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Kara DioGuardi to Star in 'Chicago' on Broadway

by PopEater Staff, posted Jun 18th 2011 12:40PM
Kara DioGuardiCurrent 'Platinum Hit' star and former 'American Idol' judge Kara DioGuardi, who left 'Idol' last fall after two seasons on the judging panel, is getting ready to razzle-dazzle New York theater-goers on the Great White Way.

DioGuardi will join the Broadway cast of 'Chicago,' taking over the leading role of Roxie Hart from Christie Brinkley (Renee Zellweger won a Golden Globe for playing the homicidal attention-hound on screen in 2002).

The 'Idol' vet's eight-week stint in the long-running hit musical begins Sept. 5. She tweeted about the thrill of her latest venture, which is also her Broadway debut: "I'm beyond excited."

DioGuardi, 40, is currently on the panel of experts of Bravo's songwriting competition, 'Platinum Hit.' Raised in the suburbs of New York City, she pursued fame as a rock star before finding success as a songwriter for pop artists.

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Tony Awards Ratings Nothing to Sing About

by Chris Jordan, posted Jun 14th 2010 1:23PM
The Tony Awards' song and dance routine was not a big TV ratings hit Sunday night.

The 64th annual show, which salutes of the best on Broadway for the past year, drew only 7 million viewers for CBS, which included a weak 1.2 preliminary rating among adults 18-49. The numbers were down 8 percent from last year, according to a report from the Live Feed.

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'The Addams Family' - A Review of the TV Show on Broadway

by Brad Trechak, posted Mar 14th 2010 9:30AM
The Addams FamilyIt seems unusual to do any sort of review for a Broadway musical on a television site, but 'The Addams Family' has had four television incarnations thus far, two filmed and two animated. Plus, both the leads in the Broadway version (most notably Bebe Neuwirth) have had some history with television acting. Finally, we've mentioned the play here on TV Squad before so it's really just a continuation of a previous idea.

As one of the lucky few who caught the Broadway show within it's first week, I have to say that the characters have notable differences from the more familiar television or movie versions. For one thing, their mansion is located in Central Park in Manhattan rather than in the suburbs. For another, Thing and Cousin It only make the briefest of cameos with the rest of the family taking much more of the spotlight.

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American Idols on Broadway - Who's Hit the Great White Way?

by AOL TV Staff, posted Feb 4th 2010 6:34PM
After nine inspiring, crazy, unpredictable seasons on the air, the only thing certain is that even an appearance on 'American Idol' can launch you toward off-the-charts success.

For a performer of any kind to make it to Broadway, though, you need more in your quiver than arrows pointing to image or personality. You need the solid, confident, cultivated talent that not only catapults a song across the footlights, but the chops to do it eight times a week. Acting ability, imagination, perseverance -- these are all key. The 'Idol' contestants and winners who have starred on the Great White Way know this. After all, if you've survived week after week, facing and conquering new musical challenges over and over, you're probably in good enough shape to make Broadway your home.

Quite a few 'Idol' favorites have come to the New York stage. Some stay for months, eating up the adoration of fans. Some are jazzed by the rigor of playing a role night after night. Some job in for a spell, then spearhead national tours, able to sing for the public wherever they live. However they do it, performing on Broadway is a mark of pride and distinction for nine 'Idol' favorites -- with the 10th set to arrive, we hope, later this year.<

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Catherine Zeta Jones Gets Naked on Stage (VIDEO)

by Jane Boursaw, posted Jan 29th 2010 6:00PM
Catherine Zeta Jones talks about getting naked on 'The View'On 'The View' (weekdays, syndicated) today, Catherine Zeta Jones talked about her role in the Broadway show, 'A Little Night Music.' At one point on stage, she actually opens her robe and is naked underneath. After a brief laugh about the fact that Barbara Walters and she share a birthday and their "birthday suits" look nothing alike, Zeta Jones explained why she does it.

