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Musician Josh Groban

Full Cast of ‘Natasha, Pierre & The Great Comet with Josh Groban Revealed >>

Dave Malloy’s musical 'Natasha, Pierre & The Great Comet of 1812,' is coming to Broadway. The musical based off of Volume 2, Part 5 of Leo Tolstoy's War and Peace, will star Josh Groban. Now, the full cast list has been announced. Check out the report below for a look at the musical.

The Phantom of the Opera

‘Phantom of The Opera’ Cast Replacements for Linda Balgord & Christian Sebek >>

'The Phantom of The Opera' is one of the most iconic musicals of all time. The current Broadway production at the Majestic Theater will be replacing a few cast members on Monday, April 4. Rebecca Eichenberger and John Easterlin are on their way in, while Linda Balgord and Christian Sebek are departing the show. Check the report below for more details on the cast replacements.

Courtney Reed (Jasmine) and Adam Jacobs (Aladdin) in Disney's 'Aladdin.'

Disney ‘Aladdin’ Main Cast Members Staying on Broadway Til 2017 >>

Your wish has come true. Several of the original cast members of Disney's 'Aladdin' on Broadway are sticking around for another year. That is one more year for fans to see Adam Jacobs, Jonathan Freeman, James Monroe Iglehart, Courtney Reed and all the rest of your favorites.

Ivy Levan

Ivy Levan Joins the Cast of Fox's 'Rocky Horror Live' as The Usherette >>

The cast for Fox’s, upcoming live musical event, 'Rocky Horror: Live' is now complete, if you don’t include Ralph and Betty Hapschatt. It was recently announced that “Biscuit” singer Ivy Levan will open and close out the show as The Usherette. Levan joins an already star studded cast which include 'Orange is the New Black' star Laverne Cox as Frank N Furter and original West End/Broadway/Picture Show Frank actor Tim Curry as the Narrator.

Patrick Warburton

Patrick Warburton Cast in ‘Unfortunate Events’ with Neil Patrick Harris >>

It was recently announced that Tony Award winner, Neil Patrick Harris ('Hedwig and The Angry Inch,' 'Assassins') was cast as the villainous Count Olaf in Netflix’s upcoming adaptation of 'Lemony Snicket’s A Series of Unfortunate Events.' Now it has been revealed that Patrick Warburton ('Seinfeld,' 'Family Guy,' 'Tick') has been cast as Lemony Snicket himself.


Obama Welcomes ‘Hamilton’ to The White House, Refuses to Freeze Ticket Prices >>

Lin-Manuel Miranda's Hamilton musical is one of the hardest Broadway shows to get tickets to today. However, one of the perks of being the most powerful man in the world is that you can get Broadway to show up at your doorstep. On Monday, President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama welcomed the cast of 'Hamilton' to the White House. This isn’t the first time that Lin-Manuel Miranda has performed at the White House. Miranda performed the opening number from the musical in 2009 at the White House Evening of Poetry, Music, and the Spoken Word. Check out the report below for a look at the cast performance as well as Obama’s comments on his role in 'Hamilton’s' origins.

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').

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.

American Psycho the Musical

Weekly Reprise: ‘American Psycho the Musical’ London Recording & UK ‘Kinky Boots’ Live Albums Coming >>

We here at 'Classicalite' understand that the week can be long and sometime some stories go unread. That is why we have devised the Weekly Reprise to keep you up to date on all the latest buzz. Show-Tune junkies get ready for next fix. It was recently announced that the London cast recording of 'American Psycho the Musical' will be released alongside the show’s Broadway debut. Starring 'Doctor Who’s' Matt Smith and featuring music by Spring Awakenings own Duncan Sheik, this blood soaked ode to the 80’s is a must grab. Speaking of must. Sony Masterworks is gearing up to release a live audio recording of the UK’s production of 'Kinky Boots.'

Finding Neverland, the Musical

‘Finding Neverland’ Captain Hook Kelsey Grammer Extends Returnd >>

Broadway’s 'Finding Neverland' is in the middle of a few cast shake ups at the moment. J.M. Barrie actor Tony Yazbeck is out the door and 'Les Miserables' lead Alfie Boe is getting read to take his place. Captain Hook actor Kelsey Grammer is also getting ready to leave the show once again but not as soon as he planned. Grammer has extended his return Check the report below for all the latest news and updates.


‘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.

'Harry Potter and the Cursed Child'

‘Harry Potter & The Cursed Child’ Play Cast List & Photo Released Before London Debut >>

The dream is coming true. 'Harry Potter and the Cursed Child' got a little bit more real last week when the official cast was announced. Now, it has gotten even better. Rehearsals for the upcoming production have started and we have been given our first ever full cast photo. Check out the pic below to see all of your favorite characters and a new generation of names that you will undoubtedly grow to love.

Tony Winner Sutton Foster Talks Joining ‘Gilmore Girls’ Netflix Reboot Cast >>

Tony Winner Sutton Foster is making her way to Star’s Hollow. Foster formerly starred in 'Bunheads,' by Amy Sherman-Palladino, who also created 'Gilmore Girls.' So, now that 'Gilmore Girls' is getting a Netflix reboot, Foster is coming along for the ride.

Julianne Hough, Derek Hough

Derek Hough Goes From ‘Dancing with the Stars’ to ‘Singing in the Rain’ >>

'Grease: Live’s' Julianne Hough isn’t the only member of her family tackling a classic musical. Hough’s brother and fellow Dancing with the Stars' pro Derek Hough is will be feeling that glorious feeling as far as Don Lockwood in Singin' in the Rain. Producer Harvey Weinstein ('Finding Neverland') will be bringing the show, currently produced at the Théâtre du Châtelet in Paris to Broadway as part of the 2016-17 season.

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