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‘Fuller House’ Jodie Sweetin talks ‘Dancing with the Stars Debut [VIDEO] >>

Jodie Sweetin is in the middle of a pretty big comeback. The former child is back on TV in both the 'Full House' sequel series 'Fuller House' as well the hit ABC dance competition, 'Dancing with the Stars.' Sweetin made her 'DWTS' debut last night. Check out the report below for a look at Sweetin’s number as well as her comments on joining the show.


The Pen or the Sword: ‘Walking Dead’ Michonne Danai Gurira’s ‘Eclipsed’ Lands on Broadway >>

While 'Walking Dead' fans were tuning in to watch Michonne chop a few zombies in half last Sunday, Michonne actress Danai Gurira’s play 'Eclipsed' was debuting on Broadway. Guria wields both the pen and the sword, acting and writing.

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Forest Whitaker’s Broadway Debut in ‘Hughie’ Canceled >>

It looks like Forest Whitaker’s Broadway debut is not going to be a long one. Originally scheduled to run till June 12, the revival of Eugene O'Neill's 'Hughie' will close later this month after only 55 performances which preview performances. The early closure is reportedly due to lack of advanced ticket sales, despite positive reviews.

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French Pianist Lise de la Salle to Perform at Chicago Symphony Center March 6 >>

Famed French pianist Lise de la Salle makes her Symphony Center debut in the Symphony Center Presents PowerShares QQQ Piano series on Sunday, March 6, at 3:00 p.m. One of the most promising young artists in the international classical piano scene, de la Salle performs a program of works by Bach and Ravel, as well as a rich assortment of showpieces by Liszt.

Nathan Lane

‘White Rabbit Red Rabbit’ Coming To NYC: No Director Show with Nathan Lane, ALan Cumming and More >>

If you have ever been involved with theater before, odds are there have been moments where just want to get rid of the director. And who can really be bothered with all those pesky rehearsals. And sets can be great but at the end of the day, who really needs them? 'White Rabbit Red Rabbit' gets rid off that hassle that normally comes with a production. The avant garde play by Nassim Soleimanpour just throws actors up on stage with a script and let's them at it. The experimental show is now heading to NYC for a run of Monday only shows. Working without a set, rehearsals or a director on the one night a week that most performers are free means we will get to see some pretty names including Nathan Lane, David Hyde Pierce, Whoopi Goldberg, Alan Cumming and more.

The Hunchback of Notre Dame

Alan Menken and Stephen Schwartz’s 'Hunchback of Notre Dame' Cast Recording Debut Tops Billboard Charts >>

When you combine the music of Alan Menken with Lyrics by Stephen Schwartz you get a recipe for the perfect musical. Throw that in with a book by, frequent Sondheim collaborator, James Lapine and you have yourself one hell of a show. The name of that show is 'The Hunchback of Notre Dame'. Based on Victor Hugo’s original novel with songs from the 1996 animated Disney classic, both of the same name, this highly anticipated musical sadly didn’t make it to the Broadway stage. However, we now have a way to enjoy this dream collaboration of musical theater talent. On Jan 22 Ghostlight records released the Studio Cast Recording of Hunchback of Notre Dame and the results speak for themselves.

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Sara Bareilles Talks Love of Musical Theater and ‘Little Shop of Horrors’ Credits Before Broadway's 'Waitress' Opens >>

The musical adaptation of the 2007 film 'Waitress' is gearing up for its big Broadway debut this spring. There is a lot of buzz around Waitress for many reasons but one of the big ones is that the music and lyrics are written by five time Grammy Award nominated singer-songwriter Sara Bareilles. Bareilles is perhaps best known for writing a song about not writing someone a “Love Song.” Many people might not know that Sara Bareilles is a lifelong fan of musical theater and performed in community theater productions of 'Charlotte’s Web' and 'Little Shop of Horrors.] From Skid Row to the Great White Way, Sara has had quite the journey.