"I have to give my co-star something to look forward to every night. We're in it until the end of June, and we have to keep it spontaneous and a bit of fun ... sometimes I write things across my chest."

Watch the video after the jump.

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Liza Minnelli will get all dramatic on Ugly Betty

by Allison Waldman, posted Jan 23rd 2010 3:00PM
liza_minnelli_red_sweaterWhen Liza Minnelli guests on Ugly Betty will the cast be channeling their inner Glee? You know, do a song or dance or two? That's my wish! Miss Liza is reportedly slated to appear in a coming episode as a drama teacher who has a profound effect on Justin, Betty's nephew.

Justin, as anyone who follows the show knows, is already a theater fiend. In fact, Ugly Betty as a show has been very musical-friendly (kind of like Pushing Daisies was before ABC pulled the plug).

There was the terrific Wicked themed episode that included the song, "I'm Not that Girl," and another episode in which Justin was stuck on a subway with his parents and enacted "Good Morning, Baltimore" from Hairspray.

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Lea Michele reflects on singing Streisand

by Allison Waldman, posted Dec 21st 2009 12:38PM
lea_michele_gleeI have to admit that from the first time I saw Glee, I loved Lea Michele. The character of Rachel Berry, that "determined to be a star and I don't care who knows it" attitude appealed to me. I recognized that feeling, too, because I remember watching Barbra Streisand in Funny Girl in the movies and having the same feeling of identification. When Streisand finished singing "I'm the Greatest Star" as Fanny Brice, I was convinced. Well, Lea feels it, too. She's a major Streisand fan and she loved singing a Barbra song on Glee.

Every time Lea Michele has had a chance to go diva -- like "Maybe This Time" and "Defying Gravity" -- she's displayed that Streisandesque musical power.

So when the winter finale had the New Directions show choir at sectionals and Rachel stepped up to sing "Don't Rain on My Parade," I was on the edge of my seat. I wondered if Lea would pull it off. I say that because it's a very hard song to do, everything is on the offbeat and it's a driving melody that requires a big voice and a lot of stamina.

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Jennifer Morrison Joins Broadway's 'The Miracle Worker'

by Jason Hughes, posted Dec 14th 2009 12:04PM
Jennifer Morrison'House''s Jennifer Morrison has found herself a new home: on Broadway.

Morrison, who, as anticipated, left the show last month, will co-star in the Broadway revival of 'The Miracle Worker.' She'll play Helen Keller's mother, Kate, according to the Ausiello Files.

Joining her on stage will be Matthew Modine, Alison Pill ('In Treatment') and Abigail Breslin ('Little Miss Sunshine'), who will play Helen herself. Previews for 'The Miracle Worker' kick off in February, with the play expected to run through the spring. (So, in other words: If 'House' writers want to pen even the slightest guest appearance for Morrison, they'd better get on it right away.)

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Kelsey Grammer's big news is that he yanked Hank

by Allison Waldman, posted Dec 7th 2009 10:01AM
hank_kelsey_grammerOn October 14, Kelsey Grammer was telling the media to tune in to his ABC sitcom Hank because the show was getting better and better. More funny, he said. Well, now that Kelsey has accepted the fact that Hank is dead and buried -- except for whatever episodes ABC burns off down the road -- Kelsey's may be singing a different tune.

Kelsey pulled the plug on Hank because it wasn't funny. That's according to an interview he did in which he claims that after the Thanksgiving episode, he returned to work and the show was just not getting any laughs. "Honestly, it just wasn't very funny ... We finished and I was like, 'Oh boy, there wasn't a laugh in the house on this one.' And I called the president of Warner Brothers ... and I said, 'Listen, when can we put a bullet in this thing?'"

