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MSTies rejoice! The 'Mystery Science Theater 3000' tradition Turkey Day is back! -- EXCLUSIVE

There are a handful of unimpeachable Thanksgiving institutions. Multi-thousand calorie meals? Of course. Football games featuring the Lions and Cowboys? Naturally. Parades? You bet. Watching hypnotically wonderful marathons of Mystery Science Theater 3000? Unfortunately, not since 1997.

Of course, that all changes this Thanksgiving. EW is pleased to announce that MST3K creator Joel Hodgson is hopping on board the Satellite of Love once again to program the return of Turkey Day. Shout! Factory, who have been doing a stellar job putting out MST3K on DVD, is helping to celebrate the show’s 25th anniversary with a Turkey Day Marathon, curated and hosted by Hodgson. Beginning at Noon Eastern on Thanksgiving Day, fans will be able to log on to MST3KTurkeyDay.com for six glorious, classic, Sampo-filled episodes of Mystery Science Theater 3000.

But which classic turkeys will get basted by Joel, Mike, Crow, and Tom Servo on Thanksgiving Day? That’s up to the fans. READ FULL STORY

'Sleepwalk With Me' comedian Mike Birbiglia launching new 'Thank God for Jokes' tour -- EXCLUSIVE

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Stand-up comedian and This American Life regular Mike Birbiglia had a major breakthrough in 2012 when his film Sleepwalk With Me became a critical smash, and he followed that up with the award-winning one-man show My Girlfriend’s Boyfriend (which you can stream on Netflix and will be available on CD, DVD, and iTunes on November 26). In 2014, he’s heading back out on the road again, this time on a multi-city trek he’s dubbing Thank God for Jokes.

“This is honestly the most excited I’ve been to go on tour my whole career,” Birbiglia told EW. “Well, partly because I can afford gas now and I know that my car will arrive at the venue. (Not even kidding, that’s part of it.) But also I have an hour of new material that’s not in my book or my new special or my movie or even on This American Life.”

The new tour is the result of hours of toiling in his hometown. “It’s just all fresh and new and every night that I’ve workshopped it it’s been different,” he said. “I’ve been workshopping it down the street from my apartment at Union Hall in Brooklyn, where we filmed some of Sleepwalk With Me. The show is all about jokes and life and how jokes can get you in trouble in life and how in a lot of ways you’re not even allowed to tell jokes at work or really anywhere except with your friends. And so in some ways, being on stage in front of 1,000 people telling jokes is like hanging out with 1,000 friends with the same sense of humor. And that, to me, is a profound feeling. That’s really the goal for me is that everyone experiences that feeling at my shows.”

The jaunt kicks off on January 15 in Traverse City, Michigan, and will wrap up on March 30 in Charleston, South Carolina (check out the entire list of dates and venues below). Tickets go on sale today at noon, so head over to Birbiglia’s official site for more information and to reserve your seats.
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Preview the red-hot moves in jazzy new Broadway musical ‘After Midnight’ -- EXCLUSIVE VIDEO

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Broadway is getting a necessary dose of sexy, snazzy and jazzy rhythm with After Midnight, a quite literally toe-tapping new musical set in Harlem’s Golden Age of jazz.

Psych‘s Dulé Hill oversees the proceedings in the glamorous new revue, which is a pumped-up production of Encores!’ summer hit Cotton Club Parade. The big draw, though, is that the musical will feature a rotating guest roster of all-star musicians, kicking off with Grammy-winner Fantasia (as in Barrino) followed by k.d. lang, Toni Braxton, Babyface, and more. While the music alone is worth the ticket price, the show is bolstered by riveting, jazz-fueled choreography from Broadway golden boy Warren Carlyle.

Below, take a peek at how Carlyle and company brought the moves of Harlem’s legendary nightclubs to the Broadway stage in After Midnight. The show opens on November 3, 2013 at the Brooks Atkinson Theatre.
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'Natasha, Pierre and the Great Comet of 1812' cast album -- EXCLUSIVE FIRST LISTEN

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You’ve heard pop, and you’ve heard opera, and maybe you’ve heard a chapter or two of War and Peace, but it’s probably safe to say that you’ve never heard anything that combines the three like the smash off-Broadway musical Natasha, Pierre and the Great Comet of 1812.

Billed as an electro-pop opera, Dave Malloy’s stunning musical (based on a most scandalous portion of Tolstoy’s jumbo Russian saga) has been the talk of the city since it burst onto the scene last fall at Ars Nova. Since then, it played an acclaimed run in New York’s meatpacking district before recently moving uptown to the theater district on Sept. 27 for a limited 14-week run.

Anyone who’s seen the blazingly original musical — which takes place in a custom-built supper club and includes a menu of Russian snacks in the ticket price — knows that the show’s greatest charm (and there’s a lot of it) lies with the vibrant score, and EW has your first listen to the brand-new cast recording.

