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On August 20, Andrew Rannells joins the Tony Award-winning musical, Hedwig and the Angry Inch for a limited eight-week run. He takes over for a departing Neil Patrick Harris. Rannells will don the same glitter and high heels to play the German transvestite.

Rannells was last seen on Broadway originating the role of Elder Price in 2011′s The Book of Mormon, for which he was nominated for a Tony. Check out Andrew below in the first official promo photo.

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NBC Taps Christopher Walken For Peter Pan Musical

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NBC’s next live musical event finally has its first cast member. The network announced Christopher Walken’s addition during the Television Critics’ Association’s summer press tour on Sunday. Walken will play none other than Captain Hook in the network’s production of Peter Pan.

The 71-year-old actor is known mostly for his dramatic work but he’s worked in musicals before, appearing in both Hairspray and Jersey Boys, though he doesn’t sing in the latter. Here’s what NBC entertainment chairman Bob Greenblatt told reporters.

“He might really be a song and dance man at heart. He’s fearless as a comedic actor and always comes to play.”

“I guarantee you he’s going to bring his own spin to Captain Hook,” added the exec. “He might be the first tap dancing Captain Hook.”

read Walken’s thoughts after the jump

Disney Developing Enchanted Sequel

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Get ready for another trip to Andalasia. Seven years after Amy Adams enchanted moviegoers as the princess Giselle, is reporting that Disney is developing a sequel to Enchanted. It makes perfect business sense since the original generated $340 million worldwide at the box office and even snagged Golden Globe and Oscar nominations.

Shrek 2 and The Smurfs writers J. David Stem and David N. Weiss have been hired to write Enchanted 2. No word on if any of the original cast members including Patrick Dempsey, James Marsden, Timothy Spall, Idina Menzel, Rachel Covey, Susan Sarandon or Adams will be involved.

It’ll be interesting to see where the story goes this time. It’d be a shame if Adams and Dempsey didn’t get their happily-ever-after, after all. Perhaps, the story could revolve around Dempsey’s daughter who’s probably a young adult now.

Are you looking forward to a sequel? Do you think the original stars should come back? Or should the sequel involve new characters? Sound off below.

The First Wives Club Heading To Broadway

In: Donovan, Movies, The Arts

The First Wives Club is the latest classic movie heading to Broadway. Designing Women writer Linda Bloodworth-Thomason and director Simon Phillips (Priscilla Queen of the Desert) are bringing the classic 90s movie starring Goldie Hawn, Bette Midler and Diane Keaton to the Great White Way. It’s scheduled for a tryout at Chicago’s Oriental Theatre in Spring 2015. If things go well, the production will aim for a Broadway debut during the 2015-16 season.

This isn’t the first time the film has been adapted into a musical. A production premiered in San Diego in 2009. Reportedly, this upcoming version will be vastly different. The new musical will feature original music, along with classics by Motown legends Holland-Dozier-Holland. They were responsible for creating such classics including “I Can’t Help Myself (Sugar Pie Honey Bunch)” and “Stop in the Name of Love.”

Are you looking forward to a First Wives Club musical? Do you think it’s a good idea or horrible one? Weigh in below.

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Jesus Christ Superstar Arena Tour Canceled

In: Donovan, Music

Just days before the touring production of Jesus Christ Superstar was scheduled to hit the road, producers abruptly pulled the plug.

“Options Clause Entertainment LLC, an affiliate of S2BN Entertainment, announced today the cancellation of the Jesus Christ Superstar Arena Spectacular Tour. The tour was scheduled to kick off in New Orleans on June 9. All purchased tickets will be refunded. Tickets purchased online and via telephone will be automatically refunded. Tickets purchased from outlets/venue box office must be returned to that location for refund.” – Official Statement

The 54-city tour which was to kick off on June 9 in New Orleans was canceled reportedly due to poor ticket sales despite the star-studded cast. Michelle Williams, J.C. Chasez, Brandon Boyd, and Johnny Rotten were all quite active promoting the show on social media. But clearly, it was all for naught.

“I got fired from #JesusChristSuperstar today….but so did the rest of the cast so we’re all sad together. Yeah, it’s true. Tour cancelled.” - Brandon Boyd, lead singer of Incubus

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FOX Announces Live Grease Production

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FOX is taking a page out of NBC’s playbook and airing its very own live production of a beloved musical. The network announced its staging a live three-hour version of the Broadway high-school classic, Grease, sometime next year.

“From Broadway to film, and across generations, Grease is one of the most beloved musical stories ever told – and we can’t wait to bring it to our air in a spectacular live event,” said Shana C. Waterman, senior VP of event series for Fox. “Its iconic characters and addictive songs make it the perfect fit for Fox, and we’re going to give it the kind of star power and production quality to make every Sandy, Danny, Rizzo and Kenickie out there want to get up and sing along.”

While some might argue FOX is simply riding the coattails of NBC who successfully launched (despite Carrie Underwood’s wooden acting) a live version of Sound of Music last year. After all, the special pulled in over 22 million viewers. To be fair, FOX was the network who brought the musical genre back to television with Glee.

Are you looking more forward to FOX’s Grease production or NBC’s Peter Pan special later this year? Weigh in below.

Christina Aguilera Is Evita For Upcoming Broadway 4D

In: Donovan, Movies

Madonna infamously portrayed the titular character in the 1996 musical Evita. Now it’s Christina Aguilera’s turn.

The Voice judge will take on the iconic role for a new revolutionary film titled Broadway 4D. The film will featured several high-profile names performing iconic tunes from classic Broadway musicals. It’s slated to hit theaters sometime next year. The 33-year-old will perform Andrew Lloyd Webber’s legendary “Don’t Cry For Me Argentina” for the project. Find out who else is involved below.

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Clint Eastwood Debuts Jersey Boys Trailer

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Jersey Boys is the latest Tony-winning musical heading to the silver screen. I can’t wait. I saw the Broadway production and it was brilliant.

There’s no denying that Clint Eastwood is one of the most prolific directors around but his decision to adapt the Broadway musical seems like an odd choice. Who would’ve thought Dirty Harry would one day direct a movie musical.

John Lloyd Young who portrayed Frankie Valli on the Great White Way makes the leap to Hollywood to play the role once again. Wise decision on everyone’s part. He embodies Valli perfectly. The film adaptation wouldn’t be the same without him in the cast. Christopher Walken also joins the flick in a supporting role. The film hits theaters on June 20. Check out the trailer below which tells the rags-to-riches tale of The Four Seasons.

watch the trailer after the jump

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