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Kristin Chenoweth's Christmas movie and Promises, Promises, too

by Allison Waldman, posted Dec 4th 2009 9:02AM
Remember back in May when I wrote about Kristin Chenoweth making a Fa La La La La Lifetime TV movie for Christmas? Well, I did, and now the picture is upon us. The 12 Men of Christmas, premieres Saturday, December 5 at 9 p.m. on Lifetime.

So on Saturday night, instead of going to a holiday party or shopping for gifts, gather around the TV and watch Kristin as E.J. Baxter, a New York publicist who comes up with the idea of a hunk calendar using the men of Montana. She goes west to find her twelve Montana men, and -- wouldn't you know it? -- she falls in love with one of the guys. Josh Hopkins from Swingtown. How bad could that be?

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Kelsey Grammer's going Broadway in La Cage Aux Folles

by Allison Waldman, posted Nov 30th 2009 7:02PM
kelsey_grammer_headWell, what do you do when your last two TV series flamed out, leaving you scratching your head and wondering why the public isn't getting you like they did before? If you're Kelsey Grammer, you head to Broadway. With the ABC sitcom Hank firmly in his rear-view mirror, Grammer will star on Broadway in a revival of La Cage aux Folles.

Could Kelsey be taking advice from David Hyde Pierce, his brother Niles on Frasier? Since that series ended, David's had two hit shows on the Gay White Way, Spamalot and Curtains. The latter resulted in David winning a Tony award.

I'd like to think that Grammer's taking somebody's sage advice. La Cage is a no-brainer.

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Spielberg and Showtime are going to Broadway

by Brad Trechak, posted Sep 23rd 2009 2:30PM
ShowtimeSteven Spielberg (via Dreamworks TV) and Showtime are in talks for a new scripted series chronicling the production of a new as yet untitled Broadway show. One of the composers for the show is Marc Shaiman, who worked on the movie South Park: Bigger, Longer and Uncut so I view that as a plus.

A similar casting concept has been done as reality television a few times already for various musicals including Grease, The Sound of Music. and Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat. Much as I don't like the genre, this concept sounds better as a reality television show, possibly on Bravo.

On the other hand, cable is the bolt-hole for scripted television nowadays. Perhaps this is the chance for Spielberg and Showtime to prove that scripted TV is the superior type. I'm secretly hoping that the show they choose is Dracula the Puppet Musical, unlikely as that may be.

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Jeremy Piven gives most boring interview ever on The Late Show

by Bob Sassone, posted Sep 2nd 2009 5:26PM
At first I thought Jeremy Piven's story about how he got so sick from mercury poisoning he couldn't finish his Broadway stint doing Speed The Plow (an arbitrator ruled in Piven's favor last week) would be interesting and funny, but then it just went on. And on. And on. And on.

At one point, Piven talks about viewers changing channels, and he's probably right.

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Kristin Chenoweth on board as American Idol guest judge

by Allison Waldman, posted Aug 27th 2009 10:04PM
Could the departure of Paula Abdul from American Idol actually result in a revitalization and renewal of the Fox monster hit? I ask that question because in the past couple of days, guest judges have been announced to sit in Paula's place and I'm absolutely psyched by the choices. The other day it was How I Met Your Mother star Neil Patrick Harris. Today, Pushing Daisies' Kristin Chenoweth has been snagged as an American Idol guest judge. She's currently filming auditions in Orlando, Florida.

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Neil Patrick Harris is the latest American Idol guest judge

by Allison Waldman, posted Aug 25th 2009 7:39PM
Neil_Patrick_Harris_CBSOf all the names bandied about as replacement judges and guest judges on American Idol, I can honestly tell you that today's name made me smile. How I Met Your Mother's Neil Patrick Harris is filling in as a guest judge on American Idol as they conduct auditions in Dallas, Texas.

Neil is not only one of the funniest talents around, but he is a legitimate singer who has appeared on Broadway, hosted the Tony Awards (and the upcoming Emmys, too) and knows what it takes to sing professionally. And let's not forget Dr. Horrible.

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