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Listen to the 'Pippin' Broadway revival cast album -- EXCLUSIVE

Okay, so you may have to imagine Patina Miller’s Leading Player swiveling hips and the circus-trained ensemble dangling from ropes and jumping through hoops. But there’s no doubt you can still groove to the new recording of Broadway’s mega-acclaimed revival of Pippin, up for 10 Tony Awards at the June 9 ceremony on CBS.

The album will feature all of the Stephen Schwartz faves like “Magic to Do,” “No Time at All,” “Morning Glow,” and “On the Right Track,” as well as four “Sing Along with the Pippin Orchestra” tracks featuring a 700-person chorus as backup. Below, listen to an early preview of the entire album before Ghostlight Records releases it digitally on June 4 in advance of a disc launch on July 9. READ FULL STORY

Chris Harrison blogs 'The Bachelorette' season premiere

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Oh, how good it feels to be back. If we had to pick a theme for the first night we would have to have to steal a page from Jeopardy! and go with the category “Names That Begin With ‘M’ or ‘B’.” The season started off a little differently with Desiree; it’s important to know where she came from so you can fully appreciate and understand where this journey will take her. I enjoyed the more casual style of starting out by sitting down to talk with Des at her house. It definitely put her at ease and made her more emotionally available and open. I could tell she was genuinely excited to be the Bachelorette and truly ready to find love.

The arrivals are always just a bit awkward but it seems even more so when it’s the Bachelorette and it’s a bunch of guys piling out of the limos. Guys are just completely out of their comfort zone. Some of the highlights from my perspective that night were, of course, Zak who arrived shirtless and asked Des if she would accept his abs. Despite later stripping down and diving in the pool, Zak got a rose. (It’s worth noting that Des had a tough time figuring out where to put it.) READ FULL STORY

Watch a full musical number from 'Big Fish,' starring Norbert Leo Butz -- EXCLUSIVE

After a warm reception in Chicago this past spring, the musical adaptation of Tim Burton’s phantasmagorical 2003 film Big Fish will be hitting Broadway this fall, and EW has an exclusive clip to get you ready for the circus. Here in its entirety is “Time Stops”, featuring two-time Tony winner Norbert Leo Butz (Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, Catch Me If You Can) and Tony-nominee Kate Baldwin (Finian’s Rainbow), one of several new tunes penned by composer Andrew Lippa (The Wild Party). The production features a book by John August (who also wrote the film) and is directed and choreographed by five-time Tony winner Susan Stroman (The Producers).

Big Fish begins previews on Broadway at the Neil Simon Theatre on Sept. 5, with an opening scheduled for Oct. 6.

Click below to watch “Time Stops”:
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'Annie' Broadway cast album with Jane Lynch bonus tracks -- EXCLUSIVE FIRST LISTEN

No more “Hard Knock Life” for us! The 2012 revival of everyone’s favorite copper-topped orphan Annie has a new cast album featuring all of the tunes “Little Girls” (and okay, perhaps some boys too) sang and danced around their living rooms growing up, including “Maybe,” “Tomorrow,” “N.Y.C.,” and “Easy Street.” And EW has every track, streamable below with added bonus tracks featuring the musical’s new addition to the cast, Glee’s favorite baddie Jane Lynch, who began an eight-week stint as the crusty alkie Miss Hannigan just last week. (Though we did already get an aural hint of her take on one of the tunes some time ago.). Click below for access to the entire cast album, available as a digital download on May 28 and for purchase on June 18. READ FULL STORY

'Kinky Boots' original cast recording -- EXCLUSIVE FIRST LISTEN

Everybody say yeah! Get ready to dig your heels into a 15-track exclusive first listen of the original cast recording of Kinky Boots, the high-energy Cyndi Lauper/Harvey Fierstein musical currently nominated for 13 Tony Awards — including all three principal actors (Billy Porter, Stark Sands, Annaleigh Ashford). Adapted from the 2005 British indie movie chronicling the turnaround of a middling shoe factory that starts manufacturing thigh-high ‘kinky boots,’ the musical has Lauper’s signature sass and pop pep galore — we think you’ll be listening to this one… time after time. (The official CD will be on sale May 28.)

Kinky Boots is now playing at the Al Hirschfeld Theatre in New York City. Tickets are available at the show’s official website. READ FULL STORY

'Rodgers + Hammerstein's Cinderella' cast album -- EXCLUSIVE FIRST LISTEN

Don’t be late for the ball!

