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Forever Plaid

‘Forever Plaid’ Comeing Back to London in April 2016 >>

'Forever Plaid' is making it’s way across the pond once again. London is getting an all new production of the Off-Broadway musical revue. The story involves four would be superstars who were tragically killed before by bus full of catholic school girls on their way to see the Beatles perform on Ed Sullivan. The quartet are brought back to life for one night so that they can finally perform their set before crossing over to the afterlife.

B.D. Wong

New ‘Gotham’ Tonight with Tony Winner BD Wong as Doctor Hugo Strange >>

Last week Tony Award winner B.D. Wong ('Law & Order: SVU,' 'OZ,' 'M Butterfly') made his debut appearance on Fox’s Batman origin series, Gotham. Wong is playing the crazed psychiatrist Doctor Hugo Strange. Now, Wong is opening up about the inner workings of his characters warped mind. Check out the report below to hear what Strange things Wong has to say about the new villain, as well as a look at tonight’s all new episode.


‘Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder’ Director Darko Tresnjak Talks New ‘Anastasia’ Musical Based on Animated Fox Film >>

Director Darko Tresnjak ('A Gentleman's Guide to Love & Murder') will helming the all new Anastasia musical. The upcoming musical will be an all new beast based on but not beholden to the 1997 animated Fox film. The book for the musical will be written by Terrence McNally ('It’s Only A Play', 'Catch Me if You Can') with music by Stephen Flaherty and Lyrics by Lynn Ahrens. Now, Tresnjak is opening up about the all new production, giving some details about the show’s casting and development.


Greg McGoon Releases New Book ‘Traveling the Twisting Troubling Tanglelows’ Trail’ >>

'The Royal Heart' creator Greg McGoon is getting ready to release his new children's book, 'Traveling the Twisting Troubling Tanglelows’ Trail.' The book is being published by Pelekinesis Publishing Group and is slated for release later this month.

The 58th GRAMMY Awards - 'Hamilton' GRAMMY Performance

‘Hamilton’ Director’s New Show ‘Dry Powder’ Opens for Previews with Claire Danes, Hank Azaria and John Krasinski >>

Tonight, Dry Powder opens for previews Off-Broadway. The new show stars Claire Danes (Homeland), John Krasinski ('The Office,' '13 Hours'), Sanjit De Silva ('War Horse') and Hank Azaria ('The Simpsons,' 'Spamalot') and is directed by Thomas Kail (Hamilton).

'Dance Moms' Maddie Ziegler

New ‘Dance Moms’ Episodes: Maddie Ziegler Returns [DANCE AND CHAT] >>

'Dance Moms' is back tonight with two new episode. First off we have the "Dance & Chat" edition of last week’s episode where Maddie Ziegler returns after taking time off to film a movie. The dance drama also continues into the 9:00 p.m. hour with a never before seen episode. Check the report below to see what is in store for the ladies of the Abby Lee Dance Company, tonight.


‘Disaster!’ Cast Preview New Musical on ‘Today Show’ Before Broadway Opening >>

'Disaster!' is currently in preview on Broadway, but you don’t have to make it to NYC in order to get a taste of the new musical. Recently, Seth Rudetsky and the rest of the cast appeared on 'The Today Show' where they previewed the show for all of America to see.

Krysta Rodriguez

‘Spring Awakening’ Krysta Rodriguez Joins Cast of New John Lithgow Pilot ‘Trail’ on NBC >>

'Smash' star Krysta Rodriguez ('Spring Awakening') has landed a role on the new NBC pilot alongside John Lithgow. The show will be called The Trail follows the lives a father and (adopted) daughter, Lithgow and Rodriguez respectively. The twist is that Lithgow’s character Larry Henderson is accused of murdering his wife. It gets even better. The show is said to be a single camera comedy.

The New York Pops

New Jean Valjean John Owen-Jones Performing Carnegie Hall For New York Pops Concert >>

John Owen-Jones is not just joining the cast of 'Les Miserables' as the new Jean Valjean on Broadway, but he is also making his way to Carnegie Hall. The former 'Phantom of the Opera' lead will be joining The New York Pops orchestra to help them celebrate the big three-three as part of the New York Pops 33rd Birthday Gala Do You Hear the People Sing concert event on Monday, May 2, 2016.

Steve Martin and Edie Brickell

Steve Martin & Edie Brickell’s New Musical ‘Bright Star’ Begins Broadway Previews Before March Opening >>

Steve Martin and Edie Brickell’s new musical 'Bright Star' has officially hit Broadway. The new show by the Grammy award winners began previews this past Thursday, Feb 25 ahead of the show’s March 24 opening.

The King and I

Broadway’s ‘The King and I’ Gets To Know New Anna, Marin Mazzie >>

The cast of Broadway’s 'The King and I' will soon be getting to know an all new Anna Leonowens. Kelli O’Hara is leaving the hit revival this April and Marin Mazzie will be filling her shoes soon after. Mazzie is known for her roles in Cole Porter's 'Kiss Me, Kate' and Stephen Sondheim's 'Passion,' Mazzie has been absent from the stage recently while fighting breast cancer. Thankfully Mazzie is now in remission and ready to make her return to the Great White Way.

Adam Pascal

Adam Pascal Talks Return to Nederlander Theater for New Musical ‘Disaster’ Before RENT 20-Year-Anniversary Tour >>

Former 'RENT' star Adam Pascal is getting ready to return home to the Nederlander Theater. The venue that was home to 'RENT’s' Broadway debut is now hosting his new musical, 'Disaster! '(Seth Rudetsky). Now, with 'RENT' turing 20 and getting ready to go back on tour, Pascal is opening up about his love for the place that started it all.

Be More Chill

Listen & Obey: A Review of Joe Iconis' 'Be More Chill' Orginal Cast Recording >>

I was recently made aware of an amazing new(ish) musical that has invaded my brain and I thought I would return the favor and share it with all of you pitiful children. It’s called 'Be More Chill.' Based on the 2004 Ned Vizzini novel of the same name, the story revolves around high school nobody Jeremy Heere (Will Connolly, Once) who takes a pill containing a microcomputer (Eric William Morris, Coram Boy) known as a Super Quantum Unit Intel Processor (S.Q.U.I.P.) in order to become less of a loser. 'Be More Chill' was written by Joe Iconis (music and lyrics) and Joe Tracz (book). The musical originated at the Two Rivers Theater in early 2015 and was directed by Stephen Brackett. The soundtrack was released by Ghostlight Records in Dec 2015.

Stephen Hough

Stephen Hough to Perform Piano Concertos Album in Concert >>

Classical pianist and composer Stephen Hough is set to release his brand new album with the Andris Nelsons led City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, Schumann and Dvořák Piano Concertos, on Hyperion Records April 8. Consisting of a rarely heard work by Antonín Dvořák alongside one of Robert Schumann's well-known piano concertos -- the juxtaposition exemplifies the characteristic idiom of both composers while revealing a new perspective on the pianistic writing of each, as well as the solo piano concerto form overall.

Shaftesbury Avenue

Palestinian Poet Ashraf Fayadh's Death Sentence Reduced to 800 Lashes >>

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