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Adam McKay and Will Ferrell

Adam McKay Teams with 'Funny or Die' to Create 'Archie' Comic Musical >>

Adam McKay, the writer and director of the Will Ferrell megahits, "Anchorman" and "Talladega Nights" is teaming with Funny or Die to write a book for the musical adaptation of "Archie."

Jared Leto and Lupita Nyong'o

Lupito Nyongo to Make Her New York Stage Debut in 'Eclipsed' >>

Oscar-winning actress, Lupito Nyongo, will make her New York stage debut this fall appearing in the Public Theater's new war drama, "Eclipsed."

Benjamin Walker

'American Pyscho' Broadway Musical Calls for Benjamin Walker to Get 'Bloody Bloody,' Again >>

Benjamin Walker, who played the title role of 'Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson,' is reportedly going to get bloody, again ,when he steps into his new role in the 'American Pyscho' Broadway musical adaptation of the novel and feature film.

Michael Shannon

Michael Shannon Returns to Broadway With Jessica Lange and Gabriel Byrne >>

Michael Shannon, the seasoned actor from "Boardwalk Empire" and "Man of Steel," will make his Broadway return in 'Long Day's Journey Into Night," joining Jessica Lange and Gabriel Byrne on stage, the Roundabout Theatre Company announced on Wednesday.

'The King of Comedy'

Scorcese and DeNiro's 'King of Comedy' to Be Developed into Broadway Play >>

Apparently, the 1982 Martin Scorcese film, 'The King of Comedy,' which starred Robert DeNiro and Jerry Lewis is being developed into a Broadway production.

'Penn & Teller On Broadway'

'Penn and Teller on Broadway' Fool Us Vegas-Style, 15 Years Later >>

For the first time in fifteen years, Las Vegas-based magicians Penn Jillette and Raymond Teller--better known as Penn & Teller--return to NYC's Broadway stage to deliver an entertaining, fast-paced show featuring a combination of classic and new illusions in their new show, aptly called 'Penn & Teller On Broadway.'

Marin Alsop to Conduct Cuba's Orquesta Sinfónica Nacional for Havana's 500th Anniversary >>

Perhaps this is one more piece of evidence to support the mended relationship between the United States and Cuba. Marin Alsop, music director of both the Baltimore and São Paulo Symphony Orchestras, will conduct the Orquesta Sinfónica Nacional de Cuba in celebration of Havana's quincentenary.

City of London Sinfonia's 2015-16 Season

City of London Sinfonia Announce 2015-16 Season, RE:Imagine >>

As per Classical Music Magazine, the City of London Sinfonia (CLS) has announced its 2015-16 season, RE:Imagine, which features re-imaginations of old works and premieres of new ones commissioned especially for the upcoming season.

Nine Inch Nails' Trent Reznor, Julie Taymor Working On David Fincher's 'Fight Club' Rock Opera? >>

Thank goodness! We can all stop holding our breaths now that it looks like another extension of the Fight Club franchise seems to be in the works. However, it may not be in a medium that most Fight Club fans expect--a rock opera.

Finding Neverland, the Musical

'Finding Neverland: Original Broadway Cast Album' Finally Released by Republic Records >>

Today, Republic Records' Finding Neverland: Original Broadway Cast Album is finally available in stores and at all online retailers: Friday, July 17, 2015. (No, not on Tuesday.)

Margaret Brouwer's Blue Streak Ensemble Comes to NYC Next Week

Brouwer, Blue Streak Perform Davidovsky, Harbison, Needham for Concerts on the Slope, National Opera Center >>

Next week, composer, Margaret Brouwer will bring her Blue Streak Ensemble for two chamber music concerts featuring instrumental and vocal music by living composers.

Bruce Willis

Broadway Misery: Bruce Willis to Be Tortured By Laurie Metcalf >>

Jackie from 'Roseanne,' otherwise known as Laurie Metcalf, has replaced Elizabeth Marvel ('House of Cards') in the upcoming Broadway production of Misery--based on the Stephen King novel of the same name.

Helen Mirren

Watch Helen Mirren Play Queen Elizabeth, Again, in "The Audience" as U.S. Cities Show Original West End Production >>

Finally, Classicalites, you can view the original West End production of Helen Mirren and her role as Queen Elizabeth II in 'The Audience' when it is broadcast in select U.S. cities later this month.

Monks of Norcia

WATCH: Bendectine Monks of Norcia Chant Five Hours a Day, Then Brew Trappist Beer >>

According to Fr. Cassian Folsom, prior of the Benedictine monks of Norcia, "the monastic life is very plain and ordinary." Maybe that's why Folsom and his community there in northern Italy enjoy not only making hit records that best the likes of Taylor Swift, they also love brewing their own beer. Ensconced in the monastery, life for the Monks of Norcia is routine: "You get up, and you pray. You do your work, go to bed and then, the next day, you do the same," says Folsom.

Natalie Portman

Portman Hosts, Dudamel Conducts John Williams with L.A. Phil >>

On Friday, July 24th at 9 p.m. on PBS, Natalie Portman will host the Los Angeles Philharmonic's gala celebration of John Williams--one of the greatest film composers of all time.

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