Rodgers + Hammerstein’s Cinderella earned nine Tony nominations this morning, including one for Best Revival of a Musical and nods for its lead actors, Laura Osnes and Santino Fontana. With a refurbished, Tony-nominated book by Douglas Carter Beane (Sister Act), the musical is releasing a new cast recording that you can listen to in its entirety right now, a week before a digital version becomes available for download purchase. (The official CD from Ghostlight Records is available digitally May 7 and goes on sale June 4.)

Just below, relive the glorious tunes, such as “Ten Minutes Ago,” “In My Own Little Corner,” and “Do I Love You Because You’re Beautiful?” in a full 27-track exclusive first listen. READ FULL STORY

'New Girl': Jess & Nick's showmance gets Auto-Tuned -- EXCLUSIVE VIDEO

It’s well-established that She & Him songbird Zooey Deschanel doesn’t need the assistance of Auto-Tune. All due respect to her hilarious New Girl co-stars, but they have certainly reaped the benefits of in this exclusive DJ John Boswell’s pitch-perfected mash-up of season 2 lines.

Just like the series itself, “Kiss Me Like a Man” is at turns hilarious and sexy. It tells the story of roomfriends Jess (Deschanel) and Nick (Jake Johnson) but has plenty of laugh-out-loud diversions courtesy of Schmidt (Max Greenfield), Winston (Lamorne Morris), and Cece (Hannah Simone) — not to mention gone-but-not-forgotten characters Trench Coat Nick and Jess as a Kenyan Olympic runner. Watch below. READ FULL STORY

Emilia Clarke breaks out the guitar on stage as Holly Golightly -- EXCLUSIVE IMAGES

We have good news and bad news for the Breakfast at Tiffany’s fans out there (and who isn’t?). The good news: EW is exclusively premiering the first production shots of the stage adaptation of the classic 1961 Audrey Hepburn film, starring Game of Thrones’ Emilia Clarke as Holly Golightly. The images include a look at Holly’s signature style, Cory Michael Smith as Fred, and Clarke on a fire escape with a guitar. Which can only mean one thing.

(The bad news? Tiffany’s is a limited-engagement run on Broadway.)

Take a look after the jump.

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Chris Harrison blogs 'The Bachelor' finale

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It’s hard to believe this season is already over. I guess when it’s this good it just feels like it flies by. Just judging by the response of Bachelor Nation, this was easily one of our best seasons ever. I really love how we’ve started doing the finale as a three-hour Bachelor-watching event. I know that’s how many of you watch the show and to me it feels like one big viewing party all across the country.

This final episode took place in and around the town of Chiang Rai, Thailand. It gave us a beautiful backdrop to an incredible ending. Sean’s house, where the ‘meet the parents’ dates took place, was actually in town and that’s the property where the proposal later took place. But the dates actually took place up where the rest of us were staying which was the Anantara Golden Triangle Resort. This resort was about an hour away from Sean’s place and it sits right on the Golden Triangle just above the Mekong River. I felt like both Catherine and Lindsay had very good meetings with Sean’s parents and family. I think after seeing what a loving, caring, sincere man Sean’s dad is it’s easy to see the apple didn’t fall far from the tree. Both women seem to fit nicely with Sean’s family and both equally seemed accepted. I know Sean was looking for some sign to make his final decision a little easier, but it definitely didn’t happen by meeting the family.

I always have a tough time on proposal day because I know the first person to arrive is about to be hurt and is hoping for something that’s just not going to happen. But this season was extra tough. Because Sean is so sincere and has been so open and honest with these women, it has led to the building of two solid relationships. As Sean said, he was in love with both of these women and I truly believe he meant that. In a strange way, I think Sean may have done too good of a job this season. I can’t remember a time where the Bachelor has had such a strong connection with both of the final two women.

When Lindsay arrived and got out of the car on that final day, I knew it was going to be brutal. First of all, you couldn’t tell on the show but we had a pretty lengthy walk to get to Sean. Lindsay was nervous, but excited for what she thought was going to be a magnificent proposal for her. I really have to give it to her — Lindsay handled the situation with class and left with dignity. I wouldn’t expect anything less from her, but in those situations you just never know what’s going to happen and what you’ll get. I’m interested to know your thoughts on how Sean continued to try to explain how much he loved her and how much he cared for her. It was really important for him that she knew how hard that moment was for him.

