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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

Go behind the recording of Broadway's 'Matilda' -- first of four EW exclusives!

Get an exclusive first-hand look behind the recording of the Matilda Broadway cast album and all its kiddies — or “maggots” as the villainous hammer-thrower Miss Trunchbull would exclaim. The cast went back into the studio to record a new album with some fun new tidbits from the show. In the mini-doc below, you can see the four prodigious (and well-spoken) young ladies who won the leading role share their chops, as well as Tony nominees Bertie Carvel as Trunchbull (and marvel at how on Earth he maintains that pitch of voice for so long!), Lauren Ward as the sweet, encouraging Miss Honey, and surprise Tony winner Gabriel Ebert, as the daffy, shady Mr. Wormwood.

If this preview of the album (now available on iTunes, in stores Oct. 22) doesn’t make you want to line back up to revisit it, then you must have come down with a case of the Trunchbulls. Check out songs like “Revolting Children”, “Naughty” and the instant classic “When I Grow Up” (all composed by Tim Minchin. Look for three more debut tracks next week on EW.com. Enjoy!
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Sarah Jessica Parker's new stage role: Get a behind-the-scenes look -- EXCLUSIVE VIDEO

It’s amazing to discover that Sarah Jessica Parker hasn’t appeared on the New York stage in 12 years (!), which was right in the midst of her celebrated turn as Carrie Bradshaw in HBO’s Sex and the City.

Meanwhile, uptown…(hee hee), it is quite a big deal that NYC has her back, starring in a brand-new play called The Commons of Pensacola, written by none other than actress Amanda Peet (The Good Wife) — making her stage debut as a playwright — with a tale of a woman (Parker) reconnecting with her her mother, who has been forced out of living a luxurious lifestyle. And given that the latter role is played by Blythe Danner (who, it is mentioned, was Parker’s co-star in A.R. Gurney’s delightful comedy Sylvia nearly 20 years ago), this looks to be one of the hot shows to catch this fall. And it’s already a monster hit off-Broadway, with nary a performance under their belt and a several-week extension (seats are only on sale through Jan. 26, so you might want to act fast). Judging by the clip below, there appears to be no shortage of chemistry between these ladies.

The Commons of Pensacola begins previews at Manhattan Theatre Club’s Stage I in NYC on Oct. 22, with an opening night scheduled for Nov. 21. The play will run through Jan. 26; for tickets and additional info, you can visit MTC’s website.
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