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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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It’s true!!! The rhythm is eventually gonna get you.

Taking a page from Carole King’s highly-successful Broadway production, Beautiful, Gloria Estefan is bringing her life to the stage in a new bio-musical titled On Your Feet!- titled after her 1989 hit. The production is to be helmed by Tony winner Jerry Mitchell (Kinky Boots, Hairspray), with a book by Alexander Dinelaris (Still Life) and choreography by Sergio Trujillo (Jersey Boys).

An open casting search called “Reach Gloria” will be held this September in Miami and New York. Submissions are now being accepted on the show’s official website.

“Finding the right performers to tell our story on the Broadway stage is the most important step in this project. … Our own journey together started in Miami, a city that has been such an inspiration to us both, and it only felt right that the city be a cornerstone of our search for the next generation of bright talent.” – Gloria Estefan

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From the man who brought us Juno and Up In The Air, Jason Reitman takes a hard look at how we connect with each other these days. “Discover How Little You Know About The People You Know,” the tagline poses. One way to definitely find out is to search through one’s browser history, text messages, TUMBLR feeds and other ways we communicate in the technological age.

Based on a novel of same name written by Chad Kultgen, the film stars Adam Sandler, Jennifer Garner, Emma Thompson, Judy Greer, Dean Norris, and Ansel Elgort. Men, Women & Children will make its world premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival next month. It then opens in limited release on October 3 and expands on October 17. Elgort presented the teaser trailer to Good Morning America Tuesday and said the following.

“I think it tells a really important story that hasn’t been told yet — the world has changed so much in these past few years with social media and the Internet, how it’s affected us and the way we communicate with people, and the way we have relationships in general, both romantic or just friendships,” Ansel Elgort explained. “One of the things our director Jason said was that it’s so funny in this world now, where all we do is connect, connect on our phone, we’re starting to disconnect.”

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Not even all this sexy man candy could save the Broadway production of Rocky from getting knocked out. Despite earning several Tony nominations, the musical adaptation of the 1976 film Rocky will close on August 17 after 28 previews and 188 performances.

While Andy Karl who plays the titular character is the main attraction, theater patrons couldn’t help fixate on some of the hunky men in the ensemble, standing sweaty ringside. James Brown III, Adrian Aguilar, Okieriete Onoadowan, and Adam Perry wearing only strategically placed boxing gloves posed for a very revealing editorial for OUT magazine.

Photographer Cedric Terrell snapped the quartet in Chelsea showing off their ample assets. Bubble butts for days. Check out some of the NSFW photos below.

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More often than not, one stays clear of performers during a subway ride. For me, I just want to get from destination ‘a’ to ‘b’ without any hassles. However, I’ve never had the fortunate luck of riding along with the cast of a Broadway production. I’d certainly miss my stop to watch a free performance.

The Lion King production became Broadway’s first $1 billion show. To celebrate this milestone, cast members of the ensemble took a ride on the Subway, surprising New York commuters with an a capella performance of “The Circle of Life.” This isn’t your everyday boring commute. Watch all the action below.

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Disney Drops First Into The Woods Teaser Trailer

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A teaser is exactly what it is. On the heels of Walt Disney releasing ten new production stills, the studio debuts the first teaser trailer for Into The Woods.

The clip doesn’t give away too much in terms of plot nor does it showcase any of the cast singing. Pretty much, it touts the star-studded cast appearing in the adaptation of Stephen Sondheim’s beloved musical, especially Meryl Streep as the Witch. It’s all about her wickedly antics. However, once again, Johnny Depp’s turn as the Wolf has been kept hidden.

The highly-anticipated film also stars Emily Blunt and James Corden as the Baker’s Wife and Baker, Anna Kendrick as Cinderella, Chris Pine as her Prince, MacKenzie Mauzy as Rapunzel, Billy Magnussen as Rapunzel’s Prince, Daniel Huttlestone as Jack, Tracy Ullman as Jack’s mom, Lilla Crawford as Little Red Riding Hood, Lucy Punch and Tammy Blanchard as the step sisters and Christine Baranski as their mom.

This musical twisted fairy tale hits theaters on Christmas Day. Check out the first teaser trailer below.

Movie Synopsis

Into the Woods is a modern twist on the beloved Brothers Grimm fairy tales, intertwining the plots of a few choice stories and exploring the consequences of the characters’ wishes and quests.

This humorous and heartfelt musical follows the classic tales of Cinderella, Little Red Riding Hood, Jack and the Beanstalk, and Rapunzel—all tied together by an original story involving a baker and his wife, their wish to begin a family and their interaction with the witch who has put a curse on them.

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