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The 8 craziest things you missed at Idina Menzel's Radio City Music Hall concert

Take her or leave her, living Broadway legend Idina Menzel gave a sold-out crowd of roughly 6,000 fans a show to remember Monday — when she performed at Radio City Music Hall for the first time in a one-night-only concert.

Idina Menzel: An Unofficial Countdown to “Let It Go” Live was, of course, incredible. The Tony winner showed off her mind-blowing vocal power in a variety of songs, kicking off the night with a chill-inducing “Defying Gravity” and segueing into everything from an Ethel Merman medley (the petition for Menzel to play Mama Rose in Gypsy one day begins now) to Radiohead’s “Creep.” (Yes, really.) Her pipes were even more impressive considering Menzel is currently starring on Broadway eight times a week in If/Then. Mondays are supposed to be her off night!

The audience covered a wide age demographic, from little girls dressed up as princesses to adults hoping she might break out a few hits from Rent; there was also a surprising amount of men in attendance, and not just dads accompanying their elementary-age daughters. Speaking of the children: This show was not meant for fans who only know Menzel by way of Queen Elsa and Elphaba. She covered “Love for Sale” and “Roxanne” in a “prostitution songs” medley, and, just a few minutes into her set, Menzel swore, paused, and then declared with a laugh, “I know we’ve got little kids here, but just hold their ears so I can do my thing.” Cue wild audience cheers.

The quips didn’t stop there: In between over two hours of powerhouse performances, Menzel acted like a total goof, whether she was giving a fake Tony acceptance speech (she lost this year’s Lead Actress in a Musical prize to Jessie Mueller of Beautiful) or pretending to call ex-husband Taye Diggs from stage (!!!) to remind him she was singing to a sold-out crowd. On a serious note, Menzel also turned introspective throughout the evening, covering Joni Mitchell and acknowledging that she’s in a time of “transition” — this year has brought both professional highlights and personal hard times.

Fans already know Menzel can sing (highlights included an a cappella “For Good” as well as a poignant and powerful “Always Starting Over“); below, read eight examples of the crazy stuff that happened Monday in between the songs. Turns out Menzel is both nuts and a goofball. Psst: Menzel also knows exactly how to handle a wardrobe malfunction.  READ FULL STORY

World Cup: Answers to soccer questions you're too embarrassed to ask (and too lazy to Google)

Do you think you’re enjoying the World Cup — but can’t really tell because you have no idea what’s going on? Here, EW.com assistant managing editor Neil Janowitz, formerly an editor with Sports Illustrated and ESPN the Magazine, answers burning questions about soccer — a.k.a. “football,” a.k.a. “not that kind of football” — from perplexed staffers. READ FULL STORY

Broadway box office: Bryan Cranston's 'All the Way' gets the biggest Tony bump

Broadway producers love the Tony Awards because it gives a rare national platform for their shows, typically boosting ticket sales for musicals that make the most of their televised production number. And what lucky show got the biggest boost from the June 8 broadcast? Surprise! It wasn’t a musical but the LBJ bio-drama All the Way, which won Best Play and Best Actor for Bryan Cranston (above). In the post-Tony week ending June 15, box office climbed 30 percent to a Texas-size $1.23 million, according to figures from the Broadway League.

Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar & Grill, a play with music that earned Audra McDonald a record sixth Tony, also basked in the awards afterglow. Box office climbed 19 percent last week to $457,174, an impressive 87 percent of the potential gross in the intimate Circle in the Square Theatre. And Best Revival winner A Raisin in the Sun saw a 5 percent bump to $1.29 million — an impressive haul for a non-musical on Broadway. READ FULL STORY

Go backstage with Daniel Radcliffe at 'The Cripple of Inishmaan' -- EXCLUSIVE VIDEO

You have four weeks left to see Daniel Radcliffe in Martin McDonagh’s The Cripple of Inishmaan – but if you need a primer of what to expect, look no further.