Cate Blanchett

Cate Blanchett Making Broadway Debut in Chekhov's ‘Platonov’ Based ‘The Present’ with Richard Roxburgh >>

Cate Blanchett is no stranger to the stage, just the Broadway stage. Yes, you read that right. The highly acclaimed stage and screen star has yet appear as a performer on Broadway. That is until now. Cate Blanchett is finally making her long waiting debut alongside Richard Roxburgh in 'The Present'. So what is The Present you ask? Written by Cate Blanchett’s very own husband, acclaimed playwright Andrew Upton, 'The Present' is based on Anton Chekhov's first play, which while technically untitled is often called 'Platonov.' Originating in Blanchett's native Australia and first performed at The Sydney Theater Company, 'The Present' is making its way on over to the Big Apple this fall/winter.

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Menahem Pressler NYE Performance Named Album of the Year? >>

After making his subscription debut with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra more than 40 years ago, famed German pianist Menahem Pressler is set to make his solo piano debut at the Symphony Center later this month as part of The Symphony Center Presents PowerShares QQQ Piano series. In addition to all the awards and accolades Pressler has received in his 70-year career, his televised Berlin Philharmonic's New Year's Eve concert was recently named 2015 Album of the Year by noted music commentator Norman Lebrecht.

Misty Copeland

Misty Copeland's 'A Ballerina's Tale,' Directed by Nelson George, to Debut at 2015 Tribeca Film Festival >>

Misty Copeland is a continuing force behind that idea that, if you follow your dreams, nothing is impossible. To wit, the 2015 Tribeca Film Festival will debut filmmaker Nelson George’s documentary on the trailblazing dancer, entitled 'A Ballerina’s Tale.' Other films debuting include a curious documentary on the iconic Mary J. Blige.

Bruce Willis

Bruce Willis Makes Broadway Debut in 'Misery,' Elizabeth Marvel to Co-Star >>

And the stars just keep on coming. Warner Bros. Theatre Ventures has confirmed that Bruce Willis will make his Broadway debut in the stage adaptation of Stephen King’s famous novel-turned-movie 'Misery.' Willis will co-star with New York stage veteran Elizabeth Marvel.

Debbie Harry

Blondie's Debbie Harry Adds Show to Café Carlyle Debut >>

Legendary singer Debbie Harry of Blondie will be adding two additional shows to her currently sold out Café Carlyle debut the upcoming March.

Sonya Yoncheva

Sony Classical's Sonya Yoncheva to Release Debut Album 'Paris, Mon Amour' >>

Bulgarian soprano Sonya Yoncheva will be releasing her debut album "Paris, Mon Amour" as a Sony Classical exclusive artist Jan. 13. Yoncheva’s success comes as no surprise to those who have been following her career. In 2013, she debuted as Gilda in Verdi’s "Rigoletto" at the Metropolitan Opera and received a standing ovation. "The New York Times" has hailed the 32-year-old as “an artist on the brink of a major career.” Her success at the Met led to rising fame, with Yoncheva performing in opera houses and concert halls throughout Europe. But her performances in France have had the largest impact on her and inspired her first album "Paris, Mon Amour." But it was not only her travels that inspired her. Yoncheva, who was born in Plovdiv, Bulgaria, completed her vocal training as a student at Geneva’s Conservatoire de Musique. The school immersed her in a French-speaking environment.

Renée Fleming

Renée Fleming Will Make Her Broadway Debut in 'Living on Love' >>

Grammy Award-winning opera singer Renée Fleming will make her Broadway debut this spring in a new play titled "Living on Love," a comedy based on none other then an opera diva, according to "The New York Times." In "Living on Love," Fleming will play opera singer Raquel De Angelis, whose conductor-husband starts to fall for a woman hired to ghostwrite his long-delayed autobiography. She retaliates by hiring her own ghostwriter but also gets romantically attached. Fleming will only sing a little in the play, some improvised a cappella. “I’ve spent my life singing tragic characters, so to be able to make people laugh is an extraordinary joy,” said Fleming. Written by Tony Award winner Joe DiPietro ("Memphis"), Living is based on the play "Peccadillo" by Garson Kanin.

Larry David

Larry David's Broadway Debut 'Fish in the Dark,' New Cast Members Announced >>

Six new additions to the cast of “Fish in the Dark,” the highly anticipated new Broadway comedy show written and starring Larry David, have been announced.

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