It kind of reminded me of when AshLee left without saying a word and Sean was upset because that took away his moment to explain. He wanted her to hear his side of the story. What are the rules in a breakup like that? Do you think he went too far in telling Lindsay he loved her and repeatedly telling her how tough this was on him? Lindsay was obviously blindsided by this, and as you saw last night, even though she’s doing great, there are still raw emotions and hurt feelings.

When Catherine arrived, she was beaming. She couldn’t stop smiling. She was very nervous but she too arrived thinking she was about to receive a beautiful proposal. I thought the proposal was fantastic. Sean did a great job of finally telling Catherine all the things he’s wanted to say the last couple weeks. I absolutely love Catherine’s reaction to the proposal. It just felt real and honest. I never get the impression she’s being anything but genuine and I like that in her. As you could clearly see last night, these two are madly in love and doing great.

I’ve talked to Sean several times over the past few months while he and Catherine continued to grow their relationship in private and it has been nothing but fantastic. Every time he talked of her it was with love and adoration and, as you saw last night, that love has only grown. I’m very excited for their future plans together. Sean and Catherine will be gearing up for a huge summer and I can’t wait for that. I’m extremely happy for both of them and wish them nothing but love and success in the future.

Speaking of the future, let’s discuss the choice of Desiree as the new Bachelorette. Much like with Sean’s season, we had an embarrassment of riches. As I’ve said, publicly there were several women from this last season who would have made a fantastic Bachelorette, but in every conversation we had, Des kept rising to the top of that list. She really is what the show was built on, a true Cinderella story. She is that girl next door and that diamond in the rough, and she is ready for her moment. She’s a sweet, sincere woman who has the chops to handle anything that is thrown her way. I look forward to taking this journey with her as I know it will be another incredible, and yes, dramatic season.

I want to end this season with a couple personal notes. Once again I just want to thank you for watching. You showed up this season in record numbers to watch Sean fall in love. This franchise is stronger than it’s ever been only because you make it so. I also want to take a moment to talk about a new personal endeavor that I’m extremely excited about. Yesterday, I launched my new clothing line the Chris Harrison Collection by DaVinci. It’s a men’s clothing line that will of course have suits and ties but also casual wear as well. The outfit I wore last night on the show was actually from my new collection. If you like what you see me wear on the show or just want to check out the collection, go to DaVinciClothing.com. This has been a nerve-wracking but exciting last few months putting all this together but with the help of my good friend and designer Christopher Wicks from DaVinci I really feel proud of what we have produced. For more on the line I hope you’ll start following me @ClothingByChris and you can also follow me and find the latest on the collection and the show @ChrisBHarrison.

Thank you in advance for your support and I look forward to seeing all of the men out there dressed just a little bit better when we premiere The Bachelorette on May 20th.

More Bachelor from EW:
Bachelor season finale recap: Too Close for Comfort
Desiree Hartsock will be the new ‘Bachelorette’
Chris Harrison to launch clothing line

Plus, check out Sean’s blog on people.com

Chris Harrison blogs 'The Bachelor: The Women Tell All'

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I always find it difficult to sit down and blog about any of these Tell All specials because the whole point of them is that we try to tell you all. Usually what you see is what you get with these specials, so I will try to add my two cents as to how I felt about these interviews and situations.

    RELATED: Read Sean Lowe’s blog on People.com.

Before I talk about any of the ladies I really want to point out one of my favorite parts of the special, which was the party van where Sean and I crashed Bachelor viewing parties. It was a special night, and Sean and I were so grateful to have the chance to see just how big of an impact our show has on our fans. A few years ago we started calling our fans “Bachelor Nation.” There’s not another show on television that lends itself to group viewing like ours does; it’s an incredible phenomenon and I’m really grateful to be a small part of it. I’ve said this before and I’ll say it a thousand times more: on behalf of everybody that works on this show and doesn’t get the opportunity to speak, thank you, we love you Bachelor Nation! This show is so unique and so successful because you have made it that way. That won’t be lost on any of us.

I usually save the big talking point for the end of my blog but lets just rip the Band-Aid off and talk about Tierra. READ FULL STORY

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