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Based on looks alone, it appears that Rob Marshall has another hit musical on his hands. As the old adage says though, don’t judge a book by its cover. The 54-year-old director’s 2009 big budget Nine looked fantastic but was a snoozefest and bombed at the box office. Here’s hoping he has a reversal of fortune with Into The Woods.

Bringing the beloved 1987 musical didn’t translate easily to film and the huge creative challenge fell upon Rob’s shoulders. In a recently-released behind the scenes featurette, the cast praises Marshall’s vision and hard work for bringing the hit Stephen Sondheim masterpiece to the big screen.

Check out the entertainingly informative clip below which features snippets of some of the casting singing. Meryl Streep (the Witch) sings her beautiful ballad “Stay with Me” to Rapunzel (MacKenzie Mauzy). Additionally, we hear the opening song “I Wish” sung by Emily Blunt and James Corden (as the Baker’s Wife and Baker), as well as Anna Kendrick (Cinderella), and Daniel Huttlestone (Jack). If that wasn’t enough, Johnny Depp (The Wolf) shows off his howl. Into the Woods hits theaters on Christmas Day!

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Does anyone else have a feeling that NBC’s upcoming Peter Pan musical is going to be one hot mess? Call me pessimistic but I think it’ll be more cringeworthy than Carrie Underwood’s wooden acting in The Sound Of Music last year. It definitely won’t attract nearly the amount of viewers. That’s for sure.

The network unveiled the first promo poster for their musical event. Allison Williams takes flight as Christopher Walken serves his best menacing mug in the artwork. Peter Pan Live! will air on December 4 on NBC. Despite my doubts, I’ll definitely be there to watch it. How about you? Weigh in below.

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Before you get too excited, Nicole Scherzinger isn’t reuniting with the Pussycat Dolls. Although, it wouldn’t surprise me if she did in the future, if her new solo album flops like her previous attempt. Rather, the 36-year-old singer is joining the West End revival production of Cats. She’ll play “Glamour Cat” Grizabella for a 12-week run starting in December at London’s Palladium.

“I am really thrilled to be making my West End debut in such an iconic show and I couldn’t be more excited,” Nicole shared in a statement. “To have the opportunity to work with Andrew [Lloyd Webber], Trevor, and Gillian is a dream come true. I grew up listening to Andrew’s extraordinary music and was lucky enough, a couple of years ago, to record Cats’ beautiful song ‘Memory.’ Andrew’s score is breathtaking and I am truly honored to have been asked to take part in what I know will be a very special time in my career. I can’t wait to begin rehearsals.”

This isn’t the first time Scherzinger has performed songs from an Andrew Lloyd Webber musical. She’s previously sang songs from Phantom Of The Opera and Evita for various music specials. Check out the performances below.

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On October 16, Michael C. Hall steps into glittery high heels to play a transgendered East-German singer. The Dexter actor handles the torch from Girls Andrew Rannells who leaves the Broadway production of Hedwig and the Angry Inhc after taking over Neil Patrick Harris. The latter won a Tony for his work.

Hall is no stranger to the Great White Way. He’s appeared in other Broadway productions including Chicago and Cabaret. Michael is expected to perform as Hedwig until January 4, 2015.

Now that the official promo poster of Hall as the titular character has been released, I’m curious to see which of the three actors our readers think is the most convincing Hedwig. Check out the other posters below and cast your vote.

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Previously, NBC shared the above photo of Allison Williams as the titular character for their upcoming Peter Pan Live! airing December 4. While public opinion was divided on how she looked in Pan’s costume, I almost guarantee the same won’t be said about Christopher Walken as Captain Hook. Walken embodies the meanie perfectly.

The network shared a promo pic with Entertainment Weekly of Walken and Williams dueling as their alter egos. Check out the photo below.

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Andrew Rannells is currently playing the titular transgender rocker in the Broadway revival. Production tapped the Book of Mormon star for a limited eight-week engagement after Neil Patrick Harris left after winning a Tony. Beginning October 16, Micheal C. Hall takes over until January 2015.

Production was reportedly to end after Harris’ engagement. It appears box office receipts are still doing well after his departure. The cache of winning all those Tonys is probably helping propel ticket sales.

In case you’re wondering if Hall has the chops for the role, he does. The former Dexter actor, in the past, has taken over roles in other Broadway productions including Chicago and Cabaret. For the latter, he sported some serious amounts of makeup. Check him out playing the Master of Ceremonies in Cabaret below, along with a vocal performance from the HBO series, Six Feet Under.

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NeNe Leakes Set To Make Broadway Debut

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She proved she didn’t have two left feet on Season 18 of Dancing With The Stars. In November, NeNe Leakes will have to prove she can carry a tune.

The Real Housewives of Atlanta star makes her Broadway debut in Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Cinderella. She’ll play the titular character’s wicked stepmother Madame. If you’ve seen Leakes during any of the RHOA reunion shows, you know she was born to play this part. NeNe has proven she has a mean streak when provoked.

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If it was solely based on looks, Allison Williams certainly looks the part of the boy who never wants to grow up. The Girls actress stacks up pretty well with other women who’ve played Peter Pan including Mary Martin, Sandy Duncan and Cathy Rigby. We’ll have to wait til December 4 when NBC airs its live revival to see if Williams has the vocal chops and more importantly, the flying skills as her predecessors.

For those wondering if the 26-year-old chopped her luscious brunette locks for the part, here’s what she revealed on the Today show.

“I sort of very tentatively offered to cut my hair; I was like, ‘You know, if it’s a thing that would help I could cut my hair,’” she said. “And they were like, ‘You’re welcome to do that, we’re still gonna put you in a wig.’”

What do you think of Allison’s Peter Pan costume? Do you think this year’s musical will match The Sound of Music‘s soaring ratings last year? Sound off below.

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