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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.

Neil Patrick Harris Set to Host 2015 Oscars, Promotes 'Choose Your Own Autobiography' with New Book Trailer

Neil Patrick Harris Working on New Theatrical Magic Show >>

Tony winner Neil Patrick Harris ('Hedwig and the Angry Inch') is returning to TV but that doesn’t mean his theater days are behind him. NPH is reportedly working behind the scenes on an all new theatrical magic show. According to Playbill Harris will be working with Randy Weiner ('Sleep No More,' 'The Donkey Show') to create a magical new theatrical experience.

Baltimore Symphony Orchestra

Maestro Yuri Temirkanov Returns to the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra >>

Maestro Yuri Temirkanov is returning to the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra for 'Rachmaninoff & Tchaikovsky: Temirkanov Returns.' The famed Artistic Director and Chief Conductor of the St Petersburg Philharmonic Orchestra, will be paying homage to two of Russia’s finest composers, with Denis Matsuev on the Piano.

Liza Minnelli

Broadway Legend Liza Minnelli Turns 70 Years Old >>

“What good is sitting alone in your room? Come hear the music play!” That is right. Broadway and film icon, Liza Minnelli has just turned 70 years old today (March 12). The daughter of the legendary Judy Garland and Vincente Minnelli, Liza made a name for herself winning one Oscar, two Tonys, One Emmy and One Legendary Grammy award. Liza’s many awards puts her in rare company of other E.G.O.T. (Emmy, Grammy, Oscar, Tony) winners.

 Rachel Bloom

Rachel Bloom’s Musical Comedy ‘Crazy Ex-Girlfriend’ Gets Early Season 2 Renewal >>

The CW has found a recipe for success. The network has just granted an early renewal to 11 shows. Among the 11 is the new musical comedy 'Crazy Ex-Girlfriend.' The series stars and was co-created by Rachel Bloom. The series also stars Santino Fontana ('Billy Elliot the Musical,' 'Sunday in the Park with George'). Check out the report below for a look at what you can expect from The CW in the 2016-17 TV season.

38th Annual Kennedy Center Honors Gala

Sara Bareilles Puts Her Head Underwater for New ‘SpongeBob Musical’ >>

Sara Bareilles isn’t going to write you a love song, but she is going to write one for SpongeBob. The 'Waitress' song writer is one the latest artist who have signed up to pen an original song for the upcoming 'SpongeBob Musical.'

The Meeting*

Justin Sayre’s International Order of Sodomites Honors Elton John >>

It is once again time for monthly 'Meeting* of The International Order of Sodomites' at Joe’s Pub at The Public Theater. Last month host Justin Sayre gave big willkommen to fans of the classic Kander and Ebb musical 'Cabaret.' This month Sayre seeks to prove that the B*tch is indeed back. the Meeting* centers on The Rocket Man himself, Elton John.

Benjamin Walker

‘American Psycho the Musical’ Opening Night Delayed >>

The good news is 'American Psycho the Musical' is almost here. The bad news is the opening has been pushed back, but only for one day. The press opening for the new musical, based on Bret Easton Ellis’ hit novel turned film, will now be on April 21 after 'Nerds, A Musical Dot Comedy' cancelled its opening which was scheduled for the same day.

Audra McDonald

Audra McDonald Graces Essence Cover Before ‘Shuffle Along’ Opens >>

Six time Tony Award winner Audra McDonald, who is known to many as Dr. Naomi Bennett on ABC’s 'Private Practice,' graces the April 2016 cover of Essence magazine.Now, as her new play, 'Shuffle Along' is heading into Broadway previews, McDonald is talking about staying humble after winning so many honors. Check out the report below for a look at the April cover of Essence.

Justin Sayre

Justin Sayre Performing ‘Love’s Refrain at La MaMa Experimental Theatre Club in April >>

Actor/writer Justin Sayre is gearing up to bring his new one man play 'Love's Refrain' to the La MaMa Experimental Theatre Club. Sayre, known for hosting The International Order of Sodomites monthly meeting at Joe’s Pub at The Public Theater, will be performing his new play this April. Love’s

Jeff Daniels

Jeff Daniels Returns to Broadway in ‘Blackbird’ Opening Tonight >>

Jeff Daniels ('Newsroom') is making his return to Broadway. Daniel’s new play Blackbird officially opens on tonight. Daniels has previously earned a Tony Award nomination for Best Actor for his role in God of Carnage.

Robert Wilson

Director Robert Wilson Stars in Samuel Beckett’s ‘Krapp’s Last Tape’ at Montclair State University >>

Director, producer, writer and actor Robert Wilson is taking to the stage in Samuel Beckett’s 'Krapp’s Last Tape' later this month. The show will be performed at Montclair State University’s Alexander Kasser Theater starting next weekend (March 17).

Charlie Cox

Charlie Cox Cast in ‘Constellations’ Nick Payne’s ‘Incognito’ >>

Marvel’s 'Daredevil' Season 2 is about to stream on Netflix, but that isn’t the only place you will be able to see Charlie Cox ('Boardwalk Empire'). Cox has been cast in Nick Payne’s ('Constellations') new Off-Broadway play Incognito. Cox will be joined by Heather Lind ('Demolition'), Incognito will be directed by Drama Desk and Tony winner Doug Hughes ('Doubt: A Parable').

Tina Fey, Ellie Kemper

Composer Jeff Richmond Talks Tina Fey’s ‘Mean Girls’ Musical >>

'Mean Girls' the musical is coming. The musical is based on the movie written Tina Fey and feature from 'Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt' composer Jeff Richmond. Recently, Tina Fey appeared on Bravo's 'Watch What Happens Live with Andy Cohen' where she updated fans on the production. Check out the report below for some of the latest details.

Lena Hall

Lena Hall Cast in Reading of ‘Citizen Ruth’ Musical >>

Tony Award winner Lena Hall ('Hedwig and the Angry Inch') has been cast to lead an invite only reading of the upcoming of the new musical adaptation of 'Citizen Ruth.' The new musical is based on the 1996 Miramax film of the same name, starring Laura Dern and Burt Reynolds. The plot centers around a young drug addicted woman who finds herself arrested and pregnant. Ruth is than ordered to have an abortion or face serious jail time. Check out the report below for more details.

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