Just below, EW has exclusive video of Harry Potter Radcliffe winding (not wanding) through the corridors of the Cort Theatre. You’ll see the seaside ship that occupies much of the foreground of Act I, the country store with yards and yards of canned peas — including the oft-mentioned Fripple Frapple candies that gangly townie Bartley (Conor MacNeill) harps on through the play — and a rather large and worrisome peephole, which has gotten the cast in trouble on a few occasions. DanRad also checks in on his Tony-nominated costar Sarah Greene, who plays the fire-haired and equally fire-breathing Helen — a woman who tortures the locals, including Radcliffe’s Cripple Billy. Thankfully, Greene is much kinder in real life than her character is. Our young star even lets us into his dressing room, where we learn what former Cort tenant Ian McKellen left for him — as well as why Cripple Billy is so in love with cows.

Click below to watch Daniel Radcliffe on a backstage tour of The Cripple of Inishmaan: READ FULL STORY

Now James Franco is directing a play

For his next trick, James Franco reached into a raffle bin and pulled out “Direct a Play.”

The multi-hyphenate entertainer (and rabble rouser) will direct an Off-Broadway  version of Robert Boswell’s The Long Shrift, about a man recently released from jail after being accused of rape as a teenager.

The production, part of the 20th anniversary season of the Rattlestick Playwrights Theatre, will star Scott Haze, Ahna O’Reilly, Brian Lally, Allie Gallerani and Ally Sheedy. Haze has appeared in several of Franco’s film projects, including the upcoming Child of God. The Long Shrift will run July 13 through Aug. 23. READ FULL STORY

Judy Greer really wants Ben McKenzie...to date her best friend in Funny or Die sketch -- VIDEO

Being somebody’s best friend requires dedication. The best friend is going to be there through the laughter, the tears, the family drama, the relationship drama, the illnesses, the fetishes, the wardrobe malfunctions, and just about everything life has to offer. But what if being a best friend consumed all your time, and therefore, your life? Well, then you’d be Judy Greer.

OK, not literally, but in a new Funny or Die video, Judy Greer plays “the best friend” — as she’s done so well and so often in rom-coms from 2001’s The Wedding Planner to 2008’s 27 Dresses. She’s the woman who cheers from the sideline and puts her friend’s happiness before her own. Example A? She passes up an opportunity to date Matt, played by Ben McKenzie, for one reason and one reason only: so Matt can date her best friend. Oh, Judy. That tub of ice cream will never fill that Matt-sized hole in your heart.

Watch the video below: READ FULL STORY

'Games of Thrones' star Rory McCann explains why he can't handle scary movies -- VIDEO

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Yes, he confessed that he can’t help but do a Darth Vader impression when he walks onto the Game of Thrones set dressed as The Hound — but we  also dug deeper when actor Rory McCann visited EW to take our Pop Culture Personality Test. Watch the video below to learn what music gets him fired up (and what it’s like to film an action scene for Oliver Stone), why he thinks twice before watching horror movies, which Game of Thrones costar signed his most prized pop culture possession, and what’s his idea of the perfect summer popcorn movie. READ FULL STORY

Celine Dion responds to viral 'All By Myself' video with an invitation -- VIDEO

When Richard Dunn found himself stuck in the Las Vegas airport overnight, he made a decision: to spend his time wisely by making a music video set to Celine Dion’s “All By Myself.”

The lip-synching clip went viral, and eventually found its way to Dion — who recently decided to send Dunn a message of her own. Although she’s not lip-synching, it’s still pretty cool.

In the video, Dion calls Dunn’s piece “hilarious and very touching,” and invites him to her Vegas show if he ever finds himself stuck overnight again. Oh, and he’s more than welcome to use her bathroom. READ FULL STORY

George H.W. Bush celebrates 90 with one more skydive

Some habits are hard to kick: cigarettes, a bad diet, jumping out of airplanes.

USA Today reports that former president George H.W. Bush went skydiving Thursday to celebrate the arrival of his 90th birthday–the same way he marked years 80 and 85. Aided by an ex-military jumper, Bush touched down near his home in Maine around 11:15 am.

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'Orphan Black' star Jordan Gavaris fondly recalls dancing with Joss Whedon -- VIDEO

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You may think you know everything about Orphan Black star Jordan Gavaris — especially considering his costumes as Felix leave little to the imagination. But we’re betting his answers to our Pop Culture Personality Test might still surprise you.

Watch the video below to learn about Gavaris’s first celebrity crush, the movie he made his mother reenact with him as a kid, what he considers his prized pop culture possession, and what TV moment made him cry.  READ FULL STORY

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