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Is James Bond Heading To Broadway?

In: Donovan, Movies, The Arts
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Yes and no. It depends which reports you believe.

According to Playbill.com, 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.

read what MGM has to say after the jump

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Taye Diggs returns to his Broadway roots on July 22. The 44-year-old actor steps in to play the titular role in the Tony-winning musical Hedwig and the Angry Inch, after Darren Criss’ run ends. Diggs will play the German transgender rocker for 12 weeks.

Some of Diggs’ most notable Broadway credits include Rent, Chicago and Carousel. It’s been nearly 12 years since he last appeared on the Great White Way. In 2006, he stepped in to play Fiyero in Wicked opposite his then-wife Idina Menzel.

The first promo picture of Diggs as Hedwig has been released to People magazine. Check it out below and see how it stacks up to Neil Patrick Harris, Andrew Rannells, Michael C Hall and Criss’ posters.

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FOX originally intended to broadcast its live Grease production for sometime in 2015. The musical was pushed to Sunday, Jan. 31, 2016 when the network couldn’t find the right person to play Danny Zuko. Love him or not these days, but John Travolta slayed it back then. Definitely a hard act to follow.

I’m pretty sure FOX isn’t any closer to finding its leading man, but at least the rest of the cast is starting to take shape. Julianne Hough and Vanessa Hudgens were the first to snag roles in the highly-anticipated project- Sandy and Rizzo respectively. Another Pink Lady has joined the cast. Find out who below.

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Have you secretly hoped for a Game of Thrones musical episode? It’s probably never going to happen. This is probably the closest thing you’ll ever get to one.

Peter Dinklage shows off his vocal chops by singing about dead characters from the popular HBO show. That’s a lot of material to work with. People certainly die a lot on the fantasy series. The humorous original song actually has some legit cred behind it. It was written by Coldplay.

The clip is part of NBC’s Red Nose Day telecast airing on Thursday, May 21. It comes on the heels of another spoof (Anna Kendrick channeled her inner Indiana Jones) to promote the special. Watch Dinklage sing below about the dearly departed.

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The Barden Bellas hit all the right notes at the box office this weekend. Most were predicting the highly-anticipated sequel would take a number in the $40 million range. Pitch Perfect 2 surpassed industry expectations, taking home a whopping $70.3 million.

It snatched the crown from High School Musical 3 to become the biggest movie musical opening of all time. Even more impressive is the fact Pitch Perfect raked in only $65 million during its entire run. Who run the world? Anna Kendrick and company, that’s who.

check out how the other films fared after the jump

Sexy Seamen Sing At South Street Seaport

In: Donovan, The Arts, Totally GAY!
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How’s that title for a tongue twister? Try saying that five times while being drunk as a sailor ;)

Playbill.com invited nine hunky sailors from the Broadway musical On The Town for a day of frolicking at New York’s South Street Seaport. They showed off their dance steps and gymnastic skills, flexed their muscles while performing choreography from the Tony-nominated musical. Check out their day of fun at the pier below.

Speaking of the Tonys, the 2014 production is up for four Tony awards including best musical revival. The reception has been so warm, producers are planning to take the show on the road. Even more exciting, the Broadway lead actor, Tony Yazbeck will also reprise his role in select cities.

watch performance after the jump

NBC Resurrects Wizard Of Oz-Themed Project

In: Donovan, TV Shows
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NBC originally gave a 10-episode straight-to-series commitment for Emerald City last year. The Wizard of Oz-themed drama would’ve been based on L. Frank Baum’s 14 books. The modern and dark reimagining of the classic tales were reportedly going to be in the vein of Game of Thrones. NBC scrapped the project due to the ever popular ‘creative differences‘ reasoning. It appears the peacock network has had a change of mind.

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It’s the final curtain call for the “Dancing Queens” of Mamma Mia. After 12 years on the Great White Way, the ABBA-inspired musical will shut down production on September 5. I guess theatergoers were no longer answering their “S.O.S

“‘Mamma Mia!’ has celebrated a passionate 14-year love affair with New York City,” creator and global producer Judy Craymer said in a statement. “I am thrilled that ‘Mamma Mia!’ has brought the music of ABBA to Broadway and so grateful to the hundreds of wonderful actors, musicians, stage managers, crew, front of house staff and the other people of the theatre who have given their professional lives and souls to be part of the ‘Mamma Mia!’ family and adventure on Broadway. And a huge thank you to our fans who have come from all over the world to see the show.”

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