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Teresa Swan


What's going on with the Musical .Nerds'? >>

There appears to be a potential scandal brewing on Broadway or, at the very least, a lot of questions have been asked since the surprise March 8th postponement slash cancellation of the planned musical about the rivalry between Steve Jobs and Bill Gates. It turns out that the musical comedy Nerds may have left town in the middle of the night without leaving its creditors a forwarding address.

Jane Monheit

Jane Monheit Does a Ella Fitzgerald Album >>

Jazz singer Jane Monheit has been able to fufill two long held ambitions with her upcoming CD release. She has her new label Emerald City Record and, on April 8th, she will pay tribute to her idol Ella Fitzgerald by releasing Emeralds first project, The Songbook Sessions:Ella Fitzgerald. Monheit manages a record that acknowledges her idol while giving her own stamp to the familiar Fitzgerald material. With the contributions of her producer and arranger and trumpeter Nicolas Payton, a real effort was made to update the material and make it fresh for Jane Monheit.

Opera singer Katherine Jenkins poses at the Epsom Derby festival in Epsom

New Mom Katherine Jenkins Heads Back to Work >>

Katherine Jenkins has been in a mommy mood. Last September, the Welsh singer gave birth to her first child, a girl named Aaliyah Reign. It is understandable that the singer, who was once offered the most lucrative contract in British classical music while hardly into her 20's, , has said she can't stand to be away from her newborn child. When you are a singer as well known as Katherine Jenkins, you eventually get back in shape and return to your public. Festivities for the Queen's 90th birthday are what is drawing Katherine back to public performing.

Opening Night Of 'The Book Of Mormon' At The Pantages Theatre - Red Carpet

'The Book of Mormon' Still Going Strong After Five Years >>

The Book of Morman has been running stong for five years. It has crisscrossed the country on tour and demand for tickets is as strong as ever..How long can it ride this high is difficult to surmise. It's popularity is such that you just can't say, "Let's go see The Book of Mormon," on a whim one evening and expect to find tickets.They are usually sold out about 12 weeks in advance and South Park creators Trey Parker and Matt Stone and Robert Lopez of Frozen fame look to have another cultural phenominon on the hands.

Priyanka Chopra

Priyanka Chopra Talks About Getting Along >>

Priyanka Chopra has been on a great run of career sucess in recent months. There has been the success of her American television show Quantico. Her movie Bajirao Mastani was a big hit and she also has been cast as the villian in the Baywatch movie. She was a presenter at the Oscars and seems well on her was to conquering the hearts of North American fans. In a spate of recent interviews, Chopra expressed views about how well she gets along with all the other Bollywood actresses and knowing about knowing worth in the industry.

Lupita Nyong'O

Lupita Nyong'o Makes Her Broadway Debut >>

Most film stars whose career are on an upward trajectory usually don't take the time to make their debut on Broadway, but that is exactly what Lupita Nyong'o has done. She has debuted on the big stage with a role in Eclipsed, which she calls 'terrifying'. it is only two years since Lupita won an Oscar for Best Supporting Actress in 12 Years a Slave. She also had a role in the mega-hit, Star Wars: The Force Awakens, but was keen to stretch her acting muscles a bit, deciding on a 10-week run at Off Broadway Theater, then committing to the Broadway run. Eclipsed is a drama by Danai Gurira of The Walking Dead fame.

'Wicked' Announces Carrie St. Louis as New Glinda and More as Part of New Cast Change

'Wicked' Banks a Billion >>

This week the musical Wicked achieved a milestone of monumentous proportions for a production on Broadway. It passed the billion dollar mark in box office sales. Previous to this accompliishment,only two other musicals had reached the billion dollar milestone and they are names for the ages, The Lion King and The Phantom of the Opera. As if earning this much money wasn't enough, Wicked earned another distinction by being the fastest production to eclipse the billion dollar mark, achieving that goal in only 13 years and 5000 performances.

Alexander Hamilton

Alexander Hamilton Likely to Keep $10 Bill Gig >>

The Broadway musical, Hamilton, may have saved Hamilton the man. At least, it may have saved Hamilton's place on the ten-dollar bill. There was a movement afoot to redesign the ten-dollar bill and honor an American woman. That would have removed a key founding father, who was had a major hand in creating many of the important govenmental institutions, from the bill.

Bruce Willis

Bruce Willis is the star Death Wish remake >>

Just when you thought Hollywood couldn't possibly remake anything else, they have a Death Wish remake to foist upon audiences. It seems a very strange film to remake, because it's such a creature of the 70's. The iconic 1974 film, which had many sequels, virtually kicked off the revenge action film. Its plot concerns a man who comes home to find his wife murdered and his daughter raped. And then he kills everyone involved. Charles Bronson's stoic face was perfect for the role and it made him a huge star at the time.


Will There Be a 'Castle' Spinoff? >>

The end comes for every television show no matter how popular it was. If it has franchise potential, then spin-off talk begins. ABC's Castle has been running for eight years and been very popular in its time, but the end or, at the very least, a serious revamping seems to be in order. Stars Nathan Fillion and Stana Katic are out of contract and it seems to be up in the air if either return to the long running show. When a show grows a little long in the tooth, as Castle has, there is always a desire from the head brass to trim the budget . All of this has led to speculation about a possible spin-off. ABC has admitted this is something they've looked into, in case the show's stars don't return.

Priyanka Chopra

Will Bollywood Actors and Actresses be Able to Conquer Hollywood? >>

It seems a bit of a ironic question to ask, since Bollywood is the worlds largest producer of films, but more and more Bollywood actors and actresses are leaving Bollywood for Hollywood projects. Already, there are major Bollywood stars, such as Priyanka Chopra, in Hollywood. The woman who is arguably the current queen of Bollywood, Deepika Padukone, is shooting the xXx sequel with Vin Diesel and rumours are hot on the internet right now that she may be signing on to make a film with Brad Pitt. If this happens it will get a lot of press in India.


The Musical 'Nerds' Postpones it's Broadway Debut. >>

I guess the Nerds will have to wait before they are seen on Broadway. On March 8th, it was confirmed that the planned Broadway debut of the musical comedy; Nerds A Musical Dot Comedy which was supposed to debut this spring will be delayed because the musical has lost a major investor. Nerds tells the story of the rise of the two icons of nerd kingdom Steve Jobs and Bill Gates. The show was set to open April 21 at the Longacre Theater and be directed by Casey Hushion.

Priyanka Chopra

Priyanka Chopra on Success and Racism >>

Until recently, North America remained about the only spot on the globe where Priyanka Chopra wasn't well-known. Then, the Oscars happened. Google released a list of the most searched at the Oscars. Priyanka, who had been given the honor of presenting at the ceremony, came in second in searches. She only ranked behind Leonardo Di Caprio, who won the Best Actor Award, which will no doubt be a noted entertainment event for this year. It seems with her television show, Quantico, and now the part in the upcoming Baywatch movie, that Hollywood has really taken a shine to the Bollywood queen.

SpongeBob SquarePants

The SpongeBob Musical Fills Out Its Cast >>

The SpongeBob Musical has booked Chicago's Oriental Theatre and they have now cast the parts of Squidward, who will be played by Gavin Lee, and Patrick, who will be played by Danny Skinner. The role of arch villian, Bikini Bottom Plankton, will go to Nick Blaemire. The previously cast parts of SpongeBob SquarePants and Sandy Cheeks are being played by Ethan Slater and Lilli Cooper. It is due to make its pre-Broadway debut on June 7.

Lena Dunham

Lena Dunham Doesn't Know Whose Body She Has On >>

Girls actress, Lena Dunham, has made news in recent days for seeing a picture of herself on the cover of a Spanish magazine called Tentaciones and finding the photo flattering. She also wondered whose body was on the cover beneath her face. Since she has been an outspoken critic of the practice of Photoshopping pictures, she took to social media to make a few points about the unrealistic female body images that are foisted upon women. This practise has gotten especially bad with digital photography, which is so easily edited anyway you want. Grown-up women and even mature actresses often end up with legs, arms or stomachs that look like they were pulled directly off an underfed 14-year-old model.

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