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Michelle Williams & JC Chasez Find Jesus

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It’s not exactly a Destiny’s Child and ‘N Sync combo tour but it’s somewhat close. Michelle Williams appeared on Good Morning America to announce a Jesus Christ Superstar arena tour. She’ll be joined with JC Chasez, Incubus frontman Brandon Boyd and Sex Pistols’ John Rotten Lydon. Chasez will play Pontius Pilate while Williams steps in to portray Mary Magdalene. Ben Forster has been tapped to play Jesus Christ.

“I’m looking forward to the experience,” said Chasez. “This is honestly my first theater experience so I’m being thrown into the fire a bit. But I’m excited because the fact that we’re doing something that feels pretty unique.”

This North American tour of more than 50 cities will kick off in New Orleans’ Lakefront Arena on June 9. Set in the present day and updated for a 21st-century audience, Jesus Christ Superstar is a live two-hour rock concert with over 50 cast and musicians performing a dramatization of the last seven days in the life of Jesus of Nazareth.

Told from the point of view of Jesus’s friend Judas Iscariot, the original story from the Bible is reflected through our modern society to bring the Gospels to life using contemporary costumes plus arena-scale lighting and video effects that demonstrate the eternal power of this timeless story.

Williams along with Boyd performed a number from the Andrew Lloyd Webber musical on GMA today. Check it out below.

watch a performance after the jump

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Ever wondered what would happen if two of Hugh Jackman’s worlds collided? Here it is.

The 45-year-old actor brings together his roles in Wolverine and Les Miserables for a hilarious number for BBC Radio. Using “Who Am I?” from the seminal musical, Jackman changes the lyrics using the clawed superhero’s perspective. Check out his performance below.

watch the video after the jump

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It’s Cyrano de Bergerac for a modern age. Vincent played by Rent’s Anthony Rapp is uncomfortable in his own skin but witty on his favorite hook-up app. His buddy Thane (Pasha Pellosie), on the other handm, is extremely hot but not the most articulate person in the world.

Thane asks Vincent to ‘grind’ for him using his underwear pics. With Vincent’s flirty online banter and his sexy photos, Thane is hoping to attract a new batch of clever guys who never gave him a chance previously. It ends up working but Vincent is addicted to the rush of being ‘newly hot.’ He’s never before experienced being pursued by so many suitors. As their paths run through darker territory, both men will question: Is a monster created or revealed?

Grind is a musical film written and directed by Zachary Halley with music by Derek Gregor and lyrics by Selda Sahin. It takes a sexy and artistic look at the ways we connect in today’s multi screened hook-up culture and asks, “Do you REALLY know who you’re talking to?” In addition to Rapp and Pellosie, Grimm’s Claire Coffee also stars in the indie production. Check out the trailer below.

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I definitely didn’t see this coming. My money was on NBC picking Mary Poppins as their next live musical project. While they didn’t pick another Julie Andrews classic, the network coincidentally chose another Broadway production that starred Mary Martin. It’ll be interesting to see if the peacock network decides to go with a female to play Peter Pan or a male actor.

“Get ready for flying children and some kind of state-of-the-art light technology for Tinkerbell.” For pulling off the flying, Robert Greenblatt, NBC Entertainment chairman said, “You see the wires, it’s part of the charm of the show, we’ll do what we can to disguise them.”

NBC actually has a long history with Peter Pan. The network first did a live broadcast of the musical in 1955 which drew a huge audience. It did subsequent live telecasts in 1956 and 1960. The latest adaptation will air on December 4, 2014. Who do you think they should cast as Tinkerbell and Peter Pan? Weigh in below after checking out NBC’s official press release.

check out NBC’s official press release after the jump

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Looks like the glass slipper fit. Carly Rae Jepsen is making her Broadway debut as the titular princess in Rodgers & Hammerstein’s Cinderella. The revival earned nine nominations at this year’s Tony Awards. She’ll take over Laura Osnes who’s leaving the production. The 28-year-old singer begins her 12-week run on February 4, 2014.

“Broadway has been a dream of mine since I was a little girl and I look forward to working with this incredibly talented cast to tell this classic tale. These last few years have been a real fairy tale come to life for me, so I feel especially blessed to play this part and be reminded that you must never stop dreaming!” – Carly Rae Jepsen

Before scoring the global smash “Call Me Maybe,” Jepsen attended the Canadian College of Performing Arts. Her theater credits include high school productions of Annie, Grease and The Wiz in British Columbia. Find out which classic sitcom is joining the cast as her wicked stepmother below.

find out who her stepmother will be after the jump

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It was a role Hugh Jackman wanted to play ever since he was a young boy growing up in Australia. Fresh off his well-received one-man show Hugh Jackman: Back on Broadway in January 2012, the 45-year-old confirmed a more permanent return to the Great White Way. “I have been deeply fascinated by the life of Harry Houdini since I was young, and in many ways I’ve been preparing for this role my whole life,” the actor revealed about his decision to take the part.

Now it appears he’s too tied up (not in a Harry Houdini strap jacket kind of way) to take on the role. The Wolverine star has out-stunted Houdini himself and disappeared from the production. Now that’s vanishing act the famed magician would be proud of ;)

find out why after the jump

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There’s something about a guy who can do high kicks and dance their little butts off that I find quite attractive. Often times when I watch a live musical, I find my eyes gravitating towards the best dancer. Am I alone in thinking this? While I haven’t seen the King Kong Musical in person, based on the quality of talent, I would have a difficult time picking which cast member to focus all my attention on. They’re all so darn cute.

Even though the Melbourne production is closing on February 14, 2014, they’ve released a 2014 calendar featuring their rock hard cast. Given that it earned numerous Helpmann Awards (The Aussie Tonys), I wonder why it’s shutting down. Any Aussies who’ve seen it care to give their insights? Check out Maxwell Trengrove, Travis Khan, Andy Cook and Sam Marks display their extremely-toned bodies below. Maxwell and Sam are my favorites, so back off bitches ;)

more sexy pics after the jump

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Quelle surprise! On the heels of the staggering success of the ambitious The Sound of Music Live!, NBC hired Smash producers Neil Meron and Craig Zadan to executive produce another beloved musical for 2014. As expected, last week’s event heralded in a new holiday tradition. With 18.6 million viewers, the peacock network would’ve been stupid to not stage another production. No word on what musical just yet, but here’s what NBC Entertainment chairman Robert Greenblatt told The New York Times.

“All weekend, people have been calling us and emailing us,” Greenblatt told the Times. “Rights holders of musicals have said, ‘Please do one of our shows.’ We’re excited to try it again.”

Reportedly, the only requirement is that it must be a family-friendly Broadway classic with a slew of familiar songs. I guess that rules out Priscilla! Queen of the Desert, Rent or The Book of Mormon ;) With recent movie renditions of Hairspray, Mamma Mia and Les Miserables, that also rules them out. I’m betting they do another Julie Andrews classic. Mary Poppins anyone? Or something from the hey day of musicals.

Although the Sound of Music Live! production took over 18 months to orchestrate, all parties involved confidently believe it won’t take nearly as long, having gone through the experience already. The Carrie Underwood starrer cost reportedly $9 million to produce. With a 22-song soundtrack available on iTunes and a DVD/Blu-Ray release next week, I’m sure the network will be raking in the profits for years to come. I also foresee jacked up commercial prices for the next musical.

In other Sound of Music-related news, a cast member from the beloved movie passed away Monday. For those who didn’t believe Underwood killed it with her performance, clearly they were wrong ;) Obviously, I’m joking, albeit in bad taste.

find out which original cast member passed away after the jump

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