Below, take a listen to the 27-track cast album from Ghostlight Records, available for digital release Tuesday and in stores (with two discs!) on Dec. 10. A digital highlights edition is also up for grabs on Tuesday.
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'Scandal' behind the scenes: Josh Malina shares a musical moment with Katie Lowes -- VIDEO

We all know the cast of Scandal can act their butts off, but did you also know they could sing?

In this week’s Josh Cam, Josh Malina captures cast member Katie Lowes in a very musical moment as they head to a top secret filming location. And not only do we love her choice of song, but the girl can sing!

Check out the video below in prep for tonight’s new episode of Scandal, airing at 10 p.m. ET on ABC. Warning: The video below contains adult content…and a Gregorian chant!
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'Merrily We Roll Along' coming to movie theaters Oct. 23: Watch two clips -- EXCLUSIVE VIDEO

One of the reliefs of moviegoing is that you only have a one in a million chance of being in a theater with Madonna. But another is that if you’re a rabid stage fan and happen to constantly miss all the great stuff being produced in the U.K., Fathom Events is giving viewers a chance to see some of their most acclaimed works in a comfy movie house for only a fraction of the price, and the West End’s celebrated revival of the 1981 Stephen Sondheim/George Furth musical Merrily We Roll Along will be rollin’ along to about 460 U.S. theaters Oct. 23.

Long beloved by Sondheim’s devoted fans, it tells a tale of a famous songwriter/producer at the height of his success and explores the story chronologically backward, concluding with his and his pals’ humble beginnings. It may have proved too ambitious for its time (the original Broadway production reportedly had many walkouts, and only played 16 non-preview performances); the musical is now considered a treasure by musical theater fans and critics alike.

Below, EW has two exclusive clips from the 2012 London Menier Chocolate Factory production — starring Jenna Russell, Mark Umbers, Josefina Gabrielle, and Damian Humbley — which prove plenty promising. And if you like these, Fathom Events is promising more stage-to-screen transfers to come, so keep an eye out! For more information on ticketing and venues for Merrily We Roll Along, visit Fathom Events’ website.

Click below for a clip of “He’s Only a Boy” (performed by Ms. Gabrielle):
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'Scandal' behind the scenes: Josh Malina dodges hugging epidemic -- VIDEO

Any loyal viewer of Josh Malina’s Josh Cam video series here on EW is already familiar with the epidemic known as Fake Hollywood Hugging. And in this week’s installment of our behind-the-scenes video series, the Scandal actor finds himself in a sea of embraces as the cast and producers gather for the first table read of the year.

Will he survive? Click below to see. Also, throw heaps of praise on Twitter user @Beliskner, who is the winner of our Josh Cam contest! The talented @Beliskner created the new opening credits that you’ll see in this week’s video and for the rest of the Josh Cam season. Congrats, @Beliskner.

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'Matilda': Watch a song clip from 'Naughty' -- EXCLUSIVE

Like any good book, there must be a conclusion, so here’s the final entry in our video series going behind the cast recording of Broadway’s Matilda – appropriately highlighting the very lucky quartet selected to portray the sensitive, telekinetic bookworm at the center of Roald Dahl’s celebrated novel.

In this clip, watch as “The Matildas” (Bailey Ryon, Sophia Gennusa, Oona Laurence and Milly Shapiro) co-tackle “Naughty”, our lead character’s first major song in the show. I dare you not to coo over them just a little, not to mention marvel at how committed they are to their Cockney accents (take that, Dick Van Dyke!). READ FULL STORY

'Matilda': Watch a song clip from 'The Smell of Rebellion' -- EXCLUSIVE

In the third of four EW exclusive looks behind the making of the Broadway cast album of Matilda (now available on iTunes, in stores Oct. 22), watch as Tony nominee and Olivier winner Bertie Carvel takes on Miss Agatha Trunchbull’s fierce aria of her ultimate enemy-all children. Check out these appropriately Roald Dahl-ish lyrics: “And so to stop the stench’s spread/I find a session of phys. ed./Sorts the merely rank from the revolting.” And those pipes! Mr. Carvel must have had an awfully good vocal coach (just marvel at how he maintains pitch while essentially singing through his throat); it’s almost as scary as Trunchbull herself (seen above).

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'Matilda': Watch a song clip for 'When I Grow Up' -- EXCLUSIVE

Fewer things these days can create the ear to ear smile induced in one of the signature tunes in the hit Broadway musical Matilda than when “When I Grow Up” is performed, which is composer Tim Minchin’s wistful ode to the wonders of remaining young at heart. In the exclusive clip below, watch the entire Broadway ensemble perform the track for the show’s new cast album (now available on iTunes, in stores Oct. 22). And if you don’t take a listen, that’s not right!-as the young bookworms in the story would fervently proclaim. READ FULL STORY

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