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NBC Officially Announces Performance Date for ‘Hairspray Live’ >>

We officially have a performance date for NBC’s next musical event, 'Hairspray Live.' Recently, NBC boss Robert Greenblatt announced that the holiday special will air on Dec 7 starting at 8:00 p.m. eastern. Greenblatt also announced a dream team of creative talent involved in the production. Check the report below for all the details.

Virginia Arts Festival Director Robert Cross

Virginia Arts Festival's Spring for Dance Gala Scheduled for April 9-10 >>

On April 9 and 10, Norfolk's Chrysler Hall will be the center of the dance universe as The Virginia Arts Festival presents an unprecedented gathering of dancers from around the world in a Spring for Dance Gala, celebrating 20 seasons.

Abby Lee Miller and Maddie Ziegler

'Dance Moms' Brynn Rumfallo Future Still in Question >>

When Maddie Ziegler took a break from Abby Lee Miller's ALDC to work on her first movie, The Book of Henry, earlier in Season 6 of Dance Moms, it looked as though it might finally be Brynn Rumfallo's time to shine. But just as soon as Sia's music video muse returned to the show, Rumfallo found herself back on "probation." Despite her mother, Ashlee, hopping otherwise, it looks like Brynn may be destined to live in Maddie's shadow, until the Hollywood up-and-comer leaves the Lifetime series for good at the end of the 2016 season.

Ryan Seacrest

Allison Holker Wants Julianne Hough Back on 'DWTS' >>

At this point it seems like fans of Dancing with the Stars have been told more about who won't be on Season 22 than who will. According to the latest gossip news updates, a very pregnant Allison Hooker recently announced that, like Julianne Hough, she too will not be able to be a part of the TV show's 2016 cast. Although she would like to get back in top fighting shape in time for the March 21, premiere date, Holker believes it's far more likely she'll be spending that day giving birth in a hospital delivery room. As sad as not being able to compete this year has Allison, she is said to be just as upset that Hough won't be judging in 2016, after doing such a great job last year.

Nigel Lythgoe, Mary Murphy and Tyce Diorio

Travis Wall DefendsSYTYCD Next Genreation Contestants >>

Not everyone is convinced that Fox is making the right move in launching the new season of 'So You Think You Can Dance' with child contestants, but Season 2 vet, Travis Walls has no doubt that the kids' moves will be impressive. According to the Emmy-winning choreographer, he has worked each and every one of the children that are being considered for 2016's 'SYTYCD: Next Generation' and knows that they are all quite talented.

Brevard Music Center Makes Super Bowl Bet with Aspen Music Festival and School

Brevard Music Center Makes Super Bowl Bet with Aspen Music Festival and School >>

This year the Brevard Music Center's 2016 Summer Music Festival commemorates a historic 80th Anniversary with over eighty performances spanning a wide array of musical genres. Adding an added twist to his year's gathering is the Super Bowl based rivalry between the Brevard's Mark Weinstein and the Aspen Music Festival and School's Alan Fletcher. It would appear that the two CEO's have a friendly bet that will leave one man buying the other institution's board member's dinner depending on the outcome of the NFL championship game this Sunday night.

Fuller House Jodie Sweetin

Jodie Sweetin Dismisses DWTS Rumors on Twitter >>

Earlier this week the internet went crazy when it was reported that just like her 'Fuller House' costar, Candace Cameron Bure, Jodie Sweetin would be joining ABC's hit series 'Dancing with the Stars.' According to the latest gossip news updates, after a lifetime of dancing as a hobby, Stephanie Tanner would be joining the celebrity roster when the show returns to the air in March. Unfortunately for her fans, however, the Netflix star put the kibosh on that story yesterday -- explaining that while Val and Maksim Chmerkovskiy make a guest appearance on her show's 2016 season, she would not be returning the favor.

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‘Lazarus’ David Bowie Honored At 2016 Grammys By ‘AHS: Hotel’s’ Lady Gaga [PERFORMANCE] >>

Music lovers all around the world shed a tear or 200 when it was revealed that David Bowie had passed away from cancer. There is no way that the Grammy Awards could go on without a tribute to legend. Now they have announced who they chose to honor Bowie. Grammy winning musician and Golden Globe winning actress ('AHS: Hotel') , Lady Gaga will perform a special tribute to Bowie at this year's ceremonies.

Nigel Lythgoe, Mary Murphy and Tyce Diorio

'SYTYCD: Junior' to Premieres 2016 as 'The Next Generation' >>

It looks like Cat Deeley is going to be able to feed that new baby after all. According to the latest gossip news updates, 'So You Think You Can Dance' has been renewed for a 2016 season with a premiere date set for early May. While it has been rumored for quite some time that the show was due for a change in format, 'SYTYCD: The Next Generation' is going to feature an All-Star element on top of the contestants all being children, ages 8-13.

'Hamilton' Broadway Opening Night - Arrivals And Curtain Call

‘Hamilton’ Performing Live At 2016 Grammys After Best Musical Theater Album Nomination [HISTORY] >>

If tickets to see 'Hamilton' weren’t hard enough to get already, they are about to get a whole lot harder. That is after the few members of the public who have never heard of it get a chance to sample the opening from the show at this year’s Grammy awards. Not only is the show nominated for a Grammy for Best Musical Theater Album, but they will be performing the number "Alexander Hamilton" at this year’s ceremonies.

Channing Tatum, Seth MacFarlane and Charlize Theron

'Family Guy' Seth MacFarlane Receives Frank Sinatra Award >>

He may be known for his trend-setting animated series Family Guy and his raunchy buddy comedy Ted, but Seth MacFarlane isn't only interested in laughs. Since 2011, MacFarlane has released three albums of American standards from the '50s and '60s, with his latest, No One Ever Tells You, receiving a 2016 Grammy nomination for Best Traditional Pop Vocal. And it is for those contributions that Barbara Sinatra will be honoring MacFarlane with the Special Achievement Award for the Performing Arts at the 28th annual Frank Sinatra Celebrity Invitational on February 20.

ABC's 'Dancing With The Stars' Live Finale

Rashad Jennings & Taryn Manning Join 'DWTS' Season 22? >>

With Season 22 of 'Dancing with the Stars' not scheduled to premiere for a couple of months yet, the powers that be at ABC are still keeping the 2016 cast lineup under lock and key, but that hasn't stopped people from constantly speculating. According to the latest gossip news updates, both New York Giants' running back Rashad Jennings and 'Orange Is the New Black's' Taryn Manning are likely to be joining the pros in March. For her part, Kirstie Alley suggested that Rhea Perlman would be perfect for the show, only to opine that the 'Cheers' alum probably wouldn't be up for it.

Miami City Ballet Appoints 'Strictly Ballet' Stars to Corps' 30th Season

Charles Lloyd & Jason Moran Performs with Alonzo King's LINES Ballets? >>

Once again Alonzo King's celebrated LINES Ballets will be collaborating with acclaimed jazz musicians. For four shows in April 2016, iconic tenor saxophonist, Charles Lloyd, will be teaming with pianist and composer Jason Moran and Kings dancers to combine the elegance of jazz with the beauty of ballet. The tour will also consist of another four shows at the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts Theater in San Francisco, sans Lloyd and Moran due to their other touring commitments.

Orchestra

Utah Symphony Announces 2016-17 Season with Thierry Fischer? >>

Utah Symphony Music Director Thierry Fischer has big plans for the 2016-17 Season. According to the Swiss conductor the Symphony will be shifting its focus back to their world class orchestra in celebration of its 75th anniversary season. For those that can't wait for next year, flutist Emmanuel Pahud will be performing Francois Borne's 19th century arrangement of Bizet's Carmen Fantasy and Marc-André Dalbavie's Flute Concerto with the orchestra this weekend.

Bruno Tonioli, Len Goodman, Darcey Bussell and Craig Revel DWTS

ABC 'DWTS' Brings Len Goodman Back for Season 22? >>

It looks like Len Goodman was telling the truth a couple seasons ago when he promised that his leaving 'Dancing with the Stars' was going to be more of a hiatus than a retirement. According to the latest gossip news updates, the longtime ballroom dancer turned reality TV judge will be returning for Season 22 of ABC's hit celebrity dance completion. Despite the growing anticipation, the network has yet to announce the 2016 cast lineup, but that hasn't stopped former favorite Kirstie Alley from venturing a guess. In a recnet interview the renowned Scientologist suggested that her former 'Cheers' costar, Rita Perlman, would make the perfect new addition.

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