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Grease Live! Cast Hand Jives In New Promo

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On the heels of FOX releasing the first promo images of its highly-anticipated production of Grease Live!, comes the first clip. This time, however, Aaron Tveit, Julianne Hough and Vanessa Hudgens aren’t the only ones featured. The entire main cast don their 50s-era outfits to serve up retro realness.

Carly Rae Jepsen (Frenchy), Keke Palmer (Marty), Carlos PenaVega (Kenickie) and the rest of the cast shake and shimmy in front of their Rydell High lockers to the iconic song, “Born To Hand Jive.” It’s a fun and slick promo that has me even more excited for the telecast. Will this new cast, though, do the beloved musical justice come January 2016? Fingers crossed. Check out the promo below.

Grease Live! Synopsis

Featuring a young ensemble cast, GREASE: LIVE will reintroduce and reimagine some of the show’s most memorable moments, great music and timeless love story to an entirely new generation. In this live television adaptation of the musical classic, the beginning of senior year means the end of Danny and Sandy’s summer romance – until Sandy unexpectedly transfers to Danny’s high school. Can Danny maintain his bad-boy image as the coolest member of the T-Birds, once he and Sandy start going together, and can Sandy remain a good girl after she joins the Pink Ladies? With their friends Rizzo and Kenickie pulling them in different directions, it’s up to Danny and Sandy to stay hopelessly devoted as they make their way from Rydell High to a new frontier.

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NBC learned the hard way that without household names, people just aren’t going to tune in to their annual musical production. Peter Pan‘s ratings didn’t take flight like the Carrie Underwood-fronted The Sound of Music production the year before.

The peacock network definitely didn’t play around with casting this time around. The Wiz Live! is jam-packed with recognizable faces. Naturally, NBC is highlighting the star-studded cast in the latest promo.

David Alan Grier, Ne-Yo and Elijah Kelley as the Cowardly Lion, Tin Man and Scarecrow respectively, along with newcomer Shanice Williams as Dorothy ease on down the yellow brick road in the clip. The faces of Queen Latifah, Amber Riley, Common, Uzo Aduba, Stephanie Mills and Amber Riley and their respective characters are shown during their journey.

The three-hour The Wiz Live! event on NBC on December 3. Check out the promo below.

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NeNe Leakes Books Another Broadway Gig

In: Donovan, The Arts

It appears that NeNe Leakes is doing just fine since leaving The Real Housewives of Atlanta. The 47-year-old reality star just booked another Broadway gig.

After making her Broadway debut as the wicked stepmother in Cinderella, Leakes will now torment the murderesses of Cook County Jail. She’ll play Matron ‘Mama’ Morton in the long-running musical, Chicago. Queen Latifah brought the character to life on the big screen in 2002 and earned an Oscar nomination in doing so.

Chicago is currently celebrating its 19th year on Broadway. If you’re interested in checking out NeNe on stage, her four-week run will go from November 23 until December 20. Do you think Leakes is perfect for the role? Why or why not?

NBC Releases The Wiz Live! First Cast Promo Pics

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NBC unveiled the first promo pics for their next live musical production, The Wiz Live! The first batch only features Dorothy and her Yellow Brick Road travel mates, but I fully expect plenty more to come featuring the rest of the cast as the telecast date of December 3 approaches.

Shanice Williams snagged the coveted role of Dorthy Gale after a nationwide search for a talented unknown. Meanwhile a trio of veterans, David Alan Grier, Ne-Yo and Elijah Kelley step in to portray the beloved roles of the Cowardly Lion, Tin Man and Scarecrow respectively.

Also participating in the production are Queen Latifah as The Wiz, Mary J. Blige as Evillene, Uzo Aduba as Glinda, Amber Riley as Addaperle, Common as Bouncer, and Broadway’s original Dorothy, Stephanie Mills, as Auntie Em. I can’t wait to check them out in their respective costumes. Until the peacock network unleashes those pics, check out Dorothy rocking her new ruby-colored kicks below, along with the boys in their get-ups.

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New Mary Poppins Musical In The Works

In: Donovan, Movies

The great Walt Disney reboot revolution continues, but this time it’s not an animated favorite that’s getting the treatment. Rather, it’s a beloved musical.

The studio is reportedly developing a new Mary Poppins musical. Instead of remaking the classic, Entertainment Weekly insiders reveal the new “film will take place in Depression-era London, some 20 years after Disney’s classic Mary Poppins, and will draw from existing Poppins tales in the rest of author P.L. Travers’ 1934-1988 children’s book series.”

Rob Marshall, who’s adapted Broadway musicals like Chicago and Into The Woods for the big screen, has been tapped to produce the project along with John DeLuca and Marc Platt.

Would you watch a new Mary Poppins musical? Who do you think should play the part famously portrayed by Julie Andrews in the 1964 classic? Weigh in below.

Hedwig And The Angry Inch Ends Broadway Run

In: Donovan, The Arts

The Broadway revival of Hedwig and the Angry Inch was originally only slated to run for a limited 16-week engagement. When it walked away with Tonys, producers extended the musical’s run. The likes of Darren Criss, Michael C. Hall, John Cameron Mitchell, Andrew Rannells and Taye Diggs took on the titular role after Neil Patrick Harris vacated the role.

On September 13, the revival will have its final bow. By the time the Broadway show closes, it will have played 22 previews and 506 regular performances, spanning 76 weeks. Not too shabby for what was supposed to be only 16 weeks.

For those who didn’t get a chance to see the production, fear not. Beyond Broadway, a national tour of Hedwig and the Angry Inch will start in San Francisco on Oct. 4, 2016, with productions also being planned for London’s West End and Australia, according to Playbill. Read producer David Binder’s statement below.

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The Wiz Live! Finds Its Good Witches

In: Donovan, Music

There were rumblings that Beyonce was being courted to play Glinda, the Good Witch of the South. Sadly for the BeyHive, that never came to fruition. Even though, I’m pretty sure the “Drunk In Love” singer was on top of NBC’s wish list, their final pick is a solid one.

Orange Is The New Black actress Uzo Aduba has scored the coveted role. Before her breakout role of Crazy Eyes, the 34-year-old actress appeared on Broadway in Godspell. Find out below who’s playing her sister on The Wiz Live!

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Is James Bond Heading To Broadway?

In: Donovan, Movies, The Arts

Yes and no. It depends which reports you believe.

According to, the world’s most suave spy is heading to Broadway. Merry Saltzman, daughter of legendary Bond film producer Harry Saltzman, revealed she has secured rights to mount a musical based on Ian Fleming’s iconic character. The original storyline will feature several iconic Bond villains, along with some new ones and their own Bond girl. A late 2017-early 2018 opening in New York or Las Vegas is being considered. Read below to learn the conflicting report.

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