids to take control of their favorite hero and community theater gives actors a chance to step into the shoes of their favorite character. So it shouldn’t come as a surprise that many musical theater actors also cross over into the world of superhero TV shows/movies. Hugh Jackman is famous for playing both Peter Allan in The 'Boy From Oz' and Wolverine in the 'X-Men' series. Many of his fellow X-Men are also know to break out into song and dance. The list could go on for days. Tonight we focus on on Tony winner turned supervillain. B.D. Wong ('M. Butterfly,' 'You’re A Good Man Charlie Brown') recently joined the cast of Fox’s 'Gotham' as the demented Doctor Hugo Strange. Check out the report below for a look at Wong as Strange.

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