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Both have proven they can carry a tune. Channing Tatum shows off his pipes in Hail, Caesar! which is out this weekend, while Joseph Gordon-Levitt gave a memorable performance in (500) Days of Summer. The two are now teaming up for an upcoming musical comedy, according to the Hollywood Reporter.

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In addition to the Rocky Horror Picture Show, FOX also has another musical in the works. The network gets biblical with The Passion Live, airing on Palm Sunday.

The two-hour musical event taking place live in New Orleans will be hosted and narrated by Tyler Perry. It’s based on a format originally created in the Netherlands. The yearly event has become a pop culture phenomenon in that country.

Seal has joined the star-studded cast. He’ll play Pontius Pilate. Read below to find out who else is starring in the highly-anticipated project.

see who else is joining him after the jump

Grease Live: Huge Ratings & My Five Favorite Numbers

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Grease was definitely the word on Sunday night. FOX’s first live musical production hit all the right notes, scoring with critics and viewers alike.

Grease: Live danced away with 12.2 million viewers and an impressive 4.3 rating among adults 18-49, beating NBC’s last two live productions. The Wiz Live and Peter Pan Live scored 11.5 million and 9.2 million respectively. It did fall short, however, of The Sound of Music Live which delivered a whopping 18.3 million viewers. FOX, though, should be very proud. The network proved you could stage a live production without making it a hate-watching event.

Personally, I thoroughly enjoyed the three-hour extravaganza. There were so many moving parts (multiple sound stages, live audience and rainy weather) to the elaborate production. FOX really set the bar high for all following live musicals. This one will be hard to beat.

According to The Wrap, Vanessa Hudgen’s standout number, “There Are Worse Things I Could Do,” was the most re-watched scene during the live telecast. While Hudgen’s Rizzo cover ranked in my Top 5, it wasn’t my favorite. Find out which scene was below.

check out the Top 10 rewatched moments after the jump

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At 70-years-young, Bette Midler isn’t slowing down. The Divine Miss M is heading back to the Great White Way for a new production of Hello, Dolly! It’s the first new staging of the classic musical in more than 50 years.

“I am looking forward to portraying one of the most beloved characters in all of American Musical Comedy, Dolly Levi, born Gallagher, in Hello, Dolly!” Bette Midler declared. “I know I’m going to have the time of my life, and I am so glad to be under the wings of Scott Rudin as producer and Jerry Zaks as director.”

After a 40-year absence, Midler returned to Broadway for her one-woman play, I’ll Eat You Last: A Chat With Sue Mengers, back in 2013. She made her Broadway debut back in the 60s in the original production of Fiddler on the Roof.

Featuring music and lyrics by Jerry Herman and a book by Michael Stewart, the Hello, Dolly! revival is set to begin performances on March 13, 2017 with an official opening night of April 20, 2017 being eyed.

Have you watched Hello, Dolly! on stage or on the big screen? Check out the original theatrical trailer below for the 1969 film starring Barbra Streisand.

watch the original theatrical trailer after the jump

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With just a couple of weeks left before Grease: Live premieres on FOX, the network is still announcing new cast members. On the heels of Boyz II Men participating comes news of another group heading to Rydell High.

The latest to join the highly-anticipated live musical production are DNCE. The Joe Jonas-led group will play Johnny Casino and the Gamblers. In the original 1978 film, Sha Na Na played the part and performed “Born To Hand Jive” during the film’s memorable sock hop.

In other DNCE-related news, the group recently premiered a new track “Pay My Rent.” The tune and the group are heavily featured in Diesel’s Spring/Summer 2016 ad campaign. Check it out below, along with “Born To Hand Jive” below

check out their new song after the jump

NBC Announces Hairspray As Next Live Production

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You can’t stop the beat!

NBC just revealed Hairspray will be the network’s 2016 live musical event. Perfect choice if you ask me. It’s well-known and has plenty of memorable songs. I predict the ratings will fall somewhere between The Wiz and The Sound of Music. The one thing I know for sure is that it won’t bottom out like Peter Pan Live!

“People have been saying to me since The Wiz, ‘Do this show, do that show,’” NBC boss Robert Greenblatt said. “I’ve heard obscure titles and famous titles. Not everything’s going to be a big name to the whole audience. I don’t think there’s an infinite number of these that can be done. But we’re still doing it.”

Once again Craig Zadan and Neil Meron will return as executive producers. John Waters first released Hairspray in 1988 starring Ricki Lake and Debbie Harry. In 2002 it became a hit Broadway show. Five years later, Zadan and Meron produced the big screen musical adaptation starring Zac Efron, John Travolta and Michelle Pfeiffer.

check out some clips from the movie musical below

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It’s all about musicals for FOX in 2016. The network kicks off the year with a live production of Grease and later in the year, a remake of The Rocky Horror Picture Show. Sandwiched in between those two high-profile projects is another just-announced musical.

On Palm Sunday, FOX will present The Passion which will air live from New Orleans. The two-hour musical event will be hosted and narrated by Tyler Perry. A cast of today’s biggest stars (to be announced later) will perform a variety of popular music, arranged by executive producer and hit music producer Adam Anders (Glee, Rock of Ages).

“The Passion is both wonderfully entertaining and genuinely inspirational,” said Fox Entertainment president David Madden. “Tyler Perry is the perfect host to lead the cast – and viewers – through the streets of New Orleans in this contemporary re-telling of a timeless story.”

read more about the project after the jump

NBC Scores Solid Ratings With The Wiz Live!

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Third time was a charm for NBC. The peacock network’s third annual live musical production scored both solid ratings and exceptional reviews. No hate-watching here. Response was so good, producers are contemplating taking the show to Broadway next year. No word on which cast members might reprise their roles, but the offer is apparently open to anyone wanting to hit the Great White Way.

The Wiz Live! drew 11.5 million total viewers and a 3.4 demo rating. A vast improvement over last year’s Peter Pan Live! which only drew in 9.2 million eyeballs and weak 2.4 rating. It didn’t, however, reach the mammoth ratings of The Sound of Music Live of 19 million and 4.6 rating. To be fair, Carrie Underwood and her wooden acting didn’t have the NFL on another network to contend with like this year’s production.

Here are my quick thoughts on the show. I loved how producers changed some of the dialogue to make the original 70s production feel more contemporary. Speaking of which, how fabulous was that voguing number as Dorothy and her crew entered Oz. It was so fiercely gay, I died.

While everyone was on point, especially Shanice Williams who absolutely slayed it, David Alan Grier was a pleasant surprise. Who knew the funnyman was such a song and dance guy? Also equally impressive was the original Dorothy, Stephanie Mills. The 58-year-old entertainer gave me chills with her opening number. It was sensational.

Did you watch the show? If you missed it, NBC is planning an encore airing on Saturday, December 19 at 8pm. Check out several clips that NBC shared below from last night’s show.

check out some of the numbers after